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Nan_GhanaNana Ekua Brew-Hammond (Remember?, 3/10/2014): Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of the novel Powder Necklace and founder of the blog People Who Write. Follow her on Twitter.

LBuchananFSPicLaurie Buchanan (The Trouble With Angels, 2/20/2014): Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Laurie Buchanan is a holistic health practitioner and transformation life coach. With the philosophy of “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing,” Laurie works with the whole person, helping them turn intention into action; bridging the gap between where they are, and where they want to be — body, mind, and spirit. You can find her on her blogwebsite, and Twitter.

Jennifer Clement age 7Jennifer Clement (Her Name Was Ruth, 2/10/2014): Jennifer Clement’s new novel Prayers for the Stolen (Hogarth, 2014) which was awarded the NEA Fellowship for Literature, has already been bought in 22 countries. Clement has also published the novels A True Story Based On Lies and The Poison That Fascinates. Her memoir Widow Basquiat, about the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, is considered one of the most important works on this artist. Jennifer Clement has also published several books of poetry and is the Director, along with her sister Barbara Sibley, of the San Miguel Poetry Week. You can find her at her website.

CDayFSPicCindy Day (Enter J., 3/17/2014): Cindy Day lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and five-year-old son, and works in digital product management. She lets her son eat far too much candy. You can find her on twitter and her blog.

Kathy Drue (Fear and Reconciliation, 2/17/2014): Kathy Drue lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and blogs from her “Little House in the Big Woods.” She works two part-time jobs to help buy health insurance and organic produce and loves to travel from San Diego to NYC to Florida to visit family members whenever possible.  She misses her best friend from childhood, but hopefully will visit her again next summer. 

KDuMarFSPic(2ndfromRight)Kelly DuMar (Last Night of Make Believe, 3/3/2014): Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and author of a non-fiction book for parents, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your ChildrenShe facilitates creative writing workshops including When Pictures Speak – Writing Photo Inspired Poetry. You can follow her on Twitter and Tumblr or visit her website to learn more about her poetry, plays and workshops.

TGreenwoodPic#1T. Greenwood (Winter Haven, 1/20/2014 and Shirley Temples, 3/6/2014): T. Greenwood is the author of eight novels, including the recently released Bodies of Water (September 2013). She grew up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where most of her novels are set. She now lives in San Diego with her husband, Patrick, and their two daughters, where she teaches creative writing and takes pictures. For more info, visit her website and blog


MHoseinPicMegana Hosein (“Very little outside of Us mattered,” 1/27/2014): Megana Hosein is a Southern California native. After attending Vassar College, she spent a stint in New York working in publishing before moving with her husband to Menlo Park, California. They have four children ranging in age from nine months to nine years. She manages to sneak out to band practice once a week.


Nicole C. Kear (Mission: Runaway, 2/24/2013) Nicole C. Kear is author of the memoir Now I See You, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in June 2014. She regularly contributes essays and articles to ParentsAmerican BabyBabble and Salon, among others, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, three children and a morbidly obese goldfish. You can find her at her website and blog.

YGoldsteinLoveFSPicYael Goldstein Love (Best Friend in the Whole Wide World, 2/3/2014): Yael Goldstein Love is the author of the novel Overture (paperback title The Passion of Tasha Darsky) and the Editorial Director of DailyLit. You can find her on her website and Twitter.

ACRutledgeFSPicAnna Catherine Rutledge (We Just Were, 2/27/2014): Anna Catherine Rutledge lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two boys and no pets. She is considering getting a fish. She runs Fit4 Mom Brooklyn, helping women develop the strength they need for motherhood, and blogs about random happenings. 

Wendy Salinger (Girlfriends, 1/30/2014): Wendy Salinger is the author of Listen (Bloomsbury, 2006), a memoir, and Folly River (Dutton, 1980), which was the winner of the first National Poetry Series (Open Competition). She directs the Schools Project at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

SShowalterFSPic(she'sbabyonright)Shirley Hershey Showalter (My Cousin, My Friend, 2/6/2014):  Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, grew up on a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, dairy farm and went on to become a professor and then college president and foundation executive. Find her at her website, her Facebook page, and on Twitter.

CSosenkoFSPicCarla Sosenko (Pudding Wrestling, 1/23/2014): Carla Sosenko’s work has appeared in Marie ClaireSelfJezebelthe HairpinHeeb and various other publications. Her first play, Headcase, was produced in the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival, and her short story “Clutter” was a semifinalist in the Nimrod Awards. She received her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and is currently working on her memoir, Such a Pretty Face. You can find her at her website and on Twitter.