- Russell Banks
>> More Russell Banks Acclaimed Author of The Sweet Hereafter
Russell Banks grew up in a working-class world that has played a major role in shaping his writing. Through a dozen novels...
- Jeffrey Brown
>> More Jeffrey Brown PBS NewsHour Senior Correspondent
Jeffrey Brown is co-anchor and senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, the prestigious nightly news program...
- A.S. Byatt
>> More A.S. Byatt Award-winning Novelist and Short Story Writer
British writer A.S. Byatt is the author of the international bestseller Possession and winner of the prestigious Booker Prize.
- Michael Chabon
>> More Michael Chabon Michael Chabon Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist & Essayist
Michael Chabon transfixed readers across the world with his imaginative writings . . .
- Roz Chast
>> More Roz Chast New Yorker Cartoonist
Roz Chast is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity...
- Billy Collins
>> More Billy Collins United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003)
Billy Collins is an American phenomenon. He combines high critical acclaim with a broad popular appeal...
- Bernard Cooper
>> More Bernard Cooper Award-winning Memoirist & Fiction Writer
With his razor-sharp wit and unsparing honesty, Bernard Cooper peels back layers of the familiar, exposing the surprising truths...
- Michael Cunningham
>> More Michael Cunningham Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
Michael Cunningham is the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist of The Hours & Home at the End of the World ...
- Firoozeh Dumas
>> More Firoozeh Dumas Bestselling Iranian-American Author
Firoozeh Dumas is a naturally gifted storyteller whose warm, humorous tales of family and life resonate in all of us...
- Timothy Egan
>> More Timothy Egan National Book Award-winning Author
Timothy Egan is an award-winning author and online, op-ed columnist for the New York Times.
- Eve Ensler
>> More Eve Ensler Writer, Playwright, Activist
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues,
- Anne Fadiman
>> More Anne Fadiman Award-winning Author, Essayist, and Editor
Fadiman's sensitive, incisive writing of the unbreachable gulf between the Hmong and American medical systems won her praise & awards.
- Jonathan Franzen
>> More Jonathan Franzen Award-winning Novelist The Corrections & Freedom
Franzen's The Corrections was an enormous international bestseller, nominated for nearly every major book prize in the country.
- Alexandra Fuller
>> More Alexandra Fuller Journalist & Award-winning Author
Alexandra Fuller is the author of the memoir Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood . . .
- Ina Garten
>> More Ina Garten Author of the Barefoot Contessa Books & Television Host
In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a nuclear budget analyst at the White House to pursue her dream of working in the food business
- Ira Glass
>> More Ira Glass Radio Producer and Host, This American Life
Ira Glass is the host and producer of the public radio program This American Life. The show had its premiere on Chicago's public...
- Louise Glück
>> More Louise Glück United States Poet Laureate (2003–2004)
Louise Glück is a Pulitzer Prize-winning, former Poet Laureate of the United States. Her books include A Village Life and The Wild Iris.
- Terry Gross
>> More Terry Gross Award-winning NPR Host, Fresh Air
As the host of Fresh Air, Terry Gross is heard by 4.5 millions listeners each week...
- Sara Gruen
>> More Sara Gruen Bestselling Author of Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen's novels, explore the intimate, and often healing, space between human and non-human
- Daniel Handler
>> More Daniel Handler Bestselling Author, (A.K.A Lemony Snicket)
Writer of the popular Lemony Snicket books Daniel Handler is also a bestselling novelist . . .
- Robert Hass
>> More Robert Hass United States Poet Laureate (1995-1997)
Robert Hass is a poet of great eloquence, clarity, and force, whose work is rooted in the landscapes of Northern California.
- Seamus Heaney
>> More Seamus Heaney Nobel Laureate in Literature
Acclaimed Irish writer, Seamus Heaney's body of work is vast and includes a mix of poetry, prose, criticism, theatre and translation.
- Jane Hirshfield
>> More Jane Hirshfield Prize-winning Poet, Translator, and Essayist
Jane Hirshfield’s poetry speaks to the central issues of human existence—desire and loss, impermanence and beauty...
- David Henry Hwang
>> More David Henry Hwang Playwright (M. Butterfly) & Screenwriter
David Henry Hwang's acclaimed and award-winning plays focus on identity...
- Miranda July
>> More Miranda July Filmmaker, Artist & Writer
Miranda July's videos, performances, books, and web-based projects question self-assumptions with thoughtful humour...
- Elizabeth Kolbert
>> More Elizabeth Kolbert Journalist and Author
Elizabeth Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, and visited top scientists, to get to the heart of the debate over global warming.
- Tony Kushner
>> More Tony Kushner Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright
Tony Kushner forever changed the face of modern drama with his two-part prize-winning opus, Angels in America.
- Jhumpa Lahiri
>> More Jhumpa Lahiri Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
Jhumpa Lahiri received the Pulitzer Prize for Interpreter of Maladies her debut story collection that explores issues of love...
- Anne Lamott
>> More Anne Lamott Best-selling Author of Traveling Mercies
Anne Lamott writes about big subjects: Alcoholism, Motherhood, Jesus -- with self-effacing humor & ruthless honesty . . .
- Jaron Lanier
>> More Jaron Lanier Scientist, author, musician and artist
Jaron Lanier is a 21st century Renaissance Man whose unique blend of science and the arts allows him a unique perspective.
- Erik Larson
>> More Erik Larson Award-winning Author of In The Garden of the Beasts
Erik Larson is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including The Devil in the White City...
- Fran Lebowitz
>> More Fran Lebowitz Author, Journalist & Social Observer
Purveyor of a knowing, urban cool, the witty chronicler of the ”me decade” and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker
- Barry Lopez
>> More Barry Lopez National Book Award Winner & Nature Writer
To read Barry Lopez is to commune with a deep thinker. His writings have frequently been compared to those of Henry David Thoreau...
- Armistead Maupin
>> More Armistead Maupin Acclaimed Novelist: Tales of the City Series
Though Armistead Maupin was one of the first of a new breed of openly gay authors, his appeal has always resided in his inclusiveness...
- Frances Mayes
>> More Frances Mayes Bestselling Author Under the Tuscan Sun
Frances Mayes is the author of the classic & bestselling Under the Tuscan Sun and other highly personal books..
- Alexander McCall Smith
>> More Alexander McCall Smith Beloved & Acclaimed Scottish Novelist
Alexander McCall Smith's bestselling series, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency have won acclaim for their humor & charm
- W.S. Merwin
>> More W.S. Merwin United States Poet Laureate (2010-2011)
In a career spanning five decades, W.S. Merwin, poet, translator, and environmental activist, has become one of the most respected voices . . .
- Anchee Min
>> More Anchee Min Chinese/American Bestselling Author
Anchee Min has been called “a wild, passionate and fearless American writer.”
- Azar Nafisi
>> More Azar Nafisi Iranian/American Bestselling Author
Azar Nafisi is best-known as the author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books which...
- Marion Nestle
>> More Marion Nestle Author and Nutrition expert
Marion Nestle writes about the politics of food and dietary choice.
- Kathleen Norris
>> More Kathleen Norris Bestselling Writer on Faith & Spirituality
Exploring the spiritual life, Kathleen Norris' work is intimate & historical, rich in poetry & meditations...
- Naomi Shihab Nye
>> More Naomi Shihab Nye Award-winning Poet, Writer, & Educator
Palestinian/American writer, Naomi Shihab Nye is a “wandering poet" whose writing reaffirms our shared humanity . . .
- Joyce Carol Oates
>> More Joyce Carol Oates National Book Award Winner and Best-selling Author
There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than Joyce Carol Oates.
- Sharon Olds
>> More Sharon Olds
Sharon Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Her poetry, says Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands,” and...
- Mary Oliver
>> More Mary Oliver Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet & Essayist
Mary Oliver’s poetry has firmly established her in the highest realm of writers working today...
- Michael Ondaatje
>> More Michael Ondaatje Booker Prize-winning Novelist
Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – author of the international bestseller, The English Patient . . .
- Suzan-Lori Parks
>> More Suzan-Lori Parks Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright
Named one of TIME’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is an exciting voice in the American Theatre . . .
- Robert Pinsky
>> More Robert Pinsky United States Poet Laureate (1997–2000)
Robert Pinsky’s first two terms as United States Poet Laureate were marked by such visible dynamism, and such national...
- Michael Pollan
>> More Michael Pollan Bestselling Author In Defense of Food
Michael Pollan's writings about food, health, and the business of eating have changed the way America eats.: . . .
- Frank Rich
>> More Frank Rich Author & Journalist
Frank Rich is an intrepid observer of American Life. As Writer-at-Large at New York magazine, he fearlessly tackles . . .
- Luis J. Rodriguez
>> More Luis J. Rodriguez Award-winning Poet, Activist, and Author
Luis J. Rodriguez is convinced that a writer can change the world. Indeed it is through education and the power of words...
- Kay Ryan
>> More Kay Ryan United States Poet Laureate (2008-2010)
Kay Ryan’s intensely strange, yet humorous and musical poems have been compared to those of Emily Dickinson.
- Mark Salzman
>> More Mark Salzman Acclaimed Novelist & Memoirist
Mark Salzman is an award-winning author who has written on a variety of subjects, from a graceful novel...
- Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky
>> More Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky Science & Nature Writer & Stress Expert
His perspective on the human condition comes from his insights from the field with his findings as a neuroscientist.
- Marjane Satrapi
>> More Marjane Satrapi Bestselling Artist & Author of Persepolis
Iranian artist and filmmaker, Marjane Satrapi is the creator of "Persepolis" -- both a bestselling comix memoir & also an award winning film.
- Orville Schell
>> More Orville Schell Author and Journalist
While best known as one of the country's most well informed and thoughtful observers on China, Orville Schell has also been...
- Eric Schlosser
>> More Eric Schlosser Bestselling Author and Journalist
Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and Food, Inc.
Eric Schlosser is a bestselling author and journalist who explores subjects ignored by the mainstream media...
- Alice Sebold
>> More Alice Sebold Bestselling Author of The Lovely Bones
Rarely has an author had such an impact on international literature with her first novel, especially when it focuses on the dark subjects...
- David Sedaris
>> More David Sedaris Bestselling Author & New Yorker Contributor
David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent & bestselling humor writers. His NPR audio essays are considered classics.
- Scott Simon
>> More Scott Simon NPR Host, Weekend Edition & Author
Scott Simon brings perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition Saturday from Ground Zero in NYC to ground zero in Kabul . . .
- Zadie Smith
>> More Zadie Smith Prize-winning Author of White Teeth and On Beauty
Novelist Zadie Smith was born in North London in 1975. Her acclaimed first novel, White Teeth (2000), is a vibrant portrait ...
- Stephen Sondheim
>> More Stephen Sondheim Playwright, Composer, & Lyricist
The composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim is the most important artist to work in the American musical theater over the past half-century.
- Art Spiegelman
>> More Art Spiegelman Pulitzer Prize-winning Artist/Illustrator: MAUS
With his memoir MAUS, Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves.
- Amy Tan
>> More Amy Tan Acclaimed International Bestselling Author
Amy Tan is the author of many acclaimed & beloved novels, including The Joy Luck Club which is also a feature film . . .
- Sarah Vowell
>> More Sarah Vowell Bestselling Author: The Wordy Shipmates
She has written about everything from the Trail of Tears, presidential libraries, Frank Sinatra to more personal . . .
- Chris Ware
>> More Chris Ware Award-winning Cartoonist and Author
Ware's art is eclectic and reflects his love of early 20th century American aesthetics in both cartooning & graphic design...
- Terry Tempest Williams
>> More Terry Tempest Williams Conservationist, Writer & Activist
Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life