The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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.

This year's keynote speaker is Carmen Giménez Smith. Other faculty include Hanif AbdurraqibRamona AusubelSally BallMatt Bell, Jennine Capó CrucetKirstin ChenNatashia DeónTerry GallowayTara IsonYvette Johnson, Kirby KimErin Jade LangeBojan Louis, Douglas ManuelDeborah MirandaPatricia Colleen MurphyAchy Obejas, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Matthew SalessesJames Sallis, Fernanda SantosNicole Sealey, and TC Tolbert.

To meet our faculty, select a name from the list below. You can also meet our fellowsview past faculty, or view this year's schedule.