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Ben Raines wrote “America’s Amazon” and “The BP Oil Spill: How the Secrets Were Spilled.” An environmental reporter for the Mobile Press Register and AL.com, he graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in filmmaking. Ben and his family live in Fairhope, Al.
Deanna Raybourn is the author of A Curious Beginning and the award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lady Julia Grey mysteries, among others. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Emilie Raymond, author of Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement, is an associate professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Richmond with her husband and daughter.
Eric Riback, author of Bella Terra’s Rail U.S.A. series of travel map-guides, has worked in map and book publishing since 1980.
Eric Rickstad is the author of Lie In Wait and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Silent Girls, and New York Times Noteworthy novel, Reap. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia and was a 1997 Hoyns and Corse Fellow.
Christa Noel Robbins is an assistant professor of twentieth- and twenty-first century art history at UVa. She is an advisory editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, a founding editor of open-set.com, and has published in the Oxford Art Journal, Art in America, and the Minnesota Review.
James I. Robertson, Jr., author of After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers, and Civilians Who Changed America, and editor of A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary, is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus in History at Virginia Tech and the author or editor of more than 20 books, including Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend.
Sara Robinson, author of Sometimes the Little Town and four other books, is the founder of Lonesome Mountain Pros(e) Writers’ Workshop, a UVA-OLLI instructor on Contemporary Poetry, and poetry columnist for Southern Writers’ Magazine. She has published in numerous journals and anthologies.
Maya Rodale, author of Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained, began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also a non-fiction writer.
Dr. Albert S. Rossi, author of the book Becoming a Healing Presence, teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who has written and spoken widely about psychology and religion. He also hosts a bi-weekly podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.
Carolyn Russo, author of In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight, has worked at the National Air and Space Museum since 1988 as a staff photographer and as a museum specialist in the Aeronautics Division.
Regina Ryan has had her own literary agency for nearly 40 years. Prior to that, she was editor-in-chief of Macmillan Adult Books and an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. She handles primarily adult nonfiction and some children’s and middle grade books.