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Elliot Ackerman

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Elliot Ackerman, author of the critically acclaimed novel Green on Blue, is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

Mark Kram Jr.

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Work by Mark Kram Jr. has appeared in The Best American Sports Writing (Houghton Mifflin) six times: 2011, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002 and 1994. The Society of Professional Journalists honored him with the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature writing. The Associated Press Sports Editors have awarded him first place prizes for feature writing in 2008 and for explanatory reporting in 2009 and 2010. With the Philadelphia Daily News since 1987, he has worked previously at the Detroit Free Press and the Baltimore News American. Additionally, he contributes the "American Read" essay for Business Day Sports...