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Nadine Truong

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A German-born Vietnamese filmmaker, Nadine Truong earned her MFA degree in Directing in 2009 from the American Film Institute Conservatory. She was one of three female directors in AFI’s competitive program, and the only fellow to write and direct two award-winning thesis films: the coming-of-age dramedy EGGBABY and SHADOW MAN, a Vietnam War drama shot on 35mm film featuring a vivid portrayal of US Army forces during the Mỹ Lai Massacre. Truong’s 2017 indie drama I CAN I WILL I DID marks the first time she is in both the writer and director seat for a feature length film. Nadine Truong is the owner and main contributor of The Pen and Camera Blog, where she discusses novels, memoirs, screenplays, movies, and the creative life. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.

Jill McCabe Johnson

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Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, including Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of the Nautilus Silver Award in Poetry, and basis for the collaborative art museum exhibit with artist Corinne Duchesne and composer Garett Hope. Jill co-edited the anthology For Love of Orcas, which also won a Nautilus Silver Award in Animals and Nature. Recent poetry and essays have been published in Slate, Fourth Genre, Waxwing, and Crab Creek Review. She lives on an island in the Salish Sea amid Bigg’s “Transient” orcas and the endangered Southern Resident orcas.

Dr. Craig Santos Perez

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Craig is an indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is a poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist. His monograph, Navigating Chamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization (2022) was published by the Critical Issues of Indigenous Studies series at the University of Arizona Press. Craig has received the American Book Award (2015), the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship (2016), the Hawai’i Literary Arts Council Award for an Established Artist (2017), and a gold medal Nautilus Book Award (2021).

Adrienne Ross Scanlan

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Corky Tells a Bedtime Story

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Adrienne Ross Scanlan is the author of Turning Homeward – Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild (2017 Washington State Book Award Finalist, Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award 2016 Notable Book, and Nautilus Book Awards 2016-2017 Silver Medal). Her nature writing and other creative nonfiction has appeared in City Creatures, Bluestem, the For Love of Orcas anthology, The Fourth River, Hevria, and many other magazines.  She has been nominated for Best of the Net, and she is a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and a freelance developmental editor.