Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy is a director, an award winning travel writer, and—of course—an actor. He made his professional début at 19 in Class, and has appeared in dozens of films, including such iconic movies as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, and cult favorites Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin. His memoir chronicling this […]


Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson (aka “Captain Create”) is a proud Temple University alumnus, who grew up just south of Philadelphia, PA. There, he spent his childhood seeking adventure with friends, watching movies, reading comics, and falling in love with the magic of storytelling. Kevin is the author of the critically-acclaimed picture book CAPE along with an upcoming […]


Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for thirty-five years and survived high school and college together. They’ve co-authored seven novels: Your Perfect Life, The Status of All Things, The Year We Turned Forty, the Amazon Charts bestseller, The Good Widow, Girls’ Night Out, The Two Lila Bennetts and How to Save a […]


JC Hallman

J.C. Hallman grew up in Southern California. He studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh, the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Hallman’s nonfiction combines memoir, history, journalism, and travelogue. His first book, The Chess Artist, tells the story of Hallman’s friendship with chess player Glenn Umstead. His second, The Devil […]


Carole Lindstrom

Carole Lindstorm is Anishinabe/Metis and is tribally enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland. Carole has been a voracious reader and library geek ever since she was growing up in Nebraska. On weekends you could usually find her at the […]


Aaron Hamburger credit DC Event Photo

Aaron Hamburger is the author of a story collection titled THE VIEW FROM STALIN’S HEAD which was awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. He has also written three novels: FAITH FOR BEGINNERS, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, NIRVANA IS HERE, winner […]


Lorena Germán

Lorena is an immigrant from Dominican Republic and raised in the U.S. She attended public schooling from first grade through high school. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Communication from Emmanuel College and her Master of Arts in English from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. She is an advocate for the practice […]


Roberto Germán

Roberto Germán is a Dominican-American native of Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is a product of Lawrence Public Schools, Central Catholic High School, and the Boys and Girls Club in Lawrence. As Director of the Middle School at Headwaters School, he brought inclusivity and social justice ideas into every aspect of his work there. Before that, he […]


Vanessa A. Bee

Vanessa A. Bee is a consumer protection lawyer interested in inequality and corporate power, a memoir author, and an essayist. Born in Cameroon, she grew up in France, England, and the United States. Vanessa’s book, Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter’s Reflections on Belonging, is an experimental memoir that reflects on a childhood spanning across three […]


Jesse Leon

Jesse Leon, a multilingual force in the world of motivational speaking, is the award-winning author of “I’m Not Broken” and its Spanish edition, “No Estoy Roto”, both released by Penguin Random House. These memoirs illuminate his triumphant journey from the shadows of human trafficking to the revered halls of Harvard University, where he secured a […]