Author of the internationally best-selling Mornings in Jenin (sold in 28 countries), Susan is one of the most widely-read Arab authors of all time. She is also frequently asked to speak on the subjects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the power of storytelling for marginalized communities.
Arif is an acclaimed Bangladeshi novelist who also has expertise in international development. He has worked on issues of poverty alleviation and public health in Bangladesh and other countries. His first novel, The Storm, spanned fifty years of Bangladeshi history to tell five intertwined love stories. He has given talks about his novel in Canada, the US and Bangladesh.
Kristen is The New York Times best-selling author of Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019), as well as a queer fiction and essay writer and a social media genius. Kristen’s unique voice focuses on humor writing, LGBTQ issues, and Florida.
Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, Raquel is an award-winning journalist, cultural activist, podcaster, and documentary filmmaker who travels widely to speak to diverse audiences about Latina identity, social justice, gentrification and inequality.
Award-winning author of two suspense series, the George Skeehan series and the Jimmy Vega Mysteries, Suzanne draws inspiration for her writing from her work with immigrants at an outreach center in New York. A former writing fellow, Suzanne has been a college writing instructor and frequent guest lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution.
Bridgett is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Pick” and an Entertainment Weekly “Must Read.” She has been invited to speak at numerous venues about her memoir and its historical context. She teaches creative and film writing at Baruch College, CUNY.
Helon is an acclaimed Nigerian novelist, poet, and scholar who speaks both nationally and internationally. His work includes the novels Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, Oil on Water, and Travelers as well as The Chibok Girls, a nonfiction account of the girls abducted by Boko Haram.
Ladee is an award-winning author and scholar. Her critically-acclaimed novel, The Talented Ribkins, was awarded the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for the Debut Novel and the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, among many other honors, and garnered her an appearance on Seth Meyers.
Nura is a writer, attorney, and the editor of the groundbreaking anthologies Love, InshAllah and Salaam, Love and has been featured globally by media including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian, Times of India, Dawn Pakistan, and Jakarta Post. She gave a popular TEDx talk on the monolithic image of Muslim women.
A charismatic speaker, writer and cultural activist, Bushra’s rapport with audiences is genuine, entertaining, and educational. She co-edited the seminal anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. Her novel Corona is a cult classic, and her poetry collection Marianna’s Beauty Salon has been described as “a love poem for Muslim girls, Queens, and immigrants making sense of their foreign home--and surviving.”
Matthew is a novelist, scholar, and Korean adoptee who has written and spoken widely on the subjects of adoption, race, Asian masculinity and parenting. His acclaimed first novel,The Hundred-Year Flood, was an Amazon Bestseller and, among other honors, a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker.
Debra is a bestselling author, spiritual teacher, and communications coach who speaks widely on subjects of spirituality. She is the author of Grace from the Garden, The Only Little Prayer You Need, and Let Your Spirit Guides Speak. Her upcoming books are Be the Light That You Are and Twenty.