My writing has been influenced and supported by these people and groups.
Gotham Writers Workshop
Gotham Writers Workshop is a creative home in New York City and Online where writers develop their craft and come together in the spirit of discovery and fellowship. Classes adeptly blend instruction and the workshop environment. Classes run from beginner to advanced; many are specialized. Highly recommended.
Lore Segal is a novelist, short story writer, teacher, translator, and author of children’s books living in New York City. Lore escaped Nazi Austria in 1938 with other Jewish children on the first wave of the Kindertransport rescue mission. She lived in England and the Dominican Republic before entering the United States in 1951. Her novels include Other People’s Houses, Lucinella, Her First American, and Shakespeare’s Kitchen. Her stories have appeared numerous times in The New Yorker and been included in O. Henry Prize Stories. Lore continues to write, conduct workshops, and mentor aspiring writers.
Arlaina Tibensky's fiction can be found in One Story, Inkwell, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, One Teen Story, The Madison Review, broadcast on The Dinner Party Download on NPR, and has been selected for inclusion in New Stories from the Midwest 2018 (New American Press). She received recognition from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. She's also the author of the young adult novel And Then Things Fall Apart about a girl with late onset chicken pox who is obsessed with Sylvia Plath.
Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels You Were Wrong, Jamestown, The Sleeping Father, and Nothing Is Terrible. He has taught in the MFA programs at Columbia University and Bard College, at Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute, and elsewhere.
Kate Angus is the founding editor of Augury Books and the Chair of the Advisory Board to the Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of So Late to the Party (Negative Capability Press, 2016) and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic online, The Washington Post, Best New Poets 2010 and Best New Poets 2014, and been featured by the Academy of American Poets. A former nonfiction fellow for the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation's Sozopol Seminar in Sozopol, Bulgaria, she is also the recipient of the BAU Institute's artists residency in Otranto, Italy; the Wildfjords Trail's residency in Westfjords, Iceland; the Betsy Hotel's "Writer's Room" in South Beach, FL and is the former Writer in Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. She currently lives in New York.