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Emily Bell is an associate editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She edits Amelia Gray, whose debut novel, THREATS, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Laura van den Berg, and Michelle Orange, among others. Prior to FSG, she was at Riverhead Books.

Michelle Brower began her career in publishing in 2004 while studying for her Master's degree in English Literature at New York University, and has been hooked ever since.  During that time, she assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found herself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers.  After graduating, she became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction.   In 2009, she joined Folio Literary Management, where she is looking for literary fiction, thrillers, high-quality commercial fiction that transcends genre, and narrative non-fiction.  She enjoys digging into a manuscript and working with authors to make their project as saleable as it can be, and her list includes the authors S.G. Browne, Rebecca Rasmussen, Dana Gynther, and Tara Conklin among many others.

Christopher Cox is a senior editor at Harper's Magazine, where he where he edits features and fiction for the magazine. Before coming to Harper's, he was a fiction editor at The Paris Review. Stories and reported pieces he edited have been named finalists for the National Magazine Award and have been included in Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize collection, and Best American Travel Writing. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Georgia Cool.

Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She is author of five books of poetry (her most recent, Mating Season, Tupelo Press), and Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis.  Her current projects include a co-written libretto, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. LeGuin with composer Stephen Taylor and a libretto adapted from Kindred by Octavia Butler with composer Billy Childs.

Ben George is an editor at Penguin. From 2005 to 2008 he was an editor at the quarterly TIN HOUSE, and from 2008 to 2012 was editor of the literary magazine ECOTONE, and founding editor and editorial director of its partner imprint, Lookout Books.

Fred Leebron directs the MFA in Creative Writing program at Queens. He also is a professor of English at Gettysburg College, and a former director of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His novels include "Six Figures," "In the Middle of All This" and "Out West."  He has received a Pushcart Prize, a Michener Award, a Stegner Fellowship, and an O. Henry Award.  He is co-editor of "Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology" and co-author of "Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion."

Megan Lynch is an Editor at Riverhead Books, where she has edited books by authors including Ellis Avery, Jennifer Belle, Cristina Henriquez, Dinaw Mengestu, Wendy McClure, and Dana Vachon. Prior to her arrival at Riverhead, Megan worked in the editorial departments at Little, Brown and Company and Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. She is a graduate of Brown University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Robert Polito earned his Ph.D. from Harvard. His most recent books are the poetry collection "Hollywood and God" and "The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber."  He is also the author of "Doubles" (poetry), "A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's 'Changing Light at Sandover,'" and "Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson," which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography/Autobiography, and other books. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the Voice Literary Supplement, Verse, Threepenny Review, Yale Review, Bookforum, Ploughshares, The New York Times Book Review, "Best American Poetry," "Best American Essays," "Best American Film Writing," and other journals and anthologies. He directs the graduate writing program at The New School and is the president of the Poetry Foundation.

Brian Sawyer is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema-TV.  He and his writing partner Gregg Rossen started their careers selling their comedy screenplay "Nascar Girl" to New Line Cinema, and their script "Guida" to Revolution Studios. They co-wrote "Pixar's 20th Anniversary Special" for ABC, and sold "Model Family", a TV pilot starring Jamie Kennedy, to Twentieth Century Fox Television.   In 2012 their TV comedy movies "Undercover Bridesmaid" and "The Seven Year Hitch" premiered on the Hallmark Channel, each earning top ratings, and they sold their kids' series "Home Turf" to Nickelodeon that year. Their holiday movie "The Christmas Consultant" premiered on Lifetime in December 2012. Brian's short western "Tex, the Passive-Aggressive Gunslinger" starring Bob Balaban was a selection at the Deauville Film Festival and was acquired by IFC.

Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House and a consulting editor for Bloomsbury Books.  His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, essay collections, and online journals.

Peter Steinberg, founder of The Steinberg Agency, Inc. Peter represents a broad range of novels and short story collections and the occasional YA title. His non-fiction interests include memoir, humor, biography, history, pop culture, fitness and narrative non-fiction. Prior to establishing his own agency, Peter worked for eleven years as a literary agent at a number of high profile boutique literary agencies, including Donadio & Olson and Regal Literary. His clients have been nominated for/awarded Edgars, Quills, The Pulitzer Prize, The Story Prize, The Paris Review Discovery Prize, Borders Original Voices and National Book Awards. Peter began his career as a filmmaker and screenwriter with a B.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts' film school.

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