Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and most recently The Book That Matters Most. She has also published three memoirs, including Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008. The winner of two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Travel Writing and a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and two Pushcart Prizes, her memoir Kitchen Yarns will be published in December.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of ten novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Girl In Landscape. His fifth, Motherless Brooklyn, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. His eleventh, The Feral Detective, will be published in November. He is also the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, The Berlin Prize, and a Fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation. He lives in Claremont, where he teaches creative writing at Pomona College, and in Maine.
Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of seventeen poetry books, including Carver: A Life In Poems, which won the 2001 Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award, and Fortune’s Bones, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and won the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Frost Medal. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.
Other Featured Authors/Silver Table Hosts
Carina Chocano is the author of You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Trainwrecks and Other Mixed Messages, which was the winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle for Criticism. She is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and writes regularly for Vogue, Elle, Rolling Stone, and others. She lives in Los Angeles.
Brendan Constantine is one of Southern California's most recognized poets, whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poem-a-Day, Virginia Quarterly, Ploughshares, Rattle, Field, Hotel Amerika,Prairie Schooner, Tin House, Reservoir, Ethel, and Best American Poetry. He has published several books including, most recently, Dementia, My Darling, which draws upon his work with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Mr. Constantine has received support and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe. He holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently teaches at the Windward School in West Los Angeles, although he has served as a teacher of poetry in local schools and colleges since 1995. He is currently working on a new project for TED Conferences and TED ED.
B.H. Fairchild is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Art of the Lathe (Alice James Books, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and also received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the PEN West Poetry Award, and the California Book Award; Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (W.W. Norton, 2003), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; and The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2014), which was one of two books of poetry chosen for the ALA 2015 Notable Books List and received the Paterson Poetry Prize. He has been awarded Guggenheim, NEA, and Rockefeller (Bellagio) fellowships. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Yale Review, The Sewanee Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He has received the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry from The Sewanee Review, three Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay, and has appeared twice in The Best American Poetry. He lives in Claremont, California and is a faculty member of the Sewanee Writers Conference.
Judy Grahn is an internationally known poet, author, and teacher, with fourteen published books. Her newest release is Hanging On Our Own Bones, a collection of signature nine-part poems including “A Woman Is Talking to Death,” and “Mental.” For artists, a “My Good Judy Residency” has been established in New Orleans to study Judy’s literature and philosophy.
Rachel Howzell Hall
Rachel Howzell Hall is the author of the critically acclaimed Detective Elouise Norton series. Her next novel, They All Fall Down, a standalone and homage to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, will be published April 2019. She is a native of Los Angeles.
Eloise Klein Healy
Eloise Klein Healy is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (Red Hen Press, 2013). She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. In December 2012, she was appointed the first Poet Laureate of the City of Los Angeles.
Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles. Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. He held a variety of different jobs—including Hollywood screenwriter—before writing IQ, which went on to win the Anthony, Macavity, and Shamus awards for Best Debut Novel. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit his website at www.joeide.com
Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator, based in beautiful Los Angeles. She grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding and graduated from Tyler School of Art's Graphic Design in 2011. Now Rachel works for herself and spends all day and night drawing, writing and learning as much as she can. Check out her books The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth, Women In Science, and Women In Sports from 10 Speed Press. Her work is inspired by history and science and she believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible, and she hopes to use her work to spread her message about scientific literacy and feminism. Learn more about Rachel and her work by visiting https://www.rachelignotofskydesign.com
Sandra Tsing Loh
Named by Variety as one of America’s 50 most influential comedians, Sandra Tsing Loh's work ranges from off-Broadway solo shows to radio commentaries on NPR’s "Morning Edition" and on Ira Glass’ "This American Life." Her syndicated daily science segment “LOH DOWN ON SCIENCE” is produced by KPCC and broadcast over 145 public radio affiliates. A contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly, her new book The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, was a New York Times 100 Most Notable Books of 2014 and was recently optioned by Paramount Television. Her five previous books include the New York Times Notable book Mother on Fire. She is an adjunct professor at University of California, Irvine at the School of the Arts and the School of Physical Sciences, where she teaches solo performance and science communication, respectively.
Tom Lutz =
Tom Lutz is an award-winning writer and the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of And the Monkey Learned Nothing, and many other books, articles, and scripts for TV and film. He is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at University of California, Riverside.
Alice Quinn is executive director of the Poetry Society of America. She was poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987-2007 and at Alfred A. Knopf from 1976-1986, and she is the editor of Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop and The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating 25 Years on Subways and Buses.
Luis J. Rodriguez has 15 books in poetry, fiction, children's literature, and nonfiction. He's best known for the bestselling memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. He is founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Los Angeles Poet Laureate.
Laurie Winer is a long-time journalist who has been on staff at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, where she was chief theater critic and also worked for the food and magazine sections. She has served on the Pulitzer committee for drama, written for most major magazines, and is a founding editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her book Song of Ourselves: Oscar Hammerstein II and the American Musical will be published next year by Yale University Press
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