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MARCIA BUTLER was a professional oboist for twenty-five years, until her retirement from music in 2008. During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras – including pianist Andre Watts, composer and pianist Keith Jarrett and soprano Dawn Upshaw. She was hailed by the New York Times as “a first rate artist.” Her memoir The Skin Above My Knee, published by Little, Brown and Company, has a release date of February 21, 2017. She has published personal essays in journals and online literary sites. Her first piece of flash fiction will be included in an anthology of 100 authors from Centum Press. Marcia was a Writer in Residence for Aspen Words in 2015 under the auspices of the Catto Shaw Foundation. She is currently working on a novel and lives in New York City.
ABEER HOQUE is a writer, photographer, and editor. Born in Enugu, Nigeria, she lived in the university town of Nsukka until the age of 13, when her family then moved to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she completed high school. She has lived in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Bangkok, Bangladesh, and now Brooklyn. She is a Fulbright Fellow, and the recipient of grants from NEA, NYFA, and others. Her first book is the novel-in-stories, The Lovers and the Leavers (HarperCollins, India). Her memoir, Olive Witch (Harper 360), appears this month.
The New York Times called MARK LEYNER’s Gone with the Mind “a blindingly weird novel” that is both “truly absurd and absurdly true.” His other books include the novel Et tu, Babe, the story collection My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist, and the essay collection, Why Do Men Have Nipples? There’s really nothing more to say.
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