Alan Kaufman's acclaimed memoir Jew Boy was recently reissued and is being made into a feature-length film by Plug Ugly Films. Kaufman's novel Matches will also be reissued as an e-book and audial book in the Spring of 2018. His other books include Drunken Angel, a memoir, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, The Outlaw Bible of American Art, The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, The New Generation, and The Outlaw Bible of American Literature co-edited with Barney Rosset. Kaufman has written for The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Salon and other publications. He is presently an NYPL Writer-in-residence in the Stephen A. Shwartzman Building of the 42nd Street Library.
Katherine Vaz has been a Briggs-Copeland Fellow in Fiction at Harvard University and Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She’s the author of two novels, SAUDADE (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and MARIANA, chosen by the Library of Congress as one of the Top 30 International Books of 1998.
Her collection FADO & OTHER STORIES won a Drue Heinz Literature Prize and OUR LADY OF THE ARTICHOKES won a Prairie Schooner Award. Her latest book is THE LOVE LIFE OF AN ASSISTANT ANIMATOR & OTHER STORIES. Her children’s stories have appeared in several anthologies, and her short fiction has appeared in many magazines. She won a New York Film Academy and Writer’s Store national contest for a screenplay idea based on one of her stories.
She’s the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded by the Library of Congress (Hispanic Division). Other honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a citation as a Portuguese-American Woman of the Year, and an appointment to the six-person Presidential Delegation (Clinton) to the World’s Fair/Expo 98 in Lisbon. She lives in New York City with her husband, Christopher Cerf, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning TV producer, composer, editor, and author. Katherine's website.
Pamela Ryder is the author of Correction of Drift, A Tendency to Be Gone: Stories, and Paradise Field. Her fiction has been published in many literary journals, including Black Warrior Review, Conjunctions, Prairie Schooner, The Quarterly, Shenandoah, and Unsaid.
As a poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s work explores the impact of feminism on his life as a man. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry, he writes about the impact of that canon on our contemporary lives. He has published two books of poetry, Words for What Those Men Have Done and The Silence of Men. He has also published the chapbook For My Son, A Kind of Prayer, as well as three books of translation from classical Persian poetry, most recently The Teller of Tales: Stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh. Newman is on the executive board of Newtown Literary, a Queens, NY-based literary non-profit and curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Jackson Heights, NY. He is Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY.