Tom Brennan would like you to know that despite his lack-of-New York-accent, he's lived in New York City for all of his life (outside of the four years in Philadelphia at Drexel University). Although a rising star in the comics industry by day and a stand-up comedian by night, Tom is much more proud of being one of the "Construction Clowns" in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. He also likes grapes. If you're near the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store on Sundays, you should bring him some.
Nyshie Perkinson grew up in Wyoming and Colorado. She has a BA in American Studies from CU-Boulder and an MA in creative writing from City College. She has tried living in Vietnam and Vermont, but she can’t seem to quit Brooklyn. She is at work on her first novel and has a collection of kind and encouraging rejection letters from Zoetrope, Agni and The Missouri Review. She is a recovering Brownie and a veteran of science camp. She lives in Williamsburg.
Daniel Ehrenhaft is the author of dozens of books for children and young adults, often under the pseudonym Daniel Parker. Among them are the Countdown series, a number one best-seller in Europe; The Wessex Papers, Volumes 1-3, winner of the 2003 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel; and most recently 10 Things to Do Before I Die, an American Library Association “Quick Pick” and New York Public Library selection for The Best Teen Books of 2005 list. His middle grade adventure novel, The Last Dog on Earth, was recently picked up by the Scholastic Book Club and now has over 150,000 copies in print. His books also make great paperweights or drink coasters.
Stella del Rosario
Stella came to New York via sunny San Diego, industrial Detroit, and breathtaking Paris. She has lived in the city for 8 years, studied literature, and worked in the nonprofit sector with at-risk and homeless youth. She currently works as a freelance writer for holistic and alternative healing clients, and is developing a collection of short stories and a novella. She loves all the students that she tutors at 826nyc, and highly recommends the center to people interested in writing and volunteering.
Lauren Bahlman recently relocated to New York from Arizona to pursue a career in theater. She's very happy to have found 826NYC along the way. Lauren likes to read, see plays, take improv classes, and eat Tasti Delight. Her favorite color is blue and her least favorite color is burnt sienna.
Bryan Wizemann makes art and writes/directs films. He likes working with kids because they're less grumpy than his adult friends. His most recent film was called Losing Ground, and premiered at the 2005 Cinequest film festival (www.losingground.net). He has a degree in philosophy from Cornell, and is finishing up an MFA at Hunter, though right now someone is going to school for him in a kind of art project (www.surrogategraduate.com)
Lindsey Moore moved to New York two years ago from Austin, Texas, where she attended the University of Texas and received a degree in English (which she framed). At UT, she was a National Merit Scholar, she studied abroad (a class on art, literature, and architecture at Oxford University), she minored in theatre/playwriting, and she participated in the English Department Special Honors program, writing her thesis in poetry. She now works by day in book publishing, and at times she works by night in theatre, directing off-off-off-off Broadway shows. She has written several plays as well, and was featured in the New Works festival and FronteraFest in Austin. She taught the SAT and the GRE for a stint, and has been published in a small newspaper and an even smaller literary journal. Lindsey loves animals, reading, well-timed bursts of applause, Mexican food, slam poetry, cartoons, English Breakfast tea, certain kinds of music (with exceptions), road trips, and photography, and she believes that humor is an essential ingredient for a well-balanced diet
Clay McLeod Chapman
Clay McLeod Chapman is the creator of the Pumpkin Pie Show, a rigorous storytelling session backed by its own live soundtrack. He is the author of rest area, a collection of short stories, and Miss Corpus, a novel—both published by Hyperion books.
Marcy Zipke dabbles in dissertation writing, teaching, and freelance editing. A grad student in Educational Psychology, whole days go by in which she talks to no one older than 8 years old. Consequently, she loves the Internet, softball, and single malt scotch (though not necessarily in that order).
Michael Hearst is a musician and a writer. He is the founding member of the band One Ring Zero. Their most recent album, As Smart As We Are, includes lyrics contributed by various authors including Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, A.M. Homes, Neil Gaiman, Rick Moody and Dave Eggers. Hearst's writing has been published in journals such as McSweeney's, Parenthetical Note, and The Muse Apprentice Guild.