September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

2017 Presenters

Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2012. Diaz... more

Camille Dungy

Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry: Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006). Her debut... more

Jessica Handler

Jessica Handler is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief. Her first book, Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, was named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read” and Atlanta magazine’s “Best Memoir of 2009.” Her essays and nonfiction features have... more

Martyna Majok

Martyna Majok (pronounced “my OAK”) was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Martyna is currently part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright Program at The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, Primary Stages ESPA, New... more

Kristi Maxwell

Kristi Maxwell is the author of five books of poetry: Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta, 2008), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia, 2009), Re- (Ahsahta, 2011), That Our Eyes Be Rigged (Saturnalia, 2014), and PLAN/K (Horseless Press, 2015). Her scholarly work appears in Anne... more

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop... more

Melynda J. Price

Melynda J. Price is the Robert E. Harding, Jr. Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the African American and Africana Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Professor Price is the author of ... more

Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California, in 1984. She was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California, and across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada. She is the author of ... more

Kayla Rae Whitaker

Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel The Animators (Random House) was a Spring 2017 Discover Great New Writers Pick from Barnes & Noble. Her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, Split Lip Magazine, Bodega, Joyland, Five Quarterly, American Microreviews and Interviews,... more