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

Ocean Vuong

Poet and author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award and four-time Newbery Honor Winner, MacArthur Fellow, and bestselling author of Red at the Bone

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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

Celebrated short story writer of Get in Trouble

Ian Manuel

Advocate for criminal justice reform, poet, and motivational speaker

Leila Mottley

2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate and author of Nightcrawling

Alora Young

Spoken word poet and author of Walking Gentry Home