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Ronald Bailey, author of The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century, is the award-winning science correspondent for the public policy magazine Reason. A former PBS TV producer and staff writer at Forbes, he has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Jasmine V. Bailey is the author of Alexandria, which was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and received the Central New York Book Award for poetry. She is an alumna of the UVa MFA program.
Sarah Bannan, author of Weightless, was born in upstate New York and graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a degree in literature and literary history. After college, she moved to Ireland and has been Head of Literature with the Irish Arts Council since 2007.
Vanessa Barger, author of Super Freak, is a young adult and middle grade fiction writer living in Hampton Roads, Va. When she’s not writing, she teaches technology education to high school students. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Virginia Writers Club.
Hannah Barnaby, author of Some of the Parts and Wonder Show, has worked as an editor, bookseller, and writing instructor, and was a finalist for the 2013 William C. Morris Award. She lives in Charlottesville, Va., with her family.
Tony Barnstone, author of Pulp Sonnets, Poems Dead and Undead, and Beast in the Apartment and fifteen other books of poetry, anthology, and translation, is Professor of English at Whittier College. Among his awards are fellowships from the NEA and the NEH.
Quan Barry is the author of the novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and four poetry collections, most recently Loose Strife. She has been awarded two NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in such journals as Ms. and The New Yorker.
Marcia Bartusiak, author of Black Hole and a Fellow of the AAAS, is a science-writing professor at MIT and a contributing editor at Natural History. Three of her six books garnered major awards, including The Day We Found the Universe, which won the History of Science Society’s Davis Prize.
Ira Bashkow, an award-winning author and teacher, is associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia and a member of Congregation Beth Israel, Charlottesville.
Sandra Beasley, author of Count the Waves, is a poet and nonfiction writer. Her previous collection, I Was the Jukebox, won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, doubles as a cultural history of food allergy. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Robert Beatty, author of Serafina and the Black Cloak, lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, N.C., with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories.
Faith Andrews Bedford, author of Barefoot Summers, was a columnist at Country Living magazine for 13 years. She teaches memoir writing at OLLI – the Osher Institute for Life Long Learning and has written three books on American Impressionism.
Bernard D. Beitman, MD, author of Connecting with Coincidence, is visiting professor at the University of Virginia and the former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has edited two issues of Psychiatric Annals devoted to coincidence studies.
R.S. Belcher, author of Nightwise, is also the author of two acclaimed “weird westerns:” The Six-Gun Tarot and The Shotgun Arcana. Nightwise is his first contemporary fantasy novel. He lives in Roanoke, Va., where he runs a comic book shop called Cosmic Castle.
Charles Belfoure is the author of House of Thieves and the national bestseller The Paris Architect. An architect by profession, he is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and Columbia University, and specializes in historic preservation. He has taught at Pratt and Goucher College in Baltimore, Md.
John Benditt, author of The Boatmaker, is a former editor at Scientific American and was editor-in-chief of Technology Review. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College he studied with Adrienne Rich and was awarded the John Russell Hayes Poetry Prize by Robert Creeley. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Elizabeth Benedict, editor of Me, My Hair, and I: 27 Women Untangle an Obsession, is the author of five novels, including the bestseller Almost and the National Book Award finalist Slow Dancing, and editor of the New York Times-bestselling anthology What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts that Mattered Most. Founder of Don’t Sweat The Essay, she works with college applicants throughout the world on their essays and application strategies.
Susan L. Benton, co-author of Crooked Letter i, received an MBA in information systems from Boston University, and later relocated to Hong Kong, where she worked for a global accounting firm. She might sound like a Yankee once in a while but underneath it all, she’s still a Southern lady.
Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.
Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of Bastards of the Reagan Era, has received numerous awards, including a Soros Justice Fellowship. Currently a Yale Law student, Betts was appointed by President Obama to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2012.
Phil Bildner, author of A Whole New Ballgame and Marvelous Cornelius, taught middle school in the New York City public schools for eleven years. He now spends much of his year visiting schools around the world conducting writing workshops and classes.
Sheila Blackford is the librarian at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, a non-partisan research institute that focuses on the U.S. presidency. She is also managing editor of American President, a general reference website on all 44 presidencies.
Vanessa Blakeslee is the author of Juventud, a novel, and Train Shots: Stories. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among others.
Adrian Blevins, a Virginia native, is the co-editor of a collection of essays, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, and author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, and two chapbooks.
Roy Blount Jr., is the author of Save Room for Pie, and Alphabet Juice. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Blount lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, the painter Joan Griswold.
Mary Bly, author of Consuming London: Mapping Plays, Puns, and Tourists in the Early Modern City, is a professor of English literature at Fordham University and a New York Times bestselling author.
Nell Boeschenstein teaches creative writing at Sweet Briar College. She is a former producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University.
Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Accidental Saints, is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir Pastrix, and has been featured on CNN and in The Washington Post, Bitch Magazine, NPR’s Morning Edition, More Magazine, and the Daily Beast.
Sara Bon-Harper is executive director of Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of James Monroe, where her focus is sharing the relevance of James Monroe in U.S. history, and broadening interest in the exploration of the past.
Zack Bonnie, author of Dead, Insane, or in Jail: A CEDU Memoir, tells of his incarceration from age 14 to 16 at a behavior modification facility influenced by Synanon’s program for adult drug addicts. Orange Is the New Black in Northern Idaho. With teenagers.
Marc Boston, author of The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff, has always been a lover of books. His decision to write them came after becoming a father and being inspired to write original stories to read to his daughters. Marc lives in Charlottesville with his wife Rachael and their three daughters.
Fred Bowen is the author of Out of Bounds and 20 other sports books for readers ages 7-12. His books combine sports fiction and sports history. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids for the Washington Post since 2000.
Due to unexpected circumstances, Susan Boyer has had to cancel her participation.
Susan M. Boyer, author of Lowcountry Bordello: A Liz Talbot Mystery, is a USA Today bestselling author. Lowcountry Boil, the first Liz Talbot Mystery, is an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, a Daphne du Maurier Award recipient, and a Macavity nominee. Susan lives in Greenville, S.C.
Caitlin Rose Boyle, artist/illustrator of Jonesy, is a multimedia artist from Pittsburgh, Pa. Caitlin makes comics, illustrations, tiny video games, and short animations.
Val Brelinski, author of The Girl Who Slept with God, was a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University. She received her MFA in fiction writing from the University of Virginia.
Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, is a professor of history at Rice University, a CNN News historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
César Brioso, author of Havana Hardball, is a digital producer for USA Today Sports, where he served as baseball editor from 2003 to 2004. He has been a writer or editor at several other newspapers, including the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Tampa Tribune.
Rick Britton, author of Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History, which shares a glimpse of life in the Old Dominion, is a cartographer, tour guide and local historian.
Theresa Brown, author of The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives, works as a clinical nurse in Pennsylvania. A commentator in national media, a regular contributor to CNN.com, the New York Times op-ed page, and the American Journal of Nursing, Brown is a leading voice on nursing, end of life, and health care in America. She is the author of Critical Care, and is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “The Power of Narrative” project.
Taylor Brown, author of Fallen Land, received the Montana Prize in Fiction, and was a finalist in both the Machigonne Fiction Contest and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. An Eagle Scout, Brown lives in Wilmington, N.C.
Box Brown is an Ignatz-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.
Mollie Cox Bryan, author of Scrapbook of the Dead, a Cumberland Creek Mystery, lives in Waynesboro, Va. Her other books include Scrapbook of Secrets, nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012; Scrapped; Death of an Irish Diva; and A Crafty Christmas; as well as two e-novellas.
Michael Buckley, author of Raging Sea, also penned the New York Times bestselling Sisters Grimm series and NERDS as well as the Undertow trilogy. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kate Buford, author of Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe and Burt Lancaster: An American Life, both Editors’ Choice of The New York Times, has been a commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition and APM’s Marketplace.
Eboni Bugg is a therapist & community programs director at The Women’s Initiative where she focuses on improving access to care and helping women make meaningful changes in their lives. She’s an avid reader and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform.
Jack Bunker, debut author of True Grift, has practiced as a trial lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice, an international private firm, and his own solo office, and has served a stint as a legal editor with Thomson Reuters in Dubai.
Mecca Burns is a drama therapist, theatre activist, and musician. She is a founding member of Presence Center for Applied Theatre Arts, based in Charlottesville, and has led participatory theatre projects in Uganda, Kenya, Spain, Romania, and the United States.
Matt Burriesci is the author of Dead White Guys: A Father, his Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World and Nonprofit: a novel. He is the executive director of the Providence Athenaeum, and has previously served as the executive director of both Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.
Grace Burrowes, author of Daniel’s True Desire, has written more than thirty Regency, Victorian, and contemporary romances. Her titles have been chosen by the Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and iBookstore.com as books of the year, and she has been nominated five times for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.
Ellen Butler, author of Art of Affection—the third installment in the Love, California Style trilogy—is an award-winning romance and suspense writer. She has lived in Northern Virginia for more than thirty years.
Heather Butts, author of African American Medicine in Washington, D.C., teaches at Columbia University and St. John’s Law School. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard School of Public Health.