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Meet The Authors

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Randall Brown | Joe Kulka | Tawni Waters | Dilruba Ahmed | Roseanne Wells | Charles Holdefer | Curtis Smith | Jillian Sullivan | Grant Clauser 

Randall Brown

brownBio: Randall Brown teaches at Rosemont College's MFA in Creative Writing Program. He appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field and in The Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction. He's also the founder of Matter Press, its online magazine The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and the blog FlashFiction.Net. He has been published and anthologized widely, both in-print and online.

Joe Kulka



Bio: Joe Kulka Joe has illustrated over 20 books for children, 6 of which he also wrote. His latest book as both author and illustrator is slated for publication 2019. Joe teaches children’s book illustration at Moore College of Art and Design.



Tawni Waters

watersBIO: Tawni Waters’s first novel, Beauty of the Broken, won multiple awards, including the prestigious International Literacy Association Award for Young Adult Literature. Her second novel, The Long Ride Home, will be released by Sourcebooks Fire in Summer 2017. She is the author of the poetry collection, Siren Song, and has been published in myriad magazines, journals, and anthologies. She travels the world, writing things, making friends, and teaching at various conferences, universities, and workshops.

Dilruba Ahmed  

ahmedBIO: Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize.  Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, New England Review, New Orleans Review, and Poetry. Her work has been anthologized in Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, and elsewhere. New poems are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Copper NickelIndiana Review, and Western Humanities Review. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Roseanne Wells


wellsBio: Roseanne Wells joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales/editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer's advocate, editor, and partner. She is a member of SCBWI, and you can find her on Twitter @RivetingRosie.

Charles Holdefer

holdferBIO: Charles Holdefer is the author of four novels, most recently Back in the Game. His novel The Contractor was an American Booksellers’ Association “Book Sense Pick” and has been translated into several languages. His short story “The Raptor” won a Pushcart Prize and appears in the 2017 anthology, and a collection of short fiction, entitled Dick Cheney in Shorts, is forthcoming in 2017. He attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Sorbonne. His fiction has appeared in the New England ReviewChicago Quarterly Review, North American Review, Slice and elsewhere. He also writes essays and reviews. Visit Charles at

Curtis Smith

smithBIO: Curtis Smith has published over one hundred stories and essays. His work has been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and The Best Short Fictions. He’s worked with independent publishers to put out eleven books. His most recent books are Beasts and Men stories, Press 53), Communion (essays, Dock Street Press), and Slaughterhouse-Five, Bookmarked (nonfiction, Ig Publishing).

Jillian Sullivan

jillianBIO: Jillian Sullivan lives and writes in the Ida Valley, in the South Island of New Zealand. She’s published novels, collections of short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and memoir. She has a Master of Creative Writing from Massey University, and teaches writing in NZ and in America each year. Her awards include The Highlights Fiction Award from America, and the Kathleen Grattan Prize and The Takahe Prize for poetry in New Zealand. Her latest book, the memoir A Way Home, tells the story of building a new life and a strawbale home in Central Otago (Potton and Burton 2016).



Grant Clauser 

Grant Clauser Bio: Grant Clauser is the author of two poetry books, Necessary Myths (Broadkill River Press 2013) and The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing 2012), plus the forthcoming collections, The Magician's Handbook (PS Books) and Reckless Constellations (Cider Press Review Books).  He holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University where he was a Richard Divine Fellow. In 2010 he was named the Montgomery County Poet Laureate by Robert Bly. In 2014 he was a guest poet at the Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates. Poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe Cortland Review, Gargoyle, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry and others. He also writes about electronics, teaches poetry at random places and serves as the poetry craft essay editor for Cleaver Magazine. His blog is