SANDEEP JAUHAR is the author of several books on medical topics: Intern: A Doctor's Initiation; Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, which was a New York Times bestseller; and Heart: A History, which was named best book of 2018 by The Mail on Sunday and Science Friday, and which was also a finalist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize. A practicing physician, Jauhar writes regularly for the opinion section of The New York Times.
OLALEKAN JEYIFOUS is an artist whose work reimagines social spaces that examine the relationships between architecture, community, and the environment. He has exhibited at venues including the Studio Museum in New York's Harlem, the Vitra Design Museum, the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain, and the Museum of Modern Art, where his work is part of its permanent collection. For more than a decade, he has created large-scale installations for a variety of public spaces and was co-commissioned to design a monument for Congressperson Shirley Chisholm as part of the city of New York's "She Built NYC" initiative. Jeyifous has garnered numerous awards, including the Silver Lion at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale.
CLAIRE JIMÉNEZ is the author of the short story collection Staten Island Stories, which received the 2019 Hornblower Award for a first book from the New York Society Library. Her fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in several publications including Remezcla, AfroHispanic Review, Pank Magazine, The Rumpus, and Eater. Jimenez is a Puerto Rican writer who grew up in New York's Brooklyn and Staten Island. What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez: A Novel (Grand Central Publishing) is her debut work of long fiction.
Abraham Jiménez Enoa
ABRAHAM JIMÉNEZ ENOA nació en La Habana, en 1988. Ha publicado reportajes y artículos de opinión en The Washington Post, The New York Times, El País, BBC, Aljazeera, Internationale y Revista Gatopardo, entre otros medios. Ganó el premio Libertad de Prensa Internacional del Comité para la Protección de Periodistas (CPJ), el Sigma Delta Chi Awards de The Society of Professional Journalists, el de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP), el One Young World Journalist of the Year Award y la beca Michael Jacobs de la Fundación Gabo. Cofundó El Estornudo, revista cubana independiente. Presenta en la Feria La isla oculta. Historias de Cuba (Libros del K.O, 2023) su primer libro, un volumen de crónicas sobre Cuba que nos hace llegar a sus lugares ocultos con una mirada perturbadora y desvergonzada.
JOE JOHNSON is a local and national radio host who spent 30 years at "oldies" station Magic 102.7 in Miami. He's the music host of several genre-themed cruises, interviewing hundreds of music and pop stars at sea and on air. Johnson's family moved to Miami in 1962, where he attended public school, Miami Dade College and FIU. His nationally syndicated "Beatle Brunch" radio show has aired for 32 years.
JANINE JOSEPH is the author of the previous collection Driving without a License (2016), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. A formerly undocumented poet and librettist from the Philippines, Joseph´s poetry, essays, and critical writings have appeared in numerous venues, including The Nation, The Atlantic, The Georgia Review, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, Pleiades, and the Smithsonian’s “What It Means to Be American” project. Her commissioned chamber operas, song cycles, and choral works include The Art of Our Healers (Washington Master Chorale and Houston Grand Opera), What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline (Houston Grand Opera's HGOco), and "On This Muddy Water": Voices from the Houston Ship Channel (HGO/ HGOco). Decade of the Brain: Poems (Alice James Books) is Joseph's latest collection.
JILL KAHN took many iconic images of the bands, clubs, and people involved in the SFLA alternative music and culture scene in the 1980s through the 2017 Miami Punk Rock High Reunion at Churchill's Hideaway, and she continues working as a professional photographer today. She played bass for a decade in the Mach 3 version of the Miami band the Psycho Daisies and is an active member of the Florida chapter of the Recording Academy, joining in advocating for musicians' rights. Her images are featured throughout and on the cover of Punk Under the Sun: '80s Punk and New Wave in South Florida.
MALAINA KAPOOR is an Indian American human rights activist. She previously served as a fellow at PEN America, advocating for international human rights, press freedoms, and election integrity. She also served on the management team of a refugee resettlement organization and was the producer of In Deep, a nationally syndicated public affairs radio broadcast program. Kapoor has received national awards for her poetry, personal essays, and short stories. She collaborated with Sola Mahfouz on Defiant Dreams: The Journey of an Afghan Girl Who Risked Everything for Education (Ballantine Books).
KOBI KARP is a licensed professional architect in 15 states. Educated at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, he earned degrees in both architecture and environmental design. He began his career working on major hospitality and all-inclusive resort projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. His restoration design techniques have contributed to a renaissance in one of this country’s most cherished areas, Miami Beach’s art deco district, which is internationally recognized. Karp has developed expertise in design over the last three decades working with a wide range of projects, and is honored for his multiple award-winning designs.
BOB KEALING, an Edward R. Murrow and four-time Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, is the author of four nonfiction books, including Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock, and Elvis Ignited: The Rise of an Icon in Florida. In his latest book, Good Day Sunshine State: How the Beatles Rocked Florida, Kealing takes readers behind the scenes as he explores the band's influence on the people and culture of the state.
Mary Beth Keane
MARY BETH KEANE is the author of three previous novels, The Walking People: A Novel, Fever: A Novel, and Ask Again, Yes: A Novel – a New York Times bestseller. Malcolm Gephardt, the Half Moon's handsome and gregarious longtime bartender, has always dreamed of owning a bar. When his boss finally retires, Malcolm stretches to buy the place. He sees unmeasurable magic and potential in the place and hopes to transform it into a bigger success, but struggles to stay afloat. His smart and confident wife, Jess, has devoted herself to her law career, and now she is facing the idea that motherhood may not be in the cards for her. Like Malcolm, she feels her youth slipping away and wonders how to reshape her future. The Half Moon: A Novel (Scribner)takes place over one week when Malcolm learns shocking news about Jess, a patron of the bar goes missing, and a blizzard hits the town of Gillam, trapping everyone in place. Keane explores the disappointments and unexpected consolations of midlife, the many forms forgiveness can take, the complicated intimacy of small-town living, and what it means to be a family.
ANGIE KIM moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, she studied philosophy at Stanford University and attended Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Her debut novel, Miracle Creek, won the Edgar Award, the ITW Thriller Award, The Strand Critics Award, and the Pinckley Prize, and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, and the Today show. Kim lives in Virginia with her family.
SOPHIE KLAHR is a poet, teacher, editor, and the author of Meet Me Here at Dawn, There is Only One Ghost in the World – co-authored with Corey Zeller and winner of the Ronald Sukenick innovative fiction contest – and her latest book, Two Open Doors In a Field (The Backwaters Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry London, and elsewhere.
CHARLES KOCHMAN is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the No. 1 bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. For more than 35 years, Kochman has edited several hundred books for all age groups, including award-winning picture books, middle-grade novels, retrospectives, monographs, graphic novels, and art book collections published by Abrams, DC Comics, Mad magazine, Bantam Books, and Putnam. A member of the National Cartoonists Society, the Society of Illustrators, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Kochman is on the nominating committees for the Bill Finger and Harvey Hall of Fame awards. He is a recipient of the Inkpot Award, presented by Comic-Con International for achievement in comics.
MARIO KREUTZBERGER, DON FRANCISCO (Talca, Chile, 1940) Creador y presentador desde 1962 de Sábado gigante, el programa de variedades de más larga duración en la historia de la televisión según el Guinness World Records y que cerró el ciclo de su exitosa historia en la cadena Univision el 19 de septiembre de 2015. Durante su carrera, Kreutzberger ha recibido importantes premios y homenajes, entre ellos la Estrella en el Paseo de la Fama en Hollywood (2001), la Medalla Papal Benemerenti otorgada por el Papa Juan Pablo II (2002), un Premio Emmy (2005) y su nombre está inscrito en el Salón de la Fama de la Academia de Artes y Ciencias de la Televisión en Estados Unidos (2012). Desde 1978, en colaboración con gran parte de los comunicadores chilenos y con el esfuerzo mancomunado de todos los sectores de la sociedad, realiza el Teletón, una cruzada solidaria que ha construido catorce institutos de rehabilitación a lo largo del país, donde se atienden cada año más de 31 mil niños y jóvenes en situación de discapacidad. Por su importante labor social, la Organización de Naciones Unidas para la Infancia le confirió el título de Embajador de UNICEF y además, desde el 2012, es vicepresidente de la Muscular Dystrophy Association en Estados Unidos. Llega a la Feria este año para conversar con Andrés Oppenheimer en la presentación del nuevo libro del periodista Cómo salir del pozo.
MARK KURLANSKY is the New York Times bestselling author of Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas; Havana: A Subtropical Delirium; Paper: Paging Through History; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; Salt: A World History; The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation; Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; and Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate, among other titles. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bon Appétit's Food Writer of the Year award, a James Beard Award, and a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award. He lives in New York City.
ALEJANDRA LABANCA es una experimentada periodista y escritora. Fue Editora en Jefe de Reuters en América Latina y Assistant World Editor para The Miami Herald. Actualmente es Directora de Comunicaciones Ejecutivas y ghostwriter para la presidenta de SAP en América Latina. Además, es autora del libro 'Expuestos, Las Nuevas Reglas del Mundo Transparente'. Nacida en Buenos Aires en 1970, reside en Miami desde 2000.
EBONY LADELLE is the author of Love Radio (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), which was People magazine’s best book of the summer, Apple Books’ best book of 2022, and an Amazon Editors’ Pick. It was also featured on the Today show. LaDelle was previously a brand marketing director in book publishing and worked at Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, among others. Born in Michigan, she graduated from Howard University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.
WAGNER LALANNE is a dedicated practitioner in the natural health field, with a career spanning across three decades, and has served as a doctor at the Lalanne Clinic since March 1990. Wagner’s journey in natural health is deeply rooted in his Haitian heritage, reflected in his approach to medicine. His work extends beyond the clinic, as he has also contributed to the field through various mediums, such as interviews and videos. In addition to his work at the Lalanne Clinic, Wagner has also worked at WSUIONLINE.COM. His educational background includes studying at the Clayton College of Natural Health, further solidifying his expertise in the field. His commitment to natural health and wellness is evident in his extensive work, and his dedication to his patients and contributions to the field make him a respected figure in natural medicine.
JOHN LANTIGUA is a journalist and novelist. He is the author of nine novels, including The Ultimate Havana, Remember My Face, On Hallowed Ground, The Lady from Buenos Aires, Player’s Vendetta, Twister, Burn Season, and Heat Lightning, the latter a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He is also the recipient of numerous honors for his journalistic writings, including two Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards (2004, 2006) and the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting (1999).
FRANCISCO LARIOS es nicaragüense. Ha publicado los poemarios: Cada Sol Repetido, anamá Ediciones, Nicaragua, 2010; The Net in Sight/La red ante los ojos, Rascacielos, Quito, 2015; La Isla de Whitman, Buenos Aires Poetry, Argentina, 2015; Sobre la vida breve de cualquier paraíso, 400 Elefantes, Nicaragua, 2017; Parece una república, Katakana editores, USA, Florida Book Award 2020. Seleccionó y tradujo al castellano Los hijos de Whitman – Poesía norteamericana en el siglo XXI (Valparaíso, México, 2017). Tradujo El soldado desconocido de Salomón de la Selva [The Unknown Soldier, Casasola editores, Brimfield, Massachusetts, 2021]. Su poesía ha sido traducida al italiano, griego, rumano, estonio, árabe e inglés. Llega este año a la Feria con Contra el poder (Nicaragua y la lucha por la libertad en América Latina), (Casasola Ediciones, 2023), un ensayo acerca de la Rebelión de los Autoconvocados de Nicaragua en abril de 2018.
MIA LEONIN is the author of four poetry collections: Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child (BkMk Press), Braid, Unraveling the Bed, and Chance Born (Anhinga Press), and the memoir Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Indiana Review, Witness, North American Review, and others. She has also written extensively about theater, dance, and culture for the Miami Herald, Miami New Times, ArtburstMiami.com, and other publications. Leonin’s creative and pedological interests include linguistic accessibility, translation, multilingual writing, bookmaking, and gender and sexuality studies.
LES LEVI is president and CEO of HC2 Broadcasting, one of the largest media companies in the United States, with more than 250 television stations nationwide. He previously enjoyed a 30-year career on Wall Street as a research analyst, investment banker, and portfolio manager, and held senior positions at major investment banks and hedge funds. Currently an Executive-In-Residence at the University of Miami, Levi was previously an adjunct professor of business at the Stern School at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, specializing in English Renaissance drama and teaching in Columbia’s English department. He later received an MBA in finance from the Stern School.
Born in Buenos Aires, DANI LEVINAS moved with his family to Washington, D.C., in 1980 and founded a publishing company. He is Chair Emeritus of the board of trustees of The Phillips Collection, the Unites States' earliest modern art museum, created in 1921, and is currently a member of the boards of Madrid's Fundación Museo Reina Sofía and the Orchestra of the Americas Group. Previously, he served on the board of Trustees of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington. He contributes to El País newspaper and has organized exhibitions at the Art Museum of the Americas and the Arlington Art Center in Virginia. Levinas collects international contemporary art, specifically focusing on Latin American artists.
JACKI LEVINE is a longtime Florida journalist. From 2017 to 2021 she was editor of Forum, the magazine of Florida Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to that she was managing editor of the Gainesville Sun for 14 years and founding editor of Gainesville magazine. She grew up in Miami Beach.
KAYVION LEWIS writes books for young adults. A former youth services librarian, she’s been working with young readers and kidlit since she was 16. Her debut as an author was the fantasy novel The Half-Class: Escape Your Class. Define Yourself. Originally from Louisiana, she often visits her family in the Bahamas. Thieves' Gambit (Nancy Paulsen Books) is her latest book.
Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman
Psychiatrist DR. JEFFREY A. LIEBERMAN's groundbreaking research has pioneered a transformative strategy for the early detection and prevention of schizophrenia. World-renowned, he has contributed to federal legislation to improve mental health care access and quality while reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. Lieberman is also the author of Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry, which became the basis for the four-part PBS series Mysteries of Mental Illness. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and recipient of the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research, the APA's Adolf Meyer Award, and NAMI Scientific Research Award, Lieberman served as American Psychiatric Association (APA) president in 2013 and 2014.