LitWrap Partners with Slice!

LitWrap volunteers are gearing up to help with the Slice Literary Conference this weekend, in our first partnership with Slice Magazine. Thanks and congrats to the following members of the LitWrap community!

MaryLannonMary Lannon. Mary is an assistant professor of English at Nassau Community College where she teaches composition and creative writing. Currently finishing a sabbatical, she is at work on a second novel and seeking publication for her first novel, a coming-of-age story is called An Explanation of the Fundamentals of the Derivation of Dilapidated Brown Station Wagon Theory aka How I Became A Scientist and Discovered the Truth About Getting Stuck in the Wrong Universe by Miranda  J. McCleod.

MelissaMcDanielMelissa McDaniel. Melissa is a Brooklyn-based writer originally from Atlanta and an editor at theNewerYork Press. Her writing tends to be character-driven with a touch of speculative fiction (her biggest influences are Karen Russell and Margaret Atwood). At the Slice Literary Conference, she looks forward to connecting with other literary folk and learning more about how to revise and publish her novel length manuscript. You can find her writing at She will be tweeting events @melissamcd29. 

LizRiggLiz Rigg. Liz Rigg is a writer based in Brooklyn. Her debut novel Casey Barnes Eponymous was published in 2013. Her short story “Rachel’s List” won first prize in the 2007 Paul Gillette writing contest and was adapted for radio. Her short story “One Hundred Santas” was honored in the 2007 Carve Contest as well as nominated for a Million Writers Award, and her screenplay Zoey’s Listwas a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition as well as a Semi-Finalist in the Visionfest 12 Feature Screenplay Competition. She is currently working on her second novel and is excited to be volunteering at Slice.

Amelia_smAmelia Harnish. Writer/Editor living in Brooklyn, NY. Her current project is a present-day novel following a young woman from Norman, Oklahoma (a.k.a The Tornado Capital of the World) who is trying to outrun her tragic past.



JeanEllenWhatleyJean  Whatley. Jean Ellen Whatley, is an Emmy Award-winning journalist cum author of the breakthrough memoir, Off the Leash, published by Blank Slate Press. Whatley has been featured in Huffington Post, and has been a guest columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Winston-Salem Journal  and the Albuquerque Tribune. She publishes a weekly self-syndicated column called “Off the Leash,” and is very excited to be attending the Slice Literary Conference for the camaraderie and to gain some insight into next steps on her new book.


Laura van den Berg, Isle of Youth Interview


I had the opportunity to interview Laura van den Berg, author of the collection of short stories, The Isle of Youth, about her inspirations and how she conceived of the haunting and magical stories in this collection. The Isle of Youth has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize, and received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Letters. One of the stories in the collection, “Opa Locka”, has also been awarded the O. Henry Prize for 2014.

van den Berg’s debut novel Find Me is expected out by FSG in 2015.