- 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.”
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 boys, ages 14, 12, and 8. 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 working on a graphic novel collection.
- 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.
- BA, California State University, Chico
- MA, Indiana University
- EdS, University of Nevada, Reno
- PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Sue Moulden-Horton taught Physical Education in grades K-12 for 7 years in Nevada before becoming a school administrator in a small rural district in Nevada. After 5 years of middle and elementary administration, Dr. Moulden-Horton has been working for the Nevada Department of Education as the statewide School Improvement Grant (SIG) Coordinator. Most recently, she is teaching both online and on campus Health Education classes for Sierra Nevada College.
- 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.