ZIBBY OWENS is the author of Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature and the children’s book Princess Charming, and is the editor of Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology and Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology. Creator and host of the award-winning, daily podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, she is the founder and CEO of Zibby Media – dubbed “the Zibby-verse,” by the Los Angeles Times – which encompasses publishing house Zibby Books, online magazine Zibby Mag, Zibby’s Book Club, retreats, classes, and events. She also owns Zibby’s Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Santa Monica, California. A regular contributor to Good Morning America and other outlets, she loves recommending books as “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer," a mantle bestowed on her by Vulture. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she currently lives in New York (with frequent visits to LA) with her husband, Kyle Owens, of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children, ages 8 to 16. Follow her on Instagram @zibbyowens and Substack, where she tells it like it is.
JENNIFER PAHLKA is the author of Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better (Metropolitan Books). She founded Code for America and led the organization for 10 years; served as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer, helping to found the United States Digital Service; and served on the Defense Innovation Board. She currently sits on the boards of U.S. Digital Response and America’s Frontier Fund. She received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named by Wired as one of the 25 people who has most shaped the past 25 years.
RAUL PALMA is a second-generation Cuban American born and raised in Miami. His collection, In This World of Ultraviolet Light: Stories, won the 2021 Don Belton Prize. His writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction at New York's Ithaca College, where he is the associate dean of faculty in the School of Humanities and Sciences. A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens is his debut novel.
CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI is the author of the Inheritance Cycle series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance); The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm; and the Fractalverse series (Fractal Noise and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars). He holds a Guinness World Record for youngest author of a bestselling series and resides in Paradise Valley, Montana.
ILÉUS PAPILLON is a Haitian poet, sociologist, historian, and writer. He was born in Port-Margot in the historical north of Haiti. Papillon is known for his vibrant and fiery poetry that reflects the social life of Haiti, work that is often described as a living entity, open to all the world’s wounds, tears, and fears. He holds a master's degree in history, memory, and heritage, and is a co-founder of Tanbou-Literè and a member of Sosyete Koukouy. Papillon uses poetry to inhabit the world and considers it his place of escape when life becomes too heavy. In addition to his literary pursuits, he is deeply involved in promoting and protecting Haitian heritage – he serves as president of the Observatoire Patrimoine and is responsible for communication at FEL. His work resonates with his commitment to his culture and language, and his contributions to literature, sociology, and heritage preservation have made him a prominent figure in Haitian society.
Brook Parker-Bello, PH.D.
BROOK PARKER-BELLO, PH.D., is a clinical counselor, author, advocate, actress, ordained minister, and founding CEO of More Too Life Inc., a nonprofit human trafficking reduction and survivor empowerment organization. A survivor herself, Parker-Bello has received broad recognition, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama and the White House and, most recently, was named the Department of Justice ATF Division Victim Advocate of the Year. Her latest book, Shame Undone: A Memoir (Will Dreamly Arts), has been optioned for a motion picture.
LANITA PATTON attended the University of Florida, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and entrepreneurship. She also holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School, where she was the chief marketing officer of the African American Student Union and a Recognizing Individuals Seeking Equity (RISE) Fellow. While an undergrad, she worked with companies such as Google and General Electric. She began her post-undergraduate career as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she partnered with clients to provide innovative solutions for streamlining processes, implementing new technologies, and creating operational efficiencies to result in profitable growth. When she wasn’t consulting, she was building her dance company, First Impressions, through which she partnered with brands like Athleta and Dove to empower women and girls through movement. After getting her MBA from Harvard, she transitioned to the consumer industry, where she now helps brands build and grow through innovative marketing, brand strategy, and operations solutions. Her mission is to empower consumers through the products they use.
PRUDENCE PEIFFER is an art historian, writer, and editor specializing in modern and contemporary art. She is also the director of content at MoMA, New York. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, she was a senior editor at Artforum magazine from 2012-2017, and digital content director at David Zwirner in 2018. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Artforum, and Bookforum, among other publications.
CARIE PENABAD is a distinguished alumna of the University of Miami and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is currently a professor at UM, where she previously served as an associate dean of research and as director of the undergraduate program. She has taught at a variety of institutions, including Northeastern and the Boston Architectural Center, and in 2024 will serve as the William Henry Bishop Visiting Chair of Architecture at Yale. Her publications include Marion Manley: Miami’s First Woman Architect (University of Georgia Press, 2010); Call to Order: Sustaining Simplicity in Architecture (ORO Publishers, 2018) and the forthcoming book Made in Miami/Hecho en Miami (ACTAR Publishers, 2024). Parallel to her academic work, Penabad is a partner in the Miami-based firm of CURE & PENABAD, whose work has received numerous accolades including nearly 30 American Institute of Architects awards. Most recently the firm received the prestigious Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York, a competition that recognizes individuals with a distinct design voice and a significant body of realized work. Penabad also hosts the international radio program/podcast ON CITIES, which is dedicated to the design of our cities and the ways in which the built environment shapes the quality of our lives.
DANIELA PEREZ is a graphic designer and art director born in Guatemala and raised in Miami. She graduated from the University of Miami with dual degrees in art and management, and then went on to study visual communication at the Royal College of Art. She is passionate about creating work that tells intimate cultural stories, centers real people, and empowers others. She currently works for Pentagram and lives in London, where she spends her time hunting for a proper cortadito.
ERWIN PÉREZ es periodista y publicista. Tiene una columna semanal en el diario El Nuevo Herald, de Miami. Es publicista de eventos y personalidades. Presenta podcasts y videos de entrevistas. Erwin Pérez nació en Santiago de Chile, y creció en Buenos Aires, Argentina. Estudió Licenciatura en Periodismo en la Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora. Comenzó su carrera en el diario La Unión, de Lomas de Zamora (en Buenos Aires), y luego permaneció durante cuatro años en el diario Página/12. En 1996 se traslada a Miami y a los pocos meses comienza a escribir en El Nuevo Herald, donde estuvo una década como redactor a tiempo completo, y donde luego ha mantenido una columna semanal de Entretenimientos. Paralelamente ha colaborado en publicaciones como la revista People en Español, donde escribió una columna durante dos años. Desde el año 2005 Erwin maneja su propia agencia de Prensa y Relaciones Públicas, con la cual ha dado servicio a personalidades y eventos como Joaquín Sabina, Diego El Cigala, Oscar D’Leon, Pilar Sordo, Facundo Cabral y Paco de Lucía, entre otros. Durante siete años y medio Pérez fue productor del programa “Bayly”, que el periodista peruano Jaime Bayly presenta en el canal Mega TV, de Miami. A Erwin también le apasiona hacer entrevistas: en la televisión durante un año y medio (enero 2012-julio 2013) condujo el programa “No es lo mismo”, por el canal Telemiami (actual Mira TV). Allí entrevistó a más de 70 personalidades. Las respectivas grabaciones se pueden apreciar en el canal de Youtube Erwin Pérez. En la radio de Miami, Pérez ha hecho una carrera como conductor de espacios en las estaciones WQBA, Actualidad y Caracol. Sus programas han sido “La trastienda”, “A solas”, “La movida”, “Confidencias” y “En directo con Erwin Pérez”. Actualmente hace podcasts y videos publicados en Spotify y otras plataformas digitales.
Tracey Rose Peyton
TRACEY ROSE PEYTON received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her short fiction has appeared in Guernica, American Short Fiction, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Short Stories 2021, and other outlets. Night Wherever We Go: A Novel (Ecco) is her long fiction debut.
LEILA PHILIP is the author of award-winning books of nonfiction that have received national glowing reviews. A Guggenheim Fellow, she has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Philip was a contributing columnist at The Boston Globe and teaches in the environmental studies program at the College of the Holy Cross, where she is a professor in the English department.
Jayne Anne Phillips
JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS is the author of Black Tickets: Stories, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, and Quiet Dell: A Novel. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bunting Fellowship, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. She also received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award and the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was inducted into the academy in 2018. A National Book Award finalist, and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Phillips lives in New York and Boston. Night Watch: A Novel (Knopf) is her latest work.
GEOFFREY PHILP was born in Jamaica. He is the author of Archipelagos (Peepal Tree Press Ltd.) and seven earlier poetry collections, two books of short stories, and two novels, including Benjamin, My Son, which was nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. Philp’s poems and short stories are widely published, appearing in Small Axe, World Literature Today, The Caribbean Writer, Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse. In 2022, he was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal for outstanding merit in literature.
KAREN PINCHIN is an award-winning investigative journalist and culinary school graduate. A recent Tow Journalism Fellow at PBS' Frontline, she graduated from Columbia Journalism School with a Master of Arts in science journalism and has since been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sloan Foundation. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Canadian Geographic, Hakai Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and The Walrus, among other outlets. She lives, writes, and fishes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, son, and a tankful of guppies.
CLAUDIA PIÑEIRO nació en Buenos Aires en 1960. Es escritora, dramaturga, guionista de TV y colaboradora de distintos medios gráficos. Ha publicado las novelas Las viudas de los jueves, Tuya, Elena sabe, Las grietas de Jara, Betibú, Un comunista en calzoncillos, Una suerte pequeña, Las maldiciones y Catedrales. En 2018, Alfaguara publicó sus cuentos reunidos en Quién no y en 2021, un volumen con sus obras de teatro, Cuánto vale una heladera y otros textos de teatro. Por su obra literaria, teatral y periodística, ha obtenido diversos premios nacionales e internacionales. Como coautora, junto con Marcelo Piñeyro, de la serie de TV El reino, obtuvo el Premio Platino a Mejores creadores de series. Varias de sus novelas han sido llevadas al cine. Este año llega a la Feria para presentar su nueva novela El tiempo de las moscas (Alfaguara 2023), que retoma la historia de Inés, la recordada protagonista de Tuya, una ama de casa tradicional y a quien la maternidad no le resultó algo feliz, pero entiende que debe ser práctica y adaptarse. Aunque le cueste. Se trata de un relato de coraje y amistad que nos retrata cabalmente como sociedad. Piñeiro participará también del X Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Lectura.
Jada Pinkett Smith
JADA PINKETT SMITH is an American actress, producer, singer-songwriter, author, and Emmy award-winning talk show host for Red Table Talk. She got her big break in 1991 when she landed the role of Lena James on the NBC sitcom A Different World and has since appeared in more than 20 films, including Menace II Society, Set It Off, Scream 2, Ali, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, the Madagascar series, Hawthorne, Gotham, Magic Mike XXL, Bad Moms, and Girls Trip. She is also a creator of the metal band Wicked Wisdom, for which she is a singer and songwriter. In 2004, Pinkett Smith published the children’s book Girls Hold Up This World, which landed at No. 2 on The New York Times bestseller list. She co-founded the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation with husband, Will Smith, and co-owns Westbrook Inc., a media company that aims to empower artists to tell their stories and connect with the world. In 2021, Pinkett Smith was recognized as one of Time magazine’s Most Influential People.
CARLOS PINTADO es un poeta, escritor, ensayista y dramaturgo nacido en Cuba en 1974. Recibió el Premio Paz de poesía, otorgado por The National Poetry Series y la Feria del Libro de Miami por su libro Nine coins/ nueve Monedas, publicado en edición bilingüe por Akashic Books e incluido en la revista World Literature Today entre sus libros más notables, y por Vancouver Poetry House en la lista de los 10 mejores. Recibió también el premio Internacional de Poesía Sant Jordi por Habitación a oscuras. Entre sus libros publicados se encuentran La seducción del minotauro, Los bosques de Mortefontaine, Los nombres de la noche, El unicornio y otros poemas, Cuaderno del falso amor impuro, Taubenschlag, La sed del último que mira, Instrucciones para matar un ciervo y El árbol rojo, con el que inauguró nuestra Feria en 2022. Cuentos, ensayos y poemas suyos han sido publicados en The New York Times (seleccionado por U.S Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey), The American Poetry Review, World Literature Today Magazine, Raspa Magazine, Latin American Literature Today, Vogue Magazine, entre otros, y su obra ha sido incluida en varias antologías como Home in Florida, Latinx writers and the literature of uprootedness (University of Florida Press, 2021) y Escritorxs salvajes: 37 Hispanic Writers in the United States (Hypermedia Editorial). Desde el 2010, varios compositores, directores y grupos de música clásica de Estados Unidos como The San Francisco Girls Chorus, The Dal Niente Ensemble, The South Beach Chamber Music y Continuum Ensemble, han musicalizado y cantados sus poemas con estrenos en San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Wisconsin, La Habana, Miami, Filadelfia y New York. En el 2023, el coro de la Universidad de Yale estrenó “Despertar”, escrita por Carlos Pintado con música de Karen Siegel. También en 2023, el celebrado Curtis Institute of Music de Filadelfia tuvo la Premiere Mundial de “In the fields”, un ciclo de poemas musicalizados para soprano, violines, cello y piano que marcó la cuarta colaboración con la compositora Tania Leon, ganadora del premio Pulitzer de música, y uno de los cinco Kennedy Center Honorees junto al actor George Clooney, la banda de rock U2 y la cantante Gladys Knight. Otras colaboraciones con Tania Leon son: “Rimas Tropicales (poesía y música, interpretados por el ganador de cinco premios grammy, el San Francisco Girls Chorus) y “Amor es”, una pieza para piano y barítono y que es parte de MSR Classics, un disco de música clásica con poemas musicalizados de Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, John Milton, P.B Shelley y Carlos Pintado. Otras colaboraciones musicales incluyen: “Ídolos del sueño”, pieza para soprano, clarinete, violín y viola interpretados por el grupo Continuum de New York y “Quinteto sobre los poemas de Carlos Pintado”, cuarteto de cuerdas y piano interpretado por el South Beach Music Ensemble con música de la compositora Pamela Marshall. Pintado fue uno de los cinco escritores invitados a colaborar en el libro La experiencia del exilio: un viaje a la libertad, del músico y empresario Emilio Estefan y ha sido juez del Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara, Cuba. En 2022 fue jurado del Premio Internacional Neustadt de Literatura 2022, considerado como una de las antesalas del Nobel. Este año modera la sesión inaugural de poesía con la que la Feria celebra sus 40 primeras ediciones.
HANNAH PITTARD is the author of four novels. She is a winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, a MacDowell Fellow, and a graduate of Deerfield Academy, the University of Chicago, and the University of Virginia. She also spent some time at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. She is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky and lives in Lexington with her boyfriend and stepdaughter.
ALEJANDRO PORTES is a law professor and distinguished arts and sciences scholar at the University of Miami, and the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle S. Beck Professor of Sociology (emeritus) and founding director of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University. He has written 250 articles and chapters on national development, international migration, Latin American and Caribbean urbanization, and economic sociology, and has published 30 books, including City on the Edge – The Transformation of Miami, co-authored with Alex Stepick, and Immigrant America: A Portrait, now in its fourth edition.
A full-time book publicist and part-time writer, AMELIA POSSANZA currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her cat. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, Electric Literature, The Millions, and NPR’s Invisibilia. Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives is her first book.
CHRIS POTASH wrote about music, film, and art in South Florida for the weekly Wave and daily Miami News from 1986 through 1988. His “Off the Record” column gave him insider access to local and touring acts from Dee Dee Ramone to Public Enemy. Potash compiled and edited The Jimi Hendrix Companion: Three Decades of Commentary (1996) and Reggae, Rasta, Revolution: Jamaican Music from Ska to Dub (1997), both for Schirmer Books. He has since worked as an in-house and freelance book editor, video producer, and marketing professional. He currently lives near Philadelphia.
Mona Susan Power
MONA SUSAN POWER is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is the author of three previously published works of fiction: The Grass Dancer, Sacred Wilderness, and Roofwalker. Her short stories have been published by The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and more. Power is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her latest book, A Council of Dolls: A Novel (Mariner Books), is longlisted for a 2023 National Book Award for Fiction.
GARCILASO PUMAR es un melómano, fotógrafo, editor y librero. Ha sido miembro fundador y director de organizaciones culturales especializadas en fotografía y edición. En el campo del libro, ha impulsado los sellos editoriales ‘Lugar Común’ (2011), ‘El Estilete’ (2014) y ‘Alliteration’ (2020). Condujo e hizo crecer la librería Lugar Común en Caracas, reconocido enclave cultural desde el año 2012. Epistemofílico. Vive y crea en Miami. Editor en jefe de Alliteration, un proyecto editorial con base en Miami Beach orientado a la promoción y traducción de Literatura Latinoamericana. CEO de Lugar Común Miami, organización sin fines de lucro que se propone construir puentes entre Culturas a través del Arte.
BEN PURKERT is the author of the poetry collection For the Love of Endings. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Kenyon Review, among others. He is also the founder of Back Draft, a Guernica magazine interview series focused on revision and the creative process. He holds degrees from Harvard and New York University, and he currently teaches at Rutgers University. The Men Can't Be Saved: A Novel (The Overlook Press), is his debut work of fiction.
HANNA PYLVÄINEN is the author of We Sinners: A Novel, which received a Whiting Award and a Balcones Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library; as well as residencies from MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Lásságámmi Foundation. Pylväinen has taught at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and she is currently on the faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She lives in Philadelphia. Her latest book, In The End of Drum-Time: A Novel (Henry Holt and Co.), has been longlisted for a 2023 National Book Award for Fiction.
ALISSA QUART is the author of four books of nonfiction, including Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers, and two books of poetry, most recently Thoughts and Prayers. She is the executive director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and has written for many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Time. Her honors include an Emmy Award, a Society of Professional Journalists award, and a Nieman Fellowship. Quart lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.