Rebecca Skloot is an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine; O, The Oprah Magazine; Discover; and many other publications. She is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine, and has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s “Radiolab” and PBS’s “Nova ScienceNOW.” The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her debut book, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick for Spring 2010, and awarded the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. It is now being made into an HBO movie produced by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.
Ms. Skloot served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, where she was a vice president and judge, and she has taught creative writing and science journalism at the University of Memphis, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. She currently gives talks on subjects ranging from bioethics to book proposals at conferences and universities nationwide. She lives in Chicago, Ilinois, but regularly abandons city life to write in the hills of West Virginia, where she tends to find stray animals and bring them home.
Floyd Skloot is a creative nonfiction writer, poet, and fiction writer whose work has received three Pushcart Prizes, a Pen/USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Book Awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, and two Oregon Book Awards. He is the author of 17 books, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, American Scholar, Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and Creative Nonfiction. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Beverly Hallberg.