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Yale Writers' Conference Faculty

Our faculty are accessible teachers as well as accomplished writers and editors. Along with classroom and conference time, they will be available to writers in the dining hall during meals and around the college throughout the day.

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Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is the bestselling author of 18 books, which have been translated into over 30 languages and three have been made into movies. Bohjalian’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by numerous publications. His awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls; Boston Public Library Literary Light; and the Anahid Literary Award. His breakout novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. His latest, The Guest Room, was a New York Times Bestseller. His next book, The Sleepwalker, is due out in 2017.

Ana Castillo

In a career spanning three decades, novelist, poet, and essayist Ana Castillo has long been recognized as “one of the most articulate, powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature” (Elsa Saeta). Castillo’s most recent novel, The Guardians, traces the lives of Mexican immigrants who illegally cross the border into the U.S. Combining crushing realism with mystical transcendence, it centers on a family devastated by deaths and disappearances. Ultimately, “Castillo’s incandescent novel of suffering and love traces life’s movement toward the light even in the bleakest of places” (Donna Seaman, Booklist). Recent books include the LAMDA Award-winning Give It to Me and a special edition rerelease of her essay collection Massacre of Dreamers and BLACK DOVES: Essays on Mamá, Mi'jo, and Me.

Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, a NEA Fellowship in Fiction, and residencies from The MacDowell Colony, VCCA, and Civitella Ranieri, he is a contributing editor at The New Republic and VQR, and his essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Guernica, The New Republic, and Best American Essays 2016, among others. He is an associate professor of English at Dartmouth College.

Lily King

Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her B.A. in English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools. Lily's latest novel, Euphoria, was released in June 2014. It won the Kirkus Award for Fiction 2014, the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014 and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014 and the Amazon Best Books of 2014. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications.

Caryl Phillips

Caryl Phillips was born in St.Kitts and brought up in England. He is the author of numerous books of non-fiction and fiction. Dancing in the Dark won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and A Distant Shore won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers Prize. His other awards include the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize, a Lannan Literary Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Crossing the River, which was also short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has written for the stage, television, and film, and is a contributor to newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and holds honorary doctorates from a number of universities. He has taught at universities in Singapore, Ghana, Sweden and Barbados and is currently Professor of English at Yale University. His latest novel, The Lost Child, was published in 2015.


Jotham Burrello

Jotham Burrello is the director of the Yale Writers’ Conference. He is the publisher of the award-winning Elephant Rock Books, professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, and curator of the Roar Reading Series. He’s written and produced multimedia on the craft of writing, and edited The Craft, essays on writing from the YWC faculty. With Janet Burroway, he produced the instructional DVD, So, Is It Done? Navigating the Revision Process, and Submit! The Unofficial Guide to Submitting Short Prose. His writing has appeared in literary journals, the Christian Science Monitor, and he’s a proud winner of the New Yorker Caption Contest. When away from his desk, Jotham raises boys and flowers on Muddy Feet Flower farm, the Nutmeg state’s premier cut flower farm located in lovely, Ashford, Connecticut.

Trey Ellis

Trey Ellis is a novelist, screenwriter, playwright, essayist and professor. He is the author of Bedtime Stories: Adventures in the Land of Single-Fatherhood.  His acclaimed first novel, Platitudes, was  reissued by Northeastern University Press along with his influential essay, “The New Black Aesthetic.”  He is also the author of Home Repairs and Right Here, Right Now which was a recipient of the American Book Award.   His work for the screen includes the Peabody winning and Emmy nominated Tuskegee Airmen, and Good Fences starring Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg which was shortlisted for the PEN award for Best Teleplay of the year.  His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Playboy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, GQ and Vanity Fair.

Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the forthcoming memoir Sick (HarperPerennial, 2017), and the novels The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014)—a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and more — and Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007)—the 2007 California Book Award winner in “First Fiction,” one of the Chicago Tribune’s “Fall’s Best,” and a New York Times “Editor’s Choice.” Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, Bookforum, Slate, Salon, Spin, The Daily Beast, Elle, and many other publications around the world.  Born in Tehran and raised in Los Angeles, she lives in New York City.

Terra McVoy

Terra Elan McVoy has been a serious writer since she first learned how to. She is the author of eight novels, six for young adults (from Simon and Schuster) and two for middle grade readers (from HarperColins), and all of her jobs have focused on reading and writing, from working as an editorial assistant at Scholastic, Inc., to being the program director for the AJC Decatur Book Festival (one of the top five in the country). She received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from St. Andrews University, and master’s in creative writing from Florida State University.  She lives in Atlanta, GA, where she works as a bookseller at the independent children’s bookshop, Little Shop of Stories. Her novel, Criminal, was an Edgar Award finalist.

Lisa Page

Lisa Page is a writer, a teacher, and a literary ambassador. She is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology, Passing,  published by Beacon Press.  Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, Playboy, Playbill, Phoebe, The Crisis, the Washington Post Book World and other publications and anthologies.  She directs the creative writing program at the George Washington University.  She is also vice president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and former president. She has taught writing workshops in a Maryland correctional facility as well as in universities in Chicago, Washington, DC, Virginia, and New Haven, CT. She has interviewed writers for television, magazines and public forums. She has also coached writers, individually, and edited a literary magazine.  She lives outside Washington, DC.

Marian Thurm

Marian Thurm is the author of seven novels and four short story collections, including the most recent, Today Is Not Your Day, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her novel The Clairvoyant was a New York Times Notable Book. Her short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Michigan Quarterly, the Southampton Review, and many other magazines, and have been included in The Best American Short Stories, and numerous other anthologies. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, German, and Italian. In addition to teaching at the YWC since 2013, she has taught creative writing at Yale and Barnard, and in the MFA programs at Columbia University and Brooklyn College.

Non Fiction

Mishka Shubaly

Mishka Shubaly is a songwriter, comedian, storyteller, author, and sober alcoholic. He was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship for Fiction by Columbia University. His six Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. His work has been praised by artists as diverse as Johnny Depp, Caitlin Flanagan, Joe Perry, Doug Stanhope, and Rob Sheffield. He tours around the world and has shared the stage with everyone from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Richard Price. His third album "Coward's Path" was released in 2015. His first hardcover memoir "I Swear I'll Make It Up to You" was released in 2016.

Sergio Troncoso

Sergio Troncoso is author of From This Wicked Patch of Dust, which Kirkus Reviews named as one of the Best Books of 2012 in a starred review. The novel won the Southwest Book Award. Troncoso also wrote Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, winner of the Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews. The Portland Book Review called the collection “Heart-wrenching.” He is also the author of The Nature of Truth, hailed by The Chicago Tribune as “impressively lucid.” Publishers Weekly said of Troncoso’s first book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, “These stories are richly satisfying.” Inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters, he is currently on the board of councilors of the TIL. Troncoso also served as one of three national judges for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Children and Young Adult

Sarah Darer-Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of In Case You Missed It, Charmed, I’m Sure, Backlash; Want to Go Private?; Life, After; Purge; and Confessions of a Closet Catholic, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. Her upcoming 2017 novels include Fairest of them All, a humorous MG from S & S Aladdin, and another (title TBD) contemporary YA from Scholastic Press. When she’s not writing novels, Sarah is columnist for CT News This keeps her life balanced with a fascinating mix of fan mail and hate mail. She also teaches creative writing as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University.

Historical Fiction

Louis Bayard

In the words of the New York Times, Louis Bayard “reinvigorates historical fiction, rendering the 19th century as if he'd witnessed it firsthand.” Bayard’s eight novels include the Edgar-nominated The Pale Blue Eye, the New York Times Notable Mr. Timothy, and the recent Lucky Strikes, named one of the best young-adult titles of 2016 by Amazon. His other novels include The Black Tower, The School of Night and Roosevelt’s Beast.  He is also a nationally recognized essayist and critic whose articles have appeared in the Times, the Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon and Bookforum.

Literary Writing at the Intersection of the Arts, Medicine and Science

Erika Goldman

Erika Goldman is publisher and editorial director of Bellevue Literary Press (BLP), a nonprofit mission-driven publisher that has been publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and the sciences since 2007. BLP’s books have received major literary prizes: The Sojourn by Andrew Krivak was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and 2012 winner of the first annual Chautauqua Prize and Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Jump Artist by Austin Ratner won the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and the New York Times best seller Tinkers, by Paul Harding, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Mini-Memoir in the Digital Era

Mishka Shubaly

Mishka Shubaly is a songwriter, comedian, storyteller, author, and sober alcoholic. He was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship for Fiction by Columbia University. His six Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. His work has been praised by artists as diverse as Johnny Depp, Caitlin Flanagan, Joe Perry, Doug Stanhope, and Rob Sheffield. He tours around the world and has shared the stage with everyone from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Richard Price. His third album "Coward's Path" was released in 2015. His first hardcover memoir "I Swear I'll Make It Up to You" was released in 2016.

Mystery and Crime Fiction

Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day, author of The Day I Died (forthcoming 2017), The Black Hour, and Little Pretty Things, is the recipient of the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel. Lori’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. She lives in Chicago, where she teaches mystery writing at StoryStudio Chicago and is the president of the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter.

Personal Essay

Colleen Kinder

Colleen Kinder is an essay and travel writer, loosely based in too many places. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, A Public Space, The, National Geographic Traveler, and The Best American Travel Writing 2013. Colleen graduated from Yale College and received her MFA at the University of Iowa. She currently teaches for Yale Summer Session in France, and is the co-founder of the reading series and web publication Off Assignment.


Lary Bloom

Lary Bloom is a playwright, author, editor and writing coach, and cofounder of Writing at the Mark Twain House and Praiano Writers.  His plays include: Wild Black Yonder, Worth Avenue, Things Are a Lot More Like They Are Now Than They Were Two Years Ago, and the musical A Woman of a Certain Age (lyricist). Nonfiction books: Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas , The Writer Within, Letters from Nuremberg (with Christopher J. Dodd), The Test of Our Times (with Tom Ridge), The Ignorant Maestro (with Itay Talgam), Lary Bloom’s Connecticut Notebook. A novel, The Tales of Feldman, as well as a play, 90 Minutes With No Intermission. He taught at Trinity College, Wesleyan University and in Fairfield University’s MFA program, and as editor nurtured early work of such notables as Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen, Wally Lamb, Edna Buchanan and Madeleine Blais.


Stephanie Hart

Stephanie Hart holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in Poetry from the Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. She has studied with poets Allen Ginsberg, Derek Walcott and Daniel Halpern, among others. She has many years of teaching experience, including nearly 20 years at Yale’s English Language Institute. Currently, she is Professor of English at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT where she has served as the Chairperson of the Humanities Department and teaches composition, literature and creative writing.


Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 16 novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist. She is a five-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for Best Work of Fiction, and her books regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year of many prestigious journals and review sites. Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, their freakishly beautiful, entertaining and sarcastic children, two overly frisky rescue dogs and an occasionally friendly cat.


Marc Lapadula

Marc Lapadula is a Senior Lecturer at Yale University where he runs and teaches the entire screenwriting curriculum in the Film Studies Program. Marc has taught screenwriting, playwriting and film analysis workshops on both the graduate and undergraduate levels for The Writing Seminars Department at Johns Hopkins University. He has also lectured extensively on film and conducted screenwriting seminars at Columbia Graduate Film School, the University of Pennsylvania (where he originated the Screenwriting Program), as well as the Screenwriting Series at the Smithsonian Institution. He has been a consultant and expert analyst for movie producers and New Line and Paramount film studios. Marc produced the film, Angel Passing, starring Hume Cronyn, which premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film.

Short Stories

Kirsten Bakis

Kirsten Bakis's novel Lives of the Monster Dogs was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, won a Bram Stoker Award, was shortlisted for Britain's prestigious Baily's Prize, and has a band named after it. A special 20th anniversary edition will be out in May 2017 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, with an introduction by Jeff VanderMeer. Bakis is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Michener/Copernicus Society of America grant, and a Teaching/Writing Fellowship from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She's currently at work on various literary projects, is an editor-at-large for the literary journal Origins, teaches at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center, and has been a member of the resident faculty at the Yale Summer Conference since it began.

Molly Gaudry

Molly Gaudry is the author of We Take Me Apart, which was shortlisted for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil. In 2017, Ampersand Books will release its sequel, Desire: A Haunting. A hybrid- and multi-genre writer, Molly is also the author of a flash fiction collection, "Lost July," published in the 3-author volume Frequencies, and her chapbook "Wild Thing" includes poems and essays about recovery after brain injury. She is the founder of Lit Pub, and a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Utah. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University, an MA in fiction and BA in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati, and a vocational degree in creative writing from the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the nation's only K-12 school of the arts.

Writing the Novel: The First Ten Pages

Sybil Baker

Sybil Baker’s latest book is Immigration Essays. She is also the author of The Life Plan, Talismans, and Into This World, which received an Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention and was a finalist for Foreword’s Best Book of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in many publications including Guernica, Electric Literature, Glimmer Train, The Critical Flame, The Collagist, and The Nervous Breakdown. A UC Foundation Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she was recently a Visiting Writer for Murray State’s low residency MFA program and was a Visiting Professor at Middle Eastern Technical University in North Cyprus. She was awarded two MakeWork Artist Grants and a 2017 Individual Artist's Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Session I

Jacob Appel

Jacob Appel is the author of two literary novels, six short story collections, an essay collection, a cozy mystery and a forthcoming thriller.  He’s won numerous awards, including the Dundee International Book Award, the Greensboro Review’s Robert Watson Prize, the North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, the Missouri Review’s Editor’s Prize, and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. Jacob’s short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Threepenny Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and many others. Jacob’s stage plays have been performed in New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Columbus and elsewhere. Jacob is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an attending physician at three New York City hospitals. June 6th, 2 pm - 3 pm

Chris Campanioni

Chris Campanioni is a first-generation Cuban- and Polish-American who lives in Brooklyn, where he wrote his new book, Death of Art (C&R Press). His “Billboards” poem responding to Latino stereotypes and mutable—and often muted—identity in the fashion world was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize and his novel Going Down was selected as Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. He edits PANK, At Large, and Tupelo Quarterly, and teaches literature and creative writing at Pace University and Baruch College. Literary Journal Panel June 7th, 3:30 pm - 5 pm.

Kamilah Foreman

Kamilah Foreman is the fiction editor of MAKE Magazine. An arts editor by trade, she has edited books for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, among other institutions. She lives and works in New York. Literary Journal Panel June 7th, 3:30 pm - 5 pm.

John Gosslee

John Gosslee edits PANK, Fjords Review and is the literary editor for Quiet Lunch. He directs C&R Press. His latest little book is Analog (Unicorn Press, 2017) and a full length art book of contemporary poetry redactions, Out of Context (Press Otherwise, 2017) is also in the world. His work appears in Poetry Ireland, Gulf Coast, Southampton Review and many other amazing places. Literary Journal Panel June 7th, 3:30 pm - 5 pm.

Mark Gottlieb

Mark Gottlieb attended Emerson College and was President of its Publishing Club, establishing the Wilde Press. After graduating with a degree in writing, literature & publishing, he began his career with Penguin’s VP. Mark’s first position at Publishers Marketplace’s #1-ranked literary agency, Trident Media Group, was in foreign rights. Mark was EA to Trident’s Chairman and ran the Audio Department. Mark is currently working with his own client list, helping to manage and grow author careers with the unique resources available to Trident. He has ranked #1 among Literary Agents on in Overall Deals and other categories. Agent Panel June 11th, 3 pm - 4 pm.

Gabe Habash

Gabe Habash is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University and lives in New York. His debut novel, Stephen Florida (Coffee House Press) will be published June 2017. Debut Book Panel June 11th, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm.

Aryn Kyle

Aryn Kyle is the author of the novel The God of Animals (Scribner, 2007) and the short story collection Boys and Girls Like You and Me (Scribner, 2010).  Her work as appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere, and has been translated in over twenty languages.  She is the recipient of an American Library Association ALEX Award, a Rona Jaffe Award, and a National Magazine Award in Fiction. Her new novel, Hinterland is forthcoming from Riverhead.  She lives in New York City. June 5th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Jeffrey Lependorf

Jeffrey Lependorf serves as the shared Executive Director of America’s two national nonprofit organizations serving independent literary publishing: Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, working to raise the organizational capacity of literary magazines and small presses, and Small Press Distribution (SPD), the country’s only nonprofit distributor of literary books. He has been working with publishers and authors for more than 15 years. June 7th, 2 pm - 3 pm.

Carrie Pestritto

Carrie joined Prospect Agency in 2011 and is thrilled to represent New York Times bestsellers and award-winning authors. Before joining the Prospect team, she worked as an assistant at Writers House and earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.  As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts. Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds, whether that is through non-fiction, fantasy, historical, or contemporary novels.  If it can make her forget who or where she is, she wants to read it!  Agent Panel June 11th, 3 pm - 4 pm.

Lorin Rees

Lorin Rees loves collaborating with creative people who are passionate about their work, helping to bring their ideas to fruition. Some of the books he has represented include the critically acclaimed story collection You Know When the Men are Gone (Amy Einhorn Books) by Siobhan Fallon; The Marauders (Crown) by Tom Cooper; Black River (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by S.M. Hulse; The End of Big (St. Martin's) by Nicco Mele; Who: Solve Your #1 Problem (Ballantine) by Geoff Smart and Randy Street; and I Believe in Zero (St. Martin's) by Caryl Stern, President and CEO of Unicef USA. Lorin serves on the Board of Directors for Salamandar Literary Journal and is on the advisory board of the Southern New Hampshire MFA program. He speaks regularly at conferences around the country and is interested in literary fiction, memoirs, business books, self-help, science, history, psychology and narrative non-fiction.  Agent Panel June 11th, 3 pm - 4 pm.

Adam Sexton

Adam Reid Sexton is the author of Master Class in Fiction Writing. His work has been published in the Bellevue Literary Review, the Boston Phoenix, the Mississippi Review, the New York Times, Off Assignment, and the Village Voice. With a team of graphic artists he adapted four of Shakespeare’s tragedies as manga (Japanese-style graphic novels), while his anthology Rap on Rap was acquired by Harvard’s W.E.B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research. Sexton has lectured at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Penn’s Kelly Writers House, and the University of Alabama, where he delivered the Hudson Strode Lecture in the Age of Shakespeare. He is a Lecturer in Yale’s English Department and a Critic at the Yale School of Art. June 4th, 2 pm - 3 pm.

Paul Shin

Paul H.B. Shin’s debut novel Half Life follows a career as an award-winning journalist for more than 20 years, most recently for ABC News. He was previously a reporter and editor for the New York Daily News, where he covered everything from crime in incarnations both petty and grave, to the chaotic aftermath of the 9/11 attacks and the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to a staple of science fiction as a child, the Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn was an early influence in Paul’s life as a writer -- specifically a novella called “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.” He was born in South Korea and lived in London for several years during his childhood. He now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. Debut Book Panel June 11th, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm.

Brian Francis Slattery

Brian Francis Slattery is an editor at the New Haven Review, the arts editor at the New Haven Independent, and a writer and musician. He has published four novels and is currently working on Bookburners, an urban fantasy serial fiction-writing project with four other authors. Literary Journal Panel June 7th, 3:30 pm - 5 pm.

Jaida Temperly

Jaida is actively building her Adult list, with a special affinity for magical realism, historical fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, horror, and literary fiction, as well as stories with a strong mystery, alternate histories, conspiracy theories, international settings, #OwnVoices, and/or religious undertones. For example, some of her favorite Adult reads include: A Discovery of Witches, The Dinner, The DaVinci Code, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and And Then There Were None.  Prior to joining New Leaf Literary, Jaida grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, studied classical ballet, and briefly attended medical school. She loves art history, traveling, logic puzzles, horticulture, and numerous other topics that come in handy for Trivia Night and crossword puzzles. Agent Panel June 11th, 3 pm - 4 pm.

Molly Tolsky

Molly Tolsky is a writer and editor originally from Chicago, currently living in New York. Her work has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Lumina, The Collagist, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Modern Loss, and elsewhere. She is an editor at 70 Faces Media and Senior Editor of No Tokens. Literary Journal Panel June 7th, 3:30 pm - 5 pm.

Lizzie Widdicombe

Lizzie Widdicombe is A Talk of the Town editor. She writes for The New Yorker and June 5th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Carol Zoref

Carol Zoref is a fiction writer and essayist. Her novel Barren Island (February 2017, New Issues Press /University of W. Michigan) received the A.W.P. Novel Award (Association of Writer and Writing Programs). Her writing has also appeared in The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and more. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hall Farm Center for the Arts, and In Our Own Write. She received also the IOWW Emerging Artist Award and a Finalist for the Henfield Award and American Fiction Award. She is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College and also teaches undergraduate fiction writing at New York University. She lives in New York City. Debut Book Panel June 11th, 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm.

Session II

Bobby Biedrzycki

Bobby Biedrzycki is an artist, educator, and social justice activist who resides in Chicago, IL. His stories, poems, and performances have appeared on pages, stages, and public spaces around the globe. His work is rooted in cross-disciplinary collaboration that focuses on creating social change. Bobby is currently a PhD student in the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University where his work focuses on intersections of performance and carceral power. He is also a company member of Free Street Theater and 2nd Story, and teaches in the Dept of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago, where he was the 2013 recipient of the Excellence-in-Teaching Award. June 15th 7:30 pm - 9 pm and June 16th 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Bernice McFadden

BERNICE L. McFADDEN is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a three-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. The Book of Harlan, her latest novel, won the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Tulane University in New Orleans.June 16th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Leslie McGrath

Leslie McGrath is a poet and essayist. She teaches creative writing at Central CT State University. June 16th, 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Francine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of numerous novels, including Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; My New American Life; Goldengrove; A Changed Man; and Blue Angel. Prose’s nonfiction books include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife; Reading Like A Writer, a New York Times bestseller; The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women & the Artists They Inspired; Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles; Sicilian Odyssey, a travel book; and; Gluttony. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Art News, The Yale Review, The New Republic, and numerous other publications. Session II Craft Talk, June 17th, 4 pm - 5 pm.

Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein

Elizabeth Winick Rubinstein, senior agent and president at McIntosh & Otis, has degrees from New York University and Manhattan School of Music. She began her book publishing career in subsidiary rights and then took on the responsibilities of acquisitions editor at a major audio publishing imprint. Initially, she joined McIntosh & Otis to manage all subsidiary rights but began working as an agent shortly thereafter. Her primary interests include literary fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense and romance, along with narrative non-fiction, history, and current affairs. Elizabeth represents numerous New York Times bestsellers and both Agatha and Edgar Award winners and nominees. June 17th, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm