Speakers 2015

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Aaron Hirsh
Aaron Hirsh is the author of Telling Our Way to the Sea, which won a National Outdoor Book Awar...
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Adrian Molina
Molina Speaks is a writer, poet, performance artist, recording artist, professor and community ...
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Ali Hasan
Raza Ali Hasan is the author of Grieving Shias and 67 Mogul Miniatures. His third book of poems...
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Ami
Ami Dayan
Ami Dayan is a professional theatre director, actor and playwright. His work (from one-person ...
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Amitava Kumar
Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and a novel. His latest book, Lunch...
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Amy Lukau
Amy Lukau is a poet of Angolan and Congolese descent. Her work can be found in "Eight New Gene...
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Anchee Min
Anchee Min is the author of Red Azalea (a memoir), Becoming Madam Mao, Empress Orchid, Last Emp...
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Anne Carolyn Klein
Anne Carolyn Klein teaches in the Department of Religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas. ...
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Anne Waldman
Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist. She is the author...
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Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is the author of the story collection, Barefoot Dogs. His work has appear...
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ArshiaSattar
Arshia Sattar
Arshia Sattar’s translations of the Valmiki Ramayana and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara are...
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Arvind-Krishna
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Collected Po...
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Ausma Zehanat Khan
Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International human rights law with a specialization in mil...
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BK Loren
BK Loren’s novel Theft won the Reading West Book Award as well as the WILLA Award in fiction....
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Bob
Bob Shacochis
Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist and educator. His work has received a Natio...
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Brian Aivars Catlos
Catlos is an award-winning scholar –Religious Studies (CU Boulder) and Research Associate (U...
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Caroline Douglas
Caroline Douglas’s figurative sculptures are evocations of a dream world. Inspiration comes ...
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Casey Schwartz
In the Mind Fields is Casey Schwartz’s first book. Previously, she worked as a staff writer ...
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Christi Merrill
Christi A Merrill is an associate professor of South Asian Literature at the University of Mich...
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Claudia-Cragg
Claudia Cragg
Claudia Cragg, foreign correspondent and Asia specialist, is also a regular broadcaster for, am...
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David
David Barsamian
David Barsamian is the Director of Alternative Radio, who has engaged with public intell...
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David Germano
David Germano teaches Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he di...
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Deb Marshall
Deborah Marshall’s playing has been known throughout Europe for its expressiveness, virtuosit...
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Debra Magpie Earling
Debra Magpie Earling is Bitterroot Salish and a member of the Flathead Nation. She is the autho...
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Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell holds degrees from Yale and Harvard Law School and a Certificate from the Sorbo...
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DW Gibson
DW Gibson is the author of The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in th...
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Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoché
At the age of nine, Rinpoche was recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, ...
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Eleni Sikelianos
Eleni Sikelianos is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of t...
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Elizabeth Fenn
Elizabeth Fenn received a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Encounters at the Heart of the World: A Histo...
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Hannah Nordhaus
Hannah Nordhaus is a journalist, historian and award-winning author of The Beekeeper’s Lament...
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Hari Kunzru
Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Rev...
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Héctor Ramírez
Héctor Ramírez is a writer and teacher living in Boulder, CO. He received his B.A. in Literar...
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Helen Thorpe
Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her magazine work h...
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Irene Vilar
Irene Vilar was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her memoir The Ladies’ Gallery was a Philade...
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Jan
Jan Ellison
Jan Ellison’s debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, was a 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Book Cl...
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Janice
Janice Gould
Janice Gould’s tribal affiliation is Koyoonk’auwi (Concow).  Her most recent book of poetr...
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Jason-Grunebaum
Jason Grunebaum
Jason Grunebaum is a writer and Hindi translator whose book-length translations include Uday Pr...
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Jennifer Foerster
Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa, published by the University of Arizona ...
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Jennifer Heath
Jennifer Heath is an author, editor and curator. Publications include A House White with Sorro...
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Jim Palmer
James Palmer is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies and a President’s Teaching Scholar at the ...
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John Vater
John Vater graduated from the University of Virginia in South Asian Studies and Modern Studies ...
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Joseph Hutchison
Joseph Hutchison, currently serving as Poet Laureate of Colorado, is the author of 16 collectio...
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Julene Bair
Julene Bair is the author of The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning—“polished, ...
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Jules Levinson
Jules Levinson earned a doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, whe...
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Julie Colwell
Julia Colwell is a psychologist in private practice, author,teacher and seminar facilitator. ...
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Jung Chang
Jung Chang was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. During the Cultural Revolution, she wo...
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Kai Bird
Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist. His most recent book, The Goo...
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Kalyan Ray
Kalyan Ray’s family was uprooted from the Ganges Delta (now Bangladesh) through a combinati...
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Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami is the author of The Moor’s Account, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize...
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Laird Hunt
Laird Hunt is the author of six novels, including, most recently, Neverhome, which was publish...
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Laura Pritchett
Laura Pritchett‘s novel Sky Bridge won the WILLA Award, and her novel Hell’s Bottom, Colora...
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Laura Simms
Laura Simms is an award-winning storyteller, author, recording artist and humanitarian. She has...
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Layli Long Soldier
Layli Long Soldier’s poetry has appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyo...
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Linda Hess
Linda Hess, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University has ...
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Linda Hogan
Linda Hogan is the (Chickasaw) Faculty at Indian Arts Institute, former Writer-in-Residence for...
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Lisa Jones
Lisa Jones is the author of Broken: A Love Story, the true tale of her friendship with quadr...
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Maeve Conran
Maeve Conran is the News Director at KGNU, a community radio station in Boulder and Denver wh...
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Maina Singh
Maina Chawla Singh is Scholar-in-Residence, American University, Washington DC. Singh teaches a...
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Manil Suri
Manil Suri is the author of the novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of ...
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Manjushree-Thapa
Manjushree Thapa
Manjushree Thapa is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction about her homeland Nepal....
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Marc Bekoff
Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colo...
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Marcia
Marcia Douglas
Marcia Douglas is the author of the novels, Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of C...
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Margo Jefferson
The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and boo...
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Mario Acevedo
Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which incl...
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Mira Jacob
Mira Jacob is the founder of the Pete’s Reading Series in New York City and has an MFA from t...
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Namita Gokhale
Namita Gokhale is the author of seven works of fiction and several non-fiction books. Paro: Dre...
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Nan Shannon
Pianist Nanette Shannon is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Originally from ...
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Nayana Currimbhoy
Nayana Currimbhoy is a New York City based writer. She has published three non-fiction books, I...
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Nur
Nur Laiq
Nur Laiq is author of Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt and Tu...
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Orlando White
Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light and LETTERRS. He is the recipi...
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Patricia Chapman
Patricia Chapman is a mixed media assemblage artist who utilizes found objects to create commen...
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Patty Limerick
Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director & Chair of the Board of the Center of the American W...
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Peter Heller
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers...
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Prajwal Parajuly
Prajwal Parajuly is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. He made his literary deb...
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Puneeta
Puneeta Roy
Puneeta Roy is a Media professional working in Film & Television for the past 25 years. He...
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Rahul Jacob
Rahul Jacob is managing editor of Business Standard in New Delhi. He was South China correspond...
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Rashna Singh
Rashna Batliwala Singh is a Visiting Professor at Colorado College. She received her Ph.D. fr...
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Rebecca Walker
Rebecca Walker is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time magazine as one of the...
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Ryan Gattis
Ryan Gattis is the author of Kung Fu High School, The Big Drop: Homecoming & Impermanence, ...
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Sanjoy Roy
Sanjoy K. Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaime...
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Sarnath Banerjee
After getting a degree in biochemistry, Sarnath Banerjee received an MA in Image and communicat...
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Shabnam Virmani
Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, singer and artist in residence at the Srishti Inst...
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Simon Sebag-Montefiore
Simon Sebag Montefiore’s bestselling books are published in over 45 languages. Catherine the ...
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Tanaya Winder
Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater S...
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Toluwanimi Obiwole
Toluwanimi Obiwole is a Nigerian born, Colorado raised poet currently studying architectural en...
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Uday Prakash
Uday Prakash’s works have been widely translated and have received critical acclaim all over...
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Vanessa
Vanessa Villarreal
Vanessa Angelica Villarreal's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Caketra...
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Vijay-Seshadri
Vijay Seshadri
Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore and came to America as a small child. He is the author of ...
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Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra is the author of Geek Sublime, Sacred Games, Love and Longing in Bombay, and Red...
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William Dalrymple
William Dalrymple is the author of nine books about India and the Islamic world, including City...
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William H. Henderson
William Haywood Henderson is the author of three acclaimed novels of the American West: Native...
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Aaron Hirsh
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Adrian Molina
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Ali Hasan
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Ami Dayan
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Amitava Kumar
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Amy Lukau
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Anchee Min
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Anne Carolyn Klein
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Anne Waldman
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Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
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Arshia Sattar
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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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Ausma Zehanat Khan
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BK Loren
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Bob Shacochis
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Brian Aivars Catlos
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Caroline Douglas
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Casey Schwartz
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Christi Merrill
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Claudia Cragg
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David Barsamian
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David Germano
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Deb Marshall
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Debra Magpie Earling
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Duncan Campbell
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DW Gibson
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Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoché
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Eleni Sikelianos
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Elizabeth Fenn
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Hannah Nordhaus
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Hari Kunzru
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Héctor Ramírez
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Helen Thorpe
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Irene Vilar
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Jan Ellison
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Janice Gould
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Jason Grunebaum
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Jennifer Foerster
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Jennifer Heath
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Jim Palmer
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John Vater
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Joseph Hutchison
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Julene Bair
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Jules Levinson
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Julie Colwell
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Jung Chang
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Kai Bird
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Kalyan Ray
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Laila Lalami
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Laird Hunt
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Laura Pritchett
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Laura Simms
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Layli Long Soldier
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Linda Hess
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Linda Hogan
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Lisa Jones
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Maeve Conran
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Maina Singh
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Manil Suri
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Manjushree Thapa
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Marc Bekoff
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Marcia Douglas
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Margo Jefferson
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Mario Acevedo
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Mira Jacob
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Namita Gokhale
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Nan Shannon
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Nayana Currimbhoy
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Nur Laiq
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Orlando White
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Patricia Chapman
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Patty Limerick
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Peter Heller
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Prajwal Parajuly
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Puneeta Roy
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Rahul Jacob
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Rashna Singh
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Rebecca Walker
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Ryan Gattis
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Sanjoy Roy
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Sarnath Banerjee
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Shabnam Virmani
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Simon Sebag-Montefiore
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Tanaya Winder
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Toluwanimi Obiwole
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Uday Prakash
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Vanessa Villarreal
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Vijay Seshadri
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Vikram Chandra
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William Dalrymple
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Aaron Hirsh

Aaron Hirsh is the author of Telling Our Way to the Sea, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in 2014. His essays on education and the environment have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, and The Best American Science Writing. His scientific work has been published in Science, Nature, PNAS and a number of other journals.
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Adrian Molina

Molina Speaks is a writer, poet, performance artist, recording artist, professor and community educator.  Molina has released 16 independent D-I-Y albums and self-published the first known digital chapbook – “Bronze Future”.  He has read poetry and performed spoken word and live music at hundreds of events throughout the United States.
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Ali Hasan

Raza Ali Hasan is the author of Grieving Shias and 67 Mogul Miniatures. His third book of poems, The Sorrows of the Warrior Class is forthcoming in November 2015. He teaches in the English department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Ami Dayan

Ami Dayan is a professional theatre director, actor and playwright. His work (from one-person political-dramas, to full-scale musicals) has been commissioned by The Denver Center Theatre Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Roe Green Foundation and The America-Israel Culture Foundation and produced in Europe, Israel, and the US - including four celebrated Off-Broadway productions.
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Amitava Kumar

Amitava Kumar is the author of several books of non-fiction and a novel. His latest book, Lunch with a Bigot, is a collection of essays about the writer in the world. Kumar’s writing has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Guardian, and numerous other publications. He teaches English at Vassar College.
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Amy Lukau

Amy Lukau is a poet of Angolan and Congolese descent. Her work can be found in "Eight New Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set" edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. She was shortlisted and runner up for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2014. Her work has been published in Poetry Society of America, The Feminist Wire and Fanzine amongst other journals. She has an MFA in Writing and Poetics.
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Anchee Min

Anchee Min is the author of Red Azalea (a memoir), Becoming Madam Mao, Empress Orchid, Last Empress, Pearl of China and The Cooked Seed (a memoir). Anchee Min was born in China and was 17 years old when she was sent to a labor collective near East China Sea. In 1976, she was picked by Madam Mao to feature as a lead in a propaganda film. Min was denounced after Madam Mao’s down fall. Min came to America in 1984 on a student visa without knowing English or any money. In ten years she became America’s best-selling author.
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Anne Carolyn Klein

Anne Carolyn Klein teaches in the Department of Religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Her many publications include Knowledge and Liberation, Path to the Middle, Meeting the Great Bliss Queen, Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self; Unbounded Wholeness: Dzogchen, Bon, and the Logic of the Non-Conceptual and Heart Essence, the Vast Expanse: A Story of Transmission.
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Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative eco-poem Manatee/Humanity and the feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Other recent books include GossamurmurJaguar Harmonics and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics co-edited with Laura Wright. She has recently been awarded The American Book Award for long-life achievement by the Before Columbus Foundation (2015).
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Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is the author of the story collection, Barefoot Dogs. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Texas Monthly and elsewhere. A former Journalism Knight Fellow at Stanford and a Dobie Paisano Fellow, he received his M.F.A. from the New Writers Project at UT Austin.
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Arshia Sattar

Arshia Sattar’s translations of the Valmiki Ramayana and Tales from the Kathasaritsagara are published by Penguin Books, as is her collection of essays on the Ramayana, Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish, which was short-listed for the Crossword Non-Fiction Award in 2012. She has also written three books for children, most recently, Adventures with Hanuman. Her latest book, The Mouse Merchant: Tales of Money in Ancient India is a compilation of stories from Sanskrit texts about attitudes to money. Arshia teaches classical Indian literatures at various institutions across the country and along with DW Gibson, is the Founder and Director of Sangam House, an international writers’ residency program located outside Bangalore.
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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Collected Poems 1969-2014 and two of translation, The Absent Traveller and Songs of Kabir. His edited books include The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets, A History of Indian Literature in English and Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar. He lives in Dehradun, India.
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Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International human rights law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. A former adjunct law professor, Ms. Khan was editor in chief of the magazine, Muslim Girl, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband. The Unquiet Dead is her critically acclaimed debut novel.
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BK Loren

BK Loren’s novel Theft won the Reading West Book Award as well as the WILLA Award in fiction. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes three times. An editor once told her she writes like she was raised by wolves. She tries to live up to that daily.
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Bob Shacochis

Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist and educator. His work has received a National Book Award, the Rome Prize in Literature and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His most recent novel, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction.
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Brian Aivars Catlos

Catlos is an award-winning scholar –Religious Studies (CU Boulder) and Research Associate (UC Santa Cruz) – and an expert on ethno-religious identity and communal relations in the pre-Modern Mediterranean. He has written numerous books and articles and has received many major grants and fellowships. He lives in Boulder and Barcelona.
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Caroline Douglas

Caroline Douglas’s figurative sculptures are evocations of a dream world. Inspiration comes from mythology, fairy tales and dreams, as well as the antics of animals and children. Publications include Ceramics: Art and Perception, The Shambhala Sun and Better Homes and Gardens. Her works are in the National Museum for Women in the Arts and many private collections.
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Casey Schwartz

In the Mind Fields is Casey Schwartz’s first book. Previously, she worked as a staff writer for Newsweek/Daily Beast; her writing has also appeared in the New York Times and the New York Sun, among other publications. She lives in New York City.
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Christi Merrill

Christi A Merrill is an associate professor of South Asian Literature at the University of Michigan, and author of Riddles of Belonging: India in Translation and other Tales of Possession. Her translations of the stories of Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha, Chouboli and Other Stories, won the 2012 A.K. Ramanujan Award.  
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Claudia Cragg

Claudia Cragg, foreign correspondent and Asia specialist, is also a regular broadcaster for, amongst others KGNU Denver/Boulder for 'It's The Economy'. She has written several books including two of the very first on the rise of 'Asian Business' for Random House, 'The New Maharajahs (1996), and 'The New Taipans (1995).
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David Barsamian

David Barsamian is the Director of Alternative Radio, who has engaged with public intellectuals of the world in his line of work as a radio broadcaster and has been visiting India since 1966, is now on the “adverse list” of the Union Home Ministry and there seems little chance that the ban on his travel to India will be lifted.
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David Germano

David Germano teaches Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he directs centers concerning Tibet, Buddhism, and Contemplation. His scholarship is on Tibetan Buddhism from the ninth to fourteenth century with a focus on the Great Perfection Seminal Heart (rdzogs chen snying thig) tradition and the corpus of Longchenpa.
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Deb Marshall

Deborah Marshall’s playing has been known throughout Europe for its expressiveness, virtuosity and beauty of tone. Accordingly, she has been sought after as a soloist, chamber and orchestral player in both the classical and modern repertoire. The late composer, Hans Werner Henze, referred to her as “my clarinetist.” Deborah was born in Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in the US before traveling to Germany on a Rotary Fellowship, where she received her advanced degree from the Hochschule fuer Musik in Munich. Her primary teachers include Thomas J. Price, Frank Sidorfsky, Gerd Starke and Eduard Brunner. She was soon appointed to teaching positions at both the Hochschule and the Richard Strauss Conservatory, where she served as professor for clarinet and chamber music and head of the woodwind department. Ms. Marshall lived in Munich for 22 years. She played with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra under such maestros as Rafael Kubelik, Sir George Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Ricardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Giuseppe Sinapoli, Leonard Slatkin, Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink and Kurt Masur. The next three years were spent in Moscow, followed by eight in Budapest. She is fluent in German, Hungarian, Russian and Dutch. As a chamber musician, Ms. Marshall has performed with the Intermezzo Chamber Players Denver, Kasematten Gruppe Dresden, Pierrot Ensemble Bremen, Xsemble Munich, Ensemble fuer Neue Musik Munich, Seefelder Kammersolisten, and has played with Peter Serkin, Yo Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax and others. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Germany and Russia and at festivals throughout Europe. She has recorded for broadcasting corporations in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia, as well as having recorded nine CDs. Since 2010, Ms. Marshall has lived in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, writer and librettist, Douglas Penick. She performs regularly with the Intermezzo Chamber Players of Denver Eclectic Concerts, the Off the Hook Festival in Fort Collins and with the Colorado Symphony. She also teaches clarinet and is a performance coach, as well as serving as Chamber Music Director for the Boulder Symphony.
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Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling is Bitterroot Salish and a member of the Flathead Nation. She is the author of the novel Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajawea. She teaches at the University of Montana.
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Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell holds degrees from Yale and Harvard Law School and a Certificate from the Sorbonne. A widely acknowledged visionary thinker, he has traveled extensively on five continents, engaging modern and indigenous cultures. He hosts his Sunday “Living Dialogues” program with fellow visionaries in many diverse fields on KGNU public radio and Internet.
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DW Gibson

DW Gibson is the author of The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century and Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. His work has appeared in publications such as Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, and The Caravan. Gibson serves as Director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, and is the co-founder of Sangam House, a Writers residency program in India.  
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Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoché

At the age of nine, Rinpoche was recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa. Raised in a monastic environment, Rinpoche received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In particular he received the teachings of the Nyingma lineage from his root teacher, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the author of three books, It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist PathLight Comes Through: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to our Natural Intelligence, and Uncommon Happiness: The Path of the Compassionate Warrior. He is also an avid painter in the abstract expressionist tradition and a photographer - bearing witness to moments of life around him as he travels.
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Eleni Sikelianos

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead and two hybrid memoirs (The Book of Jon, City Lights, and You Animal Machine, Coffee House).  Sikelianos has been the happy recipient of various awards for her poetry, nonfiction, and translations, including two National Endowment for the Arts Awards and the National Poetry Series.  
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Elizabeth Fenn

Elizabeth Fenn received a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People. She is also the author of Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82. She lives in Longmont, Colorado, and chairs the History Department at CU Boulder.
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Hannah Nordhaus

Hannah Nordhaus is a journalist, historian and award-winning author of The Beekeeper’s Lament and the newly released American Ghost, a history of her family’s journey from 19th-century Germany to the American Southwest. She grew up in Washington D.C, studied History at Yale University and now lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.
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Hari Kunzru

Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions and Gods without Men as well as a short story collection, Noise and a novella, Memory Palace. In 2003, Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. His short stories and essays have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, London Review of Books, Granta, Book Forum and Frieze. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York City.
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Héctor Ramírez

Héctor Ramírez is a writer and teacher living in Boulder, CO. He received his B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Colorado. He reads fiction submissions for Timber journal and is an editor and staff writer at Vannevar (www.vannevar.net). His work has been published in The Café Irreal, Buffalo Almanack, American Book Review, The Poetry Foundation’s “Harriet” blog, and elsewhere.
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Helen Thorpe

Helen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her magazine work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and 5280. Her first book, Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America, was published in 2009. It won the Colorado Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post. Her second book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, was published in 2014. Time named it the number one nonfiction book of the year, and The New York Times said of it: “Through minute, almost claustrophobic, detail — using military and medical records, as well as therapists’ notes and personal correspondence —Thorpe achieves a staggering intimacy with her subjects.
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Irene Vilar

Irene Vilar was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Her memoir The Ladies’ Gallery was a Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the 1999 Mind Book of the Year Award. Her latest memoir, Impossible Motherhood, has been published in Italy, France and Germany and won the 2010 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Memoir/Autobiography and the 12th Latino Book 2nd Place Award for Best Women’s Issues. Both memoirs explore generational and national trauma. 
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Jan Ellison

Jan Ellison’s debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, was a 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Book Club Pick. Jan’s work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and the O. Henry Prize Stories. She is a graduate of Stanford and lives in California with her husband and their four children.
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Janice Gould

Janice Gould’s tribal affiliation is Koyoonk’auwi (Concow).  Her most recent book of poetry, Doubters and Dreamers, was a Colorado Book Award Finalist.  An Associate Professor at UCCS, Janice directs the Certificate in Native American Studies for the Women’s and Ethnic Studies program.  She is the current Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate.
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Jason Grunebaum

Jason Grunebaum is a writer and Hindi translator whose book-length translations include Uday Prakash’s The Girl with the Golden Parasol and The Walls of Delhi. He has received an NEA Literature Fellowship, a PEN/Heim grant and his work has been shortlisted for the DSC Prize in South Asian Literature.
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Jennifer Foerster

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of Leaving Tulsa, published by the University of Arizona Press. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is currently pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
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Jennifer Heath

Jennifer Heath is an author, editor and curator. Publications include A House White with Sorrow; On the Edge of Dream: Women of Celtic Myth and Legend; The Scimitar and the Veil: Extraordinary Women of IslamThe Veil: History, Lore and PoliticsLand of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women; and Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace.
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Jim Palmer

James Palmer is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies and a President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After directing the Conference on World Affairs for 16 years, he now writes poetry and film essays and continues to pursue his interest in Jungian psychology.
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John Vater

John Vater graduated from the University of Virginia in South Asian Studies and Modern Studies in English and researched Hindi literature and publishing on a Fulbright scholarship in 2014 in India. Over the past two years he has worked as an editorial assistant at the independent publishing house, Navayana and as translation projects coordinator at the Hindi publishing house, Vani Prakashan.
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Joseph Hutchison

Joseph Hutchison, currently serving as Poet Laureate of Colorado, is the author of 16 collections of poems, including The Satire Lounge, Marked Men, and Thread of the Real. He directs the Arts & Culture and Global Affairs programs for the University of Denver’s University College.
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Julene Bair

Julene Bair is the author of The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning—“polished, touching, and engaging,” according to Mark Bittman of the New York Times. Her first book, One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter, won the Women Writing West’s WILLA award.
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Jules Levinson

Jules Levinson earned a doctoral degree in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, where he studied under the guidance of Jeffrey Hopkins, a foremost figure in the field of Buddhist Studies. He now lives in Boulder, CO, where he translates literature and oral commentary concerned with the Middle Way (mādhyamika) and the Great Seal (mahāmudrā) as they are known in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. For many years he has also served as an oral translator for the Tibetan Buddhist teachers with whom he studies.
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Julie Colwell

Julia Colwell is a psychologist in private practice, author,teacher and seminar facilitator. Her professional journey began with psychodynamic and systems theories, ultimately leading to the work of Body-Centered Transformation. Her lifetime passion is assisting couples in personal transformation through the crucible of relationship.  
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Jung Chang

Jung Chang was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. During the Cultural Revolution, she worked as a peasant, a ‘barefoot’ doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1982 at the University of York – the first person from Communist China to receive a doctorate from a British University. Jung Chang is the author of the best-selling books Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, and Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday), which was described by Time as “an atom bomb of a book.
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Kai Bird

Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist. His most recent book, The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames, was a New York Times best-seller.   His work includes critical writings on the Vietnam War, Hiroshima, Nuclear weapons, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the CIA.
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Kalyan Ray

Kalyan Ray’s family was uprooted from the Ganges Delta (now Bangladesh) through a combination of political upheavals and natural disasters. He was born and grew up in Calcutta. Educated in India and the US, he has taught on three continents. He is the author of the novels Eastwords and No Country and is currently completing his third novel, A Rain of Stones. He lives now in India.
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Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami is the author of The Moor’s Account, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her previous books include the novels Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son.
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Laird Hunt

Laird Hunt is the author of six novels, including, most recently, Neverhome, which was published by Little, Brown and Company in 2014.  His writings, reviews and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Beast, the Irish Times, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Bomb, Bookforum, Grand Street and The Believer.  He lives with his family and works in Boulder, Colorado and teaches at the University of Denver, where he edits the Denver Quarterly.  
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Laura Pritchett

Laura Pritchetts novel Sky Bridge won the WILLA Award, and her novel Hell’s Bottom, Colorado won both the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award. Her novel Stars Go Blue is currently a finalist for a High Plains Book Award in fiction. Her latest novel Red Lightning, is set in the contemporary West and takes on issues of environmental and social justice. She also writes for High Country News, OnEarth, Salon, O Mag, and others.
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Laura Simms

Laura Simms is an award-winning storyteller, author, recording artist and humanitarian. She has had worldwide performances and teaches at NYU, Antioch and U of Utah.  She has directed Girls Write Haiti at the HC Andersen Storytelling Center, and  co-directs Stories Without Borders. Her recent books are Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling and Robe of Love.
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Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier’s poetry has appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, American Indian Journal of Culture and Research, PEN America, The Denver Quarterly and The Brooklyn Rail, among others. She is with the English faculty at Diné College. Her first chapbook of poetry is Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and forthcoming book is WHEREAS (Graywolf Press).
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Linda Hess

Linda Hess, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University has published three books related to Kabir: The Bijak of Kabir, Singing Emptiness: Kumar Gandharva Performs the Poetry of Kabir and Bodies of Song: Kabir Oral Traditions and Performative Worlds in North India.
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Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan is the (Chickasaw) Faculty at Indian Arts Institute, former Writer-in-Residence for The Chickasaw Nation and Professor Emerita from University of Colorado. She is an internationally recognized public speaker and writer of poetry, fiction and essays. In July, 2014, Dark, Sweet: New and Selected Poems was published by Coffee House Press. Her three latest books are Indios, Rounding the Human Corners and the well-regarded novel People of the Whale. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, The Wordcraft Circle, and The Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association. Her most recent awards have been the 2016 Thoreau Prize from PEN, and the significant Native Arts and Culture Award.
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Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is the author of Broken: A Love Story, the true tale of her friendship with quadriplegic Northern Arapaho horse gentler and traditional healer Stanford Addison. She arrived at his home on the Wind River Reservation to research an article about his horse training techniques and witnessed much more than she bargained for.
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Maeve Conran

Maeve Conran is the News Director at KGNU, a community radio station in Boulder and Denver who is originally from Ireland. Her news stories have been broadcast on BBC, Radio France, RTE (Ireland's national broadcaster) as well as NPR and many radio stations in the US. Her work has been recognized regionally by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and nationally by the Public Radio News Directors Inc.
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Maina Singh

Maina Chawla Singh is Scholar-in-Residence, American University, Washington DC. Singh teaches and researches Indian Diaspora communities. Her books include: Being Indian, Being Israeli: Migration, Ethnicity and Gender in the Jewish Homeland and Gender, Religion, and Heathen Lands: American Missionary Women in South Asia. Singh has lived in Russia, Ethiopia, Israel, Japan, France and the US. Her current project focuses on 'Indian Americans in US Politics’.
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Manil Suri

Manil Suri is the author of the novels The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi. His fiction has won several awards and been translated into twenty-seven languages. He was raised in Mumbai and currently resides in Maryland, where he is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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Manjushree Thapa

Manjushree Thapa is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction about her homeland Nepal. She translates Nepali literature into English. Her essays have appeared in New York Times, London Review of Books and in the print media in South Asia. Her next novel, All of Us in Our Own Lives, is due in 2016.
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Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He has published numerous essays and 30 books including Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence.
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Marcia Douglas

Marcia Douglas is the author of the novels, Madam Fate and Notes from a Writer’s Book of Cures and Spells as well as a poetry collection, Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom.  Her recent awards include an NEA Fellowship and she performs a one-woman show, Natural Herstory.
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Margo Jefferson

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Margo Jefferson was for years a theater and book critic for Newsweek and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York Magazine, and The New Republic. She is the author of On Michael Jackson and is a Professor of writing at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Negroland will be published by Pantheon in September of 2015.
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Mario Acevedo

Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes  Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press and his graphic novel  Killing the Cobra from IDW Publishing. His novel,  Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award.
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Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is the founder of the Pete’s Reading Series in New York City and has an MFA from the New School for Social Research. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is her first novel.
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Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale is the author of seven works of fiction and several non-fiction books. Paro: Dreams of Passion, Gods Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala: the Play of Memory, and Priya in Incredible Indyaa and the landmark anthology In Search of Sita. Her recent, much acclaimed collection of short stories, The Habit of Love, was published in January 2012. An edited anthology, Travelling In, Travelling Out was launched this January. Namita Gokhale is also co-director of the famous Jaipur Literature Festival and of Mountain Echoes: the Bhutan Literary Festival.
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Nan Shannon

Pianist Nanette Shannon is a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Originally from New Mexico, she began her career as pianist and harpsichordist for the Orchestra of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. A dedicated performer of every aspect of the repertory, Ms. Shannon has especially distinguished herself as an interpreter of contemporary music. As a member of the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C. during the 1990's, she gave premieres of numerous pieces by an international group of composers. She was also invited to give premieres at three National Meetings of the College Music Society. In recent seasons Ms. Shannon has performed twice as a concerto soloist with the Mercury Ensemble in Denver, and has collaborated with the Colorado Chamber Players, Front Range Chamber Players, Parabola Trio, and the Playground Ensemble for numerous concerts in a variety of settings in the area. In addition to her current positions as Adjunct Instructor of Piano at Regis University and Affiliate Instructor of Class Piano at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Ms. Shannon is a frequent adjudicator for local competitions, including MTNA events, the Young Musicians Foundation in Denver, and those of the Jefferson County and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras. Previous teaching positions include Bucknell University and the Baltimore School for the Arts. She earned her doctorate in piano performance from Peabody Conservatory as a student of Ann Schein, and studied at summer festivals with Reginald Stewart, Brooks Smith, and Jean Barr.
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Nayana Currimbhoy

Nayana Currimbhoy is a New York City based writer. She has published three non-fiction books, Indira, a biography of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Living in Deserts, a book of cultural geography and Entrances, a design book. Her most recent work is a novel, Miss Timmins’ School for Girls published in 2011. Nayana is currently writing her second novel.
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Nur Laiq

Nur Laiq is author of Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counter-revolution in Egypt and Tunisia and co-editor of The Search for Peace in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Nur lives in Delhi, where she worked for the Indian National Congress Party in the 2014 general election campaign. She has also been senior policy analyst at the International Peace Institute in New York and is a visiting researcher at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
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Orlando White

Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light and LETTERRS. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
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Patricia Chapman

Patricia Chapman is a mixed media assemblage artist who utilizes found objects to create commentaries on life in all its beautiful and absurd glory. There is a strong narrative aspect to her art, incorporating the use of text and a large measure of humor.  
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Patty Limerick

Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director & Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. She has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts.
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Peter Heller

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction and poetry. Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and a contributing editor at the Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Prajwal Parajuly

Prajwal Parajuly is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. He made his literary debut with The Gurkha’s Daughter, a collection of short stories that was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK and longlisted for The Story Prize in the US. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was published in 2015 to international acclaim. Parajuly’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, The New Statesman and on the BBC. He lives between London and New York. He is currently the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
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Puneeta Roy

Puneeta Roy is a Media professional working in Film & Television for the past 25 years. Her interest in Theatre has led her to conduct workshops with young people using the Expressive Arts as tools for self-exploration and transformation. Puneeta uses creative visualization and energy work to push the boundaries of one’s imagination and create magical worlds where anything is possible! Founder Trustee of the Yuva Ekta Foundation, she sees tremendous potential in Youth and believes that through them, positive social change will happen. Puneeta dreams of setting up a Global Youth Citizenship Network that would span countries across the planet.
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Rahul Jacob

Rahul Jacob is managing editor of Business Standard in New Delhi. He was South China correspondent for the Financial Times in Hong Kong and was part of a team that won an award for human rights reportage in 2012 for a series on a village that revolted against the Chinese government. Rahul was one of the paper's weekend editors based in London between 2003 and 2010. He is the author of Right of Passage: Travels from Brooklyn to Bali.
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Rashna Singh

Rashna Batliwala Singh is a Visiting Professor at Colorado College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is the author of The Imperishable Empire: British Fiction on India and Goodly is Our Heritage: Children's Literature, Empire, and the Certitude of Character, as well as book chapters and scholarly articles on literature of Empire and Postcolonial literatures.
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Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker is an award-winning writer and lecturer, named by Time magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. She is the author of the memoirs Black, White and Jewish and Baby Love, and the novel Adé: A Love Story. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Ryan Gattis

Ryan Gattis is the author of Kung Fu High School, The Big Drop: Homecoming & Impermanence, and All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots. A lecturer at Chapman University & a member of L.A. street art crew UGLARworks, he lives in Los Angeles.
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Sanjoy Roy

Sanjoy K. Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, which produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across 40 cities in countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, and includes the world’s largest literary gathering — the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. He is a founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi where over 55,000 children have benefitted from education, training and residential services over the past years. The White House recently presented him the US President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities Award for an International Organisation. He is an advisor for the arts and diversity for numerous government and non-governmental organisations across the world.
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Sarnath Banerjee

After getting a degree in biochemistry, Sarnath Banerjee received an MA in Image and communication from Goldsmiths College. He wrote graphic novels, Corridor and Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers, on the scandals of 18th century Calcutta and Denoel. Sarnath Banerjee runs a publishing house, Phantomville that exclusively publishes graphic novels. He has co-published The Believers and Kashmir Pending. He received the young publisher award in 2008 by the British Council. He worked on a weekly column in text and image, Enchanted Geography which explores the uncanny Berlin, the idea of cosmopolitanism and Berlin current role as a world city.
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Shabnam Virmani

Shabnam Virmani is a documentary filmmaker, singer and artist in residence at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore. Deeply inspired by the poetry of Kabir and other Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poets, she has initiated the Kabir Project, which journeys into the oral traditions of this poetry, curating and sharing it through films, audio CDs, books of translated poems, festivals, workshops and a web archive.
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Simon Sebag-Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore’s bestselling books are published in over 45 languages. Catherine the Great & Potemkin, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, Young Stalin, Jerusalem: the Biography are all award winning books of his. He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, Sashenka and One Night in Winter. Dr Montefiore has presented BBC TV series on Jerusalem, Rome, Istanbul and Spain. Most of his books are now being developed into movies or TV mini-series.
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Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She graduated from Stanford University and earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico. She is an editor at As/Us: A Space for Women of the World. She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico and Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder Upward Bound Program. She blogs at Letters From A Young Poet.  
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Toluwanimi Obiwole

Toluwanimi Obiwole is a Nigerian born, Colorado raised poet currently studying architectural engineering at CU Boulder. She began her poetry-journey with the Colorado youth slam poetry organization, Minor Disturbance. In 2013 she represented Colorado on Minor Disturbance in the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival where she ranked no.1 in the world for youth poetry.  In 2014 the team took 4th position in the world. In 2015, she became the inaugural Denver Youth Poet Laureate. She is continuing her journey in poetry, trying to find her voice and combine her love for the arts and sciences together.
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Uday Prakash

Uday Prakash’s works have been widely translated and have received critical acclaim all over. Recipient of several awards in India and abroad, he has been conferred with the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novella, Mohan Das in 2010. His stories have been adapted for plays, feature and short films. Translations of his works have bagged outstanding national and international awards. At present Uday Prakash is an independent writer and filmmaker.
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Vanessa Villarreal

Vanessa Angelica Villarreal's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, The Western Humanities Review, NANO Fiction, The Colorado Review Online, and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and her book, BEAST MERIDIAN, was a finalist at Nightboat, Futurepoem, Saturnalia, and Willow Books, and is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2017. Her hometown is Houston, Texas.
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Vijay Seshadri

Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore and came to America as a small child. He is the author of four collections of poems: Wild Kingdom, The Long Meadow, 3 Sections and The Disappearances and numerous essays, reviews, and memoir fragments. His work has been recognized with a number of honors, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
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Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra is the author of Geek Sublime, Sacred Games, Love and Longing in Bombay, and Red Earth and Pouring Rain. His honours include the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), the Crossword Prize, and the Salon Book Award. He teaches creative writing at the University of California, Berkeley.
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William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is the author of nine books about India and the Islamic world, including City of Djinns, White Mughals ,The Last Mughal and Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India .He recently curated a major show of Late Mughal art for the Asia Society in New York, Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707-1857. His new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42 was published to acclaim in December. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books and the Guardian and is one of the founders and a co-director of the Zee Jaipur Literary Festival. He has honorary doctorates of letters from the universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Bradford and Lucknow, and in September took up a visiting fellowship at Princeton.
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William H. Henderson

William Haywood Henderson is the author of three acclaimed novels of the American West: Native, The Rest of the Earth, and Augusta Locke. He directs the Book Project at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and he is on the faculty of the Ashland University MFA program.
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