Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.
Bonnie MacBird, author of Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, is an Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer, and director, and a life-long Sherlockian. She speaks regularly on writing, creativity, and Sherlock Holmes. She lives in Los Angeles, with frequent trips to London.
Stephen Macko is a professor of environmental sciences at UVa, where he teaches courses in oceanography, sustainable practices, and geochemistry.
Jeff Mann has published three poetry chapbooks, five full-length books of poetry, two collections of personal essays, a volume of memoir and poetry, four novels, and two collections of short fiction. The recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards, he teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.
Amy-Sarah Marshall, president & founding member of the Charlottesville Pride Community Network, has been organizing LGBTQ events for over seven years. She serves on the Charlottesville Human Rights Commission, earned an MFA in poetry, writes blogs, works in online content strategy, and has two awesome kids.
Dr. Marcus L. Martin is the editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Quality Patient Care. Dr. Martin is a professor of emergency medicine and vice president and chief officer for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia.
Lisa Martin has worked as an educator and children’s poet and currently resides in Charlottesville, Va. Anton and Cecil is her first series for young readers.
Gretchen Martin, author of Dancing on the Color Line: African American Tricksters in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, is a professor of American literature at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Her other books include The Frontier Roots of American Realism and Twain’s Omissions (editor).
Jeff Martin’s stories have appeared in Mississippi Review, Sou’wester, storySouth, and The Greensboro Review, among others. He is associate director of UVa’s Young Writers Workshop and teaches fiction writing at Sweet Briar College.
David A. Martin, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia since 1980, served as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Homeland Security, 2009 through 2010.. He has published numerous books on immigration and refugees, including a leading casebook on US immigration law.
Emily Martin is the director of the Alliance Française of Charlottesville which is part of the largest cultural network in the world promoting French language and culture on five continents. The AF serves this community by offering cultural events and classes from Bonjour to fluency.
Jamie Mason, author of Monday’s Lie and Three Graves Full grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and now lives and writes from her home in the mountains of North Carolina.
Karen M. Masterson, author of The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government’s Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure, was a national reporter for the Houston Chronicle and environmental reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and currently teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University.
Andrea E. Mays, author of The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio, has degrees in economics from SUNY at Binghamton and UCLA. She teaches economics at California State University at Long Beach.
Sarah McConnell is the producer and host of the public radio program With Good Reason, which is created each week at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Sarah McCoy is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico.
Rob McDonald, author of Conservation for Cities, is a senior scientist for sustainable land use at The Nature Conservancy, where he is a leading scientist for the organization’s efforts to figure out how to make cities more sustainable. He holds a PhD in ecology from Duke University.
Deborah McDowell is the Alice Griffin Professor of Literary Studies and the director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia.
Kevin McFadden is a poet and the chief operating officer of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Margaret McMullan has had to cancel her participation.
Margaret McMullan is the author of Aftermath Lounge, a novel-in-stories about Hurricane Katrina, which The Huffington Post called “a masterpiece.” She has also written seven award-winning novels and edited the anthology, Every Father’s Daughter, a Parade Magazine “Sizzling Summer Read.”
Katherine McNamara is the founding editor and publisher of Artist’s Proof Editions, where she is also an iBooks producer and makes video poems. She is an affiliated Fellow of VFH and a member of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.
Meg Medina, author of Burn Baby Burn, also wrote the YA novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which received the Pura Belpré Author Award, as well as the picture books Mango, Abuela, and Me and Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She lives in Richmond, Va.
Erika Meitner, author of Copia, Ideal Cities, is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program in Creative Writing. In 2015, she was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Queen’s University Belfast.
Marliss Melton, author of Hard Landing, is also the bestselling author of the beloved SEAL Team 12 series, the Taskforce series, and the Echo Platoon series. The wife of a retired Navy veteran, she relies on her Special Ops and federal government contacts to help her write realistic military romantic suspense.
Jennifer Bickham Mendez, along with her colleague Nancy Naples, is co-editor of Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization. The author of From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor and Globalization in Nicaragua, she is associate professor of sociology at the College of William & Mary and currently serves as the director of Global Studies.
Doug Meyer, author of Violence against Queer People, teaches LGBT studies classes in the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program at UVa. He received his PhD in sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Lincoln Michel, author of Upright Beasts, is the editor-in-chief of electricliterature.com and the co-editor of Gigantic magazine. His work has appeared in Granta, Oxford American, Vice, Tin House, Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. He was born in Virginia and lives in Brooklyn.
Kirsten Miles directs the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center, which co-sponsors the Virginia Festival of the Book High School Poetry & Prose Contest and publishes an annual anthology of Central Virginia teen writing and photography. She is also a member and bookmaker with the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.
Matthew Miller, currently a resident at the UVa Medical Center, was a student athlete at UVa, and is the subject of Michael Vitez’s book, The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit.
Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of Two If By Sea, is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen books, including The Deep End of the Ocean, the inaugural selection of the Oprah Book Club and later adapted for a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. She lives on Cape Cod with her family.
Thorpe Moeckel, author of Arcadia Road: A Trilogy and four other books, serves as Director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and several other awards, his writing appears regularly in journals and anthologies.
Juliana Morgan, author of Who Rescued Who? Sashi’s Story, began writing chapter books for young readers eight years ago. She and her dog, Sashi, volunteer each week at a canine reading program. Morgan has also been a guest speaker, encouraging children to read and write throughout the county.
Elizabeth Seydel Morgan‘s five books of poetry are in print, most recently SPANS, New and Selected Poems. She has received awards in poetry (Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize); fiction, (The Emily Clark Balch Award, VQR); and screenwriting (Governor’s Award for Best Screenplay).
Brian Phillips Murphy, author of Building the Empire State: Political Economy in Early America, is associate professor of history at Baruch College, CUNY. He writes about politics and corruption for Talking Points Memo and has been an MSNBC contributor.
Brian Murphy, journalist and author of 81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska’s Frozen Wilderness, reported around the world for The Associated Press for more than twenty years. He joined the Washington Post in 2014 and lives in Washington, DC.
David Murray is a t-shirt designer and illustrator under the name of SEIBEI. He also owns and manages Telegraph Art & Comics, an art gallery and comic shop in Charlottesville, Va., with his wife, Kate.
Eric Myers is an agent at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, where his clients include Chris Grabenstein, Seth Rudetsky, Bryan Batt, Lydia Kang, and many others. His specialties include Young Adult, Middle Grade, adult thrillers, and narrative non-fiction.