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is a writer living in Berkeley, California
is is a staff writer at The Washington Post and the author of the memoir To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), which traces her family's migrations between Iran and the U.S. and her own journey back to Iran as an adult. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The American Scholar, and other journals. She lives in Washington D.C.
is the author the forthcoming essay collection People Are Unappealing (Three River’s Press, 2008). She has published humor and non-fiction in the anthology Mortified: The Big Book of Angst (Simon Spotlight, 2006) and on-line in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. As a performer, her solo shows have appeared at various colleges across the country, as well as at the HBO Comedy Festival, the UNO Festival for Solo Performance, and The People’s Improv Theatre in New York City. Barron is a host and three-time winner at The Moth: Urban Storytelling. She teaches Humor Writing at Gotham Writer’s Workshop and holds a B.F.A. from NYU.
is the President of Benita Gold Public Relations and her eclectic client base has ranged from a neuro-oncologist to Woody Woodpecker. Benita Gold has told her dating stories in comedy clubs around New York and at the Toyota Comedy Festival and the Fringe Comedy Festival. She has written for numerous publications including New York Magazine, New York Daily News and More Magazine. Her story “My Boyfriend Peter Jennings” is currently being made into a short film.
is a freelance writer based in Rochester, NY, where she contributes to Rochester Magazine and the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. She has written for Salon.com, Psychology Today and the Jerusalem Post. After graduating from Cornell University in 2001, she moved to New York City and earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University in 2005. She worked as the Editor of Publications for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital before moving to Rochester. Most recently, she served as the Director of Communications for the Town of Brighton, a Rochester suburb.
is a communications and public affairs executive in New York specializing in crisis management and organizational turnarounds. Previously, Anita held senior communications and policy positions in government and politics, including media relations and speechwriting for New York Governor Mario Cuomo and New York City Mayor David Dinkins. She is a board member of Sanctuary for Families, the domestic violence organization, and past president of Lotus Music and Dance, the cultural organization. Anita is an adjunct professor of writing at New York University. She holds a B.A. from Yale College and an M.A. from Columbia University, where she was founding chair of the Conference on American Studies. She is working on a novel.
is a nonfiction writer living in New York City. She is currently finishing her MFA at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and working on a nonfiction novel about growing up and getting caught amidst life, love and landscape in New York and Jerusalem. Her creative writing has been published in the Blood Orange Review and 580 Split. She loves her mother very much despite that crazy set-up.
is a freelance writer who teaches eighth grade English in Manhattan. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Sun, The New Jersey Jewish News, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and Yad Vashem's Martyrdom and Resistance Magazine. She received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in English Literature and Theatre Arts and a MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She lives in New York City and no longer accepts her parents' romantic introductions.
is the author of three business titles, two humorous gift books and a memoir entitled Letters From My Sister: On Love, Life and Hair Removal which earned an endorsement from the The New York Times' City section editor as "a warm slice of life on the edge, with an edge." (LettersFromMySister.com) She also co-directed A Good Uplift, a short documentary about a bra shop run by a Jewish mother and son which premiered on the PBS Reel New York series in 2004. In addition, Eve performs monologues with The Moth storytelling group; she can be heard on audible.com
grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, where her mother currently resides. As an enthusiast of international education, she has traveled, worked and studied in multiple countries around the world. She holds a BA in History and a Masters degree in Education from James Madison University. When the date in question occurred, she was the director of the study abroad and international exchange programs for Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Currently she and her husband live and work New York City.
is a writer/performer who has written and performed for The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Moth, The New York Fringe Festival, Second City NY, Gotham City Improv, and Time Out NY. She lives in New York and LA.
is a Senior Writer for The New York Daily News' Big Town Big Heart section, in which she profiles New Yorkers who are making a difference via charitable or humanitarian work. She has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, New York magazine, Time Out New York, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Daily News.
is the Media & Special Projects Editor for the Huffington Post and is the editor of the site's Eat The Press page. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Glamour, New York Magazine, The Financial Times and numerous publications in her northern homeland of Canada, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC's Scarborough Country, as well as occasional turns on other programs and networks. She is the author of A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor (with Howard Rocket, Canada: 1998) and published Jew-ish, a humorous book about cultural identity, in October 2007. She was formerly a corporate lawyer in New York and Stockholm, where she never learned to like herring.
http://www.theperfectmanhattan.com). Leanne has also written for such eclectic publications as New York magazine, City Limits, PopAndPolitics.com, WireTap, Glamour and Life & Style.grew up in Buffalo, NY, attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and now resides in New York City, where she is a writer and Master's degree candidate (studying Politics and Culture) at NYU. The Perfect Manhattan—a novel she co-authored with Tracey Toomey—is loosely based on their experiences bartending in Manhattan and the Hamptons and highlights some of the class and societal issues they encountered while straddling the fence between the working and “glamour” classes (
is a staff writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She has written for the Los Angeles Times as part of the Minority Editorial Training Program, the Poughkeepsie Journal, New York Observer and Yin Magazine. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked as an attorney. She is a graduate of Rice University and New York University School of Law.
After graduating from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Tracey appeared on All My Children, Law and Order: SVU, and in several films and theater productions. Along with her writing partner, Leanne Shear, she co-authored the novel, The Perfect Manhattan, the non-fiction advice book, Cocktail Therapy as well as the essay "Girls Can Do Anything" in the anthology, "It's a Wonderful Lie: The Truth About Life in Your Twenties." Currently she freelances at Life & Style, Runner's World, Glamour, and writes the Imbibe column for Hamptons magazine. She can be reached at: www.theperfectmanhattan.com
has been everything from a bicycle courier to a fashion stylist at a magazine, but she’s happiest when she’s writing or acting. Her personal essays have been published in Swing and Speak magazines and heard on WNYC’s broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition. She’s written various other bits and pieces for Marie Claire, CosmoGirl, Elle (UK), Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, (ai) performance for the planet, and Plumb. She also wrote the young reader’s book, Backstage at a Movie Set. Katherine’s short plays have been produced in New York City, where she’s lived for many years.