Ellis Avery

Named by New York Press as The Best Writer You’ve Never Heard of But Should Go Read Right Now, Ellis Avery is a Sunday Salon veteran and the author of a first novel called The Teahouse Fire. Recently out in paperback from Riverhead Books, The Teahouse Fire won two awards last year and is being translated into six languages. Ellis lives in Manhattan and teaches creative writing at Columbia.

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Nicole Shawan Junior

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Cleyvis Natera

Cleyvis Natera is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction

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