Lydia Millet is a writer of fiction, opinion pieces, and other ephemera. Her 2020 novel A Children’s Bible was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best 10 Books of 2020. In 2019 she received an Award of Merit for the Short Story from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her 2010 story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Since 1999 she has been an editor at the Center for Biological Diversity, a group dedicated to fighting extinction and climate change. She lives in the Arizona desert.
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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Katie Kitamura’s most recent novel is Intimacies. One of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021 and a Barack Obama recommended read, it was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Her third novel, A Separation, was a finalist for the Premio Gregor von Rezzori and a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of Gone to the Forest and The Longshot, both finalists for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award. (Photo credit: Martha Reta)
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, The Believer, 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 (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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Eula Biss is the author of four books, most recently Having and Being Had. Her book On Immunity: An Inoculation was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review and Notes from No Man’s Land won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 2009. Her essays have recently appeared in The Paris Review, Guardian, and The New Yorker. She teaches nonfiction writing at Northwestern University.
Aaron John Curtis has had essays in City Link Magazine, World Book Night’s inaugural eBook, The Selkie, and in the collection Badass: Lip Service True Stories. A member of the Akwesasne Kanienkehaka (Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe), Aaron has judged for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance prizes, and the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction. Since 2004, Aaron has been Quartermaster at Books & Books, Miami’s largest independent bookstore.
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Nell Painter (Chair), the author of The History of White People; Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol; and Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, is Madame Chairman of MacDowell’s Board of Directors. She writes opinion pieces for the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Paris Review, and other journals when not painting self-portraits and reading artist’s books that visualize people and history.
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