About Audrey & Jennifer

Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of three novels—The Last Storyteller (2021),  What Remains Unsaid (2017) and Dance of Souls (2011)—and a book of short stories, Tiny Shoes Dancing (2018), which was shortlisted for the 2019 International Rubery Book Award.

Audrey has been a writer all her life. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from Simon’s Rock College of Bard and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. She was a 2020 Shuffle Collective literary resident and past president of the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club and served as editor of three editions of Fault Zone, the branch anthology. She previously worked as a birth doula with Peninsula Birth Companions. She now teaches and offers editing and coaching services for both fiction and non-fiction. She lives in northern California and is at work on another novel.

Find out more at AudreyKalman.com.

Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is a professor of comparative literature, writing and media arts at Bard College/Simon’s Rock in western Massachusetts, where she has taught for more than 25 years, with a focus on women’s personal narratives from around the world, and communications strategies for social and environmental justice. She is also a professor in the online Open Society University Network, administered by Bard College with partner institutions around the world.

Jennifer’s environmental memoir, What I Forgot …And Why I Remembered, was a finalist for the 2018 International Book Awards. Her writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir, won a 2017 Nautilus Silver AwardJennifer provides coaching and manuscript review for authors in fiction and nonfiction, and offers memoir workshops online and in person. Her latest book, Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future, features her photographs of beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, where she is a longtime summer resident.

Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com.

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