Lori, a designer and avid reader, lives in Blairsville, Pennsylvania. She loves pretty much everything to do with book arts — letterpress printing, paper-making, typography, etc. She graduated with an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh and, since completing her undergraduate work, has been involved in literacy initiatives at home and abroad. Most recently, she served as a university teacher and community organizer in Peace Corps Mongolia and as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a literacy nonprofit in Arlington, TX.
Hilary Hauck grew up in England and lived in Italy for over a decade before moving to the US in 2002. She is a freelance translator and writer. Her work appears in multiple media ranging from full-length books to corporate brochures and the specialist press. Her writing includes flash fiction, novels and poetry. She teaches writing workshops and is an area representative and a board member of Pennwriters. View her work at www.hilaryhauck.com.
After thirteen years as a corporate litigator, including a decade at a top Manhattan law firm, Amy left her firm in 2009 for what was supposed to be a one-year sabbatical. But, she re-connected with her first love and never went back to practicing law, her first love being writing. Her novel, Lemongrass Hope, debuted as an Amazon best-seller this fall (Romance/Fantasy and Romance/Time Travel), and her first non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted, is due out in Spring 2015. Amy has spoken to various audiences about her journey from lawyer to writer – from elementary students to a senior citizen class at a local college. Last year, she co-founded and co-taught a writing club at a local elementary school for grades 3-8. The students worked in groups and produced 6 masterpieces – illustrated children’s books that they “published” and featured in a book signing/library dedication ceremony at the end of the school year. Amy hails from Reading, Pennsylvania, and you can read her work on her website: www.amyimpellizzeri.com.
Joshua is from London, England and a former student of film. He is currently working on writing a science fiction/fantasy novel.
Connie is a retired elementary teacher and reading specialist (35 years). She participated in the Pennsylvania Writing Project through Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Connie lives in Ligonier, PA where she continues her work by tutoring students.
Theresa Malloy is a journalist from Minnesota who is passionate about telling meaningful stories across multiple platforms. Her specific area of interest is literary journalism and investigative reporting. In particular, she likes to find the stories no one else is telling. She’s currently a radio script writer at BringMeTheNews, and she freelances. In her free time, she volunteers at ThreeSixty Jornalism, which is a non-profit dedicated to bringing unique voices into the newsroom by working with high school students from diverse backgrounds. Read her work at theresamalloy.com.
Tina has been published in various print and online publications since 1993. She published her first print book in 2006 and two e-books thereafter. In addition to her volunteerism with Write Local, Tina has judged a poetry contest in the past and conducted poetry classes for children and teens. Tina serves Write Local remotely from her home in New Jersey.
Ashleigh, a recent college graduate with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication and a minor in theater, hails from Ohio. She aims to work within the entertainment industry as a talent agent and is an aspiring actress. She has worked on projects such as independent small films to the big motion pictures seen in theaters. Her hobbies include acting, singing, reading and writing. Recently, she collaborated with ValoreBooks, a college book rental company, to post blogs about her collegiate experience. Read her work at http://www.valorebooks.com/campus-life/a-diary-of-a-college-student-ashleighs-story.
Sarah is a high school English teacher and National Writing Project Teacher Consultant living in Lancaster, PA. Plus, she is a Wattpad Featured Author with a few short pieces of fiction published in various print and online magazines. In November of 2014, her first novel THE BLAST was self-published and is available on Amazon and all major e-book sources. Read her work at www.sarahperlmutter.com.