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Sonja Livingston

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sonja Livingston got her MFA from the University of New Orleans and an M.S. Ed. from SUNY Brockport. She runs local writing workshops, provides manuscript consultations, and teaches in UCLA Extension’s Writing Program. She also appreciates photography, hiking in bogs, and is hooked on English murder mysteries. Her first book, Ghostbread,has won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction. Livingston’s writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, Pushcart Prize nomination, and grants from Vermont Studio Center and The Deming Fund for Women. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southeast Review, AGNI and BREVITY, and is anthologized in several texts on writing, including Short Takes and The Curious Writer. A native of western New York State, Livingston resides in the area with her husband, artist Jim Mott.

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Peter Cameron

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Peter Cameron was born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey in 1959. He spent two years attending the progressive American School in London, where he discovered the joys of reading, and began writing stories, poems, and plays. Cameron graduated from Hamilton College in New York State in 1982 with a B.A. in English Literature. He sold his first short story to The New Yorker in 1983, and published 10 more during the next few years. This exposure facilitated the publication of his first book, One Way or Another, which earned a special citation by the PEN/​Hemingway Award for First Book of Fiction.
His second novel, The Weekend, was published in 1994 and a third novel, Andorra, in 1997. FSG published Cameron’s fourth novel, The City of Your Final Destination, in 2002, and his most recent novel, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, in 2007. Cameron’s work has been translated into a dozen languages. From 1998 - 2005 he taught in Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program. He taught at Yale University in the fall of 2005, and at The New School in the Spring of 2009. For the past 25 years, Cameron has lived on East 10th Street, in Greenwich Village.

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Rane Arroyo

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 – Hartwell Theatre

Rane Arroyo is the author of Columbus’s Orphan, Pale Ramón, Home Movies of Narcissus and the chapbooks: The Naked Thief, The Red Bed, The Television Poems, and Death Cab for Cutie. Arroyo won the 1997 Carl Sandburg Poetry Prize for his book The Singing Shark. He is a leading Puerto Rican poet and playwright who has also found readers and audiences outside of his ethnicity. His plays have been showcased in many festivals and published in such major magazines as Bellingham Review, Kenyon Review and Xavier Review. He has completed a new work called Blood Never Rusts which was funded by the Greater Toledo Arts Council. Born in Chicago, Arroyo is a first generation Latino who learned English as much in the world as he did at school. Arroyo received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh where he wrote his dissertation, Babel USA: A Writer of Color Rethinks the Chicago Renaissance. He has also won a 1997 Pushcart Prize for the poem “Breathing Lessons.” He is currently the director of creative writing at the University of Toledo.

James Hoch

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

James Hoch worked as a dishwasher, cook, dockworker, social worker and shepherd before he became a teacher.

An author from the Hudson River Valley, Hoch is a native of Collingswood, N.J. He has taught at Franklin & Marshall College, Lynchburg College, and now teaches at Ramapo College in New Jersey.

His poems, which have frequently been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, have appeared in Slate, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Carolina Quarterly, New England Review and Virginia Quarterly Review.

Hoch won a Gerald Cable Book Award for A Parade of Hands (Silverfish Review Press, 2003).

His latest book, Miscreants (WW Norton), came out in 2007. Hoch has been awarded fellowships from NEA, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and The Frost Place. He was also a Steinhardt Visiting Writer at Rutgers-Newark MFA program.

Hoch lives in Nyack, N.Y. and Seattle, Wash.

Ruth Reichl


Ruth Reichl joined Gourmet as Editor in Chief in April 1999. She came to the magazine from The New York Times, where she had been the restaurant critic since 1993. Reichl has been part of the culinary revolution that took place in Berkeley, California. In the years that followed, she served as restaurant critic for New West and California magazines. In 1984, she became restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Times, where she was also named food editor. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me With Apples and Garlic and Sapphires, which have been translated into fourteen languages. She is the editor of The Modern Library Food Series, Endless Feasts: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet, Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet, and The Gourmet Cookbook. Reichl hosted “Eating Out Loud,” on Food Network. She is a regular host with Leonard Lopate for a live monthly food show on WNYC radio in New York. Reichl has won four James Beard Awards (two for restaurant criticism, in 1996 and 1998; one for journalism, in 1994; and Who´s Who of Food and Beverage in America, 1984) and numerous awards from the Association of American Food Journalists. She is also the recipient of the YWCA´s Elizabeth Cutter Morrow Award. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, and lives in New York City with her husband, News Producer Michael Singer, and their son.

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