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Davi Napoleon
Davi Napoleon
Non-Fiction, Theater

Davi Napoleon is a theater historian and freelance writer whose work appears in newspapers and magazines locally and nationally. Regulars include Live Design and American Theatre Magazine, and locally The Ann Arbor Observer, PULP, and an assortment of University of Michigan publications. She holds a BA and MA from Michigan and a Ph.D. in theater history, theory, and criticism from New York University.

Her book, Chelsea on the Edge: The Adventures of an American Theater, tells the onstage and backstage story of a theater that thrived in the mid-20th century and folded when funding for the arts decreased radically, even though the theater was drawing critical acclaim and loyal audiences. It reflects the larger story of the not-for-profit theater in America.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davi_Napoleon

Bethany Neal
Bethany Neal
Suspense, Thriller

Bethany Neal is the author of the internationally published young adult novel My Last Kiss (FSG Books for Young Readers/Macmillan). When she's not writing, she is part of the editorial team at Cherry Lake Publishing and teaches writing workshops at the Ann Arbor District Library.

http://www.bethanyneal.com/

Heather Neff
Heather Neff
Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction

Born in Akron, Ohio, Heather Neff's family moved to Detroit when she was in her teens. After graduating from Cass Technical High School, Heather earned a Bachelor's Degree in English with High Distinction at the University of Michigan. She went on to study French language and culture at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. Heather earned her Lizentiat and doctoral degree in English Language and Literature, Comparative Literature and French Linguistics at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. She then spent two years in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she taught at the University of the Virgin Islands and St. Joseph High School. She joined the faculty in the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University in 1993, retiring as a Distinguished Professor in 2021.

The author of eight novels, Heather's books cover topics such as female friendship, lost heritage, love, troubled cultural relationships between Africans and African Americans, addiction and recovery, modern-day human trafficking, and intimate partner violence and its effect on children. Her book Wisdom received a Fiction Honor Book Award from the American Library Association. Heather's poetry from her time in France is collected in The Paris Hours.

https://www.heatherneffbooks.net/

Sarah Nisbett
Sarah Nisbett
Art and Design

Sarah Nisbett is an artist, author and founder of Drawn On The Way. A former professional opera singer, she learned to draw by sketching strangers during her daily commute on the New York City subway. A totally self-taught artist, she has drawn over 5,000 strangers and turned her hobby of drawing “on the way” into a successful illustration career, Instagram account, blog and book. Sarah uses illustration to connect people to their self worth and sense of wonder and her Drawn On The Way project is dedicated to helping people find the extraordinary in the everyday and to see themselves and those around them as works of art. She is passionate about empowering people to discover and enjoy their own creativity. Her work has been shown internationally and she’s a sought after creative collaborator and live-event illustrator. “Drawn On The Way: A Guide to capturing the moment through live sketching” is her first book. Look for @drawnontheway on Instagram, Facebook and Tik Tok.

https://www.drawnontheway.com/

Nancy Nishihira
Nancy Nishihira
Poetry

Nancy Nishihira is an Asian-American artist of Ryukyuan descent. Her poetry is featured in the local anthology Love and Other Futures; Poetry from Untold Stories of Liberation & Love, a women of color poetry anthology of Black, Latinx, Arab, Indigenous, and Asian women in and around Washtenaw County Michigan. Nancy has been published as a writer and photographer in the inaugural issue of Shimanchu Nu Kwii and she exhibits her painting in local art shows. Nancy is a longtime musician and singer/songwriter. Her music can be found on multiple streaming sites including Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

https://nancynishihira.bandcamp.com/

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

Lauren Ranalli
Lauren Ranalli

Lauren Ranalli is an award-winning children's book author and marketing coach for aspiring and self-published authors. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Lauren describes herself as "a fully-grown adult who still gets excited about the Scholastic book catalog. I can wander for hours in bookstores. I absolutely love a freshly sharpened pencil. And I have found so much joy in pursuing my dream of being a children’s book author. Inspired by my own high-spirited children, I aim to create stories that excite curiosity and broaden our sense of community."

Lauren's current work includes "The Great Latke Cook Off," "Places We Have Never Been," "Let's Meet on the Moon," and "Snow Day at the Zoo." You can order books, download free activity sheets, or sign up for her author services on her website, and follow her journey on instagram: @lauren.ranalli_author.

https://www.laurenranalli.com/

Kamron Reynolds
Kamron Reynolds
Comics

Kamron Reynolds, of Kam Komics, is your friendly neighborhood comic book artist and rapper. As Kam says, “I JUST WANT TO HELP CREATE DIVERSE NEW CHARACTERS AND STORIES THAT CAN STAND THE TEST OF TIME, LIKE SO MANY ICONIC CHARACTERS FANS HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH FOR OVER A CENTURY. THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IS CHANGING EVERYDAY. AS MUCH AS I LOVE SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, X-MEN, THE FANTASTIC FOUR INCREDIBLE HULK, ETC. THINGS HAVE TO CHANGE IN THIS NEW ERA OF COMICS. WE NEED MORE DIVERSE CHARACTERS WITH DEPTH. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HAVING BLACK/WHITE CHARACTERS ANYMORE. WE NEED MORE CHARACTERS THAT ARE HISPANIC, ASIAN, INDONESIAN, GAY, STRAIGHT, MALE, FEMALE, TRANS-GENDER, DISABLED, KIDS, TEENAGERS, ADULTS, SENIOR CITIZENS, ETC. AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET THIS TYPE OF DIVERSITY IS TO ENCOURAGE DIVERSE CREATORS AND ARTISTS. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE COMICS NOW. AND WE AS CREATORS AND ARTISTS HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO DIG DEEPER TO CREATE NEW ART AND LITERATURE. JUST LIKE ANYTHING IT TAKES TIME. AND I JUST HOPE MY WORK REACHES THE MOST DIVERSE COMMUNITY THAT IT CAN.”

https://www.kamkomics.com/

Sandee Rodriguez
Sandee Rodriguez
Children's

Sandee Rodriguez lives in Ypsilanti Michigan. She started writing at 19 years old with a poem about a French Fry. While continuing to pursue poetry, she responded to an ad about learning to write children's books and began writing short stories. At the age of 24, she sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury, amnesia, and paralysis, among other challenges. One of those challenges was language. Exploring writing, through Speech Therapy, she returned to poetry, children's stories and eventually journalism. Sandee spends her days baking, caring for her 3 dogs, and continuing to write early reader books. She’s also working on a full-length musical about her journey living with Traumatic Brain Injury.

http://www.tbihome.org/members/sandee

Dan Romanchik
Dan Romanchik
Academic, Non-Fiction

Dan Romanchik has been an Ann Arbor resident for more than 35 years and an amateur radio
operator for even longer. A Detroit native, Dan made his way to Ann Arbor to work for Northern
Telecom as an electronics engineer and engineering manager. After a six-year stint there, he
worked for Test & Measurement World, a magazine for electronics engineers, and then worked
as a freelance writer and website developer. He enjoys going to movies at the Michigan Theater
and teaching amateur radio classes. Dan’s books are for those who will be taking their Technician Class, General Class, and Amateur Extra Class license exams, who are recently licensed or are just getting back into amateur radio, and those wanting to learn the art of Morse Code.

https://www.kb6nu.com

Polly Rosenwaike
Polly Rosenwaike
Collection

Polly Rosenwaike’s story collection, Look How Happy I’m Making You, was published by Doubleday, and was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Short Story Collections of 2019” and Glamour’s “Best Books of 2019.” Her fiction and book reviews have appeared in O. Henry Prize Stories, Glimmer Train, the New York Times Book Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in Ann Arbor, where she works as a freelance editor and serves as Fiction Editor for Michigan Quarterly Review.

https://www.pollyrosenwaike.com/

Rachel Rothschild
Rachel Rothschild
Academic, Non-Fiction

Rachel Emma Rothschild is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Previously a legal fellow at the Institute for Policy Integrity, she holds a J.D., cum laude, from NYU School of Law, where she was a Furman Academic Scholar, and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Princeton University. From 2015 to 2017, she was an assistant professor and faculty fellow at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Rachel's scholarship sits at the intersection of law, history, and policy. She is the author of Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution (University of Chicago Press, 2019), and has written numerous articles and essays on pollution problems for academic journals and media outlets. Her recent research examines climate change litigation as well as the past and present regulation of toxic substances.

https://michigan.law.umich.edu/faculty-and-scholarship/our-faculty/rachel-rothschild

Jonathan Rowe
Jonathan Rowe
Historical Fiction, Mystery

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jonathan Rowe has won two Avery Hopwood writing awards at the University of Michigan, the Marion Kirkwood Best Brief award at Stanford Law School, and the Thomas Cooley Prize for Best Brief in the Michigan Supreme Court. After law school, Jonathan worked five years as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, prosecuting police brutality and racial violence cases; ten years as a Senior Partner at Dykema Gossett PLLC in Michigan, specializing in media defense litigation; and ten years as a Partner in Soble Rowe Krichbaum LLP in Ann Arbor, broadening his practice to include plaintiff-side securities class action and tobacco litigation, and serving as a private mediator and arbitrator.

In 2006 Jonathan Rowe retired from law practice to write novels full-time. He is the author of The Writing on the Wall (2003), A Question of Identity (2005), and The River of Strange People (2010). Jonathan and his wife, Susan Kessler, lived in Hawaii for 11 years, but recently returned to Ann Arbor, to be closer to their two children and grandchildren.

https://aadl.org/catalog/record/10083455

Anne Ruggles Gere
Anne Ruggles Gere
Academic, Non-Fiction

Anne Ruggles Gere is a professor of English and a professor of education at the University of Michigan. A high school English teacher before she took her PhD and became an academic, she has always been interested in writing. Questions that interest her include how people use different processes of writing to reach various goals, the kinds of learning that writing can enable, and how writers develop as they move from high school to college. Her most recent book, Developing Writers in HIgher Education: A Longitudinal Study, was a collaborative project based on surveys, samples of writing, and interviews with 169 undergraduates as they progressed from entering first-years to graduating seniors learning to identify necessary information for specific audiences and synthesizing feedback for stronger writing.

https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/monographs/ww72bc25j

Stephen Rush
Stephen Rush
Academic, Biography

Stephen Rush has enjoyed premieres in five continents and released many publications of his musical compositions. He has written 5 operas, chamber, electronic works, concertos, and symphonies, performed by the Detroit Symphony and Warsaw National Symphonies. He has written books, including a book on liturgy, a work with Ornette Coleman, and anti-racist and gender inclusive Music Theory. His recordings appear on ESP Disk', Innova, Equilibrium, Deep Listening, Centaur, MMC, RogueArts (Paris), Summit and CALA Records.

As a Professor of Music at University of Michigan, he founded the Digital Music Ensemble, who worked with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, and premiered works by John Cage, Philip Glass and La Monte Young. Rush has over 35 CDs released, and has performed or recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Eliott Sharp, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald and his jazz trio "Naked Dance" (Jeremy Edwards and Andrew Bishop). He is also deeply invested in Installation Art, collaborating with Michael Gould and Nobel Prize winning physicist Henry Pollack, and physicists at the Fermi Lab.

https://stephenjrushmusic.com/

Roy Sexton
Roy Sexton
Humor

Roy Sexton leads Clark Hill’s marketing, branding, and communications efforts in collaboration with the firm’s exceptional team of marketing and business development professionals. He has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, business development, and strategic planning. Roy also advises attorneys on marketing and business development strategy. He has been heavily involved regionally and nationally in the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) as a board member, content expert, and presenter.

Roy posts movie musings on Facebook, much to the chagrin of true arbiters of taste. He tends to go see whatever film has been most obnoxiously hyped, marketed, and oversold in any given week…art films? Bah! Won’t find too many of those discussed here. Roy is a published author of two books: Reel Roy Reviews, Volumes 1 and 2.

https://reelroyreviews.com/

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