Helen Zuman is a tree-hugging dirt worshipper devoted to turning waste into food and the stinky guck of experience into fertile, fragrant prose. She holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and a Half-FA in memoir from Hunter College. Raised in Brooklyn, she lives with her husband in Beacon, NY and Black Mountain, NC.
Ruth Danon is a recent arrival to Beacon and we are glad to have her presence. Ruth has taught at NYU, and her work has appeared in such varied places as The Paris Review and BOMB magazine and in many other publications in the US and abroad. We like this fact about her: She grew up in upstate New York on the grounds of the Binghamton State Hospital, where her mother, a Hungarian refugee, worked as a psychiatrist. She is completing a memoir about this experience.
Mike Jurkovic is a poet and the co-director of Calling All Poets, an open mic series that is a poetry hub and an expansive network connecting poets from New York, Long Island, Woodstock, Albany, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. His poetry and musical criticism have appeared in hundreds of magazines and periodicals.
Diane Lapis has collected postcards for the past thirty years and revels in unveiling the hidden stories behind each image. She loves to travel and visit historic places, especially old bars and cocktail lounges. Diane is an independent researcher and a trustee at the Beacon Historical Society where she researches, writes, and presents topics on local history. Diane and her husband live in Beacon, NY.
Lauree Ostrofsky has a similar idea to Get Lit Beacon – she is a coach who wants to join forces with her community to build something bigger than herself. Her Women in Business fulfills this great need. Lauree overcame tremendous physical challenges to form her own career coaching business, which is called Simply Leap.
Jennifer Castle is a YA writer who lives in New Paltz, NY. She’s really prolific and writes all kinds of books – fiction for young kids, middle grade, and young adult. She writes about love, identity, and unusual human connections, and likes to write different types of stories told different ways. Most recently, she published Together at Midnight.
Deb Lucke is a Beaconite and a cartoonist – you might have seen her drawings in her latest comic in the New Yorker or her cartoons in the Highlands Current where she even illustrated an article about Get Lit Beacon. If you have kids, maybe you’ve seen Sneezenesia, or The Lunch Witch? Deb is hard at work on the third book of the Lunch Witch series, which has been optioned by Amblin Pictures and is in development with Michael De Luca Productions with Clay Kaytis to direct and Kate McKinnon to star.
Sam Anderson is a critic for the NY Times. His writing is so highly polished, so beautifully stylized yet, it gets right into your veins, whatever the subject. His book about Oklahoma and basketball is forthcoming.
Jason Craig is one half of the duo that makes up the theater team Banana Bag & Bodice. What does that name mean? It comes from a deep place – just like his work – which often has delightful double triple plays on words and hidden meanings. His performances are a delight. He is often accompanied by his partner in crime, Jessica Jelliffe.
John Horgan is a prolific science writer with an amazing list of articles to his name about a huge range of subjects. He is the author of 4 books about the brain, mind, and war. He has written for Scientific American, Time, Newsweek, and Slate, among others, and has just finished a draft of his new book, tentatively titled Mind-Body Problems: The Science of Who We Really Are.
Great writers leave us speechless, and Edwin Torres is one of them. He’s an award-winning poet who has received lots of fellowships and who has has performed his poems worldwide. He has published over ten books of poetry, including YesThing, NoThing.
Lily Burana is fearless in her essays and her exploration of her own life. She is a hero for finding a way to live out loud and do it with great wisdom and humor. Lily has written for the New York Times, NY Magazine, Washington Post, GQ, Slate, Salon, and many others. She is the author of four books, including her newest, Grace for Amateurs.