Carolyn Kellogg is a writer and critic. She is the former Books editor of the Los Angeles Times and an award-winning culture writer. She is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and has been published widely. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama.
Mark Laframboise grew up in Chicago. His first job in bookselling was at Copperfield & Co. in Macomb, IL, where he pursued an MA in American literature after a three-year stint in the army. He then joined Stone Lion Bookstore in Fort Collins, CO, where he worked for five years as adult book buyer and store manager. Laframboise currently works at Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, where he has been for over twenty years, primarily as head book buyer.
Kiese Laymon is the author of Long Division, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. He is the Ottilie Schilig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi.
Jeff Sharlet (Chair) is the bestselling author or editor of six books, including The Family, C Street, and Sweet Heaven When I Die. He is an editor at large for VQR and a contributor to a number of other periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s Magazine, Esquire, and GQ, for which his story on LGBTQ life in Russia won a National Magazine Award. Sharlet is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.