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Judy Chicurel

Judy Chicurel’s work has appeared in national and regional publications, including The New York Times, Newsday, and Granta. Her plays have been produced and performed in New York City. Judy’s debut collection of stories, If I Knew You Were Going to be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House this fall. Judy is also NYWC workshop leader. Get updates at www.judychicurel.com.

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s work has appeared in The Believer, Green Mountains Review, Apogee Journal, At Length Magazine, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her interview with author Victor LaValle was included in the anthology Always Apprentices: The Believer Magazine Presents. She has received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference (2010-2012) and was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Work Space fellow, as well as Johnson State College’s 2011 Visiting Emerging Writer. Kaitlyn received her M.F.A. from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow. She hosts a podcast on writing and writers called The Workshop with the novelist Bill Cheng. Kaitlyn’s debut novel We Love You Charlie Freeman is forthcoming from Algonquin Press. Kaitlyn is a NYWC workshop leader and facilitates writing workshops for youth in the Fort Greene Park Summer Youth Program.

Lissa Kiernan

Lissa Kiernan

In Lissa Kiernan’s first book, Two Faint Lines in the Violet, she explores poetry’s unique ability to document yet re-vision the nuclear age, how when singing somewhere between the personal and political—if we listen closely—we might hear the social. Individual poems from Two Faint Lines in the Violet have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Kiernan holds a M.F.A. from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research. She is the founder and director of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, a leading provider of online poetry workshops, and Senior Director of Online Communications for World Monuments Fund. Learn more about Lissa at www.twofaintlines.com.

Melody Nixon is a New Zealand-born writer living in New York City. Her essays, criticism, and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Common, Midnight Breakfast, Hoax Publication, Bloom, and The Appendix, among others. In 2012-2014 she received support from the Ucross Foundation, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, Art Farm Nebraska, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Ragdale Foundation. Melody is an activist for LGBTQ, women’s, and migrant rights. She co-founded Apogee Journal, a literary activist project and has taught an introductory “artivism” class at Columbia University. Melody is a NYWC workshop leader and facilitates writing workshops at the Ali Forney Center for LGBT homeless youth.

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Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). She is a Cave Canem fellow, a graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing M.F.A. program, and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine. Morgan lives in Brooklyn and at www.morgan-parker.com.

Patrick Ryan is the author of Send Me, Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His work has been published in numerous journals and has been included in The Best American Short Stories (2006). He is the former associate editor of Granta and is the editor-in-chief of One Teen Story, a literary magazine for young adult fiction enthusiasts.

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Avra Wing

Avra Wing is the author of the young adult novel After Isaac, praised in Publisher’s Weekly as “an emotionally complex story of life, love, grief and recovery.” Her previous novel, Angie, I Says, a New York Times notable book, was made into the movie Angie starring Geena Davis and James Gandolfini.

Avra won the 2011 Pecan Grove Press Chapbook Competition with her poetry collection, Recurring Dream, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Hanging Loose and Michigan Quarterly Review. She has published essays in the Times and Brain, Child and has written feature stories for Adoptive Families magazine.

Avra was an adjunct professor of English at Kingsborough Community College for ten years and leads NYWC workshops for individuals living with disabilities. Her website is www.avrawing.com.

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Jonathan Tasini

Jonathan Tasini (HOST) is the author of four books: It’s Not Raining, We’re Being Peed On: The Scam of the Deficit Crisis (2010); The Audacity of Greed: Free Markets, Corporate Thieves and The Looting of America (2009); They Get Cake, We Eat Crumbs: The Real Story Behind Today’s Unfair Economy (1997); and The Edifice Complex: Rebuilding the American Labor Movement to Face the Global Economy (1995). Jonathan lives in New York, where he continues his life-long rooting for the New York Yankees.