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Lauren Markham

Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California. Her book, "The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life" was named a 2017 New York Times Critics’ Pick, was awarded the Northern California Book Award,…
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Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the L.A. Times Book Prize, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short…
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Beth Nguyen

Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of the memoir "Stealing Buddha’s Dinner," the novel "Short Girls," and the novel "Pioneer Girl." Her work has received an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award, among other honors, and has been featured…
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Robert Reich

Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written 15 books, including "The Work of Nations,"…
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Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poetry, “Copperhead” and “Hundred-Year Wave.” Her poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a National Endowment…
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D. A. Powell

D. A. Powell's books include "Repast" and "Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys," which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard,…
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Lauren Schiller

Lauren Schiller is the creator and host of Inflection Point, a nationally syndicated public radio show and podcast about how women rise up, featuring conversations with activists and authors, experts, industry leaders and more. These are women…
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Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of 19 previous books, including the best-selling Mars trilogy and the critically-acclaimed “Forty Signs of Rain,” “Fifty Degrees Below,” “Sixty…
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David Roderick

David Roderick writes the "State Lines" poetry column for the San Francisco Chronicle. He teaches creative writing classes at Left Margin LIT, a center for the literary arts in Berkeley, which he co-founded with Rachel Richardson. He is the…
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Aída Salazar

Aida Salazar, author of "Land of the Cranes" (2020 Scholastic, MG), is an arts activist and award-winning author of the middle grade verse novel "The Moon Within" (an International Latino Book Award Winner) and the bio picture book "Jovita Wore…