Past Speakers

Mike Ananny, USC Annenberg School

Dorie Bailey, Prospect Park Books

Claudia Ballard, William Morris Endeavor

Neelanjana Banerjee, Kaya Press

Paul Bass, Online Journalism Project

Colleen Dunn Bates, Prospect Park Books

Emily Bell, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Guy Bennett, Otis Books

Sarah Bowlin, Aevitas Creative Mgmt.

Mikyla Bruder, Amazon Publishing

Shonda Buchanan, author, Hampton Univ.

Julie Buntin, Catapult

Paddy Calistro, Angel City Press

Julia Callahan, Feminist Book Club, Rare Bird

Camari Carter-Hawkins, World Stage Press

Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, Goodreads

Jaya Chatterjee, Yale University Press

Jack Conway, The Podcast Review

Tyson Cornell, Rare Bird Lit

Perry Crowe, Hay House

Brent Cunningham, Small Press Dist.

Mark E Cull, Red Hen

Eric Deggans, NPR

Palace Dhawan, POC United

Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Orlando Dos Reis, Scholastic

Kim Dower, Kim from LA PR

Boris Dralyuk, Los Angeles Review of Books

Debra Eckerling, Social Media Examiner

Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl

Emily Firetog, LitHub

Lynly Forrest, Hex Comics

Kate Gale,Red Hen Press

Lynell George, LA TImes, LA Weekly, KCET

Betsy Gleick, Algonquin Press

Melody Godfred, Write in Color

Joel Goldberg, Netflix

Samantha Gorman, Tender Claws, PRY

Barry Harbaugh, Amazon Original Stories

Joy Harris, The Joy Harris Literary Agency

Kate Heacock, Dottir Press

Christie Hefner, Playboy

Chris Heiser, Unnamed Press

Matt Hewes, independent web designer

Ashaki Jackson, Women Who Submit

Hannah Jakobsen, Phoneme Media

Henry Jenkins, USC Annenberg School

Dennis Johnson, Melville House

Kima Jones, Jack Jones Literary Arts

Rachel Khong, Lucky Peach, Taste

Lauren Kinney, Los Angeles Review of Books

Evan Kleekamp, Les Figues Press

Jarett Kobek, author

Lori Kozlowski, More Light Media, Project Empathy

Eric Lach, The New Yorker

Juliet Lapidos, LA Times 

Jennifer 8. Lee, Plympton

Julayne Lee, poet

Edan Lepucki, The Millions

Jarrett Lerner, YA novelist

Brian Lipson, Intellectual Property Group

Albert Litewka, Macmillan, Time Warner, Baker & Taylor, Creative Domain

Tom Lutz, Los Angeles Review of Books

Francesca Mari, California Sunday Magazine, New York Review of Books

Maya Marlette, Scholastic

Tim McCarthy, Sinclair Printing

Natasha McClellan, Red Hen

Kseniya Melnick, novelist

Erin Mooney, Amazon Publishing

Elliot Morris, The Podcast Review

Ramona Naddaff, Zone Books

Bonnie Nadell, Hill Nadell Literary Agency

Richard Nash, Cursor, Red Lemonade, Small Demons, Soft Skull Press

Medaya Ocher, Los Angeles Review of Books

Laurie Ochoa, LA Times, LA Weekly, Gourmet

Carrie Paterson, DoppelHouse Press

Nancy Perloff, Getty Publications

Gary Price, Library Journal, Infodocket

Russell Quinn, book design

Kim Robinson, University of California Press

Luis J. Rodriguez, Tia Chucha Press, Los Angeles Poet Laureate

Shelly Romero, Scholastic

Lisa Sandell, Scholastic

Melissa Seley, branding and development

Doree Shafrir, Buzzfeed, Gawker

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, Moth Radio Hour, New Republic

David Shook, Phoneme Media

Marisa Siegel, The Rumpus

Bob Stein, Institute for the Future of the Book

Jonathan Taplin, Annenberg Innovation Lab

Kareem Taylor, marketing specialist

Michelle Tea
, author, Sister Spit, Radar Productions

Tamika Thompson, POC United

Matt Timmons, Insert Blanc Press

Imani Tolliver, World Stage Press

Mia Tramz, Time, LIFE VR

Lucian Tucker, web design, UCLA

Gustavo Turner, social media, photographer

Crissy Van Meter, author

Sarita Varma, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Karolina Waclawiak, The Believer, Buzzfeed

Elias Wondimu, Tsehai Publishers

Steve Wasserman, Heyday Books, LA Times Book Review, Yale University Press

Holly Watson, Holly Watson PR

Andrew Wessels, Les Figues Press

Conney D. Williams, World Stage Press

Laurie Winer, Los Angeles Review of Books

Erin Young, Dystel, Godrich & Bourret

Lindsey Preston Zappas, CARLA magazine