Archive: Past Guests

  • Irenosen Okojie

    Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian-British writer. She is the winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize For Fiction for her story, "Grace Jones." Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and wa

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  • Valeria Luiselli

    Valeria Luiselli is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her most recent novel, Lost Children Archive was a finalist for the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and long-listed for the 2019 Booker P

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  • Natalie Scenters-Zapico

    Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a poet, educator, and activist from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, USA and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Pre

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  • José Olivarez

    José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Priz

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  • Javier Zamora

    Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. His father fled El Salvador when he was a year old; and his mother when he was about to turn five. Both parents' migrations were cause

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  • Carmen Giménez Smith

    Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith is the daughter of South American immigrants. A CantoMundo fellow, she earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative wri

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  • John Murillo

    John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections Up Jump the Boogie (2010), which was a finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan

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  • Tayari Jones

    Photo Credit: Nina Subin Tayari Jones is the author of four novels, An American Marriage (2018), an Oprah Book Club pick and New York Times best seller; Silver Sparrow (2011), chosen for the NEA’s

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  • Craig Womack

    Muscogee Creek-Cherokee author and professor Craig Womack is an advocate for using poststructural and postcolonial approaches to reading Native American literature.

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  • Nikky Finney

    Copley Formal Lounge at 7:00 PM

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