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Sarah Bracey WhiteSarah Bracey White

My year at the Purchase Writers Center reinforced my belief that I am a writer and gave me the confidence to again brave rejection; so, I began to submit more of my work during the period I was in residence. At the end of my year at the Writers Center, I was fortunate to have my manuscript for Primary Lessons: A Memoir picked up by CavanKerry Press and published under its New Voices imprint. It is scheduled for release September 3, 2013. Primary Lessons is book one of three and only covers the first 18 years of my life. I’m now at work on book two of my memoirs and a requested screen play about Primary Lessons.

www.onmymind.org | www.sarahbraceywhite.com

Marilyn JohnsonMarilyn Johnson

Marilyn's latest book, Lives in Ruins: Archeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble,  was published in November by Harper Collins. Among many of its accolades, Lives in Ruins has been named one of Publisher's Weekly's best books of 2014. Marilyn began work on the book during her time at the Purchase Writers Center. To read more about her, please visit:



Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart, the inaugural poetry fellow at the Purchase Writers Center (2010–11), was awarded a creative writing fellowship in poetry by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2013. Many of the poems she submitted with her application were products of her year at the Writers Center. Pamela’s project for the fellowship probes the seams of family, community, and the military, exploring this overlooked territory through oral histories, interviews, newspaper accounts, and personal experiences. Her poetry will be included in A Slant of Light, a collection of contemporary prose and poetry by women writers from New York’s Hudson Valley to be published by SUNY Press. She is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art, where she directs an arts-in-education program called Thinking Through Art: Young Writers and Artists. She mentors for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

Clark CollierClark Collier Cooke

Clark's short story "Last Day" was published in Kweli Journal in June 2014. It is now being translated into Italian and Spanish. His review of Justin Giffords' Pimping Fictions appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books in August 2014. You can find him at http://clarkecooke.com

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