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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the Saroyan Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for Best First Book, along with many other honors. Raised in Spring Valley, New York, he now lives in the Bronx.
Danny Caine is the author of the poetry collections Continental Breakfast, El Dorado Freddy’s, Flavortown, and Picture Window, as well as the book How to Resist Amazon and Why. His poetry has appeared in The Slowdown, DIAGRAM, HAD, and Barrelhouse, and his prose has appeared in Literary Hub and Publishers Weekly. In 2019, he received the Midwest Independent Bookstore Association Midwest Bookseller of the Year award. He’s a co-owner of the Raven Book Store, Publishers Weekly's 2022 bookstore of the year.
Carrie Colliton is a Co-Founder of Record Store Day, handling detail organization and the flow of information to stores and the public. She has worked for indie record stores since college, and her day job is Director of Marketing for The Department of Record Stores, a nationwide coalition of indie record stores.
Calvin Crosby is the co-owner of The King’s English Bookshop, founded in 1977, the co-founder of the Mosaic Initiatives via CALIBA, the Executive Director of Brain Food Books, and an artist. In 2021, Calvin returned to Salt Lake City for the bookstore, leaving a tenure as Executive Director of CALIBA (formerly NCIBA). Before that, he spent time working for Book Passage and Books Inc. He is a consultant at large for Underground Books in Sacramento (a Black-owned nonprofit bookstore). As the majority shareholder of TKE, the store is now Indigenous and Queer-owned (Land Back, One Indie Bookstore at a time).
Ray T. Daniels is the Chief Communications Officer for the American Booksellers Association. Prior to joining ABA he was a professional advocate for social justice and societal change. He has developed and facilitated training for grassroots activists, students, and community leaders on the dynamics and power of the media.
Laura DeLaney is the co-owner of Rediscovered Books and Once and Future Books in Boise and Caldwell, Idaho. The original store opened in September 2006, Once and Future was added in 2015, and Rediscovered Books Caldwell opened in November 2019. Laura is a former board member for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and was a member of the steering committee for Think Boise First Local Business Alliance. When not at the bookshop, Laura is often playing board games, making jigsaw puzzles, and trying to find a place for just one more bookcase.
Ani Di Franco is a Grammy-winning musical artist and feminist icon recognized for her poetry and songwriting, which pierces social convention and challenges the status quo, as well as for her social activism and political engagement. One of the first artists to create her own record label in 1990, she has sold over 5 million albums through her own Righteous Babe Records, and recently released her twenty-second studio album. While she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has embraced many genres and collaborators ranging from Pete Seeger to Maceo Parker to Chuck D to Prince. She lives in New Orleans with her family.
Cory Doctorow is a bestselling science fiction writer and activist. He is a special advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, with whom he has worked for 20 years. He is also a visiting professor of computer science at the Open University (UK) and of library science at the University of North Carolina. He is also a MIT Media Lab research affiliate. He co-founded the UK Open Rights Group and co-owns the website Boing Boing. He is the author of more than 20 books, including novels for adults and young adults, graphic novels for middle-grade readers, picture books, nonfiction books on technology and politics, and collections of essays.
Chloe Gong is the New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and its sequel, Our Violent Ends, as well as Foul Lady Fortune. Immortal Longings is her first adult novel. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double majored in English and international relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York pretending to be a real adult. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok under @TheChloeGong or check out her website at TheChloeGong.com.
Heather Hall, proprietor of Green Feather Book Company, has found herself (quite inadvertently) on the front lines of the fight against censorship. Open for less than a month when a local English teacher found herself embroiled in the controversy around book banning, Heather was called to speak out. Since then, Green Feather Book Company has become a robust local voice against teacher and book censorship in Oklahoma public schools, as well as a meeting venue to explore topics from political civility to indigenous issues. Heather lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with her husband, Ike, and their teen children, Eli and River.
Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator from the Bay Area, California. Eir first full length book, Gender Queer: A Memoir, was published in May 2019. Maia’s short comics have been published by The Nib and in many anthologies including The Secret Loves Of Geeks, Faster Than Light Y’all, Gothic Tales Of Haunted Love, Shout Out, Advanced Death Saves, and Be Gay, Do Comics. Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity.
Law grad Taj McCoy is committed to championing plus-sized Black love stories and characters with a strong sense of sisterhood and familial bonds. Born in Oakland, Taj started writing as a child and celebrated her first publications in grade school. When she’s not writing, Taj boosts other marginalized writers, practices yoga, co-hosts the Fat Like Me and Better Than Brunch podcasts, shares recipes, and cooks supper club meals for friends.
Michelle MiJung Kim (she/her) is a queer Korean American immigrant woman writer, speaker, and activist. She is the award winning author of The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change and co-founder of Awaken. Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and currently serves on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality. Her work has appeared on world-renowned platforms such as Harvard Business Review and The New York Times, and she was named LinkedIn’s Top Voice in Racial Equity and Medium’s Top Writer in Diversity. She lives in Oakland, California.
Stacy Mitchell is Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, an organization working to reverse economic concentration and build thriving, equitable communities. Described by the New York Times as “the strategist of the demise of Amazon as we know it,” she’s published several influential reports on monopoly power and independent business, including, recently, Amazon’s Toll Road. She’s also the author of the book Big-Box Swindle and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post, and elsewhere. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Hannah Oliver Depp is the owner of Loyalty Bookstores in Petworth, DC and Silver Spring, Maryland. Loyalty serves all readers as a diverse, intersectional feminist bookstore and programming space. She holds a Masters in English from American University. Oliver Depp is a founding member of the American Booksellers Association Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and serves on the boards of Bookshop.org and as The President of the New Atlantic Independent Bookselller’s Assocation (NAIBA).
Robert Sindelar has been a bookseller for over 32 years. He is the Managing Partner of Third Place Books (est. 1998), an independent bookstore with three locations in the greater Seattle area. Robert has served on the Board of Directors of the American Booksellers Association including serving as its Board President from 2017–2019.
Courtney Wallace is the Marketing Manager and Independent Bookstore Day Program Director for the American Booksellers Association. Before joining ABA in 2021, Courtney worked in marketing and communications in higher education while book blogging on the side. She has partnered with bookstores and bookstagrammers for guest posts and articles and was featured on the podcasts What Should I Read Next? and Novel Pairings.
Kendrick Washington is the Director of the Policy Advocacy Group at the ACLU of Washington where he supervises the development of their policy goals on First Amendment, Education Policy, Policing, Criminal Justice, Immigration, Health Care, and Technology Liberty issues. Kendrick’s specific expertise is in educational policy and youth criminal justice. His experience includes serving as a civil rights attorney at the federal Department of Education and as Assistant General Counsel in the Education Law Department for Chicago Public Schools. Prior to law school, Kendrick was a sergeant in the United States Army and is a veteran of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Andrew Joseph White is a queer, trans, New York Times bestselling author from Virginia, where he grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 2022. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram at @AJWhiteAuthor, TikTok at @AndrewJosephWhite, and at andrewjosephwhite.com.
Stesha Brandon is a long-time advocate for the literary arts. She managed author events at University Book Store (2003–2012) and was Program Director at Town Hall Seattle (2013–2015). Currently, she is the Literature & Humanities Program Manager at The Seattle Public Library and Program Manager for Seattle City of Literature. She also serves on the board of Seattle Arts & Lectures. When she’s not reading, Stesha likes to bake tasty treats.
Jordan Brannon is the Co-founder and President of Coalition Technologies, a top-ranked SEO and digital marketing firm. With 20 years of experience working in e-commerce, he helps D2C and B2B brands succeed in the e-commerce and digital marketing space. Jordan and his team at Coalition have helped propel over 1,000 businesses forward across various industries.
Peter Brous earned a PhD in finance from the University of Oregon in 1989. Before joining Seattle University in 1992, he was an assistant professor for four years at Pennsylvania State University. He has published many articles in the top finance and accounting journals, including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Accounting Research. Dr. Brous has taught on-site finance courses at Costco Wholesale Corporation, Washington Mutual, and RealNetwork, Inc. Additional areas of expertise include, corporate performance measures, capital budgeting, corporate financing decisions, and real option analysis.
Megan Castillo joined the Town Hall Seattle team in 2017 as Social Media Coordinator, later becoming Community Engagement Manager and in 2020 took on the role of Program Manager. Megan works with her team to present over 200 events a year featuring authors, artists, and speakers from across the region. She also stewards Town Hall’s residency program working with Artists and Scholars in Residence to support their work and present it on stage. Originally from Lihue, Hawaii, Megan has lived in Seattle for 10 years. Outside of her work at Town Hall, Megan is a miniature artist, an avid gardener, a crocheter, and an advocate for the Native youth in Seattle who she mentors through professional development and job readiness.
Harsh Chandra is a Product Manager on Square for Retail and builds Square’s solutions for inventory management and reporting in the retail space.
Elnian Gilbert is a Keynote Speaker and Trainer for ZingTrain, part of Zingerman’s Community of Business in Ann Arbor, MI. As the most tenured trainer at ZingTrain, she has trained on absolutely every content area offered! Her particular areas of expertise are Customer Service, Visioning, Employee Training, Open Book Management, Change Management, and Leadership. Elnian’s down-to-earth approach, thorough preparation, and 12+ years of experience as a trainer help her connect with participants from a wide array of industries.
Caprice D. Hollins was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Seattle University and an M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology ― LA. Dr. Hollins has over 25 years of experience working with ethnically diverse populations, facilitating workshops on racism, and teaching. After serving as the first Director of Equity and Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools, she co-founded Cultures Connecting, LLC in 2008. In addition to Inside Out, Dr. Hollins co-authored Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Strategies for Facilitating Conversations on Race.
Marjorie Ingall, who goes by “Snarly” on SorryWatch.com, is the author of Mamaleh Knows Best: What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children and The Field Guide to North American Males, and is the coauthor of Hungry, with plus-size model Crystal Renn. A former columnist for Tablet magazine and The Forward, she is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and has also written for New York Magazine, Town & Country, Ms., Glamour, Self, Elle, and Sassy (yes, that one). She lives in New York City.
Brandon Lueken is the Director of Grant Development for Bellevue College. He has helped the college earn over $5 million annually from federal, state, city, county, and private funders for awards up to $2 million. He manages all pre-award activities in developing a grant: helping departments identify their needs and proposed activities, developing budgets, writing narratives, and actually pushing the submit button. He holds a Master’s in Education from Seattle University, a Bachelors in English from the University of Puget Sound, and serves on the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association Board of Directors.
Gary Luke held editorial and executive positions in Seattle at Sasquatch Books, and in New York at Simon & Schuster, Penguin USA, and Dell/Delacorte. He is currently Board President at Hugo House, the literary center in Seattle.
Susan McCarthy, who goes by “Sumac” on SorryWatch.com, is the coauthor (with Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson) of the international bestseller When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, which has been translated into twenty-one languages. She’s also the author of Becoming a Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild. Publications she’s written for include Parade, The Guardian, WIRED, Smithsonian magazine, Outside, and Salon. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing and in Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor. She lives in San Francisco.
Toraya Miller is the Director of Training and Consulting at GSBA. She enjoys working with small businesses, particularly BIPOC owned, women owned, and marginalized communities in grant assistance, financial acumen such as cash flow analysis, and loan documentation prep. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of every one of Toraya’s accomplishments. Her previous 25 years in banking included managing an Audit Department for seven years in a local community. Additionally, she was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in November 2015 as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Everett Community College.
Billy Roh is a Product Designer at Square. He works on the Square for Retail product, specifically on the inventory management system. Before Square, he worked at a real estate company called Opendoor in San Francisco. He now resides in Seattle, Washington.
John Schu is the author of This Is a School, illustrated by Veronica Miller Jamison. He is also a children’s librarian at Bookelicious and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. He was previously the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs and has worked as a classroom teacher and school librarian. He travels all over the world visiting schools and meeting with students, teachers, and administrators as he advocates for the people and things he cares about most: kids, books, schools, and the libraries — and librarians — that connect them. John Schu lives in Naperville, Illinois. You can find his popular blog, Watch. Connect. Read., at www.JohnSchu.com and follow him @MrSchuReads.
Peter Smith is a Managing Partner of APEX Law Group, Seattle. His practice focuses on for-profit and nonprofit corporate governance and finance, and makes him uniquely poised to help entrepreneurs of all types throughout the life cycle of their business. Peter has taught the nonprofit law clinic at Seattle University and the University of Washington for the last several years. He also spends time writing and speaking, mostly about legal issues facing social entrepreneurs.
Jason R. Thompson is the VP for DE&I at Western Governors University and has experience in developing or leading diversity programs in higher education, sports, health care, and tech. Jason is the author of Diversity and Inclusion Matters: Tactics and Tools to Inspire Equity and Game-Changing Performance. Jason’s work was awarded the #1 rated initiative of the 13th Annual International Innovation in Diversity Award by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2016, and the 2015 Diversity Champion Award from the Colorado Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (COSHRM). Jason has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, USAToday, FOX News, and CNN.
Tara Vitale is a Managing Partner of APEX Law Group, Seattle. Both of her parents own small businesses, so it is personal to her to see local businesses succeed and make an impact. After moving to Seattle for her JD/MBA, she interned at Apex and stayed to build her career because of Apex’s focus on empowering entrepreneurs to make a difference. Tara’s work serves local for-profits and nonprofits through formation, growth, and exit strategies, and empowers both for-profit and nonprofit founders to establish their new venture correctly from day one.
KJ Williams (no pronouns) is CEO and Founder of Risewithkj doing business as RISEWITHUS, LLC (Radical, Insightful, Solutions to Create Equity). KJ facilitates the work of race and social justice by working with organizations, groups, and individuals across industries from the inside out to foster equitable change, sustainability, and growth. KJ holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington and an MPA from Seattle University. KJ has served as a member of the City of Seattle LGBT Commission, University of Washington School of Law Diversity Committee, the Board of Directors for the Initiative for Diversity, and the University of Washington School of Law Gates Scholarship Committee.
AJ Williams (she/her) is the Managing Director of RISEWITHUS, LLC, and a human being who cares for the heart, mind, well-being, and self-determination of all. AJ provides facilitation and technical support for RISEWITHUS. Professionally, AJ has 14 years of experience working with Youth and Young Adults. Most recently, AJ held the role of Deputy Director for REACH Tacoma, a youth and young adult focused non-profit providing comprehensive services for youth and families navigating poverty, barriers to education, mental health and homelessness. AJ specifically uses a race and poverty centered approach in facilitation, organizing, and content development. AJ holds a Bachelors in Political Science and a minor in English from Western Washington University.
Dr. Corey Yeager is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who merges his two passions — athletics and therapy — as psychotherapist for the Detroit Pistons. In this role he supports the overall organization including players, coaching staff, and front office leadership in his conscientious, relational fashion. Best known for his appearance on Harry and Oprah’s The Me You Can’t See on Apple TV+, Dr. Corey Yeager is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Doctoral level, focusing his therapeutic practice primarily serving the African American Community. Some of his clients include The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), The Smithsonian Institute, The Gersh Agency, and Lola Red.
Alison Zak is an author, yoga & mindfulness teacher, wildlife conservationist, and bookseller/events manager at The Open Book in Northern Virginia. She is the author of Wild Asana: Animals, Yoga, and Connecting Our Practice to the Natural World which comes out June 27 with North Atlantic Books. Learn more about her at www.alisonzak.com and follow her on Instagram at @animal_asana.
Kweku Abimbola earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Shade Literary Arts, 20.35 Africa, The Common, and elsewhere. He lives in Detroit, Michigan.
Born and raised in South LA, Jade Adia writes stories about gentrification, Black teen joy, and the sh*tshow that is capitalism. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnicity, Race & Migration, and a certificate in Human Rights. She recently survived law school, graduating with a specialization in Critical Race Studies. There Goes The Neighborhood is her debut novel. Find her online at www.jadeadia.com and on Instagram @jadeadia.
Akim Aliu is the son of a Nigerian father and a Ukrainian mother. Born in Nigeria, he spent years of his youth in Africa and Ukraine before moving to Toronto. A hockey prodigy, Akim was drafted into the NHL as a teenager and played for the Calgary Flames. He experienced systemic racism, hazing, and abuse at every level of competitive hockey he played in — from Pee Wee hockey to the NHL — but has never stopped dreaming of a world where every kid, regardless of background, can be accepted (and play hockey, of course).
The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California. Prior to his election as Bishop of California, he served as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. His leadership has focused on key issues related to peace and justice, including immigration reform, civil rights for LBGTQ+ people, health care, and climate change. His climate advocacy work has taken him to the UN Climate Conferences in Paris (COP21), Marrakesh, (COP22), Bonn (COP23), Katowice, Poland (COP24), and Egypt (COP27), as well as the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations at Standing Rock. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sheila.
Miya T. Beck is a native Californian who always had a deep interest in the Japanese side of her heritage. Though she tried and failed to become fluent in Japanese, her studies did introduce her to the myths and fairy tales that inspired The Pearl Hunter. A former daily newspaper reporter and magazine writer, she lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Katharine Beutner is an assistant professor of English at the College of Wooster in Ohio; previously, she taught at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She earned a BA in Classical Studies at Smith College and a MA in English (creative writing) and PhD in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first novel, Alcestis, won the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award in 2011 and was a finalist for other awards, including the Lambda Literary Association’s Lesbian Debut Fiction Award. Her writing has appeared in Tinfish Press, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Books, and other publications. She is the editor in chief of The Dodge, a magazine of eco-writing and translation.
Sin Blaché (she/they) is a Black Irish musician and author. They have been writing horror and sci-fi stories all their life. Prophet is their first novel. Born in California, they live in the North West of Ireland and can be found obsessing over obscure folk instruments, being a reluctant savior to feral cats, and playing too many video games.
Melissa Blair (she/her/kwe) is an Anishinaabe-kwe of mixed ancestry living in Turtle Island and the author of A Broken Blade, the first book in The Halfling Saga. She splits her time between Treaty 9 in Northern Ontario and the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg in Ottawa, Canada. She has a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, loves movies, and hates spoons. Melissa has a BookTok account (@melissas.bookshelf on TikTok) where she discusses and reviews her favorite books, including Indigenous and queer fiction, sapphic books, LGBTQ+ romance, feminist literature, and non-fiction.
Landis Blair is the author and illustrator of The Envious Siblings and Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes, as well as the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty and the graphic novel The Hunting Accident by David Carlson, which won the 2021 Fauve d'Or and the 2020 Quai des Bulles. He has published illustrations in numerous print and online periodicals including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Chicago, VQR, and Medium.
Alexandra Bracken was born in Phoenix, Arizona. The daughter of a Star Wars collector, she grew up going to an endless string of Star Wars conventions and toy fairs, which helped spark her imagination and a deep love of reading. She attended The College of William & Mary in Virginia, where she double majored in English and History. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, and later moved to New York City to work in children’s book publishing. After six years, she took the plunge and decided to write full time. She now lives in Arizona with her tiny pup, Tennyson, in a house that’s constantly overflowing with books. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @alexbracken, and visit her at alexandrabracken.com.
Melissa Broder is the author of the novels Milk Fed and The Pisces, the essay collection So Sad Today, and four poetry collections, including Last Sext. She has written for The New York Times, Elle.com, VICE, Vogue Italia, and New York Magazine’s “The Cut.” Her poems have appeared in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, and Guernica, and she is the winner of a Pushcart Prize for poetry. She lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @SoSadToday and @MelissaBroder and Instagram @RealMelissaBroder. Death Valley is her most recent work.
Adrienne Brodeur is the author of the memoir Wild Game, which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by NPR and the Washington Post and is in development as a Netflix film. She founded the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with Francis Ford Coppola, and currently serves as executive director of Aspen Words, a literary nonprofit and program of the Aspen Institute. She splits her time between Cambridge and Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband and children.
Keah Brown is a journalist, screenwriter, and author of The Pretty One and Sam’s Super Seats. She is the creator of #DisabledAndCute. Her other work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire UK, and The New York Times, among other publications. She has been featured in anthologies including the New York Times-bestselling You Are Your Best Thing edited by Brené Brown and Tarana Burke. To learn more, check out keahbrown.com.
Diane Marie Brown is a professor at Orange Coast College and a public health professional for the Long Beach Health Department. She has a BA and MPH from UCLA and a degree in fiction from USC’s Master of Professional Writing Program. She grew up in Stockton and now lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, their four daughters, and their dog, Brownie. Black Candle Women is her debut novel.
Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of several novels, including Surviving Savannah and Becoming Mrs. Lewis. She is the recipient of the Christy Award, the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year Award, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year. She is the cohost and cocreator of the popular weekly online live web show and podcast Friends and Fiction. A full-time author and mother of three, she lives in Alabama and South Carolina with her family. Find out more at PattiCallahanHenry.com.
Marianne Celano, is the New York Times bestselling author of books in the groundbreaking Something Happened social issues series, which includes Something Happened in Our Town, Something Happened in Our Park and Something Happened to My Dad. “Dr. Celano has been involved in advocacy efforts at the intersection of children’s behavioral health and social justice issues, including the climate crisis.” Dr. Celano is a faculty member at Emory, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
J.C. Cervantes is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices and Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, most recently the 2021 New Mexico Land of Enchantment Readers’ Choice Award.
Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA from NYU. Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories 2021 (selected by Jesmyn Ward), and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. She lives in California.
Alix Christie is the descendant of Angus McDonald’s brother Duncan. Winner of the 2021 Editors’ Prize in fiction from The Missouri Review, she published her debut novel, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, with Harper Books in 2014. For the past thirty years she has reported from abroad for newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian of London and Washington Post, and currently writes about culture for The Economist. She lives in San Francisco, California.
Nicole Chung is the author of the national bestseller All You Can Ever Know, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and an Indies Choice Honor Book. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, GQ, Time, The Guardian, and Slate. Nicole lives in the Washington, DC, area with her family.
Melissa Coss Aquino is a Puerto Rican writer from The Bronx. She received her MFA from The City College of New York, CUNY, and her PhD from The Graduate Center, CUNY in English. She currently works as an Associate Professor in the English department at Bronx Community College, CUNY. She is a proud IWWG, VONA, AROHO and Hedgebrook alumna. Carmen and Grace is her first novel.
Alex Crespo is a debut queer, trans, Mexican-American writer who loves writing queer spooky love stories.
Tove Danovich is a freelance journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Ringer, Backyard Poultry Magazine, and many others. She is a former Midwesterner, turned New Yorker, who now lives in Portland, Oregon. She keeps several chickens in her suburban yard and hopes to add more. Their Instagram @BestLittleHenhouse is more popular than hers. You can find her on Twitter @TKDano.
Tembe Denton-Hurst (@tembae on the internet) is a staff writer at New York Magazine’s The Strategist, covering beauty, lifestyle, and books; she previously wrote about beauty, gender, and culture for NYLON, them., and Elle. When she’s not writing, Tembe can be found on her couch in Queens where she lives with her partner and their two cats Stella and Dakota.
Ananya Devarajan is an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine, pursuing a major in Neurobiology and Behavior with a minor in English. Like the majority of her characters, she is a second-generation Indian American young adult. Her love for storytelling began on Wattpad, where she grew her audience as a Featured Author, and she later went on to win first place in TeenPit 2019. In her free time, she can be found watching her favorite Bollywood movies or studying for yet another Organic Chemistry exam. Kismat Connection is her debut novel. ananyadevarajan.com
Andre Dubus III is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, Townie, The Garden of Last Days, and House of Sand and Fog (an Oprah’s Book Club pick and a finalist for the National Book Award). He lives with his family north of Boston.
J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 25 novels, and the EMMY® award winning co-host of the literary show A Word on Words. With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 28 countries. She lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.
Dorothee Elmiger was born in 1985 in Switzerland. She is the author of Out of the Sugar Factory, Shift Sleepers, and Invitation to the Bold of Heart. Elmiger has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Aspekte Literature Prize for the best debut novel written in German, the 2021 Schillerpreis, and most recently the 2022 Nicolas Born Prize. Out of the Sugar Factory was shortlisted for both the German and the Swiss Book Award. Elmiger is an editor at Volte Books. She lives in New York City.
Alisha Fernandez Miranda serves as Chair and former CEO of I.G. Advisors, an award-winning social impact intelligence agency. A graduate of Harvard University and the London School of Economics, her writing has been featured in Vogue, Business Insider, Romper, and Huffington Post. Originally from Miami, Alisha currently lives in Scotland with her husband and twins.
Sean Ferrell lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He writes stories about children and adults who don’t understand why they keep getting into trouble. Sometimes those stories are for adults. Sometimes for children. His work is usually speculative in nature. His shorter writing has appeared in journals and magazines such as Electric Literature’s “The Outlet” and The Adirondack Review.
Tim Fite is a musician, singer-songwriter, and multimedia artist who likes to sing, draw, and consider himself a pebble in the shoe of iniquity. Visit him at TimFite.com.
Claire Fuller is the author of Unsettled Ground (2021), winner of the Costa Novel Award and shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction; Bitter Orange (2018); Swimming Lessons (2017), which was shortlisted for the Encore Prize for second novels; and Our Endless Numbered Days (2015) which won the Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction. www.clairefuller.co.uk
Michelle Fus graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 for Computer Art & Animation. After interning at Pixar & working at DreamWorks Animation for two years, they decided to follow their dreams by telling stories and creating comics. Fus has been working on their sci-fi/fantasy epic AVA’S DEMON for over eight years and hopes to continue to add new and exciting installments to the story for as long as they can. They want to thank you for supporting their work & hope you thoroughly enjoy this book!
Kate Glasheen grew up in Troy, New York and lived there until their departure for Pratt Institute for a BFA in Fine Art. Kate has since been a creator, artist, and contributor for several critically acclaimed books, participated in exhibitions and collections across the globe, and worked on several of the biggest properties in entertainment. Their artistic interests find communion in fine and sequential art under the notion that there’s something hilarious about something that’s not funny at all. Constellations is their author-artist debut. Kate lives, draws, and tattoos out of Philadelphia.
Maurene Goo is the author of several acclaimed books for young adults, including I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Somewhere Only We Know. She’s also written for Marvel’s Silk series. She lives and writes in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and cats.
Charnaie Gordon is a Diversity and Inclusion Expert, author of A Kids Book About Diversity, blogger, podcast host, and digital creator. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board for Reading is Fundamental for their Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI) initiative. More than anything else, she cares about connecting people with great books they’ll love. Charnaie is passionate about instilling a love of reading, lifelong learning and curiosity in her kids. She hopes to inspire others to do the same with their children. Find her online at hereweeread.com and @hereweeread on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Sarah Grindler is an author/illustrator from the west coast of Canada. Inspired by her artistic family and beautiful surroundings, she followed her passion for art and nature into a career of creating picture books. She now lives in a seaside cottage with her husband, Jason, and her son, Jackson. She is also the author/illustrator of Seaside Treasures and Forest Magic.
Lauren Grodstein is the author of Our Short History, The Washington Post Book of the Year, The Explanation for Everything, and the New York Times-bestselling A Friend of the Family, among other works. Her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in various literary magazines and anthologies, and have been translated into French, German, Chinese, and Italian, among other languages. Her work has also appeared in Elle, The New York Times, Refinery29, Salon.com, Barrelhouse, Post Road, and The Washington Post. She is a professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden, where she teaches in the MFA program in creative writing.
Amanda Gunn grew up just at the edge of the woods in southern Connecticut with two older brothers. She is a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford, as well as a PhD candidate in English at Harvard where she studies poetry, ephemerality, and Black pleasure. Her recent work appears in Poetry, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal, and Narrative Magazine. Her debut collection of poems, Things I Didn’t Do with This Body, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2023.
Jimin Han was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island; Dayton, Ohio; and Jamestown, New York. She is the author of A Small Revolution and The Apology. She has written for MPR’s Weekend America, Poets & Writers, Electric Literature, and Catapult, among others. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and Pace University, as well as at community writing centers. She lives outside New York City with her husband and children.
Vashti Harrison is the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of Little Leaders, Little Dreamers, and Little Legends, and the illustrator of Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe, Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love, Andrea Beaty’s I Love You Like Yellow, and Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic’s Hello, Star, among others. She earned her BA in studio art and media studies from the University of Virginia and her MFA in film/video from CalArts, where she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Vashti lives in Brooklyn, New York, and invites you to visit her at vashtiharrison.com or on Instagram and Twitter @vashtiharrison.
Alex Hay grew up in the United Kingdom in Cambridge and Cardiff, and has been writing as long as he can remember. He studied history at the University of York, and wrote his dissertation on female power at royal courts, combing the archives for every scrap of drama and skulduggery he could find. He has worked in magazine publishing and the charity sector and lives with his husband in London. The Housekeepers is his debut novel and won the Caledonia Novel Award.
Deborah Hemming is the author of Throw Down Your Shadows, which was a finalist for the 2021 ReLit Novel Award. She studied English at McGill University and the University of King’s College, and Information Studies at Dalhousie University. She lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with her partner and son.
Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last 15 years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people, getting unapologetic happy endings.
Nancy Horan is the New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank and Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Loving Frank remained on the NYT list for over a year, has been translated into sixteen languages, and received the The Society of American Historians 2009 Prize for Historical Fiction. A native Midwesterner, Horan was a teacher and journalist before turning to fiction. She lived for 25 years in Oak Park, Illinois, where she raised her two sons, and she now lives with her husband on an island in Puget Sound.
Ana Huang is an author of primarily steamy New Adult and contemporary romance. Her stories range from lighthearted to dark, but they all have HEAs with plenty of banter and swoon sprinkled in. Besides reading and writing, Ana loves traveling, is obsessed with hot chocolate, and has multiple relationships with fictional boyfriends. She lives in New York City.
Leah Johnson always wanted to be a superhero, but she became a writer instead, which she thinks is the next-best thing. Her bestselling debut novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA Pick, and named one of Time’s 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. Leah lives in Indianapolis, where she writes books about Black girls with big hearts, plays fetch with the best dog in the world, and talks about Miles Morales to anyone who will listen. Ellie Engle Saves Herself is her middle grade debut. You can find Leah online at ByLeahJohnson.com and on Instagram and Twitter @ByLeahJohnson.
María José Fitzgerald is a former teacher and current writer of children’s books. Her favorite stories usually include animals, friendship, family, and magic. She grew up snorkeling and hiking in her homeland of Honduras, where nature and culture nourished her soul. Her debut novel, Turtles of the Midnight Moon, will be published by Knopf in the spring of 2023. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, walking her dogs, or maybe out on a family mountain-bike ride.
Jason June (it’s a two-name first name, like Mary-Kate without the hyphen or the Olsen twin) loves to create flamboyant and heartfelt picture books, as well as queer young adult novels full of love and lust and hijinks. His works include the YA queer rom-coms Jay’s Gay Agenda and the finstant New York Times best-seller Out of the Blue. Up next in 2023 are Never Forget Eleanor, a moving picture book about Alzheimer’s, Riley Weaver Needs a Date to the Gaybutante Ball, a YA contemporary about how gender and sexuality labels can both limit and liberate us, and The Spells We Cast, a YA rivals-to-lovers fantasy about an elf-descended gay cowboy!
James Kennedy is the author of Dare to Know. Before becoming a writer, he was a computer programmer with a degree in physics and philosophy.
Lydia Kiesling is the author of The Golden State, a 2018 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is a contributing editor at The Millions and Zyzzyva, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, and The Cut, among other outlets. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal, the first book to receive both honors; and its companion books, I Want My Hat Back, We Found a Hat, and The Rock from the Sky. He has also illustrated two Caldecott Honor Books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, as well as Triangle, Square, Circle, and The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse, all written by Mac Barnett. There are over 2.7 million copies of his books in print, in twenty-seven languages. Jon Klassen lives in Los Angeles, California.
Jessica Knoll is the New York Times bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive, which is a major motion picture from Netflix starring Mila Kunis. She has been a senior editor at Cosmopolitan and the articles editor at Self. She grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and graduated from The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her bulldog, Beatrice. Bright Young Women is her third novel.
Nazlı Koca is a writer and poet from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. She is the recipient of grants from the Nanovic Institute, Soham Dance Space, and United States Artists. Her work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Bookforum, Second Factory, The Chicago Review of Books, and books without covers, among other outlets. The Applicant is her first novel.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Award, an Eisner award nominee, and the author and/or illustrator of more than 30 books for young readers. His critically acclaimed graphic novel memoir Hey, Kiddo was a National Book Award Finalist. His work includes several picture books, select volumes of Star Wars: Jedi Academy, the Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad novel series. Jarrett is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors, and reading. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and children, and their pugs, Ralph and Frank.
Benjamín Labatut was raised in The Hague before settling in Chile, where he lives and works. He is the author of Antarctica starts here (2009), a short story collection, After the Light (2016), a series of notes on the void, The Stone of Madness (2021), a diptych on madness, chaos, and modernity, and When We Cease to Understand the World (2021), a book which explores the ecstasy and agony of scientific breakthroughs and that won him international renown: it was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize and the National Book Award, included in The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021, and translated into 30 languages.
Jason Landsel is a New York-based writer and illustrator with a lifelong fascination with the history of social and religious radicalism. He is a regular contributor to Plough Quarterly and a member of the Bruderhof, an Anabaptist community movement that traces its roots to the Radical Reformation.
Eric LaRocca (he/they) is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of several works of horror and dark fiction, including the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. A lover of luxury fashion and an admirer of European musical theatre, Eric can often be found roaming the streets of his home city, Boston, Massachusetts, for inspiration. For more information, please follow @hystericteeth on Twitter/Instagram or visit ericlarocca.com.
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of Hearts Unbroken, the Tantalize series, and the Feral trilogy. An NSK Neustadt Laureate and the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, she was named the inaugural Katherine Paterson Chair on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. A citizen of the Muscogee Nation, Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas.
Beth Lincoln was raised in a former Victorian railway station in the North of England. She grew neither tall nor wise, and never learned to play an instrument — but she did write stories, a bad habit that has persisted to this day. When she isn’t writing, Beth is woodcarving, or making a mess of her flat, or talking the nearest ear off about unexplained occurrences. The Swifts is Beth’s debut novel. It grew out of her love of etymology, the gleeful gothic, and classic murder mysteries. She lives in the North of England with her partner and hopefully, by the time you are reading this, a dog.
Fran Littlewood has an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. Before her MA, she worked as a journalist, including a stint at the Times. She lives in London with her husband and their three daughters. Amazing Grace Adams is her debut novel.
Helen Macdonald (she/they) is a writer, poet, and naturalist. She is the author of the bestselling H is for Hawk and essay collection Vesper Flights, as well as a cultural history of falcons and three collections of poetry, including Shaler’s Fish. Macdonald was a Research Fellow in the History of Science at Jesus College, Cambridge, has worked as a professional falconer, and has assisted raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She’s written and presented award-winning TV documentaries for PBS and the BBC and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. She lives in Suffolk, England, with two small green parrots called The Bugs and she’s been a lifelong sci-fi fan. Prophet is her first novel.
Ruth Madievsky is the author of a bestselling poetry collection, Emergency Brake (Tavern Books, 2016). Her work appears in Harper’s Bazaar, Guernica, Literary Hub, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Cheburashka Collective, a community of women and nonbinary writers from the former Soviet Union. Originally from Moldova, she lives in Los Angeles, where she works as an HIV and primary care pharmacist.
Debra Magpie Earling is the author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. An earlier version of the latter, written in verse, was produced as an artist book during the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. She has received both a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She retired from the University of Montana where she was named professor emeritus in 2021. She is Bitterroot Salish.
Magogodi oaMphela Makhene has been published in Guernica, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and Granta. An Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, she is a MacDowell Fellow, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award winner and a Caine Prize honoree. Makhene leads Love As A Kind of Cure, a social enterprise working to dismantle white supremacy. She lives in New York.
#1 NYT-bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives — family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.
Krystal Marquis happily spends most of her time in libraries and used bookstores. She studied biology at Boston College and University of Connecticut and now works as an environmental, health, and safety manager for the world’s biggest bookseller. A lifelong reader, Krystal began researching and writing on a dare to complete the NaNoWriMo Challenge, resulting in the first partial draft of The Davenports. When not writing or planning trips to the Book Barn to discover her next favorite romance, Krystal enjoys hiking, expanding her shoe collection, and plotting ways to create her own Jurassic Park.
Greg Marshall was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Prose, Marshall is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays and been supported by MacDowell and the Corporation of Yaddo. Leg is his first book.
Sarah Maslin Nir is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter for the New York Times and the author of the adult memoir, Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal. The Flying Horse is her debut novel for young readers and the first book in the Once Upon a Horse series, published by Cameron Kids. The Jockey and Her Horse: Inspired by the True Story of the First Black Female Jockey, co-written with Raymond White, Jr., will follow in Fall 2023. Sarah lives in New York City.
Mariah Meade, writing as Lily Meade, is a biracial Black woman living outside of Seattle, Washington. Her work has been published in Bustle and Teen Vogue, and she has been featured in Romper, Buzzfeed, and Rolling Stone. This is her debut novel, which was a finalist for the Eleanor Taylor Bland award for emerging writers by Sisters in Crime. Learn more at lilymeade.com.
Kiyash Monsef is an Emmy Award-nominated producer and director; a writer of short stories, videos, comic books, and games; and a designer of innovative conversational and voice interface experiences. Once There Was is his first novel.
Dan Nott is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator living in Vermont. Dan’s short comics and illustrations for investigative journalism have appeared in Spotlight PA, The Nib, Resist!, and Seven Days, and in publications for NJ Advance Media and WBUR, among others. Dan graduated with an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) and was the lead writer and cartoonist for its free nationally distributed comic on the US government called This Is What Democracy Looks Like. Dan teaches classes about making comics and comics history at CCS.
Rex Ogle is the author of Free Lunch, recipient of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. His original graphic novel series, Four Eyes, is based on the highs and lows of his middle-school years growing up in Texas. Under the pen name Rey Terciero, he authored Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as well as Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms. Before becoming a full-time writer, Rex worked as an editor in New York for many years. Rex now writes full time from his home in California. When he’s not busy writing, he can be found hiking with his dog, playing Mario Kart with his friends, or reading a new favorite book. Learn more about Rex at rexogle.com.
Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren is an internationally-renowned author with three New York Times bestsellers: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East; Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present (W.W. Norton), and Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide, (Random House). He was the Middle East analyst for CBS and CNN, but his true passion lies in fiction writing, including recent releases The Night Archer and To All Who Call in Truth (Wicked Son). He splits his time between Tel Aviv and America.
Janika Oza is the winner of the 2022 O. Henry Prize for Short Fiction, and the 2020 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in publications such as The Best Small Fictions: 2019 Anthology, Catapult, The Adroit Journal, The Cincinnati Review, Anomaly, and The Malahat Review, among others. A chapter of her debut novel, A History of Burning, was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize and published in Prairie Schooner. She is a Features reader for The Rumpus and a 2020 Diaspora Dialogues long form fiction mentee. She lives in Toronto.
Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days. He was a founding editor of The Believer and the literary editor of The Village Voice, and an editor at Penguin Press. His stories and articles have appeared in The New Yorker, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Harper’s. He wrote a science-fiction column for the Los Angeles Times and a comics column for The New York Times. He lives in Manhattan with his family.
Lincoln Peirce has been drawing the Big Nate comic strip for over 30 years. Born in Ames, Iowa, Peirce grew up in Durham, New Hampshire. As a kid, he began creating his own strips in the sixth grade. Peirce taught high school in New York City and has created several animated pilots for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his family.
Sarah Penner is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary which has been translated into 40 languages worldwide and is set to be turned into a drama series by Fox. Penner's second book, The London Séance Society, releases March 7. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Sarah spent 13 years in corporate finance and now writes full-time. She and her husband live in Florida. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, running, yoga, and cooking. She also sits on the Board of Directors at her local animal shelter, Friends of Strays. To learn more, visit SarahPenner.com.
Thien Pham is a graphic novelist, comic artist, and educator based in Oakland, California. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Sumo and did the art for the middle-grade graphic novel Level Up, written by Gene Luen Yang, and is an ongoing comic contributor to Eater SF. Currently Pham is working on his next graphic novel, teaching, and eating. A lot. Follow Thien on Twitter and Instagram.
Cecile Pin grew up in Paris and New York City. She moved to London at eighteen to study philosophy at University College London and received an MA at King’s College London. She writes for Bad Form Review, was longlisted for their Young Writers’ Prize, and is a 2021 London Writers Award winner. Wandering Souls is her first novel.
Andy J. Pizza is the acclaimed illustrator behind the popular podcast Creative Pep Talk, and the illustrator of A Pizza with Everything on It.
Justine Pucella Winans is a queer writer who resides in Los Angeles with her husband, cats, and long list of fears. When not writing, they try their best at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, read an alarming amount of manga and webcomics, and try to make pasta even a fourth as good as her nonna’s. Bianca Torre Is Afraid of Everything is their debut novel. justinepucellawinans.com, @justinepwinans
Shelley Read is a fifth-generation Coloradoan who lives with her family in the Elk Mountains of the Western Slope. She was a Senior Lecturer at Western Colorado University for nearly three decades, where she taught writing, literature, environmental studies, and Honors, and was a founder of the Environment & Sustainability major and a support program for first-generation and at-risk students. Shelley holds degrees in writing and literary studies from the University of Denver and Temple University. She is a regular contributor to Crested Butte Magazine and Gunnison Valley Journal, and has written for The Denver Post and a variety of publications.
Roger Reeves is the author of two poetry collections, King Me and Best Barbarian. His essays have appeared in Granta, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin.
Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, New South, and Lumina. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting and running internet companies before retiring to focus on his true passion: writing fiction. He is now a Wall Street Journal-bestselling author with nearly five million copies sold worldwide in twenty languages. He lives in North Carolina. Visit www.agriddle.com
Jeneva Rose is the internationally bestselling author of The Perfect Marriage and One of Us Is Dead. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and optioned for film and television. Originally from Wisconsin, she currently lives in Chicago with her husband, Drew, and her English bulldog, Winston.
Jim Ruland is the co-author of Do What You Want with Bad Religion, and My Damage with Keith Morris, the founding vocalist of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and OFF! Ruland has been writing for punk zines such as Flipside and Razorcake for more than twenty-five years and his work has received awards from Reader’s Digest and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Elizabeth Rusch is the author of more than two dozen award-winning children’s books, including Mario and the Hole in the Sky, winner of the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Children’s Science Picture Books, the Green Earth Book Award, the Cook Prize, and the Golden Kite Award. In her newest book, All About Nothing encourages kids to look at the world differently — to see what might be hidden in the space around things and appreciate how important that space can be. Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon.
Liselle Sambury is the Trinidadian Canadian author of the Governor General’s Literary Awards Finalist Blood Like Magic and its sequel, Blood Like Fate. Her work spans multiple genres, from fantasy to sci-fi, horror, and more. In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to demystifying the sometimes complicated business of being an author.
Terah Shelton Harris is a collection development librarian based in Alabama and a freelance writer. She has been published in Women’s Health, Natural Solutions, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Backpacker, Draft, and Women’s Adventure.
An outdoor enthusiast and avid beekeeper, Jade Shyback left a financial services career in the Middle East to return to Canada and pursue endless hobbies, including writing, by which she finally utilized her English Literature degree to create her debut fictional novel, Aqueous.
Gail Silver, J.D. E-RYT, RCYT, is an award-winning author, educator and entrepreneur whose recent picture books include Booma Boom Boom (Magination 2022), Mindful Bea and The Worry Tree (Magination), and the acclaimed Anh’s Anger trilogy (Parallax). She is the founder, CEO, and curriculum developer of Yoga Child, Inc. and The School Mindfulness Project, Inc., organizations providing sustainable mind-body education to underserved Philadelphia area school communities. Prior to becoming an author/educator, Gail was an attorney, specializing in children’s advocacy law. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.
Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of the poetry collection Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award in Literature, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s Notable Books of the Year, was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Seamus Heaney First Book Award in the UK, and was longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize.
Sharon Sochil Washington, a cultural anthropologist and creator of White Space, a newsletter on Substack that explores the meaning between the words we use, has written for the Dallas Times Herald, New York Newsday, and the Akron Beacon Journal. She received degrees from Columbia University and The New School in New York City, and speaks regularly at universities and conferences on issues of social justice, race, economic insecurity, education, and media influences. The Blue Is Where God Lives is her debut novel. She lives in Houston.
Charles Soule is a #1 New York Times-bestselling novelist and Eisner-nominated comics writer, who has written some of the most prominent comic stories of the last decade for Marvel, DC, and Lucasfilm. His notable stories include Daredevil, the mega-bestsellers Death of Wolverine, The Rise of Kylo Ren, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith, and She-Hulk. In addition to his work in comics, he was one of the primary architects for the hugely successful Star Wars: The High Republic initiative, and has written three acclaimed novels for HarperCollins and Del Rey, with a fourth due in 2023.
Laura Spence-Ash’s fiction has appeared in One Story, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Her critical essays and book reviews appear regularly in the Ploughshares blog. She received her MFA in fiction from Rutgers–Newark, and she lives in New Jersey.
Shawnte’ Spriggs is the epitome of “D.C. raised me, but Carolina made me” as a proud native of Washington D.C. With over 17 years of banking experience and her M.A. in Executive Leadership, Shawnte’ has a strong passion for transformation and development. Shawnte’ is a certified Life Coach & Business Strategist, where she empowers women through leadership & coaching. Shawnte’ serves as a support group leader and facilitator for local and national organizations. On World Aids Day in December 2020, Shawnte’ published her first book, Undetected: More Than a Status. Shawnte’ is transparent about living with HIV and what it truly means to live Purposed, Positive, and Unapologetically Out Loud!
Lambda Literary Fellow Jen St. Jude (she/they) grew up in New Hampshire apple orchards and now lives in Chicago with her wife and dog. She holds degrees in creative writing from Colby College and Harvard University Extension School, and has served as an editor for Chicago Review of Books, just femme & dandy, and Arcturus Magazine. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her cheering on the Chicago Sky and Red Stars. If Tomorrow Doesn't Come is her first novel. jenstjude.com @jenstjude
L.S. Stratton is a NAACP Image Award-nominated author and former crime newspaper reporter who has written more than a dozen books under different pen names in just about every genre, from thrillers to romance to historical fiction. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, their daughter, and their tuxedo cat.
Emma Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of five books for grown-ups, including This Time Tomorrow, All Adults Here and Modern Lovers. Her novels have been published in fifteen languages. Her shorter fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Elle. Emma and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn. They have two kids and two cats.
Jessica Swift is an artist and fabric + surface pattern designer who creates colorful, magically uplifting artwork intended to inspire others to live courageous, honest, hope-filled lives. She creates and manufactures her own products that she sells in her Portland, Oregon studio and in shops around the country. She also licenses her artwork to others for branded products such as fabric, stationery, puzzles, books, and more.
Megan Tady is a writer and editor who runs the company Word-Lift. When she’s not scrutinizing copy, she can be found stocking her free neighborhood library, challenging anyone to a dance-off, or stewing over how Portlandia stole all of her jokes. She’s a corn-fed Nebraska gal who now lives in a quaint New England town with her husband and two kids.
Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist, illustrator, and educator raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is the author of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novels SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless, and the author-illustrator of two picture books, including most recently Our Little Kitchen. With her cousin Mariko Tamaki, she is the co-creator of the young adult graphic novels SKIM and This One Summer, which won a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honor. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Betty C. Tang is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Jacky Ha-Ha series of graphic novels by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. She has worked for various Hollywood animation studios including Disney TV and DreamWorks Animation, and codirected an animated feature called Where’s the Dragon? Betty is also a fourth degree black belt in aikido, a Japanese martial art. Born in Taiwan, Betty immigrated to California as a Parachute Kid when she was ten. She lives in Los Angeles. Learn more about her work at bettyctang.com.
Priyanka Taslim is a Bangladeshi American writer, teacher, and lifelong New Jersey resident. Having grown up in a bustling Bangladeshi diaspora community, surrounded by her mother’s entire clan and many aunties of no relation, her writing often features families, communities, and all the drama therein. Currently, Priyanka teaches English by day and tells all kinds of stories about Bangladeshi characters by night. Her writing usually stars spunky Bangladeshi heroines finding their place in the world — and a little swoony romance, too. You can connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @BhootBabe and check out her website, PriyankaTaslim.com.
Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller Deep Down Dark, as well as The Last Great Road Bum, The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages and an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine. He has written for The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, L.A. Noir, ZYZZYVA, and Slate. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Tobar is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his family.
Gail Tsukiyama was born in San Francisco, California to a Chinese mother from Hong Kong and a Japanese father from Hawaii. She attended San Francisco State University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in English. She is the bestselling author of Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s Garden, as well as the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. She divides her time between El Cerrito and Napa Valley, California.
Neely Tubati Alexander is the author of women’s fiction with rom-com feels you can escape into with a smile. Originally from the Seattle area, she currently resides in Arizona with her husband and two elementary-aged children. If she’s not tucked away at the little desk in her bedroom writing, you can find her at some kiddo activity, drinking wine, or watching reality television, usually the last two together.
Steve Turner is the guitarist and cofounder of seminal Seattle grunge band Mudhoney. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Abraham Verghese is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of books including My Own Country and The Tennis Partner. His most recent book, Cutting for Stone, spent 107 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 1.5 million copies in the US alone. Verghese was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2016. He lives and practices medicine in Stanford, California where he is the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. A decade in the making, The Covenant of Water is his first book since Cutting for Stone.
Wendy Walker is the author of the psychological suspense novels All Is Not Forgotten, Emma in the Night, The Night Before, Don’t Look for Me, and American Girl. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages, topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad, and have been optioned for television and film. Wendy holds degrees from Brown University and Georgetown Law School. She is a former family law attorney with training in child advocacy and has worked in finance and several areas of the law.
Robby Weber is a Florida-based writer who loves sunshine, summer and strong-willed characters. He can normally be found as close to the ocean as possible with his dog, Arthur, and a novel from Reese’s Book Club. He is the author of If You Change Your Mind.
Tyriek White is a writer, teacher, and musician born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the New York State Writers Institute. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi.
Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of fiction and nonfiction, and is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, for The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award. A recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.
Brittany N. Williams is an actress, writer, Co-Artistic Director of The NOLA Project, and nerd of many fandoms. She’s performed across three continents — including a year spent as a principal vocalist at Hong Kong Disneyland — and her writing has been featured on BlackNerdProblems.com, Tor.com, in The Indypendent, The Gambit, Fireside Magazine, and in the Star Wars anthology From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @BrittanyActs and at brittanynwilliams.com. Williams lives in New Orleans.
Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would one day write her own romance. When she isn’t writing, Synithia works on water quality issues in the Midlands of South Carolina while taking care of her supportive husband and two sons. You can learn more about Synithia by visiting her website, www.synithiawilliams.com.
The author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything and Overpour, Jane Wong is a Kundiman fellow and the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, and others. Her writing can be found in places such as The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, The Best American Poetry 2015, POETRY, McSweeney’s, Ecotone, The Common, and more. An associate professor of creative writing at Western Washington University, she grew up on the New Jersey shore and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.
Zach Zimmerman is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer named a TimeOut New York Comic to Watch. With essays and humor pieces that have been published in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Independent, and more, Zach was called a “rising star” by the New York Times and a “world class comic” by the Chicago Reader. Zach has performed around the world and was a host and staff writer for Scruff’s popular trivia game Hosting. An alum of The Second City Theatricals in Chicago, Zach’s first stand-up album, “Clean Comedy,” debuted on the Billboard Top 10 and at #1 on iTunes.