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Kyle Beachy
Dr. Scott Cohen
Stephanie Covington Armstrong
Beth Choat
Meenakshi Gigi Durham
Irad Eyal
Kimberly Ford
Jes Gordon
Dr. Jennifer Gunter
Maria Hunt
Tyler McMahon

Jessica Baumgardner
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Jessica Baumgardner is a writer and editor with more than ten years of experience in the publishing world. Starting her career as an assistant book editor at William Morrow, she moved on to the burgeoning dot-com universe, working as an editor and writer for Nerve, a smart online magazine about sex and culture, and the online counterpart to Seventeen. She was a senior editor at Good Housekeeping where she wrote regular features about lifestyle, food, and fashion. She is a frequent contributor to Glamour, and has written about eating and entertaining for the Washington Post and Time Out New York. She is the co-author (with Jes Gordon) of the upcoming Party Perfect: Insider Tips to Take Your Fete From Drab to Fab (Globe Pequot Press, 2009). She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, Irad, two year-old daughter Sigrid and newborn son Ezra.

Kyle Beachy
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Kyle Beachy is a graduate of Pomona College and received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he now teaches writing. He was awarded a 2005 writer’s fellowship to The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, has published short fiction in Otium, The2ndHand, and has a Featherproof Mini-book at www.featherproofbooks.com. His first novel, The Slide, was published in 2009 by Dial Press.

www.kylebeachy.com

Dr. Scott Cohen
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Scott Cohen, MD, FAAP, is a board certified physician who has created a new philosophy in pediatrics. With the motto, “The best doctors are teachers,” Dr. Scott, as his patients refer to him, has developed a program called COMMON SENSE PEDIATRICS where he educates patients and families on how to raise healthy children⎯stress free.

Dr. Cohen grew up in Maryland and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed his pediatric training in 2003, from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, one of the top pediatric training facilities in the country. While at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, he was the recipient of the Victor E. Stork Award for continued excellence and future promise in the care of children. He was also awarded the Community Service Award for helping to develop Helping Hands for Children, a curriculum that teaches pediatricians to effectively advocate for the needs of children.

Dr. Cohen’s book, Eat, Sleep, Poop: Simplifying Your Baby’s First Year Through Common Sense Parenting, will be published by Scribner’s in 2010.

Stephanie Covington Armstrong
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Stephanie Covington’s longtime battle with bulimia will be the subject of her upcoming memoir, Not All Black Girls Know How To Eat, which is coming out in summer 2009 from Lawrence Hill Books. Her plays—Three Stories Down, The Outside Sisters, and The Long Journey Home—have been performed in theaters in both Los Angeles and New York. She has successfully written screenplays produced by 20th Century Fox, including the film Contradictions of the Heart, starring Vanessa Williams. Covington has also written for Essence, Sassy, Mademoiselle, and Venice magazines, among others.

Most recently she wrote a commentary, titled “Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat,” about black women and eating disorders for NPR. She also sold a TV treatment, Kimchi and Cornbread, which led to a talk-show deal with MTV. She was eventually offered a deal with Disney Television. Covington has been an eating-disorder advocate for years, having spoken at colleges and universities throughout southern California. She has been a fellow at both the Dorset Colony for Writers in Vermont and the Dorland Mountain Retreat Writers Colony in Temecula, California. Her memoir, Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: A Story of Bulimia, was published by Lawrence Hill Books in 2009. Her essay "Fear and Loathing" appeared in The Black Body, published by Seven Stories Press in 2009.

Beth Choat
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First-time author Beth Choat has been a journalist for the past twenty years, focusing on sports at places like Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and ABC Sports, and radio journalism at the BBC and NPR. She has also been hired by numerous Olympic Organizing Committees, including the 2008 Committee in Beijing, to work as an editor and supervisor for their news services. She knows the world of competitive sports intimately, from the inside and out, and brings that expertise and passion about empowering young girls to this new venture in her life. Her debut young adult novel, Soccerland, is being published by Marshall Cavendish Books.

Meenakshi Gigi Durham
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M. Gigi Durham’s first book, The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It, was published in 2008 by Overlook Press. Durham has garnered regional, national, and international attention for her decade of research and teaching on the topic of adolescent gender and sexuality and the media. In October 2006, she was the invited keynote speaker at a statewide conference on middle-school girls organized by the American Association of University Women. She has appeared on Iowa Public Radio’s statewide call-in show Iowa Talks to discuss this topic, and she has conducted a number of workshops for and about girls and the media. She has presented conference papers and invited lectures on this topic all over the United States and abroad.

Durham holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida and is a tenured faculty member in the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level classes in gender, sexuality, and the media. She is on the editorial boards of the Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media and the major research journals Feminist Media Studies and the Journal of Communication. She is also the co-editor of a widely used book on media theory, Media and Cultural Studies: KeyWorks (Blackwell, 2001).

Durham was formerly a reporter, writer, and editor for various newspapers and magazines, including Wisconsin Ideas, the Pensacola News-Journal, and Science Today. She also teaches magazine writing at the University of Iowa. Because of her journalism background, she is skilled at writing for broad audiences as well as specialized ones.

Irad Eyal
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Irad Eyal has been a television writer and producer since 2000. He got his start at the Oxygen Network as the web producer for the Xena: Warrior Princess website, writing articles about swords, dragons, and leather bustiers. Soon after, he sold his first series, a puppet show about a women’s prison, and things have only gotten weirder since. Since 2002, Eyal has been working as a reality television development executive, coming up with crazy new formats and selling them to networks like MTV, TLC, Discovery, and NBC. He’s directed the primetime reality series Wife Swap, run the production department of City Lights Television, and pitched shows through his shingle, Human Entertainment Lab. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife, journalist and author Jessica Baumgardner, their two children, and way too many dogs and cats. His forthcoming book, Sex Degrees of Separation, about celebrity relationships, will be published by Chronicle Books in 2009.

Kimberly Ford
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Kimberly Ford earned her Ph.D. in Spanish and French Literature in 2001 at which point she began writing fiction. “Jelly Baby” appeared in Moxie within a few months and she has been hard at work ever since.

Kimberly has published short fiction and essays in diverse magazines including Mothering, The Believer and Brain, Child. Her story “Generation” was published in The Threepenny Review and was chosen by the O. Henry judges as a recommended story for the O. Henry Prize Stories collection of 2008.

Her book, Hump: True Tales of Sex after Kids was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2008. She is currently at work on a novel.

www.kimberlyvford.com

Jes Gordon
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Jes Gordon has been one of New York City and Los Angeles’ leading event designers and producers since 1992. She is the co-author (with Jessica Baumgardner) of Party Perfect: Insider Tips to Take Your Fete From Drab to Fab, which is coming out from Globe Pequot Press in 2009.

Finding her way into the business at the tender age of thirteen as an assistant to a floral designer, Jes discovered that she had a keen eye for color. By the time she was a junior at Bard College, she had a booming floral design business of her own. Jes took her talents to Taos, New Mexico, where she opened a contemporary art gallery and flower shop. Then it was on to New Orleans, where she worked on set designs for films, including Interview with a Vampire and Dead Man Walking. While in the Big Easy, she was also commissioned to design no-holds-barred floats for the Mardi Gras parade.

In 1992, Jes was offered the chance to become Events and Décor Director for New York City’s famous Tavern on the Green. Her stunning work there led to private design commissions for celebrities, including Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, John F. Kennedy Jr., Woody Allen, Mel Gibson, Puff Daddy, Sting, Elton John, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and others. She has designed events and created branding strategies for such large corporate clients as Target, JC Penney, Johnson & Johnson, Gillette, CVS, Red Envelope, Smith & Hawken, Lifetime Channel, and Rowenta, among many others. She started her own company, J. Gordon Design, in 1994; this year, Jes celebrates more than a decade of success with a newer corporate identity, jesGORDON/properFUN.

Named by New York magazine as “one of New York’s top designers,” Jes has also been featured in Time Out New York, In Style Weddings, Bridal Guide Magazine, and Grace Ormonde, as well as on Good Morning America and The Today Show (where she was selected by audiences to be the floral designer for the first annual “Today Show Ties the Knot”), as a host on the Fine Living Channel’s The Perfect Party, and as a guest host for TLC’s design show, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, where she was hailed the “hippest, hottest New York City event designer.”

Jes has also made a great impact on her community. In the last ten years, she has worked closely with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) and God’s Love We Deliver, a New York City–based charity dedicated to fighting hunger among victims of HIV and AIDS. Jes has also worked with Green Chimney, an agency that helps children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges, and Common Ground, a housing development and job training organization committed to ending homelessness.

Although her company still has a strong presence in New York, Jes expanded her operations to Los Angeles two years ago, where she lives with her two beloved dogs (and company mascots), Hurricane and Ruckus, and her cat, Bella. And Bill, her husband.

www.jesgordon.com

Dr. Jennifer Gunter
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Dr. Jennifer Gunter is a nationally and internally renowned obstetrician/gynecologist and a leading expert in the field of women’s pain medicine and vulvovaginal disorders. She has been the director of pelvic pain services at two major universities and is currently the Director of Pelvic Pain and Vulvovaginal Disorders for Kaiser Northern California, a health plan with four million members. She is the recipient of numerous research awards and has published extensively in medical journals and authored many book chapters. The mainstream media has recognized her expertise and she has been interviewed by numerous national magazines, including More, U.S. News and World Report, Glamour, Redbook, and Shape. Her writing has also appeared in Exceptional Parent, Parents Press, Sacramento Parent, Marin Independent Journal, and online at www.empowHer.com. She has been a guest on local radio stations in Kansas, Colorado, and San Francisco, and recently began as a health columnist for San Francisco’s www.examiner.com.

Dr. Gunter was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada and graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1990 at the age of 23. In 1995 she completed her OB/GYN training at the University of Western Ontario and moved to the United States to complete a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Kansas. After completing her fellowship she continued her studies in pain medicine and currently is the only OB/GYN in the United States who is board certified in both OB/GYN and pain medicine. Dr. Gunter is one of the select few physicians in the United States who holds four board certifications.

Dr. Gunter is also a member of numerous professional medical societies and has been on advisory boards for five major pharmaceutical companies. In 2000 she was the physician spokeswoman for 3M Pharmaceuticals’ national media campaign directed at increasing public awareness of sexually transmitted diseases. During this campaign she appeared on more than fifteen morning television and radio shows.

She is a skilled physician, researcher, and educator and her mission is medical advocacy. She feels medicine should be demystified and that information empowers patients, allowing them to form better partnerships with their physicians, improving not only their healthcare but also their satisfaction with the process. Her book, The Preemie Primer, will be published by Da Capo Press in 2010.

Maria Hunt
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Growing up in a Chicago family full of professional cooks and adventurous eaters, Maria Hunt was primed for her future career as a food and wine writer and restaurant critic. During her 11 years with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Maria went into the kitchens of many celebrity chefs and helped readers better understand important food trends. She was a member of the original International Jury of Slow Food and is on the board of Slow Food Urban San Diego. Being fascinated with wine, Maria completed her Level 1 exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is the author of The Bubbly Bar, a champagne and sparkling wine cocktail book being released by Clarkson-Potter in August 2009. Now a freelance writer, Maria is the Wine & Spirits editor for Ranch & Coast Magazine and the Food & Drink Editor for San Diego News Network, an online news and lifestyle site launching in March. She also shares her adventures with bubbly and educates readers on her website (thebubblygirl.com) and her blog by the same name. Maria’s work has appeared in Cooking Light, Saveur, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, M Lifestyle, Christian Science Monitor and Riviera Magazine and she produces entertaining lifestyle segments for NBC San Diego 7/39. Maria lives in San Diego, where she loves gardening, creating new cocktails and entertaining at her home.

www.thebubblygirl.com

Tyler McMahon
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Tyler McMahon is the author of the novel How the Mistakes Were Made, to be published by St. Martin's in 2011. His short fiction has appeared in Three Penny Review, Antioch Review, Barrelhouse, Sycamore Review, and many others. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Tyler studied English at the University of Virginia and received an MFA in fiction writing from Boise State University. He has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, a surf instructor in California, and a waiter in Montana. Currently, he teaches at Hawai‘i Pacific University and lives in Honolulu with his wife, food writer Dabney Gough. Tyler is now working on a new novel about undocumented Central Americans travelling to the United States in search of work.

www.tylermcmahon.net