Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer, he has contributed to the New York Daily News, Jazz Times, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records. He has written more than 75 liner notes and press bios for CDs by artists such as the Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Tom Jones, J. Geils Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Chubby Checker, Anoushka Shankar, Jesse Colin Young, Hot Tuna, Sandie Shaw, the Jive Five, Dean Martin, Commander Cody, and others. Jeff is currently the editor of and lives in Hoboken, NJ, with his wife, novelist and book columnist Caroline Leavitt.


Jessica Keener

Jessica Keener is the author of the nationally acclaimed novels Strangers in Budapest and Night Swim and a collection of award-winning short stories, Women in Bed. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, the Boston Globe, Agni, and other publications, and she has taught English literature and writing at Brown University, Boston University, the University of Miami, and GrubStreet. She lives in the Boston area. Learn more at

Sadia Hassan

Sadia Hassan is a Somali American essayist and poet, and is an MFA Candidate at the University of Mississippi. She is the winner of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation’s 2020 Award for College Writers in Poetry. Her essay “Silence is a Lonely Country” was nominated for the 2019 Krause Essay Prize and her chapbook “Enumeration” appears in the New Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Set. You can find more of her work on her website at

Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” Her latest book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against the Nazis was a New York Times bestseller as were two of Olson’s previous books, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour. Born in Hawaii, Olson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a journalist for ten years, first with the Associated Press as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in AP’s Moscow bureau, and a political reporter in Washington. She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House. Olson lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Stanley Cloud, with whom she co-authored two books.


Marta McDowell

Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Her latest book is Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, published by Timber Press, who also published The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York Times bestselling All the Presidents’ Gardens and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its seventh printing. Marta is working on a new book about The Secret Garden and its author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, due out from Timber Press in 2021. She is the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.