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Ayad Akhtar


Ayad Akhtar received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in drama for Disgraced. He has also written a novel, American Dervish, two other plays, The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand, and a screenplay, The War Within, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. He has received fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Jeffery Renard Allen

Song of the Shank

Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books including the novel Song of the Shank, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; the short story collection Holding Pattern, and two collections of poetry. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia.

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Jennifer Alluisi

Jen Alluisi is the organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats book club in Charlottesville. She is a lifelong book-lover who spends most of her free time reading at home with her husband and daughter and watching Gilmore Girls re-runs.

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