Austin Ratner’s first novel, The Jump Artist, was heralded as “a remarkable work” by Harper’s Magazine and named one of ten promising debuts of 2009 by Publishers Weekly. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and has been honored with the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize in Fiction. He attended the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Before turning to writing he received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and he is co-author of the textbook Concepts in Medical Physiology, which is used at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere.
Julie Metz is the author of the memoir PERFECTION, a Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal. She is a writer, graphic designer, and artist. Her freelance essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post, Glamour, Publishers Weekly, and the online story site mrbellersneighborhood. The recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, where she completed work on her memoir, Julie lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.
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