Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.
Bernard Hankins is a musician, filmmaker, spoken word poet, and creative catalyst. He lives in Charlottesville. and teaches workshops for adults and children on Hip Hop, poetry, and creative identity. He is co-founder of Cypher, an idea-generation and branding consulting venture.
Cristin Harber, author of Black Dawn, is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author who writes adult, suspense, and military romance. Readers also voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks list of Debut Romance Authors in 2013.
Stephen Harding, author of Last to Die: A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the Last American Killed in World War II and the New York Times bestseller, The Last Battle, is a longtime military-affairs journalist, and is the editor-in-chief of Military History magazine.
Claudrena Harold is an associate professor in the Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies and the Corcoran Department of History, where she teaches Black Studies, African American history, and U.S. Labor history.
Sharon Harrigan has published more than four dozen essays and stories, in VQR, Narrative, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She won the Joyce Horton Johnson Award from Key West Literary Seminars and the Kinder Award from Pleiades. She teaches at WriterHouse.
Lyall F. Harris is an award-winning artist, published creative and critical writer, and arts educator. She received an MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing from Mills College. Her work can be found in many Special Collection libraries across the United States.
Sara Rzeszutek Haviland, author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson, is assistant professor of history at St. Francis College. She has contributed chapters to Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement and Red Activists and Black Freedom.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Thomas Head has had to cancel his participation.
Thomas Head, author of Greens, a native of Louisiana, lives in Washington, D.C. He is also co-editor of The Happy Table of Eugene Walter: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink.
Proal Heartwell, author of A Game of Catch, is the co-founder and co-director of Village School, a middle school for girls in Charlottesville. He is also the author of Goronwy and Me: A Narrative of Two Lives.
William Heath, author of William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest, a work of history, has also published three novels: The Children Bob Moses Led, Devil Dancer, and Blacksnake’s Path, as well as a book of poetry, The Walking Man, and fifteen scholarly essays. He lives in Frederick, Md.
Peter Hedlund is the chief technologist of the Encyclopedia Virginia, responsible for developing technologies to make the presentation of Virginia history and culture online as intuitive and enjoyable as possible. Peter also raises oysters.
Mary Crockett Hill, contributor to Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, is coauthor of the young adult novel Dream Boy and author of the award-winning books of poetry, A Theory of Everything and If You Return Home with Food.
Bruce Hillman, author of The Man Who Stalked Einstein, is professor and former Chair of Radiology at UVa. He has published a number of short stories in literary journals and a book explaining medical imaging for lay readers. Einstein is his first book of creative non-fiction.
Bethany Hanke Hoang, co-author of The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance, serves as special advisor and founding director for International Justice Mission’s Institute for Biblical Justice. She holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Rev. Robert Holet serves as pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Charlottesville, Va., and in a number of interfaith, educational, and community organizations locally.
Hilary Holladay, author of Herbert Huncke: The Times Square Hustler Who Inspired Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation, is a poet and fiction writer as well as a scholar of modern and contemporary American literature. She lives in Orange County, Va.
Anne Holton is the Virginia Secretary of Education. Holton is a proud product of Virginia’s public school system, and in 1970, she and her family helped to integrate Richmond City Public Schools. Holton earned her degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She has also served as Virginia’s First Lady and program director for Great Expectations, a program of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.
Michelle Hoover, author of Bottomland and The Quickening, is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program. She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston.
Ross Howell Jr., author of Forsaken, teaches writing at Elon University. His fiction has been published in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Sewanee Review, Gettysburg Review, and other magazines. He lived in Charlottesville many years before moving to Greensboro, N.C.
David Huddle, author of the poetry collection, Dream Sender, and the novel, The Faulkes Chronicle, is from Ivanhoe, Va., and taught at the University of Vermont for 38 years. In 2012, his novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This, won the Library of Virginia Award for Fiction.
Dwight Hughes, author of A Confederate Biography: The Cruise of the CSS Shenandoah, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served twenty years as a Navy surface warfare officer on many oceans. Building on a lifetime of study in naval history, he lives and writes in Nokesville, Va.