Visiting Writers 


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Jessamyn Hope

Jessamyn Hope is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her debut novel Safekeeping was a Boston Globe recommended read; acclaimed by The Globe and Mail; won the 2016 J.I. Segal Award in English Fiction; and was a finalist for the Ribalow Prize and the Paterson Fiction Prize. Her memoirs—originally published in Ploughshares, Colorado Review, and other literary magazines—have been anthologized in Best Canadian Essays 2015 and The Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose. Find her at LEARN MORE


E. Dolores Johnson

E. Dolores Johnson is an essayist who focuses on inter-racialism. writing on race has appeared or is forthcoming in The Buffalo News, the Women of Color Anthology: Boundaries and Borders, and Narratively. Her multigenerational memoir about mixed-race life also shows the browning of America and changing attitudes about race-mixing. Check out her most recent publication in Lunch Ticket entitled Lookin' . Johnson completed the Memoir Incubator program at Grub Street and studied creative writing at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation. She has been awarded residencies at Djerassi, Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, and the VCCA colonies. She has consulted on diversity for think tanks, universities, major corporations, and nonprofits. Johnson holds a Harvard MBA and a Howard University BA. Follow her her on facebook at Dolores Johnson or on twitter @elladolo. Her Memoir “Say I’m Dead” will debut in 2020 hear an excerpt at: Learn More


Marianne Leone

Marianne Leone is an essayist, screenwriter and actor. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Bark Magazine, Coastal Living, Solstice, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. She is the author of two memoirs, Jesse (Simon & Schuster) and Ma Speaks Up (Beacon Press.) She had a recurring role on HBO's “The Sopranos" as Joanne Moltisanti, Christopher's mother. She has also appeared in films by David O. Russell, Larry David, John Sayles and Martin Scorsese. LEARN MORE


Diane Barnes

Diane M. Barnes is the author of Where's Ethan and Mixed Signals. Find her at or follow her @Fenwayscribe on Twitter. LEARN MORE