I never knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. Actually, I wanted to do everything. Ever since I was little, I have felt the infinite possibilities of the world assault me, pulling me at the same time towards the four cardinal points, as if it were possible to divide myself into separate beings and run captive after every stimulus, like a cat chasing a butterfly. One thing was clear: I wanted to arouse emotions. I grew up admiring writers, musicians, illustrators, singers, actors and artists who, with a gesture, turn the energy of the world into a pure explosion of love. I wanted that. I always thought that was more powerful than banks and governments. But it seemed impossible to want so much ... until I understood that the key to everything is in the imagination: that is where all the infinite possibilities of the world live.
Today I am editor, illustrator and writer, the director of Monoblock Industry of Imagineering and host of Pecha Kucha Buenos Aires. I have a ukulele. I like mountains and forests, travel and cooking. I am an advocate for joy and I believe that the most powerful mantra is love. And, above all, I believe in the Power of Imagination.
Brice Austin was born in Nashville, Tennessee and holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Portuguese from Vanderbilt University. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing M.A. program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he won a Henfield/Transatlantic Review award for fiction. He has since published short stories in a number of literary quarterlies, among them The New Orleans Review, Owen Wister Review, Dickinson Review, and High Plains Literary Review. He lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife and three children.
His new novel, Must, was recently named one of 5 finalists for the Jackson Daughtery Literary Award. Details are at: https://www.jdlh.org/
Justin Courter is the author of the novel Skunk: A Love Story and a collection of prose poems, The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs. He lives in New York City.
Kelly Daniels grew up on the road, living for stints with his parents in a Hawaiian commune, a waterless, powerless cabin in the desert, and in an old step-van outfitted with bunks. As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America. Along the way, he picked up odd jobs when he could find them, jobs such as production manager of a furniture factory (Guatemala), newspaper reporter (Mexico), and bartender (all over). For additional information about Kelly, please visit his website at www.authorkellydaniels.com.
His short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, Sonora Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Clara Review, GSU Review, Orange Coast Review, Eyeshot and other journals. Among other awards, he recently won first prize in Creative Nonfiction at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. He lives with his wife and young son in Rock Island, Illinois, where he teaches creative writing at Augustana College.
Kelly DeLong is originally from Center Valley, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Duluth, Georgia. He teaches English at Clark Atlanta University. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Sun, Evansville Review, Jabberwock Review, Roanoke Review, and Palo Alto Review, among others. He has won the Willow Review Fiction Award, the Agnes Scott Fiction Award, and the Georgia State University Fiction Award. He has also been a finalist for the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the Sol Books Prose Contest and the St. Lawrence Book Award.
Deborah Doucette began her writing career as a free-lance journalist, subsequently writing a non-fiction book, Raising Our Children’s Children, slated for re-release in 2014. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, an artist, and mother of four. She lives in a small town west of Boston with her red standard poodle Fiamma (Italian for flame) surrounded by her art and enjoying the comings and goings of her twin grandchildren. She is currently working on a new novel.
Rachel Hildebrandt. With degrees in art history and historic preservation, Rachel Hildebrandt worked as a historical consultant and academic editor before transitioning to literary translation (German). She has published both fiction and nonfiction works in translation, including Staying Human by Katharina Stegelmann (Skyhorse), Herr Faustini Takes a Trip by Wolfgang Hermann (KBR Media), and Fade to Black by Zoe Beck (October 2017, Weyward Sisters Press). Her translations have appeared in journals such as Europe Now, Anomaly and Trafika Europe. Rachel is also the founder of Weyward Sisters Publishing, which focuses on bringing contemporary works of crime and noir fiction by women authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to English readers.
Rachel is also the recipient of two translation grants, one (Goethe Institut) for Merle Kroeger's HAVARIE (Unnamed, September 2017) and one (KBM, Austria) for Bernd Schuchter's LINK UND LERKE (KBR Media, 2016).
Jerry Keenan. Retired from the book publishing industry, Jerry Keenan writes about the people, places and events that make up the tableau of Western History. His publications include A Life of Yellowstone Kelly, The Great Sioux Uprising: Rebellion on the Plains, Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars, and The Wagon Box Fight: An Episode of Red Cloud's War.
Carrie Knowles. The 2014 Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction, Carrie Knowles has published widely in both fiction and non-fiction and has won a number of prestigious writing awards, including: Midland Authors Poetry Award, the American Heart Association Heart and Torch Award for Creative Journalism, and Glimmer Train’s Very-Short Fiction Contest. Her first novel, Lillian’s Garden, was selected a summer “must read” by the North Carolina Arts Council/NC Culture Blogger. Her second novel, Ashoan’s Rug, was named one of the top books of 2014 by Salisbury Press. Her non-fiction book, The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s, Three Rivers Press 2000, has been noted as one of the top 100 books written about Alzheimer’s. Carrie was born in Detroit. She and her husband, Jeff Leiter, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1978. They have three children. For more information about Carrie and her work, please visit her website at: http://www.cjanework.com/
Robert Linz is the Associate Director & Head of Public Services at the University of Colorado School of Law William A. Wise Law Library. He is the author of Colorado Legal Research published by Carolina Academic Press. He holds an M.L.I.S. from Florida State University and a J.D. from the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar.
Timothy Jay Smith is a novelist and screenwriter who has won numerous awards, including the Paris Prize for Fiction, the Stanley Drama Award, and Grand Prize in several international competitions for his screenplay adaptation of Cooper's Promise. He is the founder of Kosmos Films and the executive producer of a web-based comedy series. Tim and his partner split their time between Paris, Greece, and Miami Beach.
Cooper's Promise is available from Follett Library Services, YBP, Coutts, Brodart, Baker & Taylor, and Ingram Book Distributors.
Tom Strelich was born into a family of professional wrestlers and raised in Bakersfield, California, and his writing career began on a dare while he was a graduate student in Botany. His plays include BAFO (Best and Final Offer) which was commissioned by and had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and its New York premiere at the American Place Theatre (APT); Dog Logic, which also had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and went on to win a Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays award for its New York premiere at the APT; and Neon Psalms, which won the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award for its world premiere at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and its New York premiere at the APT. Tom's honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant for playwrights, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Playwright Award, and commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Tom has one screen credit, Out There(Showtime). For more information about Tom and his work, please visit his website at:
Kim Triedman has been writing poetry and fiction for over a decade. Her first volume of poetry, bathe in it or sleep, won the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition; in the past few years she has won or been shortlisted in over ten additional poetry and fiction competitions. Her first full-length poetry collection, Plum(b), is to be released in early 2013 by Main Street Rag Press. Ms. Triedman is also the developer and editor of Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Art (Yileen Press, 2010), a volume which grew out of a benefit event she co-organized and co-chaired involving Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, Gail Mazur and other Boston-area poets. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Main Street Rag, Women Arts Quarterly, Poetry International, Atticus Reviewand numerous other literary journals and anthologies. She is a graduate of Brown University and is currently the managing editor of Ibbetson Street.For more information about Ms. Triedman, please visit her website at kimtriedman.net
Sylvia Wilkinson, formerly a Motorsports Correspondent for AUTOWEEK, currently covers auto racing for The World Book Encyclopedia. Among her grants were National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships. BC (Before Computers) she did timing and scoring for Keke Rosberg, Bobby Rahal, Al Unser, Sr, Paul Newman, and others. She is the author of many books, including The Stainless Steel Carrot: An Auto Racing Odyssey, and the novels A Killing Frost, Cale and Bone of My Bones. Big Cactus is her 7th novel.
Wilkinson held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina, William & Mary, Hollins, Sweet Briar, Washington University and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a teaching scholar with The National Faculty.