Poetry Speakers

From canonical greats to up-and-coming powerhouses, these poet speakers enlighten audiences with lyrical performances and inspirational looks at the writing process.

Cathy Park Hong

Award-winning poet and New York Times-bestselling author of Minor Feelings

Ian Manuel

Advocate for criminal justice reform, poet, and motivational speaker

Ocean Vuong

Poet and author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

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Ha Jin

National Book Award-winning novelist, international bestseller, and two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Kelly Link

MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, writer of celebrated short stories and The Book of Love

Leila Mottley

Award-winning author of Oprah’s Book Club selection Nightcrawling and former Youth Poet Laureate of Oakland

Alora Young

Spoken word poet and author of Walking Gentry Home

Javier Zamora

Memoirist, poet, and author of Solito, and a winner of the 2023 American Book Award.