Staff Bios

Staff for the May 18-24, 2014 Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp

Reed Farrel Coleman, Author-in-Residence & Guest Instructor

Based in New York, Reed is the author of 14 novels published in 7 languages, past executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America, and an adjunct professor at Hofstra University. He is a 3-time recipient of the Shamus Award for Best Detective Novel of the Year, a 2-time Edgar Award nominee, and winner of Macavity, Barry, and Anthony Awards. His short fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in multiple literary publications and anthologies.

James Strauss, Author-in-Residence & Guest Instructor

Novelist, TV and movie screenwriter, movie technical director, and in his own words “an indefatigable short story blogger,” Strauss is brash, open, and eager to help writers improve their work and advance their careers. In past lives, he has been a Marine officer, deep sea diver, shipboard physician’s assistant, pilot, and professor of anthropology. He’s written five espionage thrillers. Book I in his Mastodon series is scheduled to be filmed by Disney for Talk Story Productions. He currently writes for several Hollywood production companies.

 Dawn Frederick, Owner & Jennie Goloboy, Associate Agent Red Sofa Literary Agency, St. Paul, Minn., Guest Agents

Red Sofa Literary was established in 2002 by Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency. Dawn brings a broad knowledge of the book business from years of experience as a bookseller in independent, chain, and specialty stores; an editor for a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency. She has a B.S. in Human Ecology, and a M.S. in Information.

Jennie Goloboy joined Red Sofa Literary as an Associate Agent in 2011. She has a PhD in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. She is also a published author of both history and fiction, and a member of SFWA, RWA, SHEAR, OAH, the AHA, and Codex Writer’s Group. Her funny, spec-fic short stories appear under her pen name, Nora Fleischer.

Philip Martin, Bookcamp Coordinator & Lead Instructor

Phil is director of Great Lakes Literary, based in Milwaukee, where he edits and produces nonfiction and fiction titles for adults and young readers. Books he has edited have won the national Benjamin Franklin Award (twice), Small Press Book Award for Fiction, and a variety of other indie-press awards. Phil is past acquisitions editor for The Writer Books, affiliated with The Writer magazine, where he developed many books for writers on literary craft and career skills. He is also the author of several books on writing, including How To Write Your Best Story and A Guide to Fantasy Literature. Phil’s website,

Lisa Lickel, Guest Author

A versatile and successful novelist and historian from Southeastern Wisconsin, Lisa has published five books ranging from Christian romance to mystery to paranormal. Her experience with e-publishing and working in the blossoming field of small boutique publishers will be an invaluable addition of the Bookcamp’s scheduled theme day on today’s publishing industry. Lisa also writes short stories, radio plays, freelances articles, blogs, writes book reviews, and is editor of the WWA’s Creative Wisconsin literary magazine. Her website,

David J. Rank, your host, Bookcamp Director, and Camp Counselor

Vice-president of the Wisconsin Writers Association, Dave is a respected published short-story author and working journalist in southeast Wisconsin. His background includes stints as an editor for three newspapers, as a magazine editor, and as a freelance book editor.

Announcements on staff additions will be made as Bookcamp plan progress.


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