Marcia Butler

Marcia Butler’s debut novel, Pickle’s Progress, has been hailed by Michael Schaub of NPR as “Surprising and audacious…. Pickle’s Progress is a deeply weird novel that succeeds because of Butler’s willingness to take risks and her considerable charisma — she’s a gifted storyteller with a uniquely dry sense of humor and a real sympathy for her characters… a promising fiction debut from a writer who seems incapable of not going her own way.” Vulture and Refinery 29 listed it as one of their top books of April 2019. Her nationally acclaimed memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017”. Her writing has been published in Literary Hub, PANK Magazine, Psychology Today, Aspen Ideas Magazine, Catapult, Bio-Stories and others.

Marcia has had several creative careers: professional musician, interior designer, documentary filmmaker, and author. As an oboist, the New York Times hailed her as a “first rate artist.” During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras – including pianist Andre Watts and composer/pianist Keith Jarrett. Her interior designs projects have been published in numerous shelter magazines and range up and down the East coast, from NYC to Miami. The Creative Imperative, her documentary film exploring the essence of creativity, will have its premiere in New York City on June 9, 2019.

Marcia was a 2015 recipient of a Writer-in-Residence through Aspen Words and the Catto Shaw Foundation. She was a writing fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2018. She lives in New York City.

She attended the Community of Writers in 2016.

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Kate Hope Day

Kate Hope Day is the author of the novel If, Then (Random House, 2019). She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an associate producer at HBO. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their two children. She attended the Community of Writers in 2015.

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Devi Laskar

Devi S. Laskar is the author of the debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, published in February 2019 by Counterpoint Press. Her work has appeared in such publications as Tin House, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review and The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets. In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two poetry chapbooks, Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. A former reporter, Ms. Laskar is now a poet, photographer, essayist and novelist. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has attended the Poetry Workshop many times and the Writers Workshops in 2004 and 2015.

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Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children’s books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications. She’s a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California, and is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, where she’s researching the impact of culturally relevant curriculum and learning aids in elementary classrooms of underrepresented groups. Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.  She attended the Community of Writers in 2009.

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