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Kyla Bennett Kyla Bennett

Kyla Bennett

Kyla Bennett

Kyla Bennett’s debut novel is “No Worse Sin (Harvard Square Editions). After receiving a PhD in Ecology from the University of Connecticut, she attended Lewis and Clark’s Northwestern School of Law, where she obtained a J.D. with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Kyla returned to the east coast in 1989, when she began work at the Boston office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doing wetlands permitting and enforcement. She soon became EPA’s Wetlands Enforcement Coordinator for New England, and stayed in that position until she left EPA in 1999.

Kyla then worked as the Deputy Director of Habitat for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), headquartered on Cape Cod. After two years of protecting wildlife and their habitats around the world, Kyla joined Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Today, Kyla is the Director of New England PEER, working to protect local, state and federal employees who protect the environment.

Kyla Bennett’s Book

Kyla Bennett's book.

 

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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.

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Rajani Kanth
Rajani Kanth Rajani Kanth

Rajani Kanth

Rajani Kanth

Rajani Kanth, author, has held affiliations with some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He has also served as an advisor to the United Nations. He is the author/editor of several academic works in political economy and culture-critique, is a novelist and poet, and has also scribed several screenplays. He is, presently a visiting fellow at Harvard University, and permanent trustee of the World Peace Congress.

He takes a keen interest in human wellbeing, women’s issues, peace, and environmental sustainability. His most current academic work, in belles-lettres format, is The Post-Human Society. He has also published a book of poetry and a self-help work on nutrition and health. Hailing from India, he is a US citizen: and lives, for the most part, in solitary unconfinement in the scenic, if stark, foothills of the Wasatch Front in Utah.

 

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Ruben Varda
Ruben Varda Ruben Varda

Ruben Varda

Ruben Varda

Ruben Varda’s humorous story ‘Consultation’ about a celestial chemistry class was first published in the HSE anthology Voice from the Planetlater reprinted in Cambridge Book Review, and was lauded by British reviewer The Truth about Books, which named Planet ‘Book of the Month’.

Ruben was born in Yerevan, the capital of Soviet Armenia. He received his PhD in physics from the Moscow Lomonosov University and then taught and conducted research in Armenia at Yerevan University and the Academy of Sciences.

In 1992, he moved to Denmark and in 1996 was posted by the Danish Ministry of Research in Brussels. Since then he has lived in the capital of Europe, where he manages R&D projects involving EU-Russian cooperation in nanoelectronics.

In 2005-2006 he wrote in Russian and later published in Moscow his first fantasy novel “The Girl with a Lute”. Ruben is now writing his second novel.

 

 

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Diane Haithman
Diane Haithman Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman

Diane Haithman has been an Arts Staff Writer for the Los Angeles Times and is a major contributor to Nikki Finke’s infamous Deadline Hollywood Daily industry website. She was the LA Times’ Writer-in-Residence at the Annenberg School of Journalism, University of Southern California, and is currently on the Membership Committee of PEN USA. An excerpt of her forthcoming novel was first published in HSE’s Voice from the Planet.

Prior to joining the LA Times, Diane was based in Los Angeles as the West Coast Bureau Chief, associate film critic and Hollywood columnist for the Detroit Free Press. Formerly in Detroit, Diane covered arts and entertainment and served as the paper’s dance critic. She has been a Critic Fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s New Playwrights Conference and has also written for Art News, Opera News and Ad Week magazines.

Diane is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan’s Honors College with a joint degree in English and Psychology (senior thesis: “The Generation of Humor as a Function of Intelligence”). At Michigan, she won prestigious Hopwood Awards in playwriting and short fiction.  She is co-author of the book The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life (Penguin/Plume 2007). An excerpt from her novel Dark Lady of Hollywood was a finalist in the prestigious William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition (novel-in-progress category) in 2003.

Diane lives in Studio City, California with husband Alan Feldstein and Heidi the German shepherd, an aspiring dog actress.

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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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Alisa Clements
Alisa Clements Alisa Clements

Alisa Clements

Alisa Clements

Alisa Clements lives in Brazil and is the author of All at Once, a novel that invites readers to new heights of awareness by leading them nowhere and everywhere at once. The Midwest Review praised Clements’ exploration into “the boundaries of the imagination,” and indeed, the boundaries between fiction and reality blur when her protagonists meditate to ‘logon’ to the far-out ‘Outernet’ for a meeting of the minds. You can read an excerpt of the novel here.

Clements decided at age seven that she would be a writer when she grew up, but this vocation was eclipsed in college by the exploration of other media, primarily electronic music. As a student at Harvard University she became a teaching assistant in the electronic music studio and stayed on after graduation, later taking the role of studio manager.

She then entered the Studio for Interrelated Media program at the Massachusetts College of Art in order to pursue her interests in experimental music, performance, and film. Upon receiving her MFA degree she became an instructor at the college, teaching classes in electronic sound composition. Her experience in this field ― as a performer, composer, and teacher ― enters into All at Once, in the guise of arcane facts about the effects of audio stimuli on human consciousness.

After a journey that has spanned several professions and countries, Alisa is now settled in northeast Brazil with her partner and their two children, and has returned to writing.

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Matthew Schultz Matthew Schultz

Matthew Schultz

Matthew Schultz

Matthew Schultz was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the Director of the Writing Center at Vassar College, where he also teaches courses in literary modernism, composition and rhetoric, and writing pedagogy. He is the author of Haunted Historiographies: The Rhetoric of Ideology in Postcolonial Irish Fiction and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English literature from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. in modern Irish literature from Saint Louis University.

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Jeffrey Lockwood Jeffrey Lockwood

Jeffrey Lockwood

Jeffrey Lockwood

Jeffrey Lockwood hails from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and is a member of the Chippewa tribe there. He is the author of In These Low Mountains(March Street Press), a chapbook of poems and short stories, and has several other published poems and short stories in print. Jeff has lived internationally for many years, as a soldier, Fulbright Scholar, Peace Corps volunteer, and teacher. Presently, he writes in Inner Mongolia. Anomieis his first novel.

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Kunyang He
Kunyang He Kunyang He

Kunyang He

Kunyang He

Kunyang He is a Chinese author writing in English. He has written two independent films and one documentary featuring the new generation of Chinese immigrants and international students in the States. He is also a translator and an English teacher, who takes teaching very seriously. The College of Corn is his first novel.

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Susanna Lancaster Susanna Lancaster

Susanna Lancaster

Susanna Lancaster

Susanna Lancaster writes for young people of all ages, with work ranging from chapter books to Young Adult books. She completed her M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People from Lesley University. Her writing has appeared in Balloons Lit Journal and Hieroglyph Literary Journal. She also writes for the magazines Memphis Health + Fitness and The Perpetual You. The Growing Rock is Susanna’s first published book.

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Lowry Pei Lowry Pei

Lowry Pei

Lowry Pei

Lowry Pei has taught Creative Writing at Harvard University and has written seven novels, the first of which, Family Resemblances, was published in 1986 by Random House (Vintage Contemporary, 1988). His short story, ‘Is This Love?’ appears in the HSE anthology Above Ground. Best American Short Stories 1984 included his short story “The Cold Room”, and The American Story: The Best of Story Quarterly reprinted his “Naked Women”. His literary criticism has appeared in the New York Times Book Review.

He teaches creative writing at Simmons College and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Vaughn Sills, a photographer who also teaches at Simmons.

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