Jennine Capó Crucet

Jennine Capó Crucet is a novelist, essayist, and a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Her latest novel, Make Your Home Among Strangers, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice book, the winner of the 2016 International Latino Book Award, was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald; it has been adopted as an all-campus read at over twenty American universities. She is also the author of How to Leave Hialeah (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction award), and a forthcoming essay collection. Her writing has been awarded an O. Henry Prize and the Hillsdale Award, among other honors, and her work has appeared in venues including Medium, the Los Angeles Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and on PBSNewsHour.

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night. In 2019, a third collection of poems, Magical Negro, will be published by Tin House, and a young adult novel will be published with Delacorte Press. Her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020 by OneWorld. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets with Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.


Sharon Olds

Sharon Olds is most recently the author of Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012), recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the T.S Eliot Prize (UK), and Odes (Knopf, 2017). She teaches in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at New York University where she helped found the original outreach program at Goldwater Hospital, a 900-bed state hospital for the physically challenged. These programs at NYU now include a writing workshop for Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. She lives in New York City.

Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn is an author, actress and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including “House M.D.” and “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” She is the author of 3 books of poetry including the critically acclaimed best seller, “Dark Sparkler.” (Her debut novel “Any Man” will be released in the summer of 2018 on Harper Perennial.) Most recently she wrote and directed the feature film, “Paint it Black”, based on the novel by Janet Fitch, starring Alia Shawkat, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina, which is out on Netflix. She reviews books of poetry by women for Bust Magazine, is a poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and is a contributing writer for The New York Times. She is an avid proponent of equity and a founding signatory of the Time’s Up Movement. She lives in New York.