Natasha Lyonne started her film career in Pee-wee’s Playhouse which led to roles in more than 50 films including But I’m a Cheerleader and Slums of Beverly Hills. She stars as a series regular in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, a role for which she received an Emmy nomination. Lyonne co-created the upcoming Netflix series Russian Doll with Amy Poehler. She wrote and directed for the series which stars her as Nadia, a young woman on a journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. Last year, Natasha made her directorial debut with the Kenzo film Cabiria, Charity, Chastity. She also wrote the screenplay for the film which stars Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and Leslie Odom Jr.,among others. Next year she will be seen alongside Lucas Hedges and FKA Twigs in Alma Harel and Shia Labouef’s Honey Boy.
Nick Offerman is an actor, writer, and woodworker best known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy Parks and Recreation. Most recently, he reunited with his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler as a co-host and executive producer for NBC’s Making It, an unscripted competition series celebrating craftiness and creativity. Offerman is currently in production on the FX tech thriller series Devs, starring opposite Sonoya Mizuno. The show, created by Alex Garland, will be released next year. Earlier this year, he starred alongside Kiersey Clemons in Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud. Offerman is a four-time New York Times–bestselling author. He released his fourth book, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, this October with his wife Megan Mullally.
Amanda Stern is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Long Haul. She’s been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, Filmmaker, Paste, Spinning Jenny, Swink, Fivechapters.com among many others. In 2003 she founded the popular, Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, in the Chinatown bar, Happy Ending. It ran for five years and was widely considered the most best authors’ series in the city. Throughout its five year run, the event was praised regularly by New York Magazine, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, NY Press and The New Yorker, The Village Voice and NY Press. The New York Times Magazine called Stern a “New Bohemian,” who is “helping to keep downtown, New York alive.” In January 2009, The famed series moved to Joe’s Pub to become that venue’s first-ever ongoing literary series. Stern has held residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell and is currently working on her next novel.
Sam Lipsyte’s most recent novel, Home Land, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2005 and winner of the Believer Book Award. He is also the author of The Subject Steve and Venus Drive. His work has appeared in The Quarterly, Noon, Open City, N+1, Slate, McSweeney’s, Esquire, Bookforum, and Playboy, among other places. He teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Dean Wareham was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and immigrated to New York City as a teenager in 1977. He has recorded sixteen albums and was a founding member of two indie rock bands: Galaxie 500 and Luna. Early this year Penguin Press published his book Black Postcards, which is both a personal memoir and an inside look at the last twenty years of the music scene.
Richard Hell is the author of the novels Go Now and Godlike. His book of collaborations with the artist Christopher Wool, Psychopts, was published in 2008, and his CD, Destiny Street Repaired, by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, was released in 2009. He is at work on an autobiography.
Rosanne Cash has recorded fourteen albums charting twenty-one Top 40 country singles, 11 of which made it to # 1, and two gold records. She has received ten Grammy nominations—winning in 1985—and was nominated this year for “Sea of Heartbreak,” a duet with Bruce Springsteen on her current CD, The List. Cash achieved the highest chart position of her career with the debut of The List. The album, which Vanity Fair called “superb,” debuted in the Top 5 on the Country Chart, and entered The Billboard 200 at No. 22. Cash is the author of Bodies of Water and the children’s book Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. Her essays and fiction have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. Her memoir, Composed, was published by Viking in 2010. She lives in New York City with her husband and children.
John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He is most recently the author of Role Models and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Neko Case is a Grammy nominated solo artist and one-eighth of the celebrated Canadian pop outfit the New Pornographers. The Washington-bred singer, songwriter and producer claims no genre, nor utilizes any classic formula for her songs and singing. More than anything she thrives in the spaces in between the notes and has developed a sound all her own. Her five full-length solo albums (not to mention her two live collections and Canadian Amp EP) have won her critical acclaim and countless devotees. When she’s not carpooling with her band members on tour, Neko can usually be found lying around with her menagerie (dogs, cats, horse), working in her organic garden or quilting.