meet our instructors
M - R
- Ron MacLean
- Ron MacLean is author of the story collection Why the Long Face? (2008) and the novel Blue Winnetka Skies (2004). His fiction has appeared in GQ, Greensboro Review, Prism International, Night Train, Other Voices and other quarterlies. He is a recipient of the Frederick Exley Award for Short Fiction and a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee. He holds a Doctor of Arts from the University at Albany, SUNY, and has been a proud part of team Grub since 2004.
- Lauren E. MacLeod
- Lauren E. MacLeod joined the Strothman Agency after graduating cum laude from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing. Lauren’s primary interests are middle grade novels, young adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as highly polished literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She also works closely with the agency and its clients to create effective digital platforms and capitalize on the many opportunities presented by social networking. Recent sales include: Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings by Hélène Boudreau (Sourcebooks/ Jabberwocky), The Newsoul Trilogy by Jodi Meadows (HarperCollins/ Katherine Tegen Books) and The Widening Gyre: A Journey Across a Melting Landscape by Christopher White (St. Martin’s).
- Steve Macone
- Steve Macone studied journalism at Boston University and is a contributor at The Onion. His essays, humor writing and reporting have appeared in The American Scholar, Atlantic Online, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Phoenix, Salon.com, New York Times, Morning News, Christian Science Monitor, The Drum, The Weekly Dig, and AOL News. He's been featured on NPR and had a story about playing with action figures named a "notable essay" in the Best American Essays series. His writing has been featured on The Daily Beast, Longreads.com, and The New Yorker site's "to read" section.
- Michael Marano
- Michael Marano is a literary horror and dark science fiction writer, with stories in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 and Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories from the Edge; his first novel Dawn Song won the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. He is the former Fiction Editor of the award-winning dark fiction magazine Chiaroscuro and in that capacity has worked one-on-one with authors in the development of their short fiction, some of which have been selected for "Year's Best" anthologies. Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano's new and reprinted short fiction, was published to great acclaim by Cemetery Dance Publications, and was named one of the Top 10 Horror Publications of 2011 by Booklist. Since 1990, he has also been reviewing movies and doing pop culture commentary for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International, syndicated in more than 111 markets in the US and Canada. Mike is a former Writing instructor in the SUNY system, and his non-fiction has appeared in venues like The Boston Phoenix, The Weekly Dig, SuicideGirls, The Independent Weekly, Paste Magazine, and Science Fiction Universe.
- Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
- Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is writing a book of combined family memoir and literary journalism about a Louisiana murder, in support of which she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation, as well as a scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She earned her MFA at Emerson College and her JD at Harvard Law School. Her essays appear in The New York Times, Oxford American, Fourth Genre, TriQuarterly Online, Bellingham Review (as the winner of the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction), and elsewhere, and her fiction appears in Southeast Review and Minnetonka Review. She teaches creative writing at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and at Grub Street. Visit her online at www.alexandria-marzano-lesnevich.com.
- Jennifer Mattson
- Jennifer Mattson is a former producer for NPR's nationally syndicated program "The Connection" and worked as an editor for National Public Radio. She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN's daily live newscasts and producing CNN's international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau's political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories for USA TODAY including a piece on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. She has also reported, most recently, from Asia. Her work has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Women's Review of Books, AsianCorrespondent.com, Tablettalk.com and CNN.com. She is the former Managing Editor of AsiaSociety.org. Follow her on Twitter at @jennifermattson
- Kate McKean
- Agent Kate McKean earned her Master's in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Now, as a 7-year veteran at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, she also makes frequent appearances on publishing panels and at workshops at WritersDigest.com, Mediabistro, and NYU. Her interests lie in literary fiction, contemporary women's fiction, fantasy, science fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, sports-related books, food writing, pop culture, and craft.
- Pablo Medina
Pablo Medina is the author
of 11 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and translation, among
them the poetry collection Points of Balance/Puntos de apoyo
(2005) and the novel The Cigar Roller (2005). In January 2008,
Medina and fellow poet Mark Statman published a new English version
of García Lorca’s Poet in New York, which John Ashbery called
“the definitive version of Lorca’s masterpiece”. Acclaimed as
“lyrical and powerfully evocative” and “deserving a prominent
spot in today’s literature of exile,” Medina’s work has appeared
in various languages, among them Spanish, French, German, and Arabic,
and in periodicals and magazines throughout the world. Winner of numerous
awards, among them grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA,
the Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, and others, Medina is currently
professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at
Emerson College in Boston and is on faculty at the Warren Wilson College
MFA Program for Writers.
- Randy Susan Meyers
- The dark domestic drama of Randy Susan Meyers’ 2010 debut novel, The Murderer’s Daughters, an international bestseller published by St. Martins Press, was called a “knock-out” by The LA Times, a “thought-provoking, heat-tugging debut” by Boston Magazine, and “an impressively executed novel, disturbing and convincing” by The Boston Globe. Meyers’ writing is informed by her work with batterers, domestic violence victims, and at-risk youth impacted by family violence. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, is a member of Beyond The Margins, a multi-writer blog, and maintains her own blog, Word Love.
- Nicole Miller
- Nicole Miller has published both fiction and non-fiction in the US and the UK, with two appearances in the May Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. After completing an M.Phil in English Literature at Oxford, she worked at The New Yorker and The Oxford English Dictionary, where she still serves as a scholarly reader for the department of etymology, with a specialty in British Dialects. At Emerson College, she held the Emerson Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing for three years, gaining her MFA in 2012. She was also awarded a PhD in Victorian Literature from University College, London in 2012 and publishes criticism on the works of Charles Dickens. She has taught in the Harvard College Writing Center since 2010 and edits faculty manuscripts for Harvard’s English Department. Her interests span the novel, short story, essay, and memoir form and the translation of Modern Greek poetry. Nicole is thrilled to share her love of words, literature, story-writing, and life-writing with the students of Grub Street this winter.
- Madeline Miller
- Madeline Miller has a BA and MA from Brown University in Classics, and has been teaching Latin, Greek, Writing and Shakespeare for the last ten years. She has also studied in the Dramaturgy department at the Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, and was a New York Times Bestseller; Miller was also shortlisted for Stonewall's Writer of the Year. She currently lives in Cambridge where she teaches and writes.
1B: Getting Unstuck
Option 2: Getting Unstuck
- Mary Carroll Moore
- Mary Carroll Moore’s thirteen published books include the award-winning Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir or Nonfiction Book, based on her How to Plan, Write and Develop a Book writing workshops; PEN/Faulkner nominated novel Qualities of Light (Bella Books); How to Master Change in Your Life: Sixty-seven Ways to Handle Life’s Toughest Moments (Eckankar Books); Cholesterol Cures (Rodale Press), and the award-winning Healthy Cooking (Ortho Publications). A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, over 300 of Mary’s essays, short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the U.S. and have won awards with the McKnight Awards for Creative Prose, Glimmer Train Press, the Loft Mentor Series, and other writing competitions. She teaches creative writing in New York, Boston, New Hampshire, and Minnesota and writes a weekly blog for book writers at http://howtoplanwriteanddevelopabook.blogspot.com.
- Nina Louise Morrison
- Nina Louise Morrison is a playwright, actor, director and dramaturg. Her plays include Mad Props, House Rules, The Red Plague, Constitution and Three Patriotic Acts. She is a Richard Rodgers Fellow, a Shubert Foundation grantee, and an affiliated artist with Free Hands Theatre Company, Boston Bohemia, Playwrights Commons' Freedom Art Retreat and Company One’s Playground. Before moving to Boston, Nina was the Senior Program Associate at the Philadelphia Theater Initiative. Training: MFA Columbia University, the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the New Actors Workshop, and Oberlin College. More info at ninalouisemorrison.wordpress.com.
- Kathleen Willis Morton
- Kathleen Willis Morton holds an MFA in Creative Writing. Her first book, The Blue Poppy and the Mustard Seed, was published by Wisdom Publications. She has been published in Shambhala Sun Magazine, Hip Mama Magazine, and the anthology, Best Buddhist Writing 2009 published by Shambhala/Random House Publications. She can be reached at www.thebluepoppyandthemustardseed.com.
- Alexander Nemser
- Alexander Nemser is a local poet, performer, and educator. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, AGNI, and n+1. His one-man show, "Moshe Feldstein, Icon of Self-Realization," was praised by the New Yorker's Book Bench blog for its "incandescent, deracinating prose poetry." He was educated at Yale, and attended Oxford on a 2006 Marshall Scholarship.
- Celeste Ng
- Celeste Ng’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, is forthcoming from Penguin Press. Her stories and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere, and she has been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the Hopwood Award, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan and is a blogger for the Huffington Post, as well as editor-at-large for the writing website Fiction Writers Review. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is currently at work on a second novel and a collection of short stories.
- Ogi Ogas
- Dr. Ogi Ogas received his PhD in computational neuroscience from Boston University and was a Department of Homeland Security Fellow. His writing has been published in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Wired, and Seed Magazine. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker called his first nonfiction book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts, "a goldmine." His next book, A Billion Angry Brains, (Dutton, 2013) explores the misunderstood emotion of anger. He's presently collaborating with the president of the American Psychiatric Association on a popular book about contemporary psychiatry. He writes the Billion Wicked Thoughts blog for Psychology Today. He also used his knowledge of cognition to reach the million dollar question on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and battle Ken Jennings in the finals of Grand Slam. For more information on Ogi, visit www.ogiogas.com.
- Catherine Parnell
- Catherine Parnell is the author of the memoir The Kingdom of His Will (Arrowsmith Press, 2007), and her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road, The Baltimore Review, slush pile, roger, Dos Passos Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Stone’s Throw Magazine, and Consequence Magazine, among others. Her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers and newsletters. She’s the fiction editor for Salamander and an associate editor for Consequence Magazine. She received her BA from Boston University and her MFA from Bennington College. She teaches writing and literature at Suffolk University, and she recently completed a collection of short stories and is working on a novella.
- Kris Evans Paull
- Kris Evans Paull spends her daily commute working on her first novel, an excerpt of which made her an Astraea Foundation Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist. Her fiction explores the significance of place, the complexity of friendships, and the sometimes uncomfortable task of self-discovery. She received her MFA from UMass, Boston, where she also taught creative writing. Her work has been published in Harvard Summer Review, and also sits in random stacks all around her house. When she’s not writing or working, she can be found chasing her twin toddlers around her backyard in Providence.
- KL Pereira
- KL Pereira likes to traipse around dark, woody crevices where most would rather not wander. Her short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction can be found in or are forthcoming from Deathless Press, Innsmouth Free Press, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, The Medulla Review, Bitch Magazine, Clamor Magazine, The Pitkin Review, and other publications. Pereira writes a column for the Grub Daily called: Slaying Genre: A Monthly Column on Horror, Noir, Fantasy & the Other Red-Headed Step-Children of the Literary World, and is completing a collection of paranormal erotica (published under her fabulous and cheeky pen name) as well as a series of flash fiction fairy tales. Her website is: www.darknesslovescompany.com and you can chat with her about monsters anytime on Twitter (@kl_pereira).
- Chelsey Philpot
- Chelsey Philpot has a degree in English from Vassar College and a master’s in Journalism from Boston University. She has written for Slate, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and numerous other publications. Her first YA novel, Even in Paradise, will be published by HarperCollins in fall 2014. (ChelseyPhilpot.com)
- Sophie Powell
- Sophie Powell was born in 1980, and split her time growing up between London and a sheep farm in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. She graduated in Classics from Trinity College, Cambridge University and has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from New York University. She is the author of the novel The Mushroom Man (Putnam Penguin) which received glowing reviews, including one from the New York Times Book Review, and which has been translated into several languages. She has also published short stories and creative nonfiction. She has taught at Boston College, New York University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and with the Lesley Seminar and was previously assistant director of Abroad Writers' Conferences. For more about Sophie, visit www.meetsophiepowell.com.
- Kate Pullinger
- Kate Pullinger writes novels, short stories, and collaborative works of digital media. Her most recent novel, The Mistress of Nothing (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster), won Canada's Governor General's Award for Fiction, 2009. Her new novel, Landing Gear (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster), will be published in May 2014. Her multiple award-winning digital fiction, Inanimate Alice, remains one of the best known works in the emerging field of electronic, born-digital, literature; it was named Best Website for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians in 2012. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University, and she lives in London, England. Find her at www.katepullinger.com and on twitter @katepullinger.
- Kate Racculia
- Kate Racculia is a writer and researcher living in Somerville, Massachusetts. Her first novel, This Must Be the Place, was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2010 and named a Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her second novel, Bellweather Rhapsody, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014. You can find her online at www.kateracculia.com.
- Hillary Rettig
- Hillary Rettig is an author, workshop leader and coach who specializes in helping people overcome procrastination and use their time better. Her latest book is The Seven Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism and Writer's Block (Infinite Art, 2011). Of her prior book, The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way (Lantern Books, 2006), the leading liberal blog, DailyKos.com, said, "If I had but one book to spend hard-earned cash on this year, The Lifelong Activist would be it, hands down." Hillary is a Bronx native who currently enjoys living in East Boston. She has published numerous nonfiction articles, and also short fiction. Some of the acclaimed science fiction writers she has studied with are Ursula K. LeGuin, Samuel R. Delaney and the late Octavia Butler. Hillary is also a kidney donor, foster parent, lover of dogs and other animals, and vegan. Download free ebooks and other information on productivity and related fields at www.hillaryrettig.com, and Hillary welcomes your emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wesley Rothman
- Wesley Rothman earned degrees from the University of San Diego and Emerson College in order to pursue poetry, teaching, and editorial work. His poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Asheville Poetry Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Harpur Palate, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inter|rupture, PANK, Phantom Limb, Rattle, The Rumpus, Similar:Peaks::, Thrush, Tupelo Quarterly, Vinyl, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He has worked with Copper Canyon Press, Ploughshares, Narrative, and Salamander, and teaches writing and cultural literatures at Emerson College, Suffolk University, and Berklee College of Music. Recent honors include a Pushcart Prize nomination and finalist standing for the Emory Poetry Fellowship, 49th Parallel Poetry Prize, and Tupelo Quarterly Contest. He is currently completing his first poetry manuscript, Ricochet, and launching into a second, Subwoofer.
- Aviv Rubinstien
- Aviv Rubinstien is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter. He has worked in Narrative, Experimenta, Documentary film and Music Video. He has an MFA from Boston University and has taught at the BU Academy of Media Production since 2007. Aviv also guest lectures at the university of Rhode Island.
- Hank Phillippi Ryan
- Hank Phillippi Ryan is the investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate. A television journalist since 1975, she has won 27 Emmys and ten Edward R. Murrow awards for her work. A best-selling author of four mystery novels, Ryan has won the Agatha, Anthony and Macavity awards for her crime fiction. She’s on the national board of directors of Mystery Writers of America (and an instructor at MWA-U) and vice president of National Sisters in Crime. Her newest suspense thriller, The Other Woman, is the first in a series from Forge Books. Her website is www.HankPhillippiRyan.com.