Chris Abani

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Nigerian-born Poet

Elizabeth Acevedo

Performance Poet & Novelist
National Book Award

Diane Ackerman

NYT Bestselling Author
Naturalist, Essayist, Poet

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Bestselling Fiction Writer
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Osama Alomar

Acclaimed Syrian Author
Flash Fiction/Poetry

Molly Antopol

5 Under 35 Honoree
O. Henry Prize

Donald Antrim

MacArthur "Genius" Award
Acclaimed Fiction Writer

Simon Armitage

U.K. Poet Laureate
Forward Prize

Peter Balakian

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Black Dog of Fate

Coleman Barks

Acclaimed Poet
Premier Translator of Rumi

Samiya Bashir

Acclaimed Poet
Finalist Lambda Lit Award

Ellen Bass

Award-winning Poet
Lambda Lit Award

Frank Bidart

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
National Book Award

Sherwin Bitsui

Native American Poet
PEN Open Book Award

Richard Blanco

Obama's Inaugural Poet
Poetry Education Ambassador

Amy Bloom

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Short Story Writer & Memoirist

Daniel Borzutzky

National Book Award
Immigration Politics

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Native American Poet
Its Pronoun is It

Brian Broome

Award-winning Memoirist
Punch Me Up to the Gods

Jericho Brown

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
The Tradition

Mahogany L. Browne

Poet, Performer & Organizer
Black Girl Magic

Gabriel Bump

Acclaimed Novelist
Everywhere You Don't Belong

Augusten Burroughs

NYT Bestselling Memoirist
Running with Scissors

Stephanie Burt

Critic, Poet & Essayist
NBCC Award Finalist

Bonnie Jo Campbell

Bestselling Novelist
Short Story Writer

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Mexican Poet & Translator
Immigration Advocate

Tina Chang

Acclaimed American Poet
Race, Culture, Identity

Chen Chen

Acclaimed Poet
T. Gunn Gay Poetry Award

Geffrey Davis

Award-winning Poet
Finalist Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Kwame Dawes

Ghana-born Jamaican Poet
Novelist and Essayist

Natashia Deón

Acclaimed Novelist
Immigration Attorney

Bryan Doerries

Theater of War Productions
Translator of Ancient Greek

Mark Doty

Distinguished Poet & Memoirist
National Book Award

Andre Dubus III

#1 NYT Bestselling Novelist
House of Sand and Fog

Carol Ann Duffy

U. K. Poet Laureate
T. S. Eliot Prize

Camille Dungy

Award-winning Poet
Acclaimed Essayist & Critic

Cornelius Eady

Poet, Lyricist, Playwright
Co-Founder of Cave Canem

Katja Esson

Documentary Filmmaker
Poetry of Resilience

Bernardine Evaristo

Award-winning Novelist
Booker Prize Winner

Percival Everett

Acclaimed Novelist
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Beth Ann Fennelly

Acclaimed Poet & Essayist
Micro-Memoirist

Carolyn Forché

Award-winning Poet
Memoir: What You Have Heard Is True

Aminatta Forna

Award-winning Novelist
Acclaimed Memoirist

Carrie Fountain

Award-winning Poet
YA: I’m Not Missing

Josh Fox

Director of Gasland Films
LennonOno Peace Award

Margalit Fox

Award-winning Journalist
NYT Obituary Writer

Mary Gaitskill

Acclaimed Novelist
Short Story Writer

Forrest Gander

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Ecopoetics & Translation

Cristina Garcí­a

Novelist, Poet, YA Author
Cuban-American Writer

Alex George

Bestselling Novelist
Unbound Book Festival Founder

Natalie Goldberg

Bestselling Author & Poet
Writing Down The Bones

Adam Gopnik

Int'l Bestselling Author
New Yorker Staff Writer

Jorie Graham

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Forward Prize

Sara Gruen

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Water for Elephants

Isabella Hammad

Award-winning Novelist
O. Henry Prize

Nathalie Handal

Arab American Book Award
Dislocation, Home & Exile

Joy Harjo

US Poet Laureate (2019-22)
Memoirs: Crazy Brave, Poet Warrior

Saidiya Hartman

MacArthur “Genius” Award
Distinguished Literary Scholar

Terrance Hayes

MacArthur "Genius" Award
National Book Award

Juan Felipe Herrera

US Poet Laureate (2015-17)
Performer & Activist

Brenda Hillman

Griffin Poetry Prize
Environmental Advocate

Pam Houston

Acclaimed Novelist
Animals, Outdoors, Nature

Marie Howe

Acclaimed Poet
NYS Poet Laureate (2014)

Vanessa Hua

Acclaimed Novelist
Immigration Issues

Major Jackson

Acclaimed Poet
Roll Deep

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Award-winning Poet

Alka Joshi

NYT Bestselling Novelist
The Henna Artist

Jonathan M. Katz

Award-winning Journalist
Haiti, Epidemic, Disaster

Douglas Kearney

Acclaimed Poet
Race, Culture & Identity

Ted Kooser

US Poet Laureate (2004-2006)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet

Keetje Kuipers

Award-winning Poet
Culture, Identity, Motherhood

Deborah Landau

Acclaimed Poet
The Uses of the Body

Li-Young Lee

Chinese American Poet
Resilience, Faith, Exile

Nikola Madzirov

Award-winning Poet
Exile & Refugees

Taylor Mali

Performance Poet
What Teachers Make

Dawn Lundy Martin

Poet, Critic, Memoirist
Kingsley Tufts Award

Hisham Matar

Pulitzer Prize-winning Memoirist
Acclaimed Libyan Novelist

Airea D. Matthews

Award-winning Poet
Race, Culture & Identity

Heather McHugh

MacArthur "Genius" Award
Distinguished Poet

Erika Meitner

Acclaimed Poet & Essayist
Jewish Book Award

Dunya Mikhail

Iraqi Poet & Memoirist
Arab American Book Award

Rajiv Mohabir

Indo-Carribbean Poet
Memoir: Antiman

Rick Moody

Bestselling Novelist
Acclaimed Memoirist

Honor Moore

Memoirst, Biographer, Poet
Bishop's Daughter

Valzhyna Mort

Acclaimed Belarusian Poet
Translator of Slavic

Sir Andrew Motion

U.K. Poet Laureate (1999-09)
Dylan Thomas Prize Winner

Daniyal Mueenuddin

Pakistani-American Author
Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Eileen Myles

Acclaimed Poet and Novelist
Lambda Pioneer Award

Marilyn Nelson

Poet-as-Historian
Frost Poetry Prize

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Asian-American Poet
Barnes & Noble Book of 2020

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Acclaimed Irish Poet
Podcast Host: Poetry Unbound

Meghan O’Rourke

Award-winning Memoirist
Acclaimed Poet

Ladan Osman

Somali-born Poet
Gender & Displacement

Alicia Ostriker

Distinguished Poet
Jewish Book Award

Molly Peacock

Acclaimed Poet
Memoir, Biography, Essay

Torrey Peters

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Detransition, Baby

Patrick Phillips

Poet & Nonfiction Writer
Blood at the Root

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Award-winning Poet
Literary & Visual Art Critic

Deesha Philyaw

Acclaimed Writer
Black Queer Intersectionality

Katha Pollitt

Poet, Essayist, Writer
PRO: Abortion Rights

Maya C. Popa

Romanian-American Poet
North American Book Prize

Francine Prose

NYT Bestselling Author
Fiction, Nonfiction, Essay

Ernesto Quiñonez

Acclaimed Novelist
Latino Trendsetter Award

Claudia Rankine

NYT Bestselling Author
NBCCA & Forward Prize

Vaddey Ratner

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Khmer Rouge Survivor

Alberto Ríos

Mexican-American Writer
Nat'l Book Award Finalist

Robin Robertson

Acclaimed Scots Poet
Forward Prize Winner

Roxana Robinson

Acclaimed Novelist & Biographer
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life

Sapphire

Bestselling Novelist
Performance Poet

George Saunders

NYT Bestselling Writer
Booker Prize Winner

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Award-winning Memoirist
Acclaimed Story Writer

Philip Schultz

Pulitzer Prize winning Poet
Acclaimed Memoirst

Tim Seibles

Acclaimed Poet
Nat'l Book Award Finalist

Charles Simic

US Poet Laureate (2007-2008)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet

Emily Skillings

Acclaimed Poet & Teacher
Feminist Intertextualities

Maggie Smith

Award-winning Poet
Good Bones (viral poem)

Danté Stewart

Acclaimed Memoirist
Belonging & Religion

Shruti Swamy

Acclaimed Fiction Writer
O'Henry Award

Michael Thomas

Novelist & Memoirist
IMPAC Dublin Award

Daniel Torday

Acclaimed Novelist
Jewish Book Award

Natasha Trethewey

US Poet Laureate (2012-2014)
Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet

Brian Turner

Acclaimed Soldier-Poet
Memoirist & Essayist

Crystal Valentine

Poet, Educator & Activist
Nat’l Poetry Slam Finalist

Mai Der Vang

Acclaimed Hmong Poet
Exile & Refugees

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

NYT Bestselling Novelist
IMPAC Dublin Award

Phillip B. Williams

Acclaimed Poet
Lambda Literary Award

Tamara Winfrey-Harris

Acclaimed Writer
Dear Black Girl

Jenny Xie

Chinese American Poet
Immigration & Dislocation

Lidia Yuknavitch

Bestselling Novelist
Acclaimed Memoirist

Javier Zamora

Salvadoran Poet
The Migrant Experience

Raúl Zurita

Acclaimed Chilean Poet
Purgatory