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Victoria Brown

Victoria Brown is the author of Minding Ben (released in paperback as Grace in the City). Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, NBCnews.com, Babble, Bookreporter.com, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College and teaches in the English Department at LaGuardia Community College. She is currently at work on her second novel.

Noel Alumit

Noel Alumit wrote the novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon. www.noelalumit.com

Allison Tartalia

Musical Guest:

“Tartalia is to pop music what granola is to cereal.”
– NYRock.com.

Indeed, Allison Tartalia is not your run-of the-mill songwriter. Her unconventional arrangements, brutally honest lyrics, and wry humor make her as unpredictable as she is unforgettable. Audiences have taken notice at clubs, colleges and festivals around the country. A classically trained pianist, Allison draws upon diverse influences to create her eclectic brand of orchestral chamber pop. In addition to her work as a singer-songwriter, Allison composes for both theater and film. The musical drama 1918: A House Divided, was produced by Theater for the New City, and she recently co-wrote music for the documentary 5,000 Miles From …

Diane Schenker

Having grown up on both coasts and in between, and lived in the Seattle and Paris, Diane Schenker now happily reads and writes poetry in New York City. She has a chapbook, Relation/Couch/Dreaming and has published poems in The Gettysburg Review, Gargoyle, Writers’ Bloc and, of course, SalonZine. Her reviews of poetry appear in coldfrontmag.com and The Boxcar Poetry Review. She has also worked and taught in theater, directed opera, was co-creator of the performance piece Jane Smith Jane Smith (directed by Rinde Eckert) and wrote and staged Nannerl: A Speculative Morality.

Tim Kreider

Tim Kreider’s work has appeared in Lynx Eye. He currently lives and writes in Philadelphia.

Mira Ptacin

Mira Ptacin is the founder and host of “Freerange,” a monthly nonfiction reading series. She recently completed her first book, Poor Your Soul, which is a memoir about the uterus and the American Dream. She lives in Brooklyn, loves all dogs and most people.

Meakin Armstrong

Meakin Armstrong is a freelance writer, an adjunct professor of English, a former employee at The New Yorker, and the fiction editor at Guernica (guernicamag.com). His work has appeared in Noö Journal, elimae, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Stories Literary Journal, InDigest, Sweeeeet, and three fiction anthologies. His nonfiction has been featured in TheAtlantic.com, TheAlanticWire.com, Time Out New York, and in the books, New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg and Museyon Guides Film + Travel North America. He has received scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Muthoni Garland

Muthoni Garland is the author of the novella, Tracking the Scent of My Mother, published by Storymoja. She is also a member of Concerned Kenyan Writers, a coalition whose purpose is to use our writing skills to help save Kenya in this polarized time.

David Kaiza

Born in 1975 in the north Ugandan town of Aboke, David Kaiza lived in Kampala for 21 years because of the war and attended Makerere University which he graduated from in 1999. He worked as a journalist for the regional newspaper, The EastAfrican for many years where he was also a literary-cultural critic. A fine artist as well, he also did some television work where he was a story teller as well as animator. He has some experience in craftsmanship, particularly brass which has a history – although forgotten – where he was born. His publication in the forthcoming Kwani? 05 is his first lengthy creative output.

Billy Kahora

Billy Kahora is Kwani? and Special Projects Editor. He also writes fiction and has recently completed an MS.c in Creative Writing with distinction and as a Chevening Scholar at the University of Edinburgh.
Billy studied and worked in South Africa for 8 years. After leaving South Africa Billy wrote ‘The True Story of David Munyakei’, an extended non-fiction piece with literary elements for Kwani? and joined the organization to spearhead a new kind of journalism: a journalism that can go beyond the dry official voices of the last 40 years and open up the new socio-cultural and socio-political spaces that are emerging in the country by the use of literary elements. …

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