Spencer Wise is the author of the novel, The Emperor of Shoes (HarperCollins, 2018). In addition to working at a shoe factory in South China, Spencer Wise has professional experience ranging from gutting chickens and selling ginsu knives to editorial work at Sports Illustrated and Time Out New York. Born in Boston, Wise is a graduate of Tufts University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Florida State University. His work has appeared in journals such as Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, and New Ohio Review, among others. He was awarded the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Wise is an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Augusta University. You can find him here: spencerwiseauthor.com
Terra Elan McVoy is the author of eight novels for young people, including This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker, from HarperCollins, and the Edgar Award finalist Criminal, from Simon and Schuster. Most of her jobs have focused on reading and writing, including managing the independent children’s bookstore Little Shop of Stories, serving as program director for the AJC Decatur Book Festival, and answering fan mail for Captain Underpants while an editorial assistant at Scholastic.
Her master’s degree is from Florida State University in Creative Writing, and she has taught both adults and young people in a variety of courses, including the Yale Writers Workshop, Smith College Young Women’s Writing Workshop, The Atlanta Young Writers Institute, and Agnes Scott College’s Agnes Writes program. You can learn more about Terra and her books at http://terraelan.com
C. J. Bartunek is the managing editor of The Georgia Review. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Georgia and a BA from the University of Southern California, and her writing has appeared in The Smart Set, Pacific Standard, The Big Roundtable, and elsewhere.
Hudson Phillips is a writer, producer, and podcaster in Atlanta, GA. He’s also the founder of ScriptBlast, an organization which cultivates community and creates resources to empower screenwriters.
Kate Sweeney is the producer and host of What’s Next ATL, the podcast that looks at the big issues facing metro Atlanta and the people taking them on. She works as a Senior Communications Specialist at ARC. Before this, she spent more than a decade as a reporter, producer, and host at WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, where she produced season one of the Peabody-Award winning podcast Buried Truths. In her spare time, she also produced Tantrum!, an irreverent parenting podcast and live show that contained curses.
Kate’s the author of American Afterlife (University of Georgia Press), for which she was awarded a Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2015. Her work has won five Edward R. Murrow awards as well as a number of Associated Press awards. Her writing has appeared in Oxford American, Utne Reader Online, Atlanta Magazine and New South, among other outlets.
Sean Powers is Georgia Public Broadcasting’s first director of podcasting. He joined GPB in 2014 as a producer/reporter with On Second Thought, and remained with the program until 2018. For his last four months on the show, he served as acting senior producer. Powers is a native of the south suburbs of Chicago, and he graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. In 2012, he completed a fellowship at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He moved to Atlanta after working as a reporter for the public radio station in Urbana, Ill. His reporting has earned him a dozen Associated Press awards, two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, five national PRNDI awards, honors from the Atlanta Press Club, and recognition from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. Powers previously developed podcasts for ListenUp Audiobooks in Atlanta. He’s also mentored teenage journalists who report for VOX Teen Communications, a magazine in Atlanta.
Soniah Kamal is an award winning novelist and essayist and public speaker. Her most recent novel, Unmarriageable: Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan, is a New York Public Library and NPR Code Switch 2019 Summer Read Pick, a Financial Times Best Book of 2019 so far, and has received praise from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Southern Living, Library Reads, Forbes, People Magazine and more. Her debut novel, An Isolated Incident, was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction and the KLF French Fiction. Soniah’s TEDx talk is about regrets and second chances.
Her work has appeared in critically acclaimed anthologies and publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed and more. Soniah’s short story ‘Jelly Beans’ is selected for the 2017 Best of Asian Fiction Anthology and her short story‘Fossils’, judged by Claudia Rankine, won the Agnes Scott 2017 Festival Award for Fiction.Soniah is the recipient of a Susan B. Irene Award from St. Johns College where she received a B.A. in Philosophy and was a Paul Bowles Fiction Fellow at Georgia State University where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing.
Soniah grew up in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and England and resides in Atlanta, Georgia. www.soniahkamal.com
Christina Lee is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Billboard, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post and more. She co-hosts two podcasts: Sum’n to Say, a spirited discussion with Bossip’s Jason “Jah” Lee and DJBooth’s Yoh Phillips about notable events in hip-hop and R&B; and Bottom of the Map, where she and Dr. Regina Bradley turn up and theorize how hip-hop reflects the contemporary American South.
Amy Pence earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona; she authored three poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press), The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag), and the chapbook Skin’s Dark Night (2River Press) as well as a hybrid book— [It] Incandescent –(Ninebark), which won the Eyelands Poetry Award. A new chapbook, Your Posthumous Dress: Remnants from the Alexander McQueen Collection was recently released from dancing girl press. Poems, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in The Oxford American, Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, The Rumpus, and The Writer’s Chronicle. She taught poetry-writing at Emory University last spring, frequently holds workshops in her home, and tutors high school students in Atlanta. Links to her work can be found at .amypence.com.
Mario Chard is the author of Land of Fire (Tupelo Press, 2018), winner of the Dorset Prize and the Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. Recent poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, Poetry, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Winner of the “Discovery” Poetry Prize and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and sons.
Amber Nicole Brooks currently serves as the Nonfiction Editor for The Chattahoochee Review. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Establishment, ArtsATL, Five Points, The Southeast Review, The Arkansas Review, Orange Coast Review, and The Collagist, among others. In 2007, a story of hers placed third in the Playboy College Fiction Contest. As an Assistant Professor of English at Perimeter College of Georgia State University, she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing.
Stacia Pelletier is the author of Accidents of Providence and The Half Wives, both of which were shortlisted for the Townsend Prize in Fiction. She earned graduate degrees in religion and historical theology from Emory University. She has been a Woodruff Fellow, a W.M. Keck Foundation Fellow, and a fellow of the Hambidge Center. She works at Emory University as a speechwriter and has taught creative writing at Candler School of Theology, Wake Forest School of Divinity, and the University of North Georgia.
Beth Ward is a veteran writer, editor, and digital storyteller. Her work as been published in/on NPR, Creative Nonfiction, The Bitter Southerner, BUST magazine, Atlas Obscura, Girls at Library, Atlanta magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and elsewhere. She has also been published internationally in Suspiria magazine and the London-based online publication, Restless.
Prior to being named the managing editor of the Dream Warriors Foundation magazine, Beth served as the Books and Film editor of ArtsATL, Atlanta’s preeminent source for arts and culture coverage. Come say hi at www.bethwardwriting.com.
Caroline Crew is the author of PINK MUSEUM (Big Lucks), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays appear in The Kenyon Review, DIAGRAM, and Gulf Coast, among others. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Georgia State University, after earning an MA at the University of Oxford and an MFA at UMass-Amherst. She’s online here: caroline-crew.com.
Jeff Clemmons lives in suburban Atlanta. He has a degree in business administration from Reinhardt University and a degree in creative writing and theater from Georgia State University. He created and leads walking tours of the Midtown and SoN0 districts and Westview Cemetery of Atlanta for the Atlanta Preservation Center, and serves on the board of the APC’s auxiliary group, CIRCA, which offers its members private tours of some of metropolitan Atlanta’s most interesting historical structures. He is the author of two histories – Rich’s: A Southern Institution and Atlanta’s Historic Westview Cemetery.