Literary Speakers

Inspiring Literary Speakers, Authors & Poets

These bestselling authors, famous screenwriters, and popular bloggers are paving the way for creative thinking, innovation, and think-outside-the-box business savvy. In a fast-paced world, these literary speakers and business authors are popular thought leaders who make their audiences stop to admire, to think, or simply to be entertained. This category includes novelists, poets, and writers with wide varieties of expertise, including philosophy, literature, culture, diversity and gender studies, and activism. Whether they're bestselling authors or leading figures in the art and film industries, there is a creative keynote speaker or performer for every event.

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Kwame Alexander
(1 rating)

NY Times Bestselling and Newbery Award-Winning Author, Poet, Educator, Best Known for Novels "Booked" and "The Crossover"

Samantha Irby

Essayist and New York Times Best Selling Author

Kate White

Former Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine; New York Times Best-Selling Author

Nicholas Sparks
(1 rating)

International Bestselling Novelist & Screenwriter, Known for "The Notebook"

Stuart Dybek

Poet, Fiction Writer & Professor at Western Michigan University

Rainbow Rowell

Author Known for "Landline," "Attachments," "Fangirl," "Eleanor & Park" & "Carry On"

Joyce Maynard

Former New York Times Reporter & Columnist; Best-Selling Author of "At Home in the World" & "Labor Day"

Jon Bergmann

Pioneer of the Flipped Class Movement & Bestselling Author of "Flip Your Classroom"; Member of the TED-Education Advisory Board

Alice Walker

Pulitzer Prize & National Book Award-Winning Author; Best Known for "The Color Purple"

Mark Victor Hansen

Founder & Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Series, Mega-Entrepreneur, Business Speaker & Devoted Philanthropist

Carvens Lissaint

International Award-Winning Poet, Actor & Singer

Diane Guerrero
(8 ratings)

Immigration Reform Activist & Actress Known for "Orange is the New Black" & "Jane The Virgin"

Bob Woodward
(3 ratings)

Legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist/Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Susan David
(1 rating)

CEO of Evidence Based Psychology & Author of "Emotional Agility"

Lois Lowry
(2 ratings)

Newbery Medal-Winning Author of "Number the Stars" and "The Giver"

Annette Gordon-Reed
(2 ratings)

Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

James Patterson

NY Times Best-Selling Author & Reading Champion

Abbi Jacobson

Comedian, Writer, Actress & Illustrator; Known for "Broad City"