- MS, Statistics, San Diego State University
- BS, Mathematics, Secondary Education minor, James Madison University
Katie has been in the Tahoe area for one and a half years. Prior to making the move to northern California/Nevada, she was in San Diego for 8 years where she obtained her Masters in Statistics in 2005. She then worked for an actuarial consulting firm for almost 3 years. She made the difficult decision to go back into education after she realized that her heart was not in the actuarial field. She’s been teaching at colleges in San Diego and Tahoe for the last 3 years. Aside from teaching, she enjoys playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee and keeping up with her extremely energetic puppy, Josie. She is thankful and excited to have been asked to join the SNC family!
Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Short Fiction
- BA, Richard Stockton College of NJ
- MFA, Writing and Literature, Goddard College
Laura McCullough’s most recent books are Rigger Death & Hoist Another, poems (Black Lawrence Press, 2013); Ripple & Snap, micro-fiction/prose-poems about the aftermath of a public suicide; Shutters*Voices*Wind, linked monologues in the voices of women from around the globe; The Smashing House, a short fiction chapbook (ELJ Publications, 2013); and her edited anthology, The Room & the World: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn (Syracuse University Press, 2013). Her other books are Panic (winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books, and a Foreword BOTYA finalist), Speech Acts (Black Lawrence Press), and What Men Want (XOXOX Press). Her second edited anthology, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race is forthcoming in late 2014 from University of Georgia Press.
She has been a finalist for the Brittingham and Felix Poetry Prize, the Isabella Gardner Award, and the Frost Place residency and has been awarded scholarships or fellowships from Sewanee Writers Conference, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, and others. Her essays, criticism, poems, creative non-fiction, and short fiction have appeared in Diode, Plume, Drunken Boat, The Georgia Review, New South, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Pank, The Good Men Project, The Writer’s Chronicle, Gulf Coast, Pedestal, Painted Bride Quarterly, and others. She was the founding editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and currently acts as an editor-at-large.
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- MEd, University of Phoenix
Jaci has been teaching experience in the elementary classroom since 2005. She has taught several grade levels, including interventionist, and is currently a professional development trainer. Jaci has a TESL endorsement and has worked closely with Special Education students and gifted and talented students while designing classroom interventions for optimal success.
- MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, Vermont College of Fine Arts
- MA in Writing, Rowan University
Joe McGee is the author of the picture book, Peanut Butter & Brains (Abrams 2015), about which the Kirkus Review said “Run, don’t shamble to get this original zombie tale.” The New York Times praised it for “amusingly unit[ing] the seemingly unrelated contemporary obsessions of zombies and food,” and The Washington Post noted “Joe McGee keeps the story moving with flowing and engaging text.” Peanut Butter & Aliens, a sequel, was published in August, 2017, and Peanut Butter & Santa Claus will be released in 2019.
Joe’s writing has garnered many awards, to include the 2014 Vermont College of Fine Arts Holy Smokes! short story award, the 2013 Vermont College of Fine Arts Critical Essay award, and a Vermont College of Fine Arts merit scholarship. He was the recipient of the 2012 Medallion Award for the outstanding graduate writing student at Rowan University and the winner of the 2012 Denise Gess Literary Prize for Poetry. He has been awarded 1st place honors in fiction, short story writing, YA/teen writing, and poetry from The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. His short story, Ink Soul, won 2nd place in the 2011 national Writer’s Digest genre fiction awards. Los Angeles Book Prize winner and Printz Honoree, A.S. King, called Joe’s short story, Leaves of Brass, “one of the best short stories” she’d ever read. National Book Award finalist and Newberry Honor recipient, Kathi Appelt, said of Joe’s short story, Tooth Fairy, that it was “one of the most authentic child’s voices” she’d ever read.”
He teaches several Creative Writing classes at Rowan University. He is a former airborne Army platoon leader and the father of three boys, ranging from high school to middle school to elementary school. He is an amateur cartoonist, has flown fixed-wing aircraft, and hiked an active volcano. Joe lives along the river, in a scenic and historic part of New Jersey with his fiancé, also a children’s writer.
Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer, Cartoonist
- M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Goddard College Vermont
- B.A. in Studio Art, S.U.N.Y Buffalo State College
Chris Millis is a prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, producer, cartoonist, and best-selling celebrity collaborator. His first novel, Small Apartments (Anvil Press, 2001), won the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, which Playboy Magazine called “a coffee-fueled, plot-weaving, literary juggernaut.” Canada’s prestigious Globe and Mail said of Small Apartments: “brisk and compact … surprisingly expansive thematic breadth, a thoughtful, silly yet serious study in goofy pathos.” Millis adapted the screenplay and is Executive Producer on the film, which premiered in March 2012 at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin and was a huge hit with audiences and (some) critics.
Millis’s second novel, God & California, is a deeply philosophical, dark comic tale about a wounded army veteran and a priapic, defrocked Catholic priest on a road trip across America in a pink, Cadillac Eldorado convertible — breaking all 10 Commandments in a quest to speak with God. It was released in Summer 2014 by The Vermont Press and has been optioned in manuscript format by Lionsgate Films.
Millis has published thousands of his drawings and ideas in books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, and on toys. His illustrated books include An American Bestiary, by former senator, presidential candidate, and poet-statesman, Eugene McCarthy (1916 – 2005), and the children’s book, A Clam Named Sam, by New England author and conservationist Lee DeVitt. The Washington Post has lauded Millis’s illustration style as “zany.”
Since 1995, Millis has co-created John McPherson’s syndicated cartoon feature “Close To Home”, which is distributed to over 700 publications worldwide by Universal Press Syndicate. He has kept a foot in the book world by doing celebrity book collaborations. Some have his name on them, some don’t. Along the way, Millis has worked as an art director, daily editorial cartoonist, editor, sportswriter, and hot dog vendor on the hardscrabble streets of Buffalo, NY.
Author website: http://www.chrismillis.com/
CA (Southern), AZ, UT,WY,CO,NM,TX,OK
- Bachelors in Physical Education, University of Toronto
Natalie hails from Toronto, Canada where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in Kinesiology and most recently her post graduate studies in Business Management at Ryerson University. As a former professional freestyle snowboarder, she has had an extensive amount of involvement with event management, fundraising, marketing and public relations both locally in Lake Tahoe and internationally. Over the course of her athletic career, she was able to coach snowboarding in Argentina, study abroad in New Zealand and travel internationally to 15 countries.