JANE CAPUTI is a Ms. magazine contributor whose work appears in the 50 Years of Ms. collection. She teaches at Florida Atlantic University. Her books are The Age of Sex Crime; Gossips, Gorgons, and Crones; Goddesses and Monsters; and Call Your "Mutha": A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene. She has also made two documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth.
Max Olivier Carré
MAX OLIVIER CARRÉ, born in 1982, is a Haitian American entrepreneur, author, speaker, and pastor who's passionate about natural health. He possesses more than 10 years of medical experience and specializes in herbal remedies, a skill through which he serves as a natural health consultant and runs several natural health clinics in North Miami and Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Carré offers home visits to individuals severely affected by health crises, especially in the Palm Beach area. He has also written numerous e-books, primarily focusing on network marketing, leadership, herbal medicines, and more. His work extends beyond writing to include speaking engagements and pastoral duties. In addition to his professional pursuits, he is a dedicated husband and father, balancing his personal life with his commitment to helping others achieve their health goals. His mission is to impact the lives of families through herbal medicine, and he believes financial constraints shouldn't limit access to health and wellness. To this end, he has organized fundraisers to provide herbal remedies to families in need. Carré's dedication to natural health healing and commitment to helping others make him a respected figure in natural medicine.
DEJHA CARRINGTON is an independent curator and co-founder of Commissioner. Her work focuses on supporting artists and building models for access in the arts. In addition to running Commissioner, a collaborative program that brings together emerging collectors and artists in their cities, she consults on social impact initiatives and teaches at the New World School of the Arts. She also serves as an advisory committee member of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and New York University’s Center for Black Visual Culture. She’s based in Miami Beach.
SUSAN CASEY is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Voices in the Ocean, The Wave, and The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks. Casey is the former editor-in-chief of O, The Oprah Magazine, and a National Magazine Award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Magazine anthologies, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, and Outside. The Underworld: Journeys to the Depths of the Ocean (Doubleday) is her latest book.
ANA CASTILLO, born and raised in Chicago, is the author of the bestselling novels So Far from God, The Guardians, Peel My Love Like an Onion, and Sapogonia, and the poetry collection I Ask the Impossible. She has received numerous awards, including the 2018 PEN Oakland Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement, and this year was inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.
ALEJANDRO CASTRO nació en Caracas en 1986. Es Licenciado en Artes por la Universidad Central de Venezuela y Magíster en Literatura Latinoamericana por la Universidad Simón Bolívar. Se ha desempeñado como instructor tanto de la Escuela de Artes, como de la Escuela de Letras de la Universidad Central. Desde el 2016 vive en los Estados Unidos, donde ha sido instructor de español y cultura latinoamericana en la Universidad de Nueva York. Como poeta, ha publicado los libros Parasitarias (2020); El lejano oeste (2013), que fue merecedor del “Premio al Libro del Año” en 2013, otorgado por los libreros venezolanos; y que presenta hoy como Lejano Oeste/Wild West (Alliteration, 2023) y No es por vicio ni por fornicio. Uranismo y otras parafilias (2011), con el que ganó el “Concurso para autores inéditos de Monte Ávila Editores”. En el 2019 coeditó en HemiPress el volumen Deborah Castillo: Desobediencia radical. Ha publicado distintos trabajos académicos sobre psicoanálisis, literatura y cultura venezolana, caribeña y brasileña. Su trabajo como investigador ha recibido, entre otros premios, la Alpine Fellowship (2018), el NYU Migration Network Award (2021) y la Penfield Fellowship (2022). En 2014 fue invitado a participar en la Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, México. Ha sido activista de los derechos humanos en diversas instituciones como CECODAP, UNICEF y BICE, siendo reconocido con el Premio Rafael Ángel García (2001) y la Órden José Félix Ribas del Ministerio de Salud y Desarrollo Social (2003). Textos suyos de no ficción han sido publicados por el suplemento literario de El Nacional, así como por distintos medios digitales.
ANGELA CERVANTES is the Mexican American author of popular children's novels like Lety Out Loud, a 2020 Pura Belpré Honor Book. Her other books include Maritza: Lead with Your Heart (American Girls book); Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring; Gaby, Lost and Found; and Allie, First at Last. In addition to her original novels, Cervantes authored the junior novelization for Disney/Pixar's animated film Coco and Disney's animated film Encanto. Her latest novel, The Cursed Moon (Scholastic Press), is her first book in the children's horror genre.
URU-CHAN (Chelsey Han) always loved manga and anime, and she taught herself how to draw and write her own stories. As a teen, she enjoyed posting short comics online for others to read. She is the writer, illustrator, editor, and producer of the action webcomic unOrdinary, which she created for the digital platform Webtoon's Superhero contest.
Myriam J. A. Chancy, Ph.D.
MYRIAM J. A. CHANCY, PH.D., is a Guggenheim Fellow and the Hartley Burr Alexander Chair of the Humanities at Scripps College. She is the author of What Storm, What Thunder, a novel on the 2010 Haiti earthquake (HarperCollins Canada/Tin House USA 2021), awarded a 2022 American Book Award (ABA) from the Before Columbus Foundation, and named a "Best Book of 2021," by NPR, Kirkus, the Chicago Public Library, the New York Public Library, Library Journal, the Boston Globe, Amazon Books and Canada's Globe & Mail. Her forthcoming books include Harvesting Haiti: Reflections on Unnatural Disasters (University of Texas Press, 2023), Spirit of Haiti: A Novel (20th anniversary edition, SUNY Press, 2023), and Village Weavers: A Novel (Tin House 2024). Her recent writings have appeared in Whetstone, Electric Literature, and Guernica.
K-MING CHANG is the author of the novel Bestiary, the chapbook Bone House – part love story, part ghost story – and the collection of short stories Gods of Want. She is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award winner, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, and an O. Henry Prize Winner.
RITA CHANG-EPPIG's stories have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, Santa Monica Review, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Best American Short Stories 2021 (selected by Jesmyn Ward), and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from New York University, and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation/Vermont Studio Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Writers Grotto, and Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.
ROZ CHAST's cartoons began appearing in The New Yorker in 1978, where she has since published more than 1,000. She is the author of the graphic memoirs Going Into Town, winner of the New York City Book Award, and the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner, and a finalist for the National Book Award; What I Hate: From A to Z; and the collections The Party, After You Left: Collected Cartoons 1995-2003 and Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health- Inspected Cartoons, among others. Her latest book is I Must Be Dreaming (Bloomsbury Publishing).
DAÍNA CHAVIANO is an expatriate Cuban author of novels, novellas, short stories, and scripts for film and television. Her first book, the short story collection Los mundos que amo/The Worlds I Love, written while she attended the University of Havana, became an instant classic. Some of her subsequent books include Amoroso planeta/Loving Planet, Historias de hadas para adultos/Fairy Tales for Adults, and Fábulas de una abuela extraterrestre/Fables from an Extraterrestrial Grandmother. She defected to the United States in 1991, worked as a journalist and translator for El Nuevo Herald, and wrote a four-book series of novels called The Occult Side of Havana. The fourth entry, La isla de los amores infinitos/The Island of Eternal Love, was widely translated.
CHEN CHEN was born in Xiamen, China, and has lived in western Massachusetts, upstate New York, and west Texas. His debut poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, was longlisted for the National Book Award and won several prizes. He is also the author of a collection of essays, In Cahoots with the Rabbit God, and four chapbooks, most recently GESUNDHEIT!, a collaboration with Sam Herschel Wein. Chen's poems have been translated into French, Greek, Russian, and Spanish. He has received two Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence and also serves on the poetry faculty for the low-residency MFA programs at New England College and Stonecoast.
Curtis S. Chin
CURTIS S. CHIN is a former network TV writer and an award-winning filmmaker and activist who has been recognized by ABC/Disney Television, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more. Since leaving TV to transition to social justice documentaries, he has screened his films at more than 600 venues in 16 countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appétit, and the Boston Globe's Emancipator, and is a co-founder and the first executive director of the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York City. His debut book is Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir (Little, Brown and Company).
AVA CHIN is the author of A Chinese American Family's Story of Exclusion and Homecoming (Penguin Press). A previous book, Eating Wildly, won the Les Dames d'Escoffier International M.F.K. Fisher Book Prize. Chin's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and Saveur. A professor of creative nonfiction at the City University of New York, Chin has received grants and fellowships from the New York Public Library's Cullman Center, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Institute for the Humanities, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
MARILYN CHIN is the author of five previous poetry collections and a novel. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, and other publications. She received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors. Born in Hong Kong, Chin the chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Antonio "Tony" Chirinos
ANTONIO “TONY” CHIRINOS is a Venezuelan-born documentary-style artist based in Miami. His career spans more than 40 years exploring the theme of death and the vulnerability of life. He is recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2023) and South Florida Cultural Consortium (2010) fellowships; a recipient of a Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award (2019); and was awarded a William Talbott Hillman Foundation grant (2021) to financially assist in the printing production of his first monograph, The Precipice (Gnomic Books). Chirinos has an MFA from Columbia University, trained as a biomedical photographer at Miami Children’s Hospital, and created the medical photography department at Baptist Health. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in the Third Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, The Washington Post, photo-eye, Nueva Luz, Slate, the Daily Mail, Business Insider, and Fotofilmic, to name a few, and he was among 100 photographers that participated in the Review Santa Fe Photo Symposium (2012, 2018, 2019). Chirinos is a professor of photography at Miami Dade College.
JINWOO CHONG is a writer whose short stories and other works have appeared in The Southern Review, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Chicago Quarterly Review, and Electric Literature. In 2022, he received the Oran Robert Perry Burke Award for Fiction from The Southern Review and a special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. Flux (Melville House) is his first novel.
NICOLE CHUNG is the author of A Living Remedy: A Memoir (Ecco). Her previous book, All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir, was a national bestseller, finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, and an Indies Choice Honor Book. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time, GQ, Slate, and The Guardian.
JAMES C. CLARK is the author of eight books on Florida history, including A History Lover's Guide to Florida and A Concise History of Florida, and he is also the editor of a three-volume anthology of Florida literature. He holds a doctorate in Florida history from the University of Florida and is a senior lecturer in the University of Central Florida History Department. His work has been honored by the Florida Historical Society, the Florida Magazine Association, and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.
JON CLINCH has written several novels including Marley (Atria), Finn, Kings of the Earth, The Thief of Auschwitz, and Belzoni Dreams of Egypt. Formerly a creative director for various advertising agencies in the Philadelphia area, Clinch has lectured and taught widely in settings as varied as Duke University, the Mark Twain House and Museum, and Pennsylvania State University. His latest book is The General and Julia: A Novel (Atria Books), a historical tale about Ulysses S. Grant.
ENA COLUMBIÉ es una escritora y artista cubanoamericana, licenciada en Filología. Ha publicado: El Exégeta (Editorial Oriente, 1995), Ripios (EntreRíos, 2006), Las Horas (Strumento, 2011), Solitar (Alphabeta, 2012), Isla (Alphabeta, 2012), Luces (Silueta, 2013), Sepia (Betania, 2016), Dossier Mireya Robles (La gota de agua, selección y prólogo, 2016), 13 Poetas (Hypermedia. selección y prólogo, 2017), Jazz (Aduana vieja, 2018), Confesiones de un idiota (Silueta, 2018), Intimisma (Alphabeta, 2018), Piedra (Bokeh, Leiden, 2019), y Nauseamundo (Piedra de Sísifo, 2020) entre otros. Como artista ha expuesto en varios países. Este año presenta Cabrón (Ediciones Furtivas, 2023), una exquisita selección de cuentos y participa también en la presentación de Ni locas ni solas. Narrativa escrita por mujeres en Estados Unidos (El Beisman Press, 2023), un volumen que reúne el trabajo de 35 autoras ubicadas a lo largo del país. El cuerpo narrativo demuestra la solidez de la voz de la mujer en español y su trascendencia dentro del mundo de las letras estadounidenses.
ALLY CONDIE is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy and co-author of the Darkdeep middle-grade series. She is also the author of the novel Summerlost, an Edgar Award Finalist. A former English teacher, Ally lives with her family outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Ally has an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is the founder and director of the nonprofit WriteOut Foundation. Visit Ally online at allycondie.com, or follow her on Twitter: @allycondie.
SHARON CORINTHIAN, originally from Jamaica, is a multifaceted talent residing in Boca Raton, Florida. Her early challenges as an immigrant ignited her passion for words, leading her to become a poet, blogger, and radio host. Corinthian has contributed to platforms like The Caribbean Current and My Love For Autism, and hosted radio shows spotlighting noteworthy individuals and poets. As a spoken-word artist, she's performed at events such as P.A.L.A.S and Jerk Fest, one year winning the latter's poetry contest. Her words also graced occasions in honor of prominent figures, including a commission for track Olymics legend Usain Bolt. On the entrepreneurial front, she co-founded the Caribbean Medley Organic Juice Company and now runs Sweet Madam Blu Mellow Munchies, an organic cookie business. With every endeavor, Corinthian seeks to inspire, uplift, and echo resilience. Connect with her journey on Facebook and Instagram.