Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released by Button Poetry in 2016, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was released to critical acclaim in November 2017 by Two Dollar Radio. His next projects are Go Ahead In The Rain, a book on A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No Mo', due out from Random House in 2020.
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.
Georgia Hardstark has enjoyed a successful career as a food writer and Cooking Channel on-camera personality, which began with the invention of the farcical cocktail, The McNuggetini. She went on to co-host a travel/adventure/party show called Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia, and a regular gig on Cooking Channel’s #1 show, Unique Sweets. She capped that off as a repeat guest narrator on Comedy Central’s hit show Drunk History.
Known for her biting wit and musical prowess, Karen Kilgariff has been a staple in the comedy world for decades. As a performer, she has appeared on Mr. Show, The Book Group and Conan. She was the head writer for the first five years of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, then transitioned to scripted, writing for shows like Other Space, Portlandia, and Baskets. Her musical comedy album Live At The Bootleg was included in Vulture's Top 9 of 2014 and in Stitcher's Top 11 of 2014.
Erin Morgenstern is a writer and a multimedia artist, who describes all her work as “fairy tales in one way or another.” She lives in Massachusetts.
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. She is the author of three books, including the forthcoming Brave, Not Perfect, scheduled for release in February 2019 by Currency, New York Times bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, and Women Who Don't Wait In Line. Reshma began her career as an attorney and activist. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She has served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, as well as the Board for She Should Run. Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School. She's been named one of Fortune's 40 Under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, a Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education winner, Forbes's Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, and Crain's New York 40 Under 40.
Dr. Robert G. (Rob) DelCampo, is the inaugural Executive Director of the University of New Mexico Innovation Academy and current Interim Dean of University College at the University of New Mexico. Rob has overseen many successes, including a very successful Hispanic Leadership Development Program in collaboration with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. Rob’s teaching expertise is in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, and his extensive research focuses on the underrepresented members of the workforce, generational issues at work, work-family conflict, turnover and psychological contracts. He has authored seven books and published or presented over 75 papers. Rob has been recognized for his work and commitment to the community being named to Albuquerque Business First’s “40 Under 40” and as one of Albuquerque The Magazine’s “15 People Who Will Change Albuquerque."
Alden Mills is a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commander, and was the CEO of Perfect Fitness, one of the fastest growing companies in America. A longtime entrepreneur with more than forty patents, and more than twenty-five years of experience working with high-performing teams, he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His upcoming Unstoppable Teams will be published by HarperBusiness in March 2019.
Paula Taylor, M.S., is a fashion and retail industry executive, event producer, author, visual merchandiser, and consultant. Taylor owns and operates Paula Taylor Productions, which produces local, national, and international fashion shows as well as pop-up shops, trunk shows, and refined events. Taylor maintains an active international consulting business in retail management, visual merchandising, and brand development. Her career has included traditional and nontraditional visual merchandising for nationally branded retail stores, independent boutiques, and pop-up shops around the globe. Taylor spent eight years at the Art Institute of Tucson as an adjunct professor in fashion design, retail management, and visual merchandising and marketing programs. She trained with Neiman Marcus designer Pejji Goldin, owned and operated two retail boutiques, and spent some time as a regional sales manager for Bill Blass in New York. She lives in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona.
Heidi Barnes ran her family's Bar Harbor, Maine inn for years, which inspired The Bellman and her upcoming The Bellman's Secret (Rare Bird Books, November 2018). She has lived around the world, including Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, and Canada―and now resides in Los Angeles, California. She enjoys outdoor activities, loves animals, and is a devoted mother of three. The Bellman's Secret is her second novel.
Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed young-adult title Lucky Strikes, and his upcoming Courting Mr. Lincoln will be published by Algonquin Books in April 2019. He lives in Washington, DC, and teaches at George Washington University. Visit him online at louisbayard.com.
Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, and the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir Positive as well as Tim Howard's national bestseller The Keeper. Her upcoming The Next Great Paulie Fink will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in April 2019. She lives near Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color. Her debut collection WWhite Dancing Elephants will be released on October 9, 2018, by Dzanc Books and is available for pre-order now. She has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference scholarship and Henfield award for her writing. Follow her on Twitter at @chayab77 including for upcoming readings and events.
Sarah Blake is the author of the novels Grange House and the New York Times bestseller The Postmistress. Her upcoming The Guest Book will be published by Flatiron Books in May 2019. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two sons.
Tanya Boteju is an English teacher and writer living on unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, Canada). She believes feminism, diversity, committed educators, sassy students, and hot mugs of tea will save the day. She is also grateful for her patient wife who builds her many bookshelves! Tanya may have been a drag king in her well-spent youth and knows that the queer community is full of magic and wonder. With Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens (Simon Pulse, May 2019) she hopes she’s brought some of that magic to those who need it most.
Randy Boyagoda's most recent novel, Beggar’s Feast, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Oshawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife and four children. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael’s College. His upcoming Original Prin will be published by Biblioasis in May 2019.
Michael P. Branch is a writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, and desert rat who lives with his wife and two young daughters at 6,000 feet in the remote western Great Basin Desert. His work includes eight published books, one of which is the Pulitzer Prize–nominated John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa. He has three recent books: Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness, Rants from the Hill: On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert, and The Best Read Naturalist: Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (co-edited with Clinton Mohs). His most recent is How to Cuss in Western (Roost Books, August 2018).
Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including How To Walk Away, Happiness for Beginners, The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, Get Lucky, and The Lost Husband. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, among others, as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH, and My Parents Were Awesome. Her upcoming Things You Save in a Fire will be published by St. Martin's Press in August 2019. Katherine is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.
Chip Cheek’s stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Washington Square, and other journals and anthologies. He has been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Writers’ Workshop, and the Vermont Studio Center, as well as an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. Cape May, which is his debut novel, will be published by Celadon Books in April 2019. He lives in El Segundo, California, with his wife and baby daughter.
Susan Choi is the author of the novels My Education, American Woman, A Person of Interest, and The Foreign Student. Her work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. With David Remnick, she co-edited Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. Her upcoming Trust Exercise will be published by Henry Holt and Co. in April 2019. She’s received NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships. She lives in Brooklyn.
With more than seventy million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous suspense novels, including Don't Let Go, Home, and Fool Me Once, as well as the multi-award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His upcoming Run Away will be published by Grand Central Publishing in March 2019.His books are published in forty-three languages around the globe and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.
Julia Collin Davison is the host of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country and leads the recipe development team for America's Test Kitchen's cookbooks. She began working as a test cook for Cook's Illustrated in 1999 and is an original cast member of both television shows. Julia holds an A.O.S. from the Culinary Institute of America and a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from SUNY Albany and worked in Albany, the Berkshires, San Francisco, and Napa Valley at several restaurants, catering companies, schools, and wineries.
Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle, WA. The House Girl, her first novel, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into 8 languages. Before turning to fiction, Tara worked for an international human rights organization and as a litigator at a corporate law firm in London and New York. Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Her upcoming The Last Romantics will be published by William Morrow in February 2019. Tara was born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and grew up in western Massachusetts. She holds a BA in history from Yale University, a JD from New York University School of Law and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School (Tufts University).
Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, author, and the recipient of several awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism. He is the author of the international bestseller The German Girl, which is published in thirteen languages. His upcoming The Daughter's Tale will be published by Atria Books in May 2019. He lives in New York City with his partner and their three children. Visit ArmandoLucasCorrea.com.
Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels, including The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. He has won five African American Literary Awards and is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Connecticut. His upcoming graphic novel, New Kid will be published by HarperCollins in February 2019. Visit him online at jerrycraft.com.
Jennifer Croft is the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her translation of Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. She is the recipient of Fulbright, PEN, MacDowell, and National Endowment for the Arts grants and fellowships, as well as the inaugural Michael Henry Heim Prize for Translation. She holds a PhD from Northwestern University and an MFA from the University of Iowa. She is a founding editor of The Buenos Aires Review and has published her own work and numerous translations in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, VICE, n+1, Electric Literature, and many others. Her memoir, Homesick, is forthcoming Fall 2019 from Unnamed Press.
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2016, his stories and essays have appeared in Narrative, Catapult, Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. His upcoming Any Other Place: Stories will be published by Blair in April 2019. He teaches creative writing at Denison University.
Dana L. Davis is an African American actress who lives and works in LA. She has starred in Heroes, Prom Night, Franklin & Bash, and 10 Things I Hate About You. Dana is a classically trained violinist and the founder of the Los Angeles based non-profit Culture for Kids LA, which provides inner city children free tickets and transportation to attend performing arts shows around LA county. She currently appears in the animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now is her first novel. Her sophomore novel The Voice in My Head will be published in May 2019 by Inkyard Press. You can visit her at danaldavis.com or follow @DanaLDavis
Jennifer Donnelly is the author of numerous bestselling, award-winning novels including Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, Revolution, The Waterfire Saga, the Tea Rose series, and A Northern Light, which was awarded a Printz honor, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Carnegie medal. Her upcoming Stepsister will be published by Scholastic Press in May 2019.
Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths and legends, and fostered in her an ambition to one day write her own. The Storm Keeper's Island (Bloomsbury Children's Books, January 2019) is her debut middle-grade novel and was inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island (where her grandparents grew up), and the adventures of her many sea-faring ancestors. After living in Dublin City for two years, Catherine is now based in Galway but spends a lot of her time in the US and London.
Bob Eckstein is an award-winning illustrator, writer, New Yorker cartoonist, snowman expert, and author of the New York Times bestselling Footnotes from the Greatest Bookstores (Clarkson Potter) and The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster). His cartoons, OpEds, and short stories appear regularly in the New York Times, New York Daily News, MAD magazine, and Barron’s among many others. He was a columnist for the Village Voice, New York Newsday, and Time Out New York. He has been interviewed in over 100 TV, radio, and magazine spots. His upcoming The Illustrated History of the Snowman will be published by Globe Pequot Press in September 2018.
Caroline Fraser is the editor of the Library of America edition of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, and the author of Rewilding the World, God’s Perfect Child, and the recent Prairie Fires (Metropolitan Books, 2017). Her writing has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, and the London Review of Books, among other publications. She lives in New Mexico.
Hugo Award-winner Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and The Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog. Their most recent fiction credits include Fireside Fiction, Tor.com, and Uncanny Magazine. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was published in 2017 via Tor.com and was a 2018 Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Their upcoming Magic for Liars will be published by Tor Books in June 2019. You can find links to their work at www.sarahgailey.com; find them on social media @gaileyfrey.
Stephanie Garber is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary. The third and final book in the series, Finale, will be published by Flatiron Books in May 2019. Garber grew up in Northern California, where she was often compared to Anne Shirley, Jo March, and other fictional characters with wild imaginations and stubborn streaks. You can find her on Twitter at @SGarberGirl and on Instagram at @Stephanie_Garber.
Lamar is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and a two-time Edgar Award finalist in the YA category: for his debut YA thriller Fake ID (HarperCollins, 2014), and his second YA thriller, Endangered (HarperCollins, 2015). His third, Overturned (Scholastic, 2017), recently received a glowing New York Times review. He is the author of the upcoming YA novel, Spin (Scholastic, 2019). Lamar is a contributor to the YA anthology Three Sides of a Heart (HarperCollins, 2017) and the editor of the forthcoming We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology Fresh Ink (Penguin Random House, 2018). He resides in Virginia with his wife.
Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down the Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into fourteen languages. Since then she has written nine other books, including the novel Banana Rose. Natalie is also a prolific painter and her book Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World, describes painting as her second art form, and Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press), contains forty poems, twenty of her paintings in color and an essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.” She has recently written a memoir Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home (Shambhala Publications, June 2018). Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last thirty years. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico. Visit her at nataliegoldberg.com.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column for the Atlantic. A contributing editor for the Atlantic, she also writes for the New York Times Magazine, and is a sought-after expert on relationships, parenting, and hot-button mental health topics in media such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dr. Phil, CNN, and NPR. Her upcoming Maybe You Should Talk to Someone will be published by Houghton Mifflin in April 2019. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more at LoriGottlieb.com or by following her @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.
Massoud Hayoun is a journalist based in Los Angeles, most recently freelancing for Al Jazeera English and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown online while writing a weekly column on foreign affairs for Pacific Standard. He previously worked as a reporter for Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, Agence France-Presse, and The South China Morning Post and has been published widely. He speaks and works in five languages and won a 2015 EPPY Award. The author of the forthcoming When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History (The New Press, June 2019), he lives in Los Angeles.
Born in New York City but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. She returned to the United States to study at the University of Rochester, where she received the Dean's Prize in fiction and an Honors English degree. Her debut, The Devouring Gray, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in April 2019. Currently, Christine and her books reside in a Brooklyn apartment, along with her partner, many plants, and their extremely spoiled cat. She can be found talking about her writing @christineexists or at christinelynnherman.com.
Carlos Hernandez has published more than thirty works for fiction, poetry, and drama, most notably a book of short stories for adults entitled The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria. His upcoming middle grade book, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, will be published by Rick Riordan Presents in March 2019. Carlos is an English professor at City University of New York, and he loves to both play games and design them. He lives with his wife, Claire, in Queens, New York. Follow him on Twitter: @WriteTeachPlay.
Lucy Ives is the author of the novel Impossible Views of the World. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The Baffler, and Granta, among others and for five years she was an editor with the online magazine Triple Canopy. A graduate of Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she holds a PhD in comparative literature from New York University. She currently teaches in the Image Text interdisciplinary MFA program at Ithaca College, as well as at NYU's Center for Experimental Humanities, and is editing a collection of writings by the artist Madeline Gins. Her upcoming Loudermilk will be published by Soft Skull Press in May 2019.
Kosoko Jackson was born and raised in the DC metro area, where he works as a digital media strategist for a nonprofit organization. A vocal champion of diversity in YA literature, he is currently the social media manager for Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology. A Place for Wolves is his first novel and will be published in April 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire. Follow him on Twitter @KosokoJackson.
Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels of historical fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers The Kommandant's Girl and The Orphan's Tale. Jenoff's novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She holds a bachelor's degree in international affairs from George Washington University, a master's degree in history from Cambridge, and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law at Rutgers University. Her upcoming The Lost Girls of Paris will be published February 2019 by Park Row Books. You can visit her at pamjenoff.com or follow her @PamJenoff on Twitter.
Mary Beth Keane was born in the Bronx to Irish parents and grew up in Rockland County, New York. She attended Barnard College and the University of Virginia, where she received an MFA in Fiction. In 2011, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35,” and in 2015 she was awarded a John S. Guggenheim fellowship for fiction writing. She currently lives in Pearl River, New York with her husband and their two sons. She is the author of The Walking People, Fever, and her upcoming Ask Again, Yes which will be published by Scribner in June 2019.
Sabina Khan writes about Muslim teens who straddle cultures. Her upcoming The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali will be published by Scholastic Press in Jamuary 2019. She was born in Germany, spent her teens in Bangladesh, and lived in Macao, Illinois, and Texas before settling down in British Columbia with her husband, two daughters, and the best puppy in the world. Visit her online at sabina-khan.com.
Bill Konigsberg is the author of five books for young adults, most recently Honestly Ben. His upcoming The Music of What Happend will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books in January 2019. His books have won awards including the Stonewall Book Award, the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and the Lambda Literary Award. Bill lives in Chandler, Arizona with his husband Chuck and their two Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford. Please visit him online at billkonigsberg.com and @billkonigsberg.
Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. Pie in the Sky is her debut middle-grade novel, and will be published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in May 2019. Follow Remy on Twitter @Remy_Lai.
Jody J. Little is a third-grade teacher who loves sharing her joy of books and reading with her students. She lives in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon with her family and an immortal pet rabbit. Mostly the Honest Truth is her first novel, and will be published by Harper in March 2019. Visit her On Facebook @jodyjlittleauthor or follow her on Twitter @jodyjlittle.
Benjamin Markovits grew up mostly in Texas. He left an unpromising career as a professional basketball player to study the Romantics – an experience he wrote about in Playing Days, a novel. Since then he has taught high school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine, and written essays, stories and reviews for, among other publications, The New York Times, Granta, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and The Paris Review. He has published seven novels, his most recent novel, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, set in Detroit, was widely praised. Granta selected him as one of the Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. Markovits lives in London and is married, with a daughter and a son. He teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. His upcoming A Weekend in New York will be published by Faber & Faber in February 2019.
Meredith May spent sixteen years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where her narrative reporting won the PEN USA Literary Award for Journalism and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. She is co-author of I, Who Did Not Die, about a child soldier who risked his life to rescue a wounded enemy fighter during the Iran-Iraq War. She is a fifth-generation beekeeper and lives in San Francisco, where she keeps several hives in a community garden. Her memoir The Honey Bus will be published April 2019 by Park Row Books. You can visit her at meredithamay.net or follow her @MeredithMaySF.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of six books, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry (stories), The Giant’s House (a National Book Award finalist), Niagara Falls All Over Again, the memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, and Thunderstruck & Other Stories (winner of the 2014 Story Prize, long-listed for the National Book Award), three of which were New York Times Notable Books, as well as the forthcoming Bowlaway (Ecco, February 2019). She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mindy McGinnis is the author of Not a Drop to Drink and its companion, In a Handful of Dust, as well as This Darkness Mine, The Female of the Species, Given to the Sea, and the Edgar Award-winning novel A Madness So Discreet. While her settings may change, you can always count on Mindy’s books to deliver grit, truth, and an unflinching look at humanity and the world around us. You can visit her online at www.mindymcginnis.com.
Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He received an MFA from the University of Arizona and is the author of the short story collection Twitching Heart. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. Barely Missing Everything is his debut young adult novel, and will be published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books in March 2019. You can visit him at MattMendez.com.
Maya Motayne decided to be a writer when she was four years old and hasn’t stopped writing since. She lives in New York City where she pursues her passions of petting as many dogs as possible and buying purses based on whether or not they can fit a big book in them. Nocturna is her first novel, and will be published by Balzer + Bray in May 2019.
Mary Norris is the author of the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, a memoir of her over thirty years working in The New Yorker's celebrated copy department. Her upcoming Greek to Me will be published by WW Norton in April 2019. Originally from Cleveland, she lives in New York.
Rosanne Parry is the author of the acclaimed novels Heart of a Shepherd, Second Fiddle, and Written in Stone. Her upcoming middle grade book, A Wolf Called Wander, will be published by Greenwillow Books in May 2019. She has taught writing at schools, conferences, educational nonprofits, and online at the Loft Literary Center. She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her back yard.
Sheryl Paul, MA, has guided thousands of people worldwide through her private practice, bestselling books, online courses, and website. Her upcoming The Wisdom of Anxiety will be published by Sounds True in May 2019. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons. For more, see conscious-transitions.com.
Helen Phillips is the author of, most recently, the novel The Need (Simon & Schuster, July 2019). Her collection Some Possible Solutions received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the NYPL Young Lions Award. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy was named a notable collection by The Story Prize. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel Here Where The Sunbeams Are Green. Helen has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, and Tin House, and on Selected Shorts. She is an associate professor at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, artist Adam Douglas Thompson, and their children. Visit HelenCPhillips.com.
Lara Prior-Palmer was born in London in 1994. She studied conceptual history and Persian at Stanford University. In 2013, she competed in the 1,000-kilometer Mongol Derby in Mongolia, sometimes described as the world's toughest and longest horse race, and became the first woman to win the race, and the youngest person ever to finish. Rough Magic is her first book, and will be published by Catapult in May 2019.
Margaret Renkl is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Proximity, and River Teeth, among others. She serves as editor of Chapter 16, the daily literary publication of Humanities Tennessee, and is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Carolina. Her upcoming Late Migrations will be published by Milkweed Editions in July 2019. She lives in Nashville.
Nina Revoyr is the author of five previous novels, including The Age of Dreaming, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Southland, a Los Angeles Times best seller and “Best Book” of 2003; and Wingshooters, which won an Indie Choice Booksellers Award and was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.” Revoyr lives and works in Los Angeles. A Student of History, which will be published by Akashic Books in March 2019, is her latest novel.
Justin A. Reynolds has been a pest control operator, night security guard, steel mill janitor, NASA intern, salesman of high-end faucet fixtures, and carpet-flooring installer. He was most recently a registered nurse, before trading his stethoscope for a pencil, but he likes to think both instruments reveal the heart. He lives in northeast Ohio, home to snow, Lake Erie, and the Cavaliers. Opposite of Always is his first book, and will be published by Katherine Tegen Books in March 2019. You can visit Justin at justinareynolds.com.
Kim Michele Richardson was born in Kentucky and resides part-time in Western North Carolina. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child and a book critic for the New York Journal of Books. Her novels include Liar’s Bench, GodPretty in the Tobacco Field and The Sisters of Glass Ferry. Her fourth novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, is inspired by the brave women of the Pack Horse Library Project and will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark in May 2019.
Matt Richtel has been a reporter at The New York Times since 2000. He won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series that exposed the pervasive risks of distracted driving and its root causes, prompting widespread reform. He is the author of A Deadly Wandering, which the New York Times Book Review declared, "deserves a spot next to Fast Food Nation and To Kill a Mockingbird in America's high school curriculums"; it was named a "best book of the year" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus Reviews, and Winnipeg Free Press. He has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air, PBS Newshour, and other major media outlets. His upcoming An Elegant Defense will be published by William Morrow in March 2019. He lives in San Francisco, California.
James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the author of Half Upon a Time, Twice Upon a Time, and Once Upon the End as well as the Story Thieves series. His upcoming The Revenge of Magic will be published by Aladdin in March 2019.
Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California, in 1986. He grew up in a small one bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at The California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded the Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. His upcoming Another will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in March 2019. He presently lives in Northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the Aurora Borealis. Visit him online at TheArtofFun.com.
Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Enchantment of Ravens and the upcoming sequel, Sorcery of Thorns (Margaret K. McElderry, May 2019). She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.
Abbigail N. Rosewood was born in Vietnam, where she lived until the age of twelve. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. An excerpt from her first novel, If I Had Two Lives (Europa Editions, April 2019), won first place in the Writers Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction Contest. She lives in New York.
Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by Palestinian immigrants. She has a Masters of Arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and English Composition and teaches college English and Literature in North Carolina, where she lives with her two children. Etaf also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans, which has over 160,000 followers, and is also a Book of the Month Club Ambassador. Her favorite author is Sylvia Plath. A Woman Is No Man, which will be published by Harper in February 2019, is her first novel.
Stephen Savage is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose accolades include a New York Times Best Illustrated Book (Polar Bear Night) and a Geisel Honor (Supertruck). His picture book Polar Bear Night was a New York Times bestseller. His upcoming The Babysitter from Another Planet will be published by Neal Porter Books in February 2019. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Whitney Scharer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She's received an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Age of Light, which will be published by Little, Brown and Company in February 2019, is her first novel.
Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows―some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern California. His upcoming The Crown Lord will be published by Rare Bird Books in November 2018.
Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney, Australia, and now lives in Seattle, Washington. He’s the author of the novels The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Bright and Distant Shores, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, and The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Texas Monthly, and The Australian. His upcoming The Electric Hotel will be published by Sarach Crichton Books in June 2019. He has been a recipient of literature grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts, and teaches writing in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
Mirabai Starr is known internationally for her unique gift of making timeless wisdom accessible to contemporary seekers. She is the author of God of Love (Monkfish, 2012), Caravan of No Despair (Sounds True, 2015), and other acclaimed works. Her upcoming Wild Mercy will be published by Sounds True in April 2019. She lives in New Mexico. For more information, visit mirabaistarr.com.
Llama Destroys the World, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Jonathan Stutzman is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. His short films have screened at film festivals all over the world and on television, and he is a contributing writer to the bestselling collection The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories. His upcoming picture books, Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug and Llama Destroys the World will be published (respectively) by Chronicle Books in March 2019 and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in June 2019. He received his masters at Temple University for Film & Media Arts. Jonathan loves reading, traveling, creating, and thinking about all sorts of strange and nerdy things. Jonathan lives in the wilds of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and as you read this, he is probably writing something new.
Erika Swyler's first novel, The Book of Speculation, was one of BuzzFeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her writing has appeared in Catapult Story, VIDA, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and a mischievous rabbit. Her upcoming Light from Other Stars will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2019.
Samantha R. Vamos is the author of Alphabet Boats, Alphabet Trains, Alphabet Trucks (all illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke), The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, illustrated by Rafael López–the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustration Honor recipient–its companion book, The Piñata That The Farm Maiden Hung, illustrated by Sebastià Serra, and Before You Were Here, Mi Amor, illustrated by Santiago Cohen. Samantha previously worked as an attorney, practicing in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. She was born in the Midwest, grew up on the east coast, and lived in the Pacific Northwest before moving to the Bay Area with her husband, son, and their rescue puppy, Bowie.
Annie Ward has a BA in English Literature from UCLA and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship and An Escape to Create Artists residency. She lives in Kansas with her family. Her upcoming novel Beautiful Bad will be published March 2019 by Park Row Books.
De’Shawn Charles Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and in 2003 moved to Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2017 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and holds a BFA in creative writing and an MA in English literature from Brooklyn College. He has received scholarships from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He still lives in Brooklyn. His debut, In West Mills, will be published by Bloomsbury in June 2019.