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Laura Geringer Bass is the author of over twenty books for young people including A THREE HAT DAY, illustrated by Arnold Lobel, an ALA Notable Book and SIGN OF THE QIN, an ALA Best Book. Her new middle-grade novel, THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART, is coming from Abrams this Spring. A Mentor at Stony Brook, Southampton in the graduate Fellowship program in Children’s Literature, as well as a Mentor for Girls Write Now, she serves on the Advisory Board of First Book, an award-winning organization that has delivered over 170 million books into the hands of children in need. 

Madeline Felix is a writer and strategist in New York. 


Kwame Opoku-Duku is the author of The Unbnd Verses Vol. 1, and along with Karisma Price, he is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. His work is nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2018, and his fiction, poetry, and interviews are featured in BOMB, The Adroit Journal, Booth, Massachusetts Review, Apogee, Chicago Review of Books’ Arcturus, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. Kwame lives in New York City, where he earned a degree in creative writing from Columbia University. He will serve as a 2018 Adroit Journal Summer Mentor.



Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. They are the author of Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II published by Awst Press, and other writing appears in Apogee Journal and SmokeLong Quarterly, and their story, "Where Every Boy is Known and Loved" was recently named as Finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions Anthology, forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books. They currently serve as Fiction Editor at Apogee Journal, Assistant Fiction Editor at The Rumpus, and co-host of the popular podcast Food 4 Thot. You can find more information at their website: www.dennisnorrisii.com


Tomi Obaro is a senior editor at BuzzFeed Reader, BuzzFeed News's home for personal essays, cultural criticism, fiction and poetry.


Natalie Pattillo is a multimedia journalist and Pacific Standard Magazine columnist based in New York City. She reports on gender-based violence, gender politics, childcare and health-care access, food, and culture. Her work has appeared in places like Columbia Journalism ReviewEdible ManhattanMunchiesNew York MagazineVicePacific Standard MagazineRefinery29Narratively, The Nation, and more. 

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Jade Sharma is the author of Problems, which was long listed for the PEN Open Book award. The NYT called it clever and noted, "a book about heroin shouldn't be this much fun to read," and The Rumpus said, "The only problem with Problems is that it ends." Originally an eighth-grade dropout, Sharma now holds an MFA from The New School. She currently teaches workshops at Catapult, and freelances as a private content editor. Sharma is in treatment for bipolar. She resides on the LES with a small black dog. She is at work on her second book entitled ‘ok’.


Aldrin Valdez is a Pinoy writer and visual artist. They grew up in Manila and Long Island and currently live in Brooklyn. Aldrin has been awarded fellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship and Poets House. Their writing appears in Art21 Magazine, ArtSlant, The Cortland Review, The Felt, Nat BrutThe Recluse, & Poor Claudia. Aldrin has presented work at Dixon Place, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Poetry Project. Collaborating with writer & organizer Ted Kerr, Aldrin co-curated Foundational Sharing, a salon series of readings, performances, & visual art. Most recently, they organized the Segue Reading Series 2017 fall season with fellow poet Joël Díaz. Aldrin's first book of poetry, ESL or You Weren't Here, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books (2018).

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Laura Esther Wolfson's debut essay collection, For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press in June 2018. (Preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or University of Iowa Press.) Laura’s writing has been honored with the 2017 Notting Hill Essay Prize, published in leading literary venues on both sides of the Atlantic, and repeatedly cited in The Best American Essays. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the New School and lives in New York City. She served for many years as the interpreter for Russian-speaking authors at the PEN World Voices Festival and was also a PEN prison writing mentor. She has had a long career as an interpreter and translator, working from Russian, French and Spanish to English. She translated Stalin’s Secret Pogrom (Yale University Press, 2001), a history of the events leading up to the Night of the Murdered Poets. Stalin’s Secret Pogrom won the National Jewish Book Award in the Eastern European History category for 2001-2002.