Greg Belliveau is a 2008 Christopher Isherwood Grant Recipient, an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s January 2012 Short-Short Fiction Contest, as well as the 2002 Christy Award finalist for Best First Novel Go Down To Silence (Multnomah: a Division of Random House). His fiction and poetry has appeared in Vine Leaves, Atticus Review, Cleveland Review, and The Best of Vine Leaves Anthology 2012 published by eMergent Publishing. He received his MFA from Pacific University, Oregon.
Carolyn Cooke’s novel Daughters of the Revolution was named one of the best novels of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle and The New Yorker Magazine. Her collection of short stories, The Bostons was named one of the best books of the year by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, and was a winner of the PEN/Bingham Award for fiction and a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway .Her new collection of short stories, Amor & Pscyho, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf next summer. A native of Bar Harbor, Maine, she now teaches in the MFA programs at CIIS in San Francisco.
Laurie Fox is the West Coast Associate for the Linda Chester Literary Agency, which has its home office in Manhattan. As Chester’s partner, Fox is celebrating 23 years with the agency. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, with a B.A. in Aesthetic Studies (emphasis in Creative Writing and Theatre), and has published fiction and poetry, including Sexy Hieroglyphics (Chronicle Books, poetry), and two novels with Simon & Schuster: My Sister from the Black Lagoon (a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller); and The Lost Girl (a novel inspired by the themes of Peter Pan). Fox is a former bookseller, creative writing teacher, and freelance literary consultant/editor. For the Chester Agency, she acquires, develops, and markets books in the areas of literary and quality fiction, memoir/biography, popular culture, and cutting-edge science.
David M. Mills is a professor of Philosophy who teaches and researches at the intersection of art, literature, and philosophy. He has published essays in The Journal of the Arts and Society and The Review of Faith and International Affairs. His forthcoming book, Double Bind, will be published by IVP Academic. He has taught at UMaine (Orono) and has spoken on art, philosophy, and literature at conferences and workshops across the U.S., in Canada, and Europe. He has also led travel study tours in Europe. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University.
Deborah Reed is the author of the novel, Carry Yourself Back to Me, a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. She is also the author of the bestselling thriller, A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent, written under the pen name, Audrey Braun. All three novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German. Her next literary novel, Things We Set On Fire, will be published in fall 2013. Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) and teaches at workshops and conferences around the United States and in Europe.
Derek Wade has pitched television series to networks, developed TV pilots with top television production companies, written screenplays, adapted novels for the screen and has written numerous spec scripts. In addition, he has over twenty years of experience working in Film and Television production. Derek is a 2008 Frances Kerr Award Recipient. His mystery novel Deadlight is based on his experience living on a sailboat after sailing around the world. His fiction has appeared in Silk Road. He received his MFA from Pacific University, Oregon.
Stuart Woods is the author of forty-four novels, including the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. The last twenty-eight of them have been New York Times best-sellers. He lives on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, and is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on two book tours a year. His latest novel is Santa Fe Edge,to be published on September 21, 2013.