Clare Morgana Gillis is the Chair of Windham World Affairs Board of Directors. She received her Ph.D. in Medieval History from Harvard U. in 2010. Gillis has worked as a journalist in Libya and Syria and has taught history and Modern Middle Eastern studies at Marlboro College and Dartmouth College. She is now Professor of History at Landmark College.
Julie Pham, PhD is the Founder of the 7 Forms of Respect and the CEO of CuriosityBased, which fosters curiosity in the workplace. Her family owns Northwest Vietnamese News. She published Their War: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in the Words of Veteran-Emigres in 2019. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Dr. Pham lives in Seattle.
Sabina Murray is the author of five novels and two story collections, including The Caprices, which won the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her stories are anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and Charlie Chan is Dead II. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Radcliffe Institute, and Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has written on Sebald for the Writers Chronicle, Wordsworth for the Paris Review blog, time theory and historical fiction for LitHub, Duterte and the Philippines for VICE, Spam (the meat) for The New York Times, and published gothic fiction in Medium. Her last book, Valiant Gentlemen, was included in the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2016. Her new book, The Human Zoo, is set in Duterte’s Philippines.
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet, June, Set Me Free, and The Effects of Light. Her new novel, Fierce Little Thing, was published in late July to critical acclaim. The daughter of a writer and an anthropologist, she was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Senegal, Vermont, and Oregon. In 1998, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and is recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction. She writes full time from her home in Vermont, where she lives with her family.
Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. In 1997, at age fourteen, he immigrated to the United States with his family during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. He is the author of a new novel, The Playwright’s House and the story collection A Kind of Solitude, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, and a MassBook Award “Must Read.” Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Education Director at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. He’s currently at work on a second novel about the effects of human trafficking, migration, and the broken promises of the American dream through the lens of a multicultural family. Dariel earned his MFA in Fiction at Boston University and resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.