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 Mississippi: A 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 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 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—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 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.