Blake Kimzey, Fiction
Blake Kimzey founded and directs Writing Workshops Dallas. Named one of D Magazine's Artists to Learn From in 2018, he is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation in 2013. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, Vice/Terraform, Redivider, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT Magazine, Malibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Surreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. He recently completed his first novel and is writing a TV Pilot with two of his writing friends. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. He is proudly represented by Ryan Harbage at The Fischer-Harbage Agency. Blake is passionate about #LiteraryDallas and sits on the Auxiliary Board of WordSpace Dallas. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, find him online at blakekimzey.com, contact him at email@example.com, or use the Contact link above.
Whitney Davis, Screenwriting & Literary Management
Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In 2015, after being nudged by many of her existing clients, Whitney started her own literary management firm for screenwriters and continues her work with novelists and screenwriters as a developmental story editor and publishing consultant. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few. On the novel writing side, her clients have landed literary agents and secured book deals with Harper Collins, Scholastic and more. Whitney is a sought after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. In the last year, she has spoken at The Great American Pitchfest, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, The Genre LA Conference, and has paneled at events such as AWP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C, the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected as a guest of honor for an International Screenwriting Association event this past summer. You can find her at several more events in 2017. Whitney has a passion for storytelling and loves encouraging writers to fulfill their dreams. You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary. To contact Whitney, use the Contact link above.
Nicole Kelly, Online Fiction
Nicole Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Los Angeles. She earned a degree in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the Programs In Writing at UC Irvine. Her fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Drunken Boat (now Anomaly), Fiction Southeast, and elsewhere, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was chosen by Stuart Dybeck for inclusion in Best Small Fictions 2016. She is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. Nicole has been invited to read or perform at SORORITY, AALA Gallery, Skylight Books, and other venues in the Los Angeles area. She’s also the co-host & producer of bitchface, a podcast, along with collaborator Phoebe Unter. bitchface has been featured on The Heart and on the main stage at WNYC’s Werk It, a podcasting festival. The creative duo (known as NK & Phoebe) have also collaborated on several happenings, including Boy Bye: A Lemonade Listening Party, TRIAGE, and Dyke Ranch II. In 2017, NK & Phoebe were residents at the Women’s Center for Creative Work, where they produced twelve events and published 8 zines, including: Solidarity Is Still For White Women and You Are Not An Intersectional Feminist. Nicole has been a teaching artist at Writing Pad, AMDA: College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, and with Right-to-Write, a prison writing initiative in western New York. She now combines her interest in social practice, community organizing, and feminist activism as the Programming & Outreach Coordinator at the Women’s Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on anicolekelly.com.
Kelly Luce, Manuscript Critique & Individual Coaching/Consulting
Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, 2013), which won Foreword Review’s Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, and the novel Pull Me Under (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), a Book of the Month selection and one of Elle's Best Books of 2016. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts. In 2015 she received an MFA in fiction and screenwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, where she was editor-in-chief of Bat City Review and the editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, The Sun, The Southern Review, New England Review, American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, and other publications. She is the Essays Editor for Electric Literature and was a 2016-17 fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She lives in an old grist mill in Knoxville, Tennessee. Finally, here is a short piece Kelly wrote about reading for the O. Henry Prize Stories. More at kellyluce.com.
Tori Telfer, Creative Non-Fiction & Longform Journalism
Tori Telfer is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Her first book, Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History (Harper Perennial), was published fall 2017, and called “exceptionally well-sourced and engaging, if gory” by NPR. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in Smithsonian, Salon, Vice, Jezebel, The Hairpin, The Awl, GOOD magazine, Chicago Magazine, The Establishment, and elsewhere, and has been featured several times on longform.org. She has a serial killer anecdote for every social situation, and is always overjoyed to talk about “going freelance” (not to be confused with “going clear”). Read more at toritelfer.com.
Mag Gabbert, Non-Fiction & Poetry
Mag Gabbert is completing her fourth year as a PhD student in creative writing at Texas Tech University, where she has taught courses in creative writing, rhetoric, and literature since 2014. Mag holds an MFA from The University of California at Riverside and a BA in English, with minors in music and creative writing, from Trinity University, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors in English. Her essays and poems have been published or are forthcoming in journals including 32 Poems, The Rumpus, phoebe, The Nervous Breakdown, LIT Magazine, Sugar House Review, Carve Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, and Birmingham Poetry Review, among other places. Mag’s first full poetry manuscript, titled Blow, has been listed as a semi-finalist for Persea Press’ Lexi Rudnitsky Prize, the 2017 Grayson Books Poetry Prize, Sundress Press’ 2017 Open Reading Contest, and for Agape Editions’ 2017 NOLO Award. It was also ranked third among manuscripts considered by Carnegie Mellon Press in 2016. Mag currently serves as an associate editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and was previously the associate poetry editor for The Coachella Review. For more information, please visit maggabbert.com.
Sanderia Faye, Novel
Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University, is an instructor at the 2017 Desert Nights Rising Stars Conference at Arizona State University, and a professional speaker and activist. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The 2017 Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. Dennis Lehane said, “With Mourner’s Bench, Sanderia Faye announces herself as a bold, at times intoxicating, original voice in American fiction. This is a stunning début.” She is co-founder and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction, and her work has appeared in the anthology Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas. Faye moderated the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary and is coordinating the first AWP African Diaspora Caucus. Her work received “Best Of” honors at the 2011 Eckerd College Writers’ Conference, Co –Directors Dennis Lehane and Sterling Watson, where her winning excerpt from the novel was published in SABAL Literary Journal. She received grants and scholarships offers from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College Writers’ in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, and Vermont, Writers Studio. She attended The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. She holds an MFA from Arizona State University, a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Texas where she was nominated for the University of North Texas Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence. Follow Sanderia on Twitter @SanderiaFaye and find her online at sanderiafaye.com. To contact Sanderia, use the Contact link above.
Amber Royer, Fiction
Amber Royer's debut Science Fiction novel, a telenovela-inspired space opera, Free Chocolate, is coming June 2018 from Angry Robot Books (named one of Barnes & Noble SFF Blog’s 25 Debuts to Watch for in 2018 ). She holds a MLIS from The University of North Texas and a BA in English (with a certificate in creative writing) from Lamar University. She attended the Highlight's Foundation Chautauqua Workshop in 2010 on scholarship. She also teaches enrichment and continuing education creative writing classes for teens and adults at The University of Texas at Arlington. She is the group discussion leader for Saturday Night Write. She is also an active member of W.O.R.D . (Writer's Organizations 'Round Dallas). She spent five years as a youth librarian, where she organized teen writers' groups and teen writing contests, and also had the privilege of writing part of the original classroom-use materials for NaNoWriMo's Young Writer's Program. In addition to two cookbooks co-authored with her husband, Amber has published a number of articles on gardening, crafting and cooking for print and on-line publications. Follow her on Twitter @amber_royer, visit her Facebook author page Amber Royer Author, get her writing prompts and coffee pics at her amberroyerauthor Instagram account, or find her online at amberroyer.com (her writing craft blog is at the same address). Contact her here using the Contact link above
Blake Atwood, Non-Fiction, Editing & Publishing
Blake Atwood is a full-time editor, author, and ghostwriter and the founder of BA Writing Solutions LLC. He wrote Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor and The Gospel According to Breaking Bad, and he co-wrote The Father Effect: Hope and Healing from a Dad’s Absence, to be released in the fall of 2017 through FaithWords, a Hachette imprint. He has ghostwritten four books (but can’t tell you anything about them) and has edited dozens more. Blake is a monthly columnist for TheWriteLife.com, the coleader of the Dallas-area chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association and he belongs to the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network. After obtaining his BA in English from Southwestern University, Blake was a proofreader for the Texas Senate, a Director of Communications for a large church, a law firm copywriter, and an editor for an online startup. Since launching his business in 2014, Blake has helped more than sixty authors get their polished words into the world, both through self-publishing and traditional publishing routes. To learn more, visit http://www.blakeatwood.com.
Sebastian H. Paramo, Poetry
Sebastian Hasani Paramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. His work has appeared in Pleiades, Front Porch Journal, Prelude, Huizache, upstreet, North American Review, & other places. His reviews and interviews have appeared in American Literary Review, American Microreviews & Interviews, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Boiler. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Denton, Texas, where he is a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas. He has taught creative & college writing to high school, ESL, first graders, and adults. With Robert Torres, he co-founded the Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas, Texas in 2014. The Dallas Observer named Pegasus Reading Series “Best Poetry Night” in 2015. Currently, sponsored by WordSpace, Pegasus Reading Series is co-hosted with Courtney Marie of Spiderweb Salon. Together, they co-founded Deep Ellum Lit Hop in 2016, a DFW event that brings together art collectives to Deep Ellum for a literary pub crawl. Find him online at sebastianparamo.com. To contact Sebastian, use the Contact link above.
Cara Benson, Online Nonfiction & Fiction
Cara Benson is an award winning writer whose stories, poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in The New York Times, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Electric Literature, Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, 3:AM, and in syndication. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and is in revision on her second book, a novel. Of her first book, a hybrid prose collection called (made), the Huffington Post writes: “Benson does more with the two-word sentence than many poets do in two stanzas or even two poems, largely because it would be difficult to find even a single wasted word." Cara is Program Manager for The Millay Colony for the Arts and has been a Visiting Writer for The New York State Writers Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, Evergreen College, Kelly Writers House at PENN, Stonecoast MFA, and Toronto New School of Writing. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and loves teaching and mentoring other writers! Cara's online home is: carabensonwriter.com.
Joe Milazzo, Poetry
Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. His writings have appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, The Collagist, Drunken Boat and elsewhere. He has taught creative writing at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas at Dallas, and The Writer's Garret. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, curates the Other People’s Poetry reading series, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, and his virtual location is http://www.joe-milazzo.com.
A. Kendra Greene, Non-Fiction & Poetry
A. Kendra Greene is the author of the Icelandic museum trilogy Anatomy of a Museum, The Stone Collector, and Vagrants and Uncommon Visitors. She began her museum career adhering text to the wall: one vinyl letter at a time. Then the University of Iowa gave her an MFA in Nonfiction, a Graduate Certificate in Book Arts, and the opportunity to costume a giant ground sloth in its Museum of Natural History. She’s been a Fulbright Grantee, Jacob K. Javits Fellow, and most recently Writer in Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections. She has vaccinated wild boars in Chile, appeared on South Korean television for her traditional archery attempts, and met the devil both on the road in Argentina and at a bookstore in Dallas. Her artist's books are held in collections as far away as Qatar. Her zines appear in the White Rock Zine Machine for 25 cents a pop. Find her online at akendragreene.com.
Jonathan “J.G.” McClure, Online Poetry
Jonathan “J.G.” McClure studied poetry at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of California – Irvine, where he earned his MFA. His poetry and prose appear widely, including in Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Nashville Review, The Pinch, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, among others. His work was selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2015 by U.S. Poet Laureate Traci K. Smith, and has been nominated for awards and honors including the Pushcart Prize, Best American Essays, and Best of the Net. He is a book reviewer for multiple journals including Colorado Review and Rain Taxi, and is the former Craft Essay Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor of Cleaver Magazine. His first collection, The Fire Lit & Nearing, is forthcoming (Indolent Books, April 2018). He is currently at work translating a book of Spanish-language poetry. A former instructor at UC-Irvine, he has taught a variety of courses both in-person and online. More info is available at www.jgmcclure.com.
David Eric Tomlinson, Novel
David Eric Tomlinson was born and raised in Oklahoma, educated in California, and now lives in Texas. His debut novel The Midnight Man was published by Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster in 2017. Since then, David has taught fiction seminars at several writing conferences. He will be workshopping a new novel during this year's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He can be found online at www.DavidEricTomlinson.com.
Robin Myrick, Grant Review & Non-Fiction
Robin Myrick is a writer, visual artist, educator, and consultant based in Dallas. She holds an MFA in Writing and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts and is in progress on a doctorate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She currently teaches art and writing at Collin College, and is a Contributing Editor at Entropy. She has taught poetry, fiction, and playwriting at UT Dallas and through the CalArts Community Arts Partnership. Robin has also enjoyed a long career as a grant writer and development consultant, training and working with nonprofits at the local, state, and national level, and raising more than $14 million for nonprofits in Texas. Her creative work has been most frequently shown, read, and performed in the excellent city of Los Angeles and throughout the great state of Texas, and her poems and essays have also appeared in fine places such as Entropy, semigloss, [out of nothing], and the anthologies Any Way You Like 'Em and You've Probably Read This Before. She has also written for newspapers across Texas and the mercurial South, including the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Press, New Times Miami and Broward-Palm Beach, and Houston's original alt-weekly, Public News. You can reach Robin via the Contact link above.
J.R. Forasteros, Fiction & Non-Fiction
J.R. Forasteros is the author of Empathy for the Devil. He also blogs for NorvilleRogers.com and is a prolific podcaster. He leads an Awaken Creativity Writers' Group for Art House Dallas, and his writings have appeared in several essay collections, Grace and Peace magazine and Relevant magazine online. JR. is also a pastor, writing and training a team of volunteer preachers in writing for public speaking.
Matthew Limpede, Publishing
Matthew Limpede is the executive editor of Carve Magazine, a quarterly literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, illustrations, and more. He also offers full-service, comprehensive editorial and publishing services for writers through Limpede Ink. He's attended school in New York, has spent a magical summer in Provincetown, and currently works and lives in Dallas.