We first came together as a team in 2012, when we co-created the essay series “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life” at Hunger Mountain. The intense collaborative process that produced those essays re-shaped us as writers and taught us how we wanted to approach our writing lives. And that work is still teaching us, as we continue to apply the revelations of those essays to our daily writing practice, process, and business. The series, which was published over the course of eight weeks, has since been archived and can be accessed by the following links (in order of publication): Introduction, Envy, Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Wrath, Pride.
Claire Guyton is a southern transplant to Lewiston, Maine, where she works at the city’s library, co-organizes the Local Writers Read series at the local bookstore, and teaches a workshop in very short fiction for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. She has been a Maine Arts Commission Literary Fellow and a finalist for the Maine Literary Award, and her work has been selected for the Best Small Fictions anthology and nominated for a Pushcart. Her short fiction appears in Crazyhorse, Mid-American Review, Vestal Review, River Styx, Sliver of Stone Magazine, and many other journals, as well as in the Maine anthology Summer Stories. After earning an MFA in fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts, she served for several years as an editor and writing life blogger for the program’s journal Hunger Mountain. She’s currently revising a linked story collection and researching a novel set in 1890s Maine. Claire lives in a pumpkin-colored house with her husband and two queenly sister-cats.
Suzanne Farrell Smith is the author of The Memory Sessions, a memoir about her search for lost childhood memory; and The Writing Shop, a guidebook for writing teachers. Her essay collection, Small Off Things: Pieces of an Anxious Mind, is forthcoming from Littoral Books. She is widely published, has been named Notable in Best American, and won a Pushcart for her essay “If You Find a Mouse on a Glue Trap,” published in Brevity. She teaches writing at Westport Writers’ Workshop, mentors emerging authors, and reads for Longridge Review. She lives in a creek-cut valley in Connecticut with her husband and three sons.
Cheryl Wilder’s collection, Anything That Happens, a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection (Press 53, 2021), was named Second Finalist in the 2022 Poetry Society of Virginia North American Book Award and received Honorable Mention in the 2022 Brockman-Campbell Book Award. Her chapbook What Binds Us (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2017. Cheryl’s work appears in the anthology Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath, Barely South Review, and Architects + Artisans, among other publications. In 2018, she served as writer-in-residence at SistaWRITE; and in 2019, she was granted residency at Sundress Academy for the Arts. She earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cheryl lives near the Haw River in North Carolina, where she gives talks and workshops, serves as president of the Burlington Writers Club, and owns a small web development company. She’s a mother of three boys and the wife of one grateful man. www.bornwilder.com