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.
Christopher X. Shade is the author of the novel The Good Mother of Marseille (Paloma Press, 2019).
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
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
Jeanne-Marie Osterman is from the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of 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.
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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.
Christine Kandic Torres is a writer born, raised, and based in Queens, New York. Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction has appeared in Kweli, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Newtown Literary. Her non-fiction can be found on Fierce by mitú, Ravishly, On She Goes, and in the print anthology States of the Union, for which her piece, “The Devil We Know,” won the Editor’s Choice Award. Her work has received support from the Jerome Foundation and Hedgebrook. She is online at ChristineKTorres.com and Twitter @christinemk.
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