Participants

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Bonnie MacBird

Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

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.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

Stephen Macko

Stephen Macko is a professor of environmental sciences at UVa, where he teaches courses in oceanography, sustainable practices, and geochemistry.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Jeff Mann

Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South

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.

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

Marcus Martin

Diversity and Inclusion In Quality Patient Care

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Gretchen Martin

Dancing on the Color Line: African American Tricksters in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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).

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction

Jeff Martin

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.

Genre: Fiction

David Martin

Forced Migration: Law and Policy

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Karen Masterson

The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government's Sercret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Andrea Mays

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

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.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Sarah McCoy

The Mapmaker's Children

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.

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

Robert McDonald

Conservation for Cities: How to Plan & Build Natural Infrastructure

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.

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

Margaret McMullan

Every Father's Daughter

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.”

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth

Meg Medina

Burn Baby Burn

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.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth

Jennifer Mendez

Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Doug Meyer

Violence against Queer People: Race, Class, Gender, and the Persistence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination

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).

Genre: Non-Fiction

Kirsten Miles

Crossroads IV Anthology

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.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Children/Youth

Matthew Miller

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Thorpe Moeckel

Arcadia Road: A Trilogy

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Elizabeth Seydel Morgan

Spans

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).

Genre: Poetry

Brian Phillips Murphy

Building the Empire State: Political Economy in Early America

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.

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

Brian Murphy

81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness

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.

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