Sara Paretsky

Sara Paretsky is the author of the V.I. Warshawski detective novels. Her next Warshawski book, “Critical Mass,” is scheduled to be published in October.

Laura Park

Laura Park is a cartoonist who lives and works in Chicago and is the author of the minicomics series “Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream.”

Samuel Park

Samuel Park is the author of “This Burns My Heart.”

Daniel Scott Parker

Daniel Scott Parker is a master’s candidate in poetry at Columbia College Chicago.

Brigid Pasulka

Brigid Pasulka’s first novel, “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Her second novel, “The Sun and Other Stars,” set in Italy, is scheduled to be published in February 2014.

Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit striving to make interfaith cooperation a social norm on America’s college and university campuses.

Audrey Petty

Audrey Petty is an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Ford Foundation grantee, and her work has been featured in Colorlines, StoryQuarterly and Saveur, among others.

April Peveteaux

April Peveteaux is the creator and cook behind the blog and book “Gluten Is My Bitch.” Before moving to Los Angeles and being diagnosed with celiac disease, she worked as an editor and writer in New York for print and online publications.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and other arts agencies, is designed to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Chicago-area winners will recite poetry.

Jill Pollack

Jill Pollack is the founder and director of StoryStudio Chicago, a center for writing and writers. Pollack teaches creative and business writing courses, is the co-founder of the Chicago Literary Alliance, an author, and a presenter on using stories in our personal and professional lives.

Henriette Lazaridis Power