Karen Bender

The New Order

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.

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Marie Benedict

The Only Woman in the Room

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.

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Janet Benton

Lilli de Jong

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.

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Chaya Bhuvaneswar

White Dancing Elephants

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.

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Tayla Burney

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.

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