Megan Mayhew Bergman is currently the Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College, where she also teaches undergraduate and graduate students. Previously, she served as the Associate Director of Bennington's MFA Program. She recently completed a fellowship at the American Library in Paris and wrote an environmental column for the Paris Review.  She is the author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise, Almost Famous Women, as well as a forthcoming novel. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker's Page Turner, The New York Times, NPR's Selected Shorts, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Oxford American, and Best American Short Stories 2011 and 2015.

Lauren Francis-Sharma is the author of 'Til the Well Runs Dry, her debut novel set in her parents’ native country of Trinidad. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. A former corporate lawyer, Lauren is a MacDowell Fellow, the owner of D.C. Writers Room, a co-working space for writers in D.C., and is currently working on her second novel to be published in Fall 2019.

Hope Maxwell Snyder was born in Bogotá, Colombia.  She received an MA from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Spanish Medieval Literature from the University of Manchester.  She has lived in Italy and Spain. Hope’s poems and translations have appeared in Alehouse Press, Blackbird, Comstock Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, International Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, and other journals. Honors include poetry fellowships for the Gettysburg Review’s Conference for Writers and the Peter Taylor Fellowship in Poetry at the Kenyon Review’s Conference.  Former Writer in Residence at Hood College, she is Poet Laureate of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Her poetry book, Esperanza and Hope, will be released in the spring of 2018. 


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