Upcoming Special Guests

Publishing: The Big Picture – Summer 2019 Residency 

Jenny Bak, Summer 2019 Residency

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Jenny Bak is the editor of James Patterson’s books for young readers, and also acquires stories that reflect the JIMMY mission to create books that inspire a lifelong love of reading in children. Recent projects include Patterson’s Middle School and Maximum Ride series, the #1 NYT bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, the IndieBound MG hit How to Be a Supervillain, the picture book Big Words for Little Geniuses, and her most recent NYT bestseller, Girls of Paper and Fire. Prior to joining JIMMY, Jenny worked at Egmont UK in London, as well as at Penguin and HarperCollins in New York.

Sven Birkerts, Summer 2019 Residency

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Sven Birkerts is the author of 10 books of essays and memoir. He has taught at Mt. Holyoke and Harvard and was the Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars for 10 years. Author of The Gutenberg Elegies, Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, and My Sky Blue Trades, Sven is the editor of AGNI magazine at Boston University.

Steven Huff, Summer 2019 Residency


Steven Huff is the founder, editor, and publisher of Tiger Bark Press, a nonprofit press focusing on high-quality poetry, with occasional forays into the realms of literary criticism and nonfiction. The former executive director of BOA Editions, Ltd., he also directed adult education and programs at the Writers & Books community literary center in Rochester, New York, and taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, Steve is the author of a collection of stories, A Pig in Paris (2008), and two collections of poems, The Water We Came From (2003) and More Daring Escapes, published by Red Hen Press in 2008.

Sanj Kharbanda, Summer 2019 Residency

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Sanj Kharbanda is currently the Director of Sales & Marketing at Beacon Press. He joined Beacon in 2017 after holding executive positions in marketing and digital strategy at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Sanj thrives at the intersection of books, marketing, and technology: he is an engineer by training, but books and book selling are his passion.

Kate Layte, Summer 2019 Residency

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After 10 years working in the book business, Kate Layte opened the Papercuts JP (Jamaica Plain) bookstore in 2014. Her first book job was at a Borders Bookstore; her first job in publishing was at Hachette, where she learned the backend of the business by working in customer service. While there, she earned a Publishing Certificate from Boston University, then landed a position in the Managing Editorial department at Little, Brown. “All of it intrigued me, but I missed the alchemy of handselling books,” said Kate. “And when the idea of my own bookstore took hold, I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my life.” In addition to running her full-time bookstore operation, Kate and her staff have also started a press. Their first publication was The Papercuts Anthology. They went on to publish three books under the imprint Cutlass Press: The Paragraphs, by local music legend Rick Berlin; A Dream Between Two Rivers the first collection of short stories by KL Pereira; and an anthropomorphic crime novel RAGGED, Or the Loveliest Lies of All by Christopher Irvin. The second volume of The Papercuts Anthology will be released later this year. Papercuts has received Best of Boston Awards from The Improper Bostonian and Boston Magazine.

Julia Ringo, Summer 2019 Residency

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Julia Ringo is an associate editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, working with literary fiction and narrative nonfiction in English and translation. Previous employers include Alfred A. Knopf and Publishers Group West. A native of Seattle, she is a graduate of Pomona College.

Emily Miles Terry, Summer 2019 Residency


Emily Miles Terry is the New York Times bestselling author of Nesting, It’s a Chick Thing and Postcards from the Bump. She is the co-founder of Open Book Publicity, a boutique literary publicity firm representing bestselling books in a wide range of genres from fiction to health and cooking to history. Emily is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and PEN New England and serves on two alumni boards of Columbia University. Currently, Emily lives in the Boston area where you can find her either talking about books or writing them.

Zoraida Córdova, Summer 2019 Residency

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Zoraida Córdova is the award-winning author of the Brooklyn Brujas series and The Vicious Deep trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, and Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft. She is the co-editor of Vampires Never Get Old, a YA anthology forthcoming from Imprint/Macmillan in fall 2020. Her upcoming YA novels include Star Wars: A Crash of Fate (Disney/LucasFilm 2019) and Incendiary, book one in the Hollow Crown duology (Disney/Hyperion 2020). Zoraida was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, New York. When she isn’t working on her next novel, she’s planning her next adventure. Follow her on Instagram @zoraidasolo.

Leah Falk, Summer 2019 Residency

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Leah Falk's poems and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, FIELD, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She's received support for her writing from the Yiddish Book Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Asylum Arts, and the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan. She lives in Philadelphia and runs programming at the Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden. She's also the creator of MFA Day Job (mfadayjob.com), a repository of interviews with writers about writing and making a living.

Rashin Kheiriyeh, Summer 2019 Residency

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Rashin Kheiriyeh is an internationally recognized, award-winning illustrator/author, animation director, and painter who has published more than seventy children’s books in countries such as the United State, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, South Korea, China, Brazil, India, and Iran. She has received fifty national and international awards for her books and animations, including the 2017 Sandak Fellow Award in New York. She is also a six-time winner at the Bologna Book Fair, Italy, and the winner of Golden Apple Award at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB), Slovakia. She has an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Illustration and MFA in Graphic design from Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran. She also studied at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. She is a lecturer at the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Rashin enjoys illustrating for the New York Times, Google, and many other publication houses around the world. Visit http://www.rashinart.com

Jason Lutes, Summer Residency 2019

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Jason Lutes graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration in 1991. He is the author of the graphic novels Jar of Fools, Houdini: The Handcuff King, and Berlin, which Forbes magazine called, “One of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created.” He currently teaches comics at a two-year MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.

Catherine Parnell, Summer 2019 Residency

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Catherine Parnell is the Senior Associate Editor for Consequence Magazine. Her publications include the nonfiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, as well as stories, interviews, and blog posts in The Brooklyn Rail, The Rumpus, Barnhouse, Redivider, TSR: The Southampton Review, Post Road, The Baltimore Review, roger, and other literary magazines, as well as various newspapers and newsletters.

Julian Randall, Summer 2019 Residency

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Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and The Watering Hole, a home for writers of color in the south. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine’s Lineage of Mirrors, a living archive of poets of color and their creative influences. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and Poetry magazine, and anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Nepantla and Furious Flower. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse (Pitt, Fall 2018), is the winner of the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He talks a lot about poems on Twitter at @JulianThePoet.

Renée Watson, Writer-in-Residency, Summer 2019 Residency

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Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. The middle-grade novel Betty Before X she wrote with Ilyasah Shabazz. Renée’s newest work, Watch Us Rise, is co-written with Ellen Hagan. Her children's picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. Renée ‘s book This Side of Home was nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Her picture book, Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature. Her picture book A Place Where Hurricanes Happen is based on poetry workshops she facilitated with children in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In the summer of 2016 Renée launched I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She launched the #LangstonsLegacy Campaign to raise funds to lease the Harlem brownstone where Langston Hughes lived and created during the last twenty years of his life. Her hope is to preserve the legacy of Langston Hughes and build on it by providing programming for emerging writers. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon and currently lives in New York City. For more information about Renée visit www.reneewatson.net.

Zack Rogow, Summer 2019 Residency

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Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His new book of poems, Irreverent Litanies, will be published in 2019 by Regal House. Rogow’s other books of poetry include Talking with the Radio, poems inspired by jazz and popular music. His play Colette Uncensored (coauthored with Lorri Holt) will run at Cerimon House in Portland, Oregon, during the AWP conference in March 2019. The play had its first public reading at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2015; was performed at The Marsh in San Francisco/Berkeley in 2016–17, and in London at the Canal Café Theatre in 2018. Rogow is the editor of an anthology of poetry of the U.S.A., The Face of Poetry, from University of California Press. He has taught in several MFA in Creative Writing programs, and serves as a contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.For more information, visit www.zackrogow.com.

Peter Selgin, Summer 2019 Residency

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Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He has published a novel, an essay collection, three books on the writer’s craft, and several children’s books. His memoir, The Inventors, won the 2017 Housatonic Book Award. His play, A God in the House, was a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist. A visual artist as well as a writer, his illustrations have appeared in The New Yorker, Gourmet, and elsewhere. He is an affiliate faculty member of Antioch University’s low-residency MFA program in Los Angeles, and currently resides in Georgia.

Tanya Whiton, Summer 2019 Residency

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Tanya Whiton’s flash fiction has recently been featured in The Cincinnati Review, Al Pie de la Letra, and Fanzine. Her story “Up” was nominated for the 2018 Best Microfiction Anthology, and in 2017 she received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. Tanya’s short stories have been published in Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, North Dakota Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review, and Crazyhorse. In 2017 she won second prize in Zoetrope: All Story’s Short Fiction Contest; and her epistolary story, “Atlantic Window in a New England Character,” was recently selected as a finalist for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Contest. Other recent projects include: “The Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence,” a documentary film directed by Robin Greenspun and slated for release in 2019; a traveling exhibit about trailblazing workers-rights advocate Frances Perkins; and Are You Really My Friend? (The Book), by Tanja Hollander. Tanya has taught creative writing and professional development skills for writers for the Lesley Seminars, Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, and the University of Southern Maine. From January 2007–August 2016, she served as the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. Visit www.tanyawhiton.com.