Amy Ewing has led our Fantasy Fiction Workshop since 2015. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy – The Jewel, The White Rose, and The Black Key. Her books have been published in over 15 languages. Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. Her next book, The Cerulean, was recently published in February of 2019.
Dave Roman has led the Visual Storytelling Workshop since 2015. He is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Comics Squad: Recess!, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror. Dave is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Dave has worked as an editor at Nickelodeon Magazine, and First Second Book’s Science Comics imprint. He lives in Astoria, NY and his latest project is the all-ages webcomic Starbunny, Inc.
Noel Quiñones has led the Poetry Workshop since 2018. He is an AfroBoricua poet, organizer, and performer from the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, and Candor Arts, and his work is published in the Latin American Review, Rattle, Kweli Journal, Pilgrimage Press, Connotation Press & elsewhere. His performances have been showcased on Huffington Post, Vibe, Latina Magazine, Medium, Remezcla, Mitú & elsewhere. Noel is the founder of Project X, a Bronx based arts organization, and was most recently named one of New York State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars. Visit him at www.noelpquinones.com.
Mercy Tullis-Bukhari has led the Realistic Narrative Workshop since 2018. Mercy is an essayist, and fiction writer who is Bronx-bred Afro-Latinx, Honduran and Garifuna, of Jamaican descent. Mercy is a Callaloo Fellow, and obtained her MFA in Creative Writing from The College of New Rochelle. She was named one of the “8 Authors Being Afro-Latina Stories to the Forefront” by Remezcla magazine and was a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2016. She is also an English Language Arts high school teacher in the Southeast Section of The Bronx. Mercy is currently completing her first novel, having her third book of poetry edited, and lives in New Rochelle, NY with her two children. m