December 05, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dina Abdulhadi is a photographer, writer, and ex-scientist born and raised in Georgia. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works in environmental and climate change advocacy.

Maria Chercoles is a brand and innovation strategist. She was born in Argentina, raised in Cuba, and moved to the US in 2001 to pursue a degree in journalism. She also holds a master’s in design strategy. Her work has appeared in the OC Register, Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, and the Jewish Journal. She lives in Chelsea.

Julia Devin is a Spanish transplant who works at TED during the day and enjoys writing short non-fiction essays at night. She’s a sucker for love stories and still giggles when there’s kissing, something she thought she’d get over in her twenties but, unfortunately, it seems to have stuck. If she isn’t reading a book, you can probably find her listening to a new podcast or watching anything on HBO. Julia lives in Bed-Stuy with two really great humans she found on Craigslist and a large collection of untouched cooking books.

Nancy Green is a product designer living in Hoboken, New Jersey.  She works quietly and imaginatively at her desk and desktop, designing products for the home, such as dishes and textiles. Some years back, as a way to get up from her chair, learn something new, engage in something vibrant ¬— and laugh more, she began to learn the Argentine tango. She fell hard into its hypnotic embrace, and talked about it so much that her non-dancing friends were becoming concerned. If not entirely bored. So she began to write down. Nancy has been writing about her experiences on and off the dance floor ever since.

Alison Louise Hubbard wrote for musical theatre for many years before recently venturing into the realm of novels and short stories.  Her lyrics have been featured in musical productions all across the country.  Her musicals are published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.  She won the Richard Rodgers Award (twice) and the Kleban Award, among others.  She was an artist-in-residence at the New Harmony Project and the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theater Conference.  She recently completed a draft of her first novel, The Casey Outrage.  Tonight’s excerpt is from her new project, a novel called Bagatelles. 

Liz Kalodner is a former entertainment executive, having spent a decade each at The Walt Disney Company and CBS Corporation and a few years at Sesame Workshop.  Her expertise is in Consumer Products or selling people things they don’t need based on TV shows they might not watch.  She also did a stint as Chairman & CEO of SocialNet, a Silicon Valley internet start-up and early entrant in the social networking space.  She did not make a lot of money. Kalodner has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Frank Lopez retired over five years ago after a career spent working for colleges, hospitals, and foundations as an employee as well as an independent consultant in the fields of marketing and public relations as well as communications and community affairs. Frank is enjoying retirement and doing things like tennis and writing. He dedicates tonight’s story, The Dollar, to the memory of his wife of 45 years, Katherine, who died this past August. Together, but mostly by Katherine, they raised two loving and talented sons, who, with their families, bring much laughter, light, and music to the world.

Suzanne Martinez wrote poetry in her teens and twenties while pursuing a BFA and an MFA in visual arts. Poetry was always incorporated into her visual art and a few poems were published in student literary journals. Then she stopped writing.  She started a business and a family and somehow thirty years flashed by. Suzanne started writing again five years ago, but turned to fiction. The scene she is reading is from her novel in progress, Don’t Look Back about a group of friends attending in art school in the late sixties.

Susannah Nolan is the author of the plays Don’t Pick Up (Best Play, American Globe Theater 15-Minute Play Festival, published by Smith & Kraus, performed around the country), Fed Up to Here (finalist, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival), Jane Takes It In (Downtown Urban Theatre Festival), The Man with David’s Face, No Time to Change Clothes, and The Truth About Love. Her screenplay, How Do You Type a Broken Heart? is currently in post-production for release in spring 2018.  She is the co-founder and artistic director of Present Tense Productions and member of the Dramatists Guild. Little Millie and The Mount Misery Boys, is her first novel.

Oyindamola Shoola is a writer, a book reviewer, a blogger, and an author of 2 books. Her second book titled “To Bee a Honey” was published in August. She is currently a sophomore with a major in Organizational Behavior and Management, with a minor in Creative writing.