Kelly Barnhill, author of Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, is also the author of four novels for children, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.
Sierra Bellows worked as a documentary filmmaker in Southeastern Africa, produced short films in Canada, and taught writing in Virginia and Montana. She was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in fiction.
Adrienne Benson, author of The Brightest Sun, was raised in Kenya, Liberia, Zambia, and the Ivory Coast. A former Peace Corps volunteer, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Foreign Service Journal, as well a handful of literary journals.
Nell Boeschenstein is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Oxford American, Ecotone, The Guardian, and elsewhere. She lives in Charlottesville, Va.
Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of Olympus Bound, the third book of the Immortals Series, holds a degree in history and literature from Harvard University and lives in Manhattan with her husband.
Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. He has also worked on two Supreme Court confirmations and built an eco-bunker.
John Gregory Brown, author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, is also the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; and Audubon’s Watch.
Tayla Burney is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Washington Post. A longtime public radio producer, Tayla is behind the weekly literary event newsletter, Get Lit, D.C.