Authors

Susan Pashman
Susan Pashman Susan Pashman

Susan Pashman

Susan Pashman

Susan Pashman is a philosophy professor and former attorney. While in law school, she served a year in the New York City Council President’s office; some of what she learned there has found its way into this story. But most of this book derives from her experience of raising two boys on her own in Brooklyn. Many of her sons’ childhood exploits, and the hopes and fears she had for them, became the heart of this novel. She resides in Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband, Jack Weinstein.

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Mona de Vestel
Mona de Vestel Mona de Vestel

Mona de Vestel

Mona de Vestel

Of mixed Belgian and African descent, Mona grew up in Brussels and later moved to the United States where she taught writing at the State University of New York (Oswego & Utica). Her memoir King Leopold’s Daughter is a finalist for Restless Books’ Immigrant Writing Prize. Her work explores the role of the ‘other’ in the marginalized voices of our world. She is currently at work on Trail of Light, a memoir about her quest for joy, healing, and the magic in her life. Mona now lives in Southern California with her family. For more info about the author, please visit: www.authormona.com

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Alan Howard
Alan Howard Alan Howard

Alan Howard

Alan Howard

Alan Howard has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Nation, Dissent, public television and labor union publications about workers and politics in the US and many other countries around the world. He was a Fulbright Scholar at San Carlos University in Guatemala, an International Fellow at Columbia University, the Latin American correspondent for Liberation News Service, and a national volunteer leader in the 2008 and 2012 campaigns of Barack Obama. His novella Hollywood Furs was short-listed for the 2011 Paris Literary Prize. In the Land of Eternal Spring is his first novel.

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Michael Raleigh
Michael Raleigh Michael Raleigh

Michael Raleigh

Michael Raleigh

Michael Raleigh’s new novel The Conjurer’s Boy was praised for its “beautifully modulated undercurrent of subtle fantasy” by The Midwest Review. He has received the Eugene Izzi award for crime fiction and four Illinois Arts Council awards for fiction. Michael is the author of seven previous novels, including In the Castle of the Flynns. He teaches writing at DePaul University and lives in Chicago with his wife Katherine and his three children.

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Margot Singer
Margot Singer Margot Singer

Margot Singer

Margot Singer

Margot Singer teaches creative writing at Denison University and has won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction for her first novel. Her short stories and essays have appeared in HSE’s Above Ground, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, The Western Humanities Review, Agni, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and many others. She has also received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Carter Prize for the Essay, and an honorable mention from the judges of the PEN/Hemingway award.

Margot is a graduate of the University of Utah (Ph.D. 2005), Oxford University (M.Phil.1986) and Harvard University (B.A. 1984). From 1986 until 1997 she worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where she was a Principal in the New York Office. She holds the Bosler Endowed Faculty Fellowship at Denison University, and also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. She lives with her husband and two children in Granville, Ohio.

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Tony Rogers
Tony Rogers Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers’ collection of short stories, Bewildered, Harold Faced the Day, won the Writer’s Voice Capricorn Prize.  He was a semi-finalist in the Quarterly West novella contest. An excerpt from his award-winning first novel was first published in HSE’s Above Ground anthology. His fiction has also been published in Pleiades, Worcester Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Painted Hills Review, Thema, Outerbridge, and many others.

His non-fiction has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Yale and has a JD from Harvard Law School.  Tony has been a lawyer and a jazz musician and the head of a veteran’s hospital.

 

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Andrew Binks
Andrew Binks Andrew Binks

Andrew Binks

Andrew Binks

Andrew Binks has won honorable mention in the Writer’s Union of Canada’s short prose contest, Glimmertrain’s Family Matters contest, and he was a finalist in the Queen’s University Alumni Review poetry contest, and This Magazine’s “Great Canadian Literary Hunt.” An excerpt of his novel, The Catalytic Seduction of Brian White, was first published in HSE’s Voice from the Planet. His fiction and non-fiction has been published in Joyland, Galleon, Fugue, Prism International, Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly (U.S.), Bent Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Xtra, among others.

Binks’ first novel, The Summer Between, was published by Nightwood Editions in Spring 2009.  His poetry has also appeared in Quill’s “Lust” issue and Velvet Avalanche Anthology. Andrew’s satirical play, Reconciliation, about Native land claims, Japanese internment, and political corruption, will receive a staged reading in Toronto as part of the Foundry Theatre play-reading series.

He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Andrew spoke at the AWP conference in New York City in 2008 on the merits and challenges of multi-genre writing programs.

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Wickham Boyle
Wickham Boyle Wickham Boyle

Wickham Boyle

Wickham Boyle

Wickham Boyle

Wickham Boyle, known as Wicki, wears many hats: journalist, writer, finance consultant and theater producer. She writes about the arts, finance, parenting and travel for The New York Times, Savoy, National Geographic, Budget Travel, and Downtown Express. She was one of the founders of CODE Magazine, and editor-in-chief of THRIVE. Her short story, “Don’t Think You’re Calling Too Much,” appeared in HSE’s Voice from the Planet. Her essays can be heard on the AARP radio stations during their Prime Time show.

Boyle was executive director of La MaMa Theater and produced over 60 shows during her tenure there. Her 2001 book, A Mother’s Essays From Ground Zero garnered excellent reviews and raised over $20,000 for schools closed downtown. It was adapted to an opera, titled CALLING: an Opera of Forgiveness. She has lived in TriBeCa since 1977 and holds an MBA from Yale University. For more info: www.wickworld.com.

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Ben Mattlin
Ben Mattlin Ben Mattlin

Ben Mattlin

Ben Mattlin

Ben Mattlin is an NPR commentator, a contributing editor at Institutional Investor magazine, and a frequent contributor to other financial and general-interest publications. His short story, “Learning to Crawl” was first published in HSE’s Voice from the Planet. His credits also include Newsweek and Self magazines, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. Mattlin has written for the Mark Taper Forum, Blonde and Brunette Productions, and the children’s television program Biker Mice From Mars. He has appeared on ABC’s Prime Time Live, CNN, and E! Entertainment Network; been interviewed on radio stations KKFI and KPFK, Los Angeles, and KSLC, Salt Lake City; and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Penthouse, and USA Today.

Born in New York City in 1962, Mattlin graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1984. He lives with his wife, two daughters, and a cat in Los Angeles.

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Maria Pavlova
Maria Pavlova Maria Pavlova

Maria Pavlova

Maria Pavlova

Maria Pavlova was born in the second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv. Her short story, “The Fire Dancer,” was first published in HSE’s Voice from the Planet. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in Cezanne’s Carrot, Forge, Yellow Medicine Review, and Etchings. She has a degree in Slavic studies and has worked as a journalist for various Bulgarian newspapers. Maria writes essays, poetry, short stories, and novelettes, some of which have been published in the press. When she started working on her first novel, The Rival, Maria took a leave of absence so she could concentrate on the process of writing. The novel tells the story of a blind girl who simultaneously discovers love, life and the feeling for colors.

Maria works as a graphic designer and is finishing her second novel, The Dual Life of a Witch. Maria is married and has one daughter. 

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Paula Brancato
Paula Brancato Paula Brancato

Paula Brancato

Paula Brancato

Paula Brancato is an award-winning fiction writer, poet and filmmaker, and is on faculty at the University of Southern California. Paula was a May Swenson and Holland Prize finalist and has won the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, the Brushfire Poet Award, first prize Chester H. Jones Foundation, the Karlovy Vary film festival award, National Screenwriters Award, Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Organization of Black Screenwriters, SCIFF Family Focus and WINFEMME awards. She has been a Sundance finalist twice. Paula has been published in HSE’s Voice from the Planet, Mudfish, Georgetown Review, Litchfield Review, Southern California Anthology, Rattle, and Natchez Anthology, among others.

Finishing Line Press published her second chapbook Painting Cities in  2010. Poet Ilya Kaminsky selected Paula’s first chapbook, Dar a Luz, for publication by the Pacific Reveiw. Paula has studied with poets Mary Stewart Hammond, Jill Hoffman and Philip Schultz in NY. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is a graduate of the Los Angeles Film School and Hunter College.

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Tom Dolembo
Tom Dolembo Tom Dolembo

Tom Dolembo

Tom Dolembo

Tom Dolembo, Harvard ’67 English cum laude, MBA ’71, David McCord writing scholar. An excerpt of his novel The Grapes and the Fox appears in HSE’s Above Ground anthology. Tom lives on a farm and bird sanctuary in the village of Kewadin in Northwest Michigan. A native Hoosier born in Michigan City, Indiana, he is the author of numerous tracts, novels, poems, and articles. He can be found near lakes, rivers, streams, and low marshy places often looking for wildlife who are effortlessly avoiding him. His recent writing projects have included an enormous Civil War Trilogy, a shorter book of children’s poems, and filler articles for rural newspapers on raising chickens and astronomy.

His occupation varies with the season and need. Tom is a persistent vehicle driver, farmer, cook, photographer, security consultant for major universities, disaster consultant, former manufacturer of mechanical widgets and complex medical devices, and former due diligence investment company managing director.

 

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