Cartoonist, author, and educator Jessica Abel won both the Harvey and Lulu Awards for Best New Talent. She is the author of Soundtrack and Mirror, Window, two comic collections culled from her comic book series, Artbabe. Her La Perdida won the Harvey Award for Best New Series and was excerpted in 2006’s Best American Comics. The author of two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics, Abel is chair of the illustration program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Both within and without PAFA, she works with creative people to implement tools that help them actually make their work instead of just dreaming about it. Trish Trash #1: Rollergirl of Mars (Trish Trash graphic novels) is the first of Abel’s new science fiction comics series, in which 200 years from now, on the newly inhabited Mars, Trish "Trash" Nupindju dreams of only one thing: becoming a hoverderby star.
Diana Abu-Jaber is the award-winning author of four novels, including Crescent, and two memoirs, Life Without a Recipe and The Language of Baklava. Her most recent novel, Birds Of Paradise, won the 2012 Arab-American National Book Award and was named one of the top books of the year by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the Oregonian. Her latest, Life Without a Recipe (W.W. Norton), is Diana Abu-Jaber’s memoir of journeying without a map, of learning to ignore the script and improvise, of escaping family and making family on one’s own terms.
Kim Addonizio is an award-winning author of fiction, essays, and poetry. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and she has won Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and prose. She is also the author of two popular writing guides for poets, The Poet’s Companion and Ordinary Genius, and teaches and performs internationally. As a writer of provocative poems and stories, she has encountered success along with snark: one critic dismissed her as “Charles Bukowski in a sundress.” (“Why not Walt Whitman in a sparkly tutu?” she muses.) Now, in Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life (Penguin), an utterly original memoir in essays, she opens up to chronicle the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age. Passionate and irreverent Addonizio’s poetry collection, Mortal Trash (W.W. Norton), transports the readers into a world of wit, lament, and desire. Whether comic, elegiac, or ironic, the poems in Mortal Trash remind us of the beauty and absurdity of our time on earth.
Miren Agur Meabe
Poeta y narradora española que escribe en lengua vasca tanto para el público adulto como para el infantil y juvenil. Recibió el Premio de la Crítica en 2001 y 2011 por los poemarios Azalaren kodea (El código de la piel) y Bitsa eskuetan (Espuma en las manos), así como el Premio Euskadi de Literatura Juvenil en tres ocasiones por las obras Itsaslabarreko etxea (La casa del acantilado), Urtebete itsasargian (Un año en el faro) y Errepidea (La carretera). Su novela Kristalezko begi bat (Un ojo de cristal) ha sido traducida a otras lenguas.
Renée Ahdieh’s much anticipated sequel to her debut, the best-selling The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance," is The Rose and the Dagger (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers). In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband. A prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves, she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.
Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, pop culture critic, and professional troublemaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. This year, Luvvie was selected as part of Oprah's Inaugural Supersoul 100 list. She was named the 2016 Influencer of the Year at the Iris Awards, a 2015 Black Innovator by XFINITY Comcast, and is a past winner of the Women’s Media Center’s Social Media Award for using her voice and humor for pop culture critique, gender and racial justice. With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You (Holt Paperbacks) is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives―from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook.
Poeta nacida en Cuba que reside en New York desde 1966. Ha publicado los poemarios: Electra, Clitemnestra (Editorial El Maitén, Chile, 1986), La extremaunción diaria (Ediciones Rondas, Barcelona, 1986), Ras (Ediciones Medusa, New York, 1987), Hermana (Editorial Betania, Madrid, 1989), Hemos llegado a Ilión (Editorial Betania, Madrid, 1992), Liebe (Editorial La Torre de Papel, Coral Gables, 1993). En el 2011, la Editorial Betania, publicó su poemario Dos Mujeres. Su libro Volver se publicó en Madrid en 2012 y Amor Fatal en 2016. Sus poemas han aparecido en revistas y antologías en Estados Unidos, Cuba, Europa y América Latina.
Andrew Albanese is senior writer and features editor at Publishers Weekly and the author of The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon and the “Big Six” Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight. As a journalist he has covered the publishing and information technology field for more than a decade, and has written about the industry for numerous publications in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is a former editor of American history at Oxford University Press.
In what can be called a tenth anniversary edition, Elisa Albo’s collection of poems in Passage to America is even more timely today as it recounts her Cuban/Jewish family immigrant and assimilation story. The author of Each Day More, elegies set mostly in South Florida, her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including Alimentum, Bomb Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Stream Magazine, InterLitQ, MiPoesias, The Notre Dame Review, The Potomac Journal, and Tigertail: A South Florida Annual. She teaches creative writing, English, ESL, and food studies at Broward College.
Jane Alexander is a four-time Academy Award nominee, Tony Award and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress. She is also a longtime, much-admired activist, impassioned wildlife proponent and conservationist, as well as former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts. Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth (Knopf) is a moving, inspiring, personal look at the vastly changing world of wildlife on planet earth as a result of human incursion, and the crucial work of animal and bird preservation across the globe being done by scientists, field biologists, zoologists, environmentalists, and conservationists.
André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Inspired by a reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books) questions what it means to be honorable, what it means to be faithful and what it means to sin.
Jane Alison is the author of a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and three novels—The Love-Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, and Natives and Exotics—and the translator of Ovid's stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. Her latest book, Nine Island (Catapult) is an intimate autobiographical novel, told by J, a woman who lives in a glass tower on one of Miami Beach’s lush Venetian Islands. After decades of disaster with men, she is trying to decide whether to withdraw forever from romantic love. Having just returned to Miami from a month-long reunion with an old flame, and a visit to her fragile mother, J begins translating Ovid’s magical stories about the transformations caused by Eros. When not ruminating over her sexual past and current fantasies, in the company of only her aging cat, J observes the comic, sometimes steamy goings-on among her faded-glamour condo neighbors. One of them, a caring nurse, befriends her, eventually offering the opinion that “if you retire from love . . . then you retire from life.”
Treyf: According to Leviticus, unkosher and prohibited, like lobster, shrimp, pork, fish without scales, the mixing of meat and dairy. Also, imperfect, intolerable, offensive, undesirable, unclean, improper, broken, forbidden, illicit. In her memoir treyf: My Life as an Unorthodox Outlaw, James Beard Award-winner and founder of the blog PoorMansFeast, Elissa Altman, explores the tradition, religion, family expectations, and the forbidden that were the fixed points in her Queens, New York, childhood. Treyf captures the collision of youthful cravings and grown-up identities. It is a vivid tale of what it means to come to yourself both in spite and in honor to your past.
Indran Amirthanayagam es un poeta, ensayista y diplomático estadounidense. También es blogger en varios idiomas (http://indranamirthanayagam.blogspot.com). Ha publicado once poemarios, entre ellos The Elephants of Reckoning (Hanging Loose Press, NY, 1993), ganador del premio Paterson 1994; Uncivil War (Tsar Books / Mawenzi House, Canadá, 2013), Sin adorno: lírica para tiempos neobarrocos (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2013) y Ventana azul (Tapiz del Unicornio, México, 2016). Su primer poemario escrito en español, El infierno de los pájaros, fue prologado por José Emilio Pacheco e ilustrado por José Luis Cuevas.
Escritor, periodista y profesor chileno. Fue embajador de su país en México y ministro presidente del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile. Ha vivido en Chile, Cuba, Alemania Oriental, Alemania Federal, Suecia, México y Estados Unidos. Es director de la Fundación Avanza Chile, asesor del directorio de la Fundación Mustakis, Senior Fellow de la Fundación para el Progreso (FPP) y profesor visitante de la Universidad Finis Terrae. Además, es columnista de El Mercurio y El Líbero. Entre sus libros figuran Detrás del Muro (2014), la saga policial de Cayetano Brulé, y las novelas La otra mujer (2010), Los amantes de Estocolmo (2003) y Pasiones griegas (2006).
When Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as “black rage.” In her op-ed, published in the Washington Post, Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American Studies and history at Emory University, pointed out another source of anger. In White Rage (Bloomsbury Publishing), she pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. The New York Times Book Review calls White Rage “. . . an extraordinarily timely and urgent call to confront the legacy of structural racism bequeathed by white anger and resentment . . .”
In 1991, six-year-old Sulome Anderson met her father, Terry, for the first time. While working as the Middle East bureau chief for the Associated Press covering the long and bloody civil war in Lebanon, Terry Anderson had been kidnapped in Beirut and held by a Shiite Muslim militia associated with the Hezbollah movement. The Hostage's Daughter: A Story of Family, Madness, and the Middle East (HarperCollins) is a gripping blend of reportage, memoir, and analysis, by journalist Sulome Anderson, who takes an intimate look at her father’s captivity during the Lebanese Hostage Crisis and the ensuing political firestorm on both her family and the United States—as well as the far-reaching implications of those events on Middle Eastern politics today.
Andres Pi Andreu
Born in Havana, Cuban-American Andres Pi Andreu currently lives in Miami where he works as a National Bilingual Literacy Consultant for several major educational publishers. He is also a writer with several Spanish Language Acquisition programs and Language transference programs. Andreu has worked for Houghton Mifflin, Pearson, McGraw Hill, Benchmark Educations, and many other major publishers as a Senior Development Editor, Curriculum developer and writer. Owner of TIB Editorial, a small educational development house that works with all major publishers in the US, he also serves as the Director of Ediciones Malecón, a publishing company that specializes in literature written in Spanish in the US. His book, Spanish Language Gold: 274 (Panamericana Editorial), was the 2015 gold-medal winner of the Florida Book Award in the category of Spanish Language books.
Sergio Andricaín was born in Havana, Cuba. He is a journalist, literary scholar, publisher, and writer. He studied sociology at the University of Havana and in Costa Rica. During the 1990s, he was an editor of the UNESCO publications Colección biblioteca del promotor de lectura, and Niños y niñas del maíz. As a writer, he has worked for several newspapers and magazines in Cuba, Costa Rica, Colombia, Spain, and the United States. With Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, he created Fundación Cuatrogatos, a nonprofit that promotes Spanish-language reading, cultural, and educational projects in Miami, Florida, where he currently resides
Seudónimo de poeta y narrador cubano Hermes Díaz, residente en Miami. Ha publicado el libro de relatos Crónicas aldeanas y la versión inglesa A tale of two villages (Voces de Hoy, 2011-2012), así como los poemarios La cosecha (Entre Líneas, EE.UU., 2013) y El ojo de la gaviota (Entre Líneas, 2015, y Betania, Madrid, 2016). Sus poemas han aparecido en antologías de EE.UU, Cuba y España. Ha obtenido dos premios editoriales Carmenluisa Pinto en narrativa y poesía. Escribe el blog artístico-literario cronicasaldeanas.blogspot.com desde el 2010.
Poeta y promotora cultural nicaragüense, residente en Miami desde 1974. Ha publicado los poemarios Emmanuel (Editorial SIBI, Miami, 1987), In nomini filli (edición personal, 1991), Príncipe Rosacruz (Ediciones del Proyecto II, Miami, 2007), Homenaje a la tierra (Ediciones del Proyecto II, Miami, 2008) y Aguas sagradas (Miami, 2010). Sus trabajos han aparecido en revistas y suplementos culturales América Latina y Estados Unidos. Poemas suyos han sido traducidos al inglés y al húngaro.
Sarah Arison is President of the Arison Arts Foundation, a private grant-making organization that provides support for emerging artists and the institutions that foster them. She is a trustee of the National YoungArts Foundation, New World Symphony and MoMA PS1; a member of the junior board of American Ballet Theater; and a member of the Young Collectors Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She is the producer of the film Desert Dancer, starring Freida Pinto. Sarah will be presenting The Desert and the Cities Sing: Discovering Today's Israel: A Treasure Box on behalf of her grandmother, Lin Arison. Lin Arison is the co-author of A Love Story in Mediterranean Israel and Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections. She has contributed a daily column to the Miami Review, as well as travel writings to the Israeli business magazine Link. With Michael Tilson Thomas and her late husband, Ted Arison, she was a co-founder of the New World Symphony, co-founded the YoungArts Foundation, and is a long time arts education advocate and activist. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2013. The Desert and the Cities Sing: Discovering Today's Israel: A Treasure Box (Chronicle Books) is Lin Arinson’s latest collaboration with Diana C. Stoll and Neil Folberg. In this unique boxed set that includes photographs, films, books and more, the authors invite readers to explore Israel's fascinating, diverse, and complex culture. The Desert and Cities Sing celebrates world-renowned artists, educators, and innovators, and reveals the richness of a country many know only through front-page headlines. Includes: Four full color, beautifully designed books featuring: the arts; agriculture; food and entertainment; and education, technology, and enterprise; a portfolio of 26 frameable photographs by Neil Folberg capturing Israel's landscapes; four documentary films on DVD, including the Academy Award-winning Strangers No More; a flash drive featuring animations about Israel's innovations; a limited edition scarf crafted by one of Israel's boldest couturiers; and a map of Israel.Lin Arison is the author of A Love Story in Mediterranean Israel and Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections. She has contributed a daily column to the Miami Review, as well as travel writings to the Israeli business magazine Link. With Michael Tilson Thomas and her late husband, Ted Arison, she was a co-founder of the New World Symphony.
Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novel No One is Here Except All of Us and a collection of short stories A Guide to Being Born. Set in Martha’s Vineyard on Labor Day, 1976, her latest novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (Riverhead Books) begins as family happily prepares for a birthday celebration when they learn that the unimaginable has occurred: There is no more money. Imbued with both the whimsical and the profound, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty is a story of American wealth, class, family, and mobility.
After graduating with a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, Victoria Aveyard decided to try her hand at writing a novel. Her debut was the fantasy adventure for teens, Red Queen. The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series, Glass Sword, (HarperTeen) escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul. USA Today writes, “A sizzling, imaginative thriller, where romance and revolution collide, where power and justice duel. It’s exhilarating. Compelling. Action-packed. Unputdownable.”
Andrew Aydin, grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. A few years later, the March series was born. Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C.
Carrie Sue Ayvar
Blending traditional, international & personal tales, bilingual storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination connecting people, languages and cultures through stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English. A Chautauqua Scholar and Artist in Education, she has been Kennedy Center trained and her dramatic programs range from one-woman historical presentations that makes history jump off the page, to participatory multicultural folktales and stories in Spanish and English.
Andrew J. Bacevich
Andrew J. Bacevich is a retired professor of history and international relations at Boston University. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, he served for 23 years as a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Before joining the faculty of Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and at Johns Hopkins University. His three most recent books—Breach of Trust, Washington Rules, and The Limits of Power—were on the New York Times Bestseller List. A winner of the Lannan Notable Book Awards, he lectures frequently at universities around the country. America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History (Random House) was nominated for a National Book Award in nonfiction. From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight.
Chris Bachelder is the author of Bear v. Shark, U.S.!, and Abbott Awaits. His fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, and the Paris Review. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati. Bachelder was nominated for the National Book Award in fiction for his novel The Throwback Special (W. W. Norton & Company) a moving and comic tale filled with pitch-perfect observations about manhood, marriage, middle age, and the rituals we all enact as part of being alive. Here is the absorbing story of twenty-two men who gather every fall to painstakingly reenact the November 1985 play in which the Redskins’ Joe Theismann had his leg horribly broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants live on Monday Night Football. Over the course of a weekend, the men reveal their secret hopes, fears, and passions as they choose roles, spend a long night of the soul preparing for the play, and finally enact their bizarre ritual for what may be the last time. Along the way, mishaps, misunderstandings, and grievances pile up, and the comforting traditions holding the group together threaten to give way.
Imam Baksh is a Guyanese writer who enjoys tales of magic, monsters and heroes. He is a three-time winner of the Henry Josiah Prize for Children’s Stories. Children of the Spider (Blue Moon Publishing), winner of the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, is the tale of a lost girl who seeks the power to stop a great evil. Her quest carries her across modern-day Guyana as she gains allies and dodges the monstrous fanatics who enslaved her people.
Peter Balakian is the author of several books of poems, most recently Ozone Journal (2015), winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Other collections include Ziggurat (2010), June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000, Father Fisheye (1979), Sad Days of Light (1983), Reply From Wilderness Island (1988), Dyer’s Thistle (1996), and several fine limited editions. His memoir Black Dog of Fate is the winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir and a New York Times Notable Book Award.