Writers & Presenters

Below you will find a preliminary list of the SVWC 2019 presenters. Please check back soon as we will be updating this page with photos and full bios.

MARTIN AMIS — novelist, essayist, and memoirist

KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH — philosopher, cultural theorist, and novelist

RICK ATKINSON — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and military historian

JOANNE FREEMAN — author and historian

ROBERT KAGAN — author and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow

FRANCIS LAM — food writer and “The Splendid Table” radio show host

MIN JIN LEE — novelist and Guggenheim Fellow

MARK LEIBOVICH — author and New York Times Magazine Chief National Correspondent

BARRY LOPEZ — essayist, novelist, and short-story writer


JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS — memoirist, author, and poet

HISHAM MATAR — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist

ALICE MCDERMOTT — National Book Award-winning novelist

MADELINE MILLER — novelist and essayist

VICTORIA NULAND — political strategist and former U.S. State Department official

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE — poet, songwriter, and novelist

TOMMY ORANGE — Native American novelist and National Book Award finalist

MIRIAM PAWEL — journalist and historian

SIMON RICH — humorist, novelist, and screenwriter

ANDREW ROBERTS — biographer, historian, and journalist

JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ — novelist and screenwriter

BRANDO SKYHORSE — novelist and memoirist

MADHURI VIJAY — novelist and 2016 SVWC Fellow

TARA WESTOVER — memoirist