Naturalist-Artist/Writer David M. Carroll, who in 2006 was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, is the author of three acclaimed natural histories: The Year of the Turtle; Trout Reflections; and Swampwalker's Journal. The latter was awarded the John Burroughs Medal. This “wet sneaker trilogy” was expanded to a quartet with the publication of Self Portrait with Turtles, a memoir centered on his lifelong connection with turtles and their habitats. His fifth book, Following the Water, A Hydromancer's Notebook, was named a Finalist for a National Book Award in 2009. That same year he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NH Writer’s Project. David is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Tufts University. He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of NH and an Honorary Masters in Environmental Science from New England College. In addition to his own fieldwork David had conducted investigations for the Endangered Species Programs of NH, VT, and ME, as well as such agencies as the National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His fieldwork has been published in Scientific journals including Chelonian Conservation and Biology and Northeastern Naturalist. David is an active lecturer and turtle and wetlands preservation advocate; among awards he has received are an Environmental Merit Award from the US EPA and NH Audubon’s Tudor Richards Award. He and his wife Laurette have lived in Warner, NH, since 1969. At the 2010 Town Meeting David was honored with the dedication of the Town Report to him. For more information: www.carrollartgallery.com and www.davidcarrolljournal.com.
David Elliott is the award-winning author of over fifteen books for young people including The New York Times Bestselling And Here’s to You!, Finn Throws a Fit, On the Farm, The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, The Evangeline Mudd books, and the Hazel Nutt books, illustrated by Warner resident, True Kelley. Among the honors his books have received are Book Sense 76 Pick; The International Reading Association Children’s Choice Award; The Bank Street College Best of the Best; Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best; and the Parents’ Guide to Media Award. His most recent novel, Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights, is currently in development at Fox 2000, a division of 20th Century Fox. In the Wild, a companion book to On the Farm will be released August 2010. David teaches at Colby-Sawyer College and is a faculty mentor in Lesley University’s Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. He lives in Warner with his wife, Barbara Seebart.
Hester Kaplan is the author of the collection, The Edge of Marriage, which won the Flannery O’Connor Prize for Short Fiction. “Reading these stories,” The New Yorker wrote, “is like watching a window shatter in silence—we become mesmerized by the stark beauty of disintegration.” She is also the author of the novel Kinship Theory, which the Boston Globe called “engrossing.” Her new novel, The Tell, is about marriage, addiction, and a dangerous friendship.
Her short fiction has appeared in many publications, including The Best American Short Stories series, and has been widely anthologized. Her non-fiction essay, “The Private Life of Skin” received the McGinness-Ritchie Prize. She is a recipient of a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship, and most recently, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island and teaches in Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and in MIT’s Knight Science Fellowship Program.
She is at work on a new collection of stories, which she intends to complete before e-books take over the world.
Jane Brox’s fourth book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July 2010. She is the author of three previous books: Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a 1999 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She lives in Brunswick, Maine.
Katherine Russell Rich is the award-winning author of the memoir The Red Devil: To Hell With Cancer..and Back. Her most recent book, Dreaming in Hindi, about a year she spent in India learning to speak another language, was named one of the Top 10 Books of 2009 by O, The Oprah Magazine. Rich writes for the New York Times, Elle, Salon, and the Washington Post, among other places. Currently, she’s at work on a novel.
Leah Hager Cohen has written four non-fiction books -- Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World; Glass, Paper, Beans: Revelations on the Nature and Value of Ordinary Things; The Stuff of Dreams: Behind the Scenes of an American Community Theater, and Without Apology: Girls, Women and the Desire to Fight – as well as three novels: Heat Lightning; Heart, You Bully, You Punk, and House Lights. Her new novel, The Grief of Others, will be published by Riverhead Books. Among the honors her books have received are New York Times Notable Books; American Library Association Ten Best Books of the Year; Toronto Globe and Mail Ten Best Books of the Year, and Booksense 76 Pick. She holds the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University. She writes the blog Love As A Found Object, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review.
Maxine Kumin's 17th poetry collection, Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010, was launched on March 30 at the National Arts Club in New York City. Her new children’s book, What Color Is Caesar?, is now in print. By unsought coincidence, The Roots of Things: Essays, has recently been published by Northwestern University Press. Kumin’s awards include the Pulitzer and Ruth Lilly Poetry Prizes, the Poets’ Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost Medals. A former US poet laureate, she and her husband live on a farm in New Hampshire with two old horses and three rescued dogs.
Michael Stein's most recent book The Addict: One Patient, One Doctor, One Year, was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. The New York Times called it "gripping and illuminating." His first book of non-fiction, The Lonely Patient: How We Experience Illness, won the 2007 Christopher Award. Annie Dillard wrote of The Lonely Patient, "No other writer has captured the essential truths about illness with as much clarity." Michael Stein is also the author of five novels, the latest of which, In The Age Of Love, was also a national Booksense/Indie Reader's Choice selection. His new novel, The Rape of the Muse, will be published in 2011. He teaches at Brown University. You can learn more about his writing at www.michaelsteinbooks.com.