Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and the author of seven books, including the New York Times #1 best-selling Barbarians at the Gate (with John Helyar) and Public Enemies. His new book, Forget the Alamo (with long-time friends Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford), challenges the historical lore behind the iconic building. After living for too long in the snowy north, Bryan is thrilled to be back living in his native Texas.
Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between and a new book, The Light of Days,which was a New York Times bestseller. She has written for the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post and many other publications. Prior to her writing career, she was an academic and is fluent in both Yiddish and Hebrew. Born and raised in Montreal, she now lives in New York with her husband and children.
Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of Almost Famous Women, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, and Nightingale Lane. She is a regular columnist for The Guardian, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and Oxford American, among other publications. She was a fellow at the American Library in Paris and now directs Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. She lives in Vermont.
Heather Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Harvard University and her doctorate in English from Oxford University. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship; a Leon Levy Biography Fellowship at the City University of New York; and a Visiting U.S. Fellowship at the Eccles Centre for American Studies, British Library. A former Visiting Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, she is the author of The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, The Ulster Renaissance: Poetry in Belfast 1962-1972 and Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award. She divides her time between Chappaqua, New York, and Yorkshire, England, where she is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at the University of Huddersfield.
Maggie Doherty teaches writing at Harvard, where she earned her PhD in English. She is the author of The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, and the Nation, among other publications. She lives in Cambridge.