19 November, 2022


Nicola Nice is a sociologist and brand strategist who has advised alcohol and consumer companies on how better to connect with their audiences for over 20 years.

Originally from London, she came to New York City in 2007 to start a successful consumer insights agency.  Her love of cocktails and cocktail culture led her to experiment with home infusions, taking inspiration from drink recipes that were popular back when our great great grandmothers were hosts.  She felt that the mixology world would surely benefit from hearing the untold stories of these women. Two more years of research led Nice to launch Pomp & Whimsy Gin Liqueur.

Her book, THE COCKTAIL PARLOR: A Modern Hostess’s Guide to Serving Drinks at Home, will restore the role of women to the history of the cocktail. Esteemed wine connoisseur and author Robert Simonson will pen the Foreword.  It will be published by Countryman Press in 2024.

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19 October, 2022


Grace Jung is a stand-up comedian, the author of Deli Ideology and hosts K-Drama School podcast. Grace has a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and is a former Fulbright scholar. She is a regular at the Hollywood Improv and lives in Los Angeles.
Her upcoming book, K DRAMA SCHOOL, about Korean drama on tv, will be published by Running Press in 2024.

12 September, 2022


Christopher A. Snyder

Christopher A. Snyder became the founding dean of the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University in 2011. He is Professor of European History at MSU and is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of English. His MA and PhD in History are from Emory University, and in addition to Emory he has taught at the College of William and Mary and at Marymount University, where he served for nine years as Chair of the Department of History and Politics and five years as Director of the Honors Program. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Distinguished Alumnus of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University, where he majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Dr. Snyder has authored ten books and numerous articles in the fields of archaeology, history, literary criticism, and medieval studies. His latest book is Hobbit Virtues: Rediscovering Virtue Ethics through J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (Pegasus, 2020). Dr. Snyder was a Research Fellow affiliated with the History Faculty at the University of Oxford from 2014-19. He has lectured frequently at the Smithsonian Institution and has appeared on the History Channel, The Learning Channel, the National Geographic Channel, and BBC television and radio.

29 August, 2022

Kinavey & Sturtevant

In 2005, Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC and Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD co-founded the Center for Body Trust, a community based
outpatient clinic and professional training institute that created Body Trust®—a strength-based, trauma-informed, scientifically grounded healing modality that encourages movement toward a compassionate, weight-inclusive model of radical self-care to address body oppression, heal body shame and associated patterns of chronic dieting and disordered eating. The Center for Body Trust also offers programs for helping professionals and educators interested in adopting client-centered, trauma-informed, justice-based approaches to healing—including an intensive year-long Body Trust Certification Training. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Self, Real Simple, Huffington Post, and the TEDx stage, and their book RECLAIMING BODY TRUST: A Path to Healing and Liberation (Tarcher Perigee, August 2022). Learn more at
​​Hilary Kinavey, M.S., LPC, (she/her) has supported people who are healing from disordered eating, body shame, and the impact of weight bias and other traumas. Her work, as a therapist, facilitator, educator, speaker, and writer, has been a study of what interrupts our sense of wholeness and how we can return to ourselves in a culture that profits from fragmentation. She has additional training in workshop facilitation, mind-body coaching, and radical relating. She is a sought-after speaker on
 topics such as weight-inclusive approaches, weight bias, Body Trust®, and the intersections of activism and the helping professions. She offers consultation and training for organizations and professional groups. Read more about her work at
Dana Sturtevant, M.S., R.D. (she/her), is a registered dietitian who helps people divest from diet culture and move toward a more compassionate, embodied form of radical care. Her work as a speaker, educator, and trainer focuses on humanizing health care, advancing health equity, and advocating for food and body sovereignty. As a sought-after speaker and writer, Dana is a champion for compassionate, weight-inclusive models of care and offers supervision, training, and consultation for helping professionals and health care organizations. Read more about her work at

18 August, 2022


Jill Castle, MS, RDN is one of the nation’s premier childhood nutrition experts whose goal is to help parents raise healthy kids who feel good about themselves, at every size. Known as a paradigm shifter who blends current research, practical application and common sense, Jill inspires parents to nourish and nurture their children’s physical health and emotional wellbeing, despite the pressures of our appearance-focused society.
Jill’s forthcoming book, SIZE WISE (Workman/Hachette, 2024), tackles the nutrition and health habits for children aged 3

Jill Castle

to 13 years so they grow up physically healthy and emotionally well, no matter their size.
Jill’s books include Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2013 and 2nd edition, 2019); Eat Like a Champion: Performance Nutrition for the Young Athlete (AMACOM/HarperCollins, 2015); Try New Food: How to Help Picky Eaters Taste, Eat and Like New Foods (2019), The Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids: How to Introduce, Advance and Nourish Your Baby with First Foods (2018), and The Smart Mom’s Guide to Healthy Snacking: How to Raise a Smart Snacker, from Tot to Teen (2020).
A sought-after speaker and media contributor, Jill has delivered keynotes and workshops since 2011, inspiring audiences from the TEDx stage to a range of medical, government and parent groups. She’s an expert reviewer for and a former contributor to U.S. News & World Report’s For Parents blog, and Very Well Health. She has been featured as a guest expert in CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, Parents, Newsweek, Time, Motherly, and many other news outlets, websites and podcasts.
Jill is the founder and CEO of The Nourished Child®, a nutrition education website whose aim is to help parents and caretakers confidently raise healthy, happy kids. In addition to articles, classes and other resources, she interviews experts such as Dr. Fatima Stanford, Perri Klass, and Dr. Kelly Fradin on her popular podcast, The Nourished Child®.
As a pediatric dietitian, Jill has worked with children and their families in the hospital setting and in her private practice for several decades. She lives in Massachusetts, has four children with her spouse of 27 years, and a yellow Lab named Duke. In her leisure time, you’ll find Jill at the golf course, the yoga studio, outdoors, or on the couch reading a book.
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Instagram: and @the.nourished.child
Facebook: thenourishedchild

18 July, 2022


M. D. Usher is a classicist, carpenter, and farmer who writes about
ancient philosophy and literature from the vantage point of
environmental humanities and ecology. He is author of the upcoming
Following Nature’s Lead: Ancient Ways of Living in a Dying World
(Princeton University Press, 2024), and other books for readers of all ages, including POEM: A Mashup (Fomite Press, 2022), The Golden Ass of Lucius Apuleius (David Godine, 2011), both illustrated by T. Motley, How to Be a Farmer (Princeton University Press, 2021), and Plato’s Pigs & Other Ruminations (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Usher is the Lyman-Roberts Professor of Classical Languages and  Literature at the University of Vermont and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Geosciences, The Environmental Program, the Food Systems Graduate Program, and the Gund Institute for Environment.  His work has been recognized by fellowships and awards from various agencies, including the Fulbright Scholars Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the French Institutes for Advanced Study, the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. With his wife he built, owns, and operates Works & Days Farm—named after an ancient agronomic poem by Hesiod—where they raise sheep, Scottish Highland cattle, and manage a maple sugarbush.

12 July, 2022

O’Dell, Ph.D., Emily J.

Dr. Emily Jane O’Dell is the author of The Gift of Rumi (St. Martins, July, 2022) and a renowned expert on Sufism and Islamic law.  She has spent over two decades visiting Sufi masters from Indonesia to Mali, studied Sufi whirling in Cairo and Istanbul, and preserved historic Sufi shrines on the Silk Road.  For her expertise in Islamic law, she has been a Research Scholar in Law and Islamic Law and Civilization Research Fellow at Yale Law School, and an editor for Harvard Law School’s SHARIASource.

Stateside she has taught at Columbia, Brown, and Harvard, where she received an award for teaching excellence, and she has also taught abroad as the Whittlesey Chair of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut, an Associate Professor at Sichuan University–Pittsburgh Institute in China, and an Assistant Professor at Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman.  She has taught Sufi whirling in Istanbul, Beirut, and New York.

For her in-country field research on Sufism, she has received many prestigious fellowships and been an Edward A. Hewett Policy Fellow
(Tajikistan & Afghanistan), a Fulbright Fellow (Indonesia), a Harvard Traveling Fellow (Iran), a Columbia University Pepsico Fellow
(Uzbekistan/Karakalpakstan), an IREX Fellow (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic & Hungary), an American Center for Mongolian Studies Fellow (Mongolia), an American Councils Fellow (Turkmenistan), and a State Department Critical Language Fellow

Her research on Sufism and Islamic history can be found in the International Journal of Persian Literature, Iranian Studies,
Journal of Global Slavery, Journal of Africana Religions, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Journal of Literary and
Cultural Disability Studies, Disability & Society, and Harvard Law School’s SHARIASource.  Her writing has appeared in The New York
Times, The Louisville Review, Al Jazeera, NPR, CounterPunch, Salon, TRT World, The Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post.

Currently a professor at Parami University in Myanmar and a fellow at the American Institute for Indonesian Studies in Java, she is
presently writing a memoir about her adventures in China and Tibet.

9 May, 2022


Lisa L. Lewis is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of parenting, public health, and education. Her book, The Sleep-Deprived Teen: Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, And How Parents And Schools Can Help Them Thrive (Mango Publishing, June 2022), is an outgrowth of her previous work on the topic, including her role helping get California’s landmark law on healthy school start times passed. Her book received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and been described as “a call to action” by Arianna Huffington and “an urgent and timely read” by Daniel H. Pink.

Lisa has written for The Washington PostThe New York TimesThe Atlantic, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She’s a parent to a teen and a recent teen who inspire much of what she writes about—everything from concussions and heat stroke to teenage sleep. She has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, an MFA from Mills College, and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Lisa lives in California with her husband, their high-schooler, and their polydactyl cat.

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10 March, 2022


Roy Hoffman, a novelist and journalist, is author of four novels: The Promise of the Pelican (Arcade Crimewise, March 2022) which is at once a murder mystery, legal drama and family story, Come Landfall, a novel of hurricanes and war, involving three women and the men they love, impacted by World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq; Chicken Dreaming Corn, endorsed by Harper Lee, inspired by his grandparents’ sojourn from Eastern Europe to the Deep South; Almost Family, winner of the Lillian Smith Award for fiction, about a black family and a Jewish family in civil-rights-era Alabama. He is author of two nonfiction collections: Back Home: Journeys through Mobile, with a focus on the diverse cultures of the Gulf Coast; and Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations, portraits of authors, artists, civil rights figures, and ordinary folks “famous on their block.” A native of Mobile, Roy worked as a writer in New York City for 20 years, including a stint as a speechwriter, before returning South with his wife and daughter in 1996 to Mobile Bay. A former staff writer for the Mobile Press-Register, with a special interest in area culture, religion, and history, he received the 2009 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Alabama, and contributes essays and reviews to the New York Times and other publications. A graduate of Tulane, he teaches fiction and nonfiction in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. For more, go to


9 March, 2022


Michelle Dempsey-Multack  is a writer, mom, coach, speaker, and genuine girl power enthusiast. Michelle attended American University as a Journalism major, graduated Hofstra University’s Communications program with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and then earned a Double Masters Degree in Education from Adelphi University.

She is the author of MOMS MOVING ON:  Real-Life Advice for Conquering Divorce, Co-Parenting Through Conflict, and Becoming Your Best Self (Simon Element, March 2022).

Michelle moved to Miami in her late 20’s where the “second part of her life” began. She married her daughter’s father and they brought beautiful Bella into the world. Years later, Michelle married her now-husband Spencer, and they live in North Miami Beach where they are raising their beautiful blended family, sneaking in as many ski trips as possible, going to every concert they can, and truly enjoying this new phase of their lives.

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