Kimberlee Auerbach is an author, teacher, private coach, speaker, storyteller and big laugher. Her memoir, The Devil, The Lovers & Me: My Life in Tarot, was published in hardcover (Dutton August '07), and in paperback (NAL August '08). In addition to numerous private clients, Kimberlee teaches memoir writing for Mediabistro; creative writing and humor writing for Gotham Writers' Workshop; an online "humorous memoir" class for UCLA Extension Writers' Program; and "spiritual memoir" for The Open Center. She also counsels 8th grade girls for Liberty Leads at Bank Street College of Education, where she won the "Teacher of the Year" award in 2008.
Felice Belle is a poet, playwright and Prince fan. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Roots and Culture, SLAM, DrumVoices Revue, Longshot, His Rib and Bum Rush the Page. She has performed at PS 122, Town Hall, the American Museum of Natural History, and various colleges and universities throughout the United States. Her playwriting credits include, Joy in Repetition, Hip-Hop Theater Festival (2002). Her Tell the Truth Lying, ROAR Theater Festival (2003) and Definately, Real Theatre Works Fresh Voices Festival (2004). She also created original poetry for the Vineyard Theatre production of History of the Word (2007). Felice holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University and an M.A. in Creative Writing and Performance from New York University's Gallatin School of individualized Study. She is currently working on a book based on Clare Ultimo's Verbs on Asphalt project and a book of poems based on pretty much everything else.
Emily Brady Koplar is launching a line of women’s clothing called Wai-Ming (meaning “gift of light” and Emily’s given middle name), which will hit shelves in Spring 2012. Emily designed for Aeropostale in New York, May Department Stores in St. Louis and previously did stints at Ralph Lauren in Paris and Vivienne Tam in New York. She received an Economics degree from Boston University and a degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. She is thrilled to be a part of this creative online community and will one day finally break down and join the rest of the world on Facebook and Twitter.
Jennifer Gandin Le is a freelance writer living in Austin, TX. Director Francis Ford Coppola commissioned her film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. Her non-fiction writing has been published in Wired Magazine, Time Out New York, BUST Magazine, The Village Voice, and ReadyMade. Her short film, Small Changes, was selected as the Grand Jury Prize in the 2009 Intelligent Use of Water film competition, and was screened at The Getty Center in Los Angeles in September 2009. Her current projects are a feature-length screenplay (titled Tuesday, a post-September 11th New York City love story), and a novel. In addition to her writing work, Jennifer is co-founder of Emotion Technology, a public health and media company specializing in promoting mental health online. She lives in Austin, TX, with her husband and their orange dog and yellow bird. Find her on Flickr, Twitter (personal), Twitter (EmoTech), and her (desperately outdated) website.
Sharon Kenny is a singer/songwriter and composer living in NYC. Named “A vibrant musical force” by AwakenMusic, her debut album, Pianocentric, was released in August of 2009 to a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC). She was selected by Ars Nova to participate in their Festival of All New Talent in the Fall of 2010. She is the composer/lyricist of the musical "Orange Alert" (Finalist-O’Neill 2008, Finalist-Weston Playhouse Musical Theatre Award 2009) as well as a MAC nominee for her piece "Leaky Ceiling" (Best Comedic Song, 2009). In 2010, she was commissioned to pen the theme song for The Brooklyn Public School System’s Council for Unity. Kenny is currently the Musical Director of Off-Broadway's "Tony N Tina's Wedding" and has appeared in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, and Feinstein's. She is currently at work on her second record, and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Hartt School.
Courtney E. Martin is a writer and teacher, composing a life in Brooklyn. She has two books coming out this year -- CLICK: Moments When We Became Feminists (Seal, April), an anthology co-edited with J. Courtney Sullivan, and DO IT ANYWAY: The Next Generation of Teachers, Advocates, and Activists (Beacon, September). She's lucky to roll with all sorts of amazing crews: Feministing, The Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy, The Women's Media Center, She Writes, and her motley writer's group, among others. She is eternally grateful to her next door neighbor, Mary, who takes care of her cat, Kima, while she travels the country talking about politics, perfectionism, and feminism. Courtney aspires to be less productive, actually. See more about her shenanigans at www.courtneyemartin.com.
Molly May comes from a long line of wanderers and has continued this vagabond pattern by living in 15 different landscapes before the age of 30. She has educated young women in rural New Mexico, labored as a fruit picker and farmer in New Zealand, and hunkered down at an editorial desk in publishing house W.W. Norton & Company. Inspired by her own experience growing up around the world, she writes about geography and how our external landscapes shape our one and only internal one. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and has written for Orion Magazine and the Portland Press Herald, among others. Right now she is challenging her fortitude by tapping a root in the Gallatin Valley of Montana. She lives there with her man Christopher in a snow-covered yurt, where she chops wood and works hard at writing essays and a book about placelessness.
Cristina Pippa is a playwright/screenwriter, a professor, an artist/writer in residence at a women’s and children’s hospital, the founder of One Stop Story Shop, co-founder of ArtCare, and most importantly, a new mama. She does all this by patchworking schedules with her extraordinary husband and by trying her latest ideas out on her little girl. Winner of the National Playwriting Award and finalist for the David Mark Cohen Award, Cristina received the Iowa Fellowship for the Arts and a Norman Felton Fellowship to attend Sundance Theatre Lab. Cristina's work has been commissioned, developed and/or produced by Avalon Theatre Company, the Hangar Theatre, Gallery Players, the HBMG Foundation, The Looking Glass Theatre, This Woman's Work Theatre Company, Axial Theatre Company and Six Figures Theatre Company. Her play, CELL CYCLE, is published in its entirety and in Scenes and Monologs from the Best New Plays. Most recently, she's written a children's book, called Hippos at the Hospital, illustrated by Colleen Darby. For more about Cristina, visit www.cristinapippa.com.