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Alvin Edwards

Alvin Edwards has served as pastor at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville since 1981. He is also a former mayor of Charlottesville, and has served on a multitude of community boards.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Ansel Elkins

Blue Yodel

Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel, won the 2014 Yale Younger Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Believer, Oxford American, and VQR. She is a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Jan Ellison

A Small Indiscretion

Due to unforeseen circumstances Jan Ellison has had to cancel her participation.

Jan Ellison is the author of the novel, A Small Indiscretion, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year. She is an O. Henry Prize winner and a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband of twenty years and their four children.

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

Laura Eve Engel

Laura Eve Engel‘s work has appeared in The Awl, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Tin House and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, she is the residential program director of the UVa Young Writers Workshop.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Poetry