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Lucy Honig

Fiction Writer
Jamaica Plain, MA

I've published two novels and two collections of short fiction and, while the rest of life happens, am working on a new one of each. About my last novel, Waiting for Rescue (2009): "In prose alternately lyrical and pragmatic, Lucy Honig evokes above all the chaotic sense of vertigo that comes from suddenly feeling a shrinking Earth spin uncontrollably under our feet." Boston Globe. About The Truly Needy: “Lucy Honig’s work possesses a startling, unnerving moral energy; it is work that tells us a good deal about who we are—work that addresses darker moments, and yet, does so without moralistic bombast—rather, with a talented writer’s illuminating , disarming irony.”—Robert Coles "Honig's characters never degenerate into types or sink into self-pity, but soldier on, displaying courage in untenable situations and compassion where we might least expect to find it." New York Times.

Barbara Helfgott Hyett

Brookline, MA

Alden Jones

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
Boston, MA

Alden Jones is the author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, and a collection of stories, Unaccompanied Minors, winner of the 2013 New American Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including Agni, Time Out New York, the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, The Smart Set, Gulf Coast, Post Road, and the Best American Travel Writing. She has been a Bread Loaf Scholar, a New York University Creative Writing Program Fellow, and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the White Colony in Costa Rica. The former director of the Excel/Cuba program in Havana, Cuba, Alden now teaches creative writing and literature at Emerson College in Boston, and has also taught on Semester at Sea and in the PEN/New England Prison Writing Program.

Roberta Kalechofsky

Fiction Writer
Marblehead, MA

Rebecca Kanner

Fiction Writer
Cambridge, MA

Sinners and the Sea is Rebecca Kanner’s debut novel. It was published by Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, in April 2013. Rebecca holds a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her writing has won an Associated Writing Programs Award, a Loft mentorship Award and a 2012/2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. Her personal essay, “Safety,” is listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011. Her stories have been published in numerous journals including The Kenyon Review and The Cincinnati Review. The St. Paul Pioneer Press calls Sinners and the Sea "riveting," and Publishers Weekly says, "Debut novelist Kanner brings to life the nameless wife of Noah in a deeply imagined midrashic interpretation of the biblical story of the flood. Noah's unnamed wife is a powerful, memorable character." Kirkus Reviews agrees, “[Noah's wife] proves her strength and character as she tries to protect her family... from the outside forces that threaten. Kanner successfully undertakes a formidable task retelling a familiar religious story through the eyes of Noah's wife. The narrative's well-articulated, evenly balanced and stimulating..." Along with other authors including Anita Diamant, Michael Cunningham, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks and Ron Hansen, Rebecca will be featured in the upcoming title Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists.

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