Nicole Cooley

Nicole Cooley

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author most recently of two collections of poems, Breach (LSU Press 2010) and Milk Dress (Alice James Books 2010). She has also published two other collections of poems and a novel. She has received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poet, and Callaloo, among other journals. She directs the new MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York where she is a professor of English. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and two daughters. Her website, featuring her work, as well as upcoming readings and events, can be found here.

La Forrest Cope

La Forrest Cope

La Forrest Cope holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College of the City University of New York, where she also majored in English and graduated cum laude. She is on the faculty at York College/CUNY in the English, as well as the Performing and Fine Arts departments. Burnin’ up the Billboard charts with four top-five songs in two years, LaForrest Cope’s explosive talent has helped launch several careers, most notably, Whitney Houston’s.  The fiery “YOU GIVE GOOD LOVE” earned LaForrest (a/k/a Lala), who composes music and lyrics, a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song nomination while giving Whitney her first number one hit single. Based on her own experiences in the recording industry, La Forrest hopes to make her literary debut next year with SOUL SHAKERS, a novel about the challenges facing women in black music and how the many misconceptions about musical talent diminish the industry’s ability to address it effectively.

Maggie May Ethridge


Look at my feather earrings.

Maggie May Ethridge is a writer living in San Diego, CA with her husband and four children. She is the author of the weblog Flux Capacitor and an administrator for the I Heart My Pediatrician Facebook page, as well as having been published in magazines both online and in print such as Storybleed, Diagram and Magma. She is completing her second novel, Agitate My Heart.

Elizabeth S. Leaver

Elizabeth S. Leaver

Liz is a freelance writer in Massachusetts who spent many years in the trenches as a stay-at-home mom. Currently she writes for several news sites and is the site editor for an online magazine about New England living. She is certain her talent and penchant for writing and editing can be traced to transcribing foreign press stories with Hayley as a college student.

Jessica Sherman 

jessica sherman

I took this picture in the bathroom. Like my hair?

Jessica lives in New York with her husband and adorable daughter. Life Balance: I Had To Choose Between My Dying Mother And My Infant Daughter is her first published piece.

Amy Yelin

amy yelin

Amy Yelin has published essays and memoir in the Boston Globe, Globe Magazine, the Gettysburg Review, Literary Mama, Errant Parent, and elsewhere. Her piece “Torn” (originally published in the Baltimore Review), was recognized as a notable essay of 2006 in the Best American Essays 2007. She also has essays in the anthologies Mamas and Papas andTarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost. In 2008, she won the Skirt magazine and WEKU (an NPR station) “This We Believe” contest and recorded her piece “On Magic” for a radio special. She has received awards from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony and the Prague Summer Writing Program. Amy completed her MFA in creative writing at Lesley University in 2005. Her website is and she blogs (occasionally) at

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