Writing Across Genres: Humanizing Conflict, Conversation 2032
Franke is the Executive Director of PEN Center USA and founding editor of The Rattling Wall. Michelle has produced over 200 literary events across Southern California and was named a 2013 "Face To Watch" by the Los Angeles Times. She currently teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program in Los Angeles.
Ehrenreich is the author of "The Way to the Spring,” based on his reporting from the West Bank, as well as the novels "Ether" and "The Suitors.” His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, | Harper's, and the London Review of Books, and has been recognized with, among other honors, a National Magazine Award.
Uriarte enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 at the age of nineteen and served for four years. During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007 he served as an MRAP turret gunner. He deployed to Iraq again in 2009 as a billeted Combat Photographer and Combat Artist. In 2010, Uriarte created the popular comic strip “Terminal Lance” while still on active duty. "The White Donkey" is his first novel.
Wilentz is an award-winning journalist and author. Former New Yorker Jerusalem correspondent and long-time contributing editor to The Nation, she won the National Book Critics Circle 2013 Award for her memoir “Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti.” Her work has appeared in The Nation, Time, the New Republic, the New Yorker, and Conde Nast Traveler, among many other publications. She teaches in the Literary Journalism Program at UCI.