Writing for Children & Young Adults
- 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.
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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.