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/
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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. His second novel The Dismal Science was a New York Times editor’s choice. In her full page review in the Sunday Times, Martha McPhee wrote, “Mountford’s fierce imagination and intelligence drive The Dismal Science. D’Orsi is a mesmerizing character. His wrecking-ball choices and the truth that there are no easy answers make him utterly human.”
Peter’s short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Best New American Voices 2008, Southern Review, Missouri Review, Conjunctions, and Boston Review, where he won second place in the 2007 contest judged by George Saunders. His personal essays have appeared in the New York Times‘ Modern Love column, Granta, The Atlantic, The Sun, and elsewhere.
Winner of the 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award for a fiction writer in Washington State, and an Elizabeth George Fellowship, he received the 2010 recipient of Yaddo’s Wallace Residency for a Distinguished Writer, and he was the 2015 Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellow at Bread Loaf.
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 worked as an adjunct fellow for 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 serves as the events curator at Hugo House, Seattle’s writing center.
- 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.
- BA, Sierra Nevada College