Artist, novelist, and teacher, Enrique studied Art History at New York University Graduate School, painting at The Art Students League, and The New York Academy of Art. He earned his MA/Fine Art from Parsons School of Design.
Enrique taught at Parsons for eighteen years, and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey for twenty-eight. He is a frequent lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. He also teaches yearly Art History and Landscape Painting workshops in Cuba, Provence, Tuscany, and Vermont. Some of the awards he has received are: the New York City Hispanic Arts Achievement Award, the Distinguished Educator Award from Parsons School of Design, and the Cintas Fellowship for Painting (two time recipient.)
Enrique’s first novel, “Raining Sardines,” March 2007, won the Americas Award Honors for Latin American YA Literature from CLASP, the Consortium of Latin American Studies. His second novel “Ninety Miles to Havana,” August 2010, received the Pura Belpre’ Author Honors Award, from ALA, the American Library Association. Both novels are published by Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan Publishing. He lives in New York City and is currently finishing his third novel, Dreaming Havana.
Steve Macone is a former headline contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing, and reporting have also appeared in the American Scholar, The New York Times, Atlantic, New Yorker, Boston Globe Magazine, Morning News, and Salon.com. His work has been featured on NPR, Longreads, and received notable essay mentions in The Best American Essays series.
Shane Cashman’s writing has appeared in VICE, The New York Observer, Salon, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Word Riot, Honeysuckle Magazine, Neutrons Protons and elsewhere. In 2015, he was a Glimmer Train fiction finalist. Also in 2015, he won the PEN Center USA’s short story contest. He teaches creative writing at Manhattanville College.
Matt Waters graduated from the New School with a Masters Degree in Fiction. He was born in Whitestone and still currently reside in Queens. He’s seeking representation for The Lovely Empty, his first novel, while remaining hard at work on a new novel Montezuma concerning a contemporary professional football player and the people who love him most. He covered the New York Jets from 2009-2011 for Yahoo and has written musical criticism for various outlets. His articles ‘Memories of the Future’ and ‘A Moment of Honesty’ were published in Guernica in March 2015 and May 2016 respectively. He is currently twenty-eight years old.