Ellen Bass

Award-winning Poet
Lambda Lit Award

Mahogany L. Browne

Poet, Performer & Organizer
Black Girl Magic

Tina Chang

Acclaimed American Poet
Race, Culture, Identity

Marilyn Chin

Award-winning Poet & Author

Natashia Deón

Acclaimed Novelist
Immigration Attorney

Carol Ann Duffy

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

Camille Dungy

Award-winning Poet
Acclaimed Essayist & Critic

Katja Esson

Documentary Filmmaker
Poetry of Resilience

Tarfia Faizullah

Award-winning Poet & Writer

Aminatta Forna

Award-winning Novelist
Acclaimed Memoirist

Natalie Goldberg

Bestselling Author & Poet
Writing Down The Bones

Sara Gruen

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Water for Elephants

Joy Harjo

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

Pam Houston

Acclaimed Novelist
Animals, Outdoors, Nature

Marie Howe

Acclaimed Poet
NYS Poet Laureate (2014)

Vanessa Hua

Acclaimed Novelist
Immigration Issues

Alka Joshi

NYT Bestselling Novelist
The Henna Artist

Keetje Kuipers

Award-winning Poet
Culture, Identity, Motherhood

Akil Kumarasamy

Award-winning Author

Deborah Landau

Acclaimed Poet
The Uses of the Body

Dawn Lundy Martin

Poet, Critic, Memoirist
Kingsley Tufts Award

Honor Moore

Memoirst, Biographer, Poet
Bishop's Daughter

Eileen Myles

Acclaimed Poet and Novelist
Lambda Pioneer Award

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Asian-American Poet
Barnes & Noble Book of 2020

Alicia Ostriker

Distinguished Poet
Jewish Book Award

Molly Peacock

Acclaimed Poet
Memoir, Biography, Essay

Torrey Peters

NYT Bestselling Novelist
Detransition, Baby

Deesha Philyaw

Award-winning Writer
Black Queer Intersectionality

Casey Plett

Award-winning Fiction & Short Story Writer
Lambda Literary Award Winner

Katha Pollitt

Poet, Essayist, Writer
PRO: Abortion Rights

Maya C. Popa

Romanian-American Poet
North American Book Prize

Francine Prose

NYT Bestselling Author
Fiction, Nonfiction, Essay

Roxana Robinson

Acclaimed Novelist & Biographer
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life

Sapphire

Bestselling Novelist
Performance Poet

Nicole Sealey

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

Emily Skillings

Acclaimed Poet & Teacher
Feminist Intertextualities

Maggie Smith

Award-winning Poet
Good Bones (viral poem)

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

Award-winning Fiction Writer & Critic
Black Queer Feminism

Shruti Swamy

Acclaimed Fiction Writer
O'Henry 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