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, 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, Kristen Holt-Browning


Kristen is a freelance writer and editor. Her short stories have been published in Temenos and cahoodaloodalingA 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, 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, Liam Goodman

Liam Goodman is currently working on a novel about Gus, a very articulate and sensitive dog. He is our site photographer. See more of his fine photography here.

Liam Goodman