Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection The New Order. Her last collection, Refund, was a Finalist for the National Book award and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University.
Marie Benedict, author of The Only Woman in the Room, is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms. She is also the author of The Other Einstein and Carnegie’s Maid. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong, has written for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other publications. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chaya Bhuvaneswar has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author of White Dancing Elephants: Stories, is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholar and MacDowell Colony fellow.
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.