Bios of Presenters, Actors, and Moderators for MailerConf16

Neil Abercrombie: “Norman Mailer made the opening statement of his post-World War II contemporaries on technology in his “war” book The Naked and The Dead.” Thus began my Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Hawaii in 1970 and my friendship with Norman Mailer who, incredibly, received a note from me that I wanted to write on him and Lewis Mumford. He not only contacted me but urged me on. I was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature a month before my doctoral defense in 1974. I went on to the U.S. House of Representatives where I served for 20 years before becoming Governor of the State of Hawaii, from 2010 – 2014. Over those 37 years Norman was a constant source of encouragement and support. He was and remains at the center of my political consciousness.

Bowen Alpern, recovering computer scientist, academic, and software engineer, having once mined the caves of madness (self-pity and marijuana as boon companions), embarks now, in the cold gray dawn of his senescence, upon a half-desperate, half-whimsical quest to remake himself as a dilettante scholar or, better still, a writer.

Peter Alson is the author of the highly acclaimed memoirs Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie and Take Me to the River; and coauthor of One of a Kind, a biography of poker champion Stuey Ungar, and Atlas, the autobiography of boxing trainer Teddy Atlas. His articles have appeared in many magazines, including Esquire, Playboy and The New York Times. He is a freelance book editor at He has a blog at He has written screenplays for Paramount and various independent producers, and his TV pilot, Nicky’s Game, starring John Ventimiglia and Burt Young, appeared in the New York Television Festival and the Vail Film Festival.

Robert Begiebing is Professor of English Emeritus at Southern NH University and the author of nine books, including literary criticism, fiction, memoir, and journalism.  He was the founding director of the MFA in fiction and nonfiction at SNHU.   His books on Mailer are Acts of Regeneration (1981) and Toward a New Synthesis (1989).

Gregory Bellow: Saul Bellow’s firstborn, I was raised by Augie March, the irreverent young man who questioned everything. My first years were of constant motion. By six, I required a stability Saul found so suffocating as to flee. A decade later I was off to the University of Chicago where I studied psychology and social work. I became a psychotherapist, my mother’s profession but with a twist. An emphasis on the inner life Saul cultivated made strengthening my patients’ selfhood primary. At 62 I retired, wrote a memoir titled Saul Bellow’s Heart, and have been involved in occasional pubic discussions of his work.

Mashey Bernstein is a retired Professor of American Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara from where he received his Ph.D. for his dissertation on Jewish values in the Fiction of Norman Mailer.  He has written on various aspects of Mailer’s work for The Mailer Review, Studies in American Jewish Literature, The London Jewish Chronicle and San Francisco Review of Books. He maintained close ties with Mailer from their initial meeting in 1975 until his passing. 

Stanley S. Blair is Interim Dean of the Honors School and Associate Professor of English at Monmouth University. His current research and teaching interests include American Literature, 1850-1975, focusing on New Jersey literature. His most recent graduate seminar surveyed the literature of Long Branch, New Jersey, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Justin Bozung is a freelance film writer, researcher, and part-time archivist.  He has collaborated on two books about Stanley Kubrick and at present is editing a volume about the films of Michael Bay.  Bozung hosts the Norman Mailer Society Podcast on  His book, Norman Mailer: Film is Like Death (A Cinema Reader) will be published by Bloomsbury in the spring of 2017.

Jackson R. Bryer is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.  He has served as a board member of the Hemingway Foundation/Society and is president of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society, and the Thornton Wilder Society. He is co-founder and co-editor of the annual journals Resources for American Literary Study and The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review. He has published more than forty books on American literature, including Selected Letters of Thornton Wilder (2008), Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda:  The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (2002), and French Connections:  Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad (1998).

 Christopher Busa is founding editor of Provincetown Arts Press. He grew up exposed to the art world as the son of a painter who participated in the formative years of Abstract Expressionism. Spending part of every year in Provincetown since infancy, he slowly absorbed its mythology as a place where artists and writers meet to work and live. His interviews and profiles of artists and writers have appeared in Arts, Garden Design, Paris Review, Partisan Review, Mailer Review, and other journals. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and on the board of the Norman Mailer Society.

Ezra Cappell is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. Cappell teaches and publishes in 20th Century and Contemporary Jewish American Literature and he is a recipient of the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.  He is the author of the book, American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction.  Cappell is a coordinator for JAHLIT (The Society for the Study of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature), and he serves as Editor of the SUNY Press Book Series in Contemporary Jewish Literature and Culture.

Raj Chandarlapaty has published two books, The Beat Generation and Counterculture with Peter Lang, and Re-Creating Paul Bowles, the Other and the Imagination with Lexington Books. He has published articles on Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Mohammed Mrabet and Allen Ginsberg.  He is currently Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Afghanistan.

Bonnie Culver is the director of the Wilkes University M.A. /M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her play Sniper’s NYC Off-Broadway production was a “pick of the Week” by the STAR-Ledger, TIMEOUT Magazine, and NY, and was included in the Burdick National Play series at Florida Studio Theatres that “showcases the best in contemporary theatre.” Two of her screenplays were finalists in the Sundance Film Development program; one script optioned by Marlee Matlin. In 2015, she was reelected Chair of the Board of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP).  She is at work on a one-woman show Norris

James Decker is Professor of English, Humanities, and Language Studies at Illinois Central College. In addition to editing Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal, he has published Henry Miller and Narrative FormHenry Miller: New Perspectives, and Ideology.

Nicole DePolo is an Assistant Professor of English at Fisher College and a Ph.D. Candidate at Boston University’s Editorial Institute where she is developing a critical companion to Ancient Evenings that includes an annotated edition of “The Book of the Gods.”

Okla Elliott is an Assistant Professor at Misericordia University. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Illinois and an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University. His work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, and Subtropics, as well as being included as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2015. His books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), The Cartographer’s Ink (poetry), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a novel), and Pope Francis: The Essential Guide (nonfiction, forthcoming).

Salvatore J. Fallica was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his doctorate from the Media Ecology Program at New York University, where he teaches in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication. His latest publication is “Bob Dylan and Spectacle Culture: Yesterday and Today,” which appeared in Baby Boomers and Popular Culture. His masters’ thesis was entitled The Search for the Authentic Rebel in the Work of Norman Mailer. He is the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching” award from the Steinhardt School of Education and the “Distinguished Teaching” award from the Steinhardt Students Association.

Ron Fried is the author of two novels and non-fiction book. He was a 2010 Fellow at the Norman Mailer Society. His play, “Two Mailers,” has received readings in New York and Los Angeles.

Randall Gabrielan turned his avocation of local history into a second career after long service as an insurance broker. He has written dozens of historical books, numerous articles and research reports on individual properties. Gabrielan, a resident of Middletown, served over 13 years as executive director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission in Freehold and is now Commission vice-chair. He also serves as the County’s appointed historian. Gabrielan, a library advocate, served Middletown 25 years on the Board of Trustees. Long Branch, subject of two books, is an abiding interest where he is an ardent advocate of historical reinterpretation.

Alex Gilvarry is the author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, winner of the Hornblower Award for First Fiction, Best New Voice 2012 by Bookspan, and selected by the New York Times as an Editor’s Choice. He’s a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 nominee and has received fellowships from the Harry Ransom Center and the Norman Mailer Center. His second novel, Eastman Was Here, is forthcoming from Viking in 2017. He is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Monmouth University where he teaches fiction.

Susan Goulding is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Monmouth University. Her research interests focus on women’s writing in 18th-century Britain, and she has published on Aphra Behn and Mary Robinson, as well as on the 20th-century writer Isak Dinesen.

Jacob Hebda is a graduate student in the English M.A. program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He earned his B.A. from Misericordia University, and has previously presented at the Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference in Springfield, Kentucky, in addition to presenting at the 2014 Norman Mailer Conference in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  His research interests include, but are not limited to: the relationship between high and low culture, literary movements ranging from romanticism to contemporary literature, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature and culture studies.

Alexander Hicks is Professor of Sociology and Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Film and Media Studies at Emory University.  He is author or co-editor of books including Social Democracy and Welfare Capitalism, as well as of numerous papers in leading social science journals and was inaugural co-editor of the Socioeconomic Review. Although professionally a social scientist, he exchanged several dozen letters with Norman Mailer during the quarter century preceding Mailer’s death.  Since 2009 he has published a handful of pieces in the Mailer Review.

Matthew S. Hinton was born in the back seat of his great grandmother’s Posten Taxi in Wilkes-Barre, PA. He is the Coordinator of Writing at Misericordia University (Dallas, PA), where he teaches writing and literature (including the work of Norman Mailer). He regularly performs with the Mailer Reader’s Theatre Troupe, produces new dramatic works, and has authored several plays, including Quiet Cowboy, Talk the Night, and Out Out. His collection of detective poetry, entitled Instant Deaths and Stutter Guns, is forthcoming. He dreams in analog.

Kaylie Jones’ latest novel is The Anger Meridian (2015). She has published one memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me (2009). Her novels include A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, made into a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998; Celeste Ascending (2001); and Speak Now (2004). She is the editor of the anthology Long Island Noir (2012). Kaylie has written for Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Paris Review, Washington Post and Salon. She teaches in the MFA writing programs of at SUNY Stony Brook and Wilkes University. She co-chairs the yearly $10,000 James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Her latest endeavor is her imprint, Kaylie Jones Books.

Daniel Kramer is a photographer and filmmaker whose portraits and picture stories have been published worldwide; his film work encompasses documentaries and commercials. But it is his photographs of Bob Dylan, the first major work published about the young artist on his way from superstar to icon during 1964 and 1965, which catapulted Kramer’s work onto the international stage. A master printer, Kramer’s photographs are widely collected and exhibited. Brooklyn born, he lives in New York City.

K.C. Leiber: National Tours: Glinda understudy in The Wizard of Oz (NETworks, 1st National). New York: Mary in It’s A Wonderful Life and Bet in Oliver! (Harbor Lights), Under the Greenwood Tree (The Flea), the Wizard of Oz (Madison Square Garden), Mae in The Wild Party (Gallery Players), Catherine in A View from the Bridge (June Havoc). Regional: A Christmas Carol (McCarter), The Who’s Tommy (Media Theatre), Frenchy in Grease and Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Forestburgh). Training: Syracuse University, BFA.

Tim Lemire is the author of several books: a career guide for English majors; a survey of American freaks; a guide to the sexes, co-authored with a Playboy Playmate; a compendium of quotes about alcohol and spirits; and several others. He is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing (fiction) at the University of Michigan, a frequent contributor to the Medium website for Project Mailer, and he is currently working on a writing project about NM. He is also a visual artist and is based in Providence, RI, at

J. Michael Lennon: His biography, Norman Mailer: A Double Life, a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” was published in 2013, followed by his edition, Selected Letters of Norman Mailer in 2014. He edited Mailer’s The Fight, to be published by Taschen in 2016. His work has appeared in Paris Review, TLS, NYRB, Playboy, Hippocampus, New Yorker, Creative Nonfiction, and Provincetown Arts. He teaches in the Wilkes University MFA program, and serves on the Board of the Norman Mailer Society, and the Executive Board of the Norman Mailer Center. His current project is co-editing Mailer’s marijuana journal with Susan Mailer.

Joseph Lennon is Associate Dean and Director of Irish Studies and at Villanova University. His book, Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History (Syracuse UP) won the Donald Murphy Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies.  He has written for journals such as New Hibernia Review, Women’s Studies, The European Legacy, and TLS, and in books on British, Irish, and Indian literature and culture.  Salmon Poetry published his Fell Hunger in 2011, and he has published in The Denver Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Midwest Quarterly, and Poetry Ireland. 

Walter Lewallen teaches composition and literature courses at UNC Pembroke and lives in Red Springs, NC. 

Bill Lowenburg is a three-time scholarship recipient from the Norman Mailer Writing Center. He is the author of a novel, The Zorki Chronicles and a photography monograph, Crash Burn Love. Bill’s photographs and articles have been published in BBC Top Gear, London Telegraph, Popular Photography, PBS Point of View, and numerous others. He was also a research assistant to Michael Lennon for Norman Mailer: A Double Life. Bill received his boxing education serving as a sparring partner with Larry Holmes’ original trainer, Earnee Butler. Bill has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and works as a high school librarian.

Gerald R. Lucas (@drgrlucas) is a Professor of English and a Norman Mailer Fellow. He teaches humanities and new media studies at Middle Georgia State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of new media and literary studies, including elearning and Digital Humanities. Jerry created and curates Project Mailer, works as the Senior Media Editor of The Mailer Review, and may be found on various social media.

John Buffalo Mailer is an award-winning screenwriter, actor, journalist, and producer. Highlights: He discovered and developed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award-winning musical In The Heights, wrote the feature film Hello Herman starring Norman Reedus, covered the state of New Orleans through the eyes of the strippers for Playboy (Music, Food, and Death), acted opposite Shia LaBoeuf in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and opposite Paul Giamatti in Matthew Barney’s epic River Of Fundament. Upcoming films include Blind (starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore), and a feature film adaptation of his play Crazy Eyes retitled The Jingoist.

Michael Mailer has been producing independent films for over two decades. His productions have been presented at some of the world’s best-known film festivals and released by companies including Sony, Universal, Fox, Lionsgate, and IFC. Through his dozens of films, Mailer has worked with actors such as Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr, Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Bruce Dern, Adrien Grenier, Kyra Sedgwick, Neve Campbell, Burt Reynolds, and many more. Mailer’s films include Two Girls and a Guy, Black and White, Empire, The Ledge, Seduced and Abandoned, and his directorial debut, Blind.

Susan Mailer is a psychoanalyst.  Most of the year she lives in Chile where she has a private practice and teaches.  She is a member of the NMS Board and has participated in several of their conferences.  At the moment she is co-editing with Mike Lennon a book on Norman Mailer’s unpublished works and finishing a memoir about her father.

Maggie McKinley is Associate Professor of English at Harper College, where she teaches courses in composition and American literature. She is the author of Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950-75 (Bloomsbury, 2015), and her work has also been published in Studies in American Jewish Literature, Philip Roth Studies, and The Mailer Review, as well as in the edited collections Roth and Celebrity (Lexington, 2012), and Critical Insights: Philip Roth (Salem, 2013). Her book Understanding Norman Mailer is forthcoming from University of South Carolina Press in 2017.

Jason Mosser is a Professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at West Virginia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has taught at a variety of institutions including Georgia Tech, Rockford College, and the Atlanta College of Art. He has published a book on New Journalism and delivered numerous conference presentations and published several articles on the work of Norman Mailer.  

Erik Nakjavani is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a founding member of The Hemingway Society, and specializes in Hemingway studies.  His life-long interests and publications have been in interdisciplinary relationships among literary theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophy.  His latest essays include “FitzGerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: Critical Celebrations of a Beloved Poem,” and “Conceptualizing Lived Experience: Mailer as an Intellectual.”

Timothy Nolan is a playwright living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of the plays Mighty Good Company, Acts of Contrition, and What’s In A Name, The Way Out, and The Bull Ring. His plays have won two Excellence in Fringe awards at the NY International Fringe Festival and the Critics’ Choice award at the Samuel French Festival, and he has been named an Indie Theater Person of the Year. 

Mark Olshaker is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author of ten nonfiction books and five novels, including Einstein’s Brain and The Edge. His books with former FBI Special Agent and criminal profiling pioneer John Douglas, beginning with Mindhunter and, most recently Law & Disorder, have sold millions of copies and have been translated into many languages. His book with epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, Deadliest Enemy: Our War With Killer Germs, will be published in 2017. Olshaker is past president of the Norman Mailer Society, a director of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation, a life member of the Writers Guild of America. He and his wife Carolyn, an attorney, live in Washington, D.C.

Denise Doherty Pappas is the author of John Simmons: The Measure of a Man, a biography of her college’s founder that she began writing at the Norman Mailer Writing Center in Provincetown in 2011. A former writing teacher at Tufts University and the Fletcher School, Denise is presently completing a family memoir “Holy/Unholy: a Secular Drama.”

Victor Peppard is Professor of Russian at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  He has published on such writers as Babel’, Gogol’, Dostoevsky, Mailer, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Olesha, and Voinovich, and on the history of Russian and Soviet sport.  He has also published several short stories.

Joanna Poncavage has successfully managed dual careers as a journalist and organic farmer. She was a reporter and features writer for The Morning Call, the daily newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and then a senior editor for Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine. A lifelong organics advocate, she is dedicated to the survival of her family’s 225-year-old farm in Lizard Creek Valley near the Pocono Mountains. She is the author of three gardening books: Totally Sunflowers, The Italian Kitchen Garden, and (for children), Grow a Totally Weird Garden

Lawrence Schiller began his career as a photojournalist for Life, Time, and Paris Match, photographing some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Robert F. Kennedy, from Ali and Foreman to Redford and Newman. His book projects include the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer, and five New York Times bestsellers. He has directed or produced 20 motion pictures for television; The Executioner’s Song and Peter the Great won five Emmys. 

Phillip Sipiora is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of South Florida. He is the author or editor of five books and has published approximately three dozen scholarly essays. He has lectured nationally and internationally on twentieth-century literature and film and is the Founding Editor of The Mailer Review. He is the editor of a forthcoming volume, The Films of Ida Lupino (Edinburgh University Press).

Caleb Sizemore’s poems and flash fiction have appeared in The Crucible magazine of Lock Haven University. Caleb authored and performed comedy sketches that premiered at Caroline’s, Comix, People’s Improv Theater, and the Broadway Comedy Club in New York City. His latest play, Stripped, was workshopped and performed by Wolfbane Productions in Appomattox, Virginia. He is pursuing an M.F.A. in playwriting from Wilkes University. Sizemore continues to write plays, act, and direct the Danville Area School District’s Performing Arts Ensemble and Drama Club. He also teaches the first Theatre Arts class offered in the school district.

William Thelin is a professor at the University of Akron, where he teaches graduate courses in composition theory, pedagogy, and research methods.  His scholarship focuses on critical pedagogy and working-class culture, and he is the author of one textbook, Writing Without Formulas.  He is active in several national groups, including Rhetoricians for Peace and the Working-Class Culture and Pedagogy special interest group.

Hillary Transue recently completed her Master of Arts in Fiction at Wilkes University.  She is currently an M.F.A. student in the Wilkes University Creative Writing program.  Hillary has appeared on multiple national talk-shows to promote the documentary film Kids For Cash released by SenArt Films in 2014.  Hillary’s story was a key element in the film that exposed the treatment of juveniles in the judicial system and led to the removal and imprisonment of two corrupt judges.  The Wilkes University Relations Office awarded Hillary a graduate assistantship to complete her M.F.A.

Ken Vose has written for film, television, and stage. The film of his play Papa: The Man, the Myth, the Legend, co-authored with Jordan Rhodes, and based on the life of Ernest Hemingway, was selected Best Historical Drama at the 2010 New York Independent Film Festival. Originator and co-author of the hit Warner Bros film Greased Lightning starring Richard Pryor, his television credits include: Spies, Thundercats, and The Comic Strip. His books include Makin’ Tracks (a Book-of-the-Month Club Selection), Blue Guitar, The Convertible, and the novels Oversteer and Dead Pedal.   

Barbara Wasserman is Norman Mailer’s sister.  She has worked as a researcher for film and television documentaries, and as a book editor.  In 1967 she published The Bold New Women, an anthology of contemporary women writers.   Currently, she is completing a book of personal memoirs.

Nina Wiener studied literature and art history at Vassar College in New York before falling in love with making books. Since 2002 she has edited dozens of titles for TASCHEN, including Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller, Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day by Daniel Kramer, and a literary series including the works of James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, and Tom Wolfe.

John Winters is a veteran journalist and writer who also teaches English and drama at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He is the author of a forthcoming biography of Sam Shepard (Counterpoint Press, 2017).

Melissa Ziobro served as a command historian at Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011. She currently serves as the Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University, teaching courses such as Oral History, Introduction to Public History, and Museum and Archives Management Basics and coordinating the University’s “Monmouth Memories” oral history program. Melissa also serves as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and as an at-large board member for Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

2015 Conference Presenters

PETER ALSON is the author of the memoirs Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie and Take Me to the River; as well as One of a Kind and Atlas. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Esquire, Playboy and The New York Times. He lives in New York with his wife, Alice, and their daughter, Eden.

BONNIE BARBER began her journalism career at The Advocate in Provincetown. As the only reporter embedded on the set of Tough Guys Don’t Dance, she had full access to the cast and crew and filed weekly stories. Except for Werner Herzog, Ryan O’Neal remains the most intimidating person she’s interviewed.

ROBERT J. BEGIEBING is the author of nine books, including two studies of Norman Mailer.   He is Professor of English Emeritus and founding director of the Low-Residency MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University.

JUSTIN BOZUNG is a film writer with Shock Cinema and Videoscope magazines and a researcher who has worked with the estates of filmmakers Stanley Kubrick and Frank Perry on books about their films. He is also the host of the Norman Mailer Society Podcast for Project Mailer.

CHRISTOPHER BUSA is founding editor of Provincetown Arts Press, publisher since 1985 of the annual journal Provincetown Arts, monographs on distinguished older artists, and first books of poetry. His interviews and essays have been published in Arts, Art New England, Garden Design, Paris Review, Partisan Review, and the Mailer Review.

EZRA CAPPELL is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Inter-American Jewish Studies Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of numerous articles on Jewish American Literature and the author of the book, American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction.

MICHAEL CHAIKEN is a film curator, archivist and regular contributor to Film Comment magazine. He has organized film retrospectives dedicated to Norman Mailer, The Maysles Brothers and Dick Fontaine. He lives in what used to be New York.

RAJ CHANDARLAPATY is Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Afghanistan. He has published two books and eight articles on Paul Bowles, Norman Mailer, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin and Mohammed Mrabet.

BONNIE CULVER has had more than twenty plays produced. SNIPER was produced Off-Broadway in 2005. She has had three screenplays optioned and is at work on a one-woman play based upon Norris Church Mailer’s memoir—A Ticket to the Circus. She directs the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Department.

NICOLE DEPOLO is an author, editor, graphic designer, and educator living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. As a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University’s Editorial Institute, she is developing an annotated critical companion to Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings.

PATRICIA FLORIO, Wilkes University MFA graduate, has authored two memoirs: My Two Mothers and Cucina Amelia; finalist in N.M. Fellowship Contest in 2012; received N.M scholarship in Utah 2014. Her short stories have been anthologized in literary journals. She teaches writing at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ.

RONALD K. FRIED is the author of two novels and one work of non-fiction. His writing has appeared in “The Daily Beast” and elsewhere. Fried was a 2010 fellow at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. Two Mailers is his first play.

ANDREW GORDON is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Florida and author of An American Dreamer: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Fiction of Norman Mailer; Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg; and co-author (with Hernan Vera) of Screen Saviors: Hollywood Fictions of Whiteness.

CATHY HAASE, actress, author, educator, Native New Yorker, lifetime member of the prestigious Actors Studio where she met NM and Norris. Films include Another 48 Hrs, The Kill-Off, The Ballad of Little Jo.  TV–Madame Secretary. Author—Acting for Film (Allworth Press). Teaches theater at City College, Film at the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin.

SHAWN HATTEN is a writer and filmmaker.  He is a graduate of Temple University’s Film and Media Arts Program and Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.

ANNE B. HENRY, MFA, winner of the 2014 Woodstock Writers Story Slam, novelist and short-story writer, is a reader for Hippocampus Literary Magazine, graduate of Wilkes University and a teacher of creative writing. She’s a musician’s wife, a dog-lover, avid reader and a fierce competitor at word games and trivia.

MATTHEW HINTON (MA, MFA) was born in the back seat of his great grandmother’s Posten Taxi in the parking lot of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Pennsylvania. He has authored several plays, and is Coordinator of Writing at Misericordia University. His collection of detective poetry, entitled Instant Deaths and Stutter Guns, is forthcoming. He dreams in analog.

CAROL HOLMES studied Mailer’s work at Penn in 1964 under Robert F. Lucid, and then under Leslie Fiedler at SUNY/Buffalo. In July 1969, she and Lucid initiated work on the Mailer archive in Brooklyn. She is on the Board of Advisers of the Earlham School of Religion.

RASHIDAH ISMAILI is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and plays. She is a member of faculty for the MA and MFA Creative Writing at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Her latest work of fiction is “Autobiography of the Lower East Side” published by North Hampton Press. She hosts Salon d’ Afrique at her place in Harlem, a gathering of national and international artists and scholars.

PATRICK JEHLE is a writer from Brooklyn who lives in Evanston, Illinois and teaches in the literature and theater departments at Columbia College Chicago. Norman Mailer once kicked him off his stoop. He is currently working on a novel.

ROSS KLAVAN is the author of the comic novel “Schmuck,” published in 2014. His screenplay Tigerland (starring Colin Farrell) was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He’s presented his work in performance and his voice can be heard in a variety of films, TV shows and commercials.

ALBERT LaFARGE founded the Albert LaFarge Literary Agency in 2003. He is a visiting lecturer in Liberal Arts at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

CAROL LAVELLE is a teacher, writer, apprentice cat juggler and Tilt-A-Whirl operator (seasonal) from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the MFA Creative Writing Program of Wilkes University where Norman Mailer served as a founding member of the board.

J. MICHAEL LENNON (@JMichaelLennon) is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist, editor, authorized biographer.  Norman Mailer: A Double Life appeared in 2013 and in 2014 his edition, Selected Letters of Norman Mailer.  Currently, he is working on a new book, “Sixteen Handshakes to Shakespeare: From Bishop to the Bard.”

WALTER LEWELLAN teaches composition and literature courses at UNC Pembroke, lives in Red Springs, NC, plays disc golf, and practices yoga, guitar, and Buddhism.

GERALD R. LUCAS (@drgrlucas) is a Professor of English and a Norman Mailer Fellow. He teaches humanities and new media studies at Middle Georgia State University. His research interests include new media, speculative fiction, eLearning, and twentieth-century American literature. Jerry maintains Project Mailer, works as the Senior Media Editor of The Mailer Review, and posts frequently on Medium and Twitter.

DANIELLE MAILER, a Bowdoin College graduate, she is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown. She has completed four giant public art permanent art installations in Boston, Connecticut and New York City. She lives in Goshen CT with her husband, Jazz trombonist Peter McEachern, and their three adult children who visit often.

ELIZABETH MAILER is a writer. She is currently working on a memoir. Excerpts of her memoir have been published in the Mailer Review and Provincetown Arts. She lives in New York City with her husband, Frank, photographer, and their daughter, Christina, a comedy writer.

JOHN BUFFALO MAILER, Norman Mailer’s youngest child, is an award-winning screenwriter, journalist, editor, playwright, actor, and producer. Highlights include Hello Herman, Lord’s Eye, Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2, Matthew Barney’s River Of Fundament, freelancing/editing for over a dozen national magazines, and producing Naomi Wolf’s documentary The End of America.

KATE MAILER is a writer of various forms: Memoir, Short Fiction, Solo shows, and Plays. Her personal essay “Identity Thief” was published in More magazine, and a memorial to her father, “The Knife’s Edge” was published in the Mailer Review. She has performed excerpts from her solo shows “Grecian Fever” and “Stories of a Basketcase: Sandy Boundary-Less” in NYC venues, including West Bank Café, Cornelia Street Café and The Cherry Pit Theater, and Here, amongst others. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the New School, where she received a merit scholarship. As an actress, Kate has performed in many theaters around the country and as an Artist In the Schools teaching writing and acting to inner city high school students for Atlantic Theater Company and Manhattan Theater Club. She lives in a colorful and chaotic apartment in Greenwich Village with her husband, Guy Lancaster and her daughter, Natasha Annabelle.

MICHAEL MAILER has been producing independent films for over two decades and has worked with actors including Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Bruce Dern, and many more. Mailer’s films include Two Girls and a Guy, Black and White, Empire, The Ledge, and Seduced and Abandoned.

SUSAN MAILER, Psychologist and psychoanalyst.  Lives most of the time in Santiago, Chile where she has a private practice, supervises, teaches and writes. Tries to spend as much time as she can in New York City.

DANNY MARROQUIN is a writer, public school teacher and sometimes film actor. His work has been featured in The Oklahoma Gazette, and the New Filmmakers LA festival. He lives in Oklahoma City and currently teaches blogging, podcasting and iMovie at Moore-Norman Technology Center.

MAGGIE MCKINLEY is an Assistant Professor of English at Harper College, where she teaches courses in American Literature. She is the author of Masculinity and the Paradox of Violence in American Fiction, 1950-75 (Bloomsbury), and is currently completing a book entitled Understanding Norman Mailer (University of South Carolina Press).

DALE LOUISE MERVINE, from York, Pennsylvania, has studied English Literature, Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is in the process of completing her M.A. in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. When she isn’t taking classes or reading, Dale Louise binge watches television and takes naps with her seven cats and pet skunk.

JEFFREY MICHELSON Two geniuses influenced Jeffrey Michelson. In 1967, he was Norman Mailer’s houseboy/sparring partner; in 1970, John Lennon appointed him Apple Records’ media designer. Michelson created ground-breaking sex-magazine Puritan, then enjoyed careers in advertising, and book and website design. Mailer bequeathed the Foreword to Michelson’s acclaimed erotic memoir, Laura Meets Jeffrey. 

STEPHAN MORROW, actor and director, first worked with Mailer on his play Strawhead at the Actors Studio in New York, and played the role of Stoodie in Mailer’s 1987 film, Tough Guys Don’t Dance. In 2007, he directed and performed in Norman’s play of The Deer Park. Recently, he acted in the indie feature film, Dogmouth, and won Best Actor award at the Bergenfield Film Festival.

JASON MOSSER is a Professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College who received his B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has published a book on participatory journalism and several articles on the work of Norman Mailer. He is currently working on Mailer’s essay, “The White Negro.”

ERIK NAKJAVANI, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh, has interests in literary theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. His latest essays include “Alchemy, Memory, and Archetypes: Reading Hemingway’s Under Kilimanjaro as an African Fairy Tale,” andFitzGerald’s Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám: Critical Celebrations of a Beloved Poem.”

TIMOTHY NOLAN, playwright and Indie Theater Now Person of the Year, authored the plays Mighty Good Company, Acts of Contrition, What’s In A Name, The Way Out, Not Dark Yet, Wrong Barbarians, The Bull Ring, and She’s So Beautiful. He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Susannah and daughter Olivia.

MARK NOONAN is Professor of English at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is author of Reading the Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine: American Literature and Culture, 1870-1893 and The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing about New York City.  This summer, he served as Director of the NEH Summer Institute, “City of Print: New York and the Periodical Press.”

VICTOR PEPPARD is Professor of Russian at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  He has published on such writers as Babel, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Mailer, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Olesha, and Voinovich, and on the history of Russian and Soviet sport.  He has also published several short stories.

RICHARD PRIEBE is a writer, musician, and educator with stories published by Akashic Books, Fiction365, and others and has presented on education and technology at schools and universities such as Binghamton University and the University of Scranton. He resides in Forest City, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.

JAN QUACKENBUSH, Internationally produced playwright, published by Calder & Boyars, London, and included in Signature 20 anthology with Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco. Also by A trilogy, The Soldier and his Family, was produced 2013-2015 by the avant-garde Westentasche Theatre, Ulm, Germany. Faculty: Wilkes University MA/MFA program.

JOE REUBENS has earned his reputation as one of the Democratic Party’s top political operatives by consulting on, and winning, some of the toughest electoral contests in the nation. Joe also uses his communication skills to help labor unions, independent expenditures, and advocacy groups effectively educate and mobilize key constituencies.

LAWRENCE SCHILLER’s journalism appeared in magazines all over the world in the 1950s and 1960s. Later, as a filmmaker, he directed the Oscar-winning documentary The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1972). Nothing in his career has proved more remarkable than his unique collaboration with Norman Mailer. For nearly thirty-five years the two worked closely together, on books and films including Marilyn (1973) and The Executioner’s Song (1979), for which Mailer won the Pulitzer Prize, Oswald’s Tale (1995), and Into the Mirror (2002). Following Mailer’s death in 2007, Schiller was named senior advisor to the Mailer estate, and is president and co-founder of the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony.

BILL SCHNEIDER is managing editor of Etruscan Press, a non-profit literary press housed at Wilkes University. He also serves as interim associate director of the Wilkes graduate creative writing program, where he received his MA and MFA. Bill earned his B.S. in journalism, Magna Cum Laude, from Suffolk University.

KEVIN M. SCHULTZ is author of Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties, which came out in June from W.W. Norton & Co. and was an No. 1 New Release in American History.  He teaches history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

SIMON I. SINGER is a professor of criminology at Northeastern University. His earlier book, Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform won the American Sociological Association’s Crime, Law, and Deviance, Distinguished Scholar Award.  His most recent book is America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia (New York University Press, 2014).

PHILLIP SIPIORA (@PSipiora) is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of South Florida. He has published five books, approximately four dozen scholarly essays, and is the founding editor of The Mailer Review. His forthcoming book is The Films of Ida Lupino (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

WILLIAM THELIN is a professor at The University of Akron.  He specializes in Rhetoric and Composition and has been published in journals such as College English and College Composition and Communication.  He co-edits the journal, Open Words, and chairs the Working-Class Culture and Pedagogy special interest group.

DAVE THOMAS was born and raised in Montana. He studied literature at the University of Montana but graduated with a BA in cultural geography. From 1967-2005 he worked for the U. S. Forest Service as a firefighter and manager. He’s read Mailer’s books for forty years.

MARK TRIPLETT is a lifetime member of The Norman Mailer Society and serves as Secretary of its Executive Board.  He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his J.D. from The Cumberland School of Law, Samford University.  He lives and practices law in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

RAY VINCE has taught History of Science, Religion, Writing, & American Literature for twenty-five years, publishing on Mailer, Fitzgerald & Einstein, Alienation, William Morris, Hemingway, Tolkien, and John le Carré. He has earned graduate degrees in Theology, Theology & Literature, Logic & Scientific Method, and English.

KEN VOSE: Autodidact. Polymath. Motion Pictures: Greased Lightning. Television: Thundercats; The Comic Strip; Spies. Theater: PAPA: The Man, The Myth, The Legend. A Tribute to Ernest Hemingway. Novels: Oversteer; Dead Pedal. Non-Fiction: Makin’ Tracks; Blue Guitar; The Convertible; Inside Monster Garage; Monster Nation. Wilkes University: Screenwriting Faculty: MA/MFA Creative Writing Program

BARBARA WASSERMAN is Norman Mailer’s sister and has worked as a researcher for film and television documentaries, as a book editor, and in 1967 published The Bold New Woman, an anthology of contemporary women writers.

NINA WIENER studied literature and art history at Vassar College in New York before falling in love with making books. Since 2002 she has edited dozens of titles for TASCHEN, including Walton Ford’s Pancha Tantra, Norman Mailer’s MoonFire, and Lawrence Schiller’s Marilyn & Me.

JOHN WINTERS is a Massachusetts native and veteran journalist who works and teaches at Bridgewater State University. His work has appeared, among other places, in The Boston Globe, Salon, Playboy and on Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR. He is writing a biography of the actor-playwright Sam Shepard, due in 2017. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their pets in Raynham.

DANIEL WORDEN is Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism, the editor of The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World, and the co-editor of Oil Culture.