Speakers

Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne, author of Chlorine Sky, is a California-born, Brooklyn-based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. She has published several books of poetry, and she is the artistic director …

Elizabeth C. Bunce

Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of the Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series, lives in Kansas City with her husband and their cats. Premeditated Myrtle is her first book for middle-grade readers.  Published …

Keisha Bush

Keisha Bush, author of No Heaven For Good Boys, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was born in Boston. She has received fellowships from the LMCC Workspace Residency, Tyrone Guthrie …

Ron Butler

Ron Butler is an LA-based performer with over a hundred television, film, and stage credits, as well as close to two hundred audiobooks. He has been nominated for seven Audie …

Brian Castleberry

Brian Castleberry, author of Nine Shiny Objects, has had stories published in The Southern Review, Day One, Narrative, and other literary journals. He lives in Virginia, where he teaches literature …

Elizabeth Catte

Elizabeth Catte, author of Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia and What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, is a historian and writer living in Virginia. She …

Te-Ping Chen

Te-Ping Chen, author of Land of Big Numbers: Stories, has work published in or forthcoming from The New Yorker, Granta, Guernica, Tin House, and The Atlantic. A reporter with The …

Polina Chesnakova

Polina Chesnakova, author of Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes, is a Seattle-based food writer, recipe developer, and cooking class instructor. Her work has been featured in The …

Louis Chude-Sokei

Louis Chude-Sokei, author of Floating In A Most Peculiar Way, is the editor in chief for The Black Scholar and director of the African American Studies Program at Boston University. …

Leone Ciporin

Leone Ciporin’s short stories have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s World, Mystery Weekly, Black Cat Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. Leone is a member of Mystery Writers of …

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even As We Breathe, is the first enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to publish a novel. She has served as executive …

Anna Clark

Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, is a journalist in Detroit. Her work was awarded the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and …

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