Barbara Sueko McGuire

Since moving to New York from Los Angeles a year and a half ago, Barbara Sueko McGuire has both experienced her first bead of sweat and learned that Long Island is actually an island and not a city in New Jersey. She has yet to taste her first cup of coffee or watch any of the “Star Wars” movies, but she’s 27, so she’s got time. Barbara Sueko is currently finishing up her nonfiction MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and is working on her thesis, which is a collection of profiles on rule breakers.

Benjamin Matvey

Benjamin Matvey is a writer and lawyer who lives in Brooklyn. His fiction has been featured in Generation X Journal and twice in Philadelphia’s prestigious Writing Aloud series. His story Big Secrets was awarded Cynic Magazines “Best of 2008” distinction, and one of his stories will be featured in the forthcoming anthology Philly Fiction 2. His play Brie! The Musical Dissertation was produced in the summer of 2005 and he hopes to bring it back for an extended run in 2009. He is currently working with a producer to bring his first screenplay, No Regrets, to the big screen, and has just completed his first novel, X.

Charles A. Matathia

Charles A. Matathia is an M.A Candidate in Sociology (Criminology) at the University of Nairobi. His focus is on the criminalization of the politicized subaltern. He describes himself as a social scientist who writes.

Catherine Curan

Catherine Curan lives in New York City. She has taught writing to teenagers in Athens, Greece, and MBA students at Yale University. An award-winning journalist, she has covered business, real estate and fashion for Conde Nast Portfolio.com, the New York Post and Newsday.

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic, a novel-in-poems chronicling the life of an immigrant girl haunted by the death of her best friend (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009). Daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston, and helped organize the third national Asian Pacific American Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Boston. Her work has been recently published in Tea Party, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Water~Stone Review.

Nancy Agabian

Nancy Agabian is the author of Me as her again (Aunt Lute Books) a memoir on her Armenian identity and the history of her Armenian American family, and Princess Freak, (Beyond Baroque Books, 2000) a collection of autobiographical, coming-of-age poems, stories and performance art texts.  Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Birthmark: A Bilingual Anthology of Armenian-American Poetry, Hers 2: Brilliant New Fiction from Lesbian Writers, and KGB BarLit. From 1997-2000, Agabian collaborated with Ann Perich as the folk-punk duo Guitar Boy, writing and singing lyrics that skewered pop culture and the art world; they released a CD in 2000 entitled Freaks like me.  A Fulbright …

Stephanie Sherman

Stephanie Sherman does things that are deemed useless in a capitalist society, like poetry-writing and dancing. She spent two years in Quito, Ecuador on a Fulbright scholarship, teaching and choreographing works that reflected the realities of Ecuadorian society. There, she published her first book of poems, Alucinando en Quito (Editorial Carishina, 2007), in Spanish. For the last two years, she has been writing poems simultaneously in both languages. This spring, she will graduate from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, with an MFA in Dance. In 2001, she graduated from Vassar College with Phi Beta Kappa and high honors in Hispanic Studies.

Sonia Pilcer

Sonia Pilcer has published five novels, most recently, The Holocaust Kid, which she adapted as a theatrical play for Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. Universal Studios bought the film rights to her first novel, Teen Angel, and she wrote the screenplay with Garry Marshall. Her other books include Maiden Rites, Little Darlings, and I-LAND: Manhattan Monologues, produced as a play in New York and Los Angeles. Pilcer teaches fiction and memoir writing at Berkshire Community College and the Writer’s Voice in NYC.

Kelly McMasters

Kelly McMasters is the author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir from an Atomic Town, and her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Newsday, Plenty, Time Out New York, and MrBellersNeighborhood.com, among others. She teaches writing at mediabistro.com, The New School, and in the undergraduate writing program and Journalism Graduate School at Columbia University and is the co-director of the KGB Nonfiction Reading Series in the East Village. She lives in Manhattan and northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, the painter Mark Milroy.

Ed Hamilton

Ed Hamilton is the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (DeCapo Press, Nov 2007). His fiction has been published in various small lit magazines and his non-fiction frequently appears in several neighborhood papers in NYC.

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