Ayad Akhtar

ayad-akhtar-headshotAyad Akhtar was born in New York City and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a novelist and author of American Dervish, published in over 20 languages worldwide. His play Disgraced won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ran on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, and was nominated for the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

Ayad’s plays The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand received Off-Broadway runs and are currently being produced around the world. He was listed as the most produced playwright for the 2015/16 Season by American Theatre magazine. As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for The War Within.

Ayad has received fellowships from MacDowell, Djerassi, the Sundance Institute, Ucross, and Yaddo, where he serves as a Board Director. He is also a Board Trustee at PEN/America and New York Theatre Workshop. Akhtar is currently the Resident Playwright with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.


Colin Campbell

colin-campbell-headshotYorkshire born and Yorkshire bred. Ex-army, retired cop and experienced Scenes of Crime Officer (that’s CSI in America.) Campbell lives and grew up in and around Leeds in the north of England, the son of a working class family that shaped his Yorkshire grit, honest approach and hardworking mindset.

Campbell served 3 years in the British Army and followed the ex-serviceman’s route into law enforcement, spending the next 30 years as a police officer in West Yorkshire. His duties included uniform patrol, custody officer, plain-clothes crime manager and scenes of crime officer. Being a forensics photographer for 15 years was the highlight of his career, but working the streets for the last 8 brought him full circle.

Overlapping the last years of his service, Campbell became a prolific writer. He is the author of several UK crime novels including, Through The Ruins Of Midnight and Northern Ex, and the US set Resurrection Man thrillers, Jamaica Plain thru Snake Pass and beyond He has also written horror fiction, half a dozen children’s books and numerous short stories.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association, International Thriller Writers and the Mystery Writers of America.


E.S. Magill

E.S. Magill is a co-editor of the anthology Deep Cuts, honoring the women who write horror with nineteen original short horror stories plus sixty recommendations for powerhouse horror tales written by women. She is also the editor of The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One, an anthology of essays and short stories based on the experiences of a dozen horror writers who attended a writers retreat at a haunted mansion.

Some time ago, Magill was the former reviews editor and columnist for Dark Wisdom magazine. Her most current short fiction can be found in the Horror Writers Association’s anthology Blood Lite III, Halloween Tales, and The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. She has an M.A. in English, specializing in the postmodern gothic. By day, she teaches middle school English. In her spare minutes, she writes. Southern California is home to her and her husband Greg and their menagerie of cats and Corvettes.


Jason Kosmas and Dusan Zaric/Employees Only

The atmosphere at Employees Only was created to evoke the frivolous spirit of the 1920’s and 30’s. During Prohibition, patrons of speakeasies raised their glasses in defiance of the ban on alcohol. While there are many criminal aspects during this period that are not glorified, America has romanticized the roaring 20’s as one of our first cultural revolutions. It was behind these closed doors that men and women first enjoyed the pleasures of drinking and socializing together. The mischievous attitude of Prohibition created legendary figures both real and fictional…


Rhonda Pollero

The pertinent stuff is all in my ‘official bio’ but it doesn’t quite capture reality.  USA Today bestselling author is great, but those near and dear to me would probably tell you that Supreme Geek is a better moniker.  I’m a total dork at heart, quite content to read technical manuals and watch foreign films.

I’ve always been a dork.  My dorkdom began early on and I’ll take the easy route and blame it on my father.  He loved language and enjoyed pop quizzes at the dinner table on obscure words and phraseology.  The result of that turned me into the fountain of useless information that I am.  I learn and store stuff that would – arguably – only be relevant during a taping of Final Jeopardy.


John Reed

Author of the novels, A Still Small Voice (Delacorte Press / Delta), The Whole (Simon & Schuster / Pocket / MTV Books), the SPD bestseller, Snowball’s Chance (Roof Books / Melville House), All The World’s A Grave: A New Play By William Shakespeare (Penguin Books / Plume), and Tales of Woe (MTV Press); Free Boat: Collected Lies and Love Poems is forthcoming from C&R Press (2016); published in (selected) the Brooklyn Rail, Tin House, Paper Magazine, Artforum, Bomb Magazine, Art in America, the PEN Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times, the Believer, the Rumpus, the Daily Beast, Gawker, Slate, the Paris Review, Playboy, Out Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, ElectricLit, Vice, The New York Times, Harpers; anthologized in Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin, 2015), Devouring the Green (Jaded Ibis, 2015), StoryScape Anthology V2 (2015), American Wasteland (CLMP, 2011), The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose, 2006), Vitamin PH (Phaidon, 2006), 100 Greatest Albums (VH1, 2003).


Alan Fox

Alan Fox was born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. He was an all-state basketball player and began his college career playing for UNC-Greensboro. After an injury forced him into season ending surgery he moved to New York and began modeling. He has shot for brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Adidas, and Mens Health, and appeared in the Taylor Swift video “Fifteen”. He returned to school and graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College in the Spring of 2016.

This summer The Williamstown Theater Festival will host a reading of his stage play, SAFE SPACE, featuring Tony Award Winner Leslie Odom Jr.

His upcoming novel is titled A MANNEQUIN LIFE.