Alison Espach

Alison Espach is the author of the novels Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance, an Indie Next Pick and Amazon Editors’ Pick for 2022, and The Adults, a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover pick. Her short story series In-Depth Market Research Interviews with Dead People is an Audible Original. She has written for McSweeney’s, Vogue, Outside Magazine, Joyland, Glamour,  Salon, and other places. She teaches creative writing at Providence College in Rhode Island.



Carolyn Ferrell

Carolyn Ferrell’s short-story collection, Don’t Erase Me, won awards from the Los Angeles Times, Ploughshares, and more. Her stories have been selected for anthologies by Roxane Gay and Curtis Sittenfeld, among others. Her latest book, Dear Miss Metropolitan, was a finalist for the 2022 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and a finalist for the 2022 PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel. A recipient of grants from the Fulbright Association and the National Endowment for the Arts, Ferrell teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.

Gina Sorell

Gina Sorell is the author of The Wise Women, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, Good Morning America Buzz Pick, People Magazine Best New Book, Today Show Read With Jenna and Parade Magazine Most Anticipated Book of 2022, Canadian Living Selection. She was featured in Toronto Life’s Notable Torontonians. A graduate with distinction of UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers, was a Great Group Reads selection, and a 2017 best book of Refinery 29 and Self Magazine.
Originally from Johannesburg, Gina has lived in New York and Los Angeles, and now lives in Toronto with her husband and son. Gina balances the solitary hours of fiction writing with work as a creative director and brand storyteller under the banner of her own agency, Words Make The Brand.

Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach’s newest book is Lucky Turtle. Also from Algonquin are The Girl of the LakeThe Remedy for Love, and Life Among Giants, which won the Maine Literary Award in Fiction in 2012. Big Bend:Stories won the Flannery O’Connor Award and an O. Henry prize, both in 2000. His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction in 2005 and along with its companion books, Into Woods and Summers with Juliet, is available in a recent Downeast Books edition.  His craft book, Writing Life Stories, has been in print for 25 years. He lives in Maine.

Kirthana Ramisetti

Kirthana Ramisetti earned her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College, and has had her work published in the New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and more. Her debut novel, Dava Shastri’s Last Day, was a Good Morning America Book Club Pick, and is currently in development as a television series for HBO Max. Her second novel, Advika and the Hollywood Wives, will be published in April 2023. She lives in New York City.