Amanda Baldeneaux is a fiction, essay, and grant writer. She attended the George Washington University and the University of Arkansas. She received her B.A. in English with a focus on creative writing in poetry, and her M.A. in Teaching from the University of Arkansas. She taught high school literature in a small town outside of Little Rock before moving into non-profit development in Austin, TX. She now lives in Denver with her husband and daughter.
She likes to read, write, procrastinate writing by reading, trail run, bird watch, and marathon episodes of competitive cooking shows while eating take-out pizza. With two dogs and one cat, she has surrendered in the war against pet hair on the carpet, and is happier for it.
Sean grew up in the deserts of Arizona and earned his BA in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. This completely prepared him for a brief but successful career as a financial analyst in NYC covering the media and telecom industries. During business school at Columbia he switched to film production and produced the feature film IN THE BLOOD which he sold to MTV. Shortly afterward he left New York for family reasons. Who knows what the hell he is anymore.
Lisa Mahoney completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin by writing a collection of short stories under the mentorship of Laura Furman, who is currently editor of the O. Henry Prize Stories. Lisa traveled extensively across Asia and earned her MA in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan before traveling again, this time to South America. After a long hiatus from creativity spent in international logistics and sales in Asia-Pacific and Latin America, she gladly returned to writing fiction.
She studies and practices at the writers workshop, Lighthouse Writers of Denver, and is currently enrolled its Book Project, under the mentorship of William Haywood Henderson. Her first novel will be completed in 2015.
In Twitterspace she is @writeon.
CH Lips spent aimless years collecting degrees in engineering and counseling before her jubilant return to her true passion--writing. She published a novel, The White Stone, in 2000. She is currently writing under the mentorship of William Haywood Henderson in her second year of the Book Project at Denver's incomparable literary haven, Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Her newest work, a speculative fiction/alternative history novel, features the unlikely fusion of Nordic gods, the Shawnee Chief, Tecumseh, and glowing blue snails. She hopes it will coalesce into readable form sometime in 2015.
Twitterers can find her @CH_Lips
Theodore McCombs is a writer in Denver. His fiction and essays have been published in, among others, Guernica, Shenandoah, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Mary Sue and Electric Literature.
He hikes, he reads, he loves the opera and ballet, he has remarkable recall of the plots of Battlestar Galactica and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If he lived in the A:TLA/Korra universe, he would be a water-bender.
He is a member of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and a graduate of its Book Project.
He tweets as @mrbruff.
Danyelle C. Overbo
Danyelle is a novelist and freelance copywriter living in the Denver area with her husband, two cats, and two very spoiled miniature schnauzers, Lorelei and Ophelia. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, and is always happy to spill about everything that’s happened there but didn’t stay there, herself included.
Danyelle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in both English and Mathematics, with emphases in writing and Statistics respectively. She spent most of her career in sales and startups, learning bits about marketing along the way.
Her short works have been published in the Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal, and she is currently finishing up a fantasy novel based in 1938 Istanbul. She is an avid traveler, reader, and animal rescuer. She has an unabashed love of Star Wars and all things fantasy. Feel free to tweet at her (as the kids say) @DanyelleCOverbo.
CS Peterson is a writer living in Denver, Colorado. She studied theatre at Grinnell, clowning at Ringling Brother’s Clown College, and became a master of Mathematics at SCSU.
When she was fourteen she sang 'Are You Going to Scarborough Fair' to a grizzly bear she met in the wilds of Alaska. When she was twenty-three she toured her own show to Japan.
Currently she leads individualized field work adventures for highly gifted K-8 students in Colorado. For a treat, she teaches them Latin and mathematics, even though contemplating multiple infinities may engender existential angst in the young.
She is a voracious reader and consumes contemporary YA fantasy and science fiction at an alarming rate. Be careful if you let her get too near the Tattered Cover or the Boulder Bookstore. She’s been know to buy more books than she can carry!
Mark is a writer living in Colorado. Once upon a time he studied creative writing and quantum physics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The experimental parts of the science were cool—x-ray machines! superconductors! holograms!—but he wasn’t as excited about the math requirements. Soon he said goodbye to the laboratory and spent the rest of his undergraduate years happily reading literature, writing, and never doing another calculus problem set. After that, he worked in reference publishing, where he helped develop an e-book platform and pioneered mobile apps for libraries.
Mark loves imaginative stories well told—especially ones that envision alternate futures or incorporate science and technology in interesting ways. When he’s not writing, reading, or geeking out over the latest issue of Wired magazine, you will find him in the mountains. Sometimes he imagines himself hiding out there forever with a copy of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, but he knows his writing deadlines will find him no matter where he goes.
Mark mostly lurks on Twitter but occasionally he tweets as @othermspringer.
Gemma Webster was born and raised in Colorado. She lives in Longmont with her husband and darling beasts (two of them, they're huge--seriously). Gemma attended University of Colorado Boulder where she earned a BA in Italian Language and Literature, with a minor in Dance. She worked for ten years in a Children's Museum before taking the leap to focus on her writing (did I say she has a nice husband, it's true).
Gemma reads everything, she particlulary enjoys smart fiction and literary genre benders. Her favorites writers include Scarlet Thomas, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell, Jennifer Egan, Kelly Link, Daniel Woodrell, Paul Harding, Haruki Murakami, and Neil Gaiman.
Jon Horwitz-White is a fictional character whose experience sometimes aligns with a guy who was born in Los Angeles and educated in New England. He is tormented by all the things he can't fit into a day.
He chirps in the digital aviary as @JHorwitzWhite.