MICHAEL HETTICH is a former professor and the author of 12 chapbooks, including The Measured Breathing, and more than a dozen collections of poetry, including The Mica Mine, To Start an Orchard, The Frozen Harbor, and Systems of Vanishing. His work has appeared in such journals as Orion, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and The Literary Review. Most of his teaching career was spent at Miami Dade College, where he served as professor of English and creative writing and lead professor in the Honors College, as well as co-adviser of the student literary magazine. He retired from MDC in 2018. His latest collection, The Halo of Bees: New & Selected Poems 1990-2022 (Press 53), presents selections of his previous books – spanning five decades – alongside a section of new poetry written for this tome.
CARL HIAASEN was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Squeeze Me and Nature Girl, as well as Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You'll Never Hear. His books for younger readers include the Newbery Honor winner Hoot, as well as Flush, Scat, Chomp, Skink – No Surrender, and Squirm.
Donna Barba Higuera
DONNA BARBA HIGUERA grew up in Central California and now lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has spent her entire life blending folklore with her experiences into stories that fill her imagination. Donna is the author of El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!; the forthcoming The Yellow Handkerchief; Lupe Wong Won’t Dance, winner of a Pura Belpré Honor and a PNBA award; and The Last Cuentista, winner of the Newbery Medal and the Pura Belpré Medal. Visit her at www.dbhiguera.com.
MARLON HILL is a partner and business and entertainment/arts transactions attorney with the law firm of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole and Bierman. He is a board member of the Orange Bowl Committee, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, and BMe Community. He is also the founder of the Brownsville Law Academy at Brownsville Middle School, which exposes students to a future in the legal profession. Hill provides weekly civic commentary on “The People’s Politics,” every Saturday at 4 p.m. on CANERadio.com.
HALLE HILL is a writer from East Tennessee. She is a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize nominee, winner of the 2021 Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize, and a finalist for the 2021 American Society of Magazine Editors ASME Award for Fiction. Her work is featured in Joyland, New Limestone Review, and Oxford American, among others. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
KIRSTEN HINES is a Florida-based author, wildlife photographer, and conservationist. She has a master's degree in biology and a background as an environmental educator. She has written numerous articles and five books, including Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens, Birds of Fairchild, and Key Biscayne – all Florida Authors and Publishers Book Award winners – Biscayne National Park, and Dry Tortugas National Park (Arcadia Publishing). Hines has given presentations on gardening for birds and other wildlife in South Florida's unique environment at nearly 50 different venues across the region. She also regularly provides wildlife photography presentations and workshops. Her images have been featured in various publications, photography showcases, public art programs, and nearly 100 exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Tameka Bradley Hobbs, PH.D.,
TAMEKA BRADLEY HOBBS, PH.D., is the library regional manager of Broward County Library’s African American Research Library and Cultural Center, located in Fort Lauderdale. She has also worked as a researcher, writer, consultant, and director for a number of public and oral history projects. Her book, Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida, was published by University Press of Florida and honored with a bronze Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction in 2015, and a Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award from the Florida Historical Society in 2016.
SUSANNA HOFFS co-founded the Bangles in 1981 and the group went on to record and release a string of chart-topping singles including “Manic Monday," “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” and “Eternal Flame” – which she co-wrote – before embarking on a solo career. The Bird Has Flown: A Novel (Little, Brown and Company) is her first book.
ANDREW HOLLERAN, the pseudonym of Eric Garber, is "a pioneer in gay literature for a post-Stonewall age," according to The New York Times. He published his first book, Dancer from the Dance: A Novel, in 1978. Holleran is also the author of Nights in Aruba: A Novel and The Beauty of Men: A Novel; a book of essays, Ground Zero (reissued as Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited); a collection of short stories, In September, the Light Changes; and a novella, Grief. For many years, he wrote regularly for the groundbreaking gay magazine Christopher Street. More recently, he has contributed to The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide.
Kevin Jared Hosein
KEVIN JARED HOSEIN is a writer and science teacher from Trinidad and Tobago. He's the author of the short story Passage, which won the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and The Beast of Kukuyo (2018), The Repenters (2016) – which was shortlisted for the Bocas Prize and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award – and Littletown Secrets (2013). Hungry Ghosts: A Novel (Ecco) is his most recent book.
Cuban American writer and educator NICOLE HOSPITAL-MEDINA – professor, mother, Floridian, surfer, sailor, artist, and poet-activist – earned her MFA at the University of Miami, where she now teaches writing. Her poems can be read in the anthologies Poems from the Lockdown, Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, as well as in CURA: A Journal of Art and Action, the Miami Herald, Linden Lane Magazine, Paper Nautilus, Blunderbuss Magazine, The Acentos Review, Canyon Voices, and more. She is the inaugural winner of the Miami Herald O’Miami Haiku contest and her paintings have been featured in Linden Lane. Recently, she released a collaborative chapbook, Myth America, working with poets Carolina Hospital, Holly Iglesias, and Maureen Seaton; the cover features one of Hospital-Medina's paintings, "My Apartment."
Retired Judge Phillip A. Hubbart
RETIRED JUDGE PHILLIP A. HUBBART served for 19 years on the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida; 12 years as a public defender in Washington, D.C., and Miami; and more than 30 years as an adjunct law professor in Miami. He is the author of four books, including Making Sense of Search and Seizure Law: A Fourth Amendment Handbook, a major treatise on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; a collection of his great-great-grandfather's Civil War letters; and an anthology on the widening gap between the rich and poor in America. While serving as a public defender and a criminal defense attorney, he represented Freddie Pitts and Wilbert Lee from 1965 to 1975 in a first-degree murder case in the Florida Panhandle. They were pardoned in 1975 by Gov. Reubin Askew and the Florida Cabinet, a story told in Hubbart's latest book, From Death Row to Freedom: The Struggle for Racial Justice in the Pitts-Lee Case (University Press of Florida).
LONDON HUGHES is a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and host. Her credits include the breakout Netflix comedy special To Catch a D*ck, her work on ITV2’s hip-hop comedy quiz show Don’t Hate The Playaz, her dating podcast London, Actually, and co-hosting Netflix's first-ever chat show After Party, alongside David Spade and Fortune Feimster. She also created, wrote, and starred in the YouTube comedy series No Filter, featuring some of the UK’s brightest new talent.
HAROLD HUGHES is the founder and CEO of Bandwagon, a South Carolina-based live experience technology company. Its customers include Fortune 50 brands, entertainers, and professional and collegiate athletes. As a first-generation American, he prioritized education while he led business development at a Fortune 1000 company; as a web3 builder and community leader, he published A Kids Book About Blockchain to help educate people "from 6 to 60" about the revolutionary technology that Bandwagon specializes in.
ANNE HULL is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent nearly two decades as a reporter at The Washington Post. She is a fifth-generation Floridian who started her newspaper career at the St. Petersburg Times, now known as the Tampa Bay Times. Through the Groves: A Memoir (Henry Holt and Co.) follows Hull's life growing up in rural Central Florida.
CASSIDY HUTCHINSON is a former special assistant to President Donald Trump and his chief of staff, Mark Meadows. She received national attention after being a key witness in the hearings led by the United States House Select Committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol. Hutchinson previously worked for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and interned for Republican leaders Steve Scalise and Ted Cruz. She was born and raised in Pennington, New Jersey. Enough, a #1 New York Times bestseller, is her first book.
ALBERTO IBARGÜEN, former publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, is the outgoing president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a role he's held since 2005. It’s perhaps there that he’s made his most significant impact on Miami and its residents, through the organization’s unwavering commitment to promoting informed and engaged communities through the support of free expression, journalism, the arts, and community engagement. During his tenure at the Herald, the paper won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in Spanish-language journalism. For his work to protect journalists in Latin America, he received a Maria Moors Cabot citation from Columbia University. Ibargüen also serves on the boards of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the National Museum of the American Latino, and the Paley Center for Media. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Philosophical Society.
FAISEL IGLESIAS nacido en Pinar del Río, Cuba, en 1953, es abogado, profesor de derecho y sociología de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Humacao. Ha publicado los ensayos: El Soberano es el Ciudadano y Donde está mi Papá. Y las novelas El olor de la tierra y El Bárbaro del Ritmo. Fundador del movimiento de abogados disidentes de Cuba “Corriente Agramontista” y defensor de numerosos movimientos y opositores en la isla, fue detenido en varias ocasiones y finalmente expulsado del país. Actualmente vive y trabaja en Puerto Rico. Presenta en la Feria El Pacto Social postmoderno (Ilíada Ediciones), un volumen donde el autor propone la reconstrucción de Cuba a través de un sistema de derecho objetivo, que abarque la relación entre individuo, sujeto social, Estado y territorio.
ROSIE INGUANZO nació en La Habana. Es escritora, actriz y performer. Puede vérsele caracterizando a Eslinda Cifuentes, en las performances que realiza junto al violinista y compositor Alfredo Triff. Doctorada en Español y Literatura Iberoamericana, ejerce el profesorado. Ha publicado la novela La Habana sentimental (Bokeh, Leiden, 2018) y los libros de poesía Deseo de donde se era (Nos y otros Editores, Madrid, 2001) y La vida de la vida (Hypermedia, Miami, 2018). Este año presenta su nueva colección de poemas: Baladas crueles (Ediciones Furtivas, Miami, 2023).
NISHANTH INJAM's work has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Georgia Review, Catapult's Best Debut Short Stories 2021, and The Best American Magazine Writing 2022. Born in Telangana, India, and now living in Chicago, Injam received an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and a PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. In his debut collection, The Best Possible Experience: Stories (Pantheon), Injam offers vivid, intimate, and affecting accounts of individuals living in India, one of the most populous countries in the world, and its American diaspora.
Siham "Sam" Inshassi
SIHAM “SAM” INSHASSI is a Brooklyn, New York-based Palestinian American author, currently working on her first novel as Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writer Fellow in fiction. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing from The New School, where she studied under bestselling authors Mira Jacob, Helen Schulman, and Katie Kitamura, and was awarded the Ignite Fellowship, working with the New York Women’s Foundation to create articles for its biannual publication. Her work focuses on culture and identity politics, both in the home and beyond, with particular focus on psychology and human nature and their relationship to cultural dynamics. She’s a passionate advocate for the Palestinian cause and intersectional solidarity. She’s been published in The Margins, The Inquisitive Eater, Brooklyn Magazine, and The Drum, among others. She is inspired by art, people, and places. You can find her on Instagram @TheStoriedAyrab.
JACOB IVEY is an associate professor of history at Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only HBCU. A native of central Florida, he received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University. Ivey’s research focuses on the British Empire in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and broader issues of race, resistance, and protest in relation to South Africa and the Black diaspora across the globe. He has published in numerous journals and collected volumes, including the South African Historical Journal, Britain and the World, Florida Historical Quarterly, and the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. He is the author of Policing, Race, and the Formation of Nineteenth-Century British Colonial Natal, a work on the Black constabulary in South Africa with Palgrave Macmillan’s “Britain and the World” series. Ivey is also working on a history of anti-apartheid movements in Florida in the 1980s, tentatively titled From Sun City to the Sunshine State: Florida and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
JENNIFER JACKSON is a vice president and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf, which she joined in 2002. Since then she's worked with authors such as Cormac McCarthy (The Passenger and Stella Maris), Gabrielle Zevin (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow), and Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians). Pineapple Street (Pamela Dorman Books), is her first book.
MAJOR JACKSON is the author of six volumes of poetry. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The poetry editor of the Harvard Review and the host of the podcast The Slowdown, Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
ELLA JACOBSON is Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writer Fellow in nonfiction. She is a cultural critic and writer originally from interior Alaska. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Drift, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books blog, High Country News, and Real Life, among other publications. Much of her work explores how people metabolize their exposure to violence and death. She holds a masters in cultural reporting and criticism from the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and she is the recipient of residencies and support from Edith Wharton House, Straw Dog Writers Guild, Monson Arts, I-Park Foundation, Good Hart, and the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust Foundation. She is a former New York University Abu Dhabi Fellow in writing. You can find her on Twitter @_ellajacobson.
Hailing from Haiti, GENJI JACQUES, the “Haitian Denzel,” is a multifaceted talent in cinema, stage, and television, bringing depth and authenticity to diverse characters. For Jacques, acting is not just a profession, but a purposeful calling to entertain and minister to people. He gained prominence with the blockbuster Wind of Desire in 2000 and showcased his versatility through TV series like The Glades and Burn Notice, and stage plays like You’re Never Alone. He has also been acclaimed for his directorial ventures, including stage plays Hoztage and When Good Men Are Tempted, produced by his co-owned company, Godz Sun Productions. Inspired by acting legends, Jacques honed his skills through workshops and holds degrees in communications and Christian ministry. His role as Alfred T. Hair in The Unknowns: Talent is Colorblind is considered profoundly impactful. Residing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife, Sandra Jacques, he remains a passionate and influential force in the performing arts.
PATRICIA JANIOT es una respetada periodista colombiana con casi 40 años de experiencia en medios de comunicación en Colombia y Estados Unidos. Tras su destacada carrera en CNN en Español y Univision, ha cubierto eventos globales y entrevistado a influyentes figuras. Además de sus tres premios Emmy, ha sido reconocida por su labor humanitaria. Actualmente, se enfoca en su nuevo programa en YouTube y documentales familiares.