Meet the 2019 Literary Awards Judges
PEN America’s 2019 Literary Awards judges join a long tradition of esteemed writers and PEN America members committed to recognizing their contemporaries, from promising debut writers to those who have had a long lasting impact on literary culture. Our judges hail from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, and aesthetic lineages, and are prizewinning authors in their own right. Previous judges have included Claudia Rankine, Hilton Als, George Saunders, Michael Ondaatje, and Ada Limón, and are selected with the help of the PEN America Literary Awards Committee. We are honored to introduce to you the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards judges.
|JENNIFER CLEMENT is the author of multiple books including the memoir Widow Basquiat and the novels Prayers for the Stolen and Gun Love. The president of PEN International, she currently lives in Mexico City.||
MATTHEW DESMOND is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.”
NATALIE DIAZ received a BA (2000) and MFA (2006) from Old Dominion University. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Diaz’s poems and essays have appeared in such publications as Narrative Magazine, Guernica, Poetry Magazine, the New Republic, Tin House, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She is the Marshall Chair of Contemporary Poetry at Arizona State University and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.
BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY’s forthcoming book of poems is The Octopus Museum (Knopf, April 2019.) Her other collections include So Much Synth and Our Andromeda, which was a New York Times 100 Notable Book and a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She received a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She is currently working on an opera libretto for the composer Paola Prestini, commissioned by The Atlanta Opera for production in the 2020 season. She is associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in Verona, New Jersey.
CHARLES YU is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, and was nominated for two WGA awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and Wired. His next book, a novel, will be published by Pantheon in early 2020.
ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels Edinburgh, The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, a critic at large for the Los Angeles Times, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, The Yale Review, Guernica, and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose, and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri, and Amtrak. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.
EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of several books, including Breath; Eyes; Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novels-in-stories, The Dew Breaker and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, The Beacon Best of 2000, Haiti Noir, Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six books for young adults and children: Anacaona Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, and a collection of essays, Create Dangerously. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and a 2018 winner of the Neudstadt Prize.
VALERIA LUISELLI was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa, and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; and, most recently, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and McSweeney’s, among other publications, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. Her second novel, Lost Children Archive is forthcoming from Knopf, February 12, 2019.
|HANIF ABDURRAQIB is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.||CRISTINA MARI ARREOLA is the senior books editor at Bustle and a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.||RICHIE NARVAEZ is the author of the award-winning fiction collection Roachkiller and Other Stories. His work has appeared in [email protected] Rising: An Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Mississippi Review, Pilgrimage, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others. He was recently named the Bronx Council on the Arts Artist in Residence at the Morris Park Library. His debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, will be published in March 2019.|
|KEVIN NGUYEN is the features editor at The Verge. Previously he was a senior editor at GQ. Spiegel & Grau will publish his debut novel, New Waves.||ELISSA WASHUTA is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Elissa is an assistant professor of creative writing at the Ohio State University.||SUNIL YAPA is the author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, which was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/Faulkner award, and was named one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Bustle, and others. Set during one day of the 1999 Seattle WTO protests, the novel was described as “fast-paced and unflinching” by The New Yorker, “a genuine tour-de-force” by the Seattle Times, and “protest poetry, pure and simple” by MacLeans. He currently lives in Montreal, and teaches in the low residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College.|
|DINAW MENGESTU, the acclaimed Ethiopian-American novelist, was named a “20 under 40” writer by The New Yorker and received the National Book Award Foundation’s “5 under 35” Award for his dazzling debut, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. The author of three novels, Mengestu speaks with profound eloquence about the immigrant experience.||CRISTINA GARCÍA is the author of seven novels, including Dreaming in Cuban and Here in Berlin. She’s written books for young readers, a collection of poetry, edited anthologies of Latinx literature, and taught at universities nationwide. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into 14 languages. Her theatrical adaptation of her sixth novel, King of Cuba, premiered at Central Works Theater in 2018. She is currently playwright-in-residence at Brava Theater in San Francisco.
||SCOTT SIMON hosts Weekend Edition with Scott Simon on Saturday mornings on NPR, and is a special contributor to CBS Sunday Morning. He is the author of nine books, including the novels Pretty Birds and Windy City, and the New York Times best-selling memoir, Unforgettable. He has written pieces for the Wall St. Journal, New York Times, and Gourmet. He has covered 10 wars, and stories in all 50 states and on every continent.|
|CHRIS ABANI is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria; received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria; an MA in English, Gender and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London; and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001.||FRANCES HWANG is the author of the short story collection Transparency (Back Bay Books, 2007), which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman
Prize for First Fiction and a PEN Open Book Award. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Colgate University, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
|GARY LUTZ‘s books include four short story collections (Stories in the Worst Way, I Looked Alive, Partial List of People to Bleach, and Divorcer), a chapbook of short stories (Assisted Living), and a work of nonfiction (The Gotham Grammarian). Lutz has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.|
|DANIELLE EVANS is the author of the story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self, winner of the PEN American Robert W. Bingham prize, the Hurston-Wright Award, the Paterson Prize, and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 selection. Her stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories, The Paris Review, A Public Space, American Short Fiction, The Sewanee Review, Callaloo, and New Stories From the South.||CARMEN MARIA MACHADO‘s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. In 2018, The New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of “The New Vanguard,” one of “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”
Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, VQR, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.
|ALICE SOLA KIM, a left-handed anchor baby currently residing in New York, is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in places such as Tin House, The Village Voice, McSweeney’s, Lenny, BuzzFeed Books, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.|
|DANIEL BORZUTZKY’s latest poetry collection, Lake Michigan (University of Pittsburgh Press), was published in 2018. Borzutzky won the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry for The Performance of Becoming Human (Brooklyn Arts Press). Other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (Nightboat, 2015) and The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011). He has translated poetry collections by Chilean writers Raúl Zurita, Galo Ghigliotto, and Jaime Luis Huenún. He teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.||ILYA KAMINSKY was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press) which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine.||AIREA D. MATTHEWS is the author of Simulacra, winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Best American Poets 2015, Harvard Review, American Poet, and elsewhere. A past recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College.|
|NANA-AMA DANQUAH is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression and the editor of three anthologies. She is currently at work on her next project, a nonfiction book.||MCKENZIE FUNK wrote the PEN Award-winning book Windfall and contributes to National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. A former Knight-Wallace Fellow and Open Society Fellow, he lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Jennifer Woo, and their two sons.||SYREETA MCFADDEN is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, BuzzFeed News, and elsewhere. She was a 2013 recipient of CEC ArtsLink One Big City Residency and a 2018 fellow at SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is currently working on a collection of essays about African Americans in the Midwest.|
|CHRISTINA SHARPE is a professor at York University in the Department of Humanities. She is the author of two books: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016) (a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist in nonfiction) and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010), both published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) and she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life.||LINDA VILLAROSA runs the journalism program at The City College of New York and is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. Her book Under the Skin: Race, Inequality and the Health of a Nation will be published by Doubleday.|
|GARRARD CONLEY is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Boy Erased, which has been translated in over a dozen languages and is now a major motion picture. Conley is also a creator and producer of the podcast UnErased, which explores the history of conversion therapy in America. His work can be found in The New York Times, TIME, BuzzFeed, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other places. He is currently at work on a novel about queer 18th century lives.||PAUL REYES is the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, and is the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession. His essays and reporting have appeared in VQR, The Oxford American, Harper’s, The New York Times, Literary Hub, Mother Jones, and elsewhere.||AISHA SABATINI SLOAN is the author of The Fluency of Light (2013) and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit (2017), which was nominated for the University of Iowa’s Essay Prize and won the CLMP Firecracker award for nonfiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program.|
|NELL IRVIN PAINTER is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and author of several books including Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol; The History of White People; and Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over. In addition to a PhD in history from Harvard University, she has a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, both in painting.||SAM STEPHENSON is a writer who spent 20 years following footsteps of photographer W. Eugene Smith in archives and with more than 500 oral history interviews, the results distilled into a spare, digressive work, Gene Smith’s Sink, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2017. He won a 2015 Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Prize for his piece on John Coltrane’s first biographer, African-American surgeon Dr. Cuthbert Simpkins, for The Paris Review.||RACHEL SYME is a cultural critic and reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Elle, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. She is currently a columnist at The New Yorker, where she covers fashion and consumer culture, and she is the television critic for The New Republic. She writes regularly about history and biographical subjects.|
|ARIANNE SHAHVISI is a Kurdish-British academic philosopher based at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge on the philosophy of cosmology. Her current research focuses on race, gender, and migration. Shahvisi edits the science section of literary magazine The Offing, which seeks out and supports work by those marginalized in literary spaces, and serves as an editorial board member for Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research. She has written commentary for the New Statesman, Jacobin, and The Conversation.||JEFF VANDERMEER has been called “the weird Thoreau” by The New Yorker for his engagement with ecological issues in novels such as the Arthur C. Clarke Award-finalist Borne and the NYT best-selling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance). VanderMeer’s fiction has won the Shirley Jackson Award and the Nebula Award, among others, and been translated into 35 languages. His nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.||CHRISTIE WILCOX, Ph.D. is an award-winning science writer and the author of Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, named one of Smithsonian Magazine‘s Best Books about Science 2016 and Amazon’s Best Books of 2016. Her bylines include The Washington Post, National Geographic, Popular Science, and Discover. She currently lives on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, and edits for the YouTube channel SciShow.|
|CHRIS BACHELDER is the author of four novels, including The Throwback Special, a Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and two daughters.||RAFI KOHAN is the author of The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport, a finalist for the 2018 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Currently, he works at The Atlantic, as the head of editorial for the magazine’s creative marketing studio. Formerly, he served as deputy editor at New York Observer, and has written for GQ, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, LA Times, Town & Country, Rolling Stone, and more.||CARVELL WALLACE is an author and podcaster based in Oakland, California. He has covered sports, culture, music, race, and the arts for ESPN, The New Yorker, MTV, GQ, and others. His 2017 podcast Closer Than They Appear won the Kaleidoscope award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. He is a regular columnist on Slate and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. His book, The Sixth Man—co-written with Golden State Warriors Forward Andre Iguodala—is due out in Summer of 2019.|
|EZRA E. FITZ has translated over 20 books by authors ranging from Emmy winning journalist Jorge Ramos and Grammy winning musician Juanes to novelists Alberto Fuguet and Eloy Urroz. Shorter works have appeared in Words Without Borders, BOMB, A Public Space, Harper’s, and elsewhere. He is currently translating The Lover from the Ghetto by Pedro Ángel Palou, forthcoming from Lazy/La Pereza Editions, and he lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee.||BARBARA HARSHAV has translated more than 30 books from German, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish, including After the Holocaust, Jewish Memories, A Surplus of Memory, and My Life as a Radical Jewish Woman. She is the winner of the PEN/Manheim Medal for Translation. A historian by profession, she lives in North Haven, Connecticut.||VINCENT KLING (Philadelphia and Vienna) teaches languages and comparative literature at La Salle University. He dissertated on Hugo von Hofmannsthal and has published on several Austrian authors as well as on detective fiction, the craft of translation, W. G. Sebald, and Isabel Allende. He has translated extensively from German and is on the staff of the Salzburg Festival. He was awarded the Schlegel-Tieck Prize in 2013 for Algaja Veterani’s novel Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta. His translation of Heimito von Doderer’s novel Die Strudlhofstiege is forthcoming from New York Review Books.|
|MARIAN SCHWARTZ translates Russian fiction and nonfiction, including such classics as Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s March 1917: The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 1. Her most recent publication is Leonid Yuzefovich’s Horsemen of the Sands (Archipelago Books). In 2014 she received the Read Russia Prize for Contemporary Russian Literature and in 2018 the Linda Gaboriau Award for Translation from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.||RON SLATE is a poet, critic, and the editor of the online literary review “On The Seawall.” His poetry collection, The Incentive of the Maggot, was nominated for both the National Book Critics Circle poetry prize and the Lenore Marshall Prize of the Academy of American Poets. For 25 years he worked as a communications executive for three high technology corporations. He is a board member of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and lives in Milton and Aquinnah, Massachusetts.|
|SINAN ANTOON is a poet, novelist, scholar, and translator. He has published two collections of poetry and four novels. His works have been translated into 12 languages. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s, In the Presence of Absence, won the 2012 American Literary Translators’ Award. His fourth novel, The Book of Collateral Damage, is forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2019. He is Associate Professor at New York University.||EWA CHRUSCIEL is a poet, teacher, and translator. She has three books of poems in English: Of Annunciations (Omnidawn, 2017), Contraband of Hoopoe (Omnidawn, 2014), Strata (Emergency Press, 2009, reprinted by Omnidawn in April 2018), as well as three books in Polish: Tobołek, Sopiłki, Furkot. She also translated selected books by Jack London, Joseph Conrad, I.B. Singer, as well as the book of selected poems by Jorie Graham, and selected poems of Kazim Ali, Lyn Hejinian, Cole Swensen, and other American poets into Polish. She is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College.||PETER FILKINS is the translator of Ingeborg Bachmann’s collected poems, Darkness Spoken, and three novels by H.G. Adler—Panorama, The Journey, and The Wall. His work has received an Outstanding Translation Award from ALTA, a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, and a Distinguished Translation Award from the Austrian Ministry for Culture and Education. His four published collections of poetry include The View We’re Granted, winner of the Sheila Motten Best Book Award from the New England Poetry Club. He teaches literature and writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and translation at Bard’s main campus.|
KATRINE ØGAARD JENSEN is a writer and translator. A founding editor of EuropeNow, a journal of political research and literature at Columbia University, she previously served as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal and blog editor at Asymptote and Words Without Borders. Her translation of Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s book-length poem Third-Millennium Heart (Action Books/Broken Dimanche Press, 2017) was recently shortlisted for the 2018 Best Translated Book Award, as well as the 2018 National Translation Award.
|CRAIG LUCAS is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. In 2001, Lucas received an OBIE Award for his direction of Harry Kondoleon’s Saved or Destroyed. Lucas’ other awards include the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the PEN/Laura Pels Mid-Career Achievement Award, the Outer Critics, L.A. Drama Critics, Drama-Logue and LAMBDA Literary Awards; he has also received a Tony Award nomination, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the PEW Charitable Trust and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Prelude to a Kiss. He is currently Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.||JACOB G. PADRON is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project. He was most recently on the artistic staff of the Public Theater as the Senior Line Producer where he worked on new plays, new musicals, Shakespeare in the Park and Public Works.Prior to his post at The Public, Padrón was the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf’s second stage dedicated to new work, new artists and new audiences.||CONDOLA RASHAD made her off-Broadway debut as Sophie in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed play Ruined and received a Theatre World Award for her performance, as well as Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Award nominations. Rashad made her Broadway debut as Cheryl in Lydia R. Diamond’s Broadway premiere of Stick Fly, which also featured original music by the show’s co-producer Alicia Keys, and was nominated for her first Tony Award in the category of “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play” in 2012.|
|MARK DOTEN‘s novel Trump Sky Alpha is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. He is the author of a previous novel, The Infernal, and was named to Granta’s once-a-decade “Best of Young American Novelists” list in 2017. He is the executive editor for literary fiction at Soho Press and teaches in Columbia University’s graduate writing program. He lives in Princeton, NJ.||KIMA JONES founded Jack Jones Literary Arts in March 2015 and works as lead strategist on all publicity campaigns and is especially proud of her work on the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry winner, Olio, by Tyehimba Jess; the 2017 PEN America Robert W. Bingham Emerging Fiction Prize winner, Insurrections, by Rion Amilcar Scott; and the 2017 Midland Authors Award winner in Adult Fiction, Know the Mother, by Desiree Cooper.||DANIEL A. OLIVAS is the author of nine books including The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories (University of Arizona Press) and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press). He is the co-editor of The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Tía Chucha Press) and editor of Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature (Bilingual Press). Olivas has also written for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books.|