Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the New York Times-bestselling author of Wench (2010), Balm (2015), and Take My Hand (April 2022). Wench was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction.  In 2013, Dolen wrote the introduction to a special edition of Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave, published by Simon & Schuster, which became a New York Times bestseller. Dolen is the current Chair of the Board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is Associate Professor in the Literature Department at American University in Washington, DC. »

Tyehimba Jess

Visiting Poet, Winter 2018

Emily Raboteau

Visiting Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Writer, Summer 2017

Jericho Parms

Alumnx Creative Nonfiction Writer, Winter 2017

Liza Nash Taylor

Visiting Alumnx Fiction Writer, Winter 2022

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Visiting Fiction Writer, Summer 2022

Carmen Maria Machado

Visiting Fiction Writer, Winter 2019