Antonia Angress

Antonia Angress is the author of the novel Sirens & Muses, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Best Book of the Year by Glamour.

Antonia Angress is the author of the novel Sirens & Muses, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award and was named a Best Book of the Year by Glamour. She is a 2024 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow and a 2024 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grantee. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Minnesota. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Costa Rica, she lives in Minneapolis.

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Maya Binyam

Maya Binyam is a writer whose work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, the New York Times MagazineNew YorkBookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times Book Review, among others.

Maya Binyam is a writer whose work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, the New York Times MagazineNew YorkBookforum, Columbia Journalism Review, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. She is a contributing editor at The Paris Review and has previously worked as an editor at Triple Canopy and The New Inquiry, and as a lecturer in The New School’s Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism program. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Zain Khalid

Zain Khalid is an American writer and novelist from New York. His debut novel, Brother Alive, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses’ Firecracker Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, and was shortlisted for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction.

Zain Khalid is an American writer and novelist from New York. His debut novel, Brother Alive, won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses’ Firecracker Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, and was shortlisted for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction. Khalid is also the recipient of the 2024 Bard Fiction Prize. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, n+1, The Believer, Astra Magazine, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor at The Drift.

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Tyriek White

Tyriek White is a writer, musician, and educator from Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of the novel, We Are a Haunting, which won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was longlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize.

Tyriek White is a writer, musician, and educator from Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of the novel, We Are a Haunting, which won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was longlisted for the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize. He has received fellowships from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, New York State Writer’s Institute, and Key West Literary Seminar, among other honors. He is currently the media director of Lampblack Literary Foundation, which seeks to provide mutual aid and various resources to Black writers across the diaspora. He holds a degree in Creative Writing & Africana Studies from Pitzer College and most recently earned an MFA from the University of Mississippi.

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Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and author of the novel Four Treasures of the Sky. Her work has appeared in The Cut, the New York Times, Texas Highways, and The Rumpus, among others.

Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and author of the novel Four Treasures of the Sky. Her work has appeared in The Cut, the New York Times, Texas Highways, and The Rumpus, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow and graduate of Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA) Foundation and Tin House workshops, and holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming.

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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is the New York Times-bestselling author of Friday Black. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, the winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book, along with many other honors. Raised in Spring Valley, New York, he now lives in the Bronx.

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Aaliyah Bilal

Aaliyah Bilal was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus.

Aaliyah Bilal was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She has degrees from Oberlin College and the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. She’s published stories and essays with The Michigan Quarterly Review and The Rumpus. Temple Folk is her debut short story collection.

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Eliot Duncan 

Eliot Duncan is a US-born writer and artist. He is the co-founder of the international queer collective Slanted House and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Eliot Duncan is a US-born writer and artist. He is the co-founder of the international queer collective Slanted House and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in New York City.

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Paul Harding

Paul Harding is the author of three novels, Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Enon, and This Other Eden. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PEN America.

Paul Harding is the author of three novels, Tinkers, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Enon, and This Other Eden. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and PEN America. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Michener Center for Writers, and Harvard University. He currently teaches creative writing and literature at Stony Brook University.

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