The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Past Conference Faculty

Since its inception in 2003, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference has presented 563 authors, editors, publishers, agents, professors, and other professionals within the creative writing field.

Past faculty include Kaveh Akbar, Natalie Diaz, Denise Duhamel, Gretel Ehrlich, Percival Evererett, Carolyn Forche, Forrest Gander, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Lee Gutkind, Robert Hass, Adam Johnson, Victor LaValle, Kevin McIlvoy, Ander Monson, Alix Ohlin, Simon Ortiz, Claudia Rankine, Adrienne Rich, Mary Ruefle, Gail Tsukiyama, Natasha Tretheway, Claire Vaye Watkins, and C.D. Wright (just to name a few).

To view past faculty, you can use the menu below to select a year and click apply. You can also search by faculty name. For faculty before 2017, you can visit our faculty archive

Meet our Past Conference Faculty