RUTH BEHAR is an author of adult fiction and nonfiction. Her titles include Lucky Broken Girl, her first book for young readers and winner of the Pura Belpre Award; Tía Fortuna’s New Home, a children’s picture book about Sephardic Cuban heritage; and a bilingual book of poems, Everything I Kept/Todo lo que guardé. She was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in New York, and has lived and worked in Spain and Mexico. She has been recognized with a MacArthur “genius” grant, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan.
ELIZABETH BENEDICT is a novelist, journalist, editor, educator, and writing coach. She has published five acclaimed novels, including Almost, a national bestseller, and Slow Dancing, a National Book Award finalist. She also authored the classic book on writing about sex in fiction, The Joy of Writing Sex, which has been in print for 25 years. Benedict has written reviews and articles for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Esquire, Real Simple, and Daedalus. She has also regularly contributed to Japanese Playboy, HuffPost, and Salmagundi. She conceived of and edited three prominent anthologies, including What My Mother Gave Me: 31 Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most, a New York Times bestseller; Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives; and Me, My Hair, and I: 27 Women Untangle an Obsession. Benedict is a member of the fiction faculty at the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
CLAYRE BENZADÓN is a University of Miami MFA graduate student alumni and graduate of Brandeis University. She is currently a poetry reader from Split Lip Magazine and Broadside Press' Instagram editor. She is also the former managing editor of Sinking City. Her chapbook, Liminal Zenith, was published by SurVision Books. She is a recipient of the 2019 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize for Linguistic Rewilding. Additionally, her work has been featured in places including ANMLY, Fairy Tale Review, Hobart, MudRoom Magazine, Pussy Magic, Kissing Dynamite, and other publications.
Jean Wilfrid Bertrand
JEAN WILFRID BERTRAND, born June 27, 1945, is a distinguished figure in anthropology and library science. He has served as the director general of the National Archives of Haiti (ANH) since 1983. Bertrand completed his primary and secondary studies in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti, and pursued his university studies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and France. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the Haiti State University and a Superior Diploma in Library-Economics from ENSB, Villeurbane, France. Bertrand’s work at ANH is guided by his belief in the importance of preserving historical documents. His efforts have been instrumental in promoting and preserving Haiti’s cultural heritage internationally.
AALIYAH BILAL was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus. Temple Folk (Simon & Schuster), longlisted for a 2023 National Book Award in Fiction, is her first short story collection.
RICHARD BLANCO has authored the poetry collections How To Love a County and Looking for The Gulf Motel, and the memoirs For All of Us, One Today, and The Prince of Los Cocuyos. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and dozens of other publications. Selected as the fifth presidential inaugural poet in United States history by former President Barack Obama, Blanco is also a recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal. In 2022, he was named the inaugural poet laureate of Miami-Dade County.
PAUL BOGAARDS is the principal of Bogaards Public Relations; as a former spokesperson and director of publicity and media relations at Alfred A. Knopf for 32 years, he directed some of the most successful book campaigns of the modern era. The list of authors he has worked with and campaigns he has worked on include Andre Agassi, Julia Child, Bill Clinton, Joan Didion, Bret Easton Ellis, James Ellroy, Tom Hanks, Carl Hiaasen, Kazuo Ishiguro, Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
DEBORAH BONELLO is a journalist, writer, editor, and investigator based in Mexico City who serves as senior editor for Latin America at VICE World News. She has covered organized crime and criminal syndicates for nearly two decades, particularly the drug trade. Bonello has contributed to several publications, including The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, and The Telegraph. Her latest book is Narcas: The Secret Rise of Women in Latin America's Cartels (Beacon Press).
ROSE BOUSAMRA is a freelance illustrator and comic creator born and based in Michigan. Frizzy, written by Claribel A. Ortega, is their first graphic novel and the winner of the 2023 Pura Belpré Award for Children's Text. Their solo debut graphic novel, Gutless, is also being published with First Second. When they're not making or reading comics they love baking sweets and playing fantasy video games.
Trained as a physicist, ERIN BOW is the author of five previous children's novels, including Stand on the Sky, Plain Kate, Sorrow's Knot, the science fiction duology The Scorpion Rules, and The Swan Riders, as well as collections of poetry (under her maiden name, Noteboom) and a memoir. Her latest novel, Simon Sort of Says (Disney Hyperion), has been longlisted for a 2023 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
ROBERT BOYERS is the author of Maestros & Monsters: Days & Nights with Susan Sontag & George Steiner (Mandel Vilar Press). Previous books include The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, the Academy and the Hunt for Political Heresies, The Fate of Ideas: Seductions, Betrayals, Appraisals, and a volume of short stories, Excitable Women, Damaged Men. Boyers has also authored hundreds of periodical essays and reviews in publications such as The New Republic, Dissent, Partisan Review, Harpers, Granta, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is also the founder of Salmagundi, an international quarterly focused on politics, culture, literature, and the arts.
T.C. BOYLE – a distinguished professor emeritus of English at the University of Southern California – is an American novelist and short story writer. Since the mid-1970s, he has published 19 novels, including World's End, for which he won the PEN/Faulkner award, The Tortilla Curtain, and more than 150 short stories. His latest book is Blue Skies: A Novel (Liveright).
MAX BRALLIER is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, Galactic Hot Dogs, and Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He is a writer and producer for Netflix's Emmy Award-winning adaptation of The Last Kids on Earth. Visit him at MaxBrallier.com.
BETHANY BREITLAND was born in northern Indiana. Her people are cult members, truckers, doctors, child-mothers, and business tycoons. She has lived, studied, and taught on the West Coast and in the South and New England. She earned her undergrad degree from Pepperdine University and her MFA from Vermont College. As an educator and activist, she has worked for more than 20 years in support of women’s rights and the LGBTQ+ community. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize and recipient of various poetry prizes, Fire Index: Poems (Green Writers Press) is her first full length book of poems. She lives with her children and her partner in Vermont.
Kristal Brent Zook
KRISTAL BRENT ZOOK is an award-winning journalist and author of four books including The Girl in the Yellow Poncho, a coming-of-age story about being biracial in America, searching for her missing white father, and finding one’s authentic identity. A former contributor to The Washington Post and Essence, her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Life, and The Guardian, among others.
EDUARDO BRICEÑO is the author of The Performance Paradox: Turning the Power of Mindset into Action, which shows how to work differently to attain greater results, based on his work guiding the world’s leading companies. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Mindset Works, the first company to offer growth mindset development services. Earlier in his career he was a venture capital investor with the Sprout Group. His TED Talks have been viewed more than 9 million times. He is a Pahara-Aspen Fellow and a member of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.
JAMEL BRINKLEY is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, which won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He has also won an O. Henry Prize, the Rome Prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, Ploughshares, and The Best American Short Stories. He was raised in the Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, and currently teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His latest book is the 10-story collection Witness: Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
DAVID BROOKS is one of the nation’s leading writers and commentators. He is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times and appears regularly on PBS NewsHour and Meet the Press. He is also the bestselling author of The Road to Character; The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement; Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There; and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.
DUSTIN BROOKSHIRE, a finalist for the 2021 Scotti Merrill Award; the founder/editor of Limp Wrist; curator of the Wild & Precious Life, a Zoom-based poetry reading series; program director for Reading Queer; and founding chapter president of the South Florida Poets. He is the author of the chapbooks Love Most Of You Too (Harbor Editions) and To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press). His work has been published in or is forthcoming in Assaracus, Whiskey Island, South Florida Poetry Journal, South 85, Olney Magazine, Mollyhouse, The West Review, Oddball, Gulf Stream magazine, Redheaded Stepchild, SubtleTea, Ocho, Oranges & Sardines, Ouroboros, Qarrtsiluni, and other publications. He has been anthologized in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses (Lethe Press) and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South (Sibling Rivalry Press). With poet Julie E. Bloemeke, Brookshire is a co-editor of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing).
KEAH BROWN is a journalist, screenwriter, and author of the book of essays The Pretty One and the picture book Sam's Super Seats. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New York Times. She is also the creator of #DisabledAndCute on X. The Secret Summer Promise (Levine Querido) is her YA debut of nerdy queer love.
Mahogany L. Browne
MAHOGANY L. BROWNE is Lincoln Center’s inaugural poet-in-residence, executive director of JustMedia, founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair, and artistic director of Urban Word NYC. Her books include Woke: A Young Poet’s Guide to Justice, the young adult novel Vinyl Moon, and Chrome Valley: Poems (Liveright).
MEG CABOT's many books for both adults and teens have included numerous No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, with more than 25 million copies of her nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. These include the 1-800-Where-R-You? series – reprinted under the title Vanished and made into the Lifetime series Missing – as well as All-American Girl and Avalon High, which served as the basis of an original Disney Channel movie. And her beloved Princess Diaries series was the basis for two hit big-screen films by Disney, with a third coming soon. Her latest book is Enchanted to Meet You: A Witches of West Harbor Novel (Avon).
CAROLINE CABRERA is the author of the lyric essay collection (lack begins as a tiny rumble) from Tinderbox Editions, as well as three poetry collections: Saint X, winner of the Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press; The Bicycle Year; and Flood Bloom, as well as two chapbooks, The Coma of the Comet – winner of the Burnside Review chapbook contest – and Dear Sensitive Beard (Dancing Girl Press). She serves as director of education for O, Miami.
RYAN CALEJO is the author of a middle-grade series featuring demon-slaying preteen Charlie Hernández, which includes Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms, Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, and Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones. Calejo's work has been named a Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection and has won an International Latino Book Award, a Sunshine State Young Readers Award, and a Florida Book Award (Gold Medal). Born and raised in South Florida, he is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Juan Diego Calisto
JUAN DIEGO CALISTO ha trabajado con miles de personas en Perú y América Latina para ayudarlos a desarrollar su creatividad, liderazgo, habilidades humanas y bienestar. Ha creado Ruwalab Coaching & Wellness Institute, donde capacita a cientos de personas cada año en esos temas. Juan Diego es coach profesional certificado (PCC) por la Federación Internacional de Coaching (ICF), especializado en liderazgo y bienestar, e instructor de respiración avanzado de respiración por Oxygen Advantage. Es escritor del libro Tu aventura humana, que está presentando en un tour en el 2023-24, que comprende más de 20 eventos en 14 ciudades, incluyendo inicialmente cinco países.
SHARON CAMERON is the author of the international bestseller The Light in Hidden Places and the thriller Bluebird. Her other titles include the novels The Dark Unwinding and its sequel, A Spark Unseen; Rook, and The Forgetting, a New York Times bestseller, and its companion novel, The Knowing.
ALEJANDRA CAMPOVERDI is an author, nationally recognized women’s health advocate, and former White House aide to President Barack Obama. She produced and appeared in the groundbreaking PBS documentary Inheritance, named one of the “best documentaries of 2020” by Elle. She also founded the Latinos & BRCA awareness initiative in partnership with Penn Medicine’s Basser Center for BRCA, which is the first awareness campaign on the BRCA gene mutation that targets Latinos and offers Spanish-language educational materials. She holds a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and graduated cum laude from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. Campoverdi currently serves on the boards of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino; and the California Community Foundation. First Gen: A Memoir, is her debut book.