2021 Authors & Speakers

Aaron Lecklider

Aaron Lecklider is a cultural historian whose work focuses on the history of sexuality, class, race, and gender in the twentieth-century United States. His most recent book is Love’s Next Meeting: The Forgotten History of Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture(More)

Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels Ancestor Stones, The Memory of Love, The Hired Man, and Happiness, as well as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water, and a new essay collection, The Window Seat.   (More)

Brandon Taylor

Brandon Taylor is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Filthy Animals (More)

Francine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including the highly acclaimed Mister Monkey. (More)

Hanna Halperin

Hanna Helperin is the author of Something Wild.  Her stories have been published in the Kenyon Review, n+1, New Ohio Review, Joyland, and others.  (More)

Heidi Pitlor

Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The BirthdaysThe Daylight Marriage, which was optioned for film, and Impersonation. (More)

January Gill O’Neil

January Gill O’Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University, and the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009). (More)

Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is author of the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From and the essay collection White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing (More)

Joshua Henkin

Joshua Henkins new novel Morningside Heights was published in June and named an Editors’ Choice Book by The New York Times. (More)

Dr. Kerri Greenidge

Dr. Kerri Greenidge is the author of Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, about a Black radical activist and journalist in New England at the turn of the 20th century. (More)

Lynne Hugo

Lynne Hugo is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship recipient. Her most recent books are The Testament of Harold’s Wife and The Book of CarolSue.  (More)

Matthew Klam

Matthew Klam is the author of the novel, Who Is Rich?, a 2017 New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. (More)

Maya Shanbhag Lang

Maya Shanbhag Lang is the author of What We Carry: A Memoir, named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an Amazon Best Memoir of 2020, and on multiple international “Best Of” list. (More)

Mona Awad

Mona Awad s the author of the new novel, All’s Well. Her novel, Bunny, was named a Best Book of 2019 by TIME, Vogue, and the New York Public Library. (More)

Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky is the author of six books including his latest Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, an NPR Best Book of 2020 (More)

Porsha Olayiwola

Porsha Olayiwola is a writer, performer, educator and curator who uses afro-futurism and surrealism to examine historical and current issues in the Black, woman, and queer diasporas (More)

Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir’s memoir ANTIMAN (Restless Books 2021) received the 2019 Restless Books’ New Immigrant Writing Prize. (More)

Robert Jones, Jr.

Robert Jones Jr. is a writer from New York City. The Prophets is his debut novel. (More)