Rachel B. Glaser
Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the innovative story collection Pee On Water (Publishing Genius Press, 2010) and the poetry collection MOODS (Factory Hollow Press, 2013). Her stories have appeared in McSweeney's, American Short Fiction, and others. She studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received her M.F.A. in fiction from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has taught composition and literature at Elms College and currently teaches fiction at Flying Object in Hadley, Mass.
Malawi-born educator Jennifer Jacobson is a storyteller and creative writer. She is the founder of an award-winning program that unites language arts and social action. In 2008, she received a fellowship from the Creative Minds Initiative through the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her innovative work with young people. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and online journals. This year her short stories received honorable mention from the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and Glimmer Train magazine. Jennifer lives in Northampton and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Lesley University. She teaches creative writing, performance techniques and approaches for storytelling across the curriculum.
Maureen Buchanan Jones
Maureen Buchanan Jones is the executive director of Amherst Writers & Artists and leads writing workshops in Northampton, Massachusetts, through her business, Writing Full Tilt. She has led workshops with women who have experienced domestic violence. Her poetry has appeared in Woman in Natural Resources, 13th Moon, Peregrine, North Dakota Quarterly, Letters from Daughters to Fathers, Writer Advice, Equinox, Calyx and Chrysalis. Her prose has appeared in Orion and on WFCR–NPR. Her book of poems, blessed are the menial chores, is available on her website: www.writingfulltilt.com. Jones' novel, Maud & Addie is with Writer's House of New York. Jones holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Massachusetts, and she has been teaching literature as well as technical and creative writing for 24 years.
Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs centered around reading and writing, from managing an independent children's bookstore, to teaching writing classes and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. She received her master of arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University in 2002. McVoy lives and works in the Atlanta neighborhood that provides the setting for her young adult novels After the Kiss, Being Friends with Boys and Pure. She is also the author of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts and Criminal (in press). To learn more about McVoy and her work, visit TerraElan.com and follow her on Twitter at @TerraMcVoy.
Troy David Mercier
Professional training includes work with Double Edge Theatre, SITI Company, Gardzienice Theatre of Poland, Serious Play Ensemble, Admiration Theatre Ensemble of London, New Century Theater, and PaintBox Theatre. Troy has worked professionally as an actor in New York City and as movement director/consultant on several regional projects in the New England Pioneer Valley. His teaching experience includes work at Jane Hanson's Theatre Performance Summer Camp in Northampton MA, The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School in Hadley MA, UMASS Amherst, Hampshire College, Smith College, New York City, Chicago, and London. Troy's passion and strength is working to create original theatre pieces in collaboration with artists and ensembles.
Having an M.F.A. in poetry from Goddard College, Ben Mitchell has published more than 50 poems in literary magazines all over the United States and Canada. Mitchell's first book of poems Only The Sound Itself was published by the Codhill Press in 2010, and his second book, Measuring The Shadows is due out in 2014, also from Cod Hill. In 2012 Mitchell was one of four poets invited to read his work at the very first poetry reading of Parabola magazine. Mitchell's essays and stories appear regularly in regional journals and his memoir, You Can't Smoke A Diploma, published in 2011, is available as an Ebook. Mitchell teaches writing in southern Vermont, where he lives with his wife Kathy, his children Nicholas and Lucy, a cat, a dog and a hamster named Coco.
Phil O'Donoghue is Assistant of Theatre and English at Springfield Technical Community College, where he teaches playwrighting, acting, and theatre literature. In addition to directing at STCC, he has also directed at the Williston-Northampton Summer Theatre Program. He holds an M.F.A. in Playwrighting from Smith College, where he studied under Len Berkman, Anne Hesseltine Professor of Theatre. Phil has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston, and is an original member of the Northampton 24-Hour Theatre Project.
Emily Pettit is an editor for Factory Hollow Press and notnostrums; and for three years has been the publisher of the exciting literary print journal jubilat. Pettit has taught writing courses at the University of Iowa, the University of Massachusetts and Elms College. She currently teaches poetry at Flying Object in Hadley, Mass. Pettit's first collection of poems Goat in the Snow came out in early 2012 with Birds LLC. Her poems have been featured in the Academy of American Poets/Poem a Day Series, Fence, Open Letters, Verse Daily, and the Huffington Post.
Boomer Pinches is a lecturer at Smith College and at Western New England University. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Tin House, The Massachusetts Review, matchbook.com, notnostrums, The Austin Review, and Best New American Voices 2010. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010 and has been the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship.
Peter Sapira received his bachelor of arts in English from San Francisco State University and his master of fine arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has had short stories published in Anarchy, Inkwell, Meshuggah, The Black River Review, The Literary Review and Pleiades. The Literary Group International currently represents his first novel, Billy Hill. He has taught composition, literature and creative writing classes at colleges throughout the Pioneer Valley; he currently teaches at Smith College. He is also an avid tennis player, drummer and dog walker.