July 11: As a performance artist, Josephus Thompson III, displays his talents in a variety of venues including museums, galleries, universities, corporate settings and stage productions.
July 12: An award-winning independent film producer and production attorney, Lauren Moews founded Beverly Hills based Tonic Films in 1999 and at the company's helm has produced six award-winning feature films in the past three years, including "Cabin Fever" which has been nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. Moews was nominated for the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards Producer's Award for "outstanding achievement for a body of work" by the IFP.
July 13: Julia Ridley Smith’s short stories have appeared in American Literary Review, Arts and Letters, Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea,failbetter.com, Greensboro Review, and storySouth, among other places. Her book and art reviews have been published in the Raleigh News and Observer, Art Papers, Southern Cultures, and elsewhere. She has enjoyed residencies at the Millay Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Sarah Lawrence College, she lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with her family. She joined Bull City Press in September, 2015.
July 14: Caroline McAlister is a scholar, teacher and writer who brings great energy and attention to all three parts of her academic life. She enjoys introducing students to the weirdness and richness of Shakespeare's world. She takes students to explore Oxford and explore the haunts of Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman. She has written scholarly articles about seventeenth-century poet, John Milton, and about Harry Potter fan fiction. Her creative work includes several picture books for children, and she loves to share her passion for children's literature with Guilford students.
July 17: Carlos Heredia is a playwright whose musical was recently featured at The Greensboro Fringe Festival. Then Sean Met Khalid (All ages) is a thought provoking & at times hilarious musical about a middle-class white family who adopts a black baby, Sean White. Life seems “normal” for Sean until he comes across an interview between Sean Hannity & Dr. Khalid Muhammad. Now he is confronted with finding his identity. The show creates a starting point for the sometimes difficult conversations to happen.
July 18: Travis Mulhauser was born and raised in Northern Michigan. His novel, Sweetgirl, (Ecco/Harper Collins) has been listed for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, was an Indie Next Pick, and named one of Ploughshares Best Books of the New Year. He is also the author of Greetings from Cutler County: A Novella and Stories. Travis received his MFA in Fiction from UNC-Greensboro and is also a proud graduate of North Central Michigan College and Central Michigan University. He lives currently in Durham, North Carolina with his wife and two children.
July 19: Diane Haig is an award-winning songwriter, annotator, and audio producer. She has produced, annotated, or engineered almost 100 compilations, DVD-As, or SACDs for Motown, NBC, Universal, SONY, Warner Bros., and others. She is the author of children's books and historical non-fiction.
July 20: Ryan Jakubsen wrote and published his first book, "Portals," at age 10 and produced four more novels over the next five years. His first three books comprise a trilogy, and his most recent two are stand-alones. A rising senior in the AP Capstone Academy at Western Guilford High School, Ryan is working on his sixth novel, which begins a new series under the working title, "Darkened." His works are fantasy and contain some elements of science fiction.