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Stephen Metcalf is a critic, essayist, podcaster, and screenwriter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Slate, The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He is the co-creator and host of the Slate Culture Gabfest, a podcast. He is writing a book about the 1980s and a screenplay for Amazon Studios. 

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Author of Gender Trouble, one of the most important works of philosophy and gender theory of the postmodern era

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Founding member of the Compass Players along with Alan Alda and Alan Arkin ’55 in the 1960s, and actress best known for her roles in Goodfellas and The Sopranos

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Practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and author of the critically acclaimed book of short stories, Scary Old Sex

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Lisa Ann Cockrel is an editor and event curator whose own creative writing explores the interplay between social bodies and individual bodies, with a specific focus on fat bodies.  

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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the poet Louise Bogan and the painters Jackson Pollock and Esteben Vicente whose writings on literature and art have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Art in America, The Nation, and ARTnews

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Manuel Gonzales is the author of The Miniature Wife and Other Stories, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Prize for Fiction, and the novel, The Regional Office is Under Attack!

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The acclaimed poetry of Michael Dumanis weaves together memories of childhood, diaspora, and dislocation.

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Curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist whose works #negrophobia (nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award) and Séancers have toured throughout Europe, appearing in major festivals. Recipient of a NYFA fellowship.

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Published his first novel, Less Than Zero, while at Bennington, and went on to critical acclaim for books like American Psycho and The Rules of Attraction

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Screenwriter whose many credits include Good Morning, Vietnam, M*A*S*H, and Monk

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Brooke Allen’s articles in The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, and her books on topics ranging from the American founding fathers’ religious beliefs to the life of Benazir Bhutto have received critical acclaim.

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Writer for GQ, McSweeney’s, Jezebel, Vulture, and New York Magazine and the television series Sirens and Gracie and Frankie, who was declared one of the “funniest women on Twitter” by The Huffington Post

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Introduced the world to Julia Child, James Beard, and Madhur Jaffrey as senior editor and vice president of Alfred A. Knopf

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Deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, former editor of the European edition of TIME magazine, and author of I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World

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Marguerite Feitlowitz is the author of the internationally acclaimed A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture and four volumes of literary translation, many essays, fiction, and criticism.

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Winner of the Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

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Award-winning novelist and biographer of Georgia O’Keeffe

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Writer whose work in many genres have won him spots on bestseller lists, a National Book Critics Award, and a coveted MacArthur “Genius Grant”

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Myrna Blyth


Former Editor-in-Chief of Ladies' Home Journal and current Senior Vice President of AARP 

Benjamin Anastas


A standout among his many books and essays, Benjamin Anastas’ novel An Underachiever’s Diary has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the ’90s.”

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Poet and essayist, and winner of the Guggenheim and a Whiting Writers’ Award

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Annie DeWitt is a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Her debut novel, White Nights In Split Town City, was lauded as "Masterful,” and “full of syntactic daring." "The study of a failing family—how it is dismantled from within, how it is threatened by the world outside" –BookForum

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Goldfinch and one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2014

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Alexandar Mihailovic


A combined interest in LGBTQ studies, comparative literature, film studies, and Eastern European culture is at the center of Alexandar Mihailovic’s writing and teaching. Among other subjects, he writes and teaches about artificial intelligence in literature and popular culture, postcolonial women writers and filmmakers, and Russian Jewish literature.


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Monica Ferrell is a poet and novelist; her second collection of poems will appear in 2018 from Four Way Books. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she has recently published work in The Baffler, The New Republic, Tin House, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Project, and many other magazines and anthologies.

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Matthew Groner is a fiction writer working on his first novella, Every Good Atom.

Glenn Horowitz


Rare-book dealer who brokered the sale of important archives such as the papers of Norman Mailer and Don DeLillo and the Watergate notebooks of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

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Elisa Albert


Author of the novels After Birth and The Book of Dahlia and the short story collection How This Night Is Different, and editor of the anthology Freud’s Blind Spot.