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Morgan Jerkins

New York Times bestselling author and Senior Editor at ZORA Magazine.

Jodie Vinson

Program Manager at What Cheer Writers Club in Providence. She has ten years of book industry experience.

Anjali Duva

Writer, dancer, and educator. She is the author of the bestselling historical novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN.

Albert LaFarge

Literary agent for LaFarge Agency with a focus on representing nonfiction books. 30+ years of publishing experience.

Sara Rauch

Author of WHAT SHINES FROM IT. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Paper Darts, Hobart, Split Lip, and more

John Holgerson

Author of BROKEN BORDERS and UNNECESSARY TATTOO; TV host of FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS; a MassPoetry rep for Bristol County.

Ryan Levesque

Leverages 10+ years in the publishing industry to help authors discover their purpose, strategy, and marketing tactics.

Anne Elliott


Lee Hope Betcher

Editor-in-Chief of Solstice Literary Mag, educator, and author of the novel HORSEFEVER, a Midwest Book Awards finalist.

Janet Aalfs

Widely published poet and writer, previous poet laureate, 7th degree black belt, and healing movements arts instructor.

Heather Kelly

Coach, editor, author, and Writers’ Loft Director, she strives to help authors become more prolific storytellers.

Ray Daniel

Award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction, including the Tucker Mysteries.

Anthony D'Aries

MFA Director at WCSU. Author of THE LANGUAGE OF MEN: A MEMOIR, which received the PEN/NE Discovery Prize.

Connelly Akstens

Nonfiction Professor at SUNY who recently completed first full-length memoir, WITHOUT SHAME: LEARNING TO BE ME.

Judith McIntosh

Retired attorney living her dream life as a writer. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.

Maureen Walsh

Former advertising writer and journalist turned fiction writer and editor. Chapter President at MWA-NE.

Nicole C. Ayers

Award-winning author that provides coaching, manuscript evals, and editing services for fiction and creative nonfiction.

Tanya Gold (she/her)

Editor of fiction, memoir, and poetry. She’s been in publishing for 20 years, and has worked on all kinds of books.

Denise (Dee) Willson

Award-winning author, editor, journalist, and entrepreneur with 20+ yrs of experience. Founder of BEOP editing services.

Oge Mora

Her picture book THANK YOU, OMU! won a Caldecott Medal in 2019. Her book artwork has also been applauded.

Chana Porter

Playwright, speculative novelist, and education activist. Founder of the Octavia Project. Her debut novel is THE SEEP.

J. Albert Mann

Award-winning author of seven published novels for children. Her most recent historical fiction book is THE DEGENERATES.

Adrienne Kisner

Her debut novel DEAR RACHEL MADDOW won a 2016 PEN New England award. She is also the author of two YA novels.

Holly Watson

Specializes in publicity campaigns for literary and commercial fiction. She has 20+ years working with major publishers.

J Kates

Poet, translator, and co-director of Zephyr Press. He has published three chapbooks and one full book.

Lauren Sarat

Lauren has worked in the publishing industry, taught creative writing at Brown, Emerson, and Rutgers.

Dominic Perri

Writer, Educator. He is the Founder of the Hollihock Writers Conference and

Jeff Simonds

Writing instructor at Hartwick College and author of two short story collections.

Rhonda Miller

Reporter and producer for WKU Public Radio in Kentucky.

Enzo Surin

Haitian-born poet, educator, speaker, publisher, and social advocate. Author of WHEN MY BODY WAS A CLINCHED FIST.

Keith Carreiro

Faculty at Bridgewater State University and at Bristol Community College. He is currently writing a nine-book series.

Cherrilynn Bisbano

Coach, editor, and book proposals. She's a Partner with The Write Coach. Publications include Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Jason Tandon

Senior Lecturer of Writing, Arts & Sciences Writing Program, Boston University. He is the author of four poetry books.

P. Djèlí Clark

Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy nominated author of THE BLACK GOD'S DRUMS and THE HAUNTING OF TRAM CAR 015.

Paul Harding

American musician and author who gained widespread acclaim for his 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, TINKERS.

Miranda Popkey

Her first novel, TOPICS OF CONVERSATION, is for readers of Sally Rooney, Rachel Cusk, Lydia Davis, and Jenny Offill.

Lily King

Award-winning author of five novels. Her most recent novel, WRITERS & LOVERS, was recently published in March.

Áine Greaney

Irish-born writer of five books. Stories/essays placed in Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Boston Globe Magazine, and others.

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