Chris Abani

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Nigerian-born Poet

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

NYT Bestselling Novelist
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Nuar Alsadir

Award-winning Poet, Essayist
Psychoanalyst

Anastacia-Reneé

Author, Educator, Interdisciplinary Artist
Award-winning Poet

Raymond Antrobus

Rathbone Folio Prize
Communication, Connection, Cultural Inheritance

Samiya Bashir

Acclaimed Poet
Oregon Book Award

Destiny O. Birdsong

Award-winning Novelist & Poet
2021 PEN/Voelcker Award Longlist

Eula Biss

NYT Bestselling Author
National Book Critics Circle Award

Brian Broome

Award-winning Memoirist
Punch Me Up to the Gods

Jericho Brown

Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
The Tradition

Mahogany L. Browne

Poet, Performer & Organizer
Black Girl Magic

Gabriel Bump

Acclaimed Novelist
Everywhere You Don't Belong

Tina Chang

Acclaimed American Poet
Race, Culture, Identity

Marilyn Chin

Poet, Novelist, Translator
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award

Kwame Dawes

Ghana-born Jamaican Poet
Novelist and Essayist
Windham Campbell Prize Winner

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Interdisciplinary Poet and Sound Artist
Whiting Award

Bryan Doerries

Theater of War Productions
Translator of Ancient Greek

Anaïs Duplan

Award-winning Poet & Essayist
Whiting Award

Safia Elhillo

Award-winning Poet
Arab American Book Award
National Book Award Longlist

Tarfia Faizullah

Poet & Translator
Pushcart Prize-winning Author

Kimiko Hahn

Acclaimed Poet & Teacher
Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Nathalie Handal

Arab American Book Award
Dislocation, Home & Exile

Terrance Hayes

MacArthur "Genius" Award
National Book Award

Major Jackson

Acclaimed Author
Host of The Slowdown
Roll Deep

Douglas Kearney

National Book Award Longlist
Race, Culture & Identity

Michael Kleber-Diggs

Award-winning Author
Max Ritvo Poetry Prize

Dawn Lundy Martin

Poet, Critic, Memoirist
Kingsley Tufts Award

Rajiv Mohabir

Indo-Carribbean Poet
Memoir: Antiman

John Murillo

Award-winning Poet
Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Ladan Osman

Somali-born Poet
Gender & Displacement

Patrick Phillips

Poet & Nonfiction Writer
Blood at the Root

Deesha Philyaw

Award-winning Writer
Black Queer Intersectionality

Claudia Rankine

NYT Bestselling Author
NBCCA & Forward Prize

Bushra Rehman

Award-winning Novelist & Poet
Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Sapphire

Bestselling Novelist
Performance Poet

Nicole Sealey

Forward Prize
Former Executive Director of Cave Canem (2017-2019)

Tim Seibles

Acclaimed Poet
National Book Award Finalist

Charif Shanahan

Award-winning Poet
National Book Award Longlist
Lambda Literary Award Finalist

Matthew Shenoda

Award-winning Poet
American Book Award

Sun Yung Shin

Poet, Writer & Cultural Worker
Minnesota Book Award

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Writer, Curator, Artist
Lambda Literary Award

Danté Stewart

Acclaimed Memoirist
Belonging & Religion

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Award-winning Novelist & Critic
Black Queer Feminism

Michael Thomas

Novelist & Memoirist
IMPAC Dublin Award

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

Award-winning Fiction Author
PEN Open Book Award

Natasha Trethewey

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

Crystal Valentine

Poet, Educator & Activist
Nat’l Poetry Slam Finalist

Frank B. Wilderson III

Award-winning Author
Poet, Scholar, Activist

Tamara Winfrey-Harris

Acclaimed Writer
Dear Black Girl

Karen Tei Yamashita

Award-winning Author
Inheritance: Familial, Cultural, Artistic

Ibi Zoboi

Award-winning YA Novelist
National Book Award Finalist
American Street