Monday, December 7 @ 6 PM (EST)
DARIA POLATIN is a TV Co-Executive Producer on Stephen King’s Castle Rock TV series, and previously wrote and produced two seasons of Amazon’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski, and Hulu’s Shut Eye. Daria is an award-winning playwright, a founding member of The Kilroys (the advocacy group for gender equality in the American Theater), and holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her plays have been produced at the Kennedy Center, in London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, and her new play PALMYRA was presented with Primary Stages at The Cherry Lane Theater. Daria’s debut novel Devil in Ohio is published Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, and she is currently developing it into a TV series for Netflix. Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, and Vintage Books. Daria is of Egyptian heritage, grew up traveling on five continents, loves hiking and inventing recipes, and lives in Los Angeles.
Thursday, December 17 @ 7 PM (EST)
Katie is a writer and editor living in San Antonio, TX. She has an MFA from Texas State University, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Catapult, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, Longreads, Texas Monthly, and more. Her debut novel, More Than You’ll Ever Know, will be published by William Morrow U.S./Penguin Michael Joseph U.K. in 2022. You can usually find her trying to get her kids to nap.
Thursday, January 7 @ 6 PM (EST)
Melanie is the author of the novel The Likely World (Red Hen Press). A Professor of Creative Writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she was a founding director of the Trias Residency for Writers. Her fiction has been published in Southern Review, StoryQuarterly, in anthologies from Morrow and St. Martin’s and online at venues such as McSweeneys.net. She also volunteers at a maximum security men’s prison with the Cornell Prison Education Program. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, daughter and step-daughters.
Thursday, January 14 @ 6 PM (EST)
Lyz’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book God Land was published in 2019, through Indiana University Press. Her second book Belabored, was released from Bold Type Books in August 2020. Lyz’s essay “All the Angry Women” was also included in the anthology Not that Bad edited by Roxane Gay. Lyz received her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She lives in Iowa with her two kids and two cats and is a columnist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
Monday, January 18 @ 6 PM (EST)
Elle is the author of the novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books), which was featured in the 2018 June Reading Room of O – The Oprah Magazine and hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.” A small collection of stories, Nudes, is forthcoming from SF/LD Books in 2021. Her short stories and essays appear in Guernica, The Nervous Breakdown, Literary Hub, The Fanzine, Volume 1 Brooklyn, New York Tyrant, and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp.
February (Date TBD)
Ann is the New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, four memoirs, a short story collection, a ten book series for middle readers and one young adult novel. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times‘ Op-Ed page, Home Economics column. Her most recent work is Kitchen Yarns, published with W.W. Norton and Company in early 2019. She is a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School in New York City and lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and their children.
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