Valerie June Hockett is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Tennessee. She’s been hailed by the New York Times as one of America's “most intriguing, fully formed new talents." She has recorded two critically acclaimed, bestselling solo albums and has also written songs for legendary artists such as Mavis Staples and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Her first book, Maps for the Modern World, is a collection of poems and original illustrations that cultivates community, awareness, and harmony with our surroundings and guides readers fearlessly toward their dreams. Valerie June takes readers on a lyrical journey of self-care and inspiration.
Tarriona “Tank” Ball is a New Orleans-based slam poet and Grammy-nominated recording artist with her band, Tank and the Bangas. Tarriona “Tank” Ball releases her debut poetry collection, Vulnerable AF, in June 2021, centered around infatuation, love, and heartbreak.
Monte Pride is a Michigan-born, Michigan-based singer-songwriter & fingerstyle guitarist whose songs recall the delicate vocals of Simon & Garfunkel, with guitar-work reminiscent of Nick Drake and The Tallest Man on Earth. He blends haunting melodies with vivid lyricism, bringing stories of love, loss, and longing to life in a complex array of healing, soul stirring song.
Josh Ritter is a songwriter from Moscow, Idaho. His albums include The Animal Years and So Runs the World Away. Bright’s Passage is his first novel. He lives in New York.
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