Jen Laskey is the author of Jen’s Candy Jar: Artisanal Candy Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions. She is a New York City-based writer, but her work and wanderlust often lead her away to other cities, villages, and vineyards around the world, and sometimes, even to remote caves and reefs deep under the sea. Jen has written hundreds of articles on many different subjects, but it was while she was living in Italy from 2005-2007 that she discovered her passion for writing about food, wine, and travel.
Jen covered the dining and lodging scene in Rome for Fodor’s Travel Publications. She was also granted a research fellowship with the Ancient Traditions Group at Gabriele d’Annunzio University in Chieti to study the cultural and culinary traditions of Abruzzo. Her research evolved into a manuscript that focuses on the region’s food, wine, and festivals.
Jen’s writing has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Fodor’s Travel guidebooks (Rome, Berlin, New York, New England, Cape Cod and the Islands), AOL’s Digital City/City’s Best guides, Food Republic, Everyday Health, Reader’s Digest, Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, South Beach Diet, Daily Glow, Oxygen,Women’s Entertainment Television, and Playboy. Jen is a food and wine/spirits writer for The Inquirer and Mirrornewspaper and a regular contributor to Nantucket and Nantucket Today magazines. She has also been a ghostwriter to a number of best-selling authors. And in addition to writing, she has more than a decade of experience working as an editor, producer, and content strategist for print and digital media in New York City and San Francisco.
Jen holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University, a BA in Literature, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Carnival from Bennington College, and an advanced certification, with distinction, from the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
Kim White is the author of, Scratching for Something and, Diurnal.
She earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Michigan, and holds MFAs in creative writing from Columbia University (fiction) and Hunter College (poetry). Her work combines aspects of visual art and poetry, together with her prose narratives.
Kim is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at Hunter College, The Catalina Paez and Seumas MacManus Award, the Shuster Award for an outstanding Master’s degree thesis, a Bingham Writing Fellowship from Columbia University, and a Forbes Foundation Grant. Her electronic poem, The Minotaur Project, was shortlisted for a 2001 Electronic Literature Award.
Kim’s work has been published in literary and academic journals. Her poems and stories have appeared in: NANO Fiction, Chain, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Quarto, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and Sojourner. Her non-fiction articles about electronic books and narrative technologies have appeared in: Kairos, Computers & Composition Online (the Gaming Issue), and if:book.
She taught undergraduate writing courses at Concordia College, and creative writing courses at the Columbia University Summer Program for High School Students. She has conducted prose poem workshops at Norwich Free Academy, Stuyvesant High School, and Hunter College.
Author photo by David Van Gorp.