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Susan Scarf Merrell

Susan Scarf Merrell earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminar. She is the author of The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships, and of the novels A Member of the Family, and Shirley: a novel. She teaches creative writing at Stony Brook University and is the Director of the Southampton Writers Conference.

Paul Lawrence

Dr. Paul Lawrence Senior Research Microbiologist at the USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center & author of 10 technical papers.

Carl Safina

Dr. Carl Safina teaches at Stony Brook University where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, runs the non-profit Safina Center, and is the University's first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity. 

Patty Blount

Patty Blount writes instruction guides by day and novels by night. She lives on Long Island with her family, a fish, and lots of books.

Lee Mandel

Lee Mandel lives on Long Island and is working hard on the next story, that is, between being a wife to a great guy; a mom to two fabulous kids; an editor for a local magazine; a writer's workshop moderator; a PTA president, and a full-time paralegal.


Lovers of ice cream.

Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Judy Mandel

Judy is a memoirist, ghostwriter, writing coach, teacher, freelance editor and editor at Kaylie Jones Books. Her essays and articles have appeared in such places as Connecticut LIFE and The Southampton Review. Replacement Child is her first book.

Robert Halliwell

Part-time author. Full-time pop culture junkie. When Rob's not spending the day being a real housewife of Long Island, he can be found at home viewing unhealthy amounts of QVC and binge-watching Parks & Rec. A Way Back to Then is his first novel.

Matthew Seery

After teaching English and critiquing high school papers for nearly a decade, Matthew Seery decided to finally take his own advice and write a book. The Record Prophets is his first novel.

Carri Horner

Carri is a "bad ass world-slinger" who works, writes, and lives in New York. She is working on her first novel and plans to graduate with an MFA in creative writing in 2016. Carri's blog, Accidental Sushi, launched in 2014.

The Calderone Family

Introducing the Calderones, a family of writers from Long Island, NY. Marianne is a mom of four children. Her two youngest, Olivia and Nicholas, share her love for writing. All three attend a weekly writing group where pieces are shared and critiqued and ideas are bounced around.

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