JUNE CLARK June Rifkin Clark is a partner in Get There Media, Inc., a promotion and brand development company, providing strategic guidance to writers, experts, and businesses, by building platforms, creating awareness, and providing PR outreach to consumers and the media.For over 20 years, June worked in marketing and promotion, retained by numerous agencies to write and develop promotional materials for companies like Food Network, Bravo, A&E, NBC, AOL, eBay and Kraft Foods, many of which won PMA and Reggie Awards. June also worked in cable TV at Showtime, Group W Cable, and as head of her own agency, Concepts. She is the recipient of a Cable ACE/Emmy award.After receiving her MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, June became a literary agent at the Peter Rubie Literary Agency in New York (now FinePrint Literary Management), specializing in nonfiction books. Clients include floral designer Michael George, Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini, Cosmopolitan’s “Bedside Astrologer” Hazel Dixon-Cooper, I Love Lucy writer Madelyn Pugh Davis, Soupy Sales, and The Friars Club. She is still an Agent-at-Large at FinePrint to serve her long-term clients.A published author and playwright, June wrote (and co-wrote) four books, several plays, and has given workshops on topical issues on writing and publishing.For more information, visit www.juneclark.com.
ALLISON ESTES Allison Estes grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, playing on Faulkner’s grave. She has written fifteen middle grade and young adult novels, including the Short Stirrup Club series (Simon and Schuster.) Her most recent book is Paw & Order: Dramatic Investigations by an Animal Cop on the Beat (adult nonfiction, April 2008.) Her picture book, Izzy & Oscar, is due out in spring 2015.
Allison has been teaching children and adults in various venues for more than twenty years. She has an older daughter and a young son, and when she isn’t busy writing, editing, teaching and soccer-momming, if the grave of a famous author is not readily accessible, she plays softball as much as possible.
Visit Allison’s web site at www.allisonestes.com.
DOUG GARR Doug Garr has 40 years experience as a journalist, editor, author, and speechwriter. His most recent work is Between Heaven and Earth: An Adventure in Free Fall, (Greenpoint Press. 2009) a memoir of his years as a skydiver. Also published that year was Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat (Ecco, 2009), co-author with Henry J. Cardello. He is the author or co-author of five other books, including IBM Redux: Lou Gerstner and the Business Turnaround of the Decade, (HarperBusiness, 1999). He has ghostwritten seven other books. His work has appeared in several national magazines, and he has published essays in Newsweek, The East Hampton Star and the Op-Ed Page of The New York Times.
RICHARD GOODMAN Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9-11. He has written for The New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Louisville Review, Saveur, Ascent, and the Michigan Quarterly Review.
Richard is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Orleans. He is a founding member of the New York Writers Workshop. Richard travels around the country conducting workshops on writing. For more information, and an extensive sampling of Richard Goodman’s writing, please go to his homepage.
LAURENCE KLAVAN Laurence Klavan wrote the mystery novels, The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, which were published over the past few years by Ballantine Books. He won the Edgar Award for the novel, Mrs. White, written under a pseudonym. His graphic novels, Germantown and The Fielding Course, co-written with Susan Kim, will soon be published by First Second Books. His work has been published or is forthcoming in such print and online journals as Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Playgirl, The Alaska Quarterly, The Literary Review, Conjunctions, Louisville Review, Cafe Irreal, SN Review, Foliate Oak, Brink, Conte, Sliptongue, and Killing the Buddha. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, the musical produced by the Vineyard Theater in New York. His one-act, The Summer Sublet, produced in the Ensemble Studio Theater Marathon in New York, is included in Best American Short Plays 2000-2001.
SALLY KOSLOW Sally Koslow is the author of four novels: The Widow Waltz, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx (chosen by Target as a Book Pick,) With Friends like These and Little Pink Slips, inspired by her tenure as editor-in-chief of McCall’s Magazine, as well as a work of non-fiction, Slouching Toward Adulthood. Her articles and essays appear frequently in magazines, newspapers and online venues including The New York Times, More, Real Simple, O the Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian and Readers’ Digest as well as the anthologies DIRT and Wedding Cake for Breakfast. She often teaches at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. Sally invites you to visit her website, www.sallykoslow.com, “like” her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SallyKoslowAuthor) and follow her on Twitter: @sallykoslow.
JENNY MILCHMAN Jenny Milchman is a literary suspense writer whose debut novel just sold to Ballantine. COVER OF SNOW will be published in early 2013. Her short fiction has appeared on Amazon bestseller lists, and another story is forthcoming in an anthology called ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II. Jenny teaches courses on polishing, pitching, and publishing your work for New York Writers Workshop. She co-hosts the series Writing Matters, which draws speakers from both coasts to events held at a local independent bookstore. Last year she founded Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in 30 states, Canada, England, and this year spread to Australia. Jenny welcomes authors in the Made It Moments forum on her blog. Jenny worked on her pitch at the Perfect Pitch Conference in 2009. This January her debut novel, Cover of Snow, will be published by Ballantine. Please look for her at http://jennymilchman.com.
CHARLES SALZBERG Charles Salzberg is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Esquire, New York Magazine, GQ, Elle, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, The New York Times Arts and Leisure, The New York Times Book Review, and various other publications. He is the author of From Set Shot to Slam Dunk, An Oral History of the NBA, and On A Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place, Baseball’s 10 Worst Teams of the Century (with George Robinson) and co-author of My Zany Life and Times, by Soupy Sales, and The Mad Fisherman, with Charlie Moore. He has been a visiting professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and now teaches at the Writer’s Voice and the New York Writers Workshop, where he is a Founding Member. He was cited by New York Magazine as one of New York’s Great Teachers. His novel, Swann’s Last Song, was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel. He is also author of the sequel, Swann Dives In, a Swann short story featured in Long Island Noir, and Devil in the Hole, which was published in 2013. His third Swann novel, Swann’s Lake of Despair, will be published in 2014. Please visit CharlesSalzberg.com and HenrySwann.com.
RACHEL SHERMAN Rachel Sherman is the author of the The First Hurt (Open City Books, 2006), a book of short stories. The First Hurt was a finalist for The 2006 International Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, short-listed for the 2007 Story Award, and was chosen as one of the 25 Books to Remember from 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Open City, Post Road, Conjunctions, n+1, and Story Quarterly, and in the book Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve Anthology(Three Rivers Press, 2001), among other publications. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her forthcoming novel, Shooting the Gap, will be published in Spring 2009 by Macadam/Cage.
TIM TOMLINSON Tim Tomlinson’s fiction has appeared in many venues, including The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Libido, Hampton Shorts, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The North American Review. Recent stories can be found online at Pifand Del Sol Review. He has published haiku in Black Bough, Modern Haiku, Parnassus Literary Journal, Potpourri, and Time Haiku. His articles on travel, scuba diving, and the arts have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Musician, Downtown Express and Spa Magazine.
He has taught fiction and screenwriting workshops in the Philippines and Thailand. He consults with television and screenwriters for the Media Development Authority in Singapore. He is fiction editor of the webzine ducts.org. At NYU he teaches courses on writing and contemporary culture.