FREEING MINDS A Campaign for St. John's College
Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Random House.) Already in seventh printing, “Story” was selected by “Poets and Writers Magazine” as one of the 80 best writing books ever published and by “The Writer Magazine” as one of the ten best writing books of the year. Oliver has taught fiction and essay writing at the University of Maryland, The Writer’s Center, Washington College, and at St. John’s College. Oliver’s award-winning short stories and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines, and top-tier literary reviews such as: The Washington Post, Country Living Magazine, The Writer Magazine, Glimmer Train Stories, and The Sun Magazine, to name a few. Among other distinctions, she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, the Anne Arundel County Arts Council Annie Award for Literary Achievement, two Glimmer Train Short Fiction finalist awards, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Oliver also teaches writing as a tool for personal growth and healing at the Hospice of the Chesapeake Life Center, Ridgely Retreat, and has taught related workshops at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
A developmental book project editor and individual writing mentor, Oliver holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College and has completed writing seminars in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa. thestorywithin.com
Lynn Auld Schwartz is a writer, story development editor, and has ghostwritten three books. Schwartz’s plays and staged readings have been performed in Atlanta and New York City, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in New York City, which The Village Voice reviewed as “Lively lineups … always smart, never predictable.” Schwartz has received two Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council and a 2014 Literary Arts Annie Award from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Her stories have appeared in literary journals and she has published numerous nonfiction lifestyle articles. She produces and directs the ongoing Page To Stage series in Annapolis, which offers adult and teen writers the opportunity to share their stories on stage. A graduate of The City College of New York, Columbia University, and acting conservatory, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Schwartz has taught fiction, flash fiction, and memoir at St. John’s College, The Writer’s Center, and is a Guest Artist for Anne Arundel County’s Performing and Visual Arts High School Magnet Program. writerswordhouse.com
Susan Coll is the author of five novels, most recently The Stager—a New York Times and Chicago Tribune Editor’s Choice. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Washingtonian magazine, Moment magazine, NPR.org, atlantic.com, and The Millions. She is currently teaching an intensive, year-long novel-writing class at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda and worked at Politics & Prose bookstore, where she oversaw events and programs for five years.
For more information about Susan Coll, visit susancoll.com
Caroline Kitchener is an associate editor at The Atlantic. She graduated from Princeton in 2014 with a degree in History and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her first book, Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College, was published by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins. Along with The Atlantic, her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vox, and The Daily Beast. She now lives in Washington, D.C. with her partner and two Chinese cats.
For more information about Caroline Kitchener, visit carolinekitchener.com
Jeff is a founding partner at Folio Literary Management. He loves unique voices, magnificently strong characters, unusual premises, and books that offer up some new perspective on something he thought he already knew something about or never even dreamed existed. He represents bestselling authors Garth Stein, Eowyn Ivey, Jacqueline Mitchard, Elizabeth Letts, Karen Dionne, and Charles Shields; as well as many first novels, including Benjamin Ludwig’s Ginny Moon, Val Emmich’s The Reminders, and Rhiannon Navin’s Only Child.
For more information about Jeff Kleinman, visit foliolit.com
Tara Laskowski’s short-story collection, Bystanders, won the 2017 Balcones Fiction Prize and was hailed by Jennifer Egan as, "a bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills." She is also the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons, tales of dark etiquette. Her fiction has been published in the 2017 Best Small Fictions anthology, the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other places. Since 2010, she has been the editor of the online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly.
For more information about Tara Laskowski, visit taralaskowski.com
David Leite is the author of Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression as well as The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, which won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. His writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Men’s Health, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Washington Post. He’s the recipient of three James Beard awards and two Bert Green Awards for Food Journalism.
For more information about David Leite, visit leitesculinaria.com
Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. He has won three additional Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, two Macavity Awards, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction, and his work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories. He also edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University.
For more information about Art Taylor, visit arttaylorwriter.com