Chris Abani

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Nigerian-born Poet

Elizabeth Acevedo

Performance Poet & Novelist
National Book Award

Ellen Bass

Award-winning Poet
Lambda Lit Award

Richard Blanco

Obama's Inaugural Poet
Poetry Education Ambassador

Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Native American Poet
Its Pronoun is It

Mahogany L. Browne

Poet, Performer & Organizer
Black Girl Magic

Gabriel Bump

Acclaimed Novelist
Everywhere You Don't Belong

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

Mark Doty

Distinguished Poet & Memoirist
National Book Award

Bernardine Evaristo

Award-winning Novelist
Booker Prize Winner

Carrie Fountain

Award-winning Poet
YA: I’m Not Missing

Cristina Garcí­a

Novelist, Poet, YA Author
Cuban-American Writer

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

Douglas Kearney

Acclaimed Poet
Race, Culture & Identity

Dawn Lundy Martin

Poet, Critic, Memoirist
Kingsley Tufts Award

Airea D. Matthews

Award-winning Poet
Race, Culture & Identity

Dunya Mikhail

Iraqi Poet & Memoirist
Arab American Book Award

Rajiv Mohabir

Indo-Carribbean Poet
Memoir: Antiman

Eileen Myles

Acclaimed Poet and Novelist
Lambda Pioneer Award

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Acclaimed Irish Poet
Podcast Host: Poetry Unbound

Ladan Osman

Somali-born Poet
Gender & Displacement

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

Ernesto Quiñonez

Acclaimed Novelist
Latino Trendsetter Award

Claudia Rankine

NYT Bestselling Author
NBCCA & Forward Prize

Vaddey Ratner

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Khmer Rouge Survivor

Sapphire

Bestselling Novelist
Performance Poet

Tim Seibles

Acclaimed Poet
Nat'l Book Award Finalist

Danté Stewart

Acclaimed Memoirist
Belonging & Religion

Crystal Valentine

Poet, Educator & Activist
Nat’l Poetry Slam Finalist

Mai Der Vang

Acclaimed Hmong Poet
Exile & Refugees

Phillip B. Williams

Acclaimed Poet
Lambda Literary Award

Jenny Xie

Chinese American Poet
Immigration & Dislocation