Aria Aber is a first year MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU. Her publications include Best British Poetry, Muzzle Magazine, Lighthouse, and decomP. She serves as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal and has received a fellowship from MIEL.
Kirsten S. Chen is a New York-based poet currently pursuing her MFA at The New School. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anamesa, Artist Catalogue, Best American Poetry Blog, PANK, Seventh Wave, and more. She currently teaches a creative writing workshop at the Ali Forney Center in Harlem and makes neon poetry in her spare time. Kirsten is a 2016–2017 editorial associate with T&W.
Emma Kruse is a poet from Detroit, Michigan. For the last two years, she lived on the Navajo Nation in rural New Mexico, teaching high school history with Teach for America. Emma is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, she enjoys cooking, travel, and board games.
Samantha LoCoco is a second-year fiction writer in The New School’s MFA program for creative writing, and she is thrilled to work as an education associate in collaboration with T&W for the 2016–2017 school year. Her fiction focuses on multi-generational, multi-POV narratives, inspired by her family of natural storytellers. She lives in New York with her husband and two dogs.
Allison Moorer is an MFA candidate in non-fiction at The New School. Her non-fiction has appeared in Guernica Magazine, No Depression Magazine, Performing Songwriter Magazine, GoodMenProject.com, vainstylemag.com, and innocentwords.com. She is a music industry veteran and has been nominated for Academy, Grammy, Americana Association, and Academy of Country Music Awards. She lives with her son, John Henry, in New York City and is a T&W education associate.
Originally from Atlanta (go Braves!), Jessie Paddock has spent the better part of the last thirteen years in NYC. After receiving her BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, she worked in theater and film in both New York and Los Angeles. Currently, Jessie is a second-year creative writing MFA candidate at The New School with a concentration in writing for children and an education associate with T&W. When not toiling away at her first middle-grades novel, Jessie can be found playing soccer in various leagues throughout Brooklyn and counting down the days until the next World Cup.
Maryana Lucia Vestic has spent her life traveling between the worlds of writing, mythology, history and filmmaking. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and getting her master of philosophy in Irish theater studies from Trinity College Dublin, she spent nearly 20 years working in film, television, publishing, the arts and entertainment. All along the way, she has had pieces published online and in print in Harper’s Market, Beyond Race, and various literary blogs. In addition to her work as a T&W editorial associate, Maryana is currently getting her MFA in creative writing (nonfiction) at The New School and writes personal essays, memoir, critical writing about history, humanity, and self, and prose of all sorts often wrapped up in her Croatian-American experience, food, love, and missing the trees for the bigger picture of the forest.
Eleanor Wright grew up in New Jersey with one sister and two dogs. She studied Turkish literature and creative writing at Princeton University, then moved to California to do research for a nonprofit-sector consultant. She’s volunteered at preschools, theaters, farms, and a literary magazine, and she’s learning to play guitar.