MARCUS GARDLEY is a poet-playwright who recently won the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award for Mid-Career Playwright. He is the 2011/2012 Aetna New Voices Playwright in residence at Hartford Stage and playwright in residence for Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Gardley teaches playwriting at Brown University.
Quiara Alegría Hudes writes from the music in her bones. Her work, which delves deeply into notions about family ties, war, love, joy, and despair are all exemplary excavations into the mind of a poet-musician-playwright whose craftsmanship is as profound as her skill for lyricism and whose passion for writing is as infectious as her radiant laughter.