Victor Rangel-Ribeiro was born in Goa, when it was Portuguese India, but began his writing and editing career in Bombay, where he was by turns Assistant Editor and Literary Editor at a national newspaper and magazine, and the first Indian to be copy chief at J. Walter Thompson. He has edited more than thirty full length book manuscripts for the Free Press and other New York publishers, including such significant works as Jean Claude Brief’s Beyond Piaget: A Philosophical Psychology; Stephen Toulmin’s Cosmopolis, The Hidden Agenda of Modernity; Amitai Etzioni’s The Moral Dimension: Toward a New Economics, and Harvey C. Mansfield Jr.’s Taming the Prince: The Ambivalence of Modern Executive Power. His debut novel, Tivolem, was awarded Milkweed’s National Fiction Prize, and picked by Booklist as one of the twenty notable first novels of 1998. His short stories have appeared in the Iowa, North American, and Literary Reviews, as well as in publications in his native India. A member of American Mensa, Victor has also published several books on music, and translated from the French twenty poems by Maeterlinck, Verlaine, and others that had been set to music by Chausson. Parts of a memoir have appeared in Parts of Asia (Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, 17/18, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) and elsewhere. He has just completed his second novel, The Fires of Gangapur. Victor has been associated with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s online creative writing MFA program since 2002.
Renée Ashley is the author of five volumes of poetry (Salt—Brittingham Prize in Poetry, Univ. of Wisconsin Press; The Various Reasons of Light—inaugural volume of Avocet Press Inc poetry series; The Revisionist’s Dream; Basic Heart—X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize, Texas Review Press); and Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea (Subito Press Book Prize); as well as two chapbooks and a novel, Someplace Like This. She is a poetry editor of The Literary Review and on the faculty of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s two low-residency graduate programs, the MFA Program in Creative Writing and the MA Program in Creative Writing and Literature for Educators.
Alison Cummins has been a writer, editor, and communication consultant for major corporations. She is directing our series of photography books and a planned series of children's books.
Rosalie Herion holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, has been nominated four times for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and was a semifinalist for The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction (Nimrod/Hardman). She has published fiction (under various pen names) in Perigee: Publication for the Arts, Fiction Week Literary Review, Serving House: A Journal of Literary Arts, and Pithead Chapel. Her essays appear in Winter Tales II: Women on the Art of Aging and in OH SANDY! (all profits of which benefit survivors of Hurricane Sandy). Her interviews with ex-pat author Thomas E. Kennedy appear in The McNeese Review and in Ecotone. She is currently working on a linked short story and novella collection. She has worked as Managing Editor for Macmillan Publishing Company and in various capacities at other publishing houses, both on staff and freelance.
Linda Lappin, poet, novelist, essayist, and literary translator, holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels: The Etruscan (Wynkin deWorde, 2004) and Katherine’s Wish (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008) and has published essays, poems, and short fiction in numerous US and European journals. She is contributing international fiction editor to Del Sol Review. Her current project is The Brotherhood of Miguel, a tale of initiation and spiritual adventure set in contemporary Italy. Her website is www.lindalappin.net.
Susan Tekulve’s Savage Pilgrims, a collection of stories and poems, was published by Serving House Books and her short fiction collection, My Mother’s War Stories, by Winnow Press (Austin, Texas). Her nonfiction, stories and poems have appeared in Shenandoah, New Letters, Best New Writing 2007, The Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Beloit Fiction Journal, Crab Orchard Review, The Literary Review, Webdelsol, Black Warrior Review and The Kansas City Star. She has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. An associate professor of English at Converse College in South Carolina, she is completing a novel.
Marty Flowers has always been an avid reader. Mysteries, other fiction, classics, non-fiction including science, history, and bios—she looks for the most worthwhile in every genre. Born in, raised in, and living in Pittsburgh, Marty joined Western Pennsylvania Mensa in 1996 and has held a number of Mensa offices locally. She published and helped edit the group's newsletter, the Phoenix, for twelve years. She is currently a judge for the annual Mensa Scholarship Essay Competition and helps with the group's annual Regional Gathering.
Kimberlee Gerstmann is a graduate of FDU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. While not working on her thesis, she can be found chasing her one-year-old grandson around the house, creating art or leading writing workshops. She has published poems and short fiction and also enjoyed writing occasional human interest articles for her local paper. She has been an editor for Moondance Publications and is currently a reader for The Literary Review.
Lauren Guastella is a graduate student at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is pursuing her Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. In her writingboth academic and creativeLauren seeks to explore the world around her. Lauren is also a reader for Fairleigh Dickinson University's publication, The Literary Review.
Jerisha Gordon is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where she completed an MFA in creative writing. She lives with her family on the east coast.
Mary Kibbe is a Baumeister Fellow in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is working toward her MFA degree. Her academic background is interdisciplinary and includes studies in intercultural communication, critical theory, literature, and writing. Mary currently focuses her writing time on poetry and an occasional venture into creative non-fiction. She is a volunteer workshop facilitator for the non-profit organization Write Around Portland and a regular contributor to the monthly art series, Slow Art. Mary is assistant poetry editor for the literary journal TLR and for Serving House Books.
Drew Riley is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he completed an MFA in poetry. Drew lives and writes in Helena, MT.