John Kessel holds a B.A. in Physics and English and a Ph.D. in American Literature. He helped found and served as the first director of the MFA program in creative writing at North Carolina State University, where he has taught since 1982. He is also an award-winning author.
On May 8, 1937, Thomas Pynchon was born. Pynchon's novels are usually long and complex, with large casts of characters. He explores large social and political themes – racism, class, imperialism – and often blurs the lines between high and low culture.
On April 17, 1957, Nick Hornby was born. Hornby is a novelist, screenwriter, and critic whose recurring themes include the emotional resonance of pop music and the lives of men who haven't quite made the transition to adulthood.
Sarah Kendzior is a writer, journalist, and researcher who has studied authoritarian states in Central Asia. She is a former columnist for Al Jazeera English and is credited with being one of the first to predict the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Paolo Bacigalupi is the New York Times best-selling and multiple award-winning author of The Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, The Drowned Cities, Zombie Baseball Beat