Elizabeth Acevedo

Performance Poet & Novelist
National Book Award

Diane Ackerman

NYT Bestselling Author
Naturalist, Essayist, Poet

Richard Blanco

Obama's Inaugural Poet
Poetry Education Ambassador

Bryan Doerries

Theater of War Productions
Translator of Ancient Greek

Joy Harjo

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

Saidiya Hartman

MacArthur “Genius” Award
Distinguished Literary Scholar

Jonathan M. Katz

Award-winning Journalist
Haiti, Epidemic, Disaster

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Asian-American Poet
Barnes & Noble Book of 2020

Claudia Rankine

NYT Bestselling Author
NBCCA & Forward Prize

Vaddey Ratner

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Khmer Rouge Survivor

Natasha Trethewey

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