About our readers

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Yelena Akhtiorskaya
Mike Albo is a writer and performer. He appeared Off Broadway last spring in his most recent solo show, The Junket. He is the author of two novels, Hornito and The Underminer (written with Virginia Heffernan), as well as the novella The Junket, which is available as a Kindle Single. He is currently at work on another levon (that’s novel spelled backwards so he doesn’t freak out about it).
Betsy Andrews is the author of The Bottom (42 Miles Press, 2014), winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize, and New Jersey (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), which was awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks include She-Devil (Sardines Press, 2003), In Trouble (Boog Press, 2004), and Supercollider (2006), a collaboration with the artist Peter Fox. Her writing has appeared widely in publications ranging from Fence, Stone Canoe, and White Wall Review to the Yemeni newspaper Culture. Betsy is also the executive editor of Saveur magazine.
Chiara Atik‘s plays include Women (a mashup of Little Women and HBO’s Girls) and Five Times in One Night (Feb 2015, Ensemble Studio Theater). She was recently named one of the Top Ten Playwrights to follow on Twitter! @ChiaraAtik
Jami Attenberg is the author of four books of fiction, including The Middlesteins. Her fifth book, Saint Mazie, comes out June 2015. Visit her at jamiatt.tumblr.com or @jamiattenberg.


Frederick Baker
Elif Batuman is the author of The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, and a staff writer for The New Yorker. From 2010 to 2013, she was Writer-in-Residence at Koç University in Istanbul. She moved to New York in 2013, and is working on her first novel. Twitter: @BananaKarenina
Marie-Helene Bertino‘s debut novel 2 A.M. AT THE CAT’S PAJAMAS, a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick, is available now. Her debut collection of short stories SAFE AS HOUSES received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award. For more information, please visit: www.mariehelenebertino.com or @mhbertino.
Sophie Blackall
Charles Bock is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and won the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His nonfiction and fiction has been in Harper’s, Esquire, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, AGNI, The Iowa Review, and numerous anthologies and literary magazines He has had fellowships from the Civitella Ranierri Foundation, Yaddo, UCross, and the Vermont Studio Center. With any luck, his new novel, ENLIGHTENMENT, will be published in early 2016.
Ana Božičević
Paul Bresnick established the Paul Bresnick Literary Agency, LLC in 2004. In 2013, he took over the Wendy Weil Agency and the company became the Bresnick Weil Literary Agency, LLC (www.bresnickagency.com). Prior to his tenure as Publisher at LiveREADS, the enhanced e-book publishers, from 2000-2002, Paul was Fiction Editor at Penthouse, Associate Editor at Simon & Schuster, Editor at Henry Holt, Senior Editor at Doubleday, and Executive Editor at William Morrow. At about the same age as Melville, he went to sea as a deckhand in the Merchant Marine.
Ryan Britt is the author of Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: A New Geek Manifesto, forthcoming from Plume Books in Fall 2015. His writing has appeared with The New York Times, The Awl, Tor.com, VICE and elsewhere. He lives in New York City. Tweets @ryancbritt
Amy Virginia Buchanan is a writer, musician, actor, and producer. She is the artistic director and co-founder of Spring Street Social Society, has just released an album titled, I’ll Sing You Songs When You Aren’t Around, and is presently writing a play about the experience of having a brother with Down Syndrome called, The Michael Show, which will premiere in workshop form through Fresh Ground Pepper at South Oxford Space this December and is preparing for a full run next fall. To learn more, pop on by her website: amyvirginia.com or instagram @amyvirginia


Tobias Carroll lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn. His fiction and nonfiction have been published by Tin House, Midnight Breakfast, The Collagist, Necessary Fiction, Bookforum, and Joyland. He can be found on Twitter at @TobiasCarroll.
Will Chancellor grew up on Kauai and, later, in Texas. His first job was stripping down 747s–gutting the fuselage of an airplane being a close enough approximation of the whaling endeavor to make him a life long Melville fan. Will spent two years camping on beaches. Once in Australia, miles from shore and out long after dusk, a shark bore down on him. The fin grew closer and closer until the shark dove…only to resurface as a dolphin.
Erin Chapman grew up on the Gulf Coast, where there are few whales, but plenty of rum and erstwhile seamen. She is Editor of The American Guide and Senior New Media Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History. In a former life, she was a multimedia journalist and Emmy-nominated producer for PBS. @elcwt / theamericanguide.org
Alexander Chee‘s newest novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. He is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and a NEA in prose, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Apology, and The Morning News, among others. He lives in New York. You can find him on Twitter @alexanderchee.
Rebecca Cheong was born in Singapore, an island halfway around the clock in the tide-beating Pacific. BA in English and American Literature from New York University. She has written about art and design as an intern for Complex Magazine. She now spends her days at Lapham’s Quarterly, where a single day’s mentions include Herodotus, Walt Whitman, Star Wars, Benjamin Franklin, Adolf Hitler, Al Qaeda, Leonard Cohen, Susan Sontag, and Homer. When not reading or writing, she can be found painting, crossing the Rubicon, or thinking about Herman Melville. becscheong.com Twitter: @becscheong
Joel Clark was Creative Director on King Post’s Moby Dick, Or, The Card Game. He is also a screenwriter and filmmaker and President’s Day enthusiast. @joeltclark on twitter, @joelinspace on instagram. nothingpictures.com
Joshua Cohen likes fish.


Anne Margaret Daniel lives in New York City, and has taught at Princeton University, the New School University, New York University, and Bard College. She writes about Bob Dylan, Irish literature and culture, baseball, and American Modernism. She has just finished her first novel, and is working on a book about F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Ione Damasco : By day, I’m an academic librarian, cataloging books and other assorted ephemera for a medium-sized university. By night, I’m an eatie (not a foodie, because I don’t like to cook!) who loves to punch and kick a heavy bag on regular basis. I live in Ohio with my husband, that weird guy that made one drawing for every page of Moby-Dick, and our two frogs.
Michelle Dean is at work on a book about women intellectuals for Grove Press, and tweets her other work (and old headlines) at @michelledean.
A. N. Devers is a freelance writer, editor and whale watcher. She lives in Brooklyn and has a website about dead authors’ houses.
Stacey D’Erasmo
Natalie Diaz is a poet and author of the book When My Brother Was an Aztec, published by Copper Canyon Press. She is director of the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of her native language to build a digital dictionary and encyclopedia of the Mojave language.
Jen Doll is the author of the memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest. She’s also a contributing editor for Mental Floss magazine and has written for The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Hairpin, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, Vice, The Village Voice, and other publications.
Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His chapbook Hymn to Life was recently published by Factory Hollow Press and with John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets published by Minus A Press. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, he is an associate professor in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a poetry editor at Boston Review.
Mark Doten‘s first novel, The Infernal, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in February of 2015. He wrote the libretto for The Source, an oratorio about Chelsea Manning and Wikileaks, that had its premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October of 2014. He is senior editor at Soho Press and lives in Brooklyn.
Stefan Dreisbach-Williamsspent the last three years working at The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle while moonlighting as theatre critic for TheSunBreak.com. In NYC he has worked with Bread and Puppet Theatre, Great Small Works, and The Living Theatre in addition to solo puppet shows. His current projects include the restoration of a 1930s Folbot.


Natalie Eilbert‘s first collection of poetry, Swan Feast, is forthcoming from Coconut Books in 2015. She is the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife (Bloof Books) and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. (Big Lucks Books, forthcoming). She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.
Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian and host of NPR’s weekly comedy trivia show, Ask Me Another. She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, The Today Show, and more. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She is a regular host and teller with The Moth.
Stephen Elliott is the author of several books including The Adderall Diaries. He founded the literary website The Rumpus. He’s also directed two movies, About Cherry and Happy Baby.


Ben Fama is the author of the artist book Mall Witch, as well as Cool Memories and Odalisque. In 2015 Ugly Duckling Presse will publish Fantasy, his first full length book of poems. @benfama / www.benfama.com
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, Dissent, The Brooklyn Rail, and Bitch Magazine. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner and StoryQuarterly, and she is the recipient of a 2013 Barbara Deming Memorial Fund artist grant, a 2012 Bread Loaf nonfiction fellowship, a 2015 Vermont Studio Center fellowship, a 2014 Virginia Center for Creative Arts fellowship, and MacDowell Colony fellowships in 2010, 2011, & 2014. Currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), she is on the board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod, and lives in Brooklyn. @melissafebos
Tim Federle is the author of BETTER NATE THAN EVER, named a New York Times Notable Book of 2013, and TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD, named the Goodreads Choice Best Cookbook of 2013. His new cocktail recipe book, HICKORY DAIQUIRI DOCK, is out December 2014. Tim skipped MOBY-DICK in high school and has never felt good about that. Tweet and Insta-filter your feelings at him @TimFederle.
Joshua Ferris is the author of three novels, Then We Came to the End, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Unnamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories. Ferris was chosen for The New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40″ list of fiction writers in 2010. He lives in New York.
Michele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The Rumpus, Salon, Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn. Twitter: @readandbreathe website: www.michelefilgate.com
Molly Fischer is an editor at the Cut, nymag.com’s site for women.
Helena Fitzgerald is a writer whose work has appeared in publications such as The New Inquiry, Refinery29, Vice, Bookslut, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Based, and The Notre Dame Review, among others. She can be found on twitter @helfitzgerald.
Isaac Fitzgerald is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them. Follow him on Twitter.
Sasha Fletcher is the author of it is going to be a good year (Big Lucks Books, 2015), one novella, and several chapbooks of poetry. // @sasha_fletcher // hollerinfeelings.tumblr.com
Brian Floca is a native of Texas and a resident of Brooklyn. He is the author and illustrator of picture books about steam locomotives, Saturn V rockets, race cars, lightships, and those odd little trucks that have the run of airport tarmacs. His latest book as author and illustrator, Locomotive, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal. You can visit him online at brianfloca.com or follow him on Twitter at @BrianFloca.
Ashley Ford is a staff writer with BuzzFeed.Com, loves Kenny Loggins, ginger beer, and pretending she’s in a music video when she’s wearing her headphones. Find her at AshleyCFord.Net


Sarah Gerard is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother and the forthcoming novel, Binary Star. Short works have appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, Joyland, The Paris Review Daily and other journals. She works at BOMB Magazine. www.sarah-gerard.com
Tavit Geudelekian is the co-founder and president of King Post Productions, creators of Moby Dick, or, The Card Game, a tabletop game based on Melville’s classic work. A born and raised New Yorker that will be the mayor of this fine city in 2028, Tavit is also a producer of various medias/mediums including video games, video and music. He also cooks a mean burger. Moby Dick, or, The Card Game is available now at www.mobydickgame.com
Tiffany Gibert is a writer and editor who lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn, because, like Ishmael, she know there is magic in water. Follow her at @TiffanyGibert.
David Goodwillie is the author of the novel American Subversive (Scribner), a 2010 New York Times Notable of the Year, and the memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the time (Algonquin). He writes about books and culture for the New York Times and Newsweek/The Daily Beast.
Jeff Gordinier is a reporter for The New York Times and the author of 2008′s X Saves the World. He has written for a number of publications, including Details, GQ, Esquire, Outside, T, Spin, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, PoetryFoundation.org, and Creative Nonfiction.
Emily Gould is the author of Friendship and the cofounder of Emily Books. www.emilybooks.com
Ben Greenman is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and a New York Times-bestselling author whose work includes fiction (The Slippage) and nonfiction (Mo Meta Blues, co-written with Questlove). He most recently collaborated on George Clinton’s memoir. He can be found at bgreenman.com and @bengreenman.
Ami Greko does book marketing for Goodreads. She is a founder of Book Camp NYC, an unconference for publishing types and readers, and co-curates and hosts the Ignite-style lecture series 7x20x21. A member of the PAMA and DBW advisory boards, Greko also presents regularly on digital marketing, including at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the LA Times Book Festival, and New York University. You can find her online on Twitter and on Tumblr as ami_with_an_i, and in real life probably in a bookstore in Brooklyn.


Brigid Harmon is a native of Queens who loves history, the ocean, vintage globes, and candy. She first read Moby Dick in high school with an obsessed English teacher. In college she wrote a paper called ‘Cease the Flogging, There She Blows: The Paradoxical Lives of Whalemen of Color in the 19th Century.’ In 2011, she was awarded the Verney Fellowship from the Nantucket Historical Association and spent three weeks on island living in an 18th century house, biking, and researching whaling log books for what people ate on board. Today she works for a citywide historic preservation nonprofit coordinating their programs and events.
Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry, most recently If the Tabloids are True What Are You?, Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), and Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book). She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel.
Virginia Heffernan writes regularly for Medium. Her book, Magic and Loss: The Pleasures of the Internet, will be out from Simon & Schuster in 2015.
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Chelsea Hodson is the author of Pity the Animal (Future Tense, 2014). More information: chelseahodson.com.
Elliott Holt‘s first novel, You Are One of Them, was published by The Penguin Press in 2013 and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Award for a first book. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Guernica, Kenyon Review online, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Millions, and in the 2011 Pushcart Prize anthology.
Emily Hughes talks about books on the internet, both professionally for Penguin Random House and for fun everywhere else. She’s the founding editor of Proof Reading Books, a blog of book and booze pairings. You can find her doing research most weekends in Brooklyn. For more book talk, pop culture musings, and bad puns, find her @emilyhughes.


Mitchell S. Jackson has been the receipt of fellowships from The Center For Fiction and the Lannan Foundation. Among other honors, his debut novel THE RESIDUE YEARS was a finalist for The Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize, The PEN/Hemingway award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. She is the co-founder of the much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the city’s sweetest stage. Her recent writing and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Vogue, the Telegraph, and Bookanista, among others. She currently teaches fiction at NYU and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, an essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and The New York Times, where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. Find her @lsjamison or www.lesliejamison.com.
Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. His debut poetry collection PRELUDE TO BRUISE is out now from Coffee House Press and in a starred review was described by Publishers Weekly as “a dark night of the soul presented as the finest of evening gowns.” NPR says his work is both “beautiful and unsparing.” His work has appeared in publications like Guernica, The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Blackbird among others. Saeed is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer / Art / Mentors.


Alex Karpovsky acts and makes movies. He has written/directed five feature-length films and currently plays the role of Ray Ploshansky on HBO’s GIRLS.
Rich Kelley fixed his fierce spear in the publishing world for well over thirty circumnavigations of the sun. What nameless, inscrutable, unearthly thing drove him to be writer, editor, marketer, content and website developer, and social media coach? And all the time, lo! that smiling sky, and this unsounded sea. From July 2010 through September 2012, Rich edited and wrote most of the posts (including five on Herman Melville) for Reader’s Almanac (blog.loa.org), the blog of The Library of America. He currently toils with Your Expert Nation (www.yourexpertnation.com) and tweets as @rpmkel.
Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove, 2007) and The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014). Her nonfiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, Spin, Elle, and many others publications around the world. She has had fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, Ucross, and many others. She is currently Writer in Residence at Bard College and Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University, and lives in Manhattan. www.porochistakhakpour.com
Alice Sola Kim‘s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Tin House, Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales (edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant), McSweeney’s Literary Quarterly, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. She is a MacDowell Fellow and recipient of a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and creeps on the tweets of others by way of @alicek.
Amy King of I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press), John Ashbery describes Amy King’s poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” Safe was one of Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. King teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Check her latest blog entries at Boston Review, Poetry Magazine & the Rumpus and follow her on Twitter @amyhappens.
Matt Kish is a self-taught artist, librarian and obsessive. He illustrated every single page of Moby-Dick. After that he illustrated every single page of Heart of Darkness. And I have plans. I live in Ohio with my wife and our two frogs. Find me at www.spudd64.com.
Phil Klay is the author of the short story collection Redeployment, which was recently listed as a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Granta, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is a National Book Foundation ’5 Under 35′ honoree, a graduate of the Hunter College MFA program, and a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War.
Miles Klee is a reporter for The Daily Dot and author of the novel Ivyland, a finalist in the 2013 Tournament of Books. His work has appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, The Collagist, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Salon, The Millions, 3:AM, Gawker, The White Review, Pinball, Unstuck, and elsewhere. Twitter: @MilesKlee Portfolio: milesklee.tumblr.com
Michael Kostroff is a stage and television actor, best known for his five seasons as unscrupulous attorney Maury Levy on HBO’s The Wire. His most recent work has included appearances on Louie, Gotham, Blue Bloods and The Good Wife, and in Paper Mill Playhouse’s Can-Can. In addition to his acting work, Kostroff is an audition coach. His popular workshop, Audition Psych. 101 (www.auditionpsych101.com), helps actors with the mental side the process. He’s also the author of the book, Letters from Backstage, chronicling his years on the road with two Broadway musicals. In 2012, he got married at Housing Works Bookstore and Café.
Maris Kreizman is the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog and soon-to-be book (Flatiron Books, 2015) that celebrates the intersection of her two great loves–literature and TV. She’s currently a publishing community manager at Kickstarter. A former book editor, Maris cannot get enough of critiquing her own writing. @mariskreizman http://slaughterhouse90210.tumblr.com/
Matthew Kugler is voice-over actor and sailor. matthewkugler.com.
Aryn Kyle is the author of the novel, The God of Animals, and the short story collection, Boys and Girls Like You and Me. Her new novel, Hinterland, is forthcoming from Riverhead. @arynkyle (Twitter) www.arynkyle.com (website)


Deborah Landau‘s third collection of poems, The Uses of the Body, is forthcoming in spring 2015. Her poems and essays appear in The Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, The New Yorker, The Best American Erotic Poems, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.
Karl LaRocca a.k.a. kayrock is an artist, writer, printer, musician, white crane kung fu instructor, graphic designer, product designer, computer programer, and long distance runner. He is the owner of Kayrock Screenprinting, a commercial and fine art studio located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Karl was raised in Philadelphia, received a BA in studio art and creative writing from Oberlin College and resides in Brooklyn.
Amy Lawless is the author of My Dead (Octopus Books 2013) and another book Broadax, which is forthcoming from Octopus Books in 2015. She lives in Manhattan. For more info on Amy, her blog is amylawless.blogspot.com and she tweets @amylawless.
Gareth Lee has published work in Northwest Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Canary, Denver Quarterly, and other journals.
Aaron Lefkove is the co-owner of the seafood restaurant Littleneck in Gowanus and its sandwich shop spin-off Littleneck Outpost in Greenpoint. For more information visit littleneckbrooklyn.com or follow on Twitter @LittleneckBK or stop by the restaurant and ask for him by name.
Michelle Legro is a senior editor at Lapham’s Quarterly.
John Leland is a reporter at the New York Times and author of Hip: The History and Why Kerouac Matters. He didn’t like Moby-Dick until he was a grownup.
Michael Leyden is a retired English teacher in Sligo, Ireland. He loves the written word and the possibility of reading is a delightful challenge. Whilst visiting New York I saw this unique event and signed up.
Alan Light is the author of Let’s Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain and The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah.” A former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe and Spin magazines, Alan is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Rolling Stone.
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Matthew Love is a writer who contributes to Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, Time Out New York, American Theatre and others. He’s also the host of Selected Shorts and Uptown Showdown at Symphony Space. He rarely eats seafood, fearing revenge from the murky depths.
Lisa Lucas is the publisher of Guernica Magazine. Before joining Guernica, Lisa served as the director of education at Tribeca Film Institute and consulted for various non-profit arts and cultural organizations, including Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Lisa is also co-chair of the non-fiction committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa. She is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks and the internationally acclaimed novel Faces in the Crowd, both translated to multiple languages and published in the US by Coffee House Press. Among her recent projects is a libretto for the NYC Ballet, and The Story of My Teeth – a novella written in installments for workers in a juice factory, forthcoming from Coffee House Press. Her short fiction and nonfiction in English have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Brick, and McSweeneys. She lives in Harlem.


Fiona Maazel is the author of the novels LAST LAST CHANCE and WOKE UP LONELY.
Sam MacLaughlin works full time at W. W. Norton & Co. and sometimes at McNally Jackson.
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Halimah Marcus is the Editorial Director of Electric Literature and Editor-in-Chief of it’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. Her work has appeared in One Story, Gulf Coast, Flavorwire, SportsIllustrated.com, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Fiction Committee and an instructor for the Sackett Street Workshop. She has an MFA from Brooklyn College.
Monica McClure’s debut poetry collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC in 2015. She is the author of the chapbooks, Mood Swing, from Snacks Press and Mala, published by Poor Claudia. Her poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Jubilat, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork, Intercourse, CultureStrike and elsewhere. She co-curates Gemstones, a girls-mostly collaboration series of new media artists and poets, and is an Editor at The Atlas Review. She has performed at Cage Gallery, Dixon Place and Pioneer Works. With Brenda Shaughnessy, she is editing an anthology of multiracial American writers.
Jarred McGinnis is an American living in London. His short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4, and appeared in journals in the UK, Ireland, USA and Canada. In addition to writing fiction, he holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He is wickedtomocktheafflicted.com.
Lynn Melnick is author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012) and co-editor, with Brett Fletcher Lauer, of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). She teaches at 92Y in NYC and is the social media & outreach director for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find her on Twitter @LynnMelnick
Lincoln Michel is the online editor of Electric Literature and coeditor of Gigantic. His work appears in Tin House, NOON, The Believer, Pushcart Prize Anthology, and elsewhere. His debut collection, Upright Beasts, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. He tweets at @theLincoln.
Kate Milford is the author of THE BONESHAKER, THE BROKEN LANDS, and GREENGLASS HOUSE (recently long-listed for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature), as well as two companion novellas, THE KAIROS MECHANISM and BLUECROWNE. She has written several plays, a couple of screenplays, and an assortment of scholarly articles on subjects as diverse as self-aware ironmongery and how to make saltwater taffy in a haunted kitchen. She is also a contributing writer for the Nagspeake Board of Tourism and Culture at www.nagspeake.com and a bookseller at McNally Jackson. Originally from Annapolis, she now lives in Brooklyn.
Dolan Morgan is the author of a story collection, That’s When the Knives Come Down (2014), an editor at The Atlas Review, and a collaborator at Marina Abramovic’s IMMATERIAL Journal. His work can be found in The Believer, Pank, The Lifted Brow, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and elsewhere.
Paul W. Morris is the Director of Literary Programs at PEN. He has held positions as a book editor at Viking Penguin and managing editor of Tricycle, as well as Entertainment Weekly and several other companies. From 2004 to 2011, he oversaw digital strategy, events, and marketing at BOMB Magazine, where he was General Manager. His writing has appeared in several anthologies, and his essay on Hermann Hesse was included as the introduction to a recent translation of Siddhartha. He is on the Boards of Guernica Magazine and The New Inquiry, as well as on the Advisory Council of the Brooklyn Book Festival and Lit Crawl NYC.
Eileen Myles lives not far from here. Wrote Inferno (a poets novel) & I Must Be Living Twice (new & selected poems) will be out from Ecco/Harper Collins next fall.


Matt Nelson is half of the three-legged race that is Mellow Pages Library. He is having a secret chapbook published some time in 2015.
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Deji Bryce Olukotun (@dejiridoo) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. His novel Nigerians in Space, a thriller about brain drain from Africa, was published by Unnamed Press in 2014. His work has been featured in Slate, Vice (forthcoming), The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, Guernica, The Millions, World Literature Today, ESPN, Global Voices, Joyland, Words Without Borders. In 2013, he served as a juror for the Neustadt Festival of International Literature. Deji is an attorney with a background in human rights and technology who also holds degrees from Yale College and Stanford Law School. From 2011 to 2014, he was the inaugural Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center, where he founded its international digital freedom program. He lives in Brooklyn.
Steph Opitz is the literary director of the Texas Book Festival, the fiction co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival, and the books reviewer for Marie Claire. @stephopitz
Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, was published earlier this month by FSG. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, fivechapters, and Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading among other places, and won a number of awards including the Indiana Review Fiction Prize. A MacDowell Fellow in 2012 and 2014, Shelly holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, curates the series Sweet! Actors Reading Writers in the East Village, and teaches fiction at Pratt Institute, where she also co-directs the Writers’ Forum.


Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). A Cave Canem fellow, graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program, and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine, Morgan lives in Brooklyn where she is Education Director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). You can find her at www.morgan-parker.com.
Jacob Perkins is a co-founder of Mellow Pages Library in Brooklyn, and occasionally writes fiction and poetry.
Amanda Petrusich is the author of three books about music, most recently DO NOT SELL AT ANY PRICE: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Pitchfork, Spin, BuzzFeed, and the Oxford American, where she’s a contributing editor. She teaches music and culture writing at NYU.
Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the 2000 National Book Award; Mayflower, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Why Read Moby Dick?, and other books about American history. He lives on Nantucket Island.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, is the author of The Ground (FSG, 2012). He lives in New York City and Barcelona.
Amelia Possanza is a publicist at Touchstone and a Moby Dick enthusiast.
Lauren Price
Jack Putnam first read MOBY-DICK in grade school, and has re-read it often ever since. He was fortunate to study with noted Melville scholar Henry Murray, and later in his career as an editor of scholarly books, took part in publishing the standard edition of Melville’s complete works under the aegis of the Modern Language Association. In 1967, he was invited to provide an essay on whalecraft and whaling for the Norton Critical Edition of Moby Dick; it is still in print today. Since the early 1980s, he has given walking tours of Melville’s New York, and has performed a first-person interpretation of the author.


Nelly Reifler is the author of SEE THROUGH and ELECT H. MOUSE STATE JUDGE. Her work has most recently been published by Story, The Atlas Review, Tweed’s and The Weeklings, and aired on NPR’s Selected Shorts. An editor at Post Road, she teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Saugerties.
Joseph Riippi is the author of 5 books, including Research: A Novel for Performance and Because.
Michael Robbins is the author of two collections of poetry: Alien vs. Predator (Penguin) and The Second Sex (just published by Penguin). He teaches creative writing at Montclair State University.
Paul Rome is a writer of fiction and performance literature. His first novel, We All Sleep in the Same Room, was longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. He has also written for The Huffington Post, PEN America, The Minetta Review and Mercer Street. Rome’s latest performance work, Philadelphia and Other Stories, made in collaboration with composer Roarke Menzies, plays December 18-20 at The Bushwick Starr theatre. Rome lives in Brooklyn where he manages the Wyckoff Starr coffee shop. Twitter: @paulmrome Website: paulrome.com
Gabriel Roth is the author of The Unknowns (Little, Brown 2013). He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Center for Fiction in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @gabrielroth
Jess Row is the author of two story collections, The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost, and the novel Your Face in Mine.


Geoffrey Sanborn is a professor of English at Amherst College. He is the author of Plagiarama! William Wells Brown and the Aesthetic of Attractions (forthcoming from Columbia UP), Whipscars and Tattoos: The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, and the Maori (Oxford UP), and The Sign of the Cannibal: Melville and the Making of a Postcolonial Reader (Duke UP). He is the editor of the New Riverside Edition of Melville’s Typee and the co-editor, with Samuel Otter, of Melville and Aesthetics (Palgrave).
Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novel Blue Boy, which won a Lambda Award and the Prose/Poetry Award from the Association of Asian American Studies and is now taught at colleges and high schools worldwide. He was the recipient of a 2010 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts and is currently finishing his second novel. He also sings a popular cabaret show that has been featured widely, from Page Six to the New York Observer. A former book editor, he now works as a branding consultant in New York City.
Rosie Schaap is the author of the memoir Drinking With Men, named one of 2013’s best books by NPR and Library Journal. The drink columnist for The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to This American Life, she has also written for Bon Appétit, Lucky Peach, Marie Claire, The New York Times dining section, poetryfoundation.org, Saveur, Slate, and many essay anthologies. A working bartender, Schaap has previously been a fortuneteller, a librarian at a paranormal society, an editor, a preacher, a community organizer, and a manager of homeless shelters. She is currently writing a book about whiskey.
Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Use Me, runner up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her work has appeared in places like The Paris Review, SPIN and The New York Times Book Review, and anthologies like The KGB Bar Reader, The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, and Come Here Often. She is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, co-founder and Editor-at-Large of Tin House and currently teaches at NYU and the MFA fiction writing program at Columbia. @elissaschappell
Parul Sehgal is an editor at the New York Times Book Review.
Ben Shattuck is a graduate and former Teaching-Writing Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is from South Dartmouth, MA, the town adjacent to New Bedford — from where Ishmael sails to Nantucket. He is a lifelong member of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and this summer sailed on the restored whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan (sister ship to Melville’s Acushnet). He is the 2014 Verney Fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.
Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone and the author of Love Is A Mix Tape, Talking To Girls About Duran Duran and Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals Of Love And Karaoke.
Jim Shepard is the author of seven novels, including Project X and the forthcoming The Book of Aron, and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. Five of his short stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College.
Choire Sicha is cofounder of The Awl.
Amy Rose Spiegel is a writer, story editor at Rookie, and the author of ACTION, forthcoming from Grand Central in 2015. She loves sestinas, leotards, and the Jam, and her own band is named Task.
Rob Spillman is the editor of Tin House.
Lorin Stein is editor of The Paris Review.
Sadie Stein is a Contributing Editor to The Paris Review, where she writes a regular column for the Paris Review Daily. A former editor at Jezebel.com, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Elle, Vogue, and many other print and digital publications.
Darcey Steinke is the author of the memoir Easter Everywhere (Bloomsbury 2007, A New York Times Notable book) and the novels Milk (Bloomsbury 2005), Jesus Saves (Grove/Atlantic, 1997), Suicide Blonde (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992), and Up Through the Water (Doubleday, 1989, A New York Times Notable book.) Her new novel, Sister Golden Hair, will come out in Fall 2014 from Tin House. With Rick Moody, she edited Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited (Little, Brown 1997). Her books have been translated into ten languages, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Review, Vogue, Spin Magazine, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian. Her web-story “Blindspot” was a part of the 2000 Whitney Biennial. She has been both a Henry Hoyns and a Stegner Fellow and Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, and has taught at the Columbia University School of the Arts, Barnard, The American University of Paris, and Princeton.
Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. Her books include Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books 2014), and Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions 2012). She is co-founder/editor of the press Monk Books, and chairs the Ruth Stone Foundation (ruthstonefoundation,org) from her home in Brooklyn, New York.
Brendan Jay Sullivan is the writer, producer and DJ best known for his work with Lady Gaga. His first memoir RIVINGTON WAS OURS was released by Harper Collins in the fall. Instagram/Twitter/Ello/FB: @mrbrendanjay”
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement, Maine and The Engagements. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. The Engagements was one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year. It is soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon and distributed by Fox 2000, and it will be translated into 17 languages. Courtney is a co-editor, with Courtney Martin, of the essay anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Justin Taylor is the author of Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute. He can be found @my19thcentury and http://www.justindtaylor.net/
Matthew Thomas was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, where he received the Graduate Essay Award. His New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves has been shortlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives with his wife and twin children in New Jersey.
Lynne Tillman‘s most recent book is WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? her second essay collection. Not long ago, SOMEDAY THIS WILL BE FUNNY, a story collection and, a little longer ago, AMERICAN GENIUS, A COMEDY, a novel, were both published. She is currently writing a novel, along with the rest of NYC.
Cynthia Tobar is an archivist and oral historian who is interested in collecting stories that highlight the meaningful connections between activist groups and policy makers, creating public history projects that are freely accessible to everyone in the community. An avid traveler, cinephile, and foodie, Cynthia enjoys cooking at home in Brooklyn with her son, who’s an aspiring chef. @latona12
Justin Torres is author of the novel, We the Animals. He is currently a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
Amor Towles was born in Boston, graduated from Yale, and received an MA in English from Stanford. Having moved to New York in 1989, he spent 21 years in the investment field. His bestselling novel, RULES OF CIVILITY, was translated into 15 languages. EVE IN HOLLYWOOD – a collection of six interlinked short stories – was released as an ebook in 2013. Mr. Towles is an ardent fan of early 20th century painting, 1950’s jazz, 1970’s cop shows, rock & roll on vinyl, manifestoes, breakfast pastries, pasta, liquor, Tuscany, Provence, Disneyland, Hollywood, Casablanca, 007, Captain Kirk, Bob Dylan, card games, and cafés.
Tony Tulathimutte
Jonathan Tuttle is a writer and librarian in Richmond, Virginia. Samples of his work can be read at www.jonathan-tuttle.com.


Simon Van Booy is the best-selling author of several works of fiction including The Secret Lives of People in Love, and The Illusion of Separateness, translated into many languages. He is the editor of three philosophy books, titled Why We Fight, Why We Need Love, and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter, and his essays have been syndicated internationally. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, an organization which helps young people build confidence in their talent, through annual writing awards. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
Ben Vershbow is director of the New York Public Library Labs, a team of librarians, photographers, and technologists working to get the library talking to the internet. When not at NYPL, Ben makes plays, including a version of Melville’s Bartleby. @subsublibrary


Alice Whitwham
Adam Wilson is the author of the novel Flatscreen and the collection of short stories, What’s Important Is Feeling. A recipient of The Terry Southern Prize, and a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, his fiction has in The Paris Review, Tin House, VICE, and Best American Short Stories, among many other publications.


Wendy Xu is the author of the poetry collection You Are Not Dead (CSU Poetry Center, 2013) and the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She teaches writing at CUNY. @wendyX


Tiphanie Yanique is the author the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which is currently a finalist for the First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, and a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5Under35. BookPage listed Tiphanie as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Tiphanie is a professor in the MFA program at the New School in New York City.


Jenny Zhang is the author of Dear Jenny, We Are All Find and Hags. She writes for teen girls at Rookie magazine & occasionally tweets @jennybagel.