The Host, Julie Chibbaro

Julie Chibbaro Julie is a long-time writing teacher, and the award-winning author of three novels:  Into the Dangerous World  (Viking, 2015), Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011), and Redemption (Simon & Schuster 2004). Into the Dangerous World was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Deadly won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award. Redemption won the 2005 American Book Award. Julie has written for The Prague Post, The Montreal Gazette, The Poughkeepsie JournalHudson Valley Magazine, NY States of Mind, Books in Canada, SundanceTV, Tuttle Publishing, and many other venues. She has taught for The Highlights Foundation, and is a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Program. She has helped hundreds of students achieve their writing dreams.

Contributor, Kristen Holt-Browning

Kristen is a freelance writer and editor. Her short stories have been published in Temenos  and cahoodaloodaling. A native of Stone Ridge, NY, she made the move across the Hudson River to Beacon 10 years ago after stints in London and NYC, and happily lives here with her husband, 2 sons, 1 dog, and 2 cats.

Contributor, Anna Brady Marcus

Anna came to writing after a career in dance and film. She is currently working on her first novel based on the story of her maternal grandmother and three generations of mothers and daughters contending with a cycle of abandonment. This book led her to start Anchor Your Legacy, a personal history service to help others preserve and share their stories. Originally from Northern Vermont, she spent stints in California and New York City before finally settling in Beacon with her daughter and husband

Contributor, Ruta Rimas

Ruta is a senior publishing professional. She has worked with many New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators. She lives here in Beacon and loves the creative talent and energy in this fabulous city.

Contributor, Flora Stadler

flora-stadler1Flora has spent nearly 20 years as a writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News and elsewhere. She lives in Beacon with her husband and two sons, using her dogged journalism skills to harass published writers about their personal and professional lives.

Contributor, Jody Muchow-Strimling

fullsizeoutput_645Jody Strimling-Muchow is an actor, playwright, and a crazy knitting lady in addition to writing fiction. Her work has appeared in various blogs, on some New York stages, and a few online magazines, including, 1000 Words and Slice of Life Magazine. She lives and writes in the Hudson Valley.


Linda Pratt has spent her career in children’s publishing, and is a founding partner of the Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC,  a full service boutique literary agency focused exclusively on the children’s book industry.  She has had the privilege of working with award winning and bestselling authors and illustrators, as well as introducing new talent.  Linda has been a resident of  Beacon since the early 2000’s and lives with her Toto doppelganger, Ginger, a fave with the morning crowd at Bank Square.