An attorney for the Federal Communications Commission, Warren Firschein graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in political science, followed by a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Decatur, Georgia with his wife, Dawn, and their two daughters, Sophie and Elena. His most recent middle grade novels are The Map of Eternity and The Crystal Sea, which comprise The Bean Store duology.
Deborah Klein is a celebrated poet, blogger, essayist, performer, and artist. Her initial collection of humorous essays and poems, VIEW FROM THE LAUNDRY CHUTE, was released in December 2020 through Chapter Two Press. She lives in Safety Harbor, Florida, where she can often be found crashing various open mic events and leaving the audience in stitches with her unrelenting wit and satire.
Laura Kepner (right) served as the editor in chief of the Odet literary journal during its four years of publication and is the co-author of A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida. The leader and organizer of a number of well-known Tampa Bay writing development groups, Laura's second love (after writing) is teaching to both children and adults. She is the author of the picture book When Lourdes Was Big, as well as several novels that are still in development.
Jennifer Tombuelt (left) is the illustrator of When Lourdes Was Big. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids, and their dogs.
Nicole Caron’s nonfiction has appeared in numerous trade publications and regional magazines, including most recently CONTXT Magazine and Brevity. She is currently at work on her debut novel, a series of essays about writers and writing, and a poetry collection, This Is Life: 100 Tanka for Everyday Living, scheduled for publication by Chapter Two Press in 2020. She teaches writing and literature at Ringling College of Art + Design, where she coordinates the First-Year Writing and ESL Program. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @NCaron27.
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