Members of The Writers’ Room are poets, novelists, journalists, graphic novelists, translators, librettists, playwrights, memoirists, and historians. We pride ourselves not just on our vibrant creative diversity, but on our cultural and socioeconomic diversity, too. Below is a sample of our current members:
Rosemary Booth is a native of New Jersey who lives in Cambridge, MA. She writes personal essays, poetry and criticism and has completed a series of essays on the intersection of writing and aging. Her essays, photo-essays, and poems have appeared in Under the Sun, The Oak, and, Epiphany Magazine, and the Imagination and Place 2010 anthology, Seasonings. Ms. Booth holds a B.S.Ed. from Fordham University, an M.A. in American Studies from Boston College, and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University. She is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild.
Robert Dall is a fiction writer from Cambridge, Massachusetts. His short stories have been published in Hunger Mountain, the Evansville Review, the Blue Moon Review, Acorn Whistle, and the Beacon Street Review. He received his MFA from Emerson College, has completed two residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, and has been a member of the Writers’ Room of Boston since 2001 (and a board member since 2009). Currently, he is working on new pieces of short fiction while hoping to find a home for his novel In the Box, the dystopian tale of a New England fishing town that decides to mix 17th-century punishments with 21st-century media saturation.
Anne Gray Fischer was the 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow in nonfiction. Her book-in-progress, Bodies on the March: How Prostitutes Seized the Seventies, has received a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant and a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist grant, among other honors. She reviews books for Ploughshares online in a regular series, “Women in Trouble.” Anne is a doctoral student studying modern U.S. History at Brown University.
Dr. Lisa Gruenberg earned her MFA in Creative writing from Lesley University’s Low Residency Program in 2007 and joined the Writers’ Room of Boston in 2008. The author of short stories as well as a Holocaust memoir, Searching for Mia, Dr. Gruenberg received an honorable mention for the 2011 Glimmer Train Press “Family Matters” competition, a Joan Jakobson Scholarship to the 2011 Wesleyan Writers Conference, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant. Dr. Gruenberg works at Children’s Hospital Boston and teaches at Harvard Medical School. In 2010, she was named to the Fulbright Senior Consultant Roster for Global Health. Dr. Gruenberg provides volunteer medical service on the Eastern Cape of South Africa, in Rwanda, Bangladesh and Guatemala.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is writing a book of combined family memoir and literary journalism about a Louisiana murder and death penalty case. An essay adapted from the book appears in the new anthology TRUE CRIME (InFact Books, 2013). In support of her book, Alexandria has received a Rona Jaffe Award and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts, among others. Currently, she lives just outside of Boston and teaches Grub Street’s new Memoir Incubator, an innovative year-long program in the memoir
Memory Blake Peebles, the administrator for the Room, left her hometown in north Alabama to attend Middlebury College. She was a William Hunter Sharpe fellow in creative writing at The University of Edinburgh and a Henry Hoyns fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in fiction. At UVA, she also served as the fiction editor of Meridian. Her work has appeared Crab Orchard Review and her story, “The Sugar Bowl” which won Ploughshares Magazine’s 2013 Emerging Writer’s Contest in fiction, will appear in their December issue. She is currently at work on a novel.
While writing fiction at Bennington College, Lisa Perkins studied the Romantic poets and went on to earn a PhD in British literature from the University of Chicago. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in The Painted Bride Quarterly, Quiddity, The Fourth River, Under the Sun, Front Range Review and Dislocate. Lisa was the semi-finalist in the Black River Chapbook Competition, and she is the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. Lisa is also the writer, producer, and director of a film, Secret Intelligence: Decoding Hedy Lamarr, now in post-production. She is currently working on a novel.
Anna Ross is the author of If a Storm, selected by Julianna Baggot for the 2012 Robert Dana-Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and the chapbook Hawk Weather, winner of the 2008 New Womens’ Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press and the 2009 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. She has received fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Grub St. Inc., and her poetry and criticism has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Salamander, The American Reader and Boston Review. Currently, she teaches at Stonehill College, where she is Poet in Residence, and is a contributing editor in poetry for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics. She lives in Dorchester, MA with her husband, daughter, and son.
Laura van den Berg was raised in Florida and earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us(Dzanc Books, 2009), was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November 2013. Laura lives in the Boston area and is at work on a novel.