Libby Flores is the Program Manager for Emerging Voices and the Mark Program. She is originally from Texas but has lived in Los Angeles for ten years. She was chosen as one of eight writers in the US to receive the PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship in 2008. Her short fiction has appeared in The Rattling Wall, Strange Cargo: an Emerging Voices Anthology, and Circa Magazine. Her short story "The Table," published by The Rattling Wall, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Libby is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing at Bennington.
Grant Hutchins is the Programs Assistant at PEN Center USA. He comes from Los Angeles and has previously worked as a summer intern at PEN Center USA and at 826LA East. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2012 with a BA in English literature and a minor in history of art.
Daniel Lisi is the Digital Media Manager at PEN Center USA. He's a computer programmer and science fiction writer. He will be graduating from USC with a degree in Computer Science in 2014.
Hilary McCreery is Program Manager for Membership and Awards at PEN Center USA, after beginning as a summer intern through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission internship program. She is originally from the Bay Area and attended Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. Hilary graduated in 2009 with a BA in art history and English, with a concentration in creative writing.
Michelle Meyering is the Director of Programs and Events at PEN Center USA and founding editor of The Rattling Wall, a literary journal. Michelle has produced over 200 literary events across Southern California and in January was named a 2013 "Face To Watch" by the Los Angeles Times. She currently teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program in Los Angeles.
Adam Somers is the Executive Director of PEN Center USA. He is a thirty-year veteran of the music business. From 1971 through 2001, he held a number of positions in the Creative Services and Marketing departments at Warner Bros. Records, and in 1995 he became the General Manager of Vapor Records, started by Neil Young. In 1996, Mr. Somers re-united with the former Warner Bros. Records leadership, who were creating DreamWorks Records for DreamWorks SKG, and he headed their New Media and Internet initiative. From 2000 through 2001, Mr. Somers was the Senior VP of Partnerships and Label Relations at Music.com in New York. In January of 2001 Mr. Somers re-located back to Los Angeles, and on April 1, 2004, he became the Executive Director for PEN Center USA.
Reid Ulrich is the Program Coordinator for Emerging Voices and the Mark Program at PEN Center USA. He was a summer intern at PEN Center USA through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission internship program before working in SPIN Magazine’s Art Department and MoMA PS1’s Curatorial Department. He graduated from Pitzer College in 2012 with a BA in English Literature and Studio Art.