- Richard Ford is a novelist.
- Robert Pinsky is poet laureate of the United States.
- Stanley Crouch is a writer based in New York.
- Daniel Menaker is the author of “The Treatment,” a novel.
- Ellen Gilchrist’s most recent book is “Flight of Angels,” a collection of short stories.
- Elizabeth Swados is a playwright and author. Her novel “Flamboyant” was just published.
- Margaret Cho is an actress, comedian and writer.
- Reed E Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is a consultant.
- Harry Shearer is a writer and the voice of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons.