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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.
Debbie Dadey, author of The Mermaid Tales series and co-author of The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, is a former teacher and librarian. With 142 titles to her credit, she still strives to create books that encourage even the most reluctant reader to dive into stories.
Kimberly “Kimba” Dalferes, author of Magic Fishing Panties and I Was In Love With a Short Man Once, is a native Floridian who has pretended to be a Virginian for almost two decades. Her humor column, “Dock Tale Hour,” is published by Laker Magazine.
Michelle Damiani, author of Il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center, is a writer and clinical psychologist. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Va., with one foot in Spello, Italy, where she spent a year writing about living and parenting on foreign soil.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel de Visé, author of Andy and Don, spent 23 years as a journalist at the Washington Post, the Miami Herald and three other newspapers, reaping more than two dozen journalism awards, including part of a Pulitzer Prize. Don Knotts was his brother-in-law.
Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid, and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, and Salon. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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.
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.
Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, is the director of UVa¹s Center for Global Health. Dr. Dillingham holds faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Disease and International Health and in Public Health Sciences.
Dan Doernberg, president of public interest group Fairness.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
Terésa Dowell-Vest is the founder of Diva Blue Productions & Publications and is a professor of communications at Prince George’s Community College. Terésa lives in Washington D.C. with her wife Michelle and their dog, Ollie.
Jen Swann Downey is the author of The Ninja Librarians series. Her nonfiction pieces have appeared in New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and Women’s Day. Jen lives in Charlottesville, Va.
Rebecca Drake, author of Only Ever You, debuted in 2006 with Don’t Be Afraid. A former journalist and native New Yorker, she currently teaches in Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and lives in Pittsburgh, Pa. with her husband and two children.
Stephanie Dray, author of America’s First Daughter, is a bestselling and award-nominated author of historical women’s fiction. Her series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into six different languages, was nominated for a RITA Award and won the Golden Leaf.