Featured Presenters

Jesse Dukes
is a writer, as well as a producer of radio and multimedia documentaries. He studied radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, worked for the radio programs “With Good Reason” and “Backstory,” and is a principal at Big Shed. His multimedia work has won a National Magazine Award (with Elliott Woods) and an Overseas Press Club Award (with Maisie Crow). His essay “Babu on the Bad Road” was included in the Best American Travel Writing collection of 2013. He is based in Virginia.




Tess Taylor currently reviews poetry for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of many writing fellowships, her chapbook “The Misremembered World” was selected by Irish poet Eavan Boland and published by the Poetry Society of America, and her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, The Times Literary Supplement and The New Yorker. Her essay, “The Waste Land App” won a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Her book of poems, “The Forage House,” was published in 2013 by Red Hen Press.