Authors

Kelvin Christopher James
Kelvin Christopher James Kelvin Christopher James

Kelvin Christopher James

Kelvin Christopher James

Kelvin Christopher James is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. He is the critically-acclaimed author of five novels: Secrets, a Novel (Villard & Vintage & KDP Indie), Fling with a Demon Lover (HarperCollins & KDP Indie), The Sorcerer’s Drum, Web of Freedom, Mooch, the Meek (KDP Indies), and short story collections Jumping Ship and Other Stories (Villard & KDP Indie), “City Lives”, “Crazy Loves”, “Backcountry Tales”, “A Fantastic Dozen”(KDP Indies). Kelvin is a US citizen living in New York.

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Susan Rubin Susan Rubin

Susan Rubin

Susan Rubin

Susan Rubin’s writing talents range broad and deep: her Funny or Die sketches have survived to amuse readers for nearly a decade. In contrast, Rubin has written over two dozen documentaries that deal in the unfunny issues facing women worldwide: Domestic Violence, Forced Child Marriage, Untested Rape kits accumulating in police evidence rooms by the tens of thousands. In each documentary, Rubin has used her skill, empathy, and compassion to render these darkest of topics into accessible films distributed to tens of thousands of college classrooms, to educate young people about the gravity of the situation for women in the USA and worldwide.

As a playwright, Rubin has been the recipient of 20 years of Los Angeles County Arts Commission Grants and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grants. She also was honored with a six-year residency at the prestigious Los Angeles Theatre Center.

Her plays have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Baltimore Cen-ter Stage, and at every major 99 seat theatre in Los Angeles including co-productions with Bootleg Theatre, Circle X, Skylight Theatre to name a few. She is the recipient of Garland, Ovation and LA Weekly Awards for her plays and the critical response has been exceptional, for example:

“In its mythological themes, modernist irony and imaginative visual styling, ‘Liana and Ben’ is something of a companion piece to Circle X’s memorable 2006 production of Sarah Ruhl’s ‘Eurydice’.”

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Abda Khan Abda Khan

Abda Khan

Abda Khan

Winner of the Noor Inayat Khan Woman of the Year Award at the British Muslim Awards 2019, Abda Khan was also named a ‘True Honour Award’ Honouree by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation in 2017, for her work including Stained, her debut novel (Harvard Square Editions). She was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Acheivement Award, 2017. Born to Pakistani immigrant parents, Abda Khan was the first child in her family to go on to higher education. Abda is a lawyer with her own practice.

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S Li
S. Li S. Li

S. Li

S. Li

S. Li’s debut novel, Transoceanic Lights (Harvard Square Editions), won a National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35 Award’. It was a Leapfrog Fiction Contest Semifinalist, Asheville Award Finalist, and a Willow Books Literature Award Finalist. He was born in Guangzhou, China in 1984 and moved to the US in 1989. He graduated with an A.B. in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard in 2006 and an M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2010. He is a neurologist living in the Boston area.

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Sabrina Fedel
Sabrina Fedel Sabrina Fedel

Sabrina Fedel

Sabrina Fedel

Sabrina Fedel’s fiction and poetry has appeared in online and print journals. In addition to winning the Gold Moonbeam Children’s Book Medal and the LitPick 5-Star Review Award for her debut novel Leaving Kent State, she is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as a 2016 nominee for a storySouth Million Writers Award and a Sundress Publications Best of the Net ’16 Award. Sabrina holds her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Young People, from Lesley University in Cambridge. You can often find her on twitter @writeawhile, or follow her blog at www.sabrinafedel.com, and she loves pictures so Instagram is a favorite hangout. She writes from Pittsburgh, where she lives in a small house with lots of people and animals, some of whom think she’s funny.

Five-Star Award

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Guy Kuttner Guy Kuttner

Guy Kuttner

Guy Kuttner

The late Guy Kuttner (1946-2011, Harvard ’67) was the recipient/victim of a dreary public school education. Guy shared his humanity, insight, irreverence and wit in his story “Always” in HSE’s Above Ground and through his writings on school reform, social justice, politics and the people he knew. He wrote books, columns and powerful letters to the editor. A lifelong peacemaker and war resister, he turned in his draft card with a poem to J. Edgar Hoover and worked whole-heartedly with the War Resisters League, War Tax Resistance Movement, Humboldt Draft Coordinating Committee, Humboldt Sanctuary Movement and Humboldt Committee for Conscientious Objectors, establishing the GI Rights Hotline.

As the Ironies of Fate decreed, he moved from his native Chicago to became a public school teacher in a small college town in Northern California. In his unflagging attempt to introduce humanity and environmental wonder into the curricula, he butted heads, crossed swords, and mixed metaphors with one implacable administration after another. After twenty years, he migrated to a small community college nestled in the redwoods, where he happily taught Academic Literacy. He worked as an education columnist for the local paper and was the author of Tales of the Dolly Llama (Outskirts Press, 2007), a series of vignettes from the classroom liberally intermingled with educational polemic. His last book is entitled More Tales. Guy co-founded the Lost Coast Writers Retreat. He was the proud father of three, grandfather of two, and was married to a saint.

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JL Morin JL Morin

JL Morin

JL Morin

Born on the crest of sixties optimism, JL Morin grew up in inner-city Detroit. She proffered moral support while her parents sacrificed all to a failed system. Wondering what the Japanese were doing right, she decamped to Tokyo. Her debut Japan novel, Sazzae, won an eLit gold medal and a Living Now Book Award. Her second novel, Travelling Light, was a USA Best Book Awards finalist, and her third, Trading Dreams became ‘Occupy’s first bestselling novel’. Her climate fiction novel, Nature’s Confession, won first place in the Dante Rossetti Book Awards, and a Readers’ Favorite Book Award, a LitPick 5-Star Review Award, and an excerpt received an Honorable Mention in the Eco-Fiction Story Contest.

JL Morin’s writing in The Huffington Post, Library Journal, The Detroit News, Agence France Presse, European Daily, Livonia Observer Eccentric Newspapers, and The Harvard Crimson. Her writing draws on a breadth of experience. She traded derivatives in New York while studying nights at New York University; worked for the Federal Reserve Bank posted to the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center; presented the news as a TV broadcaster; and is adjunct faculty at Boston University.

 

 

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Charles Degelman Charles Degelman

Charles Degelman

Charles Degelman

Charles Degelman, is an award-winning author, performer, and producer living in Los Angeles. His recent novel, A Bowl Full of Nails, set in the counterculture of the 1970s, collected a Bronze Medal from the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards and was a finalist in the Bellwether Competition, sponsored by Barbara Kingsolver. His novel Gates of Eden, set during the anti-war movement of the 1960s, won an Independent Publishers book award, and his first screenplay, “FIFTY-SECOND STREET”, garnered an award from the Diane Thomas Competition, sponsored by UCLA and Dreamworks. His first novel, A Bowl Full of Nails, was a finalist in the Bellwether Competition, sponsored by Barbara Kingsolver. He is on the Faculty of California State University where he teaches writing in the Television, Film, and Media Studies/Communications Studies program.

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Sean Elder
Sean Elder Sean Elder

Sean Elder

Sean Elder

Sean Elder is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York; Salisbury, CT; and Palo Alto, CA. His short story ‘The Vale of Cashmere’ was first published in Harvard Square Edition’s anthology Voice from the Planet. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Details, Vogue, Elle, New York, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Premiere, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Redbook, Glamour and numerous other publications. He was also an editor at a few of those places and still works on print magazines and digital publications. A piece he wrote for O: The Oprah Magazine about being a stay-at-home dad was included in a best-of O collection entitled Live Your Best Life that was published in 2005.

Sean Elder wrote a media column for Salon and before that reviewed web sites for the New Yorker (“Only Connect”). His essay “The Lock Box” was included in a collection of men’s writing, The Bastard on the Couch (Morrow, 2004), and was later reprinted on three continents. He co-authored a book with former Marine Captain Josh Rushing of Control Room fame, entitled Mission Al Jazeera, which was published by Palgrave in 2007. He also works as a book doctor and edited Making the Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by Dr. David Dosa (Hyperion, 2010), a New York Times bestseller. He has taught writing at Eugene Lang College, part of Manhattan’s New School University, and is am now working on another non-fiction book, with Amos Kamil: Great Is the Truth: The Horace Mann Sex Scandal and the Quest for Justice at the Horace Mann School. He blogs for the boomer website Purple Clover, and a short film based on his short story “Stain Removal” was filmed by director Mark Russell in 2013.

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Harriet Levin Millan
Harriet Levin Millan Harriet Levin Millan

Harriet Levin Millan

Harriet Levin Millan

Harriet Levin Millan is a prize winning poet and writer. Her poetry collection, The Christmas Show, (Beacon Press) was selected for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. She received a MFA from the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop and has written for The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, PEN America, The Smart Set, among other publications. She and her family founded the Reunion Project and along with the participation of Philadelphia-area high school and college students, raised money to reunite several Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan with their mothers living abroad. She teaches creative writing in the English Department at Drexel University and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing. She lives with her husband outside Philadelphia.

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Fidelis O. Mkparu Fidelis O. Mkparu

Fidelis O. Mkparu

Fidelis O. Mkparu

Fidelis O. Mkparu is an award-winning author born in Onitsha, Nigeria. He was a recipient of Reader’s Digest Scholarship and is the author of Love’s Affliction, winner of a Nautilus Award and a Reviewer’s Choice Award, and IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist, and of the award-winning novelTears Before Exaltation. A Harvard-trained cardiologist, he has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and review articles in major journals, and written articles for lay people on medical issues. He was inducted into Paul Dudley White Honor Society by Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he was a Spaulding fellow. He lives in Canton, Ohio. Web site: http://fidelismkparu.com

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Erika Raskin
Erika Raskin Erika Raskin

Erika Raskin

Erika Raskin

Erika Raskin’s debut novel, Close (Harvard Square Editions) is a gripping story about a modern family that a TV therapist tries to help. Her second novel, Best Intentions, is being published by St. Martin’s Press (August 15, 2017). The daughter of a novelist and human rights activist, she grew up in Washington, D.C. Her family lived in an old brick row house that was a hub of the anti-war and women’s movement. There was an endless soundtrack of Motown, classical music and politics. She’s been writing off and on since elementary school. (She still remembers  a short story she wrote in fourth grade that began: “Drip, drip, drip the faucet was leaking again. Or was it the rain?”)

Her fiction has been recognized by the Reynolds Price competition, Glimmertrain, and the Virginia Commission on the Arts. She’s been a Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her essays have appeared in print and on public radio. Her husband has been her boyfriend since she was 18. They have three children, two sons-in-law and many siblings, nieces and nephews. When they all get together they turn touch football, card games and ping-pong into blood sports.

Visit Erika’s website at www.erikaraskin.net – Author Twitter @ErikaRaskin

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