Authors

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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Yang Huang
Yang Huang Yang Huang

Yang Huang

Yang Huang

Yang Huang grew up in Jiangsu, China and came to the US to study computer science. While working as an engineer, she studied literature and pursued writing, her passion since childhood. Her debut novel Living Treasures (Harvard Square Editions) is a Nautilus Award winner, a Living Now Book Award medalist, a Pen/Bellwether Prize finalist and a Top Ten Historical Novel of 2014 at Foreword Reviews. Yang’s second novel is a Juniper Prize Winner and was published by University of Massachusetts Press.

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Michael Ferro Michael Ferro

Michael Ferro

Michael Ferro

Born and bred in Detroit, Michael A. Ferro holds a degree in creative writing from Michigan State University. He has received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train for their New Writers Award and won the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award for Fiction in 2008. TITLE 13 (Harvard Square Editions) is his debut novel. Michael’s fiction and essays have been featured in numerous online and print publications. Michael has lived, worked, and written throughout the Midwest, currently as a Sportswriter and a Features Writer for CBS Detroit. In 2014, Michael became a national music and sports columnist for AXS. He currently resides in rural Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Additional information and writing can be found at: www.michaelaferro.com and @MichaelFerro

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Erik Segall Erik Segall

Erik Segall

Erik Segall

Erik Segall earned a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Colorado and a Master of Arts in the Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. He taught for several years at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, and volunteered at the Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center until its untimely demise. You can follow his blog at www.eriksegall.com

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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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Stu Krieger
Stu Krieger Stu Krieger

Stu Krieger

Stu Krieger

Among his more than 25 produced credits, Stu Krieger wrote the animated classic The Land Before Time for producers Steven Spielberg & George Lucas. The 2017 Riverside International Film Festival is presenting Stu Krieger with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Screenwriting at their opening night gala on April 21, 2017. Stu Krieger’s first novel, That One Cigarette, a story of ordinary people making extraordinary ripples in the ocean of life, will be published by Harvard Square Editions in the fall of 2017.

Stu Krieger is a professor of screen and television writing in the University of California Riverside’s Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production and in the Creative Writing for the Performing Arts MFA Program at UCR. Each fall, he also teaches the Producing the Screenplay class at USC’s Peter Stark MFA Producing Program.

He has been a story editor and writer on Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and the supervising producer on the ABC Television series Jack’s Place. Krieger co-wrote the Emmy award winning mini-series A Year in the Life and was nominated for a Humanitas Prize for co-writing the Disney Channel original movie, Going to the Mat. He also wrote ten original movies for the Disney Channel, including Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and its two sequels, Tru Confessions, Smart House, Phantom of the Megaplex, and Cow Belles. He served as the head writer and story editor of the animated preschool series Toot & Puddle on Nickelodeon in 2008-2009.

His first full-length play, Chasing Smoke, debuted in a staged reading at Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Burbank in July 2014. His short film script Bad Timing was produced by the UCR Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production in March, 2016. He is an Executive Producer of The Binding, a 2016 feature film written and directed by his son, Gus Krieger and also served as an Executive Producer of My Name is Myeisha, Gus’s second feature film which Gus co-wrote with UCR TFDP Professor Rickerby Hinds. Myeisha was shot entirely on location in Riverside in October 2016.

Watch Stu Krieger’s TEDx Talk, “Choose Joy.”

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That One Cigarette

 

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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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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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