Chris Abani

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Nigerian-born Poet

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Bestselling Fiction Writer
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

Samiya Bashir

Acclaimed Poet
Finalist Lambda Lit 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

Award-winning Poet & Author

Kwame Dawes

Ghana-born Jamaican Poet
Novelist and Essayist

Bryan Doerries

Theater of War Productions
Translator of Ancient Greek

Anaïs Duplan

Award-winning Poet & Essayist
2022 Whiting Award-winner

Percival Everett

Acclaimed Novelist
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Nathalie Handal

Arab American Book Award
Dislocation, Home & Exile

Terrance Hayes

MacArthur "Genius" Award
National Book Award

Major Jackson

Acclaimed Poet
Roll Deep

Douglas Kearney

National Book Award Longlist
Race, Culture & Identity

Michael Kleber-Diggs

Award-winning Poet

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 Winner

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

Sapphire

Bestselling Novelist
Performance Poet

Nicole Sealey

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

Tim Seibles

Acclaimed Poet
Nat'l Book Award Finalist

Danté Stewart

Acclaimed Memoirist
Belonging & Religion

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Award-winning Fiction Writer & Critic
Black Queer Feminism

Michael Thomas

Novelist & Memoirist
IMPAC Dublin Award

Natasha Trethewey

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

Crystal Valentine

Poet, Educator & Activist
Nat’l Poetry Slam Finalist

Tamara Winfrey-Harris

Acclaimed Writer
Dear Black Girl

Karen Tei Yamashita

Award-winning Author

Ibi Zoboi

Award-winning YA Novelist