Photo by Brigitte Lacombe
HILTON ALS began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989 and has been the lead theater critic there since 2012. Als has also written for the Village Voice and Vibe. Also edited the catalogue for the 1994-95 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art,” and his most recent book, White Girls, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Non-fiction. In 2017 Als won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism; his other awards include a Guggenheim, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, a Lambda Literary Trustee Award, and awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists. Als is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. He lives in New York City.
Photo by Julie Thi Underhill
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, HOA NGUYEN lives in Toronto. From Wave Books, her poetry collections include As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots, nominated for a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry. She teaches poetics at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private workshop.