Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, the Prix des libraires du Quebec, and the Prix France Inter-JDD. It has been translated into eleven languages and is in development with HBO. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Eccles Centre at the British Library, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Maine Arts Commission, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York Times, Harper’s, and many other publications. They are an assistant professor of English at Bowdoin College in Maine. Their next book, BOTH AND NEITHER, is a genre-and-gender-bending work of memoir, history, cultural analysis, trans re-imaginings, and international road trip about life beyond the binary. Excerpted in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2020, it is forthcoming from Doubleday and publishers internationally.
Kia Corthron is a playwright and novelist. Moon and the Mars, her second novel, was released in August 2021. Her debut, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, was the winner of the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. For her body of work for the stage, she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, Horton Foote Prize, Flora Roberts Award, United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, McKnight National Residency, Otto Award for Political Theatre, Lee Reynolds Award, National Endowment for the Arts, and others. Her plays, including A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Breath, Boom, and Force Continuum, have been produced nationally and internationally. In 2018, she co-produced Imagine: Yemen, an evening of short plays addressing the catastrophe in Yemen and U.S. responsibility for it, leading to an animated short of her musical contribution, the film later screened at the United Nations/U.K. We The Peoples Film Festival in London. Her most recent play is Tempestuous Elements will be produced by D.C.’s Arena Stage in 2022. She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is a New Dramatists alumnus, and is a member of the Authors Guild.
Becky Albertalli is the author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited and Kate In Waiting; and the New York Timesbestsellers Leah on the Offbeat, What If It’s Us (co-written with Adam Silvera), Yes No Maybe So (co-written with Aisha Saeed), and Love, Creekwood. Becky lives with her family in Atlanta, and she’s still not tired of Oreos.
Mollye Asher is Spirit and Gotham Award winning producer and winner of the 2020 Producers Award from the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Most recently, she produced the Golden Globe winning film, Nomadland, (Searchlight Pictures) which premiered at Venice (Golden Lion), TIFF (People’s Choice), Telluride, and NYFF. It also recently won the Audience award and Best Feature at the Gotham Awards. The film stars Frances McDormand and is Mollye’s third collaboration with writer/ director, Chloé Zhao.
Timo Weiland is an award-winning Creative Director, serial entrepreneur and DJ based in New York City. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised between Florida and New York. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he worked for several years as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. covering Media & Technology before launching his first startup. Since 2010, Timo has successfully built a namesake lifestyle brand, as well as businesses across food & beverage, design, media, B2B intelligence, real estate, technology, and venture capital.
Leah Johnson is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Leah is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow whose work has been published in BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and Autostraddle, among others. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown was the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick, and was named one of Cosmo's 15 Best Young Adult Books of 2020. Her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021.
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