Jacqui Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism, and is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute. This is her fourth visit to Romania.
Chris Jones is a writer-at-large for Esquire and a back-page columnist for ESPN: The Magazine. He has won two National Magazine Awards. He is returning to Bucharest to rediscover the passion he found at the 2012 edition.
Tom Junod has been a writer-at-large for Esquire US for 16 years. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award a record 11 times, and has won twice for Feature Writing.
Documentary film director, producer and writer, Mona Nicoară started her career by mixing creative work with human rights activism. She directed and produced Our School, which won numerous awards at festivals worldwide.
Jens Lekman is a Swedish songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. He travels the globe as a wide-open receptor of all it has to offer, repurposing for his own oeuvre the world's great, lost pop hooks of past and present.
Cynthia Gorney is a contributing writer for National Geographic and a contributor for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harpers and Sports Illustrated. She teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.