Celeste Chan is a writer, Queer Ancestors Project facilitator, and Rona Jaffe scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart and two essay collections: Abandon Me and Girlhood. The inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction and the recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the BAU Institute, Vermont Studio Center, the Barbara Deming Foundation, and others; her essays have recently appeared in The Paris Review, The Believer, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Granta, Sewanee Review, Tin House, The Sun, and the New York Times. She is an associate professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.
Randy Winston is the fiction editor at Slice Literary Magazine and creator of “Milkshake Scholar,” a milkshake interview series on Instagram. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Winston is represented by Ed Maxwell (Greenburger Associates).
Wesley Lowery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and correspondent for CBS News. Lowery was previously a national correspondent at The Washington Post, specializing in issues of race and law enforcement. He led the team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016 for the creation and analysis of a real-time database to track fatal police shootings in the United States. His most recent project, “Murder with Impunity,” an unprecedented look at unsolved homicides in major American cities, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2019. His first book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement, was a New York Times bestseller and awarded the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose by the LA Times Book Prizes.
Kyle Dacuyan is a poet, performance-maker, and Executive Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s.
Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint was born in Yangon, Myanmar and grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and San José, California. She is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven, which won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Her second book, Names for Light: A Family History was the winner of the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in August 2021. She is currently a visiting writer at Amherst College, where she teaches creative writing and literature.
Shuchi Saraswat is a writer based in Boston. In 2018 she founded The Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith and served as its director until 2021. She’s currently a Nonfiction Editor at the literary journal AGNI.
Concepción de León is a reporter covering breaking news for the New York Times. Prior to that she spent three years writing about literary news and culture for the Books department, and is a Glamour magazine alum.
Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. He’s the author of the essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, novel Long Division, and most recently, Heavy: An American Memoir, which won the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose. A contributing editor for Vanity Fair, he teaches at the University of Mississippi.