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 35 countries, is the author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted 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, shortlisted 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 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 nonprofit 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; the 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 became the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She has served as deputy public advocate for New York City and ran for public advocate in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, and the Board for She Should Run. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School, Reshma has 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, one of Forbes' Most Powerful Women Changing the World, in Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People, and one of Crain's New York 40 Under 40.
A true child of La Frontera, Chávez’s books include A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture, Loving Pedro Infante, Face of An Angel, The Last of the Menu Girls, and a children’s book, La Mujer Que Sabía El Idioma de Los Animales/The Woman Who Knew the Language of the Animals. The King and Queen of Comezón (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014) won the 2015 International Latino Book Award in Fiction and the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Fiction Award. Chávez and her husband, photographer Daniel Zolinsky, co-own Casa Camino Real--a multicultural bookstore, art, and community center--on the Historic Camino Real, and they are developing MUSEO DE LA GENTE, a Borderland Resource Center, to preserve, document and celebrate the story, art, and literature of the Southwestern U.S and México. Chávez is a founding member of the ABA’s Diversity Task Force.
Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several non-fiction books and the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and The Tale Teller (Harper, April 2019) is her fifth novel.
Layli Long Soldier is the author of WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Mary Oishi’s most recent book of poetry, co-written with her daughter, Aja Oishi, is Rock Paper Scissors (Swimming With Elephants Publications, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2018 New Mexico Arizona Book Award. She was one of 12 U.S. poets translated in 12 Poetas: Antologia De Nuevos Poetas Estadounidenses (La Herrata Feliz and MarEsCierto, 2017), a project funded by the Mexican Secretariat of Culture, and is one of two New Mexico poets featured on the New Mexico Women in the Arts website. She is currently working on a series of children’s books and a memoir, The Little Jap That Lillie Raised, the story of her early life being a mixed heritage child raised by the KKK in rural Pennsylvania. In addition to being a poet, Oishi is a more than 20-year veteran of public radio, both on-air and behind the scenes.
Douglas Preston worked as a writer and editor for the American Museum of Natural History and taught writing at Princeton University. He has written for the New Yorker, Natural History, National Geographic, Harper's, Smithsonian, and The Atlantic. The author of several acclaimed nonfiction books—including the bestseller The Monster of Florence—Preston is also the co-author with Lincoln Child of the bestselling series of novels featuring FBI agent Pendergast.
Dr. Robert G. (Rob) DelCampo is the inaugural executive director of the University of New Mexico Innovation Academy, current interim dean of University College at the University of New Mexico, and has overseen the development of the 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. He was named to Albuquerque Business First’s “40 Under 40” and one of Albuquerque The Magazine’s “15 People Who Will Change Albuquerque."
Alden Mills is a three-time Navy SEAL platoon commande, and was the CEO of Perfect Fitness, one of the fastest-growing companies in America. A longtime entrepreneur with more than 40 patents, and more than 25 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, author, visual merchandiser, and consultant, and owns and operates Paula Taylor Productions, producing local, national, and international fashion shows as well as pop-up shops and trunk shows. She maintains an active international consulting business. Her career has included traditional and nontraditional visual merchandising for nationally branded retail stores, independent boutiques, and pop-up shops around the globe. She 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 served as a regional sales manager for Bill Blass in New York. She lives in the foothills of Tucson, Arizona.
Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She's a columnist for Literary Hub and her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her upcoming novel, Mostly Dead Things, will be published by Tin House in summer 2019.
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 in 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, D.C., and teaches at George Washington University. Visit him online at louisbayard.com.
Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author and a National Book Award Finalist for The Thing About Jellyfish, as well as the co-writer for HIV-positive teen Paige Rawl's coming-of-age memoir Positive and 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 whose work has been published in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Millions, and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color. Her debut collection, White Dancing Elephants was released on October 9, 2018, by Dzanc Books. She has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a Sewanee Writers Conference scholarship, and a Henfield award for her writing. Follow her on Twitter at @chayab77.
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).
Holly Brochmann is co-author of The Feel Better Book series, including the upcoming A Feel Better Book for Little Tears (Magination Press, June 2019), with her sister Lean Bowen, MEd, LCP, a therapist in private practice. Brochman works in public relations. She lives in Texas.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper CanyonPress, 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection is The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press, 2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The New Republic, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and other publications, as well as several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.
Scott Brown is a prolific writer of nonfiction, theater, and television. As a journalist and arts critic, he's worked for EW, New York, Wired, GQ, and Time magazines, among others, and was the recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He is the co-author/composer of Gutenberg! The Musical! and a bookwriter on two developing Broadway-bound musicals. In television, he wrote for the critically acclaimed drama Manhattan, and he is currently a writer and producer on HBO's Sharp Objects, from the novel by Gillian Flynn. His first book, XL, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers inMarch 2019. Learn more about Scott on Twitter at @scottstagedive.
Marcia Butler has had a number of creative careers: professional musician, interior designer, documentary filmmaker, and author. As an oboist, the New York Times hailed her as a “first rate artist.” Acclaimed interior designs include projects in New York City, Boston, and Miami. The Creative Imperative, her documentary film exploring the essence of creativity, will release in Spring 2019, and her memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017." Pickle’s Progress is her fiction debut and will be published by Central Avenue Publishing (distributed by IPG) in April 2019. She lives in New York City.
Chelsea Cain is the author of 12 books, including six New York Times bestselling Gretchen Lowell thrillers. Cain’s novel, One Kick, was turned into the 12-episode television series, Gone, starring Chris Noth and Leven Rambin, which debuted in the US in Fall 2019. Chelsea’s first comic book series, Mockingbird, was nominated for an Eisner for Best Writing and Best New Series. Her upcoming Man-Eaters Vol. 1 will be published by Image Comics in March 2019. Visit chelseacain.com for more info.
Candice Carty-Williams is a senior marketing executive at Vintage. In 2016, she created and launched the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, which aims to find, champion, and celebrate Black, Asian, and minority ethnic writers. She contributes regularly to Refinery29 and i-D, and her pieces have been shared globally, especially those about blackness and sexuality. Queenie (Scout Press, March 2019) is her first novel.
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 been featured in Redbook, People, and USA Today, among other publications, as well as the in 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.
Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard she earned an M.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the New Republic, among many other publications. Furious Hours is her first book, and will be published by Knopf in May 2019.
Chip Cheek’s stories have appeared in theSouthern 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 has won the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. She’s received NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellowships. 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 lives in Brooklyn.
With more than 70 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 award-winning Myron Bolitar series. His upcoming Run Away will be published by Grand Central Publishing in March 2019. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe and have been number-one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries.
Julia Collin Davison is the host and an original cast member of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. She leads the recipe development team for America's Test Kitchen's cookbooks, and began working as a test cook for Cook's Illustrated magazine in 1999. Julia holds an Associate's Degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a BA in psychology and philosophy from SUNY Albany. She has worked in Albany, the Berkshires, San Francisco, and Napa Valley at restaurants, catering companies, schools, and wineries.
Tara Conklin is a writer and former lawyer currently living with her family in Seattle. The House Girl, her first novel, was a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Next pick, Target book club pick, and has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Bristol Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories From Around the Globe. 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). The Last Romantics will be published by William Morrow in February 2019.
Armando Lucas Correa is an award-winning journalist, editor, and 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 13 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 from Unnamed Press in fall 2019.
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 Czapnik is a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction from The New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2017, she was awarded an Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Center for Fiction. Czapnik earned her MFA at Hunter College where she was recognized with a Hertog Fellowship. She’s spent most of her career on the editorial side of professional sports including stints at ESPN the Magazine, the United States Tennis Association, and the Arena Football League. Her debut novel, The Falconer will be published by Atria Books in January 2019. A native New Yorker, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.
Dana L. Davis is an African American actress who lives and works in Los Angeles. 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 nonprofit Culture for Kids LA, which provides inner-city children free tickets and transportation to attend performing arts shows around Los Angeles county. She currently appears in the animated series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now was 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 her on Twitter at @DanaLDavis.
Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her upcoming novel, Patsy, will be published by Liveright in June 2019. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn.
Rachel DeWoskin is the author of six books: Blind, Big Girl Small, Foreign Babes in Beijing, Repeat After Me, Someday We Will Fly, and Banshee, which is forthcoming from Dottir Press in June 2019. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, the Sunday Times Magazine of London, Teachers and Writers, and numerous anthologies. She spent her twenties in China as the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera, which became the basis for her memoir. DeWoskin is on the core fiction faculty at the University of Chicago, and is an affiliated faculty member of the Centers for East Asian Studies and Jewish Studies.
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), her debut middle-grade novel, 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 U.S. and London.
Georgia Dunn is a syndicated cartoonist and children’s and fantasy/sci-fi illustrator and author. She sells her watercolor and ink illustrations on Etsy, in brick and mortar shops, and to educational magazines and independent publications. He upcoming middle-grade comic collection, Lupin Leaps In, will be published by Andrews McMeel in March 2019.
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, op-eds, and short stories appear regularly in the New York Times, New York Daily News, MAD magazine, and Barron’s, among other publications. 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. The Illustrated History of the Snowman will be published by Globe Pequot Press in September 2018.
Kimi Eisele is a writer and multidisciplinary artist. Her writing has appeared in Orion, High Country News, Terrain.org, and Fourth Genre, and has covered art, the environment, health, culture, youth, and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She holds a master's degree in geography from the University of Arizona and has taught creative writing and dance in schools, communities, and institutions for two decades. Her upcoming The Lightest Object in the Universe will be published by Algonquin Books in July 2019. The recipient of numerous awards and residencies, she currently lives in Tucson and works for the Southwest Folklife Alliance.
Joshua M. Ferguson (Ph.D.) is a non-binary trans (they/them) filmmaker, writer, artist, and advocate. Their activism for non-binary legal recognition has contributed to policy changes in Canada; most notably, they made history in 2018 by receiving Ontario’s first non-binary birth certificate. Ferguson’s filmmaking includes the award-winning Whispers of Life (2013); Limina (2016), which was shown at festivals around the world and praised for its trans inclusivity; the queer love story Henry's Heart (2019); and the feature-length documentary They Are Joshua (2019). Their writing and advocacy efforts have been featured in international publications including HuffPost, VICE, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, OUT Magazine, NBC News, the Guardian, and the Toronto Star. Ferguson lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with their partner Florian. Me, Myself, They is their first book and will be published by Anansi in May 2019.
Hugo Award-winner Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and theBoston 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, and on Twitter and Instagram at @gaileyfrey.
Rivka Galchen is an award winning fiction writer and journalist, whose work appears often in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the London Review of Books and the New York Times. She is the author of three books: Atmospheric Disturbances (FSG, 2008), American Innovations (FSG 2014) and Little Labors (New Directions, 2016). She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Fellowship, The Berlin Prize and The William J Saroyan International Prize in Fiction. In 2010, she was named to the New Yorker’s list of 20 Writers Under 40. Rivka holds an MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Rat Rule 79 (Yonder: Restless Books for Young Readers, 2019) is her first book for young readers.
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 (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 14 languages. Since then, Natalie has written nine other books, including the novel Banana Rose. She is also a prolific painter, and her book Living Color: A Writer Paints Her World describes painting as her second art form; Top of My Lungs (Overlook Press), contains 40 poems, 20 of her paintings in color and the essay, “How Poetry Saved My Life.” Her memoir, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home, was published by Shambhala Publications in June 2018. Natalie has been teaching seminars in writing as a practice for the last 30 years. She currently lives in Northern New Mexico. Visit her at nataliegoldberg.com.
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and spent her childhood living in Holland; Istanbul, Turkey; Washington, D.C.; Berkeley, California; and Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from Wellesley College and spending some time as an advertising copywriter, she began writing family feature films, including Angels in the Outfield and Made in America. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Counting by 7s and Short, among other novels. Her upcoming To Night Owl From Dogfish, written with Meg Wolitzer, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers/Dutton’s Children’s Books in February 2019.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who writes the weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column 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 for 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 at @LoriGottlieb1 on Twitter.
Monique Gray Smith is Cree, Lakota, and Scottish and a proud mom of teenage twins. She is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her novel Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. She is the author of Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation and several other bestselling books for children. Her new novel for adults, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, was published by Second Story Press in September 2018. Monique and her family are blessed to live on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ people near Victoria, British Columbia.
Isabella Hammad was born in London. She won the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction for her story “Mr. Can’aan.” Her writing has appeared in Conjunctions and the Paris Review. The Parisian, which will be published by Grove Press in April 2019, is her first novel.
Massoud Hayoun, a journalist based in Los Angeles, was 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. He speaks and works in five languages and won a 2015 EPPY Award. He is the author of the forthcoming When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History (The New Press, June 2019).
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 on Twitter at @christineexists or at christinelynnherman.com.
Carlos Hernandez has published more than 30 works for fiction, poetry, and drama, most notably a book of short stories for adults titled 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.
Ian Hoffman, along with his wife Sarah Hoffman (who has written for Cookie, Babble, and The San Francisco Chronicle), is co-author of the often banned book Jacob’s New Dress, which School Library Journal praised by saying, “Warm cartoon illustrations convey the mood well and offer readers visual clues to the cruelty, teasing, and struggle with self-acceptance that can occur when children are different from their peers… Encourage[s] discussions of gender, identity, and self-confidence.” The Hoffmans live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two children. Jacob's Room to Choose, which will be published by Magination Press in May 2019, is their second book. Visit sarahandianhoffman.com.
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 other publications, 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 D.C. 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 at @KosokoJackson.
Pierre Jarawan was born in 1985 to a Lebanese father and a German mother and moved to Germany with his family at the age of three. Inspired by his father’s imaginative bedtime stories, he started writing at the age of 13. He has won international prizes as a slam poet, and in 2016 was named Literature Star of the Year by the daily newspaper Abendzeitung. Jarawan received a literary scholarship from the City of Munich (the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis) for The Storyteller, which went on to become a bestseller and booksellers’ favorite in Germany and the Netherlands and will be published in the US by World Editions (distributed by Constortium) in April 2019.
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 as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She holds a bachelor's in international affairs from George Washington University, a master's 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 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 at @PamJenoff on Twitter.
Erica Jong is a celebrated poet, novelist and essayist with over 25 published books that have been influential all over the world. Her most popular novel, Fear of Flying, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Never out of print, it has sold over 35 million copies translated into over 45 languages including Chinese and Arabic. Her upcoming book of poetry, The World Began With Yes, will be published by Dottir Press in April, 2019. Her awards include the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy, the Sigmund Freud Award in Italy, the Deauville Literary Award in France, the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature, and Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize. Jong's poetry has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New Yorker, the LA Times, the Paris Review, Haaretz, and many more. Erica lives in New York and Connecticut with her husband and two poodles.
Lloyd Kahn is the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications and is a former editor of the legendary Whole Earth Catalog. In addition to publishing million-copy bestseller Stretching, he has designed, written, and published such bestselling titles as Shelter, Home Work, Tiny Homes, and Small Homes—four of the seven books in the Shelter Building Library. Kahn is also a photographer, skateboarder, fisherman, and pioneer of the handmade green building and green architecture movements. He works in a Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden. His newest book, Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast will be published by Shelter Publications and distributed by PGW in March, 2019. See more of Lloyd’s work at https://blog.shelterpub.com/
Komal Kapoor is a writer, business consultant, and motivational coach who explores the messy business of feelings via social media. She has amassed over 200,000 Instagram followers in less than a year through her writing and hopes to help even more people find strength in vulnerability. Her upcoming Unfollowing You will be published by Andrews McMeel Publishing in February 2019.
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 January 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.
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work! His work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times and
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.
Matt Kracht was introduced to amateur ornithology in the fourth grade and has never gotten over the trauma. A professional designer and art director by day, he writes and makes art by night. He lives in Seattle with his wife, where they enjoy gazing out the window at the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound and making fun of birds. The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America will be published by Chronicle Books in April 2019.
Susan Kuklin is the award-winning author and photographer of more than 30 books for children and young adults that address social issues and culture, including No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row and Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, which was named a Stonewall Honor Book. Her photographs have appeared in the Museum of the City of New York, documentary films, Time magazine, Newsweek, and the New York Times. We Are Here to Stay will be published in in January 2019 by Candlewick Press. Susan lives in New York City.
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Havana, Cod, Salt, Paper, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster, among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appetit's Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. His articles have appeared in a wide variety of periodicals including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, and many others. His new book, Salmon and the Earth: History of a Common Fate will be published in 2019 by Patagonia (dist. PGW). Mark lives in New York City. Please visit markkurlansky.com for more information.
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, her debut middle-grade novel, will be published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers in May 2019. Follow Remy on Twitter at @Remy_Lai.
Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’, and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for seventeen years. His upcoming You Don't Know Me: Incarcerated Women Reveal Their Truths will be published by Counterpoint Press in September 2019.
Thomas Lennon is a writer, comedian, and actor who has worked on a number of things you probably love, including Reno 911! and Night at the Museum. His first book, Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles, will be published by Amulet Books in March 2019. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.
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, her first novel, will be published by Harper in March 2019. Visit her on Facebook @jodyjlittleauthor or follow her on Twitter at @jodyjlittle.
HSH Prince Alexi Lubomirski was born to a Peruvian-English mother and a Polish-French father, and grew up in Botswana, Oxford, and London. At the age of 11, he was informed of his true ancestral heritage and aristocratic bloodline. Having not grown up in royal surroundings with all the trappings, he was the first of his family in five hundred years to have the title with none of the material evidence. Thanks to this displaced upbringing, and after much trial and error, he gradually succeeded in marrying his history with his present, managing to fulfill his role as the bearer of this title; and at the same time adapting the meaning, in this modern-day world, for him and his sons. Primarily a husband and a father, Lubomirski is also a world-renowned fashion photographer who has worked for several magazines, such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and shot the official engagement and wedding portraits for HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He wrote Princely Advice for a Happy Life (Andrews McMeel, 2014) for his two young sons on the virtues of behaving in a manner befitting a prince in the twenty-first century. His upcoming picture book, And Thank You for My Dreams will be published by Andrews McMeel in May 2019. Lubomirski is a global ambassador for the humanitarian charity Concern Worldwide, to which he donates all of his books' proceeds.
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. Since then he has taught high school English, worked at a left-wing cultural magazine, and written essays, stories, and reviews for the New York Times, Granta, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, and the Paris Review. His most recent novel, You Don’t Have To Live Like This, set in Detroit, was widely praised. Benjamin, who is married with two kids, lives in London and 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.
A graduate of Yale University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Karl Marlantes served as a Marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten Air Medals. He is the author of the best-selling and prize-winning Matterhorn. His upcoming Deep River will be published by Atlantic Monthly Press in July 2019.
Meredith May spent 16 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 inApril 2019 by Park Row Books. You can visit her at meredithamay.net or follow her on Twitter at @MeredithMaySF.
Elizabeth McCracken is the author of 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 and long-listed for the National Book Award), 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 and served on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She currently holds the James Michener Chair for Fiction at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gillian McDunn has lived in California, Missouri, and North Carolina, and is a fan of both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. Her debut middle grade novel, Caterpillar Summer will be published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in April 2019. Like her protagonist, Cat, Gillian grew up as the big sister to a younger brother with special needs. She lives near Raleigh, NC, with her family.
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.
Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son. The New York Times bestseller One of Us Is Lying was her debut novel, and her second, Two Can Keep a Secret, will be published by Delacorte Press for Young Readers in January 2019. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.
Dylan Meconis is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who created the graphic novels Family Man, Bite Me!, and Outfoxed (which was nominated for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award). Her upcoming Queen of the Sea will be published by Candlewick Press in June 2019. She lives with her wife in Portland, Oregon.
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, her first novel, will be published by Balzer + Bray in May 2019.
Lauren Myracle is a best-selling American writer of young adult fiction. She has written many novels, including the three best-selling Internet Girls books, ttyl, ttfn and l8r, g8r. Her first novel, Kissing Kate (Dutton, 2003), was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Youth Romances of the year, as well as one of the Top Ten Books by New Writers. Her upcoming Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale will be published by DC Ink in May 2019.
Mary Norris is the author of the New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, a memoir of her 30+ 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.
Jenny Odell is an artist and writer who teaches at Stanford, has been an artist-in-residence at places like the San Francisco dump, Facebook, the Internet Archive, and the San Francisco Planning Department, and has exhibited her art all over the world. Her upcoming book, How to Do Nothing, will be published by Melville House in April 2019. She lives in Oakland, CA. Visit her online at jennyodell.com and on Twitter at @the_jennitaur.
Ana Pacheco is the Historian Emeritus for the city of Santa Fe. She is the author of seven books on New Mexico history. Pacheco was the founding publisher and editor of La Herencia, a quarterly magazine on New Mexico history that she published from 1994 through 2009. From 2007 through September 2013, Pacheco wrote the weekly column "A Wonderful Life" for the Santa Fe New Mexican, documenting the oral histories of the elder community. Her new book, Pueblos of New Mexico, was published in August. Pacheco has received numerous awards during her publishing career from organizations like PEN New Mexico and the National Association of Press Women.
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 treehouse 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 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, 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.
Mary Laura Philpott writes essays that examine the overlap of the absurd and the profound in everyday life. Her writing has been featured in print or online by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, McSweeney’s, the Paris Review, and other publications. She’s the founding editor of Musing, the online magazine of Parnassus Books, as well as an Emmy-winning cohost of the show A Word on Words on Nashville Public Television. She wrote and illustrated the humor book Penguins with People Problems, and her forthcoming I Miss You When I Blink will be published by Touchstone in April 2019. Mary Laura lives in Nashville with her family.
Leonard Pitts, Jr. has been a columnist, college professor, radio producer, and lecturer. He is the author of one of the most popular newspaper columns in the country and of several critically-acclaimed books, including the novels Grant Park (2015) and Indie Next Pick Freeman (2012) both from Agate Bolden. His lifelong devotion to the art and craft of words has yielded stellar results, chief among them the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. His new novel, The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II--also from Agate Bolden--releases on February 5, 2019.
Max Porter is the author of Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, which won the International Dylan Thomas Prize and the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Goldsmiths Prize. His forthcoming novel, Lanny, will be published by Graywolf Press in May 2019.
Lara Prior-Palmer, born in London, 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, as well as the youngest person ever to finish. Rough Magic, her first book, 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 publications. 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 six 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 Indies Choice Book 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, his first book, 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.
Holly Ringland grew up wild and barefoot in her mother's tropical garden in Australia. When she was nine years old, her family lived in a camper van for two years in North America, travelling from one national park to another, an experience that sparked Holly's lifelong interest in cultures and stories. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. In 2009 she moved to England where she obtained a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester. Holly has taught creative writing at Lancaster University, and to women in prison. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals including TEXT Journal, the Griffith Review and UWAP’s Desert Writing anthology. She now lives between the UK and Australia. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is her first novel and will be published by Anansi in March 2019.
Leslie Carol Roberts is an author, journalist, and essayist. She is the author of The Entire Earth and Sky: Views on Antarctica and is Professor and Chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. As a journalist and essayist, Roberts has been widely published in newspapers in the US and abroad, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bangkok Nation, The Baltimore Sun, The Christian Science Monitor, and Forbes FYI, among many others. Her upcoming Here is Where I Walk will be published by the University of Nevada Press in April 2019.
Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California, in 1986. He grew up in a 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 later worked 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 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.
Howard A. Rodman has written numerous screenplays: Savage Grace, nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2009 Spirit Awards; August, featuring Josh Hartnett, Naomie Harris, Rip Torn, and David Bowie; and Joe Gould's Secret, based on the memoir by iconic New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell. Rodman's previous novel, Destiny Express, was set in the pre-War German filmmaking community, and Thomas Pynchon called it "daringly imagined, darkly romantic--a moral thriller." He is a past president of the Writers Guild of America West, a professor of screenwriting at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, and an artistic director of the Sundance Screenwriting Labs. In 2013, in recognition of his contributions, he was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France. His upcoming The Great Eastern will be published by Melville House in June 2019.
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 12. 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 in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in philosophy and English composition. She 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 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.
Robert Sabuda is internationally acclaimed for his stunning pop-up books, including Ten Horse Farm, The Christmas Story, and the best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica and Encyclopedia Mythologica series, created with Matthew Reinhart. His upcoming Believe: A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities will be published by Candlewick Press in April 2019. Robert lives in New York City.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, Lisa Sandlin grew up in oil-refinery air, sixty miles from the Gulf of Mexico. She raised a son in Santa Fe, New Mexico, then moved to Nebraska where she taught for the better part of 20 years. Her books include two short story collections from Cinco Puntos--The Famous Thing about Death and Message to the Nurse of Dreams--as well as In the River Province: Stories (SMU Publishing) and You Who Make the Sky Bend (Pinyon Publishing), a unique collaboration between painter and writer celebrating retablos and santos of the American Southwest. Lisa’s previous novel with Cinco Puntos Press, The Do-Right, won the Dashiell Hammett Prize Award in 2015, and her upcoming The Bird Boys will also be published by Cinco Puntos in July 2019. Her work has earned an NEA Fellowship, a Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Jesse Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and story-of-the-year awards from Shenandoah, Southwest Review, and Crazy Horse.
Tammi Sauer is the author of But the Bear Came Back, Caring for Your Lion, Chicken Dance, Bawk and Roll, Cowboy Camp, Mary Had a Little Glam, Your Alien Returns, and Your Alien, which earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Her upcoming A Little Chicken will be published by Sterling Children's Books in March 2019. She is an active blogger (tammisauer.com) and highly involved in the children's writer community. Her local indie bookstore, Best of Books, in Edmond, OK, has named July 9 Tammi Sauer Day. She has worked as a teacher and library media specialist and now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their two children. Follow her on Twitter at @SauerTammi.
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 was 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.
Paul R. Secord is a 1972 graduate of the University of New Mexico with an undergraduate degree in anthropology, and a graduate degree in geology. In 1974, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and began a professional career as an environmental planning consultant specializing in historic and cultural resources. Since moving permanently to New Mexico in 2010, he has been involved in a number of history and archaeology projects and is the author of five Arcadia Press books on New Mexico history: Albuquerque Deco and Pueblo (2012), Santa Fe’s Historic Hotels (2013), Pecos (2014), Bandelier National Monument (2016), and The Galisteo Basin and Cerrillos Hills (2018).
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.
Emily Skaja grew up in rural Illinois. She is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at Purdue University. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, FIELD, and Gulf Coast. Brute (Graywolf, April 2019) is her first collection. She lives in Memphis.
A.K. Small was born in Paris. At five years old, she began studying classical dance with the legendary Max Bozzoni, then later with Daniel Franck and Monique Arabian at the famous Académie Chaptal. At 13, she moved to the United States where she danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for one summer in Seattle and with the Richmond Ballet Student Company for several years. She's a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Bright Burning Stars is her first novel and will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in May 2019.
Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre or reading ghost stories with all the lights on. Her debut YA fantasy, Bloodleaf will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers in March 2019. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @crysrensmith
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, New York, with her husband and a mischievous rabbit. Her upcoming Light From Other Stars will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2019.
Michelle Tea is the author of numerous books for grown-ups, including Modern Tarot, Valencia, Black Wave, and the young adult fantasy trilogy Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, Girl at the Bottom of the Sea and Castle on the River Vistula. Her books have been published in Italian, German, Slovenian, and Japanese. She has written for Harper’s, The Believer, Artforum, n+1, Cosmopolitan, Lenny Letter, Buzzfeed and other print and web venues. She is the creator of the international phenomenon Drag Queen Story Hour, and founding Editor-at-Large of the online parenting journal Mutha Magazine. Her debut picture book, Astro Baby, is forthcoming from Dottir Press in April 2019. Michelle lives in Los Angeles with her wife and son. She is an Aquarius with a Leo rising and a Sagittarius moon.
Teri Turner is an up-and-coming star in the food blogger, paleo, and Whole30 communities and creator of nocrumbsleft.com. Teri has worked in high-level catering, travel, and large-scale event production and has cooked for schools, potlucks, family and friends, and parties of every size. Now Teri shares her passion for food through her popular blog and is committed to helping people cook nourishing meals, and to have fun doing it. In addition to her blog, Teri has written for places like the Huffington Post, and she is an editor and columnist at TheFeedFeed. Her upcoming No Crumbs Left will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in May 2019. She is a native Chicagoan with two kids, Patrick and Lucy, and divides her time between Chicago and Northern California.
Samantha R. Vamos is the author of Alphabet Boats, Alphabet Trains, and Alphabet Trucks (all illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke); The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, illustrated by Rafael López; 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.
Madhuri Vijay was born in Bangalore. The Far Field, which will be published by Grove Press in January 2019, is her first book.
Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, and the winner of the Whiting Award and T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have also been featured in the Atlantic, Harper's, the Nation, New Republic, the New Yorker, and the New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel and will be published by Penguin Press in June 2019.
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 in March 2019 by Park Row Books.
Bryan Washington has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, BuzzFeed, Vulture, the Paris Review, Tin House, One Story, and Bon Appétit, among many other publications. He lives in Houston. His debut story collection, Lot will be published by Riverhead in March 2019.
Kip Wilson is the Poetry Editor of the Young Adult Review Network and has a Ph.D. in German Literature. In 2017, she won the PEN/New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award, and her work has appeared in several children’s literary magazines. Her debut YA novel in verse, White Rose will be published by Versify in April 2019. Visit her online at kipwilsonwrites.com, and on Twitter: @kiperoo. Instagram: @kipwilsonwrites.
Steven Wingate’s books include the novel Of Fathers and Fire, forthcoming April 2019 from the University of Nebraska Press as part of its Flyover Fiction series, and the short story collection Wifeshopping, which won the Bakeless Prize in Fiction from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His interactive media projects have been exhibited in Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway, Canada, and the UK. He is an associate professor at South Dakota State University and associate editor at Fiction Writers Review. Visit stevenwingate.com.
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.
Skottie Young got his start at Marvel on titles like Spider-Man: Legend of the Spider Clan, Human Torch, and Venom. He soon began adapting the L. Frank Baum OZ novels at Marvel with Eric Shanower. He is best known for writing and drawing the hit series Rocket Raccoon, illustrating the children's book Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman, and the Young Marvel variant covers. He's also the cartoonist of I Hate Fairyland and is currently writing Bully Wars (Image Comics, Febrauary 2019) with artist Aaron Conley, and Middlewest (Image Comics, May 2019) with artist Jorge Corona.
LaTonya Yvette, the blogger and stylist behind the eponymous site, is unapologetically candid about life’s trials, including motherhood, love, death, and racism. Her first book, Woman of Color (Abrams Image, April 2019), is part memoir, part lifestyle guide—packed with moving essays, gorgeous original and archival photographs, and practical style and beauty advice. At the very heart, though, it’s about LaTonya’s experience growing up as a woman of color in Brooklyn.
Roger Max Zimmerman was born at Rehoboth Mission east of Gallup, New Mexico. His early years were spent at Mariano Lake Trading Post. He graduated from high school at New Mexico Military Institute and enrolled at the University of Colorado where he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees. He taught Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado from 1959 to 1964 and at New Mexico State University from 1964 to 1979. He was then employed at Sandia National Laboratories where he worked on projects associated with the storage of nuclear waste, weapons components testing programs, and rocket systems target deployments. He retired in 2000. In 2013, Roger was elected President of the Albuquerque Historical Society.