Caleb Azumah Nelson

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer, living in South East London. His writing is forthcoming or has been published in the White Review and Litro. (Photo credit: Stuart Ruel)

Caleb Azumah Nelson is a British-Ghanaian writer and photographer, living in South East London. His writing is forthcoming or has been published in the White Review and Litro. He was recently shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, the Palm* Photo Prize, and won the Palm* People’s Choice award.

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Robert Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones, Jr. is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Prophets, was a Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. (Photo credit: Alberto Vargas)

Robert Jones, Jr. is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Prophets, was a Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. He has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He is the creator and curator of the social-justice, social-media community Son of Baldwin, which has over 288,000 followers across platforms.

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Richard Powers

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels including Orfeo; Plowing the Dark; Operation Wandering Soul, a National Book Award Finalist; The Echo Maker, winner of the National Book Award; and The Overstory, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. (Photo credit: Dean D. Dixon)

Richard Powers has published thirteen novels including Orfeo; Plowing the Dark; Operation Wandering Soul, a National Book Award Finalist; The Echo Maker, a National Book Award Winner; and The Overstory, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He is a MacArthur Fellow and lives in the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Jakob Guanzon

Jakob Guanzon was born in New York and raised in Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and lives in New York City. (Photo credit: Iqra Shahbaz)

Jakob Guanzon was born in New York and raised in Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts and lives in New York City.

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Jason Mott

Jason Mott has published four novels. His first novel, The Returned, was a New York Times bestseller and was turned into a TV series that ran for two seasons. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. (Photo credit: Michael Becker Photography)

Jason Mott has published four novels. His first novel, The Returned, was a New York Times bestseller and was turned into a TV series that ran for two seasons. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various literary journals, and his most recent novel, Hell of a Book, was the Winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction.

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Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. (Photo credit: Eli Sinkus)

Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and bestselling author of three novels, The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won The Story Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere, and she was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

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Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Alex Award, and a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. (Photo credit: Ulf Andersen)

Anthony Doerr is the author of All the Light We Cannot See, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, the Alex Award, and a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction. He is also the author of the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector; the novel About Grace; and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won five PEN/O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and The Story Prize. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Doerr lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and two sons.

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Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and two book-length translations from the French. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, and The Bridge/Il Ponte Book Award. (Photo credit: Eva Sikelianos Hunt)

Laird Hunt is the author of eight novels, a collection of stories, and two book-length translations from the French. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine, and The Bridge/Il Ponte Book Award. His reviews and essays have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many others. He teaches in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work and was Longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award. (Photo credit: Sydney A. Foster)

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist. She is the author of five poetry collections, including The Age of Phillis, which won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work and was Longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry and the PEN/Voelcker Award. She contributed to The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward, and has been published in Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and other literary publications. Jeffers was elected into the American Antiquarian Society, whose members include 14 US presidents, and is Critic-at-Large for Kenyon Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Oklahoma.

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