Julia Pistell is a writer, improviser, and literary critic. She has performed improv all over the country, notably at the Del Close Marathon, Cleveland Comedy Festival, Baltimore Improv Festival, District Fest, and many more. She is a founding member of Sea Tea Improv in Hartford, Connecticut, and is an instructor and community relations manager for the company. Julia has a side gig as the Director of Writing Programs at the Mark Twain House & Museum, where she has interviewed BJ Novack, Judy Blume, Joan Didion, and gazillions more. Julia is the co-host of the podcast Literary Disco (with actor Rider Strong and award-winning novelist Tod Goldberg), which is sometimes funny. She is also a puppeteer for the annual Hartford event "Night Fall," where she puppeteers a giant squirrel for crowds of thousands. Last and most, she is an essayist and occasionally blogs and produces radio programs about science and literature for WNPR.