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Mikita Brottman, the author of The Great Grisby, is
an Oxford-educated scholar, psychoanalyst and cultural critic. Her articles
have been printed in such publications as the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic
Review, and American Imago. Dr. Brottman is the author of six
previous books, including The Solitary Vice: Against Reading. She is a professor of humanities at the Maryland Institute
College of Art in Baltimore and a practicing psychoanalyst. Click to view Ms. Brottman's website.
Andrea Chapin acted professionally, touring Germany in Edward Albee’s Seascape. She has been an editor at art, movie, theater, and literary magazines, including the Paris Review, Conjunctions and the Lincoln Center Theater Review. Ms. Chapin has written for such publications as More, Redbook, Town & Country, Self, and Martha Stewart Living. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Jim Dwyer, in his fourth decade as a newspaper reporter, is an author or co-author of six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. At the New York Times, where he has worked since 2001, he covered war, the calamities of 9/11, Katrina and Sandy; local, state and national politics; courts and cops; and arts and sciences. Mr. Dwyer won a Pulitzer for spot news as a member of a Newsday team in 1992 and another for commentary in 1995 for his columns. In addition, he contributed to the 9/11 coverage at the Times that won the Pulitzer for Public Service. As the "About New York" columnist for the last seven years, Mr. Dwyer's job has been to write about the joys, follies and serendipities of the city and was featured as a prominent voice in a documentary by Ken Burns on the Central Park jogger case. He was born and raised in New York City and received a biology degree from Fordham and a journalism degree from Columbia.
Amitai Etzioni is a professor of international affairs at George Washington University. He served as a senior advisor in the Carter White House; taught at Columbia University, Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley; and served as the president of the American Sociological Association.
Martin Goldsmith is the host and classical music programmer for SiriusXM Radio’s “Symphony Hall” and hosted NPR’s “Performance Today” from 1989 to 1999. He is the author of The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany and the popular Composer Portrait series for Washington's National Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Goldsmith has sung int eh chorus of the Baltimore Opera Company and acted in many roles in Washington-area theaters, including Arena Stage. He lives in Maryland. Click to see information about Martin Goldsmith's newest book Alex's Wake.
A graduate of the MFA Program at Vermont College, Barbara Lockhart has received individual artist awards in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council for excerpts from her novels, Requiem for a Summer Cottage and Elizabeth’s Field, as well as for her short stories which have appeared in such venues as Indiana Review, the Greensboro Review, Pleiades, Women’s Words, Baltimore City Paper, Oceana Magazine, and an anthology, Generation to Generation.
Barbara Klein Moss is the author of the story collection Little Edens. Her fiction has appeared in a number of journals including the Missouri Review and the Georgia Review, and in Best American Short Stories. Ms. Moss has received fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Annapolis. Click to view Ms. Moss's website.
Michael Moss was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2010, and was a finalist for the prize in 2006 and 1999. He is also the recipient of a Loeb Award and an Overseas Press Club citation. Before coming to the New York Times, Mr. Moss was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. Click to view Mr. Moss's website.
Diane Muldrow is an editorial director at Golden Books/Random House, and the editor of the famous Little Golden Books. She has worked in publishing for over twenty-five years, editing mass market, licensed and trade picture books for young children. Ms. Muldrow is also a prolific author of books for children of all ages, including the middle-grade series Dish, and the picture book We Planted A Tree.
She edited Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way, by noted literary historian Leonard Marcus. She and Mr. Marcus co-curated an exhibition of original Golden Books illustrations, which is currently touring the country. Ms. Muldrow was a dancer, actress and spoken-word performer in New York’s avant-garde scene in the late 1980s/early 1990s. She holds bachelor’s degrees in fine arts (dance) and magazine journalism, from Ohio University. Click to view Ms. Muldrow's website.
Alex Myers is a writer, teacher and speaker. He was raised as a girl in Paris, Maine, where he lived until he attended Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Mr. Myers came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman. After Exeter, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard. He completed his MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he wrote Revolutionary, his debut novel. Mr. Myers currently lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two cats. Click to view Mr. Myers's website.
Gernot Wagner serves as lead senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund and teaches energy economics as an adjunct associate professor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. He wrote But Will the Planet Notice? and Climate Shock, with Harvard’s Martin Weitzman. Dr. Wagner served on the editorial board of the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow, where he covered economics, energy and the environment. He holds a joint bachelor’s degree in environmental science, public policy and economics, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master’s degree in economics from Stanford. Dr. Wagner is a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife and their two children. Click to view Dr. Wagner's website.
Timothy Young has had a lot of fun jobs; he’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director, illustrator, and graphic designer. He has designed for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Muppets, Disney, the Simpsons, and Universal Studios. Now Mr. Young is the author/illustrator of five published picture books including I Hate Picture Books! and his latest, The Angry Little Puffin. He lives with his family on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Find out more about him and his books.
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