Pam Houston is the author of two novels, two collections of short stories, and the memoir Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. She is also the co-author of Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place, among other books. She teaches creative writing at the University of California, Davis and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She cofounded the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers, and is fiction editor at Terrain.org. She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.
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Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books were nominees for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares,The Paris Review, and Callaloo, among others, and in several anthologies. Johnson is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.
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Michelle Malonzo is currently the Head of Operations at The Word, A Storytelling Sanctuary and was previously a buyer at Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona. Michelle has served on the board of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), as well as the ABA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and the board of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. She received the 2021 BIPOC Bookseller Award for Leadership as well as a 2020 Bookselling Without Borders Fellowship, and was a judge for the 2019 Kirkus Fiction Prize.
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