Joanna Harris

Joanna Harris has worked at DC Public Library for the past nine years in various roles serving young people. As the Teen Services Coordinator, she helps the Library’s 26 locations offer programs and services to customers ages 13-19.

Joanna Harris has worked at DC Public Library for the past nine years in various roles serving young people. As the Teen Services Coordinator, she helps the Library’s 26 locations offer programs and services to customers ages 13-19. She particularly enjoys working with the Library’s teen employees to create fun programs that connect teens to literacy. She likes to read as much as she can in her spare time and favors mystery, thriller, and horror novels.

Nadine Farid Johnson

Nadine Farid Johnson serves as the Managing Director of PEN America Washington and Free Expression Programs, where she leads the organization’s high-level governmental engagement on a broad range of global and domestic free expression issues.

Nadine Farid Johnson serves as the Managing Director of PEN America Washington and Free Expression Programs, where she leads the organization’s high-level governmental engagement on a broad range of global and domestic free expression issues. An attorney and advocate with a focus in democracy, human rights, and governance, she has a breadth of experience across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She is a former Foreign Service Officer whose work spanned the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and multilateral affairs. Previously, she served as executive director of the ACLU of Kansas, and led operations and community engagement at Google L.A. Nadine was a professor of law and political science at Gonzaga University and a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of DePauw University and Tulane Law School, and studied at the U.S. Naval War College.

Idra Novey

Idra Novey is the author of Ways to Disappear, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction and Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize and a Best Book of the Year with NPR, Esquire, BBC, and over a dozen media outlets.

Idra Novey is the author of Ways to Disappear, a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction and Those Who Knew, a finalist for the 2019 Clark Fiction Prize and a Best Book of the Year with NPR, Esquire, BBC, and over a dozen media outlets. Her co-translation with Ahmad Nadalizadeh of Iranian poet Garous Abdolmalekian, Lean Against This Late Hour was longlisted for the 2021 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She teaches fiction at Princeton University and in the MFA Program at NYU. Her forthcoming novel Take What You Need will be out from Viking Books in 2023.

Brandi Wilkins Catanese

Brandi Wilkins Catanese is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of African American Studies and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Brandi Wilkins Catanese is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of African American Studies and Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. She writes and teaches about race and the politics of representation, and is the author of The Problem of the Color[blind]: Racial Transgression and the Politics of Black Performance.

Bernard Clay

Bernard Clay is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky, and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies.

Bernard Clay is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky, and is a member of the Affrilachian Poets collective. His work has been published in various journals and anthologies. He currently resides on a farm in eastern Kentucky. English Lit is his first book.

Jamaica Baldwin

Jamaica Baldwin hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her first book, Bone Language, will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Adroit Journal, Guernica, and The Missouri Review, among others.

Jamaica Baldwin hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her first book, Bone Language, will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. Her work has appeared in Prairie SchoonerThe Adroit Journal, Guernica, and The Missouri Review, among others. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and winner of the 2021 RHINO Poetry Editors’ Prize. Jamaica is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a focus on poetry and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Daniel Peña

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-García Robles Scholar.

Daniel Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Texas. Formerly, he was based out of the UNAM in Mexico City where he worked as Fulbright-García Robles Scholar. A graduate of Cornell University and a former Picador Guest Professor in Leipzig, Germany, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Kenyon ReviewTexas Monthly, NBC News, and the New York Times Magazine among other venues. He’s currently a regular contributor to the Guardian. His novel, Bang, is out now from Arte Publico Press. He lives in beautiful Houston, Texas.

Leora Zeitlin

Leora Zeitlin is an editor, publisher, writer, and radio host. She is co-director of Zephyr Press, an award-winning press based in Boston that mainly publishes contemporary poetry and prose in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

Leora Zeitlin is an editor, publisher, writer, and radio host. She is co-director of Zephyr Press, an award-winning press based in Boston that mainly publishes contemporary poetry and prose in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia and elsewhere. She has been involved with Zephyr since its founding in 1980. Leora has also hosted her own classical music radio show, “Intermezzo,” on KRWG Public Media in Las Cruces, New Mexico, since 2000. Many of her award-winning interviews can be found at krwg.org. She lives in Las Cruces with her family.

Huascar Medina

Huascar Medina is the current Poet Laureate of Kansas (2019-2022), literary editor for seveneightfive magazine, creator/host of Kansas is Lit on 785live.com, and a staff editor at South Broadway Press.

Huascar Medina is the current Poet Laureate of Kansas (2019-2022), literary editor for seveneightfive magazine, creator/host of Kansas is Lit on 785live.com, and a staff editor at South Broadway Press. He’s published two collections of poetry Un Mango Grows in Kansas and How to Hang the Moon. His words have appeared in the New York Times, Latino Book Review, Flint Hills Review, and elsewhere.