September 13-16, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

2018 Presenters

Tarfia Faizullah


Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Midland, Texas. She is the author of Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press, 2018), as well as a previous poetry collection, ... more

Jane Friedman


Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the cofounder of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for F+W Media and the ... more

Mary Gaitskill


Award-winning author Mary Gaitskill is best known for delivering powerful stories of dislocation, longing, and desire with prose that “glides lightly over unsoundable depths” (Village Voice). She is the author of three novels: The Mare (2015), Veronica (2005), which was nominated for the 2005... more

Angela Palm


Raised in the rural Midwest, Angela Palm earned a B.A. in English Literature and a B.S. in Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s College. Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, recipient of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Graywolf Press, Aug. 2016). Riverine was... more

Sherry Thomas


USA Today-bestselling author Sherry Thomas decided that her goal in life is to write every kind of book she enjoys reading. Thus far she has published romance, fantasy, mystery, and a wuxia-inspired duology. She has won multiple awards including the... more