Contributors

Amanda J. Redig stdied biochemisty and creative writing at the University of Arizona prior to enrolling in the medical scientist training program at Northwestern University. She completed her PhD in cancer biology and graduated from the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is currently a resident in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. HEr writing has appeared on the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s blog and in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and Health Affairs.

Beecher Grogan is the volunteer director of a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by her daughter, Lucy Grogan. Lucy’s Love Bus delivers comfort to children with cancer through free integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditaction, and therapeutic horseback riding. Grogan is committed to healing the medical community and strives to educate physicians regarding the benefits of integrative therapies that help reduce stress, manage pain, and improve the overall well-being of sick kids. www.lucyslovebus.org

Carol Cooley received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Duquesne University.  Her writing has been published in various journals.  She was a finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review‘s 2010 short story competition, and in 2011 she received an Honorable Mention from both the North Carolina Literary Review and the Glimmer Train Press.  She has worked as an advocate for seniors and disabled adults since 1994.  www.carolcooley.com  

Catherine A. Musemeche is a pediatric surgeon and an attorney and lives in Austin, Texas. She divides her time between writing, teaching, and practicing medicine. Although she has authored numerous scientific publications, this is her first published creative nonfiction essay. Read an excerpt from her At the End of Life essay, “Wake-Up Call.” www.catherinemusemeche.com

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation pursues educational and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Its objectives are to provide a venue, the journal Creative Nonfiction, for high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay); to serve as the singular strongest voice of the genre, defining the ethics and parameters of the field; and to broaden the genre’s impact in the literary arena by providing an array of educational services and publishing activities. www.creativenonfiction.org

Diana Flescher is a native New Yorker currently living in Israel. A specialist in internal medicine and women’s health, she directs a private consultation practice and a nonprofit center for women in Jerusalem. She works to promote women’s health issues at the policy level and teaches gender medicine to students and physicians.

Eleanor Vincent is the author of Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story (Capital Books, 2004). She has won numerous awards for her work, including a Woman of Promise Award from the Feminist Writer’s Guild. She lives and works in Oakland, California. www.eleanorvincent.com

Eve Joseph grew up in North Vancouver. Her first book of poetry, The Startled Heart, was published by Oolichan Press in 2004 and nominated fro the Dorothy Livesay Award. Her second book, The Secret Signature of Things, came out with Brick Books in the spring of 2010. She recently received the 2010 P. K. Page Rounder’s Award for poetry and was short-listed for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards in the creative nonfiction category.

Gulchin Ergun is a practicing gastroenterologist in Houston, Texas. She is the clinical service chief of gastroenterology and the medical director of the Digestive Disease Department, Reflux Center; and GI Physiology Lab at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. She is a clinician educator and enjoys teaching trainees and patients, as well as peers. She holds appointments as a clinical associate professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Baylor College of Medicine.

Howard Mansfield is the author of six books about preservation and history, including The Bones of the Earth; In the Memory House; and The Same Ax, Twice. His latest book is Turn and Jump: How Time and Place Fell Apart (Down East, 2010). www.howardmansfield.com

Joe Primo is currently the director of the Good Grief Center for grieving children and teens in New Jersey. He earned his master’s of divinity degree at Yale University. Formerly an interfaith chaplain at the Connecticut Hospice and the Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, he currently serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Primo’s essays have been published in the Newark Star Ledger, where he is also a blogger.

Laurie Foos is the author of the novels Ex Utero, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Twinship, Bingo under the Crucifix, and Before Elvis There Was Nothing. Her short fiction has been published widely in literary magazines and in the anthologies Wreckage of Reason: An Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women Writers, Chick-Lit: Post-Feminist Fiction, and others. She teaches in the MFA program at Lesley University and lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.

Marcin Chwistek is a physician who specializes in cancer pain management and palliative care. He is a native of Poland and currently practices at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He has written short stories and magazine articles. He is also a frequent speaker on issues regarding management of cancer pain and end-of-life care. He lives with his wife, Marta, and their two children, Philip and Lena, in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Follow Marcin on Twitter: @mchwistek

Patricia McCarthy is a registered nurse who resides with her husband and children in Chicago, Illinois.

Phyllis Galley Westover‘s writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. In 2003, she received Boulevard Magazine‘s fiction award. In 2004 and 2009, essays of hers were finalists for the Iowa Award in LIterary Nonfiction and the Salem College International Literary Awards. Previously, she taught English and directed adult degree programs at Oklahoma City University and Baker University. She holds an MA from San Francisco State University and a PhD from Union Institute and University.

Sandell Morse holds master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. She facilitates workshops for the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. A fellow at the Vermont Studio Colony and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she has been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her writing has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. www.sandellmorse.com

Valerie Seiling Jacobs is the author of “Packing for the Ineffable,” which was published in the New York Times, and “The Million Dollar View,” which was performed live at the Westport Arts Center and later broadcast on public radio. Before turning to writing full time, she practiced law for more than twenty years. She teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop and currently holds a fellowship at Columbia University, where she is working on an MFA. www.valerieseilingjacobs.com

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