Marjorie Garber

Marjorie Garber is an author, Shakespeare scholar, and professor at Harvard University. Her most recent work is Shakespeare and Modern Culture, published in 2009.

Marjorie Garber is an author, Shakespeare scholar, and professor at Harvard University. Her most recent work is Shakespeare and Modern Culture, published in 2009.

Joanna Scott

Joanna Scott is a novelist and short story writer, and the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester. Her most recent book is Follow Me, a novel published in 2009.

Joanna Scott is a novelist and short story writer, and the Roswell Smith Burrows Professor of English at the University of Rochester. Her most recent book is Follow Me, a novel published in 2009.

Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson is an author, historian, and publisher who created Edge, an imprint that brings international voices to young adult readers in the United States. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Marc Aronson is an author, historian, and publisher who created Edge, an imprint that brings international voices to young adult readers in the United States. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. His book Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science, was published in 2010.

Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander’s most recent book is Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. She is the author of five previous books of poetry, including American Sublime, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and two books of essays, including The Black Interior.

Elizabeth Alexander’s most recent book is Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. She is the author of five previous books of poetry, including American Sublime, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and two books of essays, including The Black Interior. Her awards and honors include the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement in Poetry award, the Jackson Poetry Prize of Poets & Writers, Inc., and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others.

Nikky Finney

Nikky Finney is the author of On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice; The World Is Round; and Head Off & Split, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011.

Nikky Finney is the author of On Wings Made of Gauze; Rice; The World Is Round; and Head Off & Split, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2011. Her new collection of poems, Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry, was released in 2020. Finney is Carolina Distinguished Professor at USC in Columbia where she is also Director of the Ernest A. Finney Jr. Cultural Arts Center.

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Alice Kaplan

Alice Kaplan is the author of Reproductions of Banality: Fascism, Literature, and French Intellectual Life (1986); French Lessons: A Memoir (1993); and The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (2000), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Alice Kaplan is the author of Reproductions of Banality: Fascism, Literature, and French Intellectual Life (1986); French Lessons: A Memoir (1993); and The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (2000), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her book, The Interpreter, was published in 2005.

Deirdre McNamer

Deirdre McNamer is the author of the novels Rima in the Weeds (1991), One Sweet Quarrel (1994), My Russian (1999), andRed Rover (2007), which was named a Best Book of 2007 by Artforum, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times

Deirdre McNamer is the author of the novels Rima in the Weeds (1991), One Sweet Quarrel (1994), My Russian (1999), andRed Rover (2007), which was named a Best Book of 2007 by Artforum, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.  Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Doubletake, and elsewhere.

Gary D. Schmidt

Gary D. Schmidt is a Professor of English at Calvin College, where he teaches courses in writing, medieval literature, and children’s literature. He is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor-winning novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2004), the Newbery Honor- winning The Wednesday Wars (2007), and Okay for Now, a National Book Award finalist in 2011.

Gary D. Schmidt is a Professor of English at Calvin College, where he teaches courses in writing, medieval literature, and children’s literature. He is the author of the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor-winning novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2004), the Newbery Honor- winning The Wednesday Wars (2007), and Okay for Now, a National Book Award finalist in 2011. He lives on a two-hundred-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan.

William Alexander

William Alexander won the National Book Award in 2012 for his first novel, Goblin Secrets. His second novel, Ghoulish Song, was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award. His third, Ambassador, was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award and won the Eleanor Cameron Award. Will studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at Clarion. He teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.