Nell graduated from Dartmouth College and received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University where she taught composition. She taught creative nonfiction at Sweet Briar College and she is a former producer for Fresh Air with Terry Gross and BackStory with the American History Guys. Nell has also worked as a journalist and her essays have appeared on the website Longreads. She has taught essay writing at WriterHouse, English as a second language in Slovakia, and worked as an assistant for the late, great folk music legend Pete Seeger. Nell is a Charlottesville native and still doesn’t know the names of the roads.
Emma is a graduate of New York University and the University of Virginia where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and received her M.F.A. in creative writing. Her first novel came out in 2010 and her second book will be released by Riverhead in Spring 2016. She is the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood grant in fiction, and her work can be found in the Virginia Quarterly Review and on the NewYorker.com. She has also taught creative writing at WriterHouse and UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She enjoys desserts, warm weather, and desserts.