Born and raised in Washington, DC, Andrew Gifford is the founder and director of the Santa Fe Writers Project. Over the years, he’s worked as a caterer, a bookseller, a groundskeeper, in call centers, as the wire editor for an Associated Press company, as a business writer for Oxford Intelligence, and as a development editor for the American Psychological Association books department. He is the author of the memoir We All Scream: The Fall of the Gifford’s Ice Cream Dynasty (Stillhouse Press, 2017).


Melanie J. Cordova is the editor of SFWP Quarterly. She is the former editor-in-chief of Harpur Palate and assistant editor of the Picayune. She has a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton and works at Cornell University. She can be found on Twitter @mjcwrites.

I like strange fiction, fiction that has one foot in our world and one in another. For creative nonfiction, my favorite pieces end up being ones that teach me something without direct instruction. I’m still waiting for someone to write a stellar piece of creative nonfiction about the TV show Survivor.

SFWP Intern

L’Tanya Durante is currently a second-year graduate student at Bay Path University, working towards her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. After graduation in 2018, she seeks to publish her memoir as a collection of essays.

When reading submissions, L’Tanya pays particular attention to the rhythm of a piece—the transitions and details that seamlessly move the story forward.

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