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Michael C. Keith is the author of more than 20 books on electronic media. The recipient of numerous awards in the academic field, he is also the author of dozens of articles and short stories and is the author of an acclaimed memoir The Next Better Place, a young adult novel, and eight story collections. He has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O.Henry Award, and was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award for short fiction anthology and for the 2013 International Book Award in the Fiction Visionary category. Website: www.michaelckeith.com

Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest, The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over thirteen years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 300 journals, of which nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio and he lives on timothygager.com.

Robin Stratton has been a writing coach in the Boston area for over 20 years. She is the author of four novels, including one which was a National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist, two collections of poetry and short fiction, and a writing guide. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she’s been published in Word Riot, 63 Channels, Antithesis Common, Poor Richard’s Almanac(k), Blink-Ink, Pig in a Poke, Chick Flicks, Up the Staircase, Shoots and Vines, and many others. She’d love to have you visit her at robinstratton.com

Christopher Reilley is the current poet laureate of Dedham, MA and founder of the Dedham Poet Society, and a contributing editor of Acoustic Ink. He is the author of Grief Tattoos and Breathing For Clouds. His work has appeared in a wide variety of places, like Frog Croon, Word Salad, and Chaos Writers, and in such anthologies as “Sanctuary,” “Silent Consciousness,” and “Hot Summer Nights.” He is also the host of the Dedham version of 100 Thousand Poets for Change event in late September.

Glenn Bowie is a published lyricist and photographer from the Boston area. He also owns and operates an elevator company that supplies custom-built elevators for clients from New England to Hollywood. Author of two poetry and photograph collections (Under the Weight of Whispers and Into the Thorns and Honey), he donates all profits from his books to various charities for the homeless and local animal shelters.

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