Amanda DeGrace is a science fiction writer that pushes for diverse representation in stories about our future. She has a M.S. in Urban Planning and Community Development from UMass Boston and is a project manager and planner based in Boston.
Iva Brito is an artist, poet, actress, educator, activist, visual and performing artist. She is the author of the poetry book Essence, Tones, Whispers and Shouts, a collection of poetry in which she draws on nature, past experiences, and her vision for an illuminated and inclusive world.
Lee Blake is an educator and president of the New Bedford Historical Society. She has spent much of her life raising awareness about black history, and the important role New Bedford played in the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.
Patricia Gomes is an award winning poet and author. She has been published in countless literary journals and anthologies, both in print and electronically. She performs her work extensively throughout the New England area in addition to running poetry workshops and hosting poetry venues in and around the greater New Bedford area.
Ralph Hickok is a New Bedford-based author specializing in sports history and biography books. Hickok is a member of the North American Society for Sport History, as well as the Pro Football Researchers Association.