- 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 Time praised it for “amusingly unit[ing] the seemingly unrelated contemporary obsessions of zombie and food,” and the Washington Post noted “Joe McGee keeps the story moving with flowing and engaging text.” Aliens and Jelly, a follow up to Peanut Butter and Brains, is scheduled for Fall 2017. Abrams will be publishing a third, as yet untitled, picture book in Fall 2018.
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 sorties” she ever read. National Book Award finalist and Newberrry Honor recipient, Kati 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 Creative Writing, Writing Fiction, and The Writer’s Mind at Rowan University. He is a former airborne Army platoon leader and the father of three school-age boys. He is an amateur cartoonist, has flown fixed-wing aircraft, and hiked an active volcano. Joe currently lives in rural Pennsylvania with his girlfriend, a YA and middle-grade writer. He is represented by Linda Epstein of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. Joe has several picture books in the works and is finishing a middle-grade novel, as well as a graphic novel collection, and continues to write picture books.
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- 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.
Mr. Minick is Venture Partner at the venture capital firm ARCH Venture Partners, and was instrumental in the startup, development and financing of numerous ARCH portfolio companies, including BIND Therapeutics.
Mr. Minick served as the President and CEO of BIND Therapeutics, Inc. from 2009 to 2014, where he built a broad cancer clinical pipeline and completed a successful IPO in 2013.
From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Minick was Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing cancer therapeutics Doxil® and Amphotec® it was acquired by ALZA Corporation in 1999 for $580 million.
Mr. Minick received his postgraduate training in neurobiology at the Salk Institute, an MBA from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of California at San Diego.
Currently, Mr. Minick serves on the for-profit boards of Alzheon, Chiasma and Aira and the non-profit boards of Northwestern University Invo Board, Beth Israel Deaconess and Classical Tahoe.
- BA, Social Sciences, California State University, Sacramento
- MA, International Relations, George Washington University
Ted Morse is a retired U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer and now an international consultant and teacher. He devoted his 44-year career to long-term economic, political, security, and social development in Africa, Asia, Central America, Caribbean, the Balkans, and Iraq. In addition, he has worked on fourteen emergency, relief, and post-conflict reconstruction situations, including Thailand, Nicaragua contra-aid, Grenada, Ethiopia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. His “crisis management” experience included serving as Director of Contra aid and two assignments as the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) Coordinator for Baghdad. This experience has been the motivating force behind his work to install conflict-prevention policies and programs within the U.S. and British governments, U.N., and World Bank interagency processes, as well as extensive international consulting on disarmament of combatants. He has two Presidential Distinguished and Meritorious Service Awards, a Secretary of State award for heroism, and numerous awards from USAID, the Department of State, and the Defense Department for his distinguished service.
- MFA, University of Washington
Peter Mountford’s debut novel, A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), won the 2012 Washington State Book Award and was a finalist in the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Prize. In its full-page review, The Seattle Times wrote: “Debut novels don’t come much savvier, punchier, or more entertaining…the work of an extraordinary talent.”
His second novel The Dismal Science (Tin House Books) was described by bestselling author Tea Obrecht as “Quietly wrenching, sharply drawn and completely un-put-downable. A deft and unflinching exponent of the human side of a polarizing world few of us actually understand.” He was awarded a 4Culture Grant, a grant from the city of Seattle, and the Corporation of Yaddo’s Wallace Fellowship for a Distinguished Writer for his work on the book.
Peter’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Best New American Voices 2008, Conjunctions, Salon, Granta, ZYZZYVA, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. He’s currently a writer-in-residence at the Richard Hugo House and at Seattle Arts and Lectures. His first original screenplay, “I Am Not Werner Erhard,” co-written with Steven Schardt, was selected for the 2009 Film Independent Screenwriter’s Lab.
Peter grew up in Washington, DC, apart from three years in Sri Lanka during the early stages of the Sri Lankan civil war. In 1999, Peter earned a BA in International Relations, and then spent two years as the token liberal at a think tank. For most of that time, he lived in Ecuador and wrote about Ecuador’s economy. He now lives in Seattle, where he regularly teaches creative writing classes at the Richard Hugo House and elsewhere.
- BS, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MEd, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MEd, Literacy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tammy Muniz is currently teaching for Sierra Nevada College’s Master in Education degree in Advanced Teaching and Leadership. Tammy received an Advanced Studies Certificate in teacher leadership from the Clark County School District. Tammy loves working with students to help them be successful. Her academic interests include examining teaching and leadership styles and abilities.
John Murillo is the author of the poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie, which was finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award. His honors include the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Times, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.
Recent poems have been published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and in the anthology Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African-American Poetry. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, the University of Miami, Columbia College Chicago, and currently teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.