Galadrielle Allman is the author of the memoir “Please Be With Me, A Song for My Father Duane Allman,” published by Spiegel & Grau in March, 2014. It was chosen by Amazon as a Best Book of 2014. Her story, “Only Women Bleed,” is included in the forthcoming anthology Crime + Music. The collection of 20 short stories of music themed noir was edited by Jim Fusilli, Music critic for the Wall Street Journal. Galadrielle studied writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Berkeley. She is working on a novel about teenage love and punk rock music.


Alice Anderson is the author of “Human Nature: Poems”, awarded both the Best First Book Prize from the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Prize for Emerging Writers from NYU. Former Bobst Prize winners include Toni Morrison, Eudora Welty, and Joyce Carol Oates. “Human Nature: Poems” earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and raves in Library Journal, Kirkus, and The Boston Review of Books. Her second collection, “The Watermark,” nominated for the Forward Prize and the T.S. Elliot Prize, will be published by Eyewear Books in October 2016, released in the US and UK simultaneously. Anderson holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Anderson’s memoir, “Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away,” was sold at auction to St. Martin’s Press and is forthcoming. Anderson’s work appears in journals such as New Letters, CUTTHROAT, The New York Quarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, AGNI, and is anthologized in On The Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists; in American Poetry, The Next Generation; and in the 20th anniversary edition of the classic, The Courage to Heal. Anderson has taught writing at the college level for more than twenty years, and was a visiting poet at Kenyan College, Hope College, St. Mary’s College, and Oberlin. A recipient of a prestigious Haven Foundation Grant, Anderson lives in Sacramento and is currently at work on a third poetry collection and a novel.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her essays, interviews, and stories have appeared in The New Ohio Review, Brevity, The Huffington Post, PBS: To the Contrary, Good Housekeeping and the anthologies Love & Profanity and Cherished.  She also works as a writing mentor and an event coordinator at Book Passage, the esteemed independent bookstore in Northern California, where she has introduced hundreds of authors. You can learn more about Melissa at melissacistaro.com