updated on 08 13 22


Melissa Febos

Melissa Febos is the bestselling author of four books, including Girlhood—LAMBDA Award finalist and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative. Her fifth book, The Dry Season, is forthcoming from Knopf. Her awards and fellowships include those from The Guggenheim Foundation, LAMBDA Literary, the National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The British Library, The Black Mountain Institute, MacDowell, the Bogliasco Foundation, and others. Her work has recently appeared in The Paris Review, The Sun, The New York Times Magazine, Kenyon Review, The Best American Essays 2021, Vogue, and New York Review of Books. Febos is an associate professor at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with her wife, the poet Donika Kelly.

Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson is the winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing and the 2021 National Magazine Award in Feature Writing. Author of the award-winning novel The Residue Years and the critically acclaimed memoir Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family, Jackson’s other honors include a Whiting Award, the Creative Capital Award, the Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, and TED. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Paris Review, Harpers, Time, and elsewhere. Jackson’s next novel—John of Watts—will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Jackson is the first Black columnist in the history of Esquire Magazine and serves as the John O. Whiteman Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the English Department at Arizona State University.

Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky is the author of six books including Later: My Life at the Edge of the World; The Narrow Door; Unbuilt Projects; The Burning House; Famous Builder; and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Conjunctions, The Cut, Fence, New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden, where he is an associate professor. He lives in Brooklyn. 


Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart; Apocalyptic Swing, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award, a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, Texas, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from the Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, New York TimesPoetryBoston ReviewKenyon ReviewTin House, and the New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor-at-Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn’t Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice. 

francine j. harris

francine j. harris’s third collection, Here is the Sweet Hand from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is the winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second collection, play dead, was the winner of the Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Awards. Originally from Detroit, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She is an associate professor of English at the University of Houston and serves as Consulting Faculty Editor at Gulf Coast.

Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa. He is also co-translator of Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva and co-editor of the Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, among other books. His poetry has received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and was shortlisted for the National Book Award, Neustadt International Poetry Prize, TS Eliot Prize (UK) and other honors. His books have been translated into over twenty languages.

Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips is the author of sixteen books of poetry, most recently Then the War: And Selected Poems 2007-2020 (2022) and Wild Is the Wind (2018), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other honors include the 2021 Jackson Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Lambda Literary Award, the PEN/USA Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets. Phillips has also written three prose books, most recently My Trade Is Mystery: Seven Meditations from a Life in Writing (2022); and he has translated the Philoctetes of Sophocles (2004). He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of six poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (2019) and the forthcoming UK volume Liquid Flesh: New and Selected Poems (2022). 2012’s Our Andromeda was a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book, a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She received a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in West Orange, New Jersey. 

Craig Morgan Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of four books of poems, Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey (2021); The Trembling Answers (2017), which won the 2015 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; To Keep Love Blurry (2012); and Brenda Is in the Room and Other Poems, (2007), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. He is also the author of a collection of essays, We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress. He edited Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz, teaches at New York University and the Bennington Writing Seminars, works as Digital Director of the Paris Review, and was a 2021 Guggenheim Foundation fellow.

Mark Wunderlich
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Mark Wunderlich’s most recent book is God of Nothingness, published by Graywolf Press in 2021. His other titles include The Earth Avails, which received the Rilke Prize; Voluntary Servitude; and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Amy Lowell Trust, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, and elsewhere.  His work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Nation, New Republic, New York Times Magazine, and has been widely anthologized.  He is the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program, and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.  


Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of six books of stories and six novels. He was the general editor for The Art of … series for Graywolf press. His newest novel, The Sun Collective, was published in November, 2020. He has taught in the Warren Wilson MFA program for writers and at the University of Minnesota, and he lives in Minneapolis.

Alexander Chee in front of brick wall

Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh, and most recently, the essay collection How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. He is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. His stories and essays have appeared recently in Best American Essays 2016 and 2019T Magazine, New Yorker, Yale Review, and Sewanee Review, among others. A contributing editor for the New Republic and an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, he teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College. 

Stacey D'Erasmo
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Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea; A Seahorse Year; The Sky Below; and Wonderland; as well as the nonfiction book The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between. She is a former Stegner Fellow, the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the winner of an Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Her essays, features, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times MagazineNew York Times Book ReviewNew YorkerBoston ReviewBookforum, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among other publications. She is an Associate Professor of Writing and Publishing Practices at Fordham University. Her fifth novel, The Complicities, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in September, 2022.

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of five books, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was on the longlist for the Booker Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, The Other Americans, was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Award in Fiction. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostThe NationHarper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times. She has been awarded fellowships from the British Council, the Fulbright Program, and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles.

Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai’s latest novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Clark Fiction Prize, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award; and it was one of the New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2018. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime — four stories from which appeared in Best American Short Stories. Rebecca is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Elizabeth Nunez

Elizabeth Nunez emigrated to the U.S. from Trinidad after completing high school. She is the award-winning author of a memoir and nine novels, four of them selected as New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her two most recent books are Not for Everyday Use, a memoir, and Even in Paradise, a novel. Not for Everyday Use won the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for nonfiction and is an Oprah.com book club selection. Even in Paradise, was an O, the Oprah Magazine and Essence Magazine selection. Nunez’s other novels are: Boundaries, nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Fiction; Anna In-Between, winner of the PEN Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and was long-listed for an IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award; Prospero’s Daughter, the 2006 Novel of the Year for Black Issues Book Review and for Mosaic Magazine. Her novel, Bruised Hibiscus, won an American Book Award, and Beyond the Limbo Silence won the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her other novels include Grace; Discretion, short-listed for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and When Rocks Dance. She is co-editor of the anthology Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad. Nunez is the co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference and was director for fourteen years. She is executive producer of the New York Emmy-nominated CUNY-TV series Black Writers in America and has served on the jury for national and international literary prizes/awards, including the international Dublin IMPAC Literary prize, the Ernest Gaines Literary prize, and the Fulbright Award for Creative Writing. Nunez received her PhD in English Literature from New York University and is currently a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, the City University of New York. Her tenth novel, Now Lila Knows, will be released in spring 2022.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the New York Times bestselling author of Wench and Balm. Her forthcoming novel, Take My Hand, will be published by Berkley Books/Penguin Random House in April 2022. In 2013 Dolen wrote the introduction to a special edition of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave, published by Simon & Schuster, which became a New York Times bestseller. Dolen is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington, DC. 

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin is the author of The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You, which was published by One World Random House in August 2021. It was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His first book, We Cast a Shadow, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the PEN/America Open Book Prize, and longlisted for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary Award, the Center for Fiction Prize, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize. The novel was also a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Ruffin is the winner of several literary prizes, including the Iowa Review Award in fiction and the William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award for Novel-in-Progress. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Kenyon Review, and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America. A New Orleans native, Ruffin is a professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University and was the 2020-2021 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi.

Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver’s most recent novel, The Mysteries, was published in 2021. She is the author of six other works of fiction, including the novels Mary Coin, a New York Times Bestseller, and Little Nothing, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as other publications and has been included in Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. She teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Peter Turchi profile in black and white

Peter Turchi is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming (Don’t) Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before (and Other Essays on Writing Fiction); A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic; Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; a novel, The Girls Next Door; and a collection of stories, Magician. He has co-edited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft and The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work, and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. His writing has appeared in Tin House, The Huffington Post, Fiction Writers Review, Ploughshares, Story, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Colorado Review, among other magazines. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award, he has served as Director of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and as Director of Creative Writing at Arizona State University. He currently teaches at the University of Houston.

Guest Editors and Agents will Include:

Ibrahim Ahmad, Executive Editor, Viking Penguin

Miriam Altshuler, Agent, DeFiore & Company

Ian Bonaparte, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit

Alicia Brooks, Agent, JVNLA, Inc.

Kevin Craft, Editor, Poetry Northwest

Allison Devereux, Agent, The Cheney Agency

Nicole Terez Dutton, Editor, Kenyon Review

Chantz Erolin, Editor, Graywolf

Katherine Fausset, Agent, Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Lindsay Garbutt, Interim Co-Editor, Poetry

Hafizah Geter, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit

Yuka Igarashi, Editor, Graywolf

Jenna Johnson, Executive Editor, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Carolyn Kuebler, Editor, New England Review

Lisa Lucas, SVP and Publisher, Pantheon & Schocken at Penguin

Gerald Maa, Director and Editor, Georgia Review

Calvert Morgan, Executive Editor, Riverhead

Ryan Murphy, Director, Four Way Books

Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief, Ploughshares

Janet Silver, Agent and Senior Partner, Aevitas Creative Management

Anjali Singh, Agent, Ayesha Pande Literary

Jenny Xu, Editor, Ecco/Harper Collins