Christia Madacsi Hoffman, author of INTENT, a collection of poems
Christia Madacsi Hoffman grew up along the banks of the Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut. A longtime Austin, Texas resident, Hoffman’s work has appeared in the Texas Observer and the annual anthology of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Through her company, CenterLight Media, Hoffman works as a marketing and editorial writer, graphic designer and actor. Her early career adventures included antique furniture restoration and leading treks in the high Himalaya.
Karla M. Jay, author of SPEAKING IN TUNGS
Raised in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania, Karla M. Jay has worked as a speech pathologist since 1982. When she is not working or at her home in Utah gardening or writing, she is traveling, seeing as many countries as possible—in particular, those with good coffee, ancient history, and great beaches. SPEAKING IN TUNGS is her first novel.
Leslie Lytle, author of CHICKEN STOCK
Leslie Lytle’s short fiction and poems have appeared in a number of literary magazines and journals. She is the author of the book, EXECUTION’S DOORSTEP, for which Publishers Weekly wrote, “Lytle brings the capital punishment debate into sharp focus with her account of five men wrongly convicted and sentenced to death but later freed.” Having lived in rural Tennessee for over 40 years, Leslie is deeply attached to the people and place. She is a staff writer for The Sewanee Mountain Messenger with a master’s degree from Antioch University in Ohio. Leslie also plays mandolin and harmonica in a Celtic band, playing music linked to the Appalachian tradition. CHICKEN STOCK is her first novel.
Kate Muus, author of SECRET OF THE SEEDS
Kate Muus is a mother, writer, wife, college teacher, advocate for suicide prevention, pop-culture fanatic, daughter, sister, and friend—not in that order. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and now teaches high school students. SECRET OF THE SEEDS is her first novel.