2017 Presenters Additional authors are being confirmed.
DEBORAH BLUM Non-Fiction
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, Coming of Age: The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead, will be released in July.
DAWN MACKEEN Non-Fiction
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.
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.
JESSIE CHAFFEE Fiction
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 Fiction
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 Fiction
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 Fiction
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.
IDRA NOVEY Fiction
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 Dissappear is her first novel. www.IdraNovey.com
VICTORIA REDEL Fiction
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 Fiction
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.
MEGAN MIRANDA Mystery
(One of three 2016 Festival returning for 2017). 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 (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
BENJAMIN PERCY Mystery
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.
FLEDA BROWN Poetry
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.
MARCUS WICKER Poetry
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.
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 McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistance teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and see nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.
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.