Halfway There founder and host Apryl Lee's short stories and essays have been published at Keyhole Press, Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, Underwater New York, Handwritten Work, and The Feminist Breeder. Her screenplays and films have been selected for festivals including the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, New Filmmakers at Anthology Film Archives, the IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Conference, and as a finalist for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriter’s Lab. She teaches sceenwriting for Montclair Film and at Seton Hall University where she earned her BA, and is an MFA graduate of the fiction writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently working on her first novel about love, death, and shipwrecks and a collection of New Jersey stories. She lives with her husband and son in New Jersey.
Halfway There co-founder Nicole Haroutunian is a New Jersey native and the author of the short story collection Speed Dreaming (Little A, 2015). Her work has appeared in Post Road, Joyland, Tin House’s Open Bar, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere. Her short story, "Youse," was the winner of the 2013 Center for Fiction Short Story Contest. She is co-editor of the digital arts journal Underwater New York, holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, works in museum education and lives in Queens.
Apryl and Nicole met during their first workshop at Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program.