Naomi Extra is a poet, writer, and scholar. She received her PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University, Newark. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, The New Yorker, Zora, The Lily, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Ratchet Supreme was selected as the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. Currently, she is a Lecturer of […]
Cal Peternell is the New York Times bestselling author of Twelve Recipes, A Recipe for Cooking, and Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta. His newest book is Burnt Toast and Other Disasters, a guide for making things better. Cal’s drive to teach people the pleasure and satisfaction to be found cooking at home led him to co-create […]
Kendra James is an executive producer at Crooked Media and was a founding editor at Shondaland.com where she wrote and edited work for two years. She has been heard and seen on NPR and podcasts including “Bitch Sesh,” “Lovett or Leave it,” “Yo! Is This Racist?,” “This is Love,” “Star Trek: The Pod Directive,” and more. Her writing has been […]
Bob Hennelly is an award winning print and broadcast journalist focusing on labor and occupational health, and the author of Stuck Nation. He is regular contributor to Salon, City & State, and InsiderNJ. His work can also be heard on WBGO, 88.3 FM, the NPR jazz station in Newark, NJ. He also hosts a program […]
Jessica Grose is an opinion writer at The New York Times, where she focuses on issues surrounding the American family. She is the author of two novels, Sad Desk Salad and Soulmates. Her next book, Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood, comes out December 6th.
Lauren Christensen is a senior staff editor at the New York Times Book Review.
Marlon Peterson is writer, speaker, and doer. As a speaker he has shared his journey of triumph over tremendous adversity with millions worldwide. As a writer, he is the author of the memoir, Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist’s Freedom, and has contributed to books by Colin Kaepernick, NYT best-selling author, Kiese Laymon, and Marshall Project editor, Akiba Solomon. […]
Alan Light is a music journalist, author, and the co-host of “Feedback,” a daily music talk show on SiriusXM. His book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah” inspired the recent documentary HALLELUJAH: LEONARD COHEN, A JOURNEY, A SONG. He has also written biographies of Prince, Johnny […]
Nicole A. Taylor
Nicole A. Taylor is a James Beard Award–nominated food writer, master home cook, and producer. She has written for the New York Times, Bon Appétit, and Food & Wine. Nicole is the author of The Up South Cookbook and The Last O.G. Cookbook. She is the executive producer of If We So Choose, a short documentary about the desegregation of an iconic southern […]
Maximillian Alvarez is the Editor-in-Chief of The Real News Network in Baltimore, the author of The Work of Living, and the host of Working People, “a podcast about the lives, jobs, dreams, and struggles of the working class today.” Prior to joining The Real News, he was an Associate Editor at The Chronicle of Higher […]
Angela Garbes is the author of Like a Mother, an NPR Best Book of the Year and finalist for the Washington State Book Award in Nonfiction. Her most recent book is Essential Labor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, New York, Bon Appétit, and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. She lives with her family in Seattle.
Qian Julie Wang
QIAN JULIE WANG is a graduate of Yale Law School and Swarthmore College. Formerly a commercial litigator, she is now managing partner of Gottlieb & Wang LLP, a firm dedicated to advocating for education and civil rights. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Beautiful Country is her New […]
Danyel Smith is an author, award-winning journalist, and producer. She’s the author of Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. She’s the creator and host the Spotify-exclusive Black Girl Songbook, a music and talk show that centers black women in music. A 2021 Yaddo Fellow, Danyel was a senior producer and editor at […]
Kelefa Sanneh has been a New Yorker staff writer since 2008, before which he spent six years as a pop-music critic at The New York Times. He is also a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning. Previously, he was the deputy editor of Transition, a journal of race and culture based at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at […]
Bill McKibben is founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 for action on climate and justice. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write 20 books, and […]
Matt Rodbard is a writer, editor, and author of food and culture books with more than two decades of experience working in television, magazines, book publishing, and online media. He’s the author of Koreatown: A Cookbook, a New York Times Bestseller, Food IQ, an Amazon and Publishers Weekly Bestseller, and the Founding Editor of online […]
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else) and Reconsidering Reparations, both published earlier this year. Táíwò’s theoretical work draws liberally from the Black radical tradition, contemporary social science, and histories of activism and activist […]
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her debut novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree was the silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and Zyzzyva, among others. She lives in California. The […]
Delegate Danica Roem, part of the historic group that flipped Republican seats in the 2017 election, is the first out-and-seated transgender state legislator in American history. Prior to her political career, Roem was a journalist and now serves as a frequent guest on national media. She and her work have been featured in USA Today, People, GQ, […]
Kim Kelly is a freelance journalist and author based in Philadelphia. She has been a labor columnist for Teen Vogue since 2018, and her writing on labor, class, politics, and culture has appeared in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Baffler, The Nation, Esquire, and many others. Kelly has also worked as a video […]
The winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, MARGO JEFFERSON previously served as book and arts critic for Newsweek and the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in, among other publications, Vogue, New York Magazine, The Nation, and Guernica. Her memoir, Negroland, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. She is also the author of On Michael Jackson and is a professor of writing at Columbia […]
Linda Villarosa is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine where she covers race, inequality and public health. Her new book, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation, was published in June by Doubleday, and she is a contributor to the 1619 […]
Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator. His first book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, won a 2020 New York City Book Award, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice in 2019, and was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Literary Awards. He was honored with the 2020 Allan Berube Prize from the American Historical Association. In 2019-2021, […]
Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer. She received her JD from Harvard Law School, and works to end police and prison violence by providing legal assistance, research, and training to community-based organizations through an abolitionist framework. Her work and writing has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Harper’s […]
Meghan O’Rourke is the author of New York Times bestseller The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness, The Long Goodbye and the poetry collections Sun in Days, Once, and Halflife. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, she is the editor of The Yale Review. Her writing appears in The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and more.
Mariame Kaba is a leading prison and police abolitionist. She is the founder and director of Project NIA and the co-founder of Interrupting Criminalization. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling We Do This ’Til We Free Us and co-author (with Andrea J. Ritchie) of No More Police (The New Press) and lives in New York City.
Hua Hsu is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of Stay True: A Memoir and A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific. He teaches at Bard College and serves on the boards of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Critical Minded, an initiative to support cultural critics of color. […]
HEATHER HAVRILESKY is the author of What if This Were Enough?, How to Be a Person in the World, and Disaster Preparedness. She writes the “Ask Polly” column for New York magazine as well as the newsletter “Ask Molly,” and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR’s All Things Considered, among others. She was Salon’s TV critic […]
Keith Gessen is the author of A Terrible Country and All the Sad Young Literary Men, and is a founding editor of n+1. He has translated or co-translated, from Russian, the work of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Kirill Medvedev, and Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl. A regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and New York magazine, Gessen teaches journalism at […]
Hafizah Augustus Geter
Hafizah Augustus Geter is a Nigerian American writer, poet, and literary agent born in Zaria, Nigeria, and raised in Akron, Ohio, and Columbia, South Carolina. She is the author of the poetry collection Un-American, an NAACP Image Award and PEN Open Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Bomb, The Believer, […]
Paisley Currah is Professor of Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The award-winning author of Sex Is as Sex Does, he is also the founding co-editor of the journal Transgender Studies Quarterly and the co-editor of Transgender Rights and Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Reader on Bodies and […]
Chloé Cooper Jones
Chloé Cooper Jones, author of Easy Beauty: A Memoir, is a philosophy professor and freelance journalist who was a finalist for a 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. Her work has appeared in publications including GQ, The Verge, VICE, Bookforum, New York Magazine, and The Believer, and has been selected for both The Best American […]
Ada Calhoun is the New York Times–bestselling author of Why We Can’t Sleep, St. Marks Is Dead, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, and Indie Next pick Also a Poet: Frank O’Hara, My Father, and Me, which received stars from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, and was called one of the “Best Books of 2022 So Far” by Vogue.