FOUNDERS

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Samuel Granoff holds a BA from San Francisco and an MA from Duke, having pitched for both schools’ baseball teams. He teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia, is a CA/T veterans co-coordinator, and fosters veteran service dogs with Guardian Angels. Presently, he’s at work on his second novel; a polyphonic western, narrated by God.

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Jacob Thomas is a teacher, writer, and artist from the midwest. He is an Army veteran and served two tours in Afghanistan as an airborne medic. He holds a BA in creative writing and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction. He is a Warrior Writers Workshop facilitator, Warrior's Path Workshop facilitator, and Columbia University Veterans Writing Workshop co-coordinator.

The Team

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Connie Chen was born in China and raised in San Francisco, CA. She studied International History at the United States Military Academy and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as an engineer officer. She currently attends Columbia University as a MFA student in Fiction writing. 

Cameron Menchel grew up in Vienna, VA. He holds a Bachelor’s in English from The College of William and Mary and studies Fiction at Columbia University, where he is a co-teacher in CA/T’s Columbia Veterans Workshop. He is currently at work on his first novel.

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Camille Jacobson is a fiction writer and critic from Los Angeles. She received her BA from Harvard University in 2018 and now teaches with the education initiative Poetry in America. Her fiction and criticism has appeared in Catapult, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Stephanie Cuepo Wobby grew up in Baguio City, Philippines, before immigrating to California. She enlisted in the Army in high school and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a line medic. She holds a BA in English from the University of Vermont. She’s an alumna of the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop. She lives in Vermont with her husband and their two dogs.

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Remy Smidt grew up in Phoenix, AZ. She holds a Bachelor’s in English from Tufts University and studies Fiction at Columbia University. Before graduate school she worked as a breaking news reporter. She's at work on her first novel.

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Alice Yang is a writer and designer from Norfolk, Virginia. She spent her junior year at the University of Oxford’s Hertford College studying English Literature. She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. Her work explores themes of race, intergenerational trauma, post-colonialism, and violence.

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Audrey Summers is from northern Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. She spent two years as a Fulbright grantee in South Korea before attending Columbia University, where she is currently pursuing an MFA in nonfiction writing.

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Devin Goldring is a writer from New Jersey. They received their BFA in Writing with a focus in Fiction from Pratt Institute in 2019. They currently attend Columbia University as an MFA student in Nonfiction Writing.

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