Anja Klemp Vilgaard is a professional writer and a seasoned journalist educated at three of the best journalism schools in Denmark who holds a Master’s of Editorial Management from the University of Southern Denmark (Syddansk Universitet). She is a former newspaper editor with her first novel, Plurium sum (I am of More), currently under consideration with a major publisher.
Anja has lead numerous newspaper and magazine start-ups to long-term success, taught journalism to an international audience, freelanced, worked as a columnist and sparred with some of Denmark’s best journalists. She has served as a communications consultant, magazine editor and chair person for the NGO Crossing Borders, which specialized in conflict management via writing in the Middle East.
Anja conducted field research on the South African Media, post-Apartheid, as well as the Activist Aborigine Media in Australia. She has lived in Washington DC, Barcelona, Spain and Johannesburg, South Africa – combining her passion for travel, learning and writing in all of her endeavors.
Her work has been published in some of Denmark’s largest newspapers and magazines.
Read more about Anja on her website: Vilgaard.dk
Shawna Kenney is an award-winning author, arts journalist and creative writing instructor. Her memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix (Last Gasp) enjoys international translation and is in development as a television series with the FX network. She also co-authored Imposters (Mark Batty Publisher), a coffee-table book about celebrity impersonators. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction magazine, Bust, Juxtapoz, Veg News, AP, Ms., Mix Mag, Transworld Skateboarding, the Baltimore Sun and the Florida Review, among others, while her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Shawna’s personal essays appear in numerous anthologies and she has shared her words at Goucher College, Sarah Lawrence, UCLA, California State University Long Beach, Monmouth College, the University of Maryland, Ladyfest LA, the DIY Convention, Vallekilde School of Communications (Denmark), the Hollywood Public Library, Hustler Hollywood, on NPR affiliates and on the BBC. She received a BA in Communications from American University in Washington, DC and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She teaches creative writing in private workshops and for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She lives in Los Angeles, where she’s currently editing an anthology entitled Book Lovers, forthcoming on Seal Press.
Read more about Shawna at her website: shawnakenney.com