Dr. Liane Strauss (PhD Brown University, MA Brown University, BA Wellesley College, Fulbright recipient) is a widely published poet with over twenty years' experience teaching English Literature and Writing to undergraduates, graduate students, and adults; privately tutoring high-school and college students; and mentoring writers. Currently teaching Multimedia Composition at Writers House, Rutgers University, and Creative Writing at NYU, Liane lived in London for 14 years and was a professor of Creative Writing and English at Birkbeck College, University of London, and taught English and American Literature and Creative Writing at The City Literary Institute and The Poetry School. The author of three books of poetry, Leaving Eden, Frankie, Alfredo, and All the Ways You Still Remind Me of the Moon, Liane's poems, essays, and reviews have been published in dozens of magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. She has also worked as a freelance copy editor for a range of publishing houses in New York City. She has two sons, a graduate of Swarthmore College and a current student at Brown University.

Educated in Canada and the UK, Dr. John Hughes has previously taught and mentored students at Groton School (Groton, Massachusetts) and for the last twenty years at internationally renowned St. George’s School (Vancouver, Canada) where he teaches AP European and AP American History. John has served as college faculty in Virginia, worked as a script writer/researcher in the film industry, and currently assists novelists with manuscript review and research. He is passionate about working with students towards authentic self-expression in writing, including college application essays. The author of scholarly historical articles, John’s book House of Tears: Westerners’ Adventures in the Islamic World was rated “a top 10 best” adventure read in 2005 by Men’s Journal, and his novel Dead in Tangier is forthcoming from Stonesong Press (New York, NY). An avid cyclist who loves touring in Italy, John lives in Vancouver with his wife, Heidi Hughes, a lawyer. Their son is a varsity rower at McGill University where he is studying Philosophy, History, Russian, and German.