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    Meet the talented book coaches and writing consultants who deliver WriteByNight’s signature writing coaching, manuscript consultation, and publication assistance services. These professional writers, editors, and teachers are available to help you write your novel, memoir, essay, short story, children’s book, or any other writing project, either in person or remotely via phone or Zoom, Skype, etc.

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    WriteByNight co-founder David Duhr is fiction editor at the Texas Observer, a member of the Yak Babies books podcast, and writes for the Dallas Morning News and others.

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    Coaches & Consultants

    Alex Myers is Director of the Mountain School of Milton Academy. A graduate of Harvard University, Alex earned degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Religious Studies before gravitating towards writing. His essays have been published in a variety of places, including The Guardian, Newsweek, and Slate. He has had three essays named as “notable” in Best American Essays. Alex also writes fiction, with four novels published: Revolutionary, Continental Divide, The Story of Silence and The Symmetry of Stars.

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    Arielle K. Jones is a Black and queer writer from California’s Central Valley. They earned their BA from San Francisco State University, and their MFA from Fresno State University. She is a Tin House Summer Workshop alumna and Best of the Net Finalist with pieces in The RumpusAlternating Current Press, Blood Tree Lit, and others. Her work tends to portray intimacy and underrepresented identities through taboos and fairytales.

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    David Bushman is the author of four books, including, most recently, Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks (Thomas & Mercer, January 2022). He spent twenty-five years as a TV curator at The Paley Center for Media, two years as program director at TV Land, and four years as a television editor and critic at Variety. He next tackles true crime again in Forget It, Jake, It’s Schenectady, about police corruption in update New York, due out this spring from Fayetteville Mafia Press.

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    Heather Gluck is a writer, poet, and editor. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she directed the Incarcerated Writers Initiative, and her BA from Wellesley College. She is currently an editor at the literary journal Majuscule and has served as editor-in-chief at the publications Exchange and Some Kind of Opening. Her work is published or upcoming in Palette PoetryCrosswinds Poetry JournalBeyond Words, and Cathexis Northwest Press, among others. She also translates from French. See more at her website.

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    Joanna Acevedo is a writer, educator, and editor from New York City. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2021 for her poem “self portrait if the girl is on fire” and is the author of three books and chapbooks, including Unsaid Things (Flexible Press, 2021) and List of Demands (Bottlecap Press, 2022). Her work can be found in Apogee, Hobart, and the Rumpus, among others. She received her MFA in Fiction from New York University in 2021 and is supported by Creatives Rebuild New York: Guaranteed Income For Artists.

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    JoAnna Novak’s debut memoir, Contradiction Days, will be published in 2023. She is the author of the novel I Must Have You and Meaningful Work: Stories, as well as three books of poetry. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere.

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    John Sibley Williams, consultant and coachJohn Sibley Williams is the author of six collections, including The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A 19-time Pushcart nominee, John is editor of The Inflectionist Review, teaches for Literary Arts, and works as a literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State. Follow John on Twitter and visit his website.

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    Jules Vasquez’s first novel, Plague City, won the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel from the Journal of Experimental Fiction (2019). Their chapbooks include Fallout, Saints and Dirty Pictures (little m press, 2009) and Yet Wave (the Lune, 2017). They also coauthored No Titles in the Bounds (2022); The Smoke Bar (2022); and Waiting for Samuel Beckett (2022) with Leslie D. Soule. They’ve been published widely, but don’t like to name drop or brag. They enjoy noise/drone music, cheap takeout, B-rated gangster/scifi flicks, and long walks off short piers.

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    Michael Bible is the author of novels The Ancient Hours, Empire of Light, and Sophia on Melville House Books. His work can be seen in The Oxford American, The Baffler, Paris Review Daily, New York Tyrant, BBC Radio, The Guardian, Joyland, and LA Review of Books.

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    mónica teresa ortiz (they, them) was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle, and is the author of “muted blood” and “autobiography of a semi-romantic anarchist.” They have facilitated writing workshops for women factory workers in Mexico, The Operating System based in NYC, as well as for the Central American collective and multimedia production house, Tierra Narrative. ortiz is also currently a Freedomways journalist in residence. Follow mónica on Twitter or on Substack at Riding with the Poet.

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    Resa Alboher is a founding editor of the St. Petersburg Review, teaches creative writing at LA Writer’s Group, and has been a lecturer in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work appears in Roads & KingdomsCosmonauts AvenueRattle, Sundance TV, AMC TV, and others, and she’s been a staff writer for Mango Salute and Rewire Me. She holds an MFA in creative writing from University of Tampa, spent two decades working, traveling, writing and daydreaming in Russia, and now lives in the City of Angels.

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    Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of nine novels and two works of nonfiction. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Sara has written creative nonfiction and short fiction for Image, Hunger Mountain online, and Response, among others, and is a MacDowell Fellow (2014). Sara also hosts and produces the This Creative Life podcast. She divides her time between Utah and California and is currently on the MFA faculty at Lesley University. Learn more about Sara and her work at her website.

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    Tariq Shah is the author of Whiteout Conditions (Two Dollar Radio, 2020). His chapbook, ‘heart assist device,’ was a finalist for the 2019 no, dear/small anchor press chapbook series. A Best of the Net award nominee, his work appears in or is forthcoming from Whiskey Tit, DIAGRAM, jubilat, New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims Anthology, and more. A former peace corps volunteer in Mozambique, he was born and raised in Illinois and now lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches at St. Joseph’s College.

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    Tom Andes’ writing, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2012, Witness, GuernicaGreat Jones Street, The Rumpus, the L.A. Review of Books, and more. He has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, ADVANCE Camp for Young Scholars, and The Walker Percy Center at Loyola University. He works in New Orleans as a freelance writer and editor, teaches for the New Orleans Writers Workshop, which he co-founded, and moonlights as a country singer. You can find more at his website.

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    Editorial Staff

    Adriana Cloud holds an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, and she has over a decade of experience in book publishing, working for companies like Harvard University Press and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, The Nervous BreakdownAtticus Review, and others. Her chapbook, Instructions for Building a Wind Chime, was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2016. Follow Adriana on Twitter.

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    Brad Tyer is a veteran journalist and current editor of Montana Free Press. He’s reviewed books for the Los Angeles Review of Books and many others. He’s worked twice as managing editor of the Texas Observer (where he oversaw literary coverage), and twice as editor of the now defunct alt-weekly Missoula (Montana) Independent. He’s been awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship and a Fund for Investigative Journalism grant. His nonfiction book, Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape (Beacon Press, 2013) earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly .

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