Leila Wilson

Leila Wilson is the author of “The Hundred Grasses,” and her poems have appeared in Poetry, A Public Space, American Letters and Commentary, Canary and elsewhere. She works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Joycelyn Winnecke

Joycelyn Winnecke is vice president and associate editor at the Chicago Tribune. She works on new business ideas for media and journalism, directing strategic initiatives to increase audience and profitability through innovation, organizational design and content development across all platforms.

Robert Wolf

Former Chicago Tribune columnist Robert Wolf is the author and editor of numerous books, including the novel “Grand Tally” and “Jump Start.” Wolf produces a nationally syndicated radio program, “American Mosaic,” and writes the monthly column “In Search of America” for Stay Thirsty Media.

Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer’s novels include “The Interestings,” “The Uncoupling,” “The Ten-Year Nap,” “The Position” and “The Wife.” Hershort fiction has appeared in “The Best American Short Stories” and “The Pushcart Prize” anthologies. @MegWolitzer.

Nili Yelin

Nili Yelin is a storyteller, combining her passion for picture books, comedy, mommyhood and little ones. As The Storybook Mom, she performs weekly around the Chicago area. storybookmom.com.

Stephen Young

Stephen Young served as senior editor at Poetry magazine for many years before becoming program director at the Poetry Foundation in 2003. He produces public events and runs the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for high school students.

Patricia Yeo

Patricia Yeo is the creative director at Big Bowl. She made it to the top four during season four on “Top Chef Masters.” She is working on a PBS show and new cookbook.

Young Chicago Authors

Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education.

Mary Zimmerman

Mary Zimmerman, a Tony Award winner, directed and adapted the Goodman Theatre’s stage musical adaptation of “The Jungle Book” based on Rudyard Kipling’s children’s tales and the Disney animated film. The musical will run from June 21-Aug.4. Zimmerman also directed and adapted stage versions of “Metamorphoses,” “The Arabian Nights” and “Candide.”