First Year Experience

Russell Banks

Acclaimed Author of Affliction, The Sweet Hereafter and Lost Memory of Skin

Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize-winning Novelist, Author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen's Union  

Billy Collins

United States Poet Laureate (2001–2003)

Firoozeh Dumas

New York Times Bestselling Author of Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America & Laughing Without an Accent

Timothy Egan

National Book Award-winning Author of The Worst Hard Time and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Anne Fadiman

Award-winning Writer, Essayist, Editor, and Author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Alexandra Fuller

Award-winning Author Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

Elizabeth Kolbert

Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe & The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Jaron Lanier

Scientist, Musician, Artist & Author of Who Owns the Future?

Erik Larson

Award-winning Author of The Devil in the White City &  In The Garden of Beasts

Barry Lopez

National Book Award Winner, Author of Arctic Dreams and Resistance

Daniel Mendelsohn

Award-winning Essayist, Critic, and Author of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million & Waiting for the Barbarians

Anchee Min

Bestselling Memoirist and Novelist, Author of Red Azalea, Becoming Madame Mao and The Cooked Seed: A Memoir

Azar Nafisi

Iranian-American Bestselling Author Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I've Been Silent About

Naomi Shihab Nye

Award-winning Palestinian-American Poet, Writer, Anthologist, and Educator

Michael Pollan

Bestselling Author & Journalist In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto & Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Luis J. Rodriguez

Award-winning Poet, Activist, and Bestselling Author Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and It Calls You Back

Mark Salzman

Acclaimed Author of Iron & Silk, Lying Awake, and True Notebooks

Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky

Science and Nature Writer, Biologist,Neuroscientist, and Stress Expert

Marjane Satrapi

Bestselling Artist/Illustrator and Filmmaker, Author of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Eric Schlosser

Bestselling Author of Command and Control and Fast Food Nation

Zadie Smith

Prize-winning Author of White Teeth and On Beauty

Art Spiegelman

Pulitzer Prize-winning Artist/Illustrator, Author of MAUS, In the Shadow of No Towers, & Breakdowns

Amy Tan

Bestselling Author of The Joy Luck Club and The Valley of Amazement

Sarah Vowell

Bestselling Author of The Wordy Shipmates & Assassination Vacation

Chris Ware

Award-winning Cartoonist and Author, Author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth & Building Stories

Terry Tempest Williams

Conservationist, Advocate for Free Speech, Author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family & Place and Finding Beauty in a Broken World