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Our Authors


Peter Alson is the author of seven books, including Game Ball and Other Essays, The Only Way To Play It, One of a Kind, and The Vig (originally published as Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie). He’s an editor, the founder of Arbitrary Press, and a one-time professional poker player. He lives with his wife, screenwriter Alice O’Neill, and daughter, Eden, around the corner from the house where he grew up in Greenwich Village.

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Jake Ryan had his valve replacement/aortic aneurysm surgery over a dozen years ago and is currently in tiptop physical condition living in New York City. He’s a single dad, life coach, and TikTok-crushing content creator. @freejakeryan


Barbara Mailer Wasserman worked as a researcher on television documentaries and as an editor in publishing before retiring. She has lived in Greenwich Village for the past sixty-six years.

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Steven Paul Lansky lives in Clifton, an urban Cincinnati neighborhood. He likes to paint and sketch, play harmonica, and write poetry. His chapbook Main St. is out of print. Eleven Word Title for Confessional Political Poetry Originally Composed for Radio is locally available. His novella: A Black Bird Fell Out of the Sky was published in 2017, and a collection of vignettes and sketches, Life is a Fountain was published in 2018. His audiobook, Jack Acid may be found on Spotify and Apple Music.


Eden Alson is about to enter her senior year in high school in New York City. Far From Here is her second published novel. She was born in Brooklyn and now lives with her parents in the West Village.


Roslyn Siegel, PhD., has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years. She has held senior positions at Book of the Month Club, Simon & Schuster, Crown and MJF Books. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Publisher’s Weekly and many other publications. She’s the author of the mystery novels Well-Heeled (2015), which received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, and Goodie One Shoes (2018), both set on New York City’s Upper West Side.


After growing up in Columbus, Georgia, Joel F. Johnson graduated from Harvard, washed dishes in Alta, Utah, and sipped martinis in Manhattan, before settling in Concord, Massachusetts. His collection of poems, Where Inches Seem Miles, was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best independent books of 2014. Never is his first novel.

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Erika Raskin is the author of two previous novels, Best Intentions and Close. She wrote her college thesis on Jonestown (decades ago) and ever since has been acutely aware of leaders who distort reality, demand obedience and manipulate followers into committing evil.

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