Michael White has authored six novels: Soul Catcher, a Booksense and Historical Novels Review selection, and a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, A Brother’s Blood, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers nominee; The Blind Side of the Heart, A Dream of Wolves, and The Garden of Martyrs, a Connecticut Book Award finalist. His novel, Beautiful Assassin, won the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Fiction. He was the founding editor of American Fiction as well as Dogwood and is the director of Fairfield University’s MFA Creative Writing Program.
Ashley C. Andersen Zantop
Ashley Andersen Zantop writes and edits fiction and nonfiction. She is group publisher and general manager of Capstone, one of the largest independent publishers of children’s supplemental educational and trade titles and reading software. Andersen Zantop earned her MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University, degrees in English literature (AB) and elementary education (AB.ED) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as teaching certificates (CERT K-5, CERT 6-8). Andersen Zantop founded and serves as co-president of the Fairfield University MFA Alumni Association.
Michael Bayer writes fiction that explores darkness, crime and identity. He holds an MFA from Fairfield University, where he is co-president of the MFA Alumni Association, and teaches writing and communications at the City University of New York. Previously, he spent two decades working in corporate communications and public relations. He lives in Westchester County, New York, where his three Rhodesian Ridgebacks run the show.
A.J. O’Connell is the author of two books: Beware the Hawk (2012) and The Eagle & The Arrow (2013), both published by Battered Suitcase Press. She got her start as an editorial assistant at The Boston Herald, worked for nine years as a reporter at The Norwalk Hour, and freelanced for various publications. Her creative work has appeared in various magazines and journals. Currently she teaches journalism at Norwalk Community College. She can be found at ajoconnell.com.
Photography: David Esposito
Erin A. Corriveau is an emotional archeologist who graduated from Fairfield University’s MFA program with a concentration in creative nonfiction. Her writing has been published in (em): A Review of Text and Image, Revolution House, Lunch Ticket, Paper Tape, Shoreline Literary Arts Magazine,The Fall River Spirit, and RedFez. She is the co-founder and editor of Spry Literary Journal, and is currently at work on a collection of linked essays. Her blog, Reinventing Erin, is her outlet for ruminating on the minutiae of everyday life.
Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer and editor. Adele crafts stories, columns and reviews for various journals, including Southern Literary Review, where she was managing editor. A co-founder of the Ridgefield Writers Conference, Adele received an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University, and her flash fiction has been adapted for the stage. A professor of writing, Adele is completing a novel set in Italy.
Jean M. Medeiros
Jean M. Medeiros is a fiction writer, editor, auntie and Rhode Islander, with an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University, an M.S. from Johnson & Wales University and a certificate in creative writing from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she was also nominated for the Kirkwood Literary Prize. She owns Medeiros Editing & Consulting and has published fiction and non-fiction, including co-writing two legal manuals for the National Business Institute. She is crafting her second novel.