Alan Michael Parker has written four novels, including Christmas in July and The Committee on Town Happiness, and nine collections of poems. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, his writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, TheBeliever, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. He has received three Pushcart Prizes, and two selections in Best American Poetry; new stories and cartoons have recently appeared or will appear in journals in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Bangladesh.
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Emily Pullen is the Reader Services Coordinator for the New York Public Library. She was on the selection committee for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism. For a decade, she worked in independent bookstores: WORD in Brooklyn, Skylight Books in Los Angeles, and Porter Square Books in Massachusetts. She served on the Bookseller Advisory Council for the American Booksellers Association. She grew up in Iowa and lives in Beacon, NY with her wife, cats, and several books.
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Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea (Chair) is a Guggenheim Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the bestselling author of 18 books. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award, and an Edgar Award. His most recent book, The House of Broken Angels was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. He is a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
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