Chris Abouzeid is the author of the Young Adult novel, Anatopsis. His short stories, poetry and book reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, Agni Magazine, The Literary Review, Epoch, Southern Review, New England Review, Other Voices, and Literal Latté. His awards include grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the St. Botolph’s Club Foundation, and the Somerville Arts Council, and Honorable Mentions from the Pushcart Prize and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.
Ann Bauer is the author of two novels, A Wild Ride Up the Cupboards and The Forever Marriage, and co-author of the culinary memoir Damn Good Food. Her essays have appeared in River Teeth, The Fourth Genre, The Sun, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, ELLE and Salon. She has been shortlisted for the Pushcart prize and Best American Essays and named a notable nonfictionist by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Ann earned her MFA at the University of Iowa and has taught creative writing at Macalester College and Brown University. Today she and her husband split their time between Boston and Minneapolis, which is home base for their three grown children.
Nichole Bernier is author of the novel The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D (Crown/Random House, June 2012), a finalist for the 2012 New England Independent Booksellers Association fiction award. A Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler for 14 years, Nichole was previously on staff as a writer, columnist, and golf/ski editor. She received her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the school’s annual award for long-form literary journalism, and has written for publications including Psychology Today, Elle, Boston Magazine, Salon, The Millions, and Post Road Literary Magazine. Nichole lives outside of Boston with her husband and five children, whose angelic behavior enable her to make progress on a second novel. Some days. She can be found online at nicholebernier.com and on Twitter @nicholebernier.
Robin Black’s story collection If I loved you, I would tell you this, was published by Random House in 2010 to international acclaim by publications such as O. Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Irish Times and more. The stories, written over a period of eight years, focus on families at points of crisis and of growth. Her writing is very much influenced by her belief that the most compelling act of creativity in which we all participate is the daily manufacture of hope. Though the book can be seen as a study of loss, it is also a study of the miraculous ways in which people move forward from the inevitable challenges of life.
Robin’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications including The Southern Review, The New York Times Magazine. One Story, The Georgia Review, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Freight Stories, Indiana Review, and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. I (Norton, 2007). She is the recipient of grants from the Leeway Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Sirenland Conference and is also the winner of the 2005 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Competition in the short story category. Her work has been noticed four times for Special Mention by the Pushcart Prizes and also deemed Notable in The Best American Essays, 2008, The Best Nonrequired Reading, 2009 and Best American Short Stories, 2010.
Robin is currently working on her first novel which will also be published by Random House.
Kathy Crowley’s short stories have appeared in Ontario Review, Fish Stories, The Literary Review, New Millenium Writings and The Marlboro Review. Her stories have been short-listed for Best American Short Stories, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and anthologized. In 2012 and 2006 she was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant. She recently finished her first novel. When she’s not busy preparing for her future literary fame and fortune, she provides care and feeding to her three children and is an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Kathy can be found on Twitter at @Kathy_Crowley.
Juliette Fay’s latest novel, The Shortest Way Home, was chosen as one of Library Journal‘s top 5 Best Books of 2012: Women’s Fiction. Her first novel, Shelter Me, was a 2009 Massachusetts Book Award “Must-Read Book,” a Target Bookmark Club selection, and on the American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next list. Her second, Deep Down True, was short-listed for the Women’s Fiction award by the American Library Association. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four children. When she’s not trying to keep track of her kids or daydreaming about her next story, Juliette can be reached on her website, Facebook and Twitter.
Charles Garabedian is a fiction writer represented by agent Carolyn Jenks at the Carolyn Jenks Agency. He has been a member of the Grub Street Writers’ Center in Boston for many years. His debut novel, Ivy House, was conceived during the center’s Master novel workshop mentored by New York Times bestselling author, Jenna Blum. Charles lives in Boston and enjoys playing tennis, kayaking, and spending time with family. Since 1993, he has been a pediatrician in Concord, Massachusetts. His author website is: www.garabediancharles.com. His author Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/garabediancharles. Chuck can also be found on Twitter at @GarabedianChuck.
Laura Harrington, award winning playwright, lyricist and librettist, has written dozens of plays, musicals, and operas, which have been produced in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to Houston Grand Opera. Harrington has twice won both the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in playwriting and the Clauder Competition for best new play in New England. Laura teaches playwriting at MIT where she was awarded the 2009 Levitan Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Alice Bliss, (Penguin) her first novel, widely acclaimed in print and online, has won the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in Fiction. Alice Bliss has also been published in the UK, Italy and Denmark.
Bethanne Patrick recently committed to life as a full-time writer after nearly two decades in the publishing industry as a journalist, blogger, and consultant. Her resume includes stints as editor at large for PAGES magazine, editor of AOL Books and contributing editor at Publishers Weekly. She helped to launch Shelf Awareness for Readers and Book Riot and created the #fridayreads hashtag through which thousands of people share their current book choices each week on Twitter. Patrick is the author of two books from National Geographic: An Uncommon History of Common Things (with John Thompson) and An Uncommon History of Common Courtesy. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, O the Oprah Magazine, AARP The Magazine, and many others. Patrick is a columnist for VQR, writing on feminism and culture; she also blogs for O’Reilly Tools of Change about books and publishing. She tweets about things bookish as @TheBookMaven and about things writerly as @JustBethanne. She is currently at work on a novel. Patrick lives in Arlington, Virginia.
The dark drama of Randy Susan Meyers’ novels The Comfort of Lies &, The Murderer’s Daughters, is informed by her years of work with adults and children impacted by family violence. She was raised by books, in Brooklyn, where she could walk to the library daily. Each book she read added to her sense of who she could be in this world. Reading In Cold Blood at too tender an age assured that she’d never stay alone in a country house. Biographies of women like Marie Curie and Elizabeth Blackwell opened doors to another world and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn taught her faith in the future.
Dell Smith is a fiction writer. He grew up on Cape Cod and left town to study filmmaking. He writes stories and novels, and works as a technical writer at a software company northwest of Boston. He has also worked as a videotape editor, cook, music video lackey, TelePrompTer operator, accounts receivable clerk, assistant film editor, caterer, roadie, flea market vendor, videotape duplicator, and wedding videographer. He has lived in Worcester, Bridgeport, Van Nuys, Billerica, Ithaca, Florham Park, Fairfield, and Simi Valley. He brings his life experience to bear in his fiction. His writing has appeared in Tropus Quarterly, Fiction, J. Journal, Lynx Eye Quarterly, and Grub Street’s 10th anniversary anthology Hacks. He is a regular contributor to The Review Review and maintains a blog, Unreliable Narrator at dellsmith.com, featuring essays on movies, writing, book reviews, and author interviews. He welcomes requests.
Kim Triedman is both an award-winning poet and a novelist. Her debut novel, The Other Room, was a finalist for the James Jones first novel fellowship and was named one of “The 12 Most Memorable Debuts of 2013″ by Author Exposure. Also released in 2013 were two full-length poetry collections – Plum(b) (finalist, 2012 Backwaters Press Poetry Book Award) and Hadestown (finalist, 2012 42 Miles Press Poetry Book Award). Kim’s earlier poetry collection, bathe in it or sleep, won the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Award. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kim co-organized and co-chaired a collaborative poetry reading at Harvard University to benefit Partners in Health and the people of Haiti. The reading was featured on NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young and led to the publication of a Poets for Haiti anthology, which Kim developed and edited. She is a graduate of Brown University.
Becky Tuch is the founding editor The Review Review, a website dedicated to helping writers navigate the world of literary magazines. The Review Review has been listed three times by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of 101 Best Websites for Writers.
Becky has received literature fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and the Somerville Arts Council, and her fiction has won awards from Moment Magazine, Glimmer Train, Briar Cliff Review and has been short-listed for a Pushcart Prize. Other fiction has appeared in Hobart, Graze, Folio, Night Train, Quarter After Eight, and elsewhere. She has blogged for Virginia Quarterly Review, Grub Daily, and is one of the founding members of Beyond the Margins. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches at Grub Street in Boston. Learn more at BeckyTuch.com.
Past BTM Members
From childhood on, Christiane Alsop dreamed of becoming a writer. She grew up in West Germany and apprenticed in a bookshop because Hermann Hesse and Heinrich Boll did so before they became famous German writers. But before she could become a writer, she felt the need to understand how people tick, from working on a closed psychiatric ward to academic study of the human psyche to cultural psychology and the meaning of objects. At the age of 37, she relocated from Berlin to Boston and began writing in her second language. She has published numerous academic articles, as well as “Presumed Guilty,” a personal essay in the Briar Cliff Review, on being the daughter of a Nazi. It took all these twists and turns to empower her to write her first novel THE IDEOLOGY OF LOVE (currently under agent consideration). Christiane lives in Beverly, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.
Stephanie Ebbert grew up near Reading, Pa., the birthplace of John Updike and the setting of his Rabbit, Run series. She ran to Boston, where she has been a reporter for The Boston Globe since 1997, covering news and politics. Previously, she worked for The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Reading Eagle-Times and Prevention magazine, all in Pennsylvania. She has yet to publish fiction, though her short story submissions have undoubtedly been considered quite seriously by editors. She is married with two children and she is determined to finish her first novel.
Leslie Greffenius did not really earn, but somehow or other received, a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa. She subsequently worked at a law firm, taught international law, and, having lived the better part of a decade in Asia and Europe, founded and for several years directed a private school for international students. Leslie’s stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in The Review Review, The Harvard Crimson, the Iowa Law Review, The Monarch Review, Long Story Short and Calliope Nerve Magazine. She is working on her first novel, Encore.
Born in Bangladesh, Javed Jahangir grew up in Abu Dhabi, Malta, Riyadh, London, New York, Pittsburgh, and Somerville MA, where he now lives. His work has appeared in various publications including LOST Magazine, LUMINA and Hacks- 10 Years On Grub Street. He has been a frequent contributor to The Daily Star, a leading English daily in Bangladesh. Jahangir has a undergraduate degree from Bard College and a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Though he derives his primary literary motivations from the wealth of Boston’s writing scene, he considers Grub Street Writers amongst its richest. When not writing, Jahangir enjoys illustrating children’s books, is a Taekwando enthusiast and plays competitive squash. He is working on his first novel Ghost Alley, which is set in the post-postcolonial world of Bangladesh.
E. B. Moore is a graduate of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is retired from a prizewinning career in metal sculpture. She went back to school for creative writing and has been published in literary journals as well as anthologies of work selected from the William Joiner Workshops. She is a finalist in Inkwell’s 12 annual Short Fiction Contest (yet to be decided). The Vermont Studio Center awarded her a full fellowship in 2008 and Yaddo accepted her for December 2009, where she worked on novels based on her Old Order Amish relatives who broke from their separatist tradition into the hardship and violence that was America in the mid 1800s. Ms. Moore’s first book of poetry New Eden a Legacy was published by Finishing Line Press (2009).
A Rhodes Scholar and a Ph.D. in English, Henriette Lazaridis Power taught at Harvard for ten years before remembering that academia had never really been part of the plan. Since turning to writing full time, she has published work in Salamander, The New England Review, and Middlebury Magazine and has won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. She was Grub Street Writers’ nominee for the 2009 Best New American Voices, and has earned finalist or semi-finalist spots in various fiction contests. Her first novel, The Clover House, will be published by Ballantine in April 2012. When not writing, Power trains as a competitive rower. Power comments on film, literature, and language on her blog The View Finder.
A freelance writer with an MFA from Mass College of Art, Necee Regis is a frequent contributor to the travel and food sections of The Boston Globe and The Washington Post, and has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, American Way Magazine, Spirit Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the literary magazine, Tin House. Excerpts from her novel, Glitterbox, were published in Gulf Stream: New Voices From Miami (2003) and in Hacks: 10 Years On Grub Street (2007). She is currently polishing her second novel, and welcomes all serious queries from agents, interlopers, thrill seekers, and her mom. She lives in Boston and Miami Beach.
Anna Solomon’s debut novel, The Little Bride, is newly released from Riverhead. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, One Story, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere, and have twice been awarded the Pushcart Prize. Anna lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and daughter.
Julie Wu’s novel, The Third Son, won a short-listing in the 2009 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress Competition and will be published by Algonquin Books in Spring, 2013. The Third Son takes place during the tumult of post-World War II Taiwan, where the disfavored son of a Taiwanese politician fights his brother for the woman he loves and for the chance to make a life with her in America.
Her short fiction has won honorable mention in the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Contest and has been published in Columbia Magazine. Also a physician, she has published creative nonfiction in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She earned a B.A. in Literature from Harvard and spent a year studying opera performance at Indiana University in Bloomington, many lifetimes ago.
Laura Zigman is the author of (the thinly-disguised autobiographical novel) national bestseller Animal Husbandry. A film based on the book, Someone Like You, (they changed the title at the last minute because they were afraid people wouldn’t “get” the meaning of the original title — not that she’s complaining or anything) starring Ashley Judd and (excuse her while she drools) Hugh Jackman, was released by Fox 2000. Her (thinly-disguised autobiographical) novels, Dating Big Bird, and Her (optioned by Julia Roberts’ production company—nothing happened) were next, followed by Piece of Work, based on her (horrific but entertaining) experiences as a publicist and was optioned by Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone Pictures (nothing happened). She has engaged in two acts of “collaborative non-fiction” (ghostwriting) — and counts finishing both without getting fired among her greatest professional achievements.
She’s a(n irregular) contributor to The New York Times, a(n occasional) guest blogger for The Huffington Post, and (finally) at work on a (thinly disguised autobiographical) non-fiction book about moving home, as an adult, to where she grew up, called Still Life With Braces. She’s just finished her first original screenplay (nothing has happened yet), has made 47 “Annoying Conversations” xtranormal videos, and is the co-host with authors Ann Leary and Julie Klam of the NPR-affiliated radio show, “Hash Hags.” Follow her on Twitter at @LauraZigman.
Laura spent ten years working (slaving away) in New York in book publishing where she was a (much-abused under-appreciated) publicist for Times Books, Vintage Books, Turtle Bay Books, Atlantic Monthly Press, and Alfred A. Knopf.