Moderator Trey Dowell is a proud graduate of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and he resides in Saint Louis Missouri, working feverishly on more novels. Dowell’s debut novel, The Protectors, was published in October 2014 by Simon and Schuster.
Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, of Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry, and of A New Hunger selected as a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Sungold Editions published her chapbook Rooms Remembered. Her latest collection These Many Rooms was published by Four Way Books in early 2019. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and the editor of four anthologies. She taught at Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, briefly at UCSB, and is a member of the core faculty at the Solstice Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. As Santa Barbara’s new Poet Laureate, she is planning many poetry craft classes, workshops, readings and other events with the generous support of the Santa Barbara Public Library.
Robin LaFevers was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales, Bulfinch's Mythology, and nineteenth-century poetry. It is not surprising that she grew up to be a hopeless romantic. She lives in the foothills of Southern California.
Her latest YA book is Courting Darkness, first in a duology. This darkly thrilling page-turner set in the world of the best-selling His Fair Assassin series. Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin from St. Mortain’s convent deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. In addition to writing about teen assassin nuns in medieval Brittany, she writes books for middle grade readers, including the Theodosia books and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastolgist, series Visit her website at www.robinlafevers.com
Willard Thompson, a graduate of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, is a gold medal-winning historical fiction writer living in Montecito, California, with his wife, Jo. His newest historical novel, The Girl from the Lighthouse, was published in 2019 to early praise. His previously published three books of historical fiction Dream Helper, Delfina’s Gold, and Their Golden Dreams are part of his Chronicles of California trilogy. He was awarded a Gold Medal from The Independent Book Publishers Association in 2009 for Dream Helper.
Silver Webb, known to us at SBWC as Angela Borda, is a writer of speculative fiction and is the editrix of the Santa Barbara Literary Journal. She publishes the journal twice yearly and recently published Hurricanes & Swan Songs: A Strange Anthology of speculative fiction by Borda Books. She is also a food writer for Food & Home. The idea for SB Lit Jo was born at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference several years ago. Find her at www.silverwebb.com.