Mark Doty is the author of numerous books of poems, memoirs and essays. His books have won the Ambassador Book Award, the Bingham Poetry Prize, a Lamba Literary Award, A National Book Critics Circle Award, Britain's T. S. Eliot Prize, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He has received fellowships from the N. E. A. and the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill, Rockefeller , and Whiting Foundations.
Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston, Patricia Powell is the author of Me Dying Trial, A Small Gathering of Bones, The Pagoda and forthcoming, The Good Life. Her awards include the Pen New England Discovery Award, The Bruce Rossley Literary Award, the Ferro-Grumley Award for fiction, the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award, and the YMCA Tribute to Outstanding Women Award. Powell has taught at Harvard University and is also currently the Martin Luther King Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at MIT.
Promising new author Raj Mankad is a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program and was recently profiled by the Texas Observer as an emerging writer. Mankad will be reading from a memoir about his experience as a public health researcher in the highlands of Peru.