Maxine Beneba Clarke
Maxine Beneba Clarke is heralded as one of the most exciting new voices in international literature. She is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent, a renowned spoken word poet, and the author of the multi-award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil. 2016 will see the publication of Maxine's highly anticipated memoir The Hate Race.
Gretel Ehrlich is the author of 15 books, including the award-winning, Solace Of Open Spaces, This Cold Heaven, Seven Seasons In Greenland, and most recently, Facing The Wave, winner of the PEN USA Nonfiction Award. Ehrlich’s work has been published in many magazines, including, Harpers, The Atlantic, Orion, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, Outside, And The National Geographic.
Karl Ove Knausgård
Karl Ove Knausgård’s epic six-part autobiographical novel My Struggle blows the boundaries between nonfiction and fiction and has been hailed by the critics as the most important literary work of the 21st century to date. The Norwegian writer’s six-volume autobiographical novel, proved to be a runaway best seller in Norway and also captivated a large and growing number of English-language readers. Some considered him the greatest Norwegian writer since playwright Henrik Ibsen.
Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of Humiliation; Hotel Theory; the novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes; Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics; and National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (1993) as well as several collection of poetry.