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Tawni Waters--a caucasian womanTawni Waters debut novel, Beauty of the Broken, was released by Simon & Schuster in 2014. In addition to winning the prestigious International Literacy Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature, it won the Housatonic Book Award, was named an Exceptional Book of 2015 by the Children’s Book Council, was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award, and was included on the Kansas State Reading Circle List. Her first poetry book, Siren Song, was released by Burlesque Press in 2014.  Her YA novel, The Long Ride Home, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in Summer 2017. Her work was featured in Best Travel Writing 2010 and has been published in myriad journals and magazines. She teaches workshops and retreats at various universities and conferences throughout the U.S and Mexico. In her spare time, she talks to angels, humanely evicts spiders from her floorboards, and plays Magdalene to a minor rock god.  


Carla Spataro--a caucasian womanCarla Spataro is the MFA program director at Rosemont College in suburban Philadelphia and the editorial director of Philadelphia Stories and PS Books. She is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant winner for fiction and her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals including The Baltimore Review, XConnect, Mason’s Road, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Permafrost. Her work has also been anthologized in Another Breath, Forgotten Philadelphia, Extraordinary Gifts, and 50 Over 50. In 2013, she was awarded the Award for Distinguished Teaching at the Graduate Level by Rosemont College and several of her students have recently signed contracts with big five publishers.