CosmoCon2019 Reader Bios

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

We are thrilled to showcase the talents of these authors (and one editor). If you think you'd like to come, you can learn more about CosmoCon and download the schedule of events.

Elizabeth Bodien

(Journeys with Fortune 2019)

Elizabeth Bodien is the author of two books of poetry: Blood, Metal, Fiber, Rock and Oblique Music: A Book of Hours. Her poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Cimarron Review, Crannóg, and Parabola, among many other publications in the USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and India. Bodien grew up in the “burned-over” district of Western New York but now lives near Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania.

Laura Johanna Braverman

(Salt Water 2019)

Laura J. Braverman is a writer and artist. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Levure Litteraire, Live Encounters, and Sky Island Journal and is forthcoming in the anthology Awake in the World, Volume II by Riverfeet Press. She lives in Lebanon with her family.

Holley H. Hill (There is Only Lampyridae 2018)

Holley M. Hill (not her given name) grew up in the wild woods of New England. In 2010 she earned a dual Masters in Education and Library Science and has worked as a teacher, librarian, and artist. She lives in New England with her husband, Michael, and her daughter, Jane. She spends her free time reading, singing, and making art.

Steven Huff

(Blissful and Other Stories 2017)

Steven Huff is the author of a previous collection of stories, A Pig in Paris (Big Pencil Press 2008), and three collections of poems: More Daring Escapes (Red Hen Press 2008), The Water We Came From (FootHills 2003), and A Fire in the Hill (Blue Horse Press 2018). He teaches creative writing in the Solstice Low Residency MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Boston, and lives in Rochester, New York.

Patti Lavell

(Island Chains 2018)

Formerly of Islamorada, FL, Patti Lavell now lives in the Finger Lakes Region of the Empire State. She is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Catholic School Dropout (2012), the novel Fat Chance (2013), and has been a contributing writer for Florida Keys Free Press and Lavell was the coordinator of a police academy in the Florida Keys and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of a trucking company in New York.

Julia Pelletier (representing Canvas Teen Literary Journal)

Julia Pelletier is a member of the Canvas Teen Literary Journal editorial board and a sophomore at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, New York. She has been writing and editing since 7th grade when she became editor-in-chief of her school's literary magazine.

Elizabeth Osta

(Saving Faith 2017)

Elizabeth Osta was born in Buffalo, New York, raised in Syracuse and graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester. She has received numerous awards for her work including the Democrat and Chronicle "Golden Pen Award," the Writers and Books "Big Pencil Award," and Honorary Mention from Big Brick Review.  She and her husband Dave Van Arsdale live on the Erie Canal in Fairport, New York.

Ron Searls

(Trees of Life and Shade 2019)

Ron Searls’ poems have been published in The Lyric Magazine, Verse Virtual, and by Indolent Books’ online project “HIV Here and Now.” He is a recently retired software engineer. Before he retired, he remembered that he hadn’t graduated from MIT, re-enrolled, and finished with the class of 2015.

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