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 Abdurraqib
  • Ramona Ausubel
  • Sally Ball
  • Matt Bell
  • Jennine Capó Crucet
  • Kirsten Chen
  • Natashia Deón
  • Terry Galloway
  • Tara Ison
  • Yvette Johnson
  • Kim Kirby
  • Erin Jade Lange
  • Bojan Louis
  • Terese Mailhot
  • Deborah Miranda
  • Patricia Colleen Murphy
  • Achy Obejas
  • James Sallis
  • Nicole Sealey
  • TC Tolbert

To meet our faculty, you can click on a faculty member from the list below. To learn more about the conference, you can view the schedule