About Marion Ettlinger: Marion Ettlinger graduated from the High School of Music and Art and The Cooper Union in New York City. She has been photographing writers since 1983. Her book Author Photo, containing more than 200 black-and-white portraits shot exclusively in natural light, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2003 (bio courtesy of Marion Ettlinger.com). All photographs by Marion Ettlinger.
From Top to Bottom: novelist April Reynolds, poet Major Jackson, novelist Gloria Naylor, journalist and memoirist Debra J. Dickerson, novelist and playwright Walter Mosley, poet Sonia Sanchez, novelist and essayist Edwidge Danticat, novelist Tayari Jones, poet Nikki Giovanni, poet Patricia Smith, novelist Terry McMillan, writer Junot Diaz, story writer Z.Z. Packer.