Karen Chee

Karen Chee is an Emmy-nominated comedian and writer for television shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers, Pachinko on Apple TVand the upcoming Netflix series A Classic Spy.

Karen Chee is an Emmy-nominated comedian and writer for television shows like Late Night with Seth Meyers, Pachinko on Apple TVand the upcoming Netflix series A Classic Spy. She has also been published in The New Yorker and the New York Times, and is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! She is very excited to be here.

Michael Mejia

Michael Mejia is the author of the novels TOKYO and Forgetfulness, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including AGNI, DIAGRAM, The Collagist, Seneca Review, and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Michael Mejia is the author of the novels TOKYO and Forgetfulness, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including AGNI, DIAGRAM, The Collagist, Seneca Review, and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, he is editor-in-chief of Western Humanities Review, co-founding editor of Ninebark Press, and a professor of creative writing at the University of Utah.

Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau writes at the intersection of social and environmental justice, race, climate change, and parenthood. Her books are The Professor’s DaughterSearching for Zion, winner of an American Book Award; and the forthcoming Lessons for Survival.

Emily Raboteau writes at the intersection of social and environmental justice, race, climate change, and parenthood. Her books are The Professor’s DaughterSearching for Zion, winner of an American Book Award; and the forthcoming Lessons for Survival. A contributing editor at Orion Magazine, Raboteau’s essays have appeared and been anthologized in The New Yorker, the New York TimesThe NationBest American Science WritingBest American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. She is a professor at the City College of New York (CUNY) and lives in the Bronx.

Amelia Worsley

Amelia Worsley teaches in the English Department at Amherst College. She is author of the forthcoming Singing by Herself: Lonely Poets in the Long Eighteenth Century, and has published widely on eighteenth-century and Romantic British Literature.

Amelia Worsley teaches in the English Department at Amherst College. She is author of the forthcoming Singing by Herself: Lonely Poets in the Long Eighteenth Century, and has published widely on eighteenth-century and Romantic British Literature.

Parul Sehgal

Parul Sehgal is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She was previously a book critic at the New York Times, where she also worked as a senior editor and columnist.

Parul Sehgal is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She was previously a book critic at the New York Times, where she also worked as a senior editor and columnist. She has won awards for her criticism from the New York Press Club, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Robert B. Silvers Foundation. She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at New York University.

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Ebony LaDelle

Ebony LaDelle is the author of Love Radio—which was People‘s best book of the summer, a 2023 Audie Award Finalist, a 2023 Michigan Notable Book, Apple Books’ best book of 2022, an Amazon’s Editor Pick, and was featured on the Today show.

Ebony LaDelle is the author of Love Radio—which was People‘s best book of the summer, a 2023 Audie Award Finalist, a 2023 Michigan Notable Book, Apple Books’ best book of 2022, an Amazon’s Editor Pick, and was featured on the Today show. Prior to being an author, Ebony was a brand marketing director in book publishing and worked at Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, among others. Born in MI, awoken at Howard University, and cultivated in Brooklyn, Ebony can usually be found eating out somewhere or being the undisputed Mom Friend of any group. You can follow her on social at @ebonyladelle.

Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is Oregon’s current Poet Laureate and the author of five books of poetry. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals Bat City Review, Rattle, Buzzfeed Reader, Thrush, and Forklift Ohio, amongst others.

Anis Mojgani is Oregon’s current Poet Laureate and the author of five books of poetry. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals Bat City Review, Rattle, Buzzfeed Reader, Thrush, and Forklift Ohio, amongst others. A two-time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, Anis has done commissioned work for the Getty Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Portland Timbers, and has been awarded artist residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Bloedel Nature Reserve. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland, OR, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts. His latest collection is In the Pockets of Small Gods.

Dhonielle Clayton

Dhonielle Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of The Conjureverse series, The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, Whiteout, The Rumor Game, and of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series.

Dhonielle Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of The Conjureverse series, The Belles series, Shattered Midnight, co-author of Blackout, Whiteout, The Rumor Game, and of the Tiny Pretty Things duology, a Netflix original series. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books. She is the President and founder of Cake Creative and Electric Postcard Entertainment, IP story companies creating diverse books for all ages. She’s an avid traveller, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief.

Tomás Q. Morín

Tomás Q. Morín is the author most recently of the poetry collection Machete and the memoir Let Me Count the Ways. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author most recently of the poetry collection Machete and the memoir Let Me Count the Ways. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Rice University.

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