Sunday, April 22, 2018

Meet the Mentors for 2018!

Ann Stewart McBee - Short fiction (story development, putting a chapbook together, submitting, query letters)

Ann Stewart McBee was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated with a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she taught undergraduate English and served as an editor for cream city review. She has published fiction and poetry in Ellipsis, Untamed Ink, The Pinch, and Citron Review among others. She now teaches composition, creative writing and literature at Des Moines Area Community College, and lives outside Des Moines, Iowa with her husband and a smelly terrier. The limited use of her hands due to Rheumatoid Arthritis does not prevent her from writing in the same way that living in heavy air pollution does not prevent one from breathing.

Methods of correspondence:  Email
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Carey Link - Poetry (editing, submitting, offering feedback, query letters)

As part of a military family, Carey Link has had the opportunity to grow up in many places across United States and Germany. Carey has resided in Huntsville, Alabama for the past 20 years. In 2008, Carey completed a B. A. in psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2016, Carey retired after 16 years of working in civil service in the Civilian Personnel Advisory Cener (CPAC) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) at Redstone Arsenal.

Carey has been writing poetry since she was a teenager. Carey has published a chapbook What it Means to Climb a Tree (Finishing Line Press) and a poetry collection Awakening to Holes in the Arc of Sun (Mule on a Ferris Wheel).

Methods of correspondence:  Email
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Cinthia Ritchie - Memoirs/Essays/Literary Novels (editing, submitting, chapbook organization, query letters, novel development)

Cinthia Ritchie is an Alaska writer, ultra-runner, huge dog lover and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Find her work at New York Times Magazine, Evening Street Review, Sport Literate, Rattle, Best American Sports Writing, Mary, Into the Void, Clementine Unbound, Deaf Poets Society, Forgotten Women anthology and others. She's a 2013 Best American Essay notable mention, and her first novel "Dolls Behaving Badly" was published by Hachette Book Group.

Methods of correspondence:  Email or Facebook
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Drew S. Cook - Poetry (editing, arranging a collection, submitting, fundamentals of poetry reading/performance)

Drew S. Cook is a native of the Ouachita Mountains, and the sights and sounds of that region continue to influence his writing. Over the course of his life, he has been many things, including an expert in obsolete operating systems, a student of literature and writing, and a Bipolar I. Drew's MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Arkansas will be/was conferred in 2018, and he begins/began doctoral studies at the University of Louisiana Lafayette that same year. His poems have appeared in Nimrod, Pleiades, and elsewhere, and he is a co-executive editor at Trio House Press.

Methods of correspondence:  Email, Facebook, or Discord. 
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S. Baer Lederman - Novels/Short fiction/Essays (copy editing, submitting, novel/story development, novel/story editing, essay editing/writing)

S. Baer Lederman hails from Rhode Island, but his years at the University of Michigan taught him that he is a Midwesterner at heart. Since finishing ROTC and his Navy service, Baer has focused on writing. He recently completed his MFA at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. Baer’s fiction has appeared in Entropy, Chicago Literati, Dapper Press, and Nebo. He was named a finalist in Slippery Elm’s 2015 Prose Contest, the Scribes Valley 2015 short story contest, and the Providence  Journal’s 2016 H.P. Lovecraft short story contest, as well as the NOLA Literary Festival’s 2018 Tennessee Williams short story contest. Baer has also been awarded artist in residence positions at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming as well as Sundress Academy for the Arts in Tennessee.

Methods of correspondence:  Skype or email
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Sarah Krenicki - Short/Flash fiction *especially speculative* (submitting, writing/editing, identifying places to submit to)

Sarah Krenicki writes poetry and short speculative fiction. Her shortest of these stories can be seen on 50 Word Stories, while her slightly longer work has been published in Syntax and Salt, Gemini Magazine, and Lumina. She studied English and Creative Writing in college and after a brief stint in insurance marketing, found her way to the nonprofit world. She lives in a yellow house with her husband and fluffy black cat, where she overthinks everything, including/especially this bio. Star sign/Hogwarts house/Alignment available upon request, because shouldn't mentees have the right to learn this sort of thing?

Methods of correspondence:  Text, email, Facebook or Google Video chat

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