David A. Goodman
Born and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., David A. Goodman has been writing professionally since 1988, when he was hired on THE GOLDEN GIRLS. Since then he has written for over twenty television series, including FAMILY GUY, where he was head writer and executive producer for over a hundred episodes. Currently he writes and executive produces the Fox series THE ORVILLE.
He is also the author of three books, and in 2017 was elected President of the Writers Guild of America West. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife and two children.
Chinaka Hodge s a poet, educator, playwright, and screenwriter from Oakland. She received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School, and studied Writing for Film and Television at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts MFA program. Chinaka has served as Educator, Program Director and Associate Artistic Director at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, she is a Senior Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and serves on the Advisory Board at Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Chinaka has published three books, including her recent book of poetry titled Dated Emcees. She is currently working as a writer for NBC Universal on an upcoming series.
In 2017 Chinaka was recognized with an Oakland Indie Award in the category of Oakland Soul, was one of Diablo Magazine’s 40 under 40 and KQED’s women to watch. Her 2016 book of poems, Dated Emcees, won Northern California Independent Booksellers Association’s Book of the Year, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award, and praised by Jeff Chang, Dave Eggers, and Daveed Diggs. Chinaka’s poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, SF Chronicle, Believer Magazine, LA Review, S, R, Teen People, CNN, CSpan, TED, d in two seasons of O’s Def Poetry.
John O’Connor was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Following high school he relocated to Boston, where he worked as a video game designer for real-time strategy games. After completing two game titles, he moved back to California to pursue a college degree. John graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s in Political Science, and then served as a United States Army officer from 2007 to 2012, including 12 months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a husband and father, currently working as a writer on Hulu’s The Path.
Adam Conover is the creator and host of Adam Ruins Everything on TruTV. As a stand-up comic, he performs at colleges, club, and festivals across the country.
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