Ian Frazier is a New Yorker staff writer and author of the bestsellers Great Plains and Travels in Siberia and the novel The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days.
Patricia Marx is a staff writer at the New Yorker, who writes children's books, and television scripts, but mainly does errands and looks things up on Wikipedia. Her latest novel is Starting From Happy and her upcoming memoir First Girl tells of being the first woman writer at the Harvard Lampoon.
Renee Watson is a poet, playwright and author of the children's books Harlem's Little Blackbird A Place Where Hurricanes Happen and the young adult novel What Mamma Left Me.
Susan Morrison is an editor at the New Yorker, the former editor of chief of the New York Observer, an original editor of SPY magazine, and author of the book 30 Ways of Looking at Hillary.
Ryan Harbage was an editor at Simon and Schuster, Little Brown and Penguin before becaming a literary agent. He teaches at The New School, Pratt and Mediabistro.
Danielle Perez has published fiction and nonfiction at Random House, Penguin and she's currently the executive editor at NAL.
Moderator Susan Shapiro is a journalism professor and author of 8 books including Five Men Who Broke My Heart, Lighting Up, Speed Shrinking and Overexposed. (lampbane)