Margaret Atwood

MARGARET ATWOOD is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her novels include The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; and Alias Grace, winner of the Giller Prize; Oryx and Crake, nominated for the Giller and Booker prize; and MaddAddam, which is currently being adapted for HBO.  Her most recent books include Hag-Seed (2016), a novel revisitation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, and a graphic novel with co-creator Johnnie Christmas Angel Catbird.


Wayne Grady

WAYNE GRADY is the author of fourteen books of nonfiction, the translator of more than a dozen novels, and the editor of many literary anthologies of fiction and nonfiction. He currently teaches creative writing in the MFA program at the University of British Columbia. Brady won the 1989 Governor General's Award for translation, the John Glassco Translation Prize, and the 2008 National Outdoor Book Award. His first novel, Emancipation Day, was longlisted for the Giller Prize in 2013.


Steven Heighton

STEVEN HEIGHTON has written over a dozen books, including The Waking Comes Late, which won the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His novel Afterlands has appeared in six countries, was a New York Times editors’ choice, and is now in pre-production for film. His short fiction and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards and have appeared in London Review of Books, Best English Stories, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Tin House, TLR, Agni, Best American Mystery Stories, Zoetrope, London Magazine, New England Review, and five editions of Best Canadian Stories. Heighton has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award, and he is a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. 


Timothy Liu

The son of Chinese immigrants, TIMOTHY LIU was born in San Jose, California. Liu’s poetry collections include Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (2009), For Dust Thou Art (2005), Of Thee I Sing (2004), and Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award winner Vox Angelica (1992). Liu collaborated with artist Greg Drasler on Polytheogamy (2009). He is the editor of Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry (2000). Liu currently lives in New York, where he is an associate professor at William Paterson University.