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.
Rick Campbell’s most recent book is The History of Steel: A Selected Works (2014), from All Nations Press. His other books include Dixmont (Autumn House 2008); The Traveler’s Companion (Black Bay Books 2004); Setting The World In Order (Texas Tech 2001); and A Day’s Work (State Street Press 2000). He’s won a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two poetry fellowships from the Florida Arts Council.
Campbell was the director of Anhinga Press from 1992 to 2014, during which time the press published about 80 books of poetry. He is a founder and the Director of the Florida Literary Arts Coalition and its Other Words Conference in St. Augustine, FL.
His poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth River, Kestrel, Puerto Del Sol, New Madrid and other journals. He was chosen to take part in the Georgia Poetry Circuit eight school tour, and has read or presented workshops at over 100 schools and conferences in the last thirty years.
Campbell teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida.
- MBA, University of Nevada, Reno
- BS, Accounting/Computer Information Systems, University of Nevada, Reno
- Certified Public Accountant, licensed in California and Nevada
Tony Cardinalli has over twenty years of professional accounting experience. After practicing in small firms across Nevada and California, he took time out to teach accounting and has never looked back. Tony has been teaching undergraduate accounting courses and workforce development technical courses for the past decade, and is currently an adjunct professor at Truckee Meadows Community College and Sierra Nevada College. He also sits on Board for Washoe Little League and is the Chief Financial Officer for Drone America, a high tech manufacturer in Reno. Tony and his wife have three sons, and they enjoy swimming, skiing and mountain biking around Lake Tahoe.
- 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.
- BS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada Reno
- MS, Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of Nevada Reno
- EdS, Educational Administration, University of Nevada Reno
Nancy has over 20 years of specialized teaching and educational administration experience in Northern Nevada. She has worked in two school districts at the elementary level and has been an adjunct instructor for Sierra Nevada College since the fall of 2012.
- BA, Political Science, California State University at Fresno
- MFA, University of Oregon
Daniel Chacón is author of Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops (2013). His collection of short stories, Unending Rooms, won the 2008 Hudson Prize. He also has a novel, And the shadows took him, and another collection of stories called Chicano Chicanery. His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Latino Boom; Latino Sudden Fiction; Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge; Caliente: The Best Erotic Writing in Latin American Fiction; and Best of the West 2009: New Stories from the West Side of the Missouri. He co-edited The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: The Selected Work of José Anontio Burciaga. He is also editor of Colón-ization: The Posthmous Poems of Andrés Montoya, forthcoming in 2014 from Bilingual Press and The Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame.
Chacón is recipient of The Hudson Prize, a Chris Isherwood Foundation Grant, The American Book Award, and the Peter and Jean de Main Emerging Writers Award, among others. He teaches courses in Borges, Kafka, Physics as Metaphor, and Fiction Writing workshops. He has a literary radio show called Words on a Wire (KTEP.org) which he co-hosts with Benjamin Alire Sáenz. He is also a photographer/blogger, and his work can be seen at http://www.soychacon.blogspot.com.
Li Han is the co-founder and CEO of DynaOptics, an optics company pioneering the use of free-form lens technology in cameras. With almost 15 years of experience in technology commercialization, business development and strategy consulting, Li Han cut her teeth at ST Engineering, Singapore’s largest defense and engineering company, and successfully led sales and business development efforts while based in Singapore and London. Subsequently, she was a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates, a boutique top-tier management consulting firm in London, where she advised Fortune 500 clients in the oil and gas, energy, and hospitality industries. Most recently, she was Vice President of Operations at NIREC, a clean energy technology incubator where she worked with universities and research institutions to license and commercialize early stage technologies.
Li Han is a graduate of Stanford University and Sierra Nevada College (Ski Business & Resort Management), a member of the Sierra Angels and an avid climber/skier/biker. She regularly commutes between Asia, Lake Tahoe, and the San Francisco Bay area.
- BA., Anderson University
Sophie Dembroski grew up in Clearwater, Florida. She studied at Anderson University in South Carolina, where she majored in communications with a concentration in public relations and marketing. She tutored for the English department and helped begin Anderson’s Poetry Nights. Upon graduation, she moved to Keystone, Colorado to be a child ski instructor. After a wonderful period in Colorado, she moved to Lake Tahoe and found her new home. Sophie now serves as a Graduate Admissions Counselor and Coordinator for Sierra Nevada College’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program. She is truly honored to promote such an amazing program and such a wonderful community of writers.
- B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
- PhD, University of California, Berkeley
- Executive Education, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management
Grace has over 20 years of experience in industry working for multinational companies in various functions including R&D, business development, marketing, and strategic planning. Part of her career was spent at SRI International where she played a significant role in launching venture-backed startup companies and managing cross-border alliances. She has also worked closely with the Silicon Valley venture capital community in placing management teams for early-stage ventures. As part of her volunteer work, she has mentored entrepreneurs in developing business models, market entry strategies, and product concepts. She has traveled extensively throughout the world for both business and adventure including climbing Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits. She now teaches courses in Business Strategy, Management, and Marketing.
Essayist and writer of memoir and literary nonfiction Steven Church is the author of The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record, Theoretical Killings: Essays and Accidents, The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, and the forthcoming books, Ultrasonic (Lavender Ink) and Jumping Into the Cage: Encounters with the Savage and the Sublime (Dzanc Books). He has been nominated nine times for the Pushcart Prize, is the winner of the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner, and received the Colorado Book Award in Creative Nonfiction for The Guinness Book of Me: A Memoir of Record.
His essays have been published in Passages North, DIAGRAM, Brevity, River Teeth, The Rumpus, AGNI, The Pedestrian, Colorado Review, Creative Nonfiction, Terrain.org, and many others. He is a Founding Editor and Nonfiction Editor for the nationally recognized literary magazine, The Normal School; and he teaches in the MFA Program at Fresno State.
Church received is MFA in Fiction from Colorado State University. In addition to his academic positions as an adviser, adjunct instructor, and professor, he has worked as a housepainter, paperboy, grocery store clerk and bagger, fry cook, shovel and Uni-loader operator, construction laborer, tour guide (twice), maintenance man, and conflict mediator.
BA. University Nevada Las Vegas
MA. University Nevada Las Vegas
Lisa Cipriano has been teaching in the public school system in Nevada for the past 20 years and an adjunct instructor at SNC since 2009 years. Her degree is in education with an emphasis on special education and transitioning.
- BA, California State University, Long Beach
Tim began his career in mountain resort management in 1979. After serving as President & General Manager of Lake Tahoe’s Kirkwood for 17 years, he purchased the Sierra Summit ski area outside of Fresno in 2010. He restored the original name, China Peak, and has been the resort’s Owner/Operator since.
Tim has been teaching ski business courses at Sierra Nevada College since 2002, and became Program Chair of the Business Department’s Ski Business and Resort Management program in 2005. He is also a guest lecturer in business and recreation tourism at California State University, Fresno and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has sat on over two dozen boards relating to the ski and mountain resort industry over the past three decades, and currently sits on both of the National and California Ski Industry Associations Boards of Directors.