Chris Abani

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Peter Balakian

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Black Dog of Fate

Daniel Borzutzky

National Book Award
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Jericho Brown

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The Tradition

Mahogany L. Browne

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Black Girl Magic

Tina Chang

Acclaimed American Poet
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Bryan Doerries

Theater of War Productions
Translator of Ancient Greek

Andre Dubus III

#1 NYT Bestselling Novelist
House of Sand and Fog

Katja Esson

Documentary Filmmaker
Poetry of Resilience

Bernardine Evaristo

Award-winning Novelist
Booker Prize Winner

Percival Everett

Acclaimed Novelist
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Carolyn Forché

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

Aminatta Forna

Award-winning Novelist
Acclaimed Memoirist

Josh Fox

Director of Gasland Films
LennonOno Peace Award

Sara Gruen

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Water for Elephants

Juan Felipe Herrera

US Poet Laureate (2015-17)
Performer & Activist

Brenda Hillman

Griffin Poetry Prize
Environmental Advocate

Li-Young Lee

Chinese American Poet
Resilience, Faith, Exile

Hisham Matar

Pulitzer Prize-winning Memoirist
Acclaimed Libyan Novelist

Rajiv Mohabir

Indo-Carribbean Poet
Memoir: Antiman

Valzhyna Mort

Acclaimed Belarusian Poet
Translator of Slavic

Ladan Osman

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Gender & Displacement

Alicia Ostriker

Distinguished Poet
Jewish Book Award

Patrick Phillips

Poet & Nonfiction Writer
Blood at the Root

Ernesto Quiñonez

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Latino Trendsetter Award

Claudia Rankine

NYT Bestselling Author
NBCCA & Forward Prize

Vaddey Ratner

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Khmer Rouge Survivor

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

Juan Gabriel Vásquez

NYT Bestselling Novelist
IMPAC Dublin Award

Javier Zamora

Salvadoran Poet
The Migrant Experience

Raúl Zurita

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Purgatory