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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.
Emily Gadek is the associate producer for BackStory with the American History Guys, and a lifelong nut for the written word.
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.
Jenny Gardiner is an award-winning novelist and #1 Kindle bestselling author who has published 14 books. Her work has been found in Ladies Home Journal, the Washington Post, Marie-Claire.com, and on NPR.
Tracee Lydia Garner, author of Anchored Hearts, is a speaker, private writing coach, author of five books, and adjunct professor. Born and raised in Northern Virginia, she holds a degree in communications from Old Dominion University.
Clifford Garstang, editor of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, is also the author of What the Zhang Boys Know (winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction) and In an Uncharted Country.
Emily Gary is vocalist, bass player, and co-writer of the Goodnight Songs series, featuring lyrics by world-renowned children’s author, Margaret Wise Brown.
Lamar Giles, author of the YA thrillers Endangered and Fake ID, which was a 2015 Edgar Award nominee, is a speaker and founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Chesapeake, Va. with his wife.
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.
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.
Robert Gipe, author of Trampoline, lives in Harlan, Kentucky. He is the executive producer of the community performance project Higher Ground and director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College. He grew up in Kingsport, Tenn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Grimes, author of The Big Fix (Book 3 of the Ciel Halligan series), is a former English teacher and ex-actress who channels her love of words, drama, and laughter into writing. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.
John Grisham is the author of twenty-seven novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and five novels for young readers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Lee Gulledge, author of Page by Paige and Will & Whit, is a young adult graphic novelist who has been nominated for the Eisner and Harvey Awards. She is an artist, writer, educator, and Agent of Whimsy with roots in Charlottesville.
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.
Michael Keenan Gutierrez is the author of The Trench Angel and earned degrees from UCLA, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of New Hampshire. He lives with his wife in Chapel Hill where he teaches writing at the University of North Carolina.