Hilary Black has spent her career as an editor in both books and
magazines. She has held positions at Random House, HarperCollins,
Simon & Schuster, More magazine (where she was a founding editor),
and Tango magazine (where she was editor in chief). She lives in New
Laurie Abraham is a freelance writer and senior editor of Elle magazine.
currently at work on a book about marriage and couples therapy for
Simon & Schuster, she is the author of Mama Might Be Better Off Dead:
The Failure of Health Care in Urban America. Her essays have been
included in several collections, including The Best American Essays:
2006 and The Bitch in the House. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with
her husband and two daughters.
Kim Barnes is the author of two novels, Finding Caruso and A Country
Called Home, and two memoirs, In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in
Unknown Country, a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize, and Hungry
for the World. She is coeditor with Mary clearman Blew of Circle of
Women: An Anthology of Contemporary Western Women Writers and,
with Claire Davis, of Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife
Underground by Twenty-Five Women over Forty. Her essays, stories,
and poems have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies,
including More, the Georgia Review, Shenandoah, and the Pushcart
Prize anthology. She teaches writing at the university of Idaho and lives
with her husband, the poet Robert Wrigley, on Moscow Mountain.
Visit her online at www.kimbarnes.com.
Marisa Belger’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including
Travel + Leisure, Natural Health, and Prevention. She has also
contributed to MSNBC.com, Beliefnet.com, and TODAYShow.com.
She collaborated with Josh Dorfman on The Lazy Environmentalist,
a comprehensive guide to easy, stylish green living, and with Ariane
de Bonvoisin on The First 30 Days: Your Guide to Any Change (and
Loving Your Life More). She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her
husband and son.
Veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts is the author of the national bestseller The Feminine Mistake, a groundbreaking examination of women’s
life choices that was named one of the best books of the
year by the
Washington Post. A
contributing editor at Vanity Fair since
Bennetts previously spent a decade as a reporter at the New
where she covered national politics, metropolitan news, and
news and wrote style page features. She was the first woman
cover a presidential campaign for the Times. Her work has also been
published in Town & Country, Columbia Journalism
Review, NewYork, Vogue, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal,
More, Houseand Garden, Worth, Family Life, Parents, Child,
Parenting, FamilyPC, Condé Nast Traveler, Lear’s, The Nation, Modern
the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Self, Women’s
and Woman’s Day, among
many other magazines. Bennetts lives in
Manhattan with her husband and two children.
Visit her online at www.thefemininemistake.com
Bliss Broyard is
the author of the collection of stories My Father, Dancing, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and One Drop: My Father’sHidden Life—A Story of Race and Family Secrets, which was named
the Humanist Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment
Humanities and a Best Book of the Year by the Chicago
fiction and essays have been anthologized in Best
American ShortStories, the
Pushcart Prize anthology, and The Art of the Essay and have
appeared in Ploughshares, O: The Oprah Magazine, Cookie,
New York Times. She
is a contributing writer to Elle magazine.
Visit her online at www.blissbroyard.com.
A black Latina born in Panama, Veronica Chambers’s work focuses most
often on the intersection of women and culture. Her memoir Mama’s
Girl was an American Library Association Best Book of the Year. Her
most recent books include Kickboxing Geishas, Miss Black America,
and a children’s book, Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa. Her articles have
appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Vogue, O: The
Oprah Magazine, and Glamour. She also designs and produces a line
of children’s clothes, Florabunda Tots, available at Etsy.com. Chambers
lives in Princeton,
New Jersey, with her husband and daughter. Visit her
online at veronicachambers.com.
Amy Cohen was a writer-producer on the sitcoms Caroline in the City and
Spin City, a dating columnist for the New York Observer, and the dating
correspondent for cable TV’s New York Central. Author of The Late
Bloomer’s Revolution, she lives in New York City.
Visit her online at www.byamycohen.com.
Abby Ellin is the
author of Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighsin on Living Large, Losing Weight, and How Parents Can
(and Can’t)Help. For five
years, she wrote the “Preludes” column, about young
People and money, in the Sunday money and business section
New York Times. She
regularly writes for the New York Times Sunday
style section and has a series on MSN.com called “How to
Millionaire.” Her work has appeared in numerous
Time, the Village
Voice, Marie Claire, More, Self, Glamour, the
BostonPhoenix, and Spy. But so far her greatest claim to fame is naming
“Karamel Sutra” ice cream for Ben and Jerry’s.
Visit her online at www.abbyellin.com.
Joni Evans is the
CEO of wowOwow.com, a website for women forty and
older. Her career of more than thirty-five years in
serving as president and publisher of Simon & Schuster,
at Random House, and senior vice president of the William
Agency’s literary department. She has written for the New
the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York magazine, and O: TheOprah Magazine. She
lives in New York City and Westchester, New
Visit her online at www.wowowow.com.
memoir An Italian Affair was a New
York Times bestseller
and translated into five languages. A contributing editor
at More magazine, she’s also written for the New York Times,
Vogue, O: TheOprah Magazine, Gourmet, and Travel + Leisure.
Currently at work on
another memoir, she lives in San Francisco.
Visit her online at www.laurafraser.com.
Julia Glass is the
author of the novels Three Junes (which
won the 2002
National Book Award for Fiction), The Whole World Over, and I See YouEverywhere. She has
won fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the
Institute for Advanced Study. For her short fiction, she
three Nelson Algren Awards, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the
Alley Medal for Best Novella; for nonfiction, she has
received the Ames
Memorial Essay Award. She lives with her family in
Lori Gottlieb is
the author of the national bestseller, Stick Figure: ADiary of My Former Self, an American Library Association “Best Books
2001” selection. She is a regular commentator for NPR’s All
ThingsConsidered, and her
work has also aired on public radio’s WeekendEdition, Marketplace, and This American Life. Her
articles have been
published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, AtlanticMonthly, Time, People, Elle, Glamour, Redbook, and Slate, among
many others. She is the coauthor, with Kevin Bleyer of Comedy
Central’s The Daily Show, of I
Love You, Nice to Meet You: A Guy and a GirlGive the Lowdown on Coupling Up, and her essays have appeared in
numerous anthologies, including This Side of Doctoring,
Scoot Over,Skinny, The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt,
Mortified: The BigBook of Angst, and Fired:
Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized,and Dismissed. She
lives in Los Angeles. Visit her online at www.lorigottlieb.com.
Marnie Hanel is a
reporter-researcher at Vanity Fair. She
writes for the
magazine’s blog, VF Daily, and contributed to The Filthy
Her work has appeared in Jane, Tango, and the Seattle Times, and on
Daily Candy, TO DAYshow.com, and Yahoo!. She lives in New York City.
Kathryn Harrison is
the author of the memoirs The Kiss, Seeking Rapture,The Mother Knot, and The Road to Santiago; the novels Thicker
ThanWater, Exposure, Poison, The Binding Chair, The Seal
Wife, and Envy; a
biography, Saint Therese of Lisieux; and most recently, While They Slept:An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family. Her personal essays have appeared
in The New Yorker, Harper’s, More, Vogue, O: The Oprah
many other publications. A frequent reviewer for the New
York TimesBook Review, she
teaches at Hunter College. She lives in New York with
her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their three
Visit her online at www.kathrynharrison.com.
Sheri Holman is the
author of four novels, including A Stolen Tongue,The Dress Lodger, a
national bestseller nominated for an IMPAC
Dublin Literary Award, and The Mammoth Cheese, a Best Book of the
Year (San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly) short-listed for the
Orange Prize. Holman has written for More, Allure, and Self, among
others, and is a regular reviewer for the Washington
Post and the Barnesand Noble Review.
She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Ann Hood is the
author, most recently, of the novel The Knitting Circle; a
memoir, Comfort: A Journey Through Grief; and a young adult novel, How I Saved My Father’s Life (And Ruined Everything
Else). She is
the author of eight other books, including a short story
collection, AnOrnithologist’s Guide to Life; the novel Somewhere Off the Coast ofMaine; and the
memoir Do Not Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in aCynical Time. Her
short stories and essays have appeared in publications
such as the New York Times, Paris Review, Salon.com, Bon Appetit,Traveler, Food & Wine, More, Good Housekeeping, and many more. She
has won two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual
and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives with
her family in
Providence, Rhode Island.
Visit her online at www.annhood.us.
Rebecca Johnson is
a writer who splits her time between Brooklyn and
Pound Ridge, New York. She is the author of the novel And
SometimesWhy as well as a
longtime contributor to Vogue. She is
married with two
children and three stepchildren. Her website can be found
Visit her online at www.RebeccaJohnsonAuthor.com.
Karen Karbo is the
author of three novels and a memoir, all named NewYork Times Notable
Books. Her most recent work is How to Hepburn:Lessons on Living from Kate the Great. She lives and attempts to
manage her money in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at www.karenkarbo.com.
Lucy Kaylin is the
author of two books, The Perfect Stranger: The TruthAbout Mothers and Nannies and For the Love of God: The Faith andFuture of the American Nun. She is currently the executive editor of Marie Claire magazine
and has held positions at GQ and Vogue. She
lives in New York City with her husband, ten-year-old
Jennifer Wolff Perrine is an award-winning investigative journalist and
essayist whose work has appeared in Self, New York,
Men’s Health, and
the New York Times.
A 2008 nominee for the National Magazine Award
for service journalism, Wolff also writes “The Literate
literary food column in Best Life magazine. She and her family divide
their time between New York City and Easton, Pennsylvania.
Dani Shapiro’s most
recent books include the novels Black & White and Family History, along
with the bestselling memoir Slow Motion.
fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker,
Granta, Elle, Vogue, Ploughshares, One Story, and O: The Oprah Magazine and
have been broadcast on National Public Radio. Her books
translated into seven languages. She is on the faculty of
Writing Program at the New School, and she founded the
Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. She lives in
Connecticut with her
Visit her online at www.danishapiro.com.
Amy Sohn is the New
York Times–bestselling author of the
novels RunCatch Kiss and My
Old Man, which have been translated into
languages. She is at work on her third novel for Simon
& Schuster. She
has written for the New York Times, New York magazine, The Nation,Harper’s Bazaar, and Playboy, among other publications,
television pilots for HBO, Fox, and ABC. She lives in
York, with her husband and daughter.
Visit her online at www.amysohn.com.
Susanna Sonnenberg is
the author of the bestselling memoir Her LastDeath, published by
Scribner in 2008. Her personal essays have
appeared in a variety of magazines, as well as in the
anthologies AboutWhat Was Lost and Behind
the Bedroom Door. She lives in Missoula,
Montana, with her husband and two sons.
Visit her online at www.susannasonnenberg.com.
J. Courtney Sullivan is
a writer and researcher for the New York Times and the author of the novel Commencement. Her work has also appeared
in the Times column
“Modern Love,” New York magazine, Elle,
Allure,Men’s Vogue, Cosmopolitan, the New York Observer, and Tango and on
the website someecards.com. She is currently coediting an
essays about young women and feminism. She lives in
Visit her online at www.jcourtneysullivan.com.
Melanie Thernstrom is
the author of The Dead Girl and HalfwayHeaven: Diary of a Harvard Murder. She is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and has also written for The New Yorker,New York magazine,
the Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Food &Wine, Travel + Leisure, and other publications. She lives in southwest
Washington State. Visit her online at www.melaniethernstrom.com.
Rebecca Traister is
a senior writer for Salon.com, where she writes about
women in media, pop culture, and politics. She has written
for the NewYork Observer, Elle, The Nation, Vogue, New York magazine, and the New York Times, among
many other publications. She lives in Brooklyn,
Born and raised on a steady diet of Brady Bunch reruns and anything
written by Norman Lear, Elizabeth Williams is a television writer
whose most recent credits include programs for the CW, CBS,
She lives in Los Angeles.