Anne Kniggendorf

Anne Kniggendorf is a staff writer and editor for the Kansas City Public Library and the author of Secret Kansas City and Kansas City Scavenger.

Anne Kniggendorf is a staff writer and editor for the Kansas City Public Library and the author of Secret Kansas City and Kansas City Scavenger. She’s a regular contributor to KCUR 89.3 (Kansas City’s NPR affiliate), produces LitHub’s Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast, and has bylines in most local publications. Her work has also appeared on NPR, in the Smithsonian MagazinePublisher’s Weekly, the Saturday Evening Post, and numerous literary journals, and book reviews.

Ansel Elkins

Ansel Elkins is the author of Blue Yodel, winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Believer, Oxford American, Parnassus, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

Ansel Elkins is the author of Blue Yodel, winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Believer, Oxford American, Parnassus, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, the American Antiquarian Society, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, as well as a “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Berea College.

Ralph Eubanks

Ralph Eubanks is a writer and essayist whose work focuses on race, identity, and the culture and literature of the American South.

Ralph Eubanks is a writer and essayist whose work focuses on race, identity, and the culture and literature of the American South. He is the author of three books: A Place Like MississippiA Journey Through A Real and Imagined Literary Landscape; Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey into Mississippi’s Dark Past; and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. Eubanks has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a National Fellow at New America, and his writing has been published in the American Scholar, the New Yorker, and Vanity Fair. He is a visiting professor of English and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi and a 2021-2022 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow.

Alicia J. Mireles Christoff

Alicia J. Mireles Christoff is a Mexican American writer and associate professor of English at Amherst College. She is author of Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis.

Alicia J. Mireles Christoff is a Mexican American writer and associate professor of English at Amherst College. She is author of Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis, and her poems and essays have appeared in The Yale Review, Peach Mag, The Common, Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica and elsewhere. Her teaching and research interests include Victorian literature, novel studies, psychoanalysis, critical race and ethnic studies, decolonial and postcolonial theory, contemporary poetry, Latinx and Latin American studies, and BIPOC feminisms.

Kirun Kapur

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her second collection, Women in the Waiting Room, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and was included in the Best Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews.

Kirun Kapur is the winner of the Arts & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry and the Antivenom Poetry Award for her first book, Visiting Indira Gandhi’s Palmist. Her second collection, Women in the Waiting Room, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series and was included in the Best Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews. Named an “Asian-American poet to watch” by NBC News, her work has appeared in AGNI, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and many other journals. She has been granted fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Vermont Studio Center, and MacDowell Colony. Kapur serves as the editor at The Beloit Poetry Journal, one of the nation’s oldest poetry publications. She teaches at Amherst College, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program.

Lupita Aquino

Lupita Aquino—better known as Lupita Reads—is a passionate literary enthusiast amplifying and highlighting books written by authors of color through her Instagram blog. She currently lives in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Lupita Aquino—better known as Lupita Reads—is a passionate literary enthusiast amplifying and highlighting books written by authors of color through her Instagram blog. She currently lives in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and you can find her on Instagram at @lupita.reads, on Twitter at @Lupita_Reads, or catch her writing about books for shereads.com or via her column over at Washington Independent Review of Books.

Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan is a writer, Queer Ancestors Project facilitator, and Rona Jaffe scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Celeste Chan is a writer, Queer Ancestors Project facilitator, and Rona Jaffe scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Randy Winston

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).

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

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.

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.