Participants

Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Gregory Pardlo

Digest

Gregory Pardlo is the author of Digest, which received the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest​ was also shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Pardlo’s first collection, Totem, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007.

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

Ronda Parsons

Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient, A Caregiver's Guide to Connection and Hope

Ronda Parsons, author of Creating Joy & Meaning for the Dementia Patient, has held sales management positions at two Fortune 100 companies. While caring for a loved one with dementia, she developed techniques that filled both of their lives with joy and peace.

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

Andrew Parsons

Andrew Parsons is the Senior Producer of BackStory. Originally from Scranton, Pa., he spent several years in New York City as a school teacher, which enhanced his love of young adult literature. Before moving to Charlottesville, he worked for public radio outlets such as Marketplace, NPR, On The Media, and The Story.

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

Michael Pearson

Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel

Michael Pearson, author of Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel, teaches creative writing at Old Dominion University. Willie Morris, the former editor of Harper’s, said, “Michael Pearson is one of our nation’s finest memoirists.”

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Stephen Pfleiderer

Stephen Pfleiderer, a frequent moderator for the Festival, was a vice president of Prentice-Hall, heading for 25 years its Washington editorial and publishing operations. Pfleiderer is a writing coach for professionals and aspiring authors, and conducts workshops on writing around the country.

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Thomas Pierce

Hall of Small Mammals

Thomas Pierce, author of Hall of Small Mammals, has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Oxford American, Zoetrope, The Best American Non-Required Reading, and O. Henry Prize Stories. He is from South Carolina.

Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Amanda Pohl

Building Power, Changing Lives: The Story of Virginia Organizing

Amanda Leonard Pohl, co-author of Building Power, Changing Lives: The Story of Virginia Organizing, is a debut author. A Virginia native, Pohl is communications coordinator for Virginia Organizing.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Malaina Poore

Firestories: Further Thoughts on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness

Malaina Poore, coauthor of Firestories: Further Thoughts on Radically Rethinking Mental Illness, works as the network director for VOCAL, a statewide, peer-run mental health advocacy program. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Participatory Medicine, Amoskaeg, The Journal of Social Work in Education, and other publications.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Joshua Poteat

The Regret Histories

Joshua Poteat is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Regret Histories, Illustrating the Machine That Makes the World, and Ornithologies, as well as three chapbooks. He lives in Richmond, Va.

Genre: Poetry

Nancy Princenthal

Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art

Nancy Princenthal, author of Agnes Martin: Her Life and Art, is a New York-based critic and former senior editor of Art in America, and is currently on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts. She has also contributed to Artforum, The Village Voice, and The New York Times.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Emily Privette

Emily Privette, an alumni of UVa, is featured in Michael Vitez’s book, The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit. She lives in Charlottesville.

Genre: Non-Fiction