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Sarah Day Owen is a Coachella Valley Storytellers Project coach and the consumer experience director in the newsroom at The Desert Sun, where she oversees building audience, community engagement and production. Interested in telling a story at an upcoming event? Shoot her an email for more info!
Tod Goldberg is the author of over a dozen award-winning books, including the novels Gangsterland, a 2015 finalist for the Hammett Prize, Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, in June 2016, The House of Secrets, which he co-wrote with Brad Meltzer. His essays, journalism, and criticism appear widely, including in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books and, recently, The Best American Essays. A native of Palm Springs, he now lives in Indio, with his wife the writer Wendy Duren, and directs the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside, the project's partner. Tod also coaches the storytellers.
Maggie Downs is a columnist, essayist and journalist in Palm Springs who has worked in print and online media for more than 15 years. She was a syndicated columnist for Gannett Newspapers (known now USA Today Network) and a metro reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer. After moving to California, she became a features reporter and weekly lifestyles columnist for The Desert Sun. She holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from University of California Riverside-Palm Desert. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, Smithsonian, Eating Well, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Downs is also a coach with the Coachella Valley Storytellers Project.