Speakers

Luisa Igloria

Luisa A. Igloria, author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts, a co-recipient of the 2020 Crab Orchard Poetry Open, thirteen other books of poetry, and four chapbooks, is originally from …

Judith Heumann

Judith Heumann, author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, is an internationally recognized leader in disability rights advocacy at home and abroad, serving in the …

Catherine Coleman Flowers

Catherine Coleman Flowers, author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice and the rural development manager …

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, author of Before the Ever After, is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2014 National Book Award-winning memoir in verse, Brown Girl …

John Grisham

John Grisham is the author of thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. He is a longtime member of the Board …

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin, author of A Song for the Dark Times and dozens of other bestselling novels in the John Rebus series and others, has received the Chandler-Fulbright Award; four Crime …

Kerri Arsenault

Kerri Arsenault, author of Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains, serves on the National Book Critics Circle board, is the reviews editor at Orion magazine, and contributing editor at Lit …

Vashti Harrison

Vashti Harrison, author-illustrator of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, is an artist and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She …

Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar, author of Homeland Elegies, is a novelist and playwright. His work has been published and performed in over two dozen languages. He is the winner of the Pulitzer …

Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee. Her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has …

Rumaan Alam

Rumaan Alam, author of Leave the World Behind, studied writing at Oberlin College. His other novels are Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His writing has also appeared …

Megha Majumdar

Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning, was born and raised in Kolkata, India. She moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, followed by graduate school in …

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