Kristin earned her B.A. in World Literature from UCSD and an M.A. in Teaching from Duke. She has worked as a community college professor at both Miramar College and Grossmont College, where she has taught writing, literature, and English as a Second Language. Kristin has also worked with international students through UCSD Extension’s English Language Institute. At last count, she had taught students from 49 different countries.
Ryan was born and raised in Cleveland (GO CAVS!), where he earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International.
Debra is a professed Luddite (she wrote her dissertation by hand), book lover, and sports fan. She earned her B.A. in English at Emory University where she stayed to work on a Ph.D. in comparative literature. Living in Atlanta also afforded Debra the opportunity to gain valuable experience at CNN and Turner Sports while indulging in her love of sports.
Storytelling nestled in Jackie’s heart at a young age, when she found entertainment in her local Massachusetts library after her mother refused to have television in the house. Although this pop-culture education gap makes Jackie a horrible trivia participant, this formative time revealed to her the imagination of writing and reading. After falling under the influence of a 20th-century-Egyptology-and-murder-mystery book series, Jackie almost went to college for archaeology, but luckily changed her mind to writing after taking a journalism class her high school senior year. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in English/journalism and European culture studies, with a minor in Italian.