Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo was named the 2013 Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange poetry winner. She has work published in The American Poetry Review, CALYX, The Acentos Review, and The Nervous Breakdown among others. She curates the quarterly reading series HITCHED and is a co-founding member of Women Who Submit, an organization that empowers women authors to submit work for publication in order to help close the gap between male and female representation in mainstream publishing. Her debut poetry collection, Built with Safe Spaces, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.


Elena Bergeron

Writer and editor Elena Bergeron focuses on digital storytelling across all sports for SB Nation. Prior to joining SB Nation, Bergeron was founding editor-in-chief of Triangle Offense, a basketball and lifestyle site owned and operated by Complex Media. Formerly a staff writer at ESPN The Magazine for over a decade, Bergeron served as lead college basketball reporter and covered the NBA and action sports. She’s also written about technology, pop culture and design for such titles as Fast Company, Sports On Earth, Red Bulletin, and NPR and co-hosted the Monosodium Glutamate podcast. The New Orleans native remains a lockdown perimeter defender.

Looking for pitches on off-the-beaten-path sporting events (1000-2000 words) and profiles of athletes or fans who have atypical stories that resonate universally (any length). Pro tip: we publish a high volume of content daily from a fairly large staff of experts. Freelance pitches that stand out the most, and get greenlit the fastest, are shorter (think 500-1000 words) and focus on telling our audience about something fun or offbeat that will help them better appreciate sports.


Marie-Helene Bertino

Marie-Helene Bertino’s debut novel 2 A.M. At the Cat’s Pyjamas is a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick and a Best Book of 2014 at NPR, Popsugar, Flavorwire, Buzzfeed, and others. Her debut collection of short stories Safe As Houses received The 2012 Iowa Short Fiction Award and was named an Outstanding Collection by The Story Prize. She teaches in the Creative Writing Department at NYU, the low-residency MFA program at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts), and for One Story’s Summer Workshop, where she was Associate Editor. For more information, please visit: www.mariehelenebertino.com.


Meredith Bethune

Meredith Bethune is a freelance writer specializing in food and travel. Her work has appeared in magazines and on websites like National Geographic Traveler, Fodor’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky Peach, Travel + Leisure, and many others. She’s also associate editor of Eater DC.

Social: Twitter: @meredithbethune, Instagram @meredithbethune, FB facebook.com/meredith.bethune Web: www.meredithbethune.com


Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the bestselling author of Bittersweet, as well as of the forthcoming June (May 2016), and of The Effects of Light and Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best book of fiction by an American woman published in 2007. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, she lives and writes in Brooklyn and Vermont.


Lijah J. Barasz

Lijah J. Barasz is a Connecticut native who honed her dramatic writing skills in the writers’ room of Freeform’s (formerly ABC Family) flagship drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. While earning her stripes writing teen drama, Lijah’s original material focuses on issues of sex, gender, and cultural identity. Lijah regularly performs with The Silver Lake Chorus, a renowned indie rock group whose debut album features songs written exclusively for the chorus by Bon Iver, Sia, Ben Gibbard, Tegan and Sara, and more.


Adrienne Biddle

After receiving a Masters degree from the Peter Stark Producing Program at The University of Southern California, Adrienne Biddle began her career at Jersey Films, where she worked on several projects including Man On The Moon, Caveman’s Valentine, Garden State, How High and Erin Brockovitch.

In November of 2002, she left Jersey Films to become Vice President of Production and Acquisitions at Summit Entertainment.  Summit’s production arm generated five movies during her tenure: Dot The I, Wrong Turn, Lies And Alibis (which she co-produced), and Step Up.

In November of 2005, she left Summit to become Rogue Pictures’ Senior Vice President of Production.  This genre division of Universal Pictures released several movies during her tenure:  Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, Balls Of Fury, Hot Fuzz, The Strangers, Doomsday, Last House On The Left and she was the executive in charge of The Hitcher, The Unborn and Fighting.  Rogue was sold to Relativity Media in December 2008.

In September of 2009, she partnered with writer/director Bryan Bertino to form Unbroken Pictures.

The duo has produced five movies together: He’s Out There, written by Mike Scannell and directed by Dennis Iliadis, starring Yvonne Strahovski for Screen Gems (’17 release); The Blackcoat’s Daughter, written and directed by Osgood Perkins, starring Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka acquired by A24 (March ‘17 release); Stephanie, written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, directed by Akiva Goldsman, starring Frank Grillo and Ana Torv for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures (’17 release); The Monster, written and directed by Bertino, starring Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine for A24, and Mockingbird, written and directed by Bertino, for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.

The company is represented by UTA.


Kristy Lin Billuni

Kristy Lin Billuni is a writer, teacher, and collaborator in San Francisco. Also known as the Sexy Grammarian, she supports writers to create tight, juicy, scantily clad sentences and stories that climax. She cultivates sexy, bold, free writers who understand their own artistic process.

Kristy believes artists, students, and entrepreneurs can flourish when writing is easy, fast, and true. She loves to wrestle with novels and dissertations, but she’s also adept with poetry, flash fiction, listicles, and blog posts, breaking down big projects into small tasks and uplifting little projects for big impact. She offers free writing lessons and interviews other writers about their process and their sex lives on her blog at SexyGrammar.com. Flirt with her on Twitter at @SexyGrammar.


Imogen Binnie

Imogen Binnie is the author of the novel Nevada and the zines The Fact That It’s Funny Doesn’t Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. Additionally, her work has been anthologized in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. She is currently a monthly contributor to Maximum Rocknroll and has previously written for Aorta Magazine, The Skinny and PrettyQueer.com. She writes about books at www.keepyourbridgesburning.com.



Laura Birek

Laura Birek is a writer and web developer from Los Angeles. With over 10 years experience hand-coding, Laura has built sites for authors, small business, and large entertainment companies alike. Laura is the author of Picture Perfect Knits (Chronicle Books, 2008), has written for outlets like O Magazine and xoJane, and has performed as a storyteller at the Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, and at The Moth.