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MYRIAM GURBA - MASTER CLASS

Myriam Gurba’s most recent book, Mean, a work that is part true-crime, part ghost story, and part personal history, was a finalist for the 2018 Judy Grahn Award as well as a New York Times editors’ choice. Her first book, Dahlia Season, won the 2008 Edmund White Award. Her personal essays have been published in TIME and The Paris Review and she has written art criticism and historical monographs for KCET. She is too superstitious to share what she is currently working on.

 
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INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS - NOVEL

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday) is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times MagazineBuzzfeedNylon, and Guernica, among others. Ingrid has received awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.

 
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SHOBHA RAO - SHORT FICTION

Shobha Rao is the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman, and the novel, Girls Burn Brighter. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco, and is currently the 2018 Grace Paley Teaching Fellow at The New School in New York City.

 
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MITALI PERKINS - MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT

Mitali Perkins has written ten novels for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near (Walter Dean Myers Honor Award, nominated for a National Book Award), Rickshaw Girl (New York Public Library’s Top 100 books for Children in 100 Years), Bamboo People (American Library Association’s Top Ten Novel for Young Adults) and Tiger Boy (Charlotte Huck Honor Award, South Asia Book Award, Neev Best Young Readers Book Award.) She has been honored as a “Most Engaging Author” by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a “Literary Light for Children” by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the Bay Area with her family. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 
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JEANNIE VANASCO - MEMOIR

Jeannie Vanasco is the author of The Glass Eye. Featured by Poets & Writers as one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017, The Glass Eye was also selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick, an Indies Introduce Pick, and an Indie Next Pick. Her nonfiction has appeared in The BelieverThe New York Times, the Times Literary SupplementTin House, and on NewYorker.com, and her essays have twice been named notable selections in Best American Essays. Her poetry honors include an Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers. She lives in Baltimore and is an assistant professor of English at Towson University. Her second memoir, Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl, will be published by Tin House Books in the fall of 2019.

 
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VICTORIA CHANG - POETRY

Victoria Chang’s latest book of poems, OBIT, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020.  Her previous, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. The Boss (McSweeney’s) won a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle.  She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  She lives in Los Angeles and teaches within Antioch’s MFA Program. 

 
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ISMAIL MUHAMMAD - NONFICTION

Ismail Muhammad is a novelist and critic based in Oakland, California. He is the reviews editor at The Believer, a contributing editor at Zyzzyva, and a staff writer at The Millions. His work has appeared in Paris Review DailyBookforum, The Nation, and other publications. He is currently at work on a novel. 

 
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SCOTT SIGLER - SPECULATIVE FICTION

#1 New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. He gives away his stories as weekly, serialized, audiobooks, with over 40 million episodes downloaded. Scott launched his career by releasing his novels as author-read podcasts. His rabid fans were so hungry for each week’s episode that they dubbed themselves the “Junkies.” The first hit is always free …
He is also a co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his wee little dog Reesie. Both Scott and Reesie are diehard Detroit Lions fans.

 

CHARLOTTE GULLICK - EMERGING WRITERS

Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, educator and Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Austin Community College. In May 2016, she graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with a MFA in Creative Nonfiction. Her first novel, By Way of Water, was published by Blue Hen Books/Penguin Putnam, and her nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, Pembroke, Pithead Chapel, and the LA Review. Her other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fellowship for Fiction, a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, a MacDowell Colony Residency, a Ragdale Residency, as well as the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award.

 
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ANDREW KARRE, EDITOR

Andrew Karre is executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers. Over the course of his career, he’s had the pleasure of publishing debut novels by A.S. King, Maggie Stiefvater, E. K. Johnston, and many other award-winning authors. Books he’s edited have earned the William C. Morris Award, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Michael L. Printz and Coretta Scott King Honors, and have been longlisted for the National Book Award. He lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 
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PHILIP MARINO, EDITOR

As a senior editor at Little Brown, Philip Marino is interested in a wide range of nonfiction, most notably sports, business, music, history, tech, comedy, economics and philosophy. Before joining Hachette in 2017, Philip was an editor and Marketing Director at Liveright Publishing, where he helped grow a list that had been dormant for nearly 40 years into one that now includes over fifteen New York Times bestsellers. He has worked with a diverse group of authors, including Seth Kugel, Owen Benjamin, Philip Mudd, Winston Groom, Janine di Giovanni, Philip Kitcher, Evelyn Fox Keller, Michael P. Lynch, and Simon Critchley.

 
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Rayhané SANDERS, AGENT

Rayhané Sanders is an agent at Massie & McQuilkin—where she represents literary, historical, and upmarket book club fiction; narrative non-fiction; and memoir—and an independent book editor available for hire. She began her career at Newsweek Magazine, before moving to book publishing a decade ago, holding positions at Penguin’s Dutton and Gotham Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and William Morris Endeavor. Rayhané began to represent clients at WSK Management, where she worked with internationally bestselling authors and broadcast journalists, and added winners of the Hopwood, PNBA, Oregon, and Massachusetts Book Awards to her own growing list. Her clients include bestselling and award-winning authors Lidia Yuknavitch, Kerry Cohen, Janet Beard, Jonathan Weisman, Maureen Stanton, Devin Murphy, and others.

 
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MARY K. JENSEN - PATHS TO PUBLISHING

Mary K. Jensen’s award-winning memoir, Rudy’s Rules for Travel: Life Lessons from Around the Globe, was conceived in the emerging writers’ workshop at MCWC 2014, and delivered to the world two years later after inspiration from MCWC 2016’s Publishing Bootcamp. Her memoir was included in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2018. Jensen began her second career as a popular writer following years as a professor and grants writer at Chico State University. She holds an M.A. degree from Loyola Marymount and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. She is a survivor—of cancer twice and of decades of worldwide travel with her risk-taking, frugal spouse.