Dear Teen Me letters are brought to you by….
E. Kristin Anderson, Post Master In Chief
Kristin Andersonis a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for the lovely folks at The New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance editor and writing coach. Wearer of many proverbial hats, Kristin an editor at NonBinary Review, helps make books at Lucky Bastard Press, and is a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin is the co-editor of the DEAR TEEN ME anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. Her YA memoir THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELLING is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. As a poet she has been published in many magazines including Juked, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Contemporary Verse 2, Room and Cicada and she has work forthcoming in Plath Profiles and The Quotable. Kristin is the author of seven chapbooks of poetry: A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press, 2014), PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (forthcoming from ELJ Publications), 17 DAYS (forthcoming from Choose the Sword Press), FIRE IN THE SKY (forthcoming from Greybook Press), and SHE WITNESSES (forthcoming from dancing girl press). She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook in her parents’ garage. She blogs at EKristinAnderson.com and is currently trying to trick someone into publishing her full-length collection of erasure poems based on women’s and teen magazines.
Erika Puricelli, Postal Aide
Erika Puricelli grew up in Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Italy and decided she was too cool for college when she started working and found out what having monies of her own was like. She does have a quite useless until now, though proudly displayed, chemistry diploma and a couple of English language qualifications that are probably expired by now and haven’t been renewed, so you can’t be really sure she actually speaks English at all; but she does speak Italian and will sass you in Spanish too, so don’t take advantage of her.
Priya Chand, Postal Aide Emeritus
Priya Chand grew up in Southern California and eventually ended up in Chicago. She later went to the University of Chicago to study brains, art, and classics, sometimes in conjunction with each other. Her final 3D art project was an animated neuron, which is probably way cooler than it sounds. She’s totally okay with epic assumptions.
In the past she’s worked in labs and other places with lots of computers, which turned out to be good preparation for being involved with writing because it takes a great imagination to spend all day staring at slides of dendritic spines. (She was counting them for a good reason. It’s not creepy.)
Her interests include marine life, science fiction, and entertaining the notion that one day she will have the option to reincarnate as a jellyfish because their lives are involve a whole lot of floating around and occasionally blanking out a whole harbor, which is admittedly less cool but still. She has an upcoming feature in Hunger Mountain that is not based off her actual life at all.
You’ll never find those pictures anyway.
Miranda Kenneally, Post Master Emeritus
Miranda Kenneally enjoys reading and writing young adult literature, and loves Star Trek, music, sports, Mexican food, Twitter, coffee, and her husband. She is from Tennessee but now lives and works in Washington, D.C.