Who We Are

Photo Credit: Kim Indresano

Photo Credit: Kim Indresano

Laura mckowen

TRR was founded by Laura McKowen. Laura is one of the foremost voices in the modern recovery movement, having helped thousands of people reframe addiction and transform their lives through her writing, teaching, and speaking. A lifelong reader and secret-writer, she began writing in publicly in 2013 through her struggle to get sober. It was writing more than anything else that saved her life, and it continues to shape her understanding and experience of the world. TRR was created as a way to make these practices accessible to the world.

Laura writes an award-winning blog, hosted the iTunes Top 100 HOME podcast, and currently hosts Spiritualish, a show that provides an irreverent take on self-development. She has been featured in WebMD, New York Post, Huffington Post, the TODAY show, and more.

She’s the founder of The Bigger Yes and We Are the Luckiest, online programs for personal development and sobriety. She teaches workshops and retreats all over the United States.

Her first book, We Are The Luckiest: The Unexpected Joy of a Sober Life is forthcoming in January, 2020 (New World Library).



Guest Teachers


elena brower

Mama, teacher, author, speaker, and Double Diamond leader with doTERRA, Elena has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. Her first book, Art of Attention, has now been translated into six languages, and her second book, Practice You: A Journal, is now a bestseller from Sounds True. She's contributed to Yoga Journal, Yoga International, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and more. Practice with Elena on Glo.com, listen to her globally beloved Practice You Podcast at practiceyou.com.

More at elenabrower.com


allison fallon

Allison Fallon writes books, helps people write books and believes a regular practice of writing can change your life. She is the author of 12 books (and counting) sought after public speaker and coach to hundred of authors from New York Times Bestsellers to total beginners. She has spent the last decade coaching hundreds of people to gain confidence, overcome writer’s block and get their stories on paper. Even if you say, “I’m not a writer” she can show you how a daily practice of writing can improve your sleep, your focus, your creativity, your productivity, and even your relationships.

Learn more at Ally’s website.

Photo Credit: Brandon Thibodeaux

Photo Credit: Brandon Thibodeaux

Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola’s essays have appeared in the New York Times magazine, Texas Monthly, Elle, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Slate, and Salon, where she was a longtime editor. She also contributes short personal essays to NPR’s Fresh Air.

She lives in East Dallas, where she enjoys playing her guitar poorly and listening to melancholy songs about other people’s broken hearts. Her first book, Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget (Grand Central), was a New York Times bestseller. She is currently working on a memoir about women’s relationship to their own bodies, particularly around motherhood and sexuality, to be published by The Dial Press/Random House in 2020.

Sarah Hepola’s essays have appeared in the New York Times magazine, Texas Monthly, Elle, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, Slate, and Salon, where she was a longtime editor. She also contributes short personal essays to NPR’s Fresh Air.

More on Sarah's website.


Melissa Febos

Melissa is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing". Her second essay collection will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. 

The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University, where she directs the MFA program. She curates literary events, teaches workshops, and speaks widely. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.

More on Melissa's website.

Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman

Elissa Altman is the critically-acclaimed author of Treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox OutlawPoor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of ComfortDesire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning narrative blog of the same name. Upon its hardcover publication in 2013, The New York Times Book Review declared Poor Man’s Feast to be “one of the finest food memoirs of recent years.”

Altman’s work has appeared everywhere from Tin House and O: The Oprah Magazine to Tablet, The New York Times, Saveur, Krista Tippett’s On Being, and in the Washington Post, where her year-long column, Feeding My Mother launched a conversation about nurturing, sustenance, and the moral imperative to make senior citizens part of our national food dialogue. She spoke live at TEDx in 2016 on the concept of The Modern Tribal Fire. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Best Food Writing for six years and in 2016 was a finalist for the Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, awarded by The Southampton Review. She speaks widely on issues of sustenance and the power and importance of storytelling and teaches the craft of memoir both in the United States and abroad. She lives in Newtown, Connecticut with her family.

More on Elissa's website.


Alexander Field

Alex launched The Bindery in 2017 after 18 years working in book publishing and journalism. Prior to starting The Bindery, he served as Vice President and Publisher for two imprints of Penguin Random House, the largest publisher of trade books in the English-speaking world.

After college he began his career at Los Angeles Times, assisting in the Calendar section, and writing dozens of freelance pieces and news reports. Since then, he's worked in journalism and book publishing for nearly two decades, writing, editing, acquiring books, and managing teams including editorial, marketing, publicity, design, production, subsidiary rights, and contract departments. 

He has published a number of New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly bestsellers and many award-winning books, with beloved authors, celebrities, leaders, and media luminaries.

Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner

Jason is the Executive Editor at New World Library, a 39-year-old independent publisher of mind-body-spirit and related titles, located just north of San Francisco. Some of the agency's bestsellers include THE POWER OF NOW by Eckhart Tolle, THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL LAWS OF SUCCESS by Deepak Chopra, CREATIVE VISUALIZATION by Shakti Gawain, THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES by Joseph Campbell, and WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR by Dan Millman, in conjunction with HJ Kramer.