Molly Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans, won a National Book Award Foundations “5 Under 35” Award, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and France’s Translation Prize. The book was long-listed for the National Book Award, was finalist for many prizes and was published in seven countries. Antopol is also the recent recipient of the Berlin Prize, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, where she has taught since 2008. 

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her debut collection Look (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 PEN Open Book Award. In 2017, Sharif was the recipient of the 27th annual PEN Center USA Literary award in Poetry for Look. Sharif has published poetry in the New Republic and Poetry, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.