Blake Kimzey, Fiction
Blake Kimzey founded Writing Workshops Dallas. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Sanderia Faye, Novel
Sanderia Faye was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She serves on the creative writing faculty at Southern Methodist University. Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press, September 2015-peer reviewed). The novel is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction. 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.” Her work has appeared in various literary journals and in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, edited by historians Dr. Jennifer Wallach and Dr. John Kirk. Faye is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She moderated a 2015 AWP panel and the grassroots panel for the Arkansas Civil Rights Symposium during the Freedom Riders 50th Anniversary. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, Writers Studio, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. Faye is also a PhD student in English at North Texas University. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She was an instructor for The United States Navy-Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). She is a public speaker for Books In Common. Follow Sanderia on Twitter @SanderiaFaye and find her online at sanderiafaye.com. To contact Sanderia, use the Contact link above.
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.
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.
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.
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 recently published by Gallery Books. 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.
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.
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.