1 About the Authors

About Anthony doerr

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Anthony Doerr is the author of the New York Times bestselling Cloud Cuckoo Land, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Alex Award, and a #1 New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

About the writers

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Rebecca young – Project manager

“I thought retirement was for sleeping…” (Doerr 322).

Rebecca Young is an undergrad student at CWI pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing and plans to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Boise State University beginning next fall. She is the recipient of two President’s Writing Awards from CWI, one in Poetry and the other in Creative Writing Non-Fiction. She has lived in Boise, Idaho, for 22 years with her husband, four adult children, grandson, and three “bird” dogs. Rebecca is a percussionist who plays the drums, enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking, and camping, and has served her community by volunteering in the local schools and non-profit organizations throughout the Treasure Valley.


Rebecca spent her earlier career in Corporate Finance as a self-taught financial writer and executive member of the investment firm The Chartwell Group, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, and Manhattan, NY. During her career, she authored corporate investment publications and disclosure statements and was the first woman to be accepted as a member of the Stock Exchange Society at the World Trade Center.


Recently, Rebecca made the transformative decision to return to academia; her pursuit of a college degree has uncovered a passion for creative writing, setting her on an inspiring journey of self-discovery and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.


ava king – Copy editor

“A swallowtail, cold, born too late, alights frantically on a thistle and pauses, flexing its wings” (Doerr 6).

Ava King is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing at the College of Western Idaho. She is working to become a middle school English teacher. Ava spends most of her time reading and cuddling with her cat when she is not swamped with schoolwork.  


adrianna monsivais – publisher

“When you get to be my age…sleep is not so different than being awake. You just kind of shut your eyes and you’re there” (322).

Adrianna Monsivais is an undergraduate student attending the College of Western Idaho. They will receive their associate’s in the liberal arts by the end of Fall 2023 where they will transfer to Boise State University afterwards. Adrianna plans on majoring in the Media Arts with an emphasis on production with the aim of working in the film industry one day. They hope to create productions with LGBTQIA+ voices and to specialize in the dramatic and comedic genres. They have participated in numerous theatrical productions ranging from Bats in the Belfry to King John and have competed in the Idaho State Theater Competition where they placed 3rd at regionals and went on to become a finalist. 

When they are not working on schoolwork or striving towards their future goals, they enjoy writing poetry, short stories, and books. They also love reading, learning new things, and spending their time being a social media influencer. 

One of their key traits which they value the most is their ability to motivate themselves to accomplish tasks and overcome challenges. The above quote summarizes their overall experience as a college student in which their future is constantly on their mind. However, they know this will all be worth it in the end because they will be doing what they are passionate about.


erica couch – lead editor

“…he feels an old feeling, the irresistible tug of moving water and his blood trundling with it, and weak joy splits his lips”(324).

Erica Couch is a student of English Creative Writing at the College of Western Idaho. She is a voracious reader of self-improvement books while also enjoying historical fiction, short stories, and memoirs. Erica is working her way towards not only becoming a successful writer but also a mental health counselor, where she hopes to facilitate growth and transformation in people’s lives. Erica enjoys gardening, fishing, camping, and spending time with her husband and two sons. She lives near her hometown of Boise, Idaho, where she resides with her family: 2 dogs, 2 horses, 9 chickens, 1 goat, and a couple dozen cows. 



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