Caren Osten Gerszberg and Leah Odze Epstein

Caren Osten Gerszberg is a freelance writer and blogger. She has contributed to The New York Times and many national magazines, and is co-founder and editor of the Drinking Diaries blog. You can see a selection of her work at, and follow her on twitter: @carenosten Leah Odze Epstein writes fiction and poetry. She recently completed her first middle grade novel, featuring a 7th grader who is the daughter of a recovered alcoholic. She is currently working on a young adult novel, about the continuing adventures of her alter ego, Carolena Gold. Her poems can be found on the website Literary Mama. In her past life, she reviewed books for BookPage and Publisher’s Weekly, among other publications. An excerpt from her adult novel-in-progress, Glen Echo, was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters competition. Email Leah at