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Nancy O’Brien, a consultant and facilitator, was the first woman mayor of Charlottesville and is the retired director of the Thomas Jefferson District Planning Commission.
Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate, is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. As chief historian and senior vice president for the History Channel and A+E Networks, her work in historic preservation and history education has been recognized by the White House. O’Connell received her MA and PhD in American history from UVa.
Carlene O’Connor, author of Murder in an Irish Village, comes from a long line of Irish storytellers. She was inspired to create the town of Kilbane, County Cork after falling in love with a walled town in County Limerick.
Gregory E. O’Malley, author of Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, is associate professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In addition to prizes from the Southern Historical Association and the Association of Caribbean Historians, his book earned the Forkosch Prize (for British and British Imperial or Commonwealth History) and the Rawley Prize (for Atlantic History), both from the American Historical Association.
Carolyn O’Neal, author of Kingsley, is a passionate environmentalist and storyteller. Her short story, “Silent Grace,” won The Hook’s short story contest. She’s active with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Oyster Shell Recycling Program and is a founding member of BACCA Literary.
Andrew O’Shaughnessy is vice president of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and professor of History at UVa. His most recent book received eight national awards.
Chris Oakley has owned Oakley’s Gently Used Books for 19 years. She has a journeyman’s certificate in prepress. For more than 20 years she published independent and literary magazines now housed in the University of Delaware’s Special Collections. Sci Fi/Fantasy is her specialty.
Christopher Oldstone-Moore, author of Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair, earned his doctorate in European history from the University of Chicago. He teaches at Wright State University, specializing in the history of gender and masculinity.
Kelli Olson teaches literature and writing courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College. She holds a PhD in American literature and an MA in British literature.
Fernando Operé is professor of Spanish at UVa. He directs the Latin American studies program, the Hispanic studies program, and the Valencia program. He is a poet, musician, actor, and soccer player.