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Rising Writers

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the non-fiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War. The Sympathizer has won numerous awards, including the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He teaches English and American Studies at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.

Sarah Baker

Sarah loves stories and writing them above all else. She started off working in films, for a well-known animation studio that created a series about a clever dog and his cheese-obsessed owner. Then she started writing some things of her own, features in vintage and lifestyle magazines as well as lots of articles for online magazines and blogs. When she wasn’t writing, she was reviewing books and when she wasn’t reviewing she was reading.



Matthew Griffin

Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of Iowa and Walters State Community College, and he worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. He was born and raised in North Carolina and now lives with his husband and too many pets in Louisiana, where he is a visiting professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Hide is his first novel.


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Alex Clare

After nearly twenty years of being a committed corporate person, Alex Clare was made redundant. She had always enjoyed writing, studying fiction part-time through the Open University and managing to complete a novel in her commuting time, though no one had ever read it. Now, with lots more time on her hands, there was the opportunity to take writing more seriously. She began to enter competitions and joined a writing group, which encouraged her to try out new genres and styles. Now working again she is working on her second novel, in her usual place, on a London commuter train.

He's Gone

Alex Clare