Melissa Febos (2018)
Melissa is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart and the essay collection, Abandon Me. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including The Believer, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, Post Road, Salon, The New York Times, Elle, The Guardian, Vogue, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University. She serves on the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, the PEN America Membership Committee, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She curates literary events, teaches workshops, and speaks widely. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.
Lisa Ko (2017)
Lisa is the author of The Leavers, a novel that was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016, The New York Times, Apogee Journal, Narrative, O. Magazine, One Teen Story, Brooklyn Review, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, LMCC, the MacDowell Colony, Writers OMI at Ledig House, and Blue Mountain Center, among others. She lives in New York City.
Julia Jarcho (2016)
Julia is a playwright and director from New York City with the company Minor Theater. Her play Grimly Handsome (Incubator Arts Project 2013, JACK 2015) won a 2013 Obie Award for Best New American Play. Other plays include The Terrifying (Abrons Arts Center 2017), Every Angel is Brutal (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks 2016), Nomads (Incubator 2014), Dreamless Land (New York City Players/Abrons 2011), American Treasure (13P 2009), The Highwayman (NTUSA performance space 2004), and Delmar, which the visual artist Meredith James made into a movie installation (Jack Hanley Gallery 2014). She has received a Doris Duke Impact Award (2014), a Sarah Verdone Writing Award (2016), and grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Venturous Fund. She has been a MacDowell fellow, an LCT New Writer in Residence at Lincoln Center, an Advisory Board member at Young Playwrights Inc., and a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation and the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. She has a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and teaches in the English Department at NYU. Her book Minor Theater: Three Plays is available from 53rd State Press and her first critical book, Writing and the Modern Stage: Theater Beyond Drama, is published by Cambridge University Press.
Sarah Dohrmann (2015)
Sarah is a Brooklyn-based writer of creative nonfiction, journalism, and fiction. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and New York, among other publications. She has received fellowships and awards from Fulbright (Morocco), Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Sarah was born and raised in Iowa, and received her MFA from the Graduate Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Pia Wilson (2014)
Pia is a 2017 NJPAC Stage Exchange commissioned playwright, 2017 resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space program, 2015 Sundance fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She is a 2012-2013 resident with LMCC’s Workspace program, a member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and a 2009 playwriting fellow with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her play BACK TO THE REAL was produced by Crossroads Theatre, and Drew University produced her play, DOWN NECK, in 2018. Her drama TURNING THE GLASS AROUND was produced by Workspace Collective, and her play, GENERATION T, was produced at Adelphi University in 2014. Her play, THE FLOWER THIEF, was a 2012 co-production between Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time play festival.
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Amy Whitaker (2013)
Amy is the author of Art Thinking (Harper Business, 2016) and an assistant professor in visual arts administration at New York University. Art Thinking was shortlisted as an innovation and creativity book of the year by 800-ceo-read, and described by Walter Isaacson as “fascinating” and Adam Grant as “eloquent” and “inspiring.” Amy is also author of Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009), which was selected as the first common first-year read at the Rhode Island School of Design, and co-author of The Social Life of Artistic Property (Publication Studio, 2014), which Artnews named one of “14 New Art History Books to Change Your Mind.” Amy has written the creative business curricula for the New Museum Incubator where she was also an entrepreneur-in-residence and for a partnership between Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Actors Fund. Her research is about reframing art markets from the point of view of artists using property rights and the blockchain. She studied at Williams College, Yale University, and University College London. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and Birmingham, Alabama, Amy lives in New York City.
Alicia Jo Rabins (2012)
Alicia Jo is a writer, composer, performer and Torah teacher. The New York Times calls her voice “gorgeous”; the San Francisco Chronicle calls her writing “a poetry page-turner, both sexy and humble.” Alicia’s poetry book, DIVINITY SCHOOL, won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her second book of poetry, FRUIT GEODE, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Ploughshares, and American Poetry Review. Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, and has released five albums, as well as composing for stage and television. She lives in Portland with her husband and their two small children.
Emily Rubin (2011)
Emily's debut novel STALINA was a selection in the Amazon Debut Novel Award Contest and was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Mariner Books in 2011. She was the first recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writers Award, a finalist in the International Literary Awards, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Rubin’s fiction and essays have appeared in the Red Rock Review, Confrontations, NY Observer, Poets & Writers Magazine, and HAPPY. In 2005 she founded Dirty Laundry: Loads of Prose, a reading and performance series that takes place in laundromats around the country. Rubin runs the Write Treatment Writing Workshops for people affected by cancer at Mount Sinai in NYC. She teaches creative writing in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University. Rubin has an MFA from the Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. She is working on a novel about urban homesteading and lives with her husband, Leslie, and their dog Sebastian in NYC and Columbia County.