Faith is the author of two memoirs, The Nigerian Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems, an audio and e-book about black women and fibroids, and Meeting Faith, an account of becoming the first Black Buddhist nun of Thailand, which won a PEN Open Book Award. She is writer/narrator/subject of the PBS documentary, My Journey Home, about being raised by a Nordic-American single mother and finding her Nigerian father and siblings as an adult, and co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. Her essays on multiracial identity, family, food, travel, spirituality and the writing craft have appeared in such publications as O: The Oprah Magazine, The Huffington Post, Yes!, Essence Magazine, and numerous anthologies. Named as one of Marie Claire Magazine’s “Five Women to Learn From,” Adiele is Associate Professor in Creative Nonfiction at California College of the Arts, and teaches popular workshops at Esalen, Vortex/Hedgebrook, The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and VONA/Voices, where she founded the nation’s first travel writing workshop for people of color. She lives in Oakland, where she runs a community African Book Club. www.adiele.com, @meetingfaith.
Dr. Arlie Russell Hochschild
Dr. Russell Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation. Her latest book, Strangers in Their Own Land, was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the author of several books, including The Second Shift, The Time Bind, The Managed Heart, and The Outsourced Self. Her work appears in sixteen languages. The winner of the Ulysses Medal as well as Guggenheim and Mellon grants, she lives in Berkeley, California.
Shanthi Sekaran is the author of Lucky Boy and The Prayer Room. She teaches creative writing and is a member of the Portuguese Artists’ Colony and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine. A California native, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.
Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, 2016). Her short fiction and essays have appeared in various publications, including Mutha Magazine, Women’s Basketball Magazine, Fiction Writers Review, Historical Novel Society Review, Brevity, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook and was the spring 2015 Distinguished Visiting Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College (CA) where she now teaches. www.maryvolmer.com