Participants

Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Joanne Gabbin

Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers

Joanne Gabbin, author of Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition and editor of Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers, is diirector of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Professor of English at James Madison University.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Beth Gager

Firestories: Further Thoughts on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness

Beth Gager, coauthor of Firestories: Further Thoughts on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness and author of A Rooted Mind: Saying Yes to Beauty, Wellness and Deeply-Rooted Mental Health, works in the mental health field. She was inspired to share the story of how she escaped the lost and broken places of mental illness and found herself once again.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Robert Gillette

Escape to Virginia: From Nazi Germany to Thalhimer's Farm

Robert H. Gillette, author of Escape to Virginia, spent 40 years as an award-winning public school educator in Fairfield, Conn.. He was awarded the Mary Gresham Chair grant and the Harvard Teaching Prize, among many other recognitions. He and his wife Marsha live in Lynchburg, Va.

Genre: Non-Fiction

George Gilliam

Building A Modern South: Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century Virginia

George Harrison Gilliam, an adjunct instructor in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, is a recovering lawyer and politician, and an historian of the nineteenth-century South.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Tom Gjelten

A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story

Tom Gjelten is a veteran journalist and author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story. Over a thirty-year career as a correspondent for NPR News, he has covered wars in Central America, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, as well as major national stories in the United States.

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

Marita Golden

Me, My Hair and I Twenty-Seven Women Untangle an Obsession

Marita Golden, a contributor to the anthology, Me, My Hair and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle An Obsession, is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including the classic memoir Migrations of the Heart. She is president emeritus and co-founder of the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Peter Golden

Wherever There is Light

Peter Golden, author of Wherever There is Light, is a novelist and historian. He has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush (41); Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, Shultz, Eagleburger; Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, Shamir; and Soviet leader Gorbachev.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Risa Goluboff

Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s

Risa Goluboff, author of Vagrant Nation, is a professor of law and history and the incoming dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. Her other publications include the award-winning The Lost Promise of Civil Rights.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Carlos Gómez Beras

Mapa al corazón del hombre

Carlos Roberto Gómez Beras, author of the book Mapa al corazón del hombre, is a professor, a publisher and a poet whose work has been translated into several languages. He has published five poetry books, and has twice won the National Poetry Award of the PEN Club of Puerto Rico.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Kristen Green

Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County

Kristen Green, author of Something Must be Done About Prince Edward County, has worked as a reporter for The Boston Globe, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. This is her first book. She holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and lives in Richmond, Va.

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

Bruce Greyson

Bruce Greyson, is the Chester Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the UVa School of Medicine. He is the co-editor of three books on near-death experiences and related phenomena.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Farah Griffin

Toward An Intellectual History of Black Women

Farah Jasmine Griffin, co-editor of Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, is professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. She is also the author of Harlem Nocturne: Women and Progressive Politics During World War II.

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

Carly Griffith

Carly Griffith is a cultural heritage professional whose academic research centers around cultural landscape theory and practice. She holds an MA in Public Humanities and currently works at the Center for Cultural Landscapes at UVa. She writes poetry and creative nonfiction.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Grits and Gravy

WTJU-FM announcers Colin Powell and Robin Tomlin perform as Grits and Gravy, a DJ duo specializing in rare and classic soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. Performing sets exclusively with original 45-RPM singles, Tomlin and Powell delve into the work of lesser-known artists and labels in an effort to bring new and, perhaps, undeservedly obscure sounds to the dance floor. The pair host popular semi-monthly dance parties in Charlottesville and Richmond.

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Michael Grosso

The Man Who Could Fly: St. Joseph of Copertino and the Mystery of Levitation

Michael Grosso, author of The Man Who Could Fly, is a philosopher interested in altered states of consciousness and unusual psychophysical phenomena. A former university teacher, he is now an independent scholar and writer who researches human potential.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Sara Gruen

At The Water's Edge

Due to illness, Sara Gruen has had to cancel her participation.

Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At The Water’s Edge, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide.

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

Paul Guest

One More Theory about Happiness

Paul Guest, author of the memoir One More Theory about Happiness, is a Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner. A member of the Creative Writing faculty at UVa, he lives in Charlottesville.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Poetry

Maggie Guggenheimer

Maggie Guggenheimer is assistant to the president and the communications officer at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She is the former director of the Piedmont Council for the Arts.

Genre: Children/Youth

Sharon Guskin

The Forgetting Time

Sharon Guskin, author of The Forgetting Time, has degrees from Yale University and the Columbia University School of the Arts. She has worked as a writer and producer of prize-winning documentary films that have been shown across the country and on American Public Television. This is her first novel.

Genre: Fiction