This is a list of 2021 Spring Writes Participants. The 2022 event will be posted by early April.
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Mara Alper creates visual art, travels to diverse cultures, and writes to synthesize her experiences. Her video art and documentaries have screened nationally and internationally. maraalper.com
Barbara Anger wrote and performed with the nationally touring Mischief Mime Theatre Co. and won a Saltonstall Screenwriting Grant. She teaches acting at Ithaca College. https://faculty.ithaca.edu/banger/
G'Ra Asim is a writer and musician, is an assistant professor of nonfiction writing at Ithaca College. His nonfiction debut, Boyz n the Void: a mixtape to my brother, will be released on May 11, 2021 via Beacon Press. His work has appeared in Slate, Salon, Guernica, The Baffler and The New Republic. You can preorder Boyz at bookshop.org.
Clara Mae Barnhart
Clara Mae Barnhart is a poet and writer from upstate NY. Her first book, Susie Susquehanna & The River Valley Blues, is being published in 2021 by Main Street Rag. Links to this and other work can be found at claramaebarnhart.com.
nicole v basta
nicole v basta's poems appear in Ploughshares, Waxwing, The Journal, Tinderbox, Ninth Letter, etc. Her chapbook V was the winner of The New School's Annual Contest. nicole is a collage artist, a teaching artist, and an Assistant Poetry Editor at ANMLY. She returned to Ithaca last year after living in Brooklyn, rural Nebraska, in a camper in Austin, and everywhere in-between.
Sarah K. Chalmers
is an applied theatre practitioner, community-engagement specialist, teacher, director and actor based in Ithaca, NY. She is a founding member of Civic Ensemble and Kitchen Theatre Company. Sarah’s work is focused on engaging communities in thinking critically about our world through theatre practice and storytelling, with the goal of creating the community we may have only seen in our dreams.
Michelle Courtney Berry
Michelle Courtney Berry (MPS Cornell University), is a performer, actor, humorist, and author of "The Month of Not Speaking,” and “Breathe.” She writes fiction, non-fiction, articles, and plays. Her poetry has been published by Horticulture Magazine, Northwestern University Press, Random House, nocturnes: a re(view) of the literary arts, Paterson Literary Review, Oxford Magazine & IthacaLit. For more info: bit.ly/mcb-BIO
Arthur Bicknell is an Ithaca College alumnus. He and fellow Ithacan Rachel Hockett co-founded Homecoming Players. His plays include My Great Dead Sister, Masterpieces, Dotty, Easy Out, and Moose Murders, the “gold standard” of Broadway flops, as detailed in his hit book, Moose Murdered, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Broadway Bomb.
Jeremy Braddock is Associate Professor in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University, where he also chairs the Media Studies Initiative. He is the author of Collecting as Modernist Practice, which won the Modernist Studies Association book prize and was a Choice outstanding academic title. He is currently writing a book-length study of the Firesign Theatre. A podcast drawn from that research was featured on the KCRW/McSweeney’s program The Organist.
Cory Brown grew up in western Oklahoma, studied poetry writing at Cornell University, and teaches writing at IC. His fifth collection of poems, A Long Slow Climb, from Cayuga Lake Books, is a series of sonnets meditating on our current pandemic, many of them in conversation with Dante's Divine Comedy. He publishes essays as well. ithaca.edu/faculty/cbrown
Sam Buggeln is a theatre director, translator, and designer based in Ithaca and New York City. He is the Artistic Director of The Cherry Arts, a theatre company focused on hyper-local, international and formally innovative texts. Buggeln.net
Regi Carpenter is an internationally known storyteller, author and workshop leader. A recipient of numerous awards, her stories and workshops have been featured in Asia, South America, Europe, and the US. A New Mourning workshops honor the pain and confusion one feels after a death while exploring the opportunity for growth, and the possibility of renewed hope, joy, and purpose. RegiCarpenter.com
Leslie Daniels’ novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, published in five languages, is under option for film. Essays and stories have appeared in various journals. lesliedaniels.com
Kate Doyle is a 2021 A Public Space Writing Fellow and a bookseller at Buffalo Street Books. She holds an MFA in fiction from New York University, and her short stories have appeared in Electric Literature, No Tokens, Anomaly, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She is writing a novel and a short story collection. katedoylewriter.com
Lauren Eng is a senior writing major at Ithaca College. Her work ranges from memoirs about family and grief to long-form Asian fantasy.
Karen Faris works across the artistic spectrum. She combines poetry with fabric, words with photography, creates collages, and uses these things to create performance art. Her work is informed by her personal belief that compassion can save the day and the day needs saving. Copies of her poetry chapbook The Death of Compassion are available from email@example.com.
Yvonne Fisher is a writer, performer, visual artist, and psychotherapist. She has been published in various journals and anthologies. She has written and performed My Viennese Mother and My Wedding Performance Piece in Ithaca, regionally, and in NYC
Brenna Fitzgerald is a writer, editor, and creativity coach. She holds an MFA in creative writing and has published work in a variety of literary journals. As a coach, she supports writers and other artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking a deeper engagement with their life and creative potential. brennacoaching.com FB: Brenna Fitzgerald; Insta and Twitter: @brenbrain
Tiffany Fleming lives in Ithaca NY and grew up in New England. She has degrees in Science Education and Plant Biology, and many competing passions including poetry and writing, gardening, teaching yoga and spending time in nature. Her creative writing interests explore rural life, gendered experience, family history, cultural inscriptions, memory work and place.
Peter Fortunato is a poet, painter, essayist, novelist, educator, and hypnotherapist in private practice in Ithaca, New York. peterfortunato.net
Lizzie Frank grew up in Newfield, New York and graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island. Lizzie’s work can be found in Font Literary Magazine, Growl, Rejection Letters, Nonsense Humor Magazine, and Stone of Madness Press. Twitter: @LizzieF99
Emily Fridlund grew up in Minnesota. She is the author of the story collection Catapult, which won the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her first novel, History of Wolves, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. She currently lives with her family in Ithaca, New York.
Mary Gilliland's poetry has been anthologized in Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands, in the multimedia Strange Histories, in The & Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, and in Wild Gods. Find her award-winning collection The Ruined Walled Castle Garden in Ithaca bookstores, and marygilliland.com/
Laura Glenn is the author of I Can’t Say I’m Lost (FootHills) and When the Ice Melts (Finishing Line). Her poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Boulevard, Cortland Review, Epoch, Green Mountains Review, Hotel Amerika, Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Poetry, Smartish Pace, plus anthologies. Also an artist, she works as a freelance editor. auraglennpoetandartist.com
Enrique González-Conty is an assistant professor of Spanish at Ithaca College and director of the Cine con Cultura Latinx Film Festival.
David Guaspari was trained as a pure mathematician and considers himself to be, of all post-19th century mathematical logicians, the funniest. In addition to technical papers, he has published fiction, essays, humor, and reviews, and has had plays performed in states totaling 313 electoral votes as well as five foreign countries. dguaspari.com
Ross Haarstad is a writer, theater-maker, graphic designer and social activist who has called Ithaca his home since 1981. In 2009 he launched Theatre Incognita, to provide a space ‘without walls’ focused on local artists creating work of both national and local writers. TheatreIncognita.org
Paul Hamill, who was Tompkins County's third Poet Laureate, has published four collections of poetry and in many journals such as The Georgia Review. He was the founding board chairperson of the Community Arts Partnership and the first board chair of Ithaca City of Asylum before retiring from Ithaca College and moving to Charleston, S.C. In 2019, he published a prose study, And Crown Thy Good With Brotherhood: On the Imagination of Fraternity.
Roger W. Hecht
Roger W. Hecht's poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Gone Lawn, Diagram, and other journals. His books include Witness Report and Talking Pictures. He is an Associate Professor of English at SUNY Oneonta. rogerwhecht.wordpress.com
Eleanor Henderson is the author of the novels Ten Thousand Saints and The Twelve-Mile Straight and the forthcoming memoir Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage. She is the Robert Ryan Professor in the Humanities and the Chair of the Department of Writing at Ithaca College.
Cynthia Henderson is a Professor of acting in Ithaca College's Department of Theatre Arts, and a professional actor, director, and the author of The Actor's Landscape. She is the founder of Performing Arts for Social Change, and has been the CSPA of New York State's award for "Outstanding Contribution to Social Justice." She is a member of Actors' Equity, the National Alliance of Acting Teachers, and is a Fulbright Scholar.
Gail Holst-Warhaft has published two books on grief and lament, many translations of Greek literature, and two collections her own poetry, Penelope’s Confession, and Lucky Country. Her most recent books are The Fall of Athens and The House with the Scorpions. She was Poet Laureate of Tompkins County in 2011 and 2012. Two more books on Greek music are forthcoming.
Christopher Holmes is a writer and socialist revolutionary. His first published essay was printed in Looking Left magazine more than 30 years ago. His mother was a famous European ventriloquist, touring as Mary Catherine and Chuckles. littlewhaleproductions.com
Akua Lezli Hope
Akua Lezli Hope is a creator and wisdom seeker who uses sound, words, fiber, glass, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, sculpture, adornments, and peace. A third generation New Yorker, her honors include the NEA, two NYFAs, an SFPA award, Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She practices her soprano saxophone and prays all suffering cease.
Jack Hopper is a poet and editor. He has four published collections of poetry, most recently Rafting the Medusa (2013-18). He moved to Ithaca in 2005, and is one of three founder-editors of Cayuga Lake Books. He served as poet laureate for Tompkins County from 2015 to 2016.
Eric Machan Howd
Eric Machan Howd is a professor of professional and technical writing at Ithaca College. His poems have appeared in (selected) Nimrod, River City, Stone Canoe, and Caesura. Eric’s poem, Mycology, won the 2018 Switchback Poetry Award from the University of San Francisco. Universal Monsters, his fifth collection of poems, is forthcoming from The Orchard Street Press.
Edward Hower has published twelve books and writing that has has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Smithsonian, American Scholar, and elsewhere. He has been awarded fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as two Fulbright Grants to India. edwardhower.com
Audra Joiner is a Writing major at Ithaca Collage who likes creative nonfiction, stories about misunderstood women, movies that feature Tom Hanks, queer theory, and loud electronic music.
Sorayya Khan is the author of the novels City of Spies, Five Queen's Road, and Noor. She is currently at work on a memoir. sorayyakhan.com. Books are available from Buffalo Street Books and bookshop.org.
Dr. Christine Kitano
Christine Kitano lives in Brooktondale and is an assistant professor at Ithaca College where she teaches poetry and Asian American literature. She also serves on the faculty for the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press), and Sky Country (BOA Editions) which won the Central New York Book Award. christinekitano.com
Dan Kopcow fiction short story collection, Worst. Date. Ever., was published by Regal House Publishing in March 2020 and was named one of 2020’s top 100 novels by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). His cyberpunk noir novel, Prior Futures, will be published by Black Rose Writing in December 2021. Worst. Date. Ever. is available everywhere you buy books and from the publisher. dankopcow.com
Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. stephenkuusisto.com
Jay Leeming is a performance storyteller and poet whose work has captivated audiences in theaters, schools, libraries and National Parks. He is the creator of the Crane Bag Podcast, the author of two books of poetry and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Recordings and more information about his work can be found at JayLeeming.com.
Caroline Levine is Ryan Professor of the Humanities at Cornell University. She’s the author of three books: The Serious Pleasures of Suspense (2003), Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Arts (2007), and Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network (2015). She produced the Cornell podcast, “What Makes Us Human” and is an editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature.
Mary Lorson is a writer, editor, producer, and musician living in Ithaca, New York. marylorson.com
is an actor, writer, director, and graduating senior at Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting. His work as an artist revolves around explorations of power, sexuality, and the fantastical. More at rafaelgraylopez.com
Katharyn Howd Machan
Since 1977 Katharyn Howd Machan has taught creative writing at Ithaca College. Her specialty courses are Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Women and Fairy Tales, and Fairy Tales: The Hero’s Journey. Her most recent published collections of poems are A Slow Bottle of Wine (The Comstock Writers, Inc., 2020) and What the Piper Promised (AQP Press, 2018), both winners in national competitions.
Katie Marks received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She teaches writing at Ithaca College. She co-wrote the headphone walking play, The Missing Chapter, with Aoise Stratford, for The Cherry Arts. She is always trying to learn something new.
Kenneth McClane who taught at Cornell, is the author of two volumes of personal essays, Walls: Essays 1985-1990 and Color: Essays on Race, Family, and History. His essays have appeared in many anthologies, including The Best American Essays, The Best African American Essays, The Art of the Essay, and Bearing Witness: Selections from African-American Autobiography in the Twentieth Century.
North Carolina native, Kenneth McLaurin, has long called himself, "The Funniest Person You've Never Heard Of." But his first album, Cuttin Up Comedy at the Shop, his Kitchen Theatre show Southern Fried Ithaca, Comedy on The Commons, his recent production “So You Think You’re Anti-Racist Competition, and being named Ithaca’s Best Comedian is rapidly changing that. kenneth.mclaurin.com
SingTrece is a powerful live performer. She is an independent recording artist who changes hearts one positive note at a time. Her voice has been called ''Milk and Honey to the Ears'' and you can't help but feel something with every note she sings. 'SingTrece tours Europe, singing in Hungry, Malta, Norway, Germany, Italy, and even the Vatican multiple times. singtrece.com
Bridget Meeds lives near the banks of Six Mile Creek in Ithaca, NY, which flows to Cayuga Lake. Once, she lived on a cliff above the Irish Sea and later, near banks of the Lagan River in Belfast. She grew up on Geddes Brook in Fairmount, New York, which empties into Onondaga Lake, her polluted omphalos.
An Ithaca native, Mikel is a Dramatherapy researcher who focuses on developing dramatherapeutic interventions and psycological assessments for communities adversely affected by european Colonization. He is also a visiting associate professor at Wells College and a part of the teaching staff at the Actor's Workshop of Ithaca.
Barbara Page is an artist, triathlete, and avid reader. She received her MFA from Cornell University. Her work ranges from small collages to large museum installations, including the expansive Rock of Ages, Sands of Time at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY. Her love affair with printed matter led to the Book Marks project, first exhibited at The Center for Book Arts in New York City and later at various libraries as part of a group show, Artists in the Archives: A Collection of Card Catalogs. BarbaraPageStudio.com
Pedro X. Molina
(aka PxMolinA) is an award-winning, internationally published political cartoonist, illustrator, and journalist from Nicaragua. During 2019-21, he was the Honors International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College. Currently he's a Visiting Scholar in Cornell's Latin American Studies Program, with a fellowship from the Artist Protection Fund. www.pxmolina.com
Stacey Murphy loves writing and encouraging other writers. Her first poetry collection, Old Stones Understand, was just released (Shanti Arts Publishing) and she co-edited NY Votes for Women: A Suffrage Centennial Anthology (Cayuga Lake Books) in 2017. Read her poems at staceymurphy.blog
Svante Myrick serves as the Ithaca's mayor. Raised in the town of Earlville, New York, Myrick was elected to the Ithaca Common Council in 2007 while he was a student at Cornell University.
Gina Nutt is the author of the essay collection Night Rooms (Two Dollar Radio) and the poetry collection Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press). She earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Lit Hub, Ninth Letter, and other publications.
Raul Palma is an assistant professor in Ithaca College's department of writing. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Chattahoochee Review, The Greensboro Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and The Sonora Review, and it has been supported with fellowships and scholarships from the CubaOne Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Santa Fe Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer's Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. He is at work on a novel titled A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens that explores debt practices through a postcolonial lens.
Judith Pratt has acted, directed, and taught theatre. Her plays have been produced in Ithaca, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2019, her play Maize won the Louisiana State University SciArts Prize, and her novel, Siljeea Magic, was published. Losing It appeared in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2020. judithpratt.com
Bob Proehl is the author of The Nobody People, A Hundred Thousand Worlds and The Somebody People. He is a NY Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and his work has appeared at Salon.com, PopMatters.com, and American Short Fiction. bobproehl.com Find his work locally at Buffalo Street Books.
The Mighty Mickie Quinn is an event producer and emcee, sometimes performer, sometimes visual artist, and an all-the-time instigator of merriment. She loves to bring together communities while uplifting voices and talents along the way.
Amy Reading is the author of The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Short History of the Big Con. She is working on a biography of Katharine S. White, first fiction editor of The New Yorker, for which she was awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities fellowship. amyreading.com
Allison Reynolds is a senior writing student at Ithaca College. She considers herself to be "poet-ish," cares too much about astrology, and hopes to work in publishing.
Georgia Riordan (she/they) is a senior Writing major at Ithaca College with a double minor in English and Art and serves as Stillwater’s Senior Poetry Editor.
Dan Rosenberg is the author of Cadabra and The Crushing Organ, which won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize. He has also published two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands and Thigh's Hollow, which won the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest, and he co-translated Miklavž Komelj’s Hippodrome. Rosenberg is an associate professor of English at Wells College in Aurora, NY. danrosenberg.us
Laura Rowley is a book artist, publisher, and educator from Trumansburg, NY. Laura operates Illuminated Press which crafts books to provide educational resources, give voice to a wide range of perspectives, and explore the complexities of our social/political/economic fabric. To bring light amid darkness and uncertainty. illuminatedpress.org.
Yael Saar is an artist, writer, mental health advocate, and the Founder of Mama's Comfort Camp support network for moms. She is the creator of the "Creative Safety Nest" original method of fostering artistic self-expression that was at the center of the "Motherhood is a Joke" program.
AJ Sage is the Artistic Director for House of Ithaqua, Ithaca's premier venue for theatre of the weird and macabre. He has been a local playwright, director and actor since 2012 and his writing work has been featured at The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca, the Ithaca Fringe Festival and the Kitchen Theatre's One Minute Play Festival. During the day AJ is the roaster for Copper Horse Coffee.
Nick Salvato is Professor and Chair of the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. He is the author of Uncloseting Drama: American Modernism and Queer Performance (Yale UP, 2010), Knots Landing (Wayne State UP, 2015), Obstruction (Duke UP 2016), and Television Scales (punctum books, 2019), as well as articles in such journals as Camera Obscura, Critical Inquiry, and Discourse. He is currently embarking on a fifth book project, tentatively titled, Soft: Television Aesthetics in the Long 1980s.
Elizabeth Seldin is the CEO, Artistic Director and Chief Content Creator of Clockmaker Arts (Clockmakerarts.com). As a solo performance artist she has written and performed both in Ithaca as well as Off-Broadway at Theatre Row In NYC. As a playwright she specializes in new works and seeks to help empower people to tell and share their unique gifts in storytelling.
Senior Theatre Troupe
The Senior Troupe of Lifelong has been performing for more than 22 years. They perform stories from their lives, with themes picked by the troupe. closetohomeproductions.com/senior-theater-troupe.
Leah Skay is a graduating senior in Ithaca College from Delaware. She writes both nonfiction and fiction, having publications in Stillwater Magazine and Iron Horse Literary Review.
Dan Smalls is a concert promoter based in Ithaca, NY. HIs company DSP Shows produces over 800 shows a year in the northeast. He took to writing during the forced year off due to the pandemic and in addition to a novel had written a stories inspired by walks in the FLX. @dan_smalls on Insta / dspshows.com / danielsmalls.com
Nora Snyder is a writer, organizer, and librarian. See her website for more about her work, illuminousflux.com/press
Saviana Stanescu is a cutting-edge award-winning Romanian-American playwright, poet, and ARTivist, author of Aliens with Extraordinary Skills, Ants, Lenin’s Shoe, Hurt, Useless, and many other plays centering the immigrant experience. Winner of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Play (Waxing West), Saviana has published over 15 books of plays and poetry, written in English and Romanian, translated/presented around the world. Associate Professor of Playwriting at Ithaca College. saviana.com
Jennie Lowe Stearns
Jennie Lowe Stearns is an established song writer, producer, and performer residing in Newfield N.Y. Stearns performs internationally and has recorded five studio albums. Her latest album Ghost Tracks, produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones), features Tyler Ramsey (Band of Horses), Greg Evans (Driftwood), and Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple, Iron and Wine). jennielowemusic.com
Aoise Stratford is a playwright, dramaturg and lecturer at Cornell. Best known locally for her adaptation of A Christmas Carol for The Hangar, she is also the author of two audio-headphone walking plays with Katie Marks and Nick Salvato, for The Cherry.
Originally from Delaware, Elizabeth Stuelke met her husband in Baltimore, after her latest-band split up, together they moved to NYC, he went back to med school, they had kids, she got a MA in Sociology, and work-shopped her writing at the Kenyon Review, Novel Writing and Stowe Story Labs, Screen Writing sessions. She is currently the lead singer and lyricist for SOLID.
Rob Sullivan, former postal clerk and author of the poetic memoir, Post Scripts, is delighted to read with some of his favorite writers in the world! http://www.wvbr.com/dj-profiles-display/Rob-Sullivan Find his book at Amazon, Buffalo Street Books, One Green Horse in Trumansburg.
Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ Press First Book Prize (2013) and editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She’s an emeritus fellow at Black Earth Institute and a co-founder of Split This Rock. Tuckey teaches poetry workshops from her home in Ithaca, New York.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a finalist for the National Book Award and LA Times Book Prize; Black Swan, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize; and co-authored the chapbooks Leading with a Naked Body and Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. In 2018, her Cherry Arts-commissioned monologue Esopus was featured in Courage Everywhere, a festival celebrating women’s suffrage and the fight for political equality, at the National Theatre in London.
Saskya van Nouhuys
Saskya van Nouhuys is an ecology professor and studies butterflies and the insects that parasitize them. She also writes. Most of her writing is about nature and the intersection of nature with the personal. She grew up in California and lives in Ithaca, NY and in Finland. www.eeb.cornell.edu/saskyavn/
Aino Waller is a professional translator, free writer and mother of six. She writes in Finnish, English and Swedish. The whole family spent the year 2019 in Ithaca, where Aino attended creative writing classes at Cornell and a writing class led by Zee Zahava. She still writes once a week with "the Thursday group".
Jack Wang is the author of We Two Alone, named one of Canada’s best works of fiction in 2020 by CBC Books. We Two Alone will be published in the US by HarperVia on June 1, 2021. His work has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize. He teaches writing at Ithaca College. jackwangauthor.com
Gregg Weatherby is a poet, actor, writer, and editor. He has also been a deckhand, ranch foreman, bartender, and managing editor of SPIN Magazine. His previous poetry collections include Under Orian, Bone Island, and Approaching Home. A new collection of his poetry, Before We Forget, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He lives in Ithaca.
Ann Wexler is a psychotherapist in Ithaca and has been writing with the “Thursday Writers” for over 20 years. She travels to France every year to visit her husband‘s family, and writes funny, touching, and vibrant vignettes about her adventures in Paris, in Provence and on hiking trips in the French Alps. Many thanks to Zee Zahava for starting her on the path to writing.
Lesley Williamson has served as the executive director of the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY since 2011. She initiated the Foundation’s accessible addition project in 2015, and for the first time in the Foundation’s history, disabled artists and writers will be able to utilize the facilities starting this year. saltonstall.org
Dr. Kristen Wright is a playwright and Postdoctoral Associate in the Humanities Scholars Program at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities. Her plays APPLE CORE, MISS ANNE, THE SHIRT (CIVILITY), JAMAL FROM EMPIRE, and JODECI FOR WHITE GIRLS were previously produced as a part of Cornell's 10 Minute Play Festival.
Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe
Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe is a writer and vegan chef who is proud to be Black and Queer. She writes mostly essays and nonfiction and can be found via her blog at kuukuadzigbordiyomekpe.com