Writers

John Avlon, journalist

Elizabeth Alexander, poet

Jason Reynolds, YA novelist

Since our debut show in 2014, House of SpeakEasy has been proud to feature a diverse range of published authors and performers, from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists to acclaimed novelists and poets, as well as comedians, musicians, and emerging writers. Whether it’s a part of Seriously Entertaining shows at Joe’s Pub and Crowdcast, our SpeakTogether program in NYC high schools, or our bookmobile initiative, we are committed to presenting the best writers of today.

The following list of published authors have performed for the House of SpeakEasy shows. Click their names to read bios, purchase their books through our storefront on Bookshop.org, and learn more about their SpeakEasy performances—on stage, in schools, and on the road.

Abani, Chris
Ackerman, Elliot
Acocella, Marisa
Ahmed, Nawaaz
Alexander, Elizabeth
Alexander, Stephon
Allen, Sandy
Almond, Steve
Alter, Jonathan
Andersen, Kurt
Appiah, Kwame Anthony
Arriola-Headley, Jubi
Autesserre,  Séverine
Avlon, John
Baker, Jennifer
Barr, Damian
Batuman, Elif
Beal, Justin
Beatty, Paul
Beckman, Milo
Begley, Adam
Bergner, Daniel
Black, Michael Ian
Block, Stefan Merrill
Blyth, Mark
Booker, Sheri J.
Boot, Max
Borowitz, Andy
Brashares, Ann
Bronski, Michael
Browne, Mahogany L.
Budhos, Marina
Buford, Bill
Buhler, Ken
Bump, Gabriel
Burleigh, Nina
Burrough, Bryan
Burt, Stephanie
Caldwell, Ian
Calhoun, Ada
Calvocoressi, Gabrielle
Carlin, Kelly
Carpenter, Lea
Cauley, Kashana
Chace, Rebecca
Chadburn, Melissa
Chaffee, Jessie
Chang, Tina
Charlton, Lauretta
Charnas, Dan
Chee, Alexander
Cheever, Susan
Cheshire, Scott
Chlala, Youmna
Choi, Mary
Cobb, Jelani
Cohen, Iris Martin
Cohen, Richard
Cohen, Richard M.
Cohen, Uli Beutter
Contreras, Ingrid Rojas
Coogan, Steve
Cooper, Candy
Cose, Ellis
Cox, Ana Marie
Crabapple, Molly
Croft, Jennifer
Dale, Jim
Dalrymple, William
Dennis-Benn, Nicole
Dernavich, Drew
Díaz, Jaquira
Doonan, Simon
Donaldson, David Santos
Duffy, Karen
Dupcak, Amy
Duwhite, Timothy
Dyer, Geoff
Ebershoff, David
Elliot, Andrea
Enrich, David
Ensler, Eve
Evans, Harold
Faizullah, Tarfia
Fales-Hill, Susan
Faliveno, Melissa
Farrell, John Aloysius
Fazlalizadeh, Tatyana
Febos, Melissa
Feinstein, Rachel
Fennell, Saraciea
Ferrell, Monica
Fishman, Boris
Flynn, Nick
Forman, Jr., James
Frank, Matthew Gavin
Frankel, Glenn
Free, Travon
Friedman, Michael
Friend, David
Garcia, Gabriela
Gay, Ross
Geary, James
Gilbert, David
Gleiser, Marcelo
Goldstein, Rebecca Newberger
Gonzalez, Xochitl
Gooch, Brad
Gopnik, Adam
Gourevitch, Philip
Grande, Reyna
Greenidge, Kaitlyn
Griffiths, Rachel Eliza
Grossman, Lev
Guare, John
Gurwitch, Annabelle
Haggis, Paul
Hall, Trish
Hamilton, Gabrielle
Hannah, Duncan
Hannaham, James
Harris, Zakiya Dalila
Havrilesky, Heather
Hawley, Noah
Haynes, Natalie
Hertz, Noreena
Hilgers, Lauren
Hirsch, Edward
Hodgman, George
Hoque, Abeer
Hunt, Amber
Hutcherson, Aaron
Israel, Yahdon
Jackson, Mitchell S.
Jacob, Mira
Jacobs-Jenkins, Branden
Jamieson, Kathleen Hall
Jefferson, Margo
Jones, Sarah
Kalan, Elliott
Karkowsky, Chavi Eve
Kasparov, Garry
Keefe, Patrick Radden
Keenan, Elizabeth
Kelly, Aimé Donna
Kennicott, Philip
Kidd, Chip
Kiely, Brendan
Kilcullen, David
Kinney, Jeff
Klay, Phil
Klein, Joe
Komunyakaa, Yusef
Konnikova, Maria
Kron, Lisa
Krug, Nora
Lang, Stephen
Larson, Erik
LaValle, Victor
Lavery, Grace
Lawz, Shayla
Ledgerwood, Angela
Levin, Janna
Levinson, Barry
Lewis, Sarah
Linder, Joselin
Lippman, Laura

Lisicky, Paul
Lockhart, E.
Loeb, Avi
Lopate, Leonard
Macdonald, Helen
Madden, T Kira
Mafi, Nick
Magnason, Andri Snær
Majd, Hooman
Maldonado, Torrey
Maldonado, Ricardo Alberto
Mankoff, Bob
Markoe, Merrill
Martinez, David Tomas
Martinez, Minerva
Mason, Christopher
Mathis, Ayana
Mattson, Kevin
McCann, Colum
McClatchy, J.D.
McDaniel, Jeffrey
McInerney, Jay
Mercado, Ariel
Millet, Lydia
Minot, Susan
Moore, Graham
Moore, Susanna
Moses, Itamar
Mosley, Walter
Mosse, Kate
Moyo, Dambisa
Murphy, Nikki
Nelson, Anne
Nichols, Tom
Nieto, Nadxieli
Nijhuis, Michelle
Norris, Denne Michele
Norris, Mary
Novey, Idra
O’Brien, Daniel J.
Olasov, Ian
Older, Daniel José
Olmsted, Larry
O’Neill, Heather
O’Neill, Tracy
Onion, Rebecca
Orlean, Susan
O’Rourke, P.J.
Osajyefo, Kwanza
Pandya, Sameer
Pang, Amelia
Pardlo, Gregory
Parini, Jay
Paxson, Maggie
Phillips, Helen
Phillips, Rowan Ricardo
Pinker, Steven
Poetic, Jive
Povenmire, Dan
Princenthal, Nancy
Pringle, Postell
Randall, Lisa
Rapp, Adam
Rebanks, James
Reed, Christina Hammonds
Reiss, Tom
Reynolds, Jason
Riedel, Michael
Rips, Michael
Rivera, Lilliam
Robinson, Lisa
Robinson, Roxana
Rodriguez, Ivelisse
Roeder, Oliver
Rogers, JT
Ronson, Jon
Rose, Joel
Rosenblatt, Roger
Ruhl, Sarah
Rushdie, Salman
Sadeque, Samira
Salazar, Noelle
Salie, Faith
Salvatore, Steven
Sathian, Sanjena
Scardino, Meredith
Scelfo, Julie
Scharf, Caleb
Schwartz, John Burnham
Scott, Rion Amilcar
Scurr, Ruth
Segura, Alex
Seierstad, Åsne
Seiff, Abby
Shafak, Elif
Sharlet, Jeff
Shaughnessy, Brenda
Sheehy, Gail
Sherman, Nancy
Shields, Brooke
Shipstead, Maggie
Shteyngart, Gary
Sinclair, Safiya
Sky, Emma
Smith, Tom Rob
Solomon, Andrew
Sorin, Gretchen
Soto, Mike
Spar, Debora
Spillman, Rob
Spinney, Laura
Stallings, A.E.
Stavans, Ilan
Stefanovic, Sofija
Steinhauer, Jennifer
Steinke, Darcey
Stine, R. L.
Stone, Nic
Straczynski, J. Michael
Strand, Jessica
Straub, Emma
Strossen, Nadine
Sword, Anton
Tamani, Liara
Tamblyn, Amber
Tanaïs
Taseer, Aatish
Thien, Madeleine
Thurman, Uma
Tóibín, Colm
Towles, Amor
Truong, Monique
Tulathimutte, Tony
Vachon, Dana
Vaill, Amanda
VanderMeer, Jeff
Vidich, Paul
Villareal, Raymond
Wagner, Erica
Wainwright III, Loudon
Wands, Greg
Wang, Weike
Ward, Vicky
Watson, Renée
Wax, Ruby
Weber, Caroline
Weill, Kelly
Welsh, Irvine
Williams, Dar
Willimon, Beau
Wilson, Emily
Winchester, Simon
Winston, Jen
Winston, Randy
Wolff, Michael
Wolitzer, Meg
Wood, Cutter
Wray, John
Wright, Doug
Yagoda, Ben
Yanique, Tiphanie
Yates, Christopher J.
Yeh, James
Young, Kevin
Yu, Charles
Zdarsky, Chip
Zimmer, Carl