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Morowa Yejidé had to postpone her appearance at Pen Parentis until 2017.
Marika Alzadon was born in the Philippines during Marcos’ reign and spent the first eleven years of her life under Martial Law before immigrating to the United States. Foregoing a medical career for a life in the arts, she spent some time in the business of editing and designing books for Simon & Schuster before receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. A professional graphic artist and photographer, Marika lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children. She is currently at work on her first novel.
Anjali Mitter Duva is an Indian-American writer raised in France, and the author of Faint Promise of Rain. Trained as an urban planner, she is also a co-founder of Chhandika, a non-profit organization dedicated to kathak dance, a storytelling art form of North India. She runs a children’s book club (featured in the Boston Globe) and the Arlington Author Salon. Educated at Brown University and MIT, she lives near Boston with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at www.anjalimitterduva.com and on Twitter @AnjaliMDuva
Rick Moody’s newest book, Hotels of North America, was published in 2015 to great acclaim including a glowing review in the New York Times. His five previous novels include The Four Fingers of Death, The Diviners, Purple America, The Ice Storm (made into a feature film of the same name) and Garden State, and he is the author of an award-winning memoir and multiple collections of short fiction. Moody is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and his work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He has a young daughter and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and impending baby.