Elizabeth Acevedo

Performance Poet & Novelist
National Book Award

Samiya Bashir

Acclaimed Poet
Finalist Lambda Lit Award

Mahogany L. Browne

Poet, Performer & Organizer
Black Girl Magic

Joy Harjo

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

Juan Felipe Herrera

US Poet Laureate (2015-17)
Performer & Activist

Douglas Kearney

Acclaimed Poet
Race, Culture & Identity

Taylor Mali

Performance Poet
What Teachers Make

Ladan Osman

Somali-born Poet
Gender & Displacement

Molly Peacock

Acclaimed Poet
Memoir, Biography, Essay

Sapphire

Bestselling Novelist
Performance Poet

Crystal Valentine

Poet, Educator & Activist
Nat’l Poetry Slam Finalist