Emmy Award Winner and Peabody Award Winner
Ann Druyan is an Emmy and Peabody Award winning American writer, producer, and director specializing in the communication of science. She co-wrote the 1980 PBS documentary series "Cosmos", hosted by Carl Sagan, whom she married in 1981.
Children's Literature Legacy Award Winner
Tomie dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children's books such as Strega Nona. He received the Children's Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children's literature in 2011.
Dean Koontz is an author. His novels are billed as suspense thrillers, but frequently incorporate elements of horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and satire. He has published over 105 novels, and has sold over 450 million copies of his work.
Professor, University of Porto
Ana Luísa Amaral is a Professor at the University of Porto. She holds a Ph.D. on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and has academic publications (in Portugal and abroad) in the areas of English and American Poetry, Comparative Poetics and Feminist Studies.
1st Published African-American Poet
Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston.
Author, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family"
Alex Haley was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book "Roots: The Saga of an American Family". ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers.
Stephen King is an author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books.
Steve Ditko was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Ditko was inducted into the comics industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990.