Billy Collins

United States Poet Laureate (2001–2003)

Louise Glück

United States Poet Laureate (2003–2004) Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Robert Hass

United States Poet Laureate (1995-1997) National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Environmentalist and Teacher

Jane Hirshfield

Prize-winning Poet, Translator, and Essayist

Kathleen Norris

Bestselling Essayist on the Spiritual Life: Dakota, The Cloister Walk, Amazing Grace, and Acedia & Me

Naomi Shihab Nye

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

Joyce Carol Oates

National Book-Award Winning Novelist, Poet, Playwright and Essayist

Sharon Olds

Award-winning Poet and Educator Author of Stag's Leap

Michael Ondaatje

Bestselling & Award-winning Author of The English Patient, Running in the Family & The Cat’s Table

Robert Pinsky

United States Poet Laureate (1997–2000) Translator, Essayist, and Teacher

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

Kay Ryan

United States Poet Laureate (2008-2010) Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet