Dariel Suarez was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. In 1997, at age fourteen, he immigrated to the United States with his family during the island’s economic crisis known as The Special Period. He is the author of a new novel, The Playwright’s House and the story collection A Kind of Solitude, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, and a MassBook Award “Must Read.” Dariel is an inaugural City of Boston Artist Fellow and the Education Director at GrubStreet, the country’s largest independent creative writing center. He’s currently at work on a second novel about the effects of human trafficking, migration, and the broken promises of the American dream through the lens of a multicultural family. Dariel earned his MFA in Fiction at Boston University and resides in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.
Steve Yarbrough is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Unmade World, which won the 2019 Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction.. His other books are the nonfiction title Bookmarked: Larry McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show, the novels The Realm of Last Chances, Safe from the Neighbors, The End of California, Prisoners of War, Visible Spirits and The Oxygen Man, and the short story collections Veneer, Mississippi History and Family Men. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, the Richard Wright Award and the Robert Penn Warren Award. He has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.The son of Mississippi Delta cotton farmers, Steve is currently a professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. He has two daughters—Lena Yarbrough and Antonina Parris—and is married to the Polish writer Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough. They divide their time between Boston and Krakow. Steve is an aficionado of jazz and bluegrass music, which he plays on guitar, mandolin and banjo, often after midnight.
Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of the novels The Plot, You Should Have Known (which aired on HBO in October 2020 as The Undoing, starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland), Admission (adapted as a film in 2013 starring Tina Fey), The Devil and Webster, The White Rose, The Sabbathday River and A Jury of Her Peers, as well as Interference Powder, a novel for children. Her company BOOKTHEWRITER hosts Pop-Up Book Groups in which small groups of readers discuss new books with their authors. She lives in New York City with her husband, Irish poet Paul Muldoon.
Kia Corthron is the author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible. Corthron’s most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire. Her novels include her new book, The Moon and the Mars, and her first book The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter which won the Center for Fiction’s 2016 First Novel Prize. She grew up in Cumberland, Maryland, and now lives in Harlem, New York City.
Jakob Guanzon was born in New York and raised in Minnesota. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Abundance, the story of a homeless man and his son, is his first novel. The New York Times said “Abundance captures is how mundane poverty is, and how psychologically punishing” and the starred review in Publisher’s Weekly said “Guanzon’s descriptions of grinding poverty are visceral, and Henry’s attempts to fend off relentless adversity for the sake of his son are heartbreaking.” He lived in Madrid, Spain for several years, where he began teaching, translating, and publishing prose and now lives in New York City.