Brian David Mooney is the creator of The Storymatic family of creative prompts, which help people write and share stories and memories. He has published essays, fiction, and poetry in the Alaska Quarterly Review, American Fiction, Bellevue Literary Review, Chicago Review, Cincinnati Review, and many other journals from further into the alphabet. His essays about the creative process were presented by Leonard Nimoy for United States Artists at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Paramount Studios, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He's the recipient of two creation grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the NEA to support his work, and he's had writing residencies at the Hall Farm Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and Vermont Academy.
Brian received his MFA from the University of Massachusetts and has taught creative writing at UMass, Marlboro College, the Putney School Summer Programs, and the Smith College Young Women's Writing Workshop. His writing and teaching is very much informed by Robert Frost’s statement, "No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
Vaune Trachtman helps put the plural into Storymatic Studios. When she’s not helping with Storymatic, she is a photographer and printmaker whose work honors the methods and tones of historic processes, but without the toxic chemicals. Formerly a master printer of silver gelatin prints and asphaltum-based photogravures, she began to feel that her immune-system was being compromised by those processes. She now makes gravures with little more than light and water. Her images explore the evanescence of dreams and memory— a "fleeting, wondrous, sacred habitation" (Collier Brown, Od Review).
Vaune was born in Philadelphia and attended the Tyler School of Art and Marlboro College. She received her M.A. from New York University and The International Center for Photography. She worked in the imaging department of TIME Inc. for many years. Her most recent show of photogravures, NOW IS ALWAYS, is currently on exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography.
The Shipping Manager was born in Canada. He is small but mighty.