The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Conference Faculty

Gracious, generous educators with a passion for community.

Featuring over 25 award-winning writers, editors, agents, educators, and other internationally recognized creative writing professionals, our faculty are here to do more than expand your skill set or open new ways of thinking about your work. They're here to share their experiences, answer questions, and spend time connecting with conference attendees.

Our current faculty are Ryka Aoki, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Cathy Linh Che, Vanessa Hua, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Michael A. Stackpole, Kirby Kim, Peter Twal, and Piper J. Daniels. 

To meet our current faculty, select a name from the list below.

More faculty will be announced soon.

In the meantime, you can meet past facultymeet our fellowsview the schedule, or learn more about the conference.