Elizabeth Acevedo

Performance Poet & Novelist
National Book Award

Simon Armitage

U.K. Poet Laureate
Forward Prize

Peter Balakian

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Black Dog of Fate

Frank Bidart

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
National Book Award

Daniel Borzutzky

National Book Award
Immigration Politics

Jericho Brown

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
The Tradition

Mark Doty

Distinguished Poet & Memoirist
National Book Award

Carol Ann Duffy

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

Bernardine Evaristo

Award-winning Novelist
Booker Prize Winner

Forrest Gander

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Ecopoetics & Translation

Jorie Graham

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Forward Prize

Saidiya Hartman

MacArthur “Genius” Award
Distinguished Literary Scholar

Terrance Hayes

MacArthur "Genius" Award
National Book Award

Brenda Hillman

Griffin Poetry Prize
Environmental Advocate

Ted Kooser

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

Dawn Lundy Martin

Poet, Critic, Memoirist
Kingsley Tufts Award

Hisham Matar

Pulitzer Prize-winning Memoirist
Acclaimed Libyan Novelist

Heather McHugh

MacArthur "Genius" Award
Distinguished Poet

Claudia Rankine

NYT Bestselling Author
NBCCA & Forward Prize

George Saunders

NYT Bestselling Writer
Booker Prize Winner

Philip Schultz

Pulitzer Prize winning Poet
Acclaimed Memoirst

Charles Simic

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

Michael Thomas

Novelist & Memoirist
IMPAC Dublin Award

Natasha Trethewey

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