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Rising Writers

November 2023

Abdi Nazemian

Abdi Nazemian is the author of The Chandler Legacies, Like a Love Story, a Stonewall Honor Book, and The Authentics. His novel The Walk-In Closet won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. His screenwriting credits include the films The Artist’s Wife, The Quiet, and Menendez: Blood Brothers and the television series The Village and Almost Family. He has been an executive producer and associate producer on numerous films, including Call Me by Your Name, Little Woods, and The House of Tomorrow. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband, their two children, and their dog, Disco. Author social media handles: @Abdaddy (Instagram and Twitter)



Nigar Alam

Alam came through the Madeline Milburn Literary agency's mentorship programme which champions new and exciting voices around the world and launches debut writing careers. Under The Tamarind Tree will be published in the US by Tara Singh Carlson at Putnam, who discovered #1 bestseller Where the Crawdads Sing. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Nigar Alam spent her childhood in Turkey, Nigeria, Italy, Kenya, Indonesia, and the United States before returning to Karachi. Alam has an MBA and CPA, and she currently teaches and lives with her family in Minnesota.

Marianne Gordon

By day Marianne Gordon works as an Editor for law at an academic publisher, and by night she loves to write fiction. She studied Classics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, which fostered a love of literature, language, and archaeology. She returned during the pandemic to the town of her childhood, Edinburgh, where she currently lives with her partner and calico cat. She has a love of all things fantasy and science-fiction, in particular stories which are grounded in earthy realism, and anything with cut-throat characters, unfathomable spirits, and clever magic systems. She draws inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Susanna Clarke, Alison Croggon, Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson. When she’s not reading or writing she enjoys growing vegetables in the garden, cooking, quilting, or riding around the Scottish countryside on her motorbike.

The Gilded Crown

Marianne Gordon



Im Seong-sun

Im Seong-sun's writing career took off with his Segye Literary Award winning novel, The Consultant, in 2010. Ever since, he's written an array of critically acclaimed, diverse fiction and nonfiction, such as a short story collection The Sheeple Wandering a Gallery and their Predators, novels Moon Geunyoung Is in Danger, Rather Kind People Live Here, The Arctic Ocean, The Paragon of Self Improvement, and Ouroboros, and recently, an essay collection Third Wheel of No Use. In 2019, he received the Young Writer’s Award and the Korean Sci-fi Award.