Susan Conley, a native Mainer, is the author of The Foremost Good Fortune (Knopf 2011), an Oprah
Magazine “Top Ten” pick and winner of the Maine Literary Award for Memoir, and the novel Paris Was
the Place, a People Magazine “Top Pick,” Elle Magazine “Readers Prize” selection and Amazon “Big
Books for Fall” selection. Her books have been excerpted in The New York Times Magazine and the Daily
Beast. She is the co-founder of The Telling Room, a creative writing lab in Portland, Maine, teaching
thousands of kids a year (and featured this month in the Boston Globe). She has had pieces in Down East
Magazine and is also a TED speaker, a frequent guest on Maine’s NPR subsidiary MPBN, and the
Portland Press Herald’s awardee for “Greatest Women in Maine.”
Laura "Winky" Lewis’s photographs are regularly featured in places such as the Boston Globe, Yankee
Magazine, and Maine Magazine. Her recent photography book was published by the German Press,
Galerie Vevais, and edited by Jock Sturges. Winky’s work with Space Gallery, a Portland hub for art and
ideas, has made her a leader in photography in Maine, where she regularly exhibits her work. Features on Winky and her work have also been published in Popular Photography and Maine Home and Design. In 2015, she was named a PDN Photo Annual contest winner.
Bill Roorbach is the author of the O’Henry Award-winning story collection Big Bend, as well of the novels The Smallest Color, Life among Giants, and The Remedy for Love. He also wrote the memoir, Summerswith Juliet and the essay collection Into Woods. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including TheAtlantic, Harper’s Monthly, Granta, and the NewYork Times magazine. He lives with his family in Farmington, Maine.
Howard Mansfield has contributed to The New York Times, American Heritage, The Washington Post, Historic Preservation, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Yankee, and other publications on the topics of preservation, architecture, and American history. Mansfield has explored issues of preservation in five books including In the Memory House, The Same Ax, Twice, and The Bones of the Earth.