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Bangladeshi-American screenwriter, playwright, and author Sharbari Ahmed was a member of the sharbariwriting team for the network series Quantico. The screenplay for Ahmed's debut feature film, Raisins Not Virgins, was one of the 37 projects selected by the Tribeca Film Institute for their annual Tribeca All Access program. She is author of the story collection, The Ocean of Mrs. Nagai. Sharbari earned an MFA from NYU and lives in Connecticut.
Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national organization Melissa Tuckeydedicated to poetry of provocation and witness. She is author of a book of poems, Tenuous Chapel, selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award in 2013, and is editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming in fall of 2017 from University of Georgia Press. Recent poems have appeared in Cutthroat, Kenyon Review, and Missouri Review. Melissa has a background in environmental activism and an MFA from George Mason University. She lives in Ithaca, New York.
Michael N. McGregor
Michael N. McGregor is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, Fordham University Press, a finalist for a Washington State Book Award and several other prizes. His essays, articles and stories have been widely published in journals and magazines, includingmichael_mcgregor The Seattle Review, Story Quarterly, Poetry, The South Dakota Review, The Crab Orchard Review, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Notre Dame Magazine and The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Among his honors and awards are the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Grant and a Best American Essays Notable Essay selection. McGregor is an award-winning professor and former director of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University.