Artists and writers:
Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of the short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, winner of the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction, and the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. Her stories have won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa and the O. Henry Prize, and she has been a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Granta, among other publications.
Nate Corddry has been featured in recurring television roles on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Harry’s Law, and Mom, and his additional film and television credits include The Daily Show, The Heat, St. Vincent, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tammy's Tiny Tea Time, and The Circle. He will appear in the forthcoming series Locke & Key.
Crystal Dickinson won the Theatre World Award for her Broadway debut in the 2012 production of Clybourne Park. She subsequently appeared in You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway in 2014, and recently starred in A Raisin in the Sun at the Two River Theater. Her film and television credits include House of Payne, I Origins, This Is Where I Leave You, The Good Wife, Feed the Beast, Collateral Beauty, and The Chi. Dickinson has taught at Stella Adler Studio, Spelman College, NYU, Pace University, and both of her alma maters, University of Illinois and Seton Hall, and currently lectures at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.
Peter Orner is the author of several books, including The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, Love and Shame and Love, Esther Stories, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, the memoir, Am I Alone Here?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award, and Maggie Brown & Other Stories, which was published in July. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize winner and a recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship. Orner’s stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and other publications.
Maulik Pancholy is best known for his roles on the award-winning NBC comedy 30 Rock and on Showtime’s Weeds. Additional television credits include Whitney, Web Therapy, The Comeback, The Good Wife, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos, and the animated series Sanjay and Craig, and Phineas and Ferb. His film credits include 27 Dresses, Hitch, and Friends with Money, among others. He recently starred in It’s Only A Play on Broadway and has performed at The New Group, Culture Project, Samuel Beckett Theatre, and the Summer Play Festival at the Public Theater. Pancholy can also be seen on the series Star Trek: Discovery.
Lynn Sloan is a writer and photographer. Her first novel, Principles of Navigation, was published in 2015, and her short story collection, This Far Isn’t Far Enough, was published in 2018. Her works have been featured in Ploughshares, Shenandoah, and American Literary Review, among other publications.