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2017 Presenters

Additional authors are being added as they are confirmed.

Children's Picture Books


Salina Yoon
Children's Picture Books

Salina Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly 200 books for children, including Be A Friend, Penguin and Pinecone; Penguin on Vacation; Penguin in Love; Penguin and Pumpkin; Penguin’s Big Adventure; Penguin’s Christmas Wish; Found; Stormy Night; Bear’s Big Day; Duck, Duck, Porcupine; and My Kite is Stuck! And Other Stories. She studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and now lives in San Diego with her family. Visit her online at www.salinayoon.com.


Ken Haedrick

Ken Haedrich is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Maple Syrup Cookbook and Home for the Holidays, a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit. He can be found online at thepieacademy.com.


Jessie Chaffee

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, May 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her writing has been published in The Rumpus, Slice, Literary Hub, Bluestem, Global City Review, and The Sigh Press, among others. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders. Find her at www.JessieChaffee.com.

Kia Corthron


The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, Kia Corthron came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships. Corthron's most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she has developed work through various international residencies. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York City.

David Francis

David Francis, based in Los Angeles, spends part of each year back on his family's farm in Australia. He is the author of The Great Inland Sea, published to acclaim in seven countries, and Stray Dog Winter, Book of the Year in The Advocate, winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize for Literature and a LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist. He has taught creative writing at University of California, Los Angeles, Occidental College and in the Masters of Professional Writing program at University of Southern California. His short fiction and articles have appeared in publications including Harvard Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, Southern California Review, Best Australian Stories, Australian Love Stories, Los Angeles Times and The Rattling Wall. Film rights to his novels have been sold in France and the United States. He is Vice President of PEN Center USA.   www.davidfranciswriter.com

Cara Hoffman

Cara Hoffman is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Running, So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You. She has written for the New York Times, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, Marie Claire, Salon, LitHub and National Public Radio, and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including a Folio Prize nomination, and a Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. She has been a visiting writer at Columbia, St. John’s and University of Oxford. She lives in Manhattan and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.
Meg Howrey
Meg Howrey is a former dancer who performed with the Joffrey, Eglevsky Ballet, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She toured nationally with the Broadway production of Contact, for which she won the Ovation Award in 2001 for best featured actress in a musical. Howrey is the author of two previous novels, Blind Sight and The Cranes Dance, and the coauthor of the bestselling novels City of Dark Magic and City of Lost Dreams, published under the pen name Magnus Flyte. Her nonfiction has appeared in Vogue and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
Joshilyn Jackson
Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including Gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.
Ben Loory
Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, READ Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts, and performed live at WordTheatre in Los Angeles and London. A graduate of Harvard University and the American Film Institute MFA program in screenwriting, Loory lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Maryse Meijer
Maryse Meijer is the author of Heartbreaker (FSG, 2016) and Northwood (forthcoming from Black Balloon, 2018). Her work has appeared in Joyland, Adroit, The Conium Review, The Collagist, Meridian, The Portland Review, 580 Split, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.
Idra Novey

Idra Novey has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, New York, NPR, and The Paris Review. Her award-winning fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages, and she has translated a number of leading Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector. She has lived in Pennsylvania, Chile and Brazil and now lives in Brooklyn. She is currently the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program at LIU Brooklyn.  Ways to Disappear is her first novel. www.IdraNovey.com

Victoria Redel


Victoria Redel is the critically acclaimed author of four previous works of fiction and three collections of poetry. Her debut novel, Loverboy, was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and won the Sister Mariella Gable Prize from Graywolf Press and the Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and has contributed to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Granta, One Story, and the Harvard Review. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Manhattan.

Augustus Rose


Augustus Rose grew up in Bolinas, California, and later moved to San Francisco.  For many years he kept himself afloat through a series of bookstore jobs, where he found and collected books on cults, subcultures, urban exploration, speculative science, metaphysics, alchemy, conspiracy theories, subversive or underground art movements, and, of course, Marcel Duchamp.  All stuff that later became both the center and the background noise of his debut novel, The Readymade Thief, forthcoming from Viking in August 2017.  His screenplay Far From Cool was a finalist for the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship.  He lives in Chicago with his wife, the novelist Nami Mun, and their son.  He teaches fiction writing at University of Chicago.

Augustus Rose

Robin Sloan is the author of the forthcoming novel Sourdough and the New York Times bestseller Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. He grew up in Michigan and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet.
Augustus Rose

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and three books of short stories. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she also teaches Women's Studies, Film Studies, Writing, and Literature. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.

Middle Grade

Mackenzi Lee
Middle Grade

Mackenzi Lee earned a BA in history (in the middle of which she took her own grand tour of Europe) and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. You can spot her on Twitter @themackenzilee, where she curates a weekly story time about badass women from history you probably don't know about but should. She currently calls Boston home.  

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Middle Reader

Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai, raised in Michigan, and lived in Brooklyn for a decade before settling in Detroit. See You in the Cosmos is his first novel for children.


Tim Johnston


Tim Johnston is the author of the New York Time's Bestselling novel Descent (2015, Algonquin), the story collection Irish Girl (2009, UNT Press), and the YA novel Never So Green (2002, Farrar, Straus & Giroux).  A New York Times, USA Today, and Indie National bestseller, Descent has been published internationally and optioned for film.  The stories of Irish Girl have won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.  Tim holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and was a carpenter for most of his adult life.  He was the 2015 Iowa Author, and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.  



Megan Miranda

(Only one of three 2016 Festival authors we invited to return for 2017). is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Benjamin Percy


Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novels The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding, and two story collections.


Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-prize winning science writer and the author of five books, most recently The New York Times best seller, The Poisoner's Handbook. She lives in Boston where she is director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT. Her next book, on the early history of food safety in the United States, is scheduled to be published next year.

Dawn McKeen

Dan Jones is an award-winning historian of the Middle Ages and the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets and The Wars of the Roses. A charismatic television presenter, he has narrated Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty, a four-part series based on The Plantagenets, as well as another series about castles in England and France. He is a columnist at the Evening Standard and has contributed to Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Smithsonian, and many other outlets.


Dawn McKeen

Dawn MacKeen is an award-winning investigative journalist who devoted eight years to her grandfather's story. Previously she was a staff writer at Salon, Newsday, and Smart Money. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere.


Fleda Brown

The author of nine books of poetry and two essay collections, Fleda Brown's latest collection, The Woods Are On Fire: New and Selected Poems, was chosen by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser for his Contemporary Poetry Series at University of Nebraska Press. Brown herself was Poet Laureate of Delaware from 2001 to 2006. In addition to teaching in The Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University’s Low Residency MFA Program, Brown also writes about and reviews poetry for her local newspaper, the Record-Eagle, and is regularly featured on Interlochen Public Radio. Her third nonfiction collection, My Wobbly Bicycle: Meditations on Cancer and the Creative Life (2016), benefits the Cowell Family Cancer Center’s Health and Wellness Suite in Traverse City.

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Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His previous collection Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. Learn more about Marcus (including audio/video) at his website, www.marcuswicker.com.

Young Adult

Julie Berry

Young Adult

Julie Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor novel The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014, Roaring Brook), and six others. Her latest novel, The Emperor’s Ostrich, released in June from Roaring Brook. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She divides her time between Massachusetts and California with her family.

Mindy McGinnis
Young Adult

Mindy runs a blog for aspiring writers at Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, which features interviews with agents, established authors, and debut authors. Lean how they landed their agents, what the submission process is really like, and how it feels when you see your cover for the first time. Mindy does query critiques every Saturday on the Saturday Slash for those who are brave enough to volunteer.


2016 Presenter Archive


Alison DeCamp
Deborah Diesen
Dan Gemeinhart
Laurie Keller
Lynne Rae Perkins
Deb Pilutti
Tricia Springstubb

Maureen Abood
Domenica Marchetti
Amy Thielen

Crime Fiction
Craig Johnson
Keith McCafferty

Nickolas Butler
Luke Davies
Jerry Dennis
Kim Edwards
Gina Frangello
Peter Geye
Julia Claiborne Johnson
Jim Lynch
Rebecca Makkai
Travis Mulhauser
Stewart O'Nan
Anne-Marie Oomen
Renee Rosen
Wade Rouse
Jim Shepard
Maggie Shipstead
Christine Sneed
J. Ryan Stradal
Julie Lawson Timmer
Amor Towles

Kathleen Flinn

Elizabeth Letts
Mardi Jo Link
David Maraniss
Kenneth L. Woodward

Michael Delp
Toi Derricotte
Zilka Joseph
Thomas Lynch
Naomi Long Madgett
Herbert Woodward Martin
Dan Poppick
Matthew Sweeney

Young Adult
Kate Bassett
Bryan Bliss
Martha Brockenbrough
Elle Cosimano
Ashley Elston
Megan Miranda
Lance Rubin
Brenna Yovanoff
Sara Zarr