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Blake Kimzey, Founder & Executive Director, Fiction

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Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas. Named one of D Magazine'sArtists to Learn From, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation in 2013. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, Vice/Terraform, Redivider, D Magazine, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. He recently completed his first novel and is working on his second. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. He is proudly represented by Ryan Harbage at The Fischer-Harbage Agency. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at SMU and has also taught creative writing at UT-Dallas and UC-Irvine. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, find him online at blakekimzey.com, contact him at blake@writingworkshopsdallas.com, or use the Contact link above.

 

Whitney Davis, Screenwriting & Literary Management

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Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In 2015, after being nudged by many of her existing clients, Whitney started her own literary management firm for screenwriters and continues her work with novelists and screenwriters as a developmental story editor and publishing consultant. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few.  On the novel writing side, her clients have landed literary agents and secured book deals with Harper Collins, Scholastic and more. Whitney is a sought after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. In the last year, she has spoken at The Great American Pitchfest, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, The Genre LA Conference, and has paneled at events such as AWP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C, the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected as a guest of honor for an International Screenwriting Association event this past summer. You can find her at several more events in 2017. Whitney has a passion for storytelling and loves encouraging writers to fulfill their dreams.  You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary. To contact Whitney, use the Contact link above.

 

Maya Perez, 3-Month Online Intensive Screenwriting Mentorship

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Maya Perez is a writer and producer. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, Electric Literature,The Masters Review, Misadventures Magazine, and she is co-editor of three collections of interviews with screenwriters and filmmakers: On Story – The Golden Ages of Television, On Story - Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films, and On Story - Screenwriters and Their Craft, all published by the University of Texas Press. She is an executive producer on the television series On Story, now in its ninth season on PBS. On Story won a Lone Star EMMY Award® for Best Interview/Discussion Program Series in 2018 and for Best Arts/Entertainment Program in 2014. It was nominated for a Lone Star EMMY Award® in 2016. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, SFFILM/Westridge, the Sundance Institute, New York Stage & Film, and was named one of MovieMaker Magazine and Austin Film Festival’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” for 2016. She received a BA from Vassar College and an MFA as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin. Maya currently teaches at the Michener Center for Writers and The University of Texas at Austin. An active member of the arts and education community, she serves on boards and committees for several organizations, including Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Texas Book Festival, and Vassar College. She grew up in Kenya, Zambia, and the United States and now lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, artist Johnny Walker, and their daughter. Photo Credit Johnny Walker.

 

Kendra Allen, 6-Month Online Essay Collection Mentorship Program

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Kendra Allenis the author of the award-winning essay collection When You Learn The Alphabet (University of Iowa Press), winner of the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Kendra has an MFA from the University of Alabama. Her work has also appeared in brevity, december, and The Rumpus, among others. Kendra tweets @KendraCanYou.

 

Kelly Luce, 6-Month Online Novel Mentorship Program

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Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), a Book of the Month selection and one of Elle's Best Books of 2016. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts. In 2015 she received an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, where she was editor-in-chief of Bat City Review and the editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in New York MagazineThe Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Sun, The Southern Review, New England Review, American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, and other publications. She is the Essays Editor for Electric Literature and was a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in an old grist mill in Knoxville, Tennessee. Finally, here is a short piece Kelly wrote about reading for the O. Henry Prize Stories. More at kellyluce.com.

 

Samantha Mabry, 3-Month Novel Intensive Revision Mentorship

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Samantha Mabry is the author of the young adult novels A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All the Wind in the World, the latter of which was long-listed for the National Book Award and named by Amazon as a Best Book of 2017. Her forthcoming novel, Tigers, Not Daughters, will release in the spring of 2020 from Algonquin Young Readers. Her short work has been featured in D Magazine, [foreshadow], and h_ngm_n. Born and raised in Dallas, Samantha graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a degree in English.After taking a gap year, she moved across the country to complete a Masters in English from Boston College. Then, she moved right back to Texas. Currently, Samantha teaches composition, Latinx Literature, and creative writing at El Centro College in downtown Dallas.

 

Tori Telfer, Creative Non-Fiction & Longform Journalism

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Tori Telfer is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Her first book, Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History (Harper Perennial), was published fall 2017, and called “exceptionally well-sourced and engaging, if gory” by NPR. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Salon, Vice, Jezebel, The Hairpin, The Awl, GOOD magazine, Chicago Magazine, The Establishment, and elsewhere, and has been featured several times on longform.org. She has a serial killer anecdote for every social situation, and is always overjoyed to talk about “going freelance” (not to be confused with “going clear”). Read more at toritelfer.com.

 

Mag Gabbert, Nonfiction & Poetry

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MagGabbert holds a Ph.D. in creative writing from Texas Tech University, an MFA in creative writing from The University of California at Riverside, and a BA in English from Trinity University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in English. Her poems and nonfiction essays have been published in over forty national and international literary journals and magazines, including 32Poems, The Rumpus, Phoebe, The Nervous Breakdown, The Cortland Review, Thrush, Carve Magazine, Stirring, and The Boiler Journal. Mag’s first full-length poetry manuscript, SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS, has additionally been listed as a finalist for several distinguished book prizes, including The Akron Poetry Prize, The Pamet River Prize from YesYes Books, The BOAAT Book Prize, and The Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press. She has received fellowships from Idyllwild Arts, Poetry at Round Top, and the James D. and Mary Hazlewood Memorial Fund, and in 2019 Mag was awarded the inaugural Rossetti Broadside Prize from American Literary Review for her poem “America.” In addition to teaching for Writing Workshops Dallas, Mag teaches creative writing at Southern Methodist University and serves as the Interviews Editor for Underblong Journal. For more information, please visit maggabbert.com. 

 

Melissa Marr, 6-Month Online Writing for Young Readers & Teens Mentorship Program

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Melissa Marr is a former university literature instructor who writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into twenty-eight languages and been bestsellers internationally (Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, et al) as well as domestically (on the NY TimesLos Angeles TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal). Accolades include starred reviews on numerous books (in PW, SLJ, Kirkus, Booklist, and Library Journal), YALSA Popular Paperbacks, IRA Notable Book Pick, Book Sense Pick (YA and adult), Good Morning America Summer Pick for Teens, Scottish Book Trust, Red Maple finalist (in both Ontario and Manitoba), and Goodreads Good Choice Award (Horror), RWA RITA award (YA).  In addition to novels, Melissa has co-edited several anthologies, as well as published short fiction, manga and prose non-fiction. She is best known for the Wicked Lovely series for teens, Graveminder for adults, and her debut picturebook Bunny Roo, I Love You. Upcoming books include her first children’s book that will feature her photography as well as her words (2021), a historical fantasy middle-grade series (2020 & 2021), and a sequel to Bunny Roo (2021).  She currently lives in Arizona when she’s not off wandering.

 

Alex Temblador, Freelance & Travel Writing

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Alex Temblador is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Casa Rosada and an internationally-published freelance writer. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma and has since been a freelance writer for the last five years. Her Starred Kirkus novel has won such accolades as the NACCS 2019 Tejas Foco Young Adult Award, MG/YA Discovery Prize Winner of Writers League of Texas Book Awards, and Kirkus' Best of YA Books of 2018. Alex has two upcoming anthology publications, her creative work has been published in PALABRITAS and Cigale Literary Magazine, and her articles have appeared in outlets like Architectural Digest, Lonely Planet, The Daily Beast, Travel + Leisure, Bustle, Texas Highways Magazine, D Magazine, Fodors, among many others. In addition to being the moderator and brains behind Dallas' newest author panel series, LitTalk, Alex travels the world for her writing career and offers writing presentations and workshops at high schools, universities, and conferences in the U.S.

 

Amy Bernhard, Nonfiction

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Amy Bernhard is a writer whose essays appear in The Rumpus, VICE Magazine, Catapult, Hazlitt, Redivider, The Toast, Ninth Letter, The Iowa Review, and The Colorado Review, among others. She presently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Texas-Arlington and The University of Iowa.  She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program, and her work has been awarded grants from The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Arts.

 

Rebecca Balcárcel, Fiction (FORT WORTH)

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Rebecca Balcárcel'snovel The Other Half of Happy from Chronicle Books has received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. University of St. Mary's Pecan Grove Press published her book of poems, Palabras in Each Fist. Over forty of her essays and poems have appeared in literary journals, including North American Review, Third Coast, Segue, Mothering Magazine, Oklahoma Review, Concho River Review, descant, and South Dakota Review. She holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington Writing Seminars where she received the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. As Associate Professor of English, Rebecca serves the students of Tarrant County College. Rebecca is also YouTube's SixMinuteScholar, with 20K subscribers, and she can be found on Twitter (@r_balcarcel), Instagram (rebeccabalcarcel), and Facebook (rebeccatheauthor), as well as via her website, https://rebeccabalcarcel.com.

 

Lindsay Tigue, Online Fiction

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Lindsay Tigue is the author of System of Ghosts, which was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for Julie Suk Award, and was a finalist for both the Foreword INDIES Book Award and the Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award for a book by a debut author. Tigue writes poetry and fiction and her work appears in Prairie SchoonerBlackbird, Verse DailyPoetry DailyRattlediodeIndiana Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other journals. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a James Merrill fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, and a former assistant to the editors at the Georgia Review. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and the English/Creative Writing PhD program at the University of Georgia. She is an assistant professor of Creative Writing and English at Eastern New Mexico University.

 

David Samuel Levinson, Online Fiction

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David Samuel Levinson is the author of the novels Tell Me How This Ends WellAntonia Lively Breaks the Silence, and the story collection, Most of Us Are Here Against Our Will. He's received fellowships from Yaddo, the Jentel Foundation, Ledig House, the Santa Fe Arts Institute, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Marguerite & Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers. His stories and poetry have appeared in storySouthThe Brooklyn ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Toronto QuarterlyWest Branch, and Post Road, among others. He served as the Fellow in Fiction at Emory University from 2013 to 2015. He’s taught online at NYU and UCLA’s Writing Program.

 

Marie-Helene Bertino, Writing Workshops Paris 2020

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Marie-Helene Bertinois the author of the novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS and the collection SAFE AS HOUSES and was the 2017 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Fellow in Cork, Ireland. Her work has received The O. Henry Prize, The Pushcart Prize, The Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Mississippi Review Story Prize, and has twice been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. She teaches at NYU, The New School, and Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and lives in Brooklyn, where she was the Associate Editor for One Story and Catapult. In Spring 2020 she will be the Distinguished Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana. Her third book, PARAKEET, is forthcoming from FSG in Spring 2020.

 

Chloe Caldwell, Writing Workshops Paris 2020

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Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collections I’LL TELL YOU IN PERSON and LEGS GET LED ASTRAY, as well as the critically acclaimed novella, WOMEN. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, Vice, Salon, Longreads, Nylon, and half a dozen anthologies including Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC and Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class. Her essay "Hungry Ghost" was listed as Notable in Best American Non-required Reading 2016. She teaches creative nonfiction writing at Catapult in NYC and online, and hosts seasonal writing retreats which were recently mentioned in The New York Times. Chloe lives in Hudson, NY.

 

Sandra Lim, Writing Workshops Paris 2020

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Sandra Lim is the author of THE WILDERNESS (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, LOVELIEST GROTESQUE (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including TheBaffler, jubilat, Boston Review, VOLT, Literary Imagination, and The New York Times. Her poems and essays are featured in the anthologies The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (Knopf, 2016) and The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice (Pleiades Press, 2017). Lim was born in Seoul, Korea, and is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

 

Brandon Hobson, Writing Workshops Paris

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Brandon Hobson earned a PhD in Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University and is the author, most recently, of the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. His next novel will be published by Ecco/Harpercollins. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New Mexico State University and a Writing Mentor at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.

 

Kirsten Imani Kasai, Online Novel

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Kirsten Imani Kasai is the author of three novels: The House of Erzulie, Ice Song, and Tattoo. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Arts & Letters, Existere Journal of Arts & Literature, Drunk Monkeys, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, the anthology Then Again, and The Body Horror Book. According to Foreword Reviews, Kirsten “makes the macabre beautiful.” She is the recipient of the Antioch University Los Angeles Library Research Award for “Redefining Utopia: How Feminist Utopian Literature Can Serve as a Model for Creating Workable Futures.” Kirsten teaches graduate creative writing and literature courses at Southern New Hampshire University and quietly advocates for introvert rights from the privacy of her home. Find her online at KirstenImaniKasai.com and @mehetebelly.

 

Sanderia Faye, Fiction

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Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, is an instructor at the 2017 Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference at Arizona State University, and a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The 2017 Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. Dennis Lehane said, “With Mourner’s Bench, Sanderia Faye announces herself as a bold, at times intoxicating, original voice in American fiction. This is a stunning début.” She is co-founder and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction, and her work has appeared in the anthology Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. Faye moderated the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary and is coordinating the first AWP African Diaspora Caucus. Her work received “Best Of” honors at the 2011 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference, Co –Directors Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson, where her winning excerpt from the novel was published in SABAL Literary Journal. She received grants and scholarships offers from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College Writers’ in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, and Vermont, Writers Studio.  She attended The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University,  a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Texas where she was nominated for the University of North Texas Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence. Follow Sanderia on Twitter @SanderiaFaye and find her online at sanderiafaye.com. To contact Sanderia, use the Contact link above.

 

Kathleen Kent, Fiction

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Kathleen Kent’s fourth book, titled The Dime, is an Edgar-nominated contemporary crime novel set in Dallas.  The New York Times picked The Dime as one of their “Latest and Greatest” in crime fiction, March 2017.  The second book in the Detective Betty series will be published by Mulholland Books in the spring of 2019.  The Dime has been optioned by 20th Century Fox for a TV series, produced by J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves.  Ms. Kent is also the author of three bestselling historical novels, The Heretic’s Daughter, The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts. Find her online at kathleenkent.com.

 

Diana Spechler, Online Nonfiction

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Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a nonfiction book forthcoming from Crown Publishing. Her work has appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, Harper's, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Tin House Open Bar, Paris Review Daily, Travel & Leisure, Glimmer Train Stories,  The Southern Review, Lenny Letter, Playboy, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a Hawthornden Castle Residency and the Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also a seven-time Moth Story Slam winner who has been featured on NPR.

 

Colin Winnette, Online Novel

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Colin Winnette is the author of several books, including Haints Stay (Two Dollar Radio) and The Job of the Wasp (Soft Skull Press). His writing has been published in numerous publications, including McSweeney's, Playboy, and The American Reader. He was a finalist for Gulf Coast Magazine's Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Robert Coover, and he was the winner of Les Figues Press's NOS BOOK CONTEST, for his novel Coyote. His novels have been translated into Italian & French.

 

James Tate Hill, Online Memoir/Personal Essay

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James Tate Hill is the author of Academy Gothic (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2015), winner of the Nilsen Prize for a First Novel. His fiction and essays have appeared in Literary Hub, Prairie Schooner, Writer’s Digest, Hobart, The Texas Review, Story Quarterly, and Waxwing, among others. He’s the fiction editor for the literary journal Monkeybicycle and a contributing editor for Lit Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. Born in Charleston, West Virginia, he’s a graduate of the writing programs at Hollins University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

 

Constantine Singer, Online YA Fiction

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Constantine Singer is the author of Strange Days, a young adult science fiction novel released by Putnam/Penguin Teen in December of 2018. Constantine grew up in Seattle and earned his BA in history from Earlham College and his Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. He is a teacher and a 20 year veteran of Los Angeles area public schools. Constantine only began working towards his dream of being a novelist later in life and his publication journey is the story of a "slush-pile" query success. He currently lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his family and he still teaches high school history, government and economics in South LA.

 

Harry Hunsicker, Mystery/Crime Fiction

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Harry Hunsicker is the former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of eight crime thrillers and numerous short stories. His work has been short-listed for both the Shamus and Thriller Awards. He attended the Writers Path at SMU and is an occasional speaker on creative writing and the publishing industry.

 

Michelle Schusterman, MG/YA Fiction

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After earning a bachelor's in music education from UNT and teaching high school and middle school band in the Dallas area for a few years, Michelle did what any reasonable adult would do: she moved overseas and started writing a novel. While teaching ESL in Brazil and Korea, she knocked out a pretty awful first draft of a YA sci-fi novel that was soundly rejected by all 131 agents she queried. So she moved to Seattle and, perhaps due to the endless flow of excellent espresso, wrote a middle grade paranormal-adventure novel that landed representation with the brilliant Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary. Michelle is the author of the middle grade series I HEART BAND! and THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES, as well as the dark fairy tale-inspired middle grade standalones OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST and SPELL & SPINDLE, all with Penguin Random House. She's co-author of the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS (Scholastic), and of the SECRETS OF TOPSEA series under the pseudonym M. Shelley Coats (Disney Hyperion). Michelle also wrote the fourth book in the New York Times Bestselling GIRLS WHO CODE series. Her novels have earned starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly, and two are Junior Library Guild selections. Michelle has taught creative writing workshops in Manhattan for the last five years and loves talking publishing and craft with aspiring children’s authors. She can be found on Instagram or at michelleschusterman.com

Todd Robert Petersen, Online Fiction

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Todd Robert Petersen lives in Cedar City, Utah, with his wife and three children. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Northern Arizona University, and Oklahoma State, Petersen is now a professor of English at Southern Utah University. He also teaches in SUU's interdisciplinary Screen Studies program. His work has appeared in Mid-American Review, Weber Studies, Hobart, and the Wisconsin Review. He is repped by Nat Sobel and publishes with Counterpoint, who released his novel-in-stories called IT NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE WE TRIED last year. His next novel, PICNIC IN THE RUINS, a dark comedy about Native American antiquities theft set in the desert Southwest, will be released by Counterpoint sometime next year.

 

Ryan David Jahn, Online Fiction

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Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, California, and Texas. He worked several odd jobs and spent time in the army before beginning his career as a novelist. He published his first book, Good Neighbors, which went on to win the Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Dagger, in 2009, and has since published several others, including The Dispatcher (2011), named by the Financial Times as one of the top ten crime novels of the year; The Last Tomorrow (2012); Dark Hours (2015); and The Breakout (2017). Translation rights to his works have been sold in twelve languages. More at ryandavidjahn.com.

Tex Thompson, Fiction

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Tex Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of  Children of the Drought – an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org!

 

Steve Adams, Fiction

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Steve Adams’s creative nonfiction was included in the 2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII anthology and the Pushcart Press’s special 2018 anthology, Love Stories for Turbulent Times, listed as a "Notable Essay" in the 2016 Best American Essays, and published in The MillionsWillow Springs, The Pinch, Grist, Notre Dame Magazine, and elsewhere. His fiction has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, anthologized in Sudden Fiction (Continued), and published in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Chicago Review, and elsewhere. He’s won Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, been a guest artist at The University of Texas, a scholar at the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony as well as Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency, a resident artist at Jentel, and his plays have been produced in New York City. He is a writing coach and freelance editor at www.steveadamswriting.com.

 

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Amber Royer's debut Science Fiction novel, a telenovela-inspired space opera, Free Chocolate, is coming June 2018 from Angry Robot Books (named one of Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018 ). She holds a MLIS from The University of North Texas and a BA in English (with a certificate in creative writing) from Lamar University. She attended the Highlight's Foundation Chautauqua Workshop in 2010 on scholarship. She also teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing classes for teens and adults at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is the group discussion leader for Saturday Night Write.  She is also an active member of W.O.R.D . (Writer's Organizations 'Round Dallas). She spent five years as a youth librarian, where she organized teen writers' groups and teen writing contests, and also had the privilege of writing part of the original classroom-use materials for NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program. In addition to two cookbooks co-authored with her husband, Amber has published a number of articles on gardening, crafting and cooking for print and on-line publications. Follow her on Twitter @amber_royer, visit her Facebook author page Amber Royer Author, get her writing prompts and coffee pics at her amberroyerauthor Instagram account, or find her online at amberroyer.com (her writing craft blog is at the same address). Contact her here using the Contact link above.

 

William Ledbetter, Science Fiction

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William Ledbetter is a Nebula Award winning author with more than sixty speculative fiction stories and non-fiction articles published in markets such as Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Analog. He's been a space and technology geek since childhood and spent most of his non-writing career in the aerospace and defense industry. He lives near Dallas with his wife, a needy dog and two spoiled cats. His new novel "Level Five" is available from Audible Originals. Learn more at www.williamledbetter.com

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fiction

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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam’s fiction and poetry has appeared in over 50 publications both literary and speculative such as Clarkesworld, Hobart, and Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror as well as in six languages. Her work has been featured on LeVar Burton's podcast LeVar Burton Reads. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and won the Grand Prize in the SyFy Channel's Battle the Beast contest; Syfy turned her story set in the world of the Magicians into an animated short. She also curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth.

 

David Eric Tomlinson, Fiction

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David Eric Tomlinson was born and raised in Oklahoma, educated in California, and now lives in Texas. His debut novel The Midnight Man was published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster in 2017 and was shortlisted for the PEN Southwest Book Award in fiction. Since then, David has taught fiction seminars at several writing conferences and attended the 2017 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He can be found online at www.DavidEricTomlinson.com.

 

Jaye Wells, Fiction

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Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of nineteen speculative fiction books, including Red-Headed Stepchild, Dirty Magic, and High Lonesome Sound, as well as several short stories. She is the recipient of the RT Book Reviews’ Reviewers’ Choice Award (2012), and a nominee for the Golden Stake Award (2017) by the International Vampire Film & Arts Festival. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and a BA in art history from Southern Methodist University. She has served as faculty for the Paradise Lost Writing Workshop, special workshop guest of honor for FenCon, and mentor for Horror Writers Association. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Horror Writers Association. Learn more about Jaye and her writing at www.jayewells.com

 

Blake Atwood, Nonfiction, Editing & Publishing

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Blake Atwood is an editor, ghostwriter, and wordsmith who helps writers tell better stories, choose the right path to publication, and how to best market their words. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas, where they daily pray for the AC never to falter. To read more, visit blakeatwood.com/about. To see a sampling of the books Blake has written, co-written, or edited, visit blakeatwood.com/books.

 

Earlina Green, Nonfiction

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Earlina Green is a nonfiction writer, who was born a triplet and daughter to a now retired Dallas police detective. Green holds a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas. She is the author of two nonfiction works, Seven Tips for Breaking Into the World of Sports and The Beginner’s Guide to Finding Your Brave. Currently an instructor at Brookhaven College, she teaches classes on social media and platform building for creatives, including an Introduction to Self-publishing course. Find her online at earlinagreen.com.

 

Zachary Tyler Vickers , Online Fiction

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Zachary Tyler Vickers is the author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! [Indiana University Press]. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where he was the Provost's Fellow. He is the recipient of the Richard Yates Prize and the Clark Fisher Ansley Prize for excellence in fiction. He has been a finalist for the Calvino Prize, the Gertrude Stein Award, and the ProForma Prize. His work has appeared in numerous journals. You can learn more at www.ztvickers.com.

 

Sebastian H. Paramo, Poetry

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Sebastian Hasani Paramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. His work has appeared in Pleiades, Front Porch Journal, Prelude, Huizache, upstreet, North American Review, & other places. His reviews and interviews have appeared in American Literary Review, American Microreviews & Interviews, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Boiler. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Denton, Texas, where he is a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas. He has taught creative & college writing to high school, ESL, first graders, and adults. With Robert Torres, he co-founded the Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas, Texas in 2014. The Dallas Observer named Pegasus Reading Series “Best Poetry Night” in 2015. Currently, sponsored by WordSpace, Pegasus Reading Series is co-hosted with Courtney Marie of Spiderweb Salon. Together, they co-founded Deep Ellum Lit Hop in 2016, a DFW event that brings together art collectives to Deep Ellum for a literary pub crawl. Find him online at sebastianparamo.com. To contact Sebastian, use the Contact link above.

 

Cara Benson Writing Workshops Dallas Online Flash Fiction

Cara Benson is an award winning writer whose stories, poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Electric Literature, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM, and in syndication. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and is in revision on her second book, a novel. Of her first book, a hybrid prose collection called (made), the Huffington Post writes: “Benson does more with the two-word sentence than many poets do in two stanzas or even two poems, largely because it would be difficult to find even a single wasted word." Cara is Program Manager for The Millay Colony for the Arts and has been a Visiting Writer for The New York State Writers Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Evergreen College, Kelly Writers House at PENN, Stonecoast MFA, and Toronto New School of Writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and loves teaching and mentoring other writers! Cara's online home is: carabensonwriter.com.

 

Joe Milazzo, Poetry

Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in Black ClockBlack Warrior ReviewBOMBThe CollagistDrunken Boat and elsewhere. He has taught creative writing at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Dallas, and The Writer's Garret. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, and his virtual location is http://www.joe-milazzo.com.

 

A. Kendra Greene, Nonfiction & Poetry

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A. Kendra Greene is the author of the Icelandic museum trilogy Anatomy of a MuseumThe Stone Collector, and Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors. She began her museum career adhering text to the wall: one vinyl letter at a time. Then the University of Iowa gave her an MFA in Nonfiction, a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts, and the opportunity to costume a giant ground sloth in its Museum of Natural History. She’s been a Fulbright Grantee, Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and most recently Writer in Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections. She has vaccinated wild boars in Chile, appeared on South Korean television for her traditional archery attempts, and met the devil both on the road in Argentina and at a bookstore in Dallas. Her artist's books are held in collections as far away as Qatar. Her zines appear in the White Rock Zine Machine for 25 cents a pop. Find her online at akendragreene.com.

 

Ethan Chatagnier, Online Fiction

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Ethan Chatagnier is the author of Warnings from the Future, a short story collection forthcoming from Acre Books in fall 2018. His stories have been awarded a 2018 Pushcart Prize and named a notable story of the year in the 2011 Million Writers Award. His work has been published or is forthcoming in literary magazines including the New England Review, Glimmer Train, Georgia Review, Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Barrelhouse, Ascent, and Necessary Fiction. He is a graduate of California State University Fresno, where he won the Larry Levis prize in poetry, and of Emerson College, where he completed his M.A. in Publishing and Writing. Find him online at ethanchatagnier.com.

 

Rex McGee, Screenwriting

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Rex McGee is a native of North Texas and a protege of the legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder. McGee has sold over 20 scripts for film and television since receiving his BA in Cinema from USC.  He has worked in both Los Angeles and Texas as a screenwriter and journalist, and he has conducted screenwriting and creativity workshops at SMU for the last 19 years. His film credits include Warner Brothers’ Pure Country, starring George Strait, Hallmark’s Where There’s a Will, starring Marion Ross and Keith Carradine, and the IMAX film, Texas: The Big Picture, for the Texas State History Museum in Austin. A member of the Writers Guild of America, West, he has collaborated on his screenplays with directors Jon Amiel, John Putch, Peter Masterson, Robert Mulligan, and Billy Wilder.  He adapted his own original screenplay of Pure Country for the musical stage, which premiered in 2017 at Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas:  purecountrythemusical.com

 

Robin Myrick, Grant Review & Non-Fiction

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Robin Myrick is a writer, visual artist, educator, and consultant based in Dallas. She holds an MFA in Writing and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts and is in progress on a doctorate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently teaches art and writing at Collin College, and is a Contributing Editor at Entropy. She has taught poetry, fiction, and playwriting at UT Dallas and through the CalArts Community Arts Partnership. Robin has also enjoyed a long career as a grant writer and development consultant, training and working with nonprofits at the local, state, and national level, and raising more than $14 million for nonprofits in Texas. Her creative work has been most frequently shown, read, and performed in the excellent city of Los Angeles and throughout the great state of Texas, and her poems and essays have also appeared in fine places such as Entropy, semigloss, [out of nothing], and the anthologies Any Way You Like 'Em and You've Probably Read This Before. She has also written for newspapers across Texas and the mercurial South, including the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Press, New Times Miami and Broward-Palm Beach, and Houston's original alt-weekly, Public News.  You can reach Robin via the Contact link above.

 

J.R. Forasteros, Fiction & Non-Fiction

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J.R. Forasteros is the author of Empathy for the Devil. He also blogs for NorvilleRogers.com and is a prolific podcaster. He leads an Awaken Creativity Writers' Group for Art House Dallas, and his writings have appeared in several essay collections, Grace and Peace magazine and Relevant magazine online. JR. is also a pastor, writing and training a team of volunteer preachers in writing for public speaking.

 

Eden Elieff, Nonfiction & Fiction

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Eden Elieff, a native Chicagoan who’s wrapping up her fourteenth year in Texas (Dallas and Houston), has published fiction and nonfiction in various journals and  The Mississippi Review, the Crab Orchard Review, Mid-American Review, Quarter After Eight, Chautauqua LiteraryJournal,where her essay was a contest finalist, Sycamore Review,which nominated her essay for a Pushcart Prize. Her work was a finalist at a New Millenniums Writing contest in 2017. She’s also published essays in the Dallas Morning News and the online magazine Role Reboot, and has upcoming work in Minerva Rising. Eden Elieff holds an MFA from the Writing Seminars of Bennington College, a Diploma from Trinity College, Dublin, where she received the distinction of First Class Honors, a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University, and an AB from the University of Chicago, where she graduated with Honors in English. In addition to Writing Workshops Dallas, Eden these days teaches at the Creative Arts Center in Dallas. Her teaching experience is extensive: She’s also conducted her own private workshop, taught at several college prep schools throughout the country, at Rice University, and middle schools in Texas. She also plays the oboe and would love to form a woodwind quintet or actually any ensemble—contact at edenelieff@yahoo.com if you want to dust off your instrument and make some music. 

 

Jonathan Malesic, Cultural Criticism

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Jonathan Malesic’s first book, Secret Faith in the Public Square (Brazos, 2009) won the gold medal for religion in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. His essays have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, Hedgehog Review, America, Commonweal, Notre Dame Magazine, and elsewhere. He has participated in the Collegeville Institute’s Writing Workshops and the Virginia Quarterly Review Writers’ Conference. He teaches in the Discernment and Discourse program at SMU.

 

Janée J. Baugher, Online Poetry

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Janée J. Baugher is the author of two ekphrastic poetry collections, Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books) and The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach). Baugher’s books are collected in libraries around the world, including the British Library. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her writing has been published (or forthcoming) in 100 journals, including Tin House,The Southern Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Boulevard, Nano Fiction, and The Writer’s Chronicle. Her work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, as well as Best of the Net. She’s taught at Northeastern University; University of Phoenix; Seattle Public Library; Port Townsend Writers’ Conference; Richard Hugo House; Interlochen Center for the Arts; University of Washington–Experimental College; and Eastern State Hospital, among other places. Her interdisciplinary collaborations include work with visual artists, composers, dancers, and choreographers. Her poems have been adapted for the stage and set to music at University of Cincinnati, Contemporary Dance Theatre (OH), Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dance Now! Ensemble (Florida), and University of North Carolina-Penbroke. As a spoken-word artist, Baugher has performed at arts festivals around Seattle, and in 2011 she presented her poetry at the Library of Congress. Currently Baugher is a Poetry Reader for Boulevard Magazine. http://JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com.

 

Mike Farris, Fiction, Nonfiction, Legal Issues for Writers

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Mike Farris is a 1983 cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was an associate editor on the Texas Tech Law Reviewand was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  Now retired, Mike’s practice in Dallas included commercial litigation as well as entertainment law, focusing on the movie and publishing industries. Mike was lead counsel for the plaintiff in what has become known as the Fifty Shades of Grey lawsuit (Jennifer Lynn Pedroza v. Amanda M. Hayward and TWCS Operations Pty. Ltd. in the 153rd District Court in Tarrant County, Texas), which resulted in a plaintiff’s judgment in excess of $13.2 million. His book collaboration with his client about the case, Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit behind a Publishing Phenomenon, was released in May of 2018. Mike has negotiated the sale of movie rights to producers and Hollywood studios, such as The Free State of Jones, published by University of North Carolina Press. The movie Free State of Jones starred Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and was directed by multi-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross.  A multi-time published author of both fiction and non-fiction, Mike’s 2016 non-fiction book A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow follows the historical record of a rape/murder case in 1931-1932 Honolulu that saw Clarence Darrow come out of retirement at the age of 74 to travel to the Territory of Hawaii for what would be his final courtroom battle.  Film rights to the book have been optioned by Aaron Kandell and Jordan Kandell, screenwriters on the Disney hit Moana and screenwriters/co-producers of the recently-released Adrift, starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Baltasar Kormakur. Mike’s latest non-fiction book project is also true crime and also from the Territory of Hawaii.  Titled Poor Innocent Lad: The Tragic Death of Gill Jamieson and the Execution of Myles Fukunaga, it draws upon trial transcripts, court records, and contemporaneous news reports to tell the story of the abduction and murder of a ten-year-old boy in 1928 Honolulu. He is the author of seven published novels: Isle of Broken Dreams, The Bequest, Wrongful Termination, Kanaka Blues, Manifest Intent, Rules of Privilege, and Every Pig Got a Saturday.

 

Jessica Torres, Director of Seminars

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Jessica Torres, a Latina writer and nurse, born and raised under a desert Texan sun. Whose love of story telling stems from her love of the arts, and practice of the arts through drawing, painting, and writing. She graduated from El Paso Community College as a Vocational Nurse and now serves the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area helping pediatric patients with their health needs. As for the arts, she attends Sophia Art Academy and Writing Workshops Dallas classes with the hopes of debuting her fiction and art later this year.

 

Matthew Limpede, Publishing

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Matthew Limpede is the executive editor of Carve Magazine, a quarterly literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, illustrations, and more. He also offers full-service, comprehensive editorial and publishing services for writers through Limpede Ink. He's attended school in New York, has spent a magical summer in Provincetown, and currently works and lives in Dallas.

 

Jonathan “J.G.” McClure, Online Poetry

Jonathan “J.G.” McClure studied poetry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of California – Irvine, where he earned his MFA. His poetry and prose appear widely, including in Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Nashville Review, The Pinch, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, among others. His work was selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2015 by U.S. Poet Laureate Traci K. Smith, and has been nominated for awards and honors including the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, and Best of the Net. He is a book reviewer for multiple journals including Colorado Review and Rain Taxi, and is the former Craft Essay Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor of Cleaver Magazine. His first collection, The Fire Lit & Nearing, is forthcoming (Indolent Books, April 2018). He is currently at work translating a book of Spanish-language poetry.  A former instructor at UC-Irvine, he has taught a variety of courses both in-person and online. More info is available at www.jgmcclure.com.

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