Mahogany Browne

HS Writing Retreat, Online classes

 Mahogany L. Browne is the Executive Director of JustMedia, a media literacy initiative designed to support the groundwork of criminal justice leaders & community members. This position is informed by her career as a writer, organizer, & educator. She is the author of recent works: Chlorine Sky, Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice, Woke Baby, & Black Girl Magic.

DeMisty Bellinger

Online classes (Worldbuilding)

DeMisty D. Bellinger is the author of the novel NEW TO LIBERTY and the poetry collection PECULIAR HERITAGE. She is a poetry editor at Malarkey Books, an alumni reader at Prairie Schooner, and a professor at Fitchburg State University. DeMisty lives in Massachusetts with her husband and twin daughters.

Adam Falkner

HS Writing Retreat, Online classes

Dr. Adam Falkner (he/him) is a poet & musician, educator and race & equity strategist. His work focuses on intersectional themes of race, gender, queer life and social justice education. He is the author of The Willies (Button Poetry, 2020) and Adoption (Winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Award).

Karl Michael Iglesias

HS Writing Retreat

Karl Michael Iglesias a Puerto Rican actor, director, and author originally from Milwaukee, WI. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble, he continues his exploration of verse and heightened language in theater as a part of The BARS Workshop at The Public Theater in New York, where writers/performers develop new verse for the stage.

Roya Marsh

HS Writing Retreat

Roya Marsh is a Bronx, New York, native and a nationally recognized poet, performer, educator, and activist. She is the Poet in Residence at Urban Word NYC and she works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Marsh’s work has been featured on NBC, BET, Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Def Jam’s All Def Digital, and in Poetry magazine, Flypaper MagazineFrontier PoetryThe Village VoiceNylonHuff PostLexus Verses and Flow, and The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket 2018).

Aram Mrjoian

Online classes

Aram Mrjoian is a visiting assistant professor in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University and an editor-at-large at the Chicago Review of Books. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Electric Literature, Boulevard, Gulf Coast online, The Rumpus, The Millions, Longreads, and many other publications. Find his work at

José Olivarez

HS Retreat, performances, online workshops

José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. In 2019, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

Jive Poetic

HS Retreat, performances, online workshops

Jive Poetic is a writer, organizer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA in Media Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MFA in Writing and Activism from Pratt Institute. In 2017 Jive was the first recipient of the John Morning Award for Art and Service. He is the founder of Insurgent Poets Society, Carnival Slam: Cultural Exchange, and the co-founder of the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. Currently, Jive is the Friday night poetry slam curator and host at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café. When he is not on tour, he teaches  poetry and hip – hop workshops to at risk youth in New York City and the surrounding area.

Jon Sands

HS Retreat, PopUp events, performances, online workshops

Jon Sands is a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected for his second book, It’s Not Magic (Beacon Press, 2019). He is the facilitator of the Emotional Historians workshop, a series of generative writing workshops that you can find out more about on Instagram at @iAmJonSands. His work has been featured in the New York Times, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Brooklyn College, Urban Word NYC, and for over a decade has facilitated a weekly writing workshop for adults at Baily House, an HIV/AIDS service center in East Harlem. He tours extensively as a poet, but lives in Brooklyn.

Mary Sanders Shartle

Anne LaBastille Women’s Writers Retreat leader, workshops

Mary Sanders Shartle is a poet, fiction, and essay writer. Her novel about a woman living alone in the Adirondacks: The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, is available from SUNY Press. Shartle has been very involved in Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, hosting programs like book groups for Road Scholar historical residencies and an annual women’s writing workshop for the Adirondack Center for Writing through the Community Foundation for Herkimer and Oneida Counties, and the Estate of Anne LaBastille . She has also hosted book groups for the Galway Public Library in Galway, New York, through the New York State Council on Humanities.

Julia Shipley

Online classes

Julia Shipley is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s Arts & Culture M.A. program where she was awarded the Nona Balakian Prize for Literary Journalism. She also received the prize for the Best Thesis; a briefer version appeared in Grist and Rolling Stone. Currently, she’s a reporting fellow with Columbia Journalism Investigations, part of the team that, in partnership with NPR and Texas Newsroomfocused on rising worker heat deaths. 

Alina Stefanescu

Online classes

Alina Stefanescu
 was born in Romania and lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her partner and several intense mammals. Recent books include a creative nonfiction chapbook, Ribald (Bull City Press Inch Series, Nov. 2020) and the poetry collection Dor, which won the Wandering Aengus Press Prize (September, 2021). Her debut fiction collection, Every Mask I Tried On, won the Brighthorse Books Prize (April 2018).  She serves as poetry editor for several journals, reviewer and critic for others, and Co-Director of PEN America’s Birmingham Chapter. Alina’s poems, essays, and fiction can be found in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, World Literature Today, Pleiades, Poetry, BOMB, Crab Creek Review, and others. She is currently working on a novel-like creature. More online at

Chris Tebbetts

Online Workshops

CHRIS TEBBETTS is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series with James Patterson, as well as the bestselling STRANDED series with Jeff Probst from TV’s “Survivor.” Chris is also the author of two YA novels: ME, MYSELF, AND HIM and M OR F? (with Lisa Papademetriou); the bestselling adult thriller 1ST CASE (also with James Patterson); and the middle grade fantasy-adventure series, THE VIKING. His work has received children’s choice awards in Oregon and Hawaii, as well a Sunshine State Young Readers Award nomination, and a nod on the New York Public Library’s annual list of Books For the Teen Age. He offers author talks and writing workshops for any age from fourth grade through adult, online and (when feasible) in person. Chris has visited schools around the country and taught for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Highlights Foundation, Adirondack Center for Writing, and others. Find him online at and @christebbetts.