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Meet the authors of Betty’s exciting inaugural titles

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Leah Browning is the author of Two Good Ears and Loud Snow, mini-books of flash fiction (Silent Station Press), and When the Sun Comes Out After Three Days of Rain, a collection of poetry (Kelsay Books). She is also the author of three short nonfiction books and six chapbooks of poetry and fiction. Her work has previously appeared in Harpur Palate, Four Way Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, The Threepenny Review, Necessary Fiction, Watershed Review, Parhelion Literary Magazine, Newfound, The Forge Literary Magazine, Superstition Review, South 85 Journal, Terrain,The Ilanot Review, The Westchester Review, and many more. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies including The Doll Collection from Terrapin Books and Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence from White Pine Press. In addition to writing, Browning has served as editor of the Apple Valley Review since 2005. She is originally from New Mexico.  Betty will publish her story collection THE COSTUME WEDDING.

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Joanna Choi Kalbus was born in North Korea. She made two critical migrations—first from North Korea to South Korea after the Communist takeover, and then to the United States as a ten-year-old immigrant during the Korean War before settling and coming of age in Los Angeles, California. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education at UCLA and received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of California, Riverside. She served as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent / regional superintendent for 35 years. She was also involved in community efforts to address the pressing issues of abused and neglected children, homelessness, and gangs. Now retired, she lives in the Bay Area where she can view her favorite bridge, the Golden Gate, that she and her mother sailed under in 1951. Betty will publish her memoir, THE BOAT NOT TAKEN. 

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Haley Hach has published in Narrative Magazine, Raritan, Carve Magazine, The Saint Ann’s Review, Santa Monica Review, Able Muse, CutBank, and many others. In 2021 she won the Editors’ Choice Award with the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. A graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she teaches at Eugene Lang College at the New School University. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her dogs and family. Betty will publish her prose collection of novellas and stories, WHEN WE'RE READY.

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Janis Hubschman’s stories have appeared in Chautauqua Journal, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Green Mountains Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Southern Humanities Review, StoryQuarterly, West Branch, and elsewhere. She was awarded Bellingham Review’s Tobias Wolff Award and first place in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open contest. Her work has been supported with a Rona Jaffe-Bread Loaf Fiction Scholarship and a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has served on the Bread Loaf Admissions Board and teaches fiction writing at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Betty will publish her TAKE ME WITH YOU NEXT TIME.

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Marianne Villanueva has written three story collections: Ginseng and Other Tales from Manila (Calyx), Mayor of the Roses (Miami University Press), and The Lost Language (Manila: Anvil Press). She also co-edited, with poet Virginia Cerenio, a groundbreaking Filipino women's anthology, Going Home to a Landscape (Calyx). Her novella, Jenalyn (Vagabondage Press) was a finalist for the UK's Saboteur Award. Her fourth story collection, Residents of the Deep: Stories is forthcoming from Unsolicited Press. Betty will publish THE LAST AMERICAN GOVERNOR.

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Sharon White is the author of several books of nonfiction and poetry, including Vanished Gardens: Finding Nature in Philadelphia, winner of the AWP award in creative nonfiction. Her first novel, Minato Sketches, won the Rosemary Daniell Prize and is forthcoming from Minerva Rising Press. Her book of very short fiction, Boiling Lake (On Voyage), won the Calvino Award. Her new collection of poetry, The Body is Burden and Delight, is published by Cornerstone Press. She is an Associate Professor Emerita at Temple University. Betty will publish her novel IF THE OWL CALLS.

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