Gina Berriault (1926-1999) was the author of several novels, including The Descent and Conference of Victims, and the story collections Other Stories, The Infinite Passion of Expectation, and Women in Their Beds. Her work has been honored with the Rea Award for the Short Story.
Patrick Dacey is the author of the short story collection We’ve Already Gone This Far and the novel The Outer Cape. His fiction has been featured in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, Harper's, LitHub, Guernica, and BOMB Magazine, among other publications. Dacey currently teaches English at the College of William and Mary.
Seth Fried is a fiction and humor writer. He is the author of the novel The Municipalists and the short story collection The Great Frustration. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Shouts and Murmurs,” and his stories have appeared in Tin House, One Story, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Kenyon Review, Vice, and many others. Fried is the winner of three Pushcart Prizes and the William Peden Prize.
Jane Kaczmarek is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, for which she received 7 consecutive Emmy nominations as well as nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Yale School of Drama, Kaczmarek made her television debut on The Paper Chase and Hill Street Blues and most recently can be seen on The Big Bang Theory, This Is Us, Carol's Second Act, and Mixed-ish. In New York, Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway and off at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, the Public Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, and 6 seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her recent theater credits include in Long Day's Journey Into Night, Our Town with Deaf West Theatre, and The Year to Come at La Jolla Playhouse. Kaczmarek’s favorite job is raising her three kids and reading/hosting Selected Shorts across America.
Wendie Malick, two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, is best known for her work on Dream On, Just Shoot Me, Frasier, and Hot in Cleveland. Recent television credits include Grace & Frankie, BoJack Horseman, This Is Us, American Housewife, Mom, The Ranch, Bluff City Law, Young Sheldon, the Darrow & Darrow television movie series, and The Owl House. Malick’s film credits include The American President, Waiting, Jerome, 50 Nothing, The Surrogate, Deranged Granny, and Beautiful Dreamer. Forthcoming projects include Loop Group, Mack & Rita, and Shriver.
Natasha Rothwell is a series regular and co-producer on HBO’s Insecure, for which she was nominated for a NAACP Image Award. She wrote and stars in Netflix Presents: The Characters, and previously wrote for Saturday Night Live. Additional credits include Love, Simon; Brooklyn Nine-Nine; DuckTales; Bojack Horseman; Bob’s Burgers; Sonic the Hedgehog; Wonder Woman 1984; Love, Victor; and the animated series Baby Shark’s Big Show!