Deborah Emin is a writer and the founder of Sullivan Street Press, an indie publisher based in Kew Gardens. Her poems and short stories have been published in numerous journals but her focus has been mainly on her Scags Series – a 4-part series of novels based on her eponymous character, Scags. Scags is followed throughout these novels from childhood to different periods in her life as she unravels the awakenings that allow her to understand what her role in life is. Each novel is told in a different first-person format. Proceeding through the 4 seasons from summer to spring, Scags is a feminist searcher unwilling to accept easy solutions to what a woman is called to do with her time on this planet.
Just as the publishing company Deborah founded seeks to change the publishing paradigm by calling into question what is published and how books are sold, Scags sees her mission in life to be more aware of the values inherent in being female and what affect that will have on her role in our collective world. By the end of the 4th volume, she will be fully awakened to that purpose.
Deborah also has been a writing teacher for 20 years. Her course, Awakenings, is based on her experiences writing the Scags Series and is suitable for fiction and memoir courses and can also be used by non-profit organizations looking to define themselves to attract funding and volunteers.
Danny Herrera was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His essays have appeared in The SA Current, Neutrons Protons Literary Magazine and most recently, Storyacious magazine. You can read his weekly blog at:www.bydannyherrera.com
Hermine Meinhard’s book Bright Turquoise Umbrella, published by Tupelo Press, was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, How2, La Petite Zine, Verse Daily and many other publications. She has performed her work at events, mics and readings including Live from Prairie Lights Bookstore, The Kitchen, Bowery Poetry Club, KGB Bar, Dixon Place, McNally Robinson Bookstore, Lincoln Center, Hudson Valley Writers Center and the Inspired Word in NYC. Meinhard is Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at NYU and a faculty member of the New York Writers Workshop and the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan where she teaches poetry workshops year-round. She is a member of the Urban Range Poetry Collective. Read more about her here on the collective’s website: http://www.theurbanrange.com/poet.php?id=7
John Shea is an author out of Astoria. He has lived here for the last thirteen years, though is originally from New Jersey. Shea graduated from Dominican College before going on to get his Master’s Degree in creative writing from CCNY. His first novel, CUT AND RUN IN THE BRONX was published by Seven Towers Publishers in Dublin two years ago. It has enjoyed both commercial and critical success here and abroad. He has done readings at such venues as The Cell in Manhattan, The Rocky Sullivan’s Reading Series, The Milwaukee Irish Festival, the New York City Craic Festival, The AD Reading Series in Brooklyn, and the Gaelic Park Irish Festival in The Bronx.
Michael T. Young’s fourth collection, The Beautiful Moment of Being Lost, will be published in by Poets Wear Prada Press this fall. His three previous collections are Transcriptions of Daylight (Rattapallax Press), Because the Wind Has Questions (Somers Rocks Press), and Living in the Counterpoint (Finishing Line Press). He received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Chaffin Poetry Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous print and online journals including Blue Fifth Review, Fogged Clarity, Off the Coast, The Potomac Review, and The Raintown Review. His work is also in the anthologies Phoenix Rising, Chance of a Ghost, In the Black/In the Red and forthcoming in Rabbit Ears: TV Poems. He lives with his wife and children in Jersey City, New Jersey.