“Soundproof Your Life” by Tara Altebrando
Volume #2, Issue #12 • November 10, 2013
Tara Altebrando is the author of four young adult novels: The Best Night of Your(Pathetic) Life, Dreamland Social Club (A Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens of 2011), What Happens Here, and The Pursuit of Happiness. She is also coauthor with Sara Zarr of Roomies. Her first middle-grade novel, The Battle of Darcy Lane, is forthcoming in Spring 2014. A graduate of Harvard University, Tara lives in Queens, New York, with her husband and two young daughters.
“Violets” by Laura Ender
Volume #2, Issue #11 • October 10, 2013
Laura Ender earned her MFA in Fiction from Eastern Washington University. Her stories have appeared in Indiana Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. “Violets” is part of a novel-in-stories, in progress. For more information, visit lauraender.wordpress.com.
“Purgatory” by Alexandra Salerno
Volume #2, Issue #10 • September 10, 2013
Alexandra Salerno’s fiction has appeared in Harpur Palate, The Gettysburg Review, Sou’wester, Narrative, and elsewhere, and she has written reviews and criticism for the Slate Brow Beat Blog and Fourth Genre. She is originally from Tuckahoe, New York, and lives in Ohio.
“Night Swimming” by Nicole Acton
Volume #1, Issue #9 • May 10, 2013
Winner of our 2012 Teen Writing Contest
Judge: Gayle Forman
Judge: Gayle Forman
Nicole Acton’s fiction has earned her a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gold medal and a Silver Medal with Distinction for writing portfolio. She was a Level I YoungArts Winner for Short Story and a 2012 Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is a two-time winner in the Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights, Inc. National Competition. She is honored to be included in One Teen Story.
“If You Are Watching This, I Am Dead” by J. Robert Lennon
Volume #1, Issue #8 • April 10, 2013
J. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces For The Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Castle, and Familiar. He teaches writing at Cornell University.
“You Never Know” by Francesca Lia Block
Volume #1, Issue #7 • March 10, 2013
Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award for Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, has been publishing novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. The Elementals (St. Martins Press) and Pink Smog (Harper) are her most recent titles. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online. Visit her at www.francescaliablock.com.
“Passing Each Other in Halls” by Matt de la Peņa
Volume #1, Issue #6 • February 10, 2013
Matt de la Peña is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels—Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You. His fifth, The Living, will be released this fall. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches creative writing at Vermont College and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.
“The Mudpuppy” by Rachel Furey
Volume #1, Issue #5 • January 10, 2013
Rachel Furey received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and is currently a PhD student at Texas Tech. She is a winner of Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Fiction, Crab Orchard Review’s Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award, and Yemassee’s William Richey Short Fiction Contest. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sweet, Hunger Mountain, American Fiction, and Chautauqua.
“The Bearded Girl” by Aimee Bender
Volume #1, Issue #4 • December 10, 2012
Aimee Bender is the author of four books, including The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and Willful Creatures. She is currently compiling a new story collection, and her short fiction has been published in Granta, The Paris Review, Tin House and more. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at USC.
“The Greatest Escape” by Laura van den Berg
Volume #1, Issue #3 • November 10, 2012
Laura van den Berg’s stories have or will soon appear in One Story, Conjunctions, American Short Fiction, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV. Her debut collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. A second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, is forthcoming from FSG. She currently teaches creative writing at George Washington University and lives in Baltimore.
“The Freshwater Mermaid” by Gregory Maguire
Volume #1, Issue #2 • October 20, 2012
Gregory Maguire is best known as the author of Wicked, the adult novel that inspired the blockbuster Broadway musical. All four of the novels in The Wicked Years sequence—Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz—have been New York Times bestsellers. Maguire writes for children and teens as well, and his recent work includes Matchless, a revisioning of “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Andersen, and Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation, a book-length essay on the great American artist. An occasional contributor to The New York Times Book Review, National Public Radio, and CNN, and featured in People Magazine, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and on Oprah, Maguire lectures on art and culture both here and abroad. He lives in New England and in France with his husband, the painter Andy Newman, and their three children.
“The Deadline” by Gayle Forman
Volume #1, Issue #1 • September 10, 2012
Gayle Forman is an award-winning American author who writes for young adults. She began her career as a journalist at Seventeen magazine, reporting on young people and social justice issues. Forman is the author of the bestselling novels, If I Stay and Where She Went and the forthcoming pair of books, Just One Day and Just One Year, both of which will be published next year.