Speakers

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 …

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang, author of Dear Memory, is also the author of Obit, Barbie Chang, The Boss, Salvinia Molesta, and Circle. She lives in Los Angeles and is the program chair …

Felicia Rose Chavez

Felicia Rose Chavez, author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom, is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. …

Charles L. Chavis, Jr.

Charles L. Chavis Jr., author of The Silent Shore: The Lynching of Matthew Williams and the Politics of Racism in the Free State, is is the founding director of the …

Traci Chee

Traci Chee is a bestselling and award-winning author of books for young people, including A Thousand Steps Into Night, a Japanese-influenced young adult fantasy; the Printz Honor Book, Walter Award …

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 …

Grace M. Cho

Grace M. Cho, the author of Tastes Like War, was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Her writings have appeared in journals such as the New …

Kat Chow

Kat Chow, author of Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir, is a reporter and writer. She was most recently a reporter at NPR, where she was a founding member of the Code …

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 …

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