September 13-16, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

2018 Presenters

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea 2005), Apocalyptic Swing (Persea 2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rocket Fantastic (Persea 2017). She is the recipient of numerous awards and... more

Tarfia Faizullah

Bangladeshi American poet Tarfia Faizullah was born in 1980 in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Midland, Texas. She received her M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and currently teaches in the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program as the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in... 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

Joni Tevis

Formerly a park ranger, factory worker, and seller of cemetery plots, Joni Tevis is the author of two books of essays, The Wet Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory (2007), and The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse... 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