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Patrick Dacey

We've Already Gone This Far

Patrick Dacey, author of We’ve Already Gone This Far, has taught English at several universities in the United States and Mexico and has worked as a reporter, a landscaper, and as part of the overnight staff for a homeless shelter and detox center. He received his MFA from Syracuse University.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Dean Dass

Dean Dass studied art, philosophy, and anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, receiving his BA in 1978, as well as his MFA in printmaking from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Since 1985 he has taught drawing, papermaking, printmaking, book arts, and seminars on contemporary art at the University of Virginia.

Genre: Non-Fiction, Publishing

Edward Davis

Collards: A Southern Tradition from Seed to Table

Edward H. Davis, author of Collards, teaches cultural geography at Emory & Henry College. He has studied the American South for twenty years, and also done field work in Central America, Europe, and West Africa. This is his third book. He lives in Emory, Va.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Nina de Gramont

The Last September

Nina de Gramont, author of The Last September, wrote the story collection, Of Cats and Men, which was a Book Sense selection and won a New England Booksellers Association Discovery Award. Her first novel, Gossip of the Starlings, was also a Book Sense pick. She teaches in the MFA program at the UNC-Wilmington.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Tanya Denckla Cobb

Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat

Tanya Denckla Cobb is Associate Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia. She is an environmental mediator, writer, and has taught conflict resolution and food system planning at the University of Virginia.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Chard deNiord


Chard deNiord, author of Interstate and incoming Poet Laureate of Vermont, has published four previous poetry collections: The Double Truth, Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire. He is professor of English at Providence College and co-founder of the New England College MFA in Poetry.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Dan Doernberg

Dan Doernberg, president of public interest group LLC, is the creator of NowComment, a close reading/critical thinking cloud-based tool used at UVa and other schools. He co-founded Silicon Valley’s Computer Literacy Bookshops, which went public after its sale in 1997.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Gregory Donovan

Torn from the Sun

Gregory Donovan, author of Torn from the Sun and Calling His Children Home (winner of the Devins Award), is a faculty member of the MFA writing program at VCU, an editor of the online journal Blackbird, and a producer of the documentary film A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Poetry

Gary Dop

Father, Child, Water

Gary Dop, author of Father, Child, Water, is a poet, performer, and playwright, and an English professor at Randolph College. His work appears widely in literary journals, including New Letters, PANK, Blackbird, Agni, and Sugar House Review. Father, Child, Water is his first collection.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Poetry

Rita Dove

Collected Poems 1974-2004, forthcoming

Rita Dove is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (1993-1995) and recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Her most recent poetry collections are Sonata Mulattica and American Smooth. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry