We come from opposite directions, North and South, a crosshatch of geographic lines that have intersected in New York City.
Sylvie Bertrand is a writer living in Brooklyn. A native French speaker, she was born and grew up in Montreal. Her stories and poems have appeared in Peregrine Journal, Epiphany, Cleaver Magazine, december, and other journals. She was nominated for the 2017 PEN / Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and received a Pushcart Special Mention in 2018. While translating Mexican telenovelas, she earned an MA in Anthropology from Princeton University. She currently teaches prose and poetry at The Writers Studio in NYC. svbertrand.com
Christopher X. Shade is the author of the novel The Good Mother of Marseille (Paloma Press, 2019). A book of poems, Shield the Joyous, is forthcoming April 2020, about the loss of loved ones to the disease of addiction.
He teaches prose and poetry writing at The Writers Studio in New York City’s West Village. His stories, poems, and book reviews have been widely published, and he has won story awards including the 2016 Writers at Work fellowship and Pushcart nominations. Raised in the South, he now lives in New York City. christopherxshade.com
Jeanne-Marie Osterman is from the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Shellback, forthcoming late 2020, and There’s a Hum (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in Bluestem, The Madison Review, SLAB, and other journals, and in 2018 she was a finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize. She holds an MA in linguistics from San Francisco State and lives in New York City.
Amy Dupcak is the author of Dust, Short Stories (Lucid River Press) and her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Sonora Review, Phoebe, Hypertext, Fringe, Litro, and other literary journals. She earned an MFA in Fiction from The New School and teaches writing workshops to young writers at Writopia Lab. www.amydupcak.com
Carrie Schneider, author of American Yoga (Barnes & Noble Books) and Yoga Within (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), has written for Interview, Media, Self, and Yoga Journal magazines. Her editing career spanned from Rolling Stone Press to Playgirl to The New York Times Magazine, and comprises book doctoring for titles including Michael Gross’s My Generation (HarperCollins). Carrie lives in New York, where she teaches yoga and is at work on her first novel. carrieyoga.com
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Rebecca Gee is a writer and artist who has received an Arts Midwest / NEA RegionalVisual Artist Fellowship and an Illinois Arts Council Visual Artist Fellowship for artwork that incorporates her poetry. She co-founded and was Director of Kids Write, a nonprofit branch of The Writers Studio teaching creative writing to high school students in Bedford-Stuyvesant and students with dyslexia from 2009 to 2017. Gee teaches poetry classes at the Hudson Valley Writers Studio, and serves on the board of directors of Ugly Duckling Presse. She earned a MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. A sixth generation Texan, Gee now lives in Hudson, NY.
LaVonne Elaine Roberts is a short story writer, essayist, and memoirist. She is the 2020 Diversity Fellow for Drizzle Review, and a member of the Blue Mountain Review Southern Collective. Her work at Drizzle will include curation of a special issue on ageism, due out summer 2020. Her essays, short stories, and poetry have been published widely, including in Our Stories, Too: Personal Narratives by Women, WordFest Anthology 2019, The Blue Mountain Review, LIT Magazine, Thought Notebook, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Litro, among other publications. She is the founder of WRITE ON!, which facilitates free writing workshops for marginalized populations. She resides in New York City, where she is completing an MFA at The New School and a memoir called Life On My Own Terms.
Lisa Fountain currently resides in New York City. In previous years, she practiced corporate and criminal law and taught as an Adjunct Professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her primary interest is poetry and she has published several pieces in Typishly, Cagibi and Ibis Head Review as well as creating a collection, Arc, as part of her Master’s Thesis in English. She continues to study creative writing at The Writer’s Studio in Greenwich Village but supports herself selling residential real estate at Halstead on the Upper West Side.
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