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Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, The Tears of Dark Water, The Garden of Burning Sand, and A Walk Across the Sun. His stories have been published in over twenty countries. He lives with his wife and children in Charlottesville.
Ayad Akhtar received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in drama for Disgraced. He has also written a novel, American Dervish, two other plays, The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand, and a screenplay, The War Within, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. He has received fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books including the novel Song of the Shank, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; the short story collection Holding Pattern, and two collections of poetry. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia.
Jen Alluisi is the organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats book club in Charlottesville. She is a lifelong book-lover who spends most of her free time reading at home with her husband and daughter and watching Gilmore Girls re-runs.
Betsy Ashton is the author of the Mad Max Mystery series, which includes the books Uncharted Territory and Mad Max: Unintended Consequences. She is the president of the statewide Virginia Writers Club.