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Emily Rapp Black is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (BloomsburyUSA), and The Still Point of the Turning World (PenguinPress), which was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Nonfiction. Her book-length lyric essay, Cartography for Cripples, which examines the intersection of art, disability, and sex through the life and work of Frida Kahlo, is forthcoming from the New York Review of Books/NottingHill Editions in 2020. Her next book, Sanctuary, a reexamination of the word resilience against the backdrop of life and love, for which she received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship, is forthcoming from Random House in 2019. She is also at work on a novel about how experiences of the afterlife connect two grieving parents living in different parts of the world; and a dystopian novel, Calexit, set in a futuristic “free state” California. In 2019 she will be a fellow at the Kierkegaard Institute at the University of Copenhagen, where she will begin work on a craft book/biography project exploring connections between Soren Kierkegaard’s life and philosophies of risk and creativity, and how his theories translate into practical advice for modern artists and writers.
Born in Nebraska and raised in Wyoming, Emily was educated at Harvard University, St. Olaf College, Trinity College-Dublin, and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow in fiction and poetry. She has received fellowships from the Jentel Arts Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, Fundacion Valparaiso, the Ludig House at ArtOmni, Bucknell University, where she was the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence, and the Fine Arts Work Center, where she was a Winter Writing Fellow. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Emerging Women Writers’ Award, and in 2017 received the 2017 Wachtmeister Award in Nonfiction awarded by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in Vogue, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Die Zeit, London Times-Style, Modern Loss, In Brief, the Coachella Review, Brain.Child, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications, academic journals, and award-winning essay anthologies. She has taught writing and literature at Antioch University-Los Angeles, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, UCLA Extension, Kripalu, Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop in Denver, and at other places around the country and the world, as well as online. She has been a guest on various podcasts, including Pantsuit Nation and Dear Sugars.
Emily is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California-Riverside, where she teaches all manner of creative nonfiction, including medical narratives in the UCR School of Medicine. Her academic interests include disability studies, medical narratives, medical ethics, theories around palliative care and death and dying, quality of life and the importance of hospice care, and the literature of embodiment, trauma, and recovery. For almost twenty years she has been an advocate for those with stories of the body that fall outside normative understandings of what is acceptable or “good.”
At Blueprint, Emily is seeking memoir and personal essay manuscripts, medical narratives, literary novels, stories of and about disability, as well as book-length, research-based nonfiction manuscripts of any subject matter. She has a particular interest in the history and social practice of fashion and its intersection with feminism and other cultural and social movements. With a master’s degree in Theological Studies (with particular interests in 19th century philosophy of religion and feminist epistemology), she is also interested in editing academic manuscripts and articles in theology/religious studies.
Finally, she is deeply interested in collaboration, having worked with writers and activists Krista Suh (Founder of the Pussyhat Project and author of DIY Rules for a WTF World); Maggie Doyne (Activist/Founder of blinknow.org); Khalida Brohi (Activist/Founder of Sughar Foundation and author of I Should Have Honor: A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan, (forthcoming from Random House in 2018); fashion designer and feminist icon, Norma Kamali; and Lucy Kalanithi (widow of Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air, an international bestseller, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and winner of the PEN USA Nonfiction Award), in various capacities. Since 2005, she has collaborated with sculptor, printmaker, and visual artist Carrie Scanga (www.carriescanga.com) on a variety of mixed media projects and installations. She is also a founding member of @womenwritersrise. Visit Emily at www.emilyrappblack.com.
Kent Black has been a working journalist for 35 years. A native Californian, he was educated at the University of California-Berkeley. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Outside’s Go and Palm Springs Life, both of which received numerous writing and style and design awards under his leadership. He also served as deputy editor for the New York Times Style section, and has been a contributing editor for Men’s Journal and Details.
Kent has written about almost everything: extreme sports; bounty hunters in Arizona; B celebrities that went on to make the A list; marathons in West Africa; lesser known dictators; art and architecture; and all manner of food: from the fanciest Manhattan restaurant to a chicken fried steak competition in rural Texas. Throughout the 1990s he reported human interest stories from nearly every Latin American country, and even spent one night in a morgue in Nicaragua after an almost fatal scorpion bite, although that story is yet unwritten. He has tested everything from the latest in outdoor hiking boots and luxury “glamping” tents to his ability to match Kenneth Branagh drink for drink at a dark bar in mid-city Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Outside, Men’s Journal, Details, Smithsonian, Afar, GQ, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, LA Times Calendar, Angeles, Town and Country, Newsday, HG, Harper’s Bazaar, McCall’s, LA Style, Los Angeles Magazine, California, Interview, People, M., W., Elle, Elle Décor, Mademoiselle, Phillip Morris, Unlimited, SELF, Whittle Communications, East/West Network, East Bay Review, City Sports, Hollywood, East Bay Review, Berkeley Barb, CN Sports for Women, Women Outside, Travel and Leisure, Outside Traveler, Vogue Hommes, Home, NY Yankees Magazine, Outside’s Go, Delta Sky, Mental Floss, Bloomberg Businessweek, Saveur, Life Reimagined, and Dark Rye.
Kent was most recently the Editor-in-Chief of Palm Springs Life Magazine, the premier California lifestyle magazine, which includes the ancillary publications of Home + Design, Arts and Culture, The Desert Guide, Dine Out, Food and Wine, El Paseo, and Vitality. In January 2016, he and Creative Director and Designer Tom Brown, together with Dallas-based Swedish photographer Fredrik Broden, re-launched this sixty year old magazine to reflect the re-emergence of Palm Springs as one of the premiere global destinations, as well as the epicenter of the mid-century modern architectural and design aesthetic. In 2017, the magazine received three award nominations in photography, feature design, and excellence in design by the City Regional Magazine Association (CRMA). In 2018, the magazine received six CRMA nominations and received the award for Excellence in Design.
Kent is seeking research based nonfiction, travel memoirs, long-form journalism projects, genre fiction (crime and fantasy), literary novels, and historical novels. He has a particular interest in the history and geography of the American West, and welcomes material that deals with this particular subject matter.
Kent and Emily live in California’s Inland Empire with their family.
Bernadette Murphy has published four books of narrative nonfiction; most recently Harley and Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life (Counterpoint Press, hardback 2016, paperback 2017). A hybrid narrative that combines memoir with research into neuroscience and biology, this book explores female risk-taking through the lens of her own experience of learning to ride a motorcycle at age 48 and makes a compelling case for how and why taking risks is a healthy part of an expansive life.
The Rumpus describes Harley this way: “Let’s just say it up front. Bernadette Murphy is a powerful woman, even if she’s petite and ‘bird boned.’ She survived a childhood with a mentally ill mother. She raised three children. She’s a professor, a journalist, a marathoner, an ice climber, a Sierra hiker, and, as she tells us in her gripping memoir, Harley and Me, a brave motorcyclist. This woman has a lot to brag about, and yet, thankfully, she is not casting for bad-ass cred in this memoir. Instead, we see a woman at midlife who’s questioning everything she’s been taught about gender roles and risk… What’s truly refreshing is that she shows how the path to transformation is a rocky road. No easy 10 Steps to Survive Your Midlife Crisis provided here. Her story inspires without being tritely inspirational, and that is a real gift.”
She is also the author of the bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting (Foreverland Press, 2015; Adams Media Corporation, 2002), a narrative that uses memoir and reportage to explore the connection between fiber arts, creativity, and spirituality, and that has become a touchstone in the fiber arts realm. She served as weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times for six years and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing for the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she heads up the Creative Nonfiction genre.
The daughter of Irish immigrants, she is a native Angeleno. Her essays on literature and life have appeared in Salon, The New York Observer, Ms. Magazine, Climbing Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Newsday, Literary Hub, San Francisco Chronicle, MUTHA, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown and elsewhere. Bernadette is currently at work on a novel that draws on her parents’ hardscrabble childhoods in Ireland and includes apparitions of the Virgin Mary.
With Blueprint, she specializes in ghostwriting, developmental editing, and editing, particularly with works of memoir, narrative nonfiction, and research-based prose, as well as fiction, both long and short form. In particular, she seeks manuscripts that touch on travel, the outdoors and adventure, parenting, fiber arts, neuroscience, spirituality and creativity. Her website is bernadette-murphy.com.
Julia Goldberg is the author of Inside Story: Everyone’s Guide to Reporting and Writing Creative Nonfiction (Leaf Storm Press, May 2017), which has garnered advanced praise for its extensive look at all aspects of generating, writing and editing creative nonfiction. Julia has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years, serving as editor of The Santa Fe Reporter from December 2000 through April 2011, during which time the paper won dozens of national awards for investigative reporting, writing, design and web innovation. Julia also previously held the editorial chair for the national Association of Alternative Newsweeklies board of directors, helping to design, coordinate and oversee national journalism workshops and web projects. Her own writing has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including The Rumpus, Salon, The Huffington Post and Alternet, to name a few. She is a contributing writer and editor to Best Altweekly Writing 2009-2010 (Northwestern University Press). Julia has personally received multiple first place journalism awards for environmental, feature and investigative reporting, as well as multi-media journalism. Julia worked as a full-time faculty member of the Creative Writing Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, where she taught a variety of nonfiction writing courses and served as faculty advisor for the student online magazine. She is also a former radio talk show host.
She is currently a story editor at MeowWolf in Santa Fe. More of her work can be found at juliagoldberg.com. Julia is seeking all manner of nonfiction manuscripts, from research-based nonfiction to journalism projects and essays.