has published 3 novels for young adults under the moniker J.L. Powers. Her most recent novel, Amina: Through My Eyes
, was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia. This Thing Called the Future
, available in the U.S., was named as a Best Book of 2011 by Kirkus, a Best Book of the Year by Bank Street in 2012, an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012, and won the 2012 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, grades 7-12, as well as the 2011 Texas Institute of Letters Best Book for Young Adults award. She is the editor of That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone
and Labor Pains and Birth Stories: Essays on Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Becoming a Parent
. She is the founder and editor The Pirate Tree (www.thepiratetree.com) and believes strongly in the power of writing for both personal and public transformation. Powers has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-El Paso and has been teaching college-level writing and creative writing since 1996. Her personal author blog can be read at her website, www.jlpowers.net. A frequent contributor for New Pages, and an instructor for Story Circle Network, she is currently teaching for Skyline College in San Bruno, California. You can reach her at jlpowers [at] evaporites [dot] com.
is the co-founder of Mother Writer Mentor (MWM) and has blogged since 2007 at Feral Mom, Feral Writer where she muses on the art of raising children and surviving marriage while writing. Pryputniewicz has an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been teaching creative writing since 1992. She teaches poetry workshops for MWM and Transformative Blogging courses for MWM, Story Circle Network, and A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO). Her debut poetry collection, November Butterfly
, is forthcoming from Saddle Road Press in 2014. Poetry, fairytales, dreams, tarot and collaboration across forms remain favorite pursuits. She is newly transplanted to San Diego, California with her husband, three children, blue-eyed Siberian Husky, and two tubby housecats bearing identical sets of stripes.