Jacqueline Woodson is the is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Coming on Home Soon, Feathers, Show Way, After Tupac and D Foster, and Miracle's Boys. Woodson is the author of Harbor Me (Nancy Paulsen Books). It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives. The Day You Begin (Nancy Paulsen Books) is her latest children’s book. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of nonfiction, including In the New World, Remembering Satan, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, Thirteen Days in September, and The Terror Years, and one novel, God's Favorite. His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for The Looming Tower. He is also a playwright and screenwriter. In God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Knopf), Wright explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.
Jenny Xie has published poems in American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The New Republic, Tin House, and elsewhere. She teaches at New York University. She is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press), winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Juan Felipe Herrera. Jenny Xie’s award-winning debut, Eye Level, takes us far and near, to Phnom Penh, Corfu, Hanoi, New York, and elsewhere, as we travel closer and closer to the acutely felt solitude that centers this searching, moving collection. Animated by a restless inner questioning, these poems meditate on the forces that moor the self and set it in motion, from immigration to travel to estranging losses and departures.
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, Wife (Peepal Tree Press UK, 2015), winner of the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books, 2014), won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, among other honors. Her debut collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf Press, 2010) was a 2010 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree.
Eugene Yelchin is a Russian-American artist best known as an illustrator and writer of books for children. Breaking Stalin's Nose, a middle grade novel that he wrote and illustrated received Newbery Honor and has been translated into ten languages. His illustrations for The Rooster Prince of Breslov received a National Jewish Book Award. His middle grade novel The Haunting of Falcon House received the Golden Kite Award. Won Ton, A Cat Tale Told In Haiku that he illustrated received over forty awards. Yelchin received the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators Tomie DePaola Illustration Award. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge that he co-authored with M.T. Anderson is a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. His Cold War middle grade thriller Spy Runner will be released in February 2019.
Emily Jungmin Yoon
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes, the 2017 winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize by Tupelo Press. Yoon received her MFA in Creative Writing at New York University. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Competition, and the Poetry Foundation, among others. Her poems and translations have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, POETRY, The New York Times Magazine, and Korean Literature Now. She currently serves as the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Her most recent book, A Cruelty Specific to Our Species (Ecco) is a piercing debut collection of poems exploring gender, race, and violence. In her arresting collection, urgently relevant for our times, poet Emily Jungmin Yoon confronts the histories of sexual violence against women, focusing in particular on Korean so-called “comfort women,” women who were forced into sexual labor in Japanese-occupied territories during World War II. In wrenching language, A Cruelty Special to Our Species unforgettably describes the brutalities of war and the fear and sorrow of those whose lives and bodies were swept up by a colonizing power, bringing powerful voice to an oppressed group of people whose histories have often been erased and overlooked.
Yorde, Samar (Venezuela) Escritora, conferencista y coach motivacional. Es médico con una maestría en Salud Pública. Fundadora de la red social Soy saludable, con una comunidad cercana a los dos millones de seguidores hispanos, presente en Instagram, Twitter, Facebook y YouTube. Su página es www.soysaludable.com. Es autora de @SoySaludable en la cocina (2014), Soy Saludable, transforma tu cuerpo y tu vida (2016) y Hot Body Diet (co-autora). Conductora del programa El Chateo. Es también creadora de la plataforma Revive. Comparte con el público de la Feria su nueva obra Rejuvenece en la cocina (Aguilar), donde ofrece recetas para alimentarse de forma sana y ganar energía y vitalidad.
Kevin Young is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and poetry editor for The New Yorker. He is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose. He is the editor of eight other collections and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Brown: Poems (Knopf) is his most recent collection. Divided into "Home Recordings" and "Field recordings," Brown speaks to the way personal experience is shaped by culture, while culture is forever affected by the personal, recalling a black Kansas boyhood to comment on our times. From "History"--a song of Kansas high-school fixture Mr. W., who gave his students "the Sixties / minus Malcolm X, or Watts, / barely a march on Washington"--to "Money Road," a sobering pilgrimage to the site of Emmett Till's lynching, the poems engage place and the past and their intertwined power. These thirty-two taut poems and poetic sequences, including an oratorio based on Mississippi "barkeep, activist, waiter" Booker Wright that was performed at Carnegie Hall and the vibrant sonnet cycle "De La Soul Is Dead," about the days when hip-hop was growing up ("we were black then, not yet / African American"), remind us that blackness and brownness tell an ongoing story. A testament to Young's own--and our collective--experience, Brown offers beautiful, sustained harmonies from a poet whose wisdom deepens with time.
RJ Young’s writing has appeared in Reuters, the Oklahoman, and USA Today. He is pulled over by the police more often than most white people change their sheets. His book, Let It Bang: A Young Black Man's Reluctant Odyssey Into Guns (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), explores the quest, funny and searing, of a young man black man learning to shoot—a fascinating odyssey into race, guns, and self-protection in America. The most RJ Young knew about guns was that they could get him killed. Until, recently married to a white woman and in desperate need of a way to relate to his gun-loving father-in-law, Young does the unimaginable: he accepts Charles’s gift of a Glock. Let It Bang is an utterly original look at American gun culture from the inside, and from the other side—and, most movingly, the story of a young black man's hard-won nonviolent path to self-protection.
Barbara Young is the widow of artist Robert Huff. Robert Huff: Cross Section, (Letter16 Press) with essay by Beth Dunlop, offers a cross section of the drawings, paintings, sculpture and public artworks of Miami-based artist. Robert Huff. In Huff’s work, love of the natural world and the man-made world are juxtaposed. His passion for “place” turned to genuine concern for the environment and the future of the planet as he bore witness to the consequences of development and industry in the backwaters and backwoods landscapes that he loved.
Monk Yun Rou
Daoist Monk Yun Rou (formerly Arthur Rosenfeld) received his academic background at Yale, Cornell, and the University of California. In 2012 he was ordained a Daoist monk at the Chun Yang (Pure Yang) Daoist Temple in Guangzhou, China, one of the first Westerners to be so honored. Fourteen of Yun Rou’s books have been published to critical acclaim. His most recent works are Tai Chi - The Perfect Exercise and YIN―A Love Story. YANG, a new novel of Chinese history. His other fiction and non-fiction titles include The Truth About Chronic Pain, National-Book-Award nominee A Cure for Gravity, and popular crime novels. He is the author of The Mad Monk Manifesto: A Prescription for Evolution, Revolution, and Global Awakening (Mango). Today, it’s easy to get outraged by world events, frustrated by our own personal battles, and disenfranchised from government and leadership. Born of moral indignation, informed by decades of study, and seasoned by a life of devoted self-cultivation, Monk Yun Rou’s Mad Monk Manifesto has the answers we’re looking for, organically cohering personal prescriptions and calls to social and political action in one powerful document.
Michael Zadoorian is the author of the critically praised The Leisure Seeker--now a film starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, released by Sony Pictures Classics this year. His other books are Second Hand: A Novel, and the story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit. His fiction has appeared in the Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and the North American Review. His most recent book is set in early 1970s Detroit, a divided city still reeling from its violent race riot of 1967. Beautiful Music (Akashic Books) is the story of one young man's transformation through music. Danny Yzemski is a husky, pop radio–loving loner balancing a dysfunctional homelife with the sudden harsh realities of freshman year at a high school marked by racial turbulence. But after tragedy strikes the family, Danny's mother becomes increasingly erratic and angry about the seismic cultural shifts unfolding in her city and the world. As she tries to hold it together with the help of Librium, highballs, and breakfast cereal, Danny finds his own reason to carry on: rock and roll. Beautiful Music is a touching story about the power of music and its ability to save one's soul.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry. His poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, and The Believer. An associate professor in the Saint Mary’s College of California MFA program and English department, he is also editor at large at Wave Books and, from 2016 to 2017, was the editor of the poetry page of the New York Times Magazine. His most recent book, Why Poetry (Ecco) is an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for poetry’s accessibility to all readers. In Why Poetry, award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder takes on what it is that poetry—and poetry alone—can do. Zapruder argues that the way we have been taught to read poetry is the very thing that prevents us from enjoying it. In lively, lilting prose, he shows us how that misunderstanding interferes with our direct experience of poetry and creates the sense of confusion or inadequacy that many of us feel when faced with it. Why Poetry is engaging and conversational, even as it makes a passionate argument for the necessity of poetry in an age when information is constantly being mistaken for knowledge. While he provides a simple reading method for approaching poems and illuminates concepts like associative movement, metaphor, and negative capability, Zapruder explicitly confronts the obstacles that readers face when they encounter poetry to show us that poetry can be read, and enjoyed, by anyone
Zendrera, Luis (Barcelona, España, 1962) Editor. Realizó estudios en Economía en Bellaterra y de Derecho en la Universidad de Barcelona (UB). En 1985 empezó a involucrarse en la empresa familiar Editorial Juventud, fundada en 1923. En 1987 inició y estrechó las relaciones de Juventud con Latinoamérica. Igualmente creó una red personal y de instituciones con el fin de promover la lectura. Su objetivo era la contribución de España en el mercado latinoamericano y el fomento de la lectura en México, Chile, Guatemala, Perú, Uruguay, Brasil, Ecuador y Estados Unidos. Este objetivo sigue ahora más vivo que nunca. Participa en el V Seminario de Literatura Infantil y Lectura.
Thad Ziolkowski, Associate Director of the Leon Levy Center, is the author of Our Son the Arson, a collection of poems, the memoir On a Wave, which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003, and Wichita, a novel. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Bookforum, Artforum, Travel & Leisure, Interview Magazine and Index. He is the recipient, among other honors, of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Adrian Todd Zuniga
Adrian Todd Zuniga is the host and creator of Literary Death Match (now featured in over 60 cities worldwide). He hosts LDM Book Report on YouTube, and is the co-writer of Madden NFL 18’s interactive movie Longshot (EA Sports), which earned a nomination for a Writers Guild of America award in 2018. An award-winning journalist, he now focuses on fiction and screenwriting. Zuniga is the author of Collision Theory (Rare Bird Books). Thomas Mullen is struggling. Everything for him feels at risk, spiked with threat, since he witnessed a woman jump to her death fifteen months ago. Now there are the pleading calls from his parents to come home, please come home. But it is not until his best friend shows up unannounced that Thomas is awakened. He soon finds himself on an unpredictable journey in which he is forced to confront difficult truths: girlfriends leave, mothers fall ill, and attempts to deny pain will ultimately fail.