Corinne Manning is a writer and teacher in Seattle, WA. She believes that the deep exploration of craft is part of a unique and beautiful healing process for the writer. Her work has appeared online at the Oxford American, Drunken Boat, and Qarrtsiluni and in print at Arts & Letters. She’s received grants and awards from Artist Trust and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. She was the 2010/2011 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project, in Spartanburg, SC. She has served as an editor for small presses, and as a book designer. She’s also a yoga teacher, and a student of herbalism. She holds an MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington.
Anca Szilagyi’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Washington City Paper, The Massachusetts Review, Gastronomica, and Fairy Tale Review. Her book reviews appear on the Ploughshares blog. Hailed by The Stranger as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction,” Anca was a 2012-13 Made at Hugo House fellow. She has taught fiction writing at the University of Washington, from which she earned her MFA, and she teaches creative writing from visual art for Richard Hugo House at the Henry Art Gallery. She also co-runs The Furnace reading series at Hollow Earth Radio. Her website is ancawrites.com.
Anne Bean originally hails from Colorado, but defected to Washington seven years ago. She is an avid reader and writer of fiction and comics, and recently received her MFA from Goddard College. She is a total nerd about folklore and fairy tales. She has published a short comic, “The Bird and the Sausage,” and her short story “Lilith’s Mirror” is forthcoming in the anthology “Tell Me A Fable” by Dark Opus Press
Kate Lebo’s poems appear in Best New Poets 2011, AGNI Online, and Poetry Northwest, among others. She’s an editor for the handmade literary journal Filter and the recipient of a Nelson Bentley Fellowship, a Joan Grayston Prize, a 4Culture grant, and a Soapstone residency. In June 2012 she graduated from the University of Washington’s MFA program. An award-winning pie maker and author of the best-selling zine A Commonplace Book of Pie (forthcoming from Chin Music Press in fall 2013), Kate hosts a semi-regular semi-secret social called Pie Stand. For poems, pie classes, and other tasty treats, visit pie-school.com. Her Living Room Workshop classes are held in Ballard.
Evan J. Peterson is the author of Skin Job (2012 Minor Arcana Press) and The Midnight Channel (forthcoming from Babel/Salvage Press), as well as the co-editor of Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam: Gay City Anthology 5 (forthcoming from Minor Arcana Press). His writing has been excerpted in The New York Times and published in Weird Tales, The Rumpus, Court Green, Assaracus, and Small Doggies. He is the newly appointed editor and creative director of Minor Arcana Press. His Living Room workshop classes are held in Greenwood.
Janie Elizabeth Miller is a poet, essayist and army brat. She teaches poetics & creative writing at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her work has most recently been published in Cimarron Review, Columbia Poetry Review and Five Fingers Review. Her Living Room Classes are held in Capitol Hill.
Kathleen is a freelance writer and a devoted student of improv. She began working as a writer in 2006. Her proudest moment came several years later when she was able to pay her bills with the money she made writing. This spurred her to write for the “Austin American-Statesman,” the “Big Bend Sentinel,” Bloomberg Law, Declare Yourself, “El Editor,” “J Journal” and MSN.com, and to study improvisation at the Hideout Theatre in Austin and Unexpected Productions in Seattle. She created and co-taught “Improv For Writers” in 2012 with Unexpected Productions’ resident director Randy Dixon.