Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang is the author of the novel The Family Chao. Her other books include the novels Inheritance and All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost and a collection of short fiction, Hunger. A recipient of the Berlin Prize, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Iowa City, where she directs the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Katie Crouch is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls in Trucks, Men and Dogs, and Abroad. Her latest novel, Embassy Wife, was longlisted for the 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Literary Prize and is currently in development with 20th Century Television. Entertainment Weekly called Embassy Wife “a devilishly au courant satire that skewers white privilege and colonialism.” Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Zyzzyva, The London Guardian, and Tin House. She lives in Vermont with her family and teaches creative writing at Dartmouth College.
Peter Orner is the author most recently of the memoir/ essay collection Still No Word from You, as well as two novels (The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love), and three story collections (Esther Stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, and Maggie Brown & Others). His previous collection of essays, Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. A three-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, Peter’s work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, A Public Space, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, and has been translated into eight languages. He has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, as well as a Fulbright to Namibia. For Voice Witness, he has edited three volumes of oral history. Currently, Peter is chair of the English and Creative Writing department at Dartmouth College and lives with his family in Norwich, Vermont.
Crystal Wilkinson, a recent fellowship recipient of the Academy of American Poets, is Kentucky’s Poet Laureate. She is the award-winning author of Perfect Black, a collection of poems, and three works of fiction—The Birds of Opulence, Water Street, and Blackberries, Blackberries. She is the recipient of a 2022 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry, a 2021 O. Henry Prize, a 2020 USA Artists Fellowship, and a 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence. She has received recognition from the Yaddo Foundation, Hedgebrook, The Vermont Studio Center for the Arts, The Hermitage Foundation and others. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including most recently in The Atlantic, The Kenyon Review, STORY, Agni Literary Journal, Emergence, Oxford American and Southern Cultures. Praise Song for the Kitchen Ghosts, a culinary memoir, is forthcoming from Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House. She currently teaches at the University of Kentucky where she is Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program.