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Anne Marie Pace, author of the Vampirina Ballerina series as well as numerous other children’s picture books, lives in Charlottesville with her family. She enjoys teaching at WriterHouse and is an active member of SCBWI.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Pavone, author of The Travelers, is the New York Times bestselling author of The Expats and The Accident. He is the winner of the Edgar and Anthony awards for best first novel. He was a book editor for nearly two decades and lives in New York City with his family.
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.”
Jon Parrish Peede is the publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was director of Literature Grants at the National Endowment for the Arts. He also co-edited an essay collection on Flannery O’Connor.
Gustavo Pérez Firmat, author of A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America’s Hometown, has published a number of books of literary and cultural criticism, as well as several collections of poetry in English and Spanish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nora Pouillon, author of My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today, is a champion of organic, environmentally-conscious cuisine. Her memoir details her journey from Austria to America promoting a healthy lifestyle.
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.
Forrest Pritchard, author of Growing Tomorrow and owner of Smith Meadows, an organic farm, is a seventh generation farmer. He is a New York Times bestselling author, who holds degrees in English and geology from the College of William & Mary.
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.
Tom Proutt is the author of A Celebration of the Seasons: Goodnight Songs, the second in the series of previously unpublished works of children’s author, Margaret Wise Brown.
Deborah M. Prum, author of Fatty in the Back Seat, has had her fiction appear in The Virginia Quarterly Review and numerous other publications. Her essays air on NPR-member stations and have been published in The Washington Post.
Mark Pryor, author of Hollow Man, also writes the Hugo Marston mystery series, set in Paris, France. He is a prosecutor with the Travis County district attorney’s office, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children.