Tad Friend

Tad Friend is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Cheerful Money, about life as a modern-day WASP, and Planet Killers, a Byliner Original.

Pete Hamill

Hamill, author of A Drinking Life, spent years covering NYC for the city's dailies. He won a Grammy for the liner notes to Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.

Up & Coming Writers

Matt Sumell specializes in short fiction with heart and humor. He has been featured in Esquire, The Paris Review, and Electric Literature.

A former editor at Rolling Stone, Alex Mar directed the documentary American Mystic, which follows the spiritual lives of three young people.

Smith is the author of Stolen World, an uproarious tale of reptile smugglers, and the Byliner Original Cocaine Cowgirl, about drug lord Griselda Blanco.