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.

Linor Kats is 35 and lives in Ramat-Gan, Israel. She is a student in the Writing Department of Minshar; an Arts college in Tel Aviv. It’s her third year there and in writing, she has found something that she really feels passionate about. As she is also interested in film she hopes to one day combine the two fields.

 
 

Ali Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland, in 1962 and lives in Cambridge, England. She is the author of Autumn, How to be both, There but for the, Artful, Free Love, Like, Hotel World, Other Stories and other stories, The Whole Story and other stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy and The First Person and other stories. Hotel World and The Accidental were both short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Novel of the Year Award; and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was short-listed for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. 

 
 

Marina Lewycka is an author of Ukrainian origin and was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, during World War II. She studied at Keele University, and has written a number of books of practical advice for carers of the elderly, published by Age Concern. She lectures in media studies at Sheffield Hallam University. Her first novel, The Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (2005) won the 2005 Saga Award for Wit, the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second and third novels are Two Caravans (2007) and We Are All Made of Glue (2009). Various Pets Alive and Dead was published in 2012. Her fifth novel, published in 2016, was The Lubetkin Legacy, named after Berthold Lubetkin, the Georgian-born modernist architect, who built popular housing with the slogan: “Nothing is too good for ordinary people.” The Lubetkin Legacy was shortlisted for the Bollinger Woodhouse Everyman for Comic Fiction prize. In 2009 Lewycka donated the short story “The Importance of Having Warm Feet” to Oxfam’s Ox-Tales project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Her story was published in the ‘Earth’ collection. Later the same year, she donated a second short story, “Business Philosophy”, to the Amnesty International anthology Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 
 

Geoff Schmidt is an American writer. He received degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Alabama and teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. His novel, Write Your Heart Out, has won a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. His short story collection Out of Timewon the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2011. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, Crab Orchard Review, New Orleans Review, and Black Warrior Review. He lives in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Cory Doctorow (1971) is a Canadian-British writer. He has held policy positions with Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation and been a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Southern California. He is a co-editor of the popular weblog BoingBoing. His science fiction has won numerous awards, and his YA novel Little Brother spent seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

 
 

Lesley Nneka Arimah is a British writer who grew up in Nigeria and wherever else her father was stationed for work. She has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, a National Magazine Award, and won the African Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerHarper’sGranta and has received support from The Elizabeth George Foundation and MacDowell, among others. She was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 and her debut collection What It Means When a Man Falls From The Sky won the 2017 Kirkus Prize and the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She lives in Minneapolis and is working on a novel.


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Richard Marsh (1857-1915) was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldman. He is best known for his supernatural thriller The Beetle: A Mystery, published in the same year as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and initially even more popular. Heldman was educated at Eton and Oxford University. Several of the prolific Marsh’s novels were published posthumously.