||Theme: Insiders, Outsiders, Rebels and Whistleblowers
- Jennifer Haigh, author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble; recipient of the PEN/Hemingway and PEN/L.L. Winship awards; and writer with fiction in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012, and many others.
- Georgia Sassen, from Harvard, Massachusetts, writes poetry “entwining images from nature with issues in human relations”; she is a clinical psychologist and founder of BRIK, Building Resilience in Kids; her work appears in chapbooks Lines in the Landscape: Plein Air Poetry at Fruitlands and An Extravagant Canopy: Plein Air Poetry at Old Frog Pond Farm, 2011, also South Street: A Literary Journal – Thresholds, 2012.
- Peter Brown, author of A Bright Soothing Noise; winner of the 2010 Katherine Ann Porter Prize in Short Fiction; published in the Harvard Review, The Mississippi Review, Post Road, among others; currently working on novel The Children of Design and translations of poetry collections Elsa, by French writer Louis Aragon and Elsewhere on Earth by French poet Emmanuel Merle; he is senior editor of literary journal Salamander.
- Lauren Slater, our Artist-in-Residence, author of nine books including Playing House: Notes of a Reluctant Mother, The $60,000 Dog: My Life with Animals and Opening Skinner’s Box; recipient of a 2004 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship; finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for excellence in science writing; essayist with April’s cover story for National Geographic; she is often featured in The New York Times Magazine, Harpers, Elle, and Self; and has eight inclusions in The Best American Essays series.
With guest host Laura Vilain