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Poets and Writers

  • Jimmy Santiago Baca, Poet and writer, and Mark Lyons, Social activist and co-author, Espejos y Ventanas /Mirrors and Windows: Oral Histories of Mexican Farmworkers and Their Families
  • John Banville, Novelist and critic, winner of the Man Booker Prize
  • Andrea Barrett, Novelist
  • Chuck Barris, Game show producer and author
  • Ishmael Beah, author and former Sierra Leonian child soldier
  • Cordelia Frances Biddle, Novelist
  • A. S. Byatt, Novelist, winner of the Man Booker Prize, author of The Children's Book
  • David Denby, Cultural critic and film critic for The New Yorker
  • Cory Doctorow, Science fiction writer and technology activist
  • Nora Ephron, Screenwriter, film director, humorist, author of I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections
  • Charles Fuller, Playwright, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Lise Funderburg, author of two works of non-fiction: Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity and Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home: A Memoir  
  • Paul Fussell, Cultural and literary historian
  • Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (2003-2009), poet, critic, translator, anthologist
  • Ellen Goodman, Syndicated columnist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize
  • Adam Gopnik, Journalist and cultural critic, staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Bruce Graham, Playwright
  • Christopher Hitchens, Author and journalist
  • Daniel Hoffman, Poet, critic, editor, memoirist, and teacher
  • Ha Jin, Fiction writer and poet, winner of the National Book Award and PEN Faulkner Award
  • Beth Kephart, Memoirist and author of novels for young adults
  • Wendy Lesser, editor of The Threepenny Review and author of Why I read: The Serious Pleasure of Books
  • Sal Mangione, physician and professor, lecturer on Leonardo da Vinci's groundbreaking anatomical illustrations
  • Bharati Mukherjee, Fiction writer, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Paul Muldoon, Poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • Camille Paglia, Literary and cultural critic
  • Francine Prose, famed author of more than 20 books and works of non-fiction
  • Matthew Quick, Novelist
  • Diane Ravitch, Historian of education, New York University
  • Steven Rea, journalist, film critic, poet, and writer
  • Nile Rodgers, Author, musician, producer, composer, and philanthropist 
  • Gary Shteyngart, satirist and author of three acclaimed novels, The Russian Debutante’s HandbookAbsurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story, as well as a recent memoir, Little Failure
  • Willard Spiegelman, Author of Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness
  • Gerald Stern, Poet, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry
  • Max Tegmark, physicist, MIT professor and author
  • Edward Tenner, Historian of technology, author of Our Own Devices
  • Elaine Terranova, Poet
  • Jessica Wapner, healthcare writer and author of The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level
  • Eleanor Wilner, Poet and teacher
  • Frank Wilson, Literary critic; books editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2000-2009; proprietor of the blog Books Inq. since 2005
  • Robert Wilson, historian and author of the historical biography about acclaimed 19th-century photographer, Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation

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