Check Out the Keynote Speakers For This Year’s Conference

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Kory Stamper

Thursday, October 19

Kory Stamper published her debut book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, earlier this year.  Word by Word takes readers into the world of lexicography--the practice of creating dictionaries--and her work at Merriam-Webster, where she also writes, edits, and appears in the “Ask the Editor” video series. She blogs regularly on language and lexicography at, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times, and on


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Jody Gray

Friday, October 20

Jody Gray (Lakota) is the director of the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS).  She has been actively involved with equity, diversity, and leadership development since the beginning of her career. Using a social justice framework, Jody and her team are responsible for programs and services that promote recruitment and retention to the field of librarianship and development of best practices in serving underrepresented communities. She was the diversity outreach librarian at the University of Minnesota for 13 years prior to her position at the American Library Association. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


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 Credit: Sanjay Subbanna

Michelle Hoover

Friday, October 20

Michelle Hoover is an Iowa native and she currently resides in Boston, where she is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University.  Michelle is the co-founder and current head of the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.” Her latest novel, Bottomland, is the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection.

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