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Robert Pasick
Robert Pasick
Academic, Business, Inspiration, Non-Fiction

Robert Pasick, Ph.D. is a prolific writer and featured speaker on the complexities of the human condition. Being a Harvard educated psychologist and a University of Michigan trained executive coach, he has helped hundreds of private sector and nonprofit leaders, educators, government officials, and healthcare professionals reach their optimal level of performance. He teaches at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business and serves as a consultant to the University of Michigan football team. He served as an advisor to companies who lost employees in New York City after 9/11 and provided services to the President of Rwanda following that country’s period of Genocide. Dr. Pasick has written eight books, resulting in appearances on Oprah, The Today Show, and National Public Radio. Dr. Pasick’s books draw on his experience as a human being, a clinical and organizational psychologist, and an executive coach to help people find and express themselves.

https://robpasick.com/

Judy Patterson Wenzel
Judy Patterson Wenzel
Memoir, Poetry

Judy Patterson Wenzel grew up in Rogers City, a small community in northern Michigan. After
substituting in high school classes, she got a secondary certificate and majors in English and
Social Studies at the University of Michigan. She spent time teaching a variety of adult
education classes prior to landing her job in a program at the federal prison in Milan. Beyond
GED, it was the only program in the Bureau of Prisons to offer classes for high school diplomas,
a treasured milestone for the men who had dropped out of school. Her students needed to
recover skills and how to discuss issues with classmates. Federal prisons have a wide diversity
of men, so discussions were sometimes challenging, but also rich and needed. She found
herself on a constant learning curve teaching people who had grown up in very different
circumstances. Her students were eager and grateful, and she learned as much as she taught.
After she retired, she wrote Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom. Following her
students’ love of poetry, she also wrote a book of poems called Shape Notes.

https://www.facebook.com/judypattersonwenzel/

Andre F. Peltier
Andre F. Peltier
Poetry

Andre F. Peltier (he/him) is a Pushcart and Best of the Net Nominee and a Lecturer III at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches writing and a wide variety of literature classes. He lives in Ypsilanti with his wife, children, dog and turtles. His poetry has recently appeared in various publications like CP Quarterly, Lavender and Lime Review, About Place, Novus Review, Fiery Scribe, and Fahmidan Journal, and most recently in Menacing Hedge, The Brazos Review, and Idle Ink. His debut poetry collection, Poplandia, is available from Alien Buddha. In his free time, he obsesses over soccer and comic books.

https://andrefpeltier.com/

Aaron Perzanowski
Aaron Perzanowski
Academic, Non-Fiction

Aaron Perzanowski is the Thomas W. Lacchia Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School where he teaches and writes about the intersection of intellectual and personal property law. Much of his work explores the notion of ownership in the digital economy. His books include The End of Ownership, co-authored with Jason Schultz (MIT Press, 2016), and The Right to Repair (Cambridge University Press, 2022). His current book project addresses how shifting conceptions of ownership threaten to undermine the core functions of libraries.

Professor Perzanowski also has written about the ways in which informal governance and social norms influence creative production in contexts ranging from the tattoo industry to the clowning community. Creativity Without Law, his 2017 book with Kate Darling (NYU Press), collected much of the growing body of scholarship exploring the interplay between IP and social norms.

https://www.perzanow.ski/

Isaac Pickell
Isaac Pickell
Poetry

Isaac Pickell is native Ann Arborite, a biracial poet, and a PhD candidate in Detroit, where he teaches the writing of poetry and the reading of literature. Isaac received his MFA in Poetry from Miami University, where he served as the Poetry Editor of Oxford Magazine, and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Woodward Review. Isaac is the author of everything saved will be last (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) and the collection It’s not over once you figure it out (Black Ocean, 2023). You can find his recent work in Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Passages North, Poetry Daily, and various corners of the internet. Isaac has taken a seat in all fifty states and has so much to look forward to.

https://www.isaacpickell.com/pubs

Deb Pilutti
Deb Pilutti

Deb Pilutti writes and illustrates books for children with humor and candor. She feels lucky to have a job where reading, playing with toys, and watching cartoons is considered “research.” Before becoming an author & illustrator, Deb was a graphic designer and created toys and packaging for Oliebollen.com as well as graphics for SeaWorld and Warner Brothers theme parks. Deb lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Tom, and Australian Shepard, Tater. She enjoys hiking, camping, reading and hanging out with friends and family.

https://debpilutti.com/

Theo Poling
Theo Poling
Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Theo Poling is a transgender author who uses they/them or he/his pronouns. They graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in creative writing and art and specialize in LGBT issues in their writing. They aim to increase representation in fiction. Theo has been published in numerous literary magazines and has had short films produced. They enjoy writing, participating in LGBT activism, and hiking in local nature preserves. Theo is a self-described cat person and breakfast food enthusiast.

https://theopoling.com/

Eileen Pollack
Eileen Pollack
Collection, Fiction, Memoir

Eileen Pollack is the author of several novels and award winning story collections. Of which, Breaking and Entering was named a New York Times Editor's Choice selection. Eileen's work of creative nonfiction Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull was made into a movie starring Jessica Chastain. Her investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys' Club was published in 2015; a long excerpt appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and went viral. Her works have been selected for Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Eileen lived in Ann Arbor for 27 years and directed the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She now lives and writes in Boston but many of her books, stories, and essays are set in Michigan/Ann Arbor.

https://eileenpollack.com/

David Pratt
David Pratt
LGBTQ+, Theater

David Pratt is the author of Bob the Book (Chelsea Station), Wallaconia (Beautiful Dreamer Press), Todd Sweeney, the Fiend of Fleet High (Hosta Press), Looking After Joey (Lethe Press), and a story collection, My Movie (Chelsea Station). His stories have appeared in several periodicals and anthologies. David has performed work for the theater at venues in New York City and Michigan. He recently published Two Plays: The Snow Queen and November Door, and The Book of Humiliation, an "anti-novel" published as a series of zines designed by Ann Arbor, MI artist Nicholas Williams.

https://www.hostapress.com/

Stephanie D. Preston
Stephanie D. Preston
Academic, Non-Fiction

Stephanie D. Preston is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has a master’s degree and a PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of California at Berkeley, where she studied the neurobiology and behavior of decisions in food-storing animals. Subsequently, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine to study how the brain supports emotion-based decisions in humans. Stephanie’s research is interdisciplinary in focus and methods to address how the brain evolved to support complex behavior at the intersection of emotion and decision making. One focus is on empathy and altruism, particularly how others' states impact our own and motivate helping. Another focus is on decisions about resources, such as food, money, material goods, and charitable gifts, to address issues surrounding consumerism, hoarding, and pro-environmental behavior. She is currently fusing her lines of research to determine how best to promote altruism and charitable giving across racial and political divides and for other species and the natural environment, including collaborations with corporations and non-profit organizations.

https://lsa.umich.edu/psych/people/faculty/prestos.html

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