Sarit Elkon was born in a small, unmarked village in Moldova in 1973. In 1980 at the age of 7, she immigrated to Israel. She holds a B.A. and M.A. degrees in social work and criminology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2013 she completed my Ph.D. research in Criminology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She published a novel in the Hed-Artzi Publication in Israel in addition to multiple stories in different Israeli literature magazines. She lives in Tel Aviv. Married plus 2 children and one really cute dog. 

A journal writer, copywriter and blogger, Mimi credits workshops like the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop in Denver for helping develop her writing skills. She is currently turning her piles of notebooks into a collection of stories about the search for work and love.

Tia Levings is an American writer and multiple-passion creative marketer. Her writing has appeared in projects for and She is the author of Not Feeling It: A Collection of Not So Happy Holiday Stories (2017) and the co-author of Plotting Your Novel with The Plot Clock (2019). She lives in Florida where she turns mistakes into chocolate cake and is currently working on a memoir about the impact of fundamentalism in America. 

Rachel A. Levine played on the streets of Brooklyn when she was all of 3 years old, dug in sand lots with spoons, and ate her share of dirt. She was blessed with parents who were themselves childlike and kind.  And funny.  Her family provided me with a lifetime of  “material.”  Of course, sorrow, grief, and betrayal were woven into the fabric of her life, as they are in everyone’s lives. 

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 – 1909) was an American novelist and short story writer born into an old New England family in the coastal town of South Berwick, Maine. Drawing from her native region, she became famous for her stories highlighting small-town life, often set on the Maine seacoast. Jewett’s most acclaimed work is her collection of stories, The Country of the Pointed Firs, published in 1896. Jewett was first published at the age of 19 with her short story, Mr. Bruce, in the Atlantic Monthly. As a “local color” writer, she often emphasized people and place over the plot. Speaking in praise of her novel, The Country of the Pointed Firs, none other than the esteemed Henry James declared it a “beautiful little quantum of achievement.” It is structured as a collection of inter-related short stories about people in a small town, similar to Sherwood Anderson’s remarkable Winesburg, Ohio. Jewett established a close relationship with the writer Annie Fields and her husband James Thomas Fields, the publisher and editor of the Atlantic Monthly. When James died suddenly, Anne and Sarah began to live together in what was called a “Boston Marriage” — a term used at the time to describe two women living together, independent of the financial support of men. An unfortunate carriage accident ended her career in 1902. A series of strokes, one in March and one in June, ended her life in 1909. 

Stephen Vincent Benét was born July 22, 1898, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, into a military family. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and Benét’s siblings, William Rose and Laura, also became writers. Benét attended Yale University where he published two collections of poetry: Five Men and Pompey (1915), and The Drug-Shop (1917). His studies were interrupted by a year of civilian-military service; he worked as a cipher-clerk in the same department as James Thurber. He graduated from Yale in 1919, submitting his third volume of poems in place of a thesis. He published his first novel The Beginning of Wisdom in 1921. Benét then moved to France to continue his studies at the Sorbonne and returned to the United States in 1923 with his new wife, the writer Rosemary Carr.

Benét was successful in many different literary forms, which included novels, short stories, screenplays, radio broadcasts, and a libretto for an opera by Douglas Moore based on “The Devil and Daniel Webster.” His most famous work is the long poem John Brown’s Body for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1929—a long narrative poem that interweaves historical and fictional characters to relate important events in the Civil War, from the raid on Harper’s Ferry to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. During his lifetime, Benét also received the O. Henry Story Prize, the Roosevelt Medal, and a second Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for the posthumously-published Western Star, the first part of an epic poem based on American history. At the age of 44, Benét suffered a heart attack and died on March 13, 1943, in New York City.

Dean Gessie is a Canadian writer and poet, he won first place in the prestigious Half and One Prize in India. He also won the Bacopa Literary Review Short Story Contest in Florida and he was chosen for inclusion in The Sixty Four Best Poets of 2018 by Black Mountain Press in North Carolina. Dean’s short stories and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies worldwide. He has also published three novellas at Anaphora Literary Press.


Holiday Reinhorn (born 1964) is an American fiction writer known for her short stories. Reinhorn was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of Big Cats, published by Free Press in 2005. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Zoetrope: All-Story, Gulf Coast, and many other literary magazines. She is married to the actor Rainn Wilson.


Isabella Connor has been fascinated by history and literature for as long as she can remember. She has worked as a tour guide at Salem’s famous House of the Seven Gables, and studies English at Merrimack College. Isabella is a research fellow of “Finding Anne Bradstreet,” an ongoing project focused on discovering the unknown gravesite of Anne Bradstreet, America’s first published poet. She lives in Massachusetts.

Lou Manfredo is an American crime writer. He served in the Brooklyn criminal justice system for twenty-five years. He published three books and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and Brooklyn Noir. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now lives in New Jersey with his wife.