Gabriel is the Associate Director of the Creative Writing MFA Programme at Hunter College, and has previously given seminars at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth and Wellesley. He writes a monthly 'Writers on Writing' column for The Writer magazine, and his journalism has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including New York Magazine, The Village Voice and Poets & Writers. He has a BA in English from Oxford University and an MFA in fiction writing from Hunter College. He has also worked as a researcher for the novelists E.L. Doctorow, Peter Carey and worked with Jonathan Franzen on the novel he is currently completing.
Ann Packer received the Great Lakes Book Award and the Kate Chopin Writing Award for The Dive From Clausen's Pier, a national bestseller that has been translated into ten languages. Also the author of Mendocino and Other Stories, she lives in northern California with her family. Visit her at www.annpacker.com
Nigel T. Packer
After working in a marketing role for 20 years for the public sector, manufacturing and charitable organisations, Nigel set up his own Internet marketing consultancy, Business for Business. Over the past six years he has helped hundreds of small and micro businesses in both the UK and Europe to develop their Internet business strategy and growth programmes.
Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, journalist and broadcaster. She lives in North London with her daughter.
Roopa Pai has won a children's Book Trust award for science writing. Among her published works are a four-book science series, Sister Sister (Pratham Books). When she is not dreaming up plots for her stories, she goes on long bicycle rides, and takes children on history and nature walks in Bangalore.
Laurelin Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Fixed Trilogy. She loves a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International, although she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. You can stay in touch with Laurelin on Facebook/LaurelinPaige and on Twitter: @laurelinpaige. You can also visit her website, www.laurelinpaige.com, to sign up for her newsletter.
Patti Paige, creator and owner of Baked Ideas, has appeared nationally on Food Network's The Barefoot Contessa ('How the Cookie Crumbles') and the Cooking Channel's Food Crafters. Her cookies have filled the pages of O magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Sweet Paul, New York Times, Brides magazine, among others. Paige does cookie-decorating workshops at Williams Sonoma and other locations and her cookies are sold in Dean & DeLuca, Bloomingdales and other stores. She has worked with Hello Cupcake's Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, and her diverse group of clients include Alicia Keys, David Hyde Pierce, Tiffany, Crayola, gourmet magazine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Hillary Clinton
Kristen Painter is a former college English teacher, personal trainer, advertising exec, maitre d', and runway model. She lives in Rockledge, Florida.
Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Year of Liberty, The Boer War and The Scramble for Africa. He is also the author and photographer of the bestselling Meetings with Remarkable Trees, Remarkable Trees of the World and In Search of Remarkable Trees: On Safari in Southern Africa. He lives in Ireland and is chairman of the Irish Tree Society.
Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other collections include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Just As I Thought. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.
David Palma, MD, PhD, is a radiation oncologist and cancer researcher, focusing on the treatment of lung cancer, head and neck cancer, and metastatic cancers. He holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the VU University in Amsterdam, and Western University in Canada. Dr. Palma has published more than 100 scientific research articles, and has won several awards for academics and teaching. He lives in Canada with his wife Dr. Cheryl Smits, a family doctor, and their three children. He is an avid marathon runner and is an Ironman triathlete.
Alan Palmer is an author and historian. His many critically acclaimed works include Alexander I: Tsar of War and Peace, Metternich, Councillor of Europe and The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire.Among Alan Palmer's books are Napoleon in Russia, Metternich, Alexander I and Twilight of the Habsburgs.
Martin Palmer is a broadcaster, writer and secretary general of one of the world's most unusual environmental charities, ARC, the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. He is a special advisor to the UN on climate change, the environment and faiths and currently heads 2-year programme.
Amanda Palmer rose to fame as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist for the acclaimed band The Dresden Dolls, and performs as a solo artist as well as collaborating with artists including Jonathan Richman and her husband, author Neil Gaiman.
Philip Palmer is a science fiction and fantasy novelist whose books for Orbit include Debatable Space, Version 43 and Hell Ship. He's also written for televison, radio and film, and his credits include The Many Lives of Albert Walker, The Faerie Queene and The King's Coiner.
Tara Palmer Tomkinson is a TV presenter and one of Britain's best-loved celebrities.
Rahul Pandita is a Delhi-based writer and journalist, formerly with the India Express Group and now with Open Magazine..
Bruce Pandolfini is one of the world's most sought-after chess teachers and one of the most widely read chess writers working today. His role as analyst for PBS's coverage of the 1972 match between chess superstars Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky first launched him into the public eye. His coaching of chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin was portrayed in the book and film Searching for Bobby Fischer. He is a regular columnist for Chess Life, the bible of the chess world, and continues to coach young players professionally and to consult with CEOs from numerous Fortune 500 companies. He lives in New York City.
Mike Pannett is Yorkshire born and bred but on joining the police force moved down to London for a spell. By 1997 he had exhausted his batteries and moved back home, where he became a rural beat officer for 10 years.In 2007 he resigned from the police force to set up his own business which provides entertainment centres for children under 12, themed on the Yorkshire countryside and its animals.Mike lives with his family in a village just outside York.
Rosanna Pansino is the creator and host of Nerdy Nummies, the internet's most popular baking show. She is a Washington native who, upon graduating college, moved to Los Angeles to start her own production company. Pansino launched Nerdy Nummies in late 2011 and the show's audience grew very quickly. Her videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times - making Rosanna one of the most-watched personalities on YouTube. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook is her first book.