- BA, Social Sciences, University of Arkansas
- MA, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado
Beth Bouchard has twenty-two years of experience in education as a public school classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, elementary school principal, and college and university instructor. Her last position was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Florida Department of Education. In addition to her administrative duties, Bouchard also teaches in the Teacher Education program.
- BS, Early Childhood Education, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
Keli Brown has seventeen years of experience working with children and adults in educational environments including early childhood, experiential outdoor education, and private K-8 programs. Keli has extensive knowledge in Emilia Reggio, Montessori and Waldorf pedagogies and curriculums and has taught second through fifth grade using Waldorf methods. In addition to being an administrator, advisor, and instructor in the Teacher Education program, Keli is currently working on her PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Following his graduation from Vassar College, Ben Busch served 16 years as an infantry and light armored reconnaissance officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying for two combat tours in Iraq. He returned to the U.S. to play a Marine in HBO’s Generation Kill, where he pretended to invade towns he had actually invaded in the line of duty. His written work has been published in Harper’s,The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and North American Review among others, and was notable in the 2010 Best American Essays anthology.
Busch’s searing memoir Dust to Dust (Ecco 2012) reflects a complicated relationship between destruction and creation. In chapters such as “Water,” “Metal,” “Bone,” and “Blood,” Ben reflects on his rural upbringing, his combat training, his relationship with his father—acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch—and, most poignantly, his own mortality, his family and the natural world.
His photographs have been featured in Five Points, Connecticut Review, Photography Quarterly, and War, Literature, & the Arts. As an actor, he is best known for his appearances in Homicide, The Wire, Generation Kill, and The Beast. His first film, Sympathetic Details, came out in 2008 winning numerous international film awards, and his new film as writer/director, BRIGHT, was released in January 2011.
Busch was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his essay, Growth Rings, printed in the Michigan Quarterly Review, and for his poem, You Know Who You Are, printed in the Dunes Review. Busch Received a Purple Heart medal in 2005 for combat wounds sustained in Ramadi, Iraq.
- BA in Writing, Loyola Marymount University
- MFA in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Pablo Cartaya is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade books, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish (Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House), and is the co-author of the picture book, Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes (Random House Children’s Books). He is a contributing editor for the online literary journal, LitChat, a contributing author to the forthcoming anthology of writers from Iberoamerican cultures, and is currently finishing a nonfiction young adult novel about Cuba from the 1950s to the Bay of Pigs.
Pablo has been a guest lecturer at Florida International University’s Exile Studies Program, visited schools throughout the northeast and South Florida, and hosted many literary events throughout the region. Pablo has led the development of various literary programs though The Betsy Hotel South Beach PACE (Philanthropy, Arts, Culture, and Education) initiative – including the Writers for Young Readers program and the Escribe Aqui-Write Here initiative that highlights Iberoamerican culture and literature. Pablo also led the development of the Miami: City of Refuge program through Miami Dade College that made South Florida a safe haven for persecuted writers to live and work free of oppression. Both the Escribe Aqui and Miami: City of Refugee initiatives were recipients of the John and James L. Knight Foundation arts grants. Pablo has served on many panels and presentations and was the author liaison for the Miami International Book Fair – one of the largest such fairs in the western hemisphere. He calls Miami home.