The Immigrant Experience Speakers

America is a nation of immigrants. These author speakers use their personal journeys, lyrical writing, and thorough reporting to bring crucial perspectives on the immigration experience to the podium.

Jean Guerrero

Award-winning multimedia reporter and author of the memoir, Crux

Ocean Vuong

Poet and author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

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Edwidge Danticat

MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed Haitian writer, author of Brother, I'm Dying and Claire of the Sea Light

Junot Díaz

Author of New York Times bestsellers The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her; winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Ping Fu

Co-Founder of Geomagic, author of Bend, Not Break, Executive chairman of Gelsight

Annabelle Gurwitch

New York Times Bestselling author, humorist, popular television host and storyteller.

Yaa Gyasi

Debut novelist of Homegoing and recipient of the National Book Foundation's 'Under 35' award

Daisy Khan

Women's advocate, media commentator, and Executive Director of the Women's Islamic Initiative

Jean Kwok

Award-winning author of Girl in Translation

Chang-rae Lee

New York Times-bestselling author of The Surrendered and Native Speaker

Dinaw Mengestu

Named one of The New Yorker '20 Under 40' writers to watch and author of The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and How to Read the Air

Najla Said

Actress, playwright and author of the memoir Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family

Gary Shteyngart

New York Times-bestselling author of Little Failure, Super Sad True Love Story, and Absurdistan

Erika L. Sánchez

National Book Award-nominated author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Sabaa Tahir

#1 New York Times-bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes

Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns