Pam Houston is the author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.
Katrin Schumann is the author of the novel The Forgotten Hours. She is also the author of the non-fiction titles: The Secret Power of Middle Children and Mothers Need Time Outs, Too.
Valeria Luiselli is the author of The Lost Children Archive. She is a fiction writer, journalist, and essayist.
Madhuri Vijay is the author of the novel The Far Field.
Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise and The Collected Schizophrenias.
Merritt Tierce is the author of the novel Love Me Back. Merritt currently writes for the Netflix show Orange is the New Black. She lives in Los Angeles.
Juliet Lapidos is the author of the novel Talent and is a senior editor at The Atlantic.
Christy Stillwell earned a BA in English at the University of Georgia before moving west, first to Wyoming, then Montana. She holds an MA in Literature from the University of Wyoming, and an MFA from the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers. Her books include a chapbook of poetry called Amnesia and the novel, The Wolf Tone.
Tommy Caldwell is the author of The Push and is an accomplished rock climber. He made the first ascents of some of the United States' hardest sport routes including Kryptonite (5.14c/d) and Flex Luthor (5.15a) at the Fortress of Solitude, Colorado. In January 2015, Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the first-ever free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.