"I will not come home from this Book Festival
as the same person. These authors and this town are amazing.
Hearing the different panel discussions has been life changing." 

- 2017 Attendee

2018 Presenters

Here is a list of confirmed presenters for the 2018 Festival.  Please check back regularly for updates.
COOKBOOK                                          FICTION                                     MIDDLE GRADE                  PICTURE BOOK
Edward Lee                                              Rene Denfeld                            Lindsay Eagar                        Matt Tavares
Joshua McFadden                               Janet Fitch                                 Jo Watson Hackl                   Chris Van Dusen
EARLY READER                                   Brandon Hobson                     Colby Sharp                            YOUNG ADULT       
Heather Ross                                         Debra Jo Immergut                Kat Yeh                                      Leah Thomas            
                                                                        Mark Sarvas                               NONFICTION
                                                                        Jessica Shattuck                      Deborah Blum
                                                                        Tess Sharpe                                Michael Gustafson
                                                                        Marisa Silver                             Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough   
                                                                        Laura van den Berg
                                                                        Steve Yarbrough       

2017 Presenters

Children's Picture Books


Chidren's Picture Books
Terry Border is the photography mastermind behind the Bent Objects project, a blog that has led to the creation of three books, two calendars, various greeting cards and many, many jigsaw puzzles. His Bent Objects have also been featured in magazines all over the world. Terry Border lives with his wife and daughter in Indianapolis, Indiana. For a preview of his work, visit www.terryborder.com.
Leslie Helakoski
Children's Picture Books
Children's author and illustrator, Leslie Helakoski, is the author of ten picture books such as Big Chickens, Woolbur, Doggone Feet, Big Chickens Fly the Coop, and Big Pigs. Her books, known for their word play and humor, have won acclaim from Junior Library Guild, Kirkus, Book Sense Picks, and were nominated for honors in over 20 states. She has illustrated her four most recent books, including her newest release, Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep. She lives near Kalamazoo, Michigan where she is a Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Children's Picture Books
Sarvinder Naberhaus started dancing and writing at eight years of age and put her rhythm and rhyming to use when she pursued writing for children. Sarvinder has authored three picture books, Boom Boom, Blue Sky White Stars and Lines, all with award-winning illustrators. Blue Sky White Stars received national media attention and earned starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, while making their Best Books of 2017 lists. Sarvinder holds a Master of Education and loves teaching future teachers at Iowa State University. Visit her website at www.sarvinder.com.

Children's Picture Books

Award-winning author, Lisa Wheeler is passionate about children’s books. “I love everything about them, including the smell!” She’s written over 40 picture books in prose and rhyme, an easy reader series, three books of poems, and creative nonfiction for the very young. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a rhymer. Wordplay excites me!” Lisa lives in a rural part of southeast Michigan. Check out her website at www.lisawheelerbooks.com.
Salina Yoon
Children's Picture Books
Salina Yoon is an award-winning author and 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.




Nicole Gulotta is the author of Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, and pens a blog by the same name. She’s been featured in The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star, Food Republic, The Pasadena Weekly, and Fathom. Nicole is a columnist for Life & Thyme Magazine and has written for Remedy Quarterly, Christian Science Monitor, The Write Life, and others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and French bulldog.

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. The Festival will feature Ken's The Harvest Baker: 150 Sweet & Savory Recipes Celebrating the Fresh-Picked Flavors of Fruits, Herbs & Vegetables (Storey Publishing, 2017).

Molly Yeh

Molly Yeh is the author of the IACP award-winning cookbook, Molly on the Range, which was one of New York Times’ top fall cookbook releases of 2016. She is the creator of the food blog, "my name is yeh", which showcases recipes inspired by Molly’s Chinese and Jewish roots, her travels near and far, and her upper-Midwest surroundings. "my name is yeh" was Saveur’s 2015 Blog of the Year and Yahoo’s 2014 Food Blog of the Year. Molly has been featured by the New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Cherry Bombe, and New York Magazine, and she has contributed to Vanity Fair, Saveur, Lucky Peach, Food52, The TODAY Show, and as a columnist for the Jewish Daily Forward. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2017 and Apartment Therapy’s 10 Under 40 list for 2016. Outside of the kitchen, Molly is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and has performed with orchestras around the world, in off-Broadway theater, and as the glockenspielest for the pop-band San Fermin. She lives on a farm on the North Dakota-Minnesota border with her fifth-generation farmer husband and their little flock of chickens.


Julie Buntin

Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Electric Literature, and One Teen Story, among other publications. She teaches fiction at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the director of writing programs at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Marlena is her debut novel.

Jessie Chaffee

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, 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 Editor at Words Without Borders. Find her at www.JessieChaffee.com

Kia Corthron


Kia Corthron is the author of The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter, winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She was the 2017 Bread Loaf Shane Stevens Fellow in the Novel. She is also a playwright, sixteen of her plays produced nationally and internationally, and for her body of work for the stage she has garnered the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, the United States Artists Jane Addams Fellowship, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Otto Award for Political Theatre. She has also written some television (The Jury, The Wire). She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City. Wire. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York City.   The Festival will feature Kia's latest release, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press, 2016).

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. Visit him online at www.davidfranciswriter.com.



Gabe Habash is author of the novel Stephen Florida. He is the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly, and his work has appeared in The Millions, Poets & Writers, Lithub, and more. He lives in New York.
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.  The Festival will feature Cara's latest release, Running (Simon & Schuster, 2017).
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.  The Festival will feature Meg's latest release, The Wanderers. (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017).
Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard is a winner of the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the William Faulkner—William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She holds a BA from Princeton University, an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin, and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in New Orleans. The Talented Ribkins (Melville House, 2017) is her first novel.
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. The Festival will feature Joshilyn's The Almost Sisters (William Morrow, 2017).
Ben Loory

Ben Loory is the author of the collections Tales of Falling and Flying and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, as well as 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.  The Festival will feature Ben's latest release Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, 2017).


Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado’s work has appeared in Granta, the New Yorker, NPR, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Shirley Jackson Award, and was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. She lives in Philadelphia. www.carmenmachado.com. The Festival will feature Carmen’s debut release Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (Greywolf Press, 2017) which has been long listed for this year's National Book Award.
Maryse Meijer
Maryse Meijer is the author of Heartbreaker (FSG, 2016) and Northwood (Black Balloon, forthcoming 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 is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Con­sid­ered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writ­ers Mag­a­zine, the PEN Trans­la­tion Fund, and the Poetry Foundation. She has also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. She’s taught at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative. This fall she will be the Visiting Writer at the Stella Adler Center at NYU.

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. The Festival will feature Victoria's latest release, Before Everything (Viking, 2017).

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 (Viking, 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.

Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan is the author of the forthcoming novel Sourdough (FSG, 2017) 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.
Simon Van Booy
Simon Van Booy is the best-selling author of seven books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy.  He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, NPR, and the BBC.  He enjoys building robots, model airplanes and off-road vehicles—which he likes to crash.  He has an impressive umbrella collection, a Bowler hat, and carries a green thermos of tea everywhere.  His books have been translated into many languages.  In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their literary abilities through annual awards. Raised in rural Wales and England, Simon currently lives between Brooklyn and Miami with his wife, daughter, Robot Rabbit Boy, and a fully-grown sheep. The Festival will feature Father’s Day (Harper Perennial, 2017) and his first Middle-Grade work, Gertie Milk and the Keeper of Lost Things (Razorbill, 2017).

Middle Grade

Middle Grade

Ruth McNally Barshaw wrote and illustrated The Ellie McDoodle Diaries, six highly-illustrated middle grade novels with Bloomsbury. She illustrated the picture book Leopold the Lion for Sleeping Bear Press, and is author of four short stories available on Amazon Rapids, a digital app encouraging children to read. She received her first sketch-journal from a prescient art teacher at age 15, and has been keeping journals ever since. She's worked as an illustrator since freshman year in college. She and author-husband Charlie travel extensively doing school presentations. See her work at www.ruthexpress.com.
Caroline Carlson
Middle Grade
Caroline Carlson is the author of several books for young readers, including The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series and The World’s Greatest Detective. Her first book, Magic Marks the Spot, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Caroline holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A Massachusetts native, she now lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
Jack Cheng
Middle Grade
Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai and grew up in Michigan. After nearly a decade in New York, working in advertising and tech, he now lives in Detroit. See You In the Cosmos (Dial Books, 2017) is his first novel for kids.
Corey Haydu
Middle Grade
Corey Ann Haydu is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels, including OCD Love Story, Rules for Stealing Stars, The Careful Undressing of Love (Dutton, 2017) and The Someday Suitcase (Harper, 2017).  In 2013 Corey was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly's Flying Starts. She is a graduate of the New School Writing for Children Program and is a creative writing teacher for adults and children. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog.  
Erin Entrada Kelly
Middle Grade
Erin Entrada Kelly (www.erinentradakelly.com) has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the Golden Kite Honor Award, the APALA Award for Children's Literature, and the Parents Choice Foundation Gold Award, among others. Her novels Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls appeared on numerous best-of lists for 2015 and 2016, including Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Booklist. Her third novel, Hello, Universe (Greenwillow), was released in March 2017 and earned five starred reviews. She lives in Philadelphia.
Lauren Magaziner
Middle Grade
Lauren Magaziner is the author of humorous middle grade books: Pilfer Academy and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes full-time. Lauren's third book, a fantasy called Wizardmatch, comes out in March 2018, and her fourth book, Case Closed, a pick-your-path interactive mystery, releases in Summer 2018.
Laura Shovan
Middle Grade
Laura Shovan’s debut middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was a NCTE 2017 Notable Verse Novel, a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the year, and won a Cybils Award for poetry, as well a Nerdy Book Club award. Laura was a wrestling mom for seven years, and her son’s experiences as a member of the Howard County Vipers travel wrestling team were the inspiration for Take Down. Laura and her family live in Maryland, where she is a longtime poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.
Middle Grade
Ronald L. Smith is a former advertising writer and the author of Hoo Doo, a southern gothic novel for young readers. It won the 2016 Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, and also received the 2016 ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association. The Mesmerist, a supernatural Victorian fantasy, was released in 2017. Marvel Books and Disney/Hyperion will publish a middle-grade take on the superhero Black Panther next year.


Alan Drew

Alan Drew is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Gardens of Water. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. An associate professor of English at Villanova University, where he directs the creative writing program, he lives near Philadelphia with his wife and two children. His second book, Shadow Man, was released this May.

Tim Johnston


Tim Johnston is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Descent (Algonquin, 2015), the story collection Irish Girl (UNT Press, 2009), and the YA novel Never So Green (FSG, 2002). 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

Megan Miranda 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 (Simon & Schuster, 2017) is her second novel of psychological suspense.

Benjamin Percy


Ben often straddles the boundaries of literary and genre fiction. He is the author of four novels, two books of short stories, and a book of essays. He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series for DC Comics, and James Bond for Dynamite Entertainment. He is also a member of the WGA screenwriters' union, and has sold scripts to FOX and STARZ. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writer's Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. His short story "Refresh, Refresh" was one of forty selections included in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. The Festival will feature Ben's latest novel, The Dark Net (Houghton Mifflin, 2017).


Donavon Hohn

Donovan Hohn is the author of Moby-Duck: The True Story 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them (Viking, 2011), a New York Times Notable Book and the runner-up for both the PEN /John Kenneth Galbraith Nonfiction Award and the PEN / E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. His work has appeared in such publications as Harper’s, The New Republic, and The New York Times Magazine. A recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award and and a former editor at Harper’s and GQ, he is now on the editorial board of Lapham’s Quarterly and the writing faculty of Wayne State University in Detroit.

Dan Jones

Dan Jones is the author of The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, a #1 international bestseller and New York Times bestseller, Wars of the Roses, which charts the story of the fall of the Plantagenets and the improbable rise of the Tudors, Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty and Summer of Blood: England's First Revolution. He wrote and presented the popular Netflix series Secrets of Great British Castles and appeared alongside George R.R. Martin in the official HBO film exploring the real history behind Game of Thrones. He is the historical consultant to Knightfall, an A&E drama on the legend of the Templars produced by Jeremy Renner due to air in 2018.  The Festival will feature The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors (Viking, 2017)

Denise Kiernan

Denise Kiernan has been working as a writer for more than 20 years. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader's Digest, Discover and many more publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season and has produced for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC. She has authored several popular history titles including Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away, and Stuff Every American Should Know. Her most recent book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPR Bestseller, and was named as one of Amazon's Top 100 Best Books of 2013. She has been a featured guest on NPR's Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, MSNBC's Morning Joe and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  At the Festival, Denise will speak on The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home (Simon & Schuster, 2017).  

Josh MacIvor-Andersen
Josh MacIvor-Andersen is an award-winning writer, teacher, and competitive tree climber. He is the author of the memoir On Heights & Hunger, and editor of Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction. His essays and reportage have appeared in magazines and journals such as Gulf Coast, The Guardian, Paris Review Daily, Arts and Letters, Fourth Genre, Normal School, Diagram, and many others. He lives in Marquette, MI with his family and a fat cat named Baby Kitty.  

Dawn McKeen

Dawn Anahid MacKeen is the author of The Hundred-Year Walk: An Armenian Odyssey, which is about her grandfather’s survival of genocide, and her quest to tell his story (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Based on a decade of research, the book was awarded best biography from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and is a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Previously she was a staff writer at Salon, Newsday, and SmartMoney. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, the Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times Magazine, and elsewhere. Visit her online at dawnmackeen.com.

Drew Philip

Drew Philp's work has been published both nationally and internationally and has appeared in publications including BuzzFeed, The Guardian, De Correspondent, and The Detroit Free Press. A $500 House in Detroit (Scribner) is his first book. He lives in Detroit with his dog, Gratiot, in a house he built himself.


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 (Mission Point Press, 2016), benefits the Cowell Family Cancer Center’s Health and Wellness Suite in Traverse City.

Cindy Hunter Morgan

Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing and book arts at Michigan State University. Harborless, her full-length collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, was published by Wayne State University Press and won the 2017 Moveen Prize in Poetry. She also is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. She writes regularly for Murder Ballad Monday, a blog devoted to the exploration of the murder ballad tradition in folk and popular music.

Skip Renker
Skip Renker has degrees from Notre Dame and Duke and an MFA from Seattle Pacific University. His poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Small Brushes, Sprint First, and numerous other publications, as well as the Atlanta Review, Passages North, and Allegheny River anthologies. He’s published a chapbook, Birds of Passes (Delta Press), and Sifting the Visible (Mayapple Press), and he conducts workshops and college classes in meditation, world religions, and writing. Skip is the father of two grown children, grandfather of three, and lives with his wife Julia Fogarty in Midland, Michigan.
Marcus Wicker


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. The Festival will feature Marcus' latest collection Silencer (Mariner, 2017).

Young Adult

Julie Berry

Young Adult

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

Brendan Kiely
Young Adult

Brendan Kiely is The New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story, and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association, and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City. Tradition (forthcoming spring 2018) is his fourth novel.

Mackenzi Lee
Young Adult

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. Mackenzi is the author of This Monstrous Thing (Katherine Tegen Books, 2015) and the forthcoming The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Katherine Tegen Books, 2017).

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. Learn 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. Mindy is the author of the following novels, published by Katherine Tegen Books: Not a Drop to Drink (2013), In a Handful of Dust (2014), A Madness So Discreet (2015), and The Female of the Species (2016). Her most recent books is Given to the Sea (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017).

Adam Silvera
Young Adult

Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than NotHistory Is All You Left Me, and the upcoming They Both Die at the End. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his debut. Adam was born and raised in the Bronx, and he was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing. He has worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for teens, and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He is tall for no reason and lives in Queens, New York. Visit him online at www.adamsilvera.com. 


Young Adult

Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Serpent King and Goodbye Days. He has won the William C. Morris Award, Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, International Literacy Association Award, Westchester Fiction Award, been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and UKLA, and was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize and Indies Choice Award. He was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. Before becoming a writer, he was a musician who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He lives in Nashville.


2016 Presenter Archive

Maureen Abood
Domenica Marchetti
Amy Thielen
Nickolas Butler
Luke Davies
Jerry Dennis
Kim Edwards
Gina Frangello
Peter Geye
Julia Claiborne Johnson
Jim Lynch
Rebecca Makkai
Travis Mulhauser
Stewart O'Nan
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Jim Shepard
Maggie Shipstead
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J. Ryan Stradal
Julie Lawson Timmer
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