Only 14 days to go until our big party; we hope you've got it on your calendar. Quick update on how things are going here: between now and 11/15 we'll be frantically getting ready with a tech run-through at Bows & Arrows (the venue for the Sacramento contingent) as well as a dress rehearsal with all the readers. Everything will be running smoothly by November 15th (we hope). Now for the reason you're really reading this post: the announcement of the readers. So without any further ado...
Jeff Goins, from Nashville, TN, is a full-time blogger, speaker, and author. He is the former Communications Director of Adventures in Missions, an international nonprofit Organization. Originally from Chicago, Jeff graduated from Illinois College and spend the next year on the road with a band. Since studying abroad in Spain, he has always had a passion for travel, missions, and making a difference in the world. His first book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, addresses the issue of how we live purposed-filled lives by serving the needs of others. His blog, goinswriter.com, is one of the fastest-growing blogs on the web and a well-respected resource for writers, artists and entrepreneurs. His work has been published online and offline in a variety of publications, including RELEVANT Magazine, copyblogger.com, and zenhabits.net.
Heather Scott Partington, from Sacramento, CA, was raised in the Central Valley and earned a BA in English Literature from UC Davis. There, she discovered her love for Norse myth and a good kenning. A classically trained ballet dancer, she apprenticed with Sacramento Ballet and was a member of Sacramento's CORE Dance Collective. Heather is a high school English teacher, wife, and mom to two monkeys, Addie and Hank.
Lee Olsen, from Bellingham, WA, grew up in northern Utah where he learned the alto saxophone and the guitar, along with an appreciation for backpacking, cycling, traveling, storytelling, and literature. He studied aviation and English at Utah State University before interning at Utah State University Press, teaching ESL at King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand, and beginning an English master’s degree in 2012 at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington.
Elaine Gale, from Sacramento, CA, is a writer, journalist, and professor. She was a religion reporter for the Los Angeles Times and an advice columnist and pop culture reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. She was an adjunct professor of Journalism at University of Arizona in Tucson. She worked for the Boston Phoenix, the Utne Reader and writes for national magazines, including Entertainment Weekly, Good Housekeeping, W, Variety, Stuff Magazine, and Cosmopolitan. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism at California State University, Sacramento and the Writing Center Director for Antioch University’s PhD Program in Leadership and Change. She holds a doctorate in Human Communication from University of Denver, an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a BA in English and Religion from Boston University. She has also studied at Oxford University, St. Catherine’s College, in England and Grenoble University in Grenoble, France.
Sheryl St. Germain, from Pittsburgh, PA, has published ten books of poetry and prose for which she has won numerous awards. Her most recent book is Navigating Disaster: 16 Essays of Love and a Poem of Despair. She currently directs the MFA Creative Writing Program at Chatham University in Pittsburg, PA.
Elison Alcovendaz, from Sacramento, CA, holds an MA in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento, where he won five Bazzanella Literary Awards in fiction, creative nonfiction, and critical analysis. His work has appeared in Gargoyle, Calliope, in parenthesis, and other publications. He just finished his first novel, The Jack of Heartland, and is currently working on a collection of interrelated short stories about what it means to be a neighbor.
Penny Guisinger, from Trescott, ME, lives and writes on the easternmost tip of the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Solstice Literary Magazine, and About Place Journal, and her reviews appear regularly in The Quoddy Tides and The Review Review. Her essay “Coming Out” was named as a finalist in the 2013 Fourth Genre essay contest, and one called “Provincetown” was awarded as editor’s choice award from Solstice. She is the founding organizer of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose. Penny is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program at the university of Southern Maine.
Deborah Meltvedt, from Sacramento, CA, is a medical science teacher and program director at a small, public high school in Sacramento. She was born and raised in the Central Valley and is learning to return to her roots through memories of Fresno heat and growing up in the 1970s. She loved to blend health education and creative writing, not only in her own pieces, but also in the imaginations of her high school students. In between writing stories and lesson plans, Deborah loves running, traveling and spending time with her journalist husband, Rick Kushman.
We're so excited that these contributors could join us. It's one thing to read the stories in print, but hearing the writer read his or her story brings a whole new dimension to the piece and we know you don't want to miss this live event!
Quick reminder: Don't forget to set up your Google+ page, and like ours so you can join us for the event, and watch for updates through Facebook and Twitter. We'll see you on Friday, 11/15 at 6 p.m. PST.