- MFA, University of Arizona
Cara Blue Adams is a fiction writer and editor. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Missouri Review, The Mississippi Review, EPOCH, and Narrative. She has been awarded the Missouri Review William Peden Prize and the Kenyon Review Short Fiction Prize. Four of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her work has been selected for an audio feature on the New England Review website. She is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has been named on of Narrative’s “15 Below 30”.
Cara’s creative nonfiction is forthcoming in Boulevard and has recently appeared in The Little Magazine in Contemporary America (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Essay Daily. Her book reviews and literary interviews appear in Ploughshares, Tin Horse, The Southern Review, and The Rumpus. She was recently featured in a New York Times article about The Lighthouse Works residency program, where she was a 2015 fellow, and an “Ah! Moment” piece in Poets & Writers will appear in March 2016.
Cara spent five years on the editorial staff of The Southern Review, culminating in the editorship. Work she edited has been selected for inclusion in or chosen as notable by Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and the PEN/O Henry Prize Stories. She is quoted in an article in The Millions about teaching, editing, and publishing alongside creative writing.
Originally from Vermont, Cara is an assistant professor of creative writing at Seton Hall University. She lives in Brooklyn.
- MS, Physics, Nizhny Novgorod University at Russia
- PhD, Astrophysics, Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
Prior to joining the faculty in Sierra Nevada College in fall 2010, for 33 years Altunin worked in the leading space research institutions in Russia and USA, including 3 years in the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA). Altunin’s primary occupation was astronomy, particularly space astronomy. During his professional years he worked as a researcher and later progressed to management at the Russian Physical Institute as a Project manager for a several space astronomy projects. Altunin is an author and coauthor of more than 50 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and several chapters in space related textbooks. In addition to teaching at SNC, Altunin taught a course on Space Science Management at the International Space University (Strasburg, France) in the mid 1990’s. He finds teaching to be quite enjoyable and a logical path after retirement from an “active” space science career.
- BS, Education University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, School Counseling, University of Phoenix, Gifted and Talented Endorsement
Upon retiring from her elementary and gifted and talented teaching positions with Washoe County School District, Laureen joined SNC as a supervisor of student teachers. She has been a Board member of the WCSD Gifted and Talented Advisory Council since its inception, and a member of the National and California Gifted and Talented Associations.
Dr. Nazir Ansari is a retired professor of business management from the University of Nevada, Reno where he taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Strategic Management and International Business. During his professional career he has been a consultant and board member at several public companies. He has also been an advisor to federal and state governments on policy matters dealing with economic and health issues. He has a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Illinois. He and his wife Mary who is a published author of several books on Nevada history live in Incline Village where they enjoy an active outdoor life in the company of great friends.
- BSBA in Finance, University of Denver
- MBA, Northwestern University
A former Major League Baseball pitcher, Steve began his business career in 1990 with the Baseball Commissioner’s office as Vice-President of Market Development for MLB International, a position her served for 7 years. He played a major role as the company went from infancy to a multi-million dollar enterprise. He left MLBI in 1997 to lead the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. During his eight and a half year stint as President and CEO, the NAIA established the Champions of Character program which emphasizes positive personal development for all involved in athletics. In 2006, Steve left the sport industry joining Principal Financial as a registered representative and development director mentoring new and experienced agents. He retuned to intercollegiate athletics in 2010 as Commissioner of the Mid-South Conference, an NAIA conference with schools in 9 southern states.
Mr. Baker has served on the board of directors of the United States Olympic Committee and currently is in his 30th year as a board member of Guard Publishing Company based in Eugene, Oregon, a newspaper publisher and real estate company. He teaches economics, marketing, and entrepreneurship at Sierra Nevada College, as well as mentoring students in the Entrepreneurs Assembly.
BA, Philosophy, Cedarville University
Ben Barnhart is one of the founding editors of Revolver. He was formerly an editor with Milkweed Editions, and is a past president of the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable.