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THE GOOD HAND is Michael Patrick F. Smith. As a musician, Smith has shared the stage with folk luminaries such as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, as well as several prominent indie rock bands. His first book, The Good Hand, a memoir about working the rigs during North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom, will be released on Viking Press in February of 2021. Several plays he has written, including Woody Guthrie Dreams and Ain’t No Sin, have been staged in Baltimore and New York. Smith has worked as an actor, a bartender, junk hauler, furniture mover, book store clerk, contractor, guitar player, receptionist, event producer, driver, office temp, stage hand, waiter, security guard, set fabricator, legal assistant, grocer, oil field hand, and writer.
Caro Dranow (b. 1998) is an emerging painter based in New England. A recent graduate of Bowdoin College, her work explores emotional impressions of Maine’s wilderness and coast. By abstractly painting Maine with color and line, she attempts to capture the larger whimsy and awe of the land. By challenging traditional conventions of landscape painting, Caro views her work as innovative and intimate interpretations of the space that inspires her. She loves to paint because of the spiritual and cathartic experience and enjoys connecting with other artists. Caro has shown at the Greenpoint Gallery in New York City and has upcoming shows this Spring in and around New England. In addition to her gallery representation, she has been an honored recipient of the Robert and Blythe Grant for the Arts in Maine as well as the Ginestrelle Art Residency in Assisi, Italy. In addition to her emerging professional practice as an artist, Caro is an ardent teacher who runs community workshops for children and adults in Brunswick, Maine. Caro aspires to attend grad school and obtain her MFA at Yale University in order to spread her passion for art and teaching.
Sandra Jackson-Opoku is the author of novels, The River Where Blood is Born and Hot Johnny (and the Women Whom Loved Him). She coedited the anthology Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. Her fiction, nonfiction, poetry and dramatic works are widely published and produced, appearing in such outlets as Both Sides: Stories from the Border, the Anthology of Appalachian Heritage, storySouth, Another Chicago Magazine, New Daughters of Africa, Ms. Magazine, the Literary Traveler and others.
Her awards and honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Fiction Award for Younger Writers, an American Library Association Black Caucus Award for Fiction, Ragdale Foundation US/Africa Fellowship, a William Randolph Hearst Research Visiting Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, a Roots Fellowship at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Newcity Lit50: Who Really Books in Chicaggo, and an Esteemed Literary Artist Award from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Aube Rey Lescure is a French-Chinese-American writer who currently works as the Deputy Editor for Off Assignment. Aube grew up between Provence, northern China, and Shanghai before graduating from Yale University in 2015. She is the co-author of Creating a Stable Asia (Carnegie Press 2016) and the translator of the essay anthology Le Système Économique Chinois Face à ses Défis (éditions Nuvis 2017). She has received support as the 2019-2020 Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, a Pauline Scheer Fellow at GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Program, and a recipient of the Salty Quill Writers’ Retreat scholarship. Aube’s fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in the Jellyfish Review, Entropy Magazine, Medium, World Nomads, the Yale Daily News Magazine, the Yale Herald, and the Yale Globalist. She is currently working on her first novel.
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