Elisabeth Eaves is a Type Set co-founder and the author of Wanderlust: A love affair with five continents and Bare: the naked truth about stripping. The New York Times Book Review called Wanderlust “a heady, headlong chronicle of a decade and a half spent adrift” and declared it a Notable Book. Elisabeth’s work has been anthologized in This is the Place, The Best American Travel Writing (2009), The Best Women’s Travel Writing (2010), and Lonely Planet’s A Moveable Feast. She has won three Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, and her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Forbes, Marie Claire, Slate, and many other publications. A contributing editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, she’s working on a novel set in Syria and a new collection of essays. She’s a board member of Mineral School, a writers’ residency in the foothills of Mount Rainier.
Type Set co-founder Joe Ray is an award-winning author, journalist, and photographer with 17 years of experience covering food, travel, and technologies. Now based in Seattle following 10 years in Europe and two in New York City, he wrote the acclaimed travelogue/cookbook Sea and Smoke with chef Blaine Wetzel. He was named the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of The Year in 2009 by the Society of American Travel Writers. He’s also a contributing writer for WIRED, specializing in kitchen product reviews.
Renata June Almeida is a word artist whose creations span from non-fiction articles to songs. She maintains the blog Winds of June, where she posts poems and observations about people and the arts. She’s currently writing a novel and producing a podcast about risk-taking as the driver of change. Past projects include an EP of original songs titled “First Sip.” Before becoming a full-time writer, Renata was a marketing executive in the technology industry.
Allison Augustyn is an award-winning writer and editor. She was a rock music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and Seattle Times, and contributed to the book Kill Your Idols, edited by NPR's Sound Opinions host Jim DeRogatis. She is co-author of the First Place PROSE award-winning book Gems and Gemstones (University of Chicago), opened five exhibits as a media writer at The Field Museum of Natural History, and was a writing and media consultant for nonprofits in the United States and Africa. She is currently transitioning into fiction, and has been awarded a Washington State Artist Trust residency and a spot in the 2016 annual PitchWars competition for her young-adult novel Overboard. She sits on the board of directors at Hugo House, and has recently published stories in The Masters Review, Doll Hospital, and Whole Terrain while working on a second novel.
Dori Cahn is a writer, educator, and community activist in Seattle Washington. She's also the co-creator of “Voices of the Immigration Station”, a permanent installation at Seattle’s historic immigration building. She has lived and worked in Southeast Asia and Central America. Her work has been published in Z Magazine, New America Media, International Examiner, Seattle Globalist, and Race, Culture, Psychology and Law. She came to the Pacific Northwest to work as one of the first women firefighters for the U.S. Forest Service, and went on to spend several seasons as a fire lookout in North Central Washington. She and her husband have raised two sons who are now lovely young men.
Tara Conklin’s first novel The House Girl was published in 2013 by William Morrow/Harper Collins. It was a New York Times bestseller, Target book club selection, IndieNext number one pick and has been translated into six languages. Her second, The Last Romantics, will be published by WilliamMorrow/Harper Collins when she finishes writing it (soon). Her short fiction has been published, anthologized, and shortlisted for numerous awards. She is the recipient of a 2015 ArtistTrust GAP award. In Tara’s former life, she was a corporate lawyer in the New York and London offices of a large law firm. When not writing, Tara drinks a lot of coffee, does a lot of yoga, and takes care of three kids, two gerbils, and one painted chameleon at her home in Seattle.
Carol Crews’ young adult novel-in-progress is about Eve, an introverted high school freshman who sets out to win the school talent show to (A) prove herself to her father and her longtime bully, (B) keep up with her talented best friends, and (C) maybe fix the world. Carol is a former designer who has done work for Herman Miller, Morgan Stanley, Teague (Seattle) and Doblin (Chicago), among others. While working and living in Chicago, she taught design thinking to graduate students at IIT Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Liz Murtaugh Gillespie
Liz Murtaugh Gillespie is a communications whiz and founder of Writerly Liz Consulting, where she helps companies and causes forge stronger connections with their audiences through powerful storytelling. Drawing from her background in journalism, Liz helps organizations shake off that frustrating insider's curse of knowledge that keeps them stuck in the weeds—struggling to convey the what, how and why of their brand or mission. Her published work includes Running Through the First 100 Years, chronicling the history of Seattle-based Brooks Running Company. She's written for dozens of nonprofits through a partnership with Moore Ink. Liz spent the first 15 years of her writing career as a journalist, half of them at The Associated Press. She's the mom of two spunky kids, a once-and-future concert pianist, an occasional triathlete, and a cancer survivor who blogs about grit and gratitude.
Jane Hodges is a Seattle-based business journalist and the author of Rent Vs. Own (Chronicle Books, 2012), about rethinking homeownership. A freelancer for more than 20 years, her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, Reuters, and many other magazines, newspapers, and digital media outlets. She has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Her essays have been published in Seal Press anthologies, The Magazine, Seattle Weekly, and other venues, and her fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review. She is the founder of Mineral School, a writers' and artists' residency near Mt. Rainier. She is currently at work on a memoir.
Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck (University of Oklahoma Press), the biography of a world champion rodeo cowboy and his changing American West. The book won the High Plains Book Award and was named a New West Best Book of 2008. She is also the editor, with Kelly McMasters, of the anthology This is the Place, published by Seal Press in November 2017. Margot's essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in Tablet Magazine, River Teeth, The Los Angeles Review, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and Publishers Weekly, among other places, and in the anthologies YOU: An Anthology Devoted to the Second Person, and Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze. She has received grants and residencies from Columbia University, the Ohioana Library Association, the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, Bread Loaf, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Margot holds an MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University's School of the Arts and has taught creative writing for Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program and Richard Hugo House.
Sonya Schneider is a Seattle playwright. Her plays include Royal Blood, The Thin Place, Boy Lies and WAKE. She graduated with an English degree from Stanford University and has studied playwriting at Oxford University and the University of Washington. Her musical, Special, was work-shopped at ACT Theatre in April 2017. Her most recent play, Big Rock, will be produced at West of Lenin in March 2018.
David Edward Walker
David Edward Walker is a writer, musician, and liberation psychologist with connections to Indian Country through his consulting work at Yakama Nation in central Washington and Missouri Cherokee heritage. Indian Country Today praised his Medicine Valley novels, Tessa's Dance and Signal Peak, for dealing "with all the issues of tragedy, psychological healing, and cultural and language revitalization. . . necessary in the wake of centuries of genocidal efforts to destroy our Nations and Peoples." David is working on a nonfiction book project that grew out of his highly regarded and controversial essays for Indian Country Today on the US mental health system's checkered role with Native Americans. His new epistolary novel, McCaffrey Family Papers, an anti-war allegory honoring his grandfather, will be released in 2018 to coincide with the centennial of US entry into World War I.
Sharon Van Epps writes about parenting, adoption, family, race and social justice, youth sports, food, and the surprising ways those seemingly unrelated topics can intersect. Her essays have appeared online in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Brain, Child, The Manifest-Station, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, espnW, and The Kitchn. She also dabbles in humor, with pieces at McSweeney’s, Scary Mommy, and more. She's currently at work on a memoir.