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Ira Wallace

The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

Ira Wallace, author of The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast, is worker-owner of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seed company in Mineral, Va. She is also a contributor to the Mother Earth News blog and is featured in Southern Living Magazine‘s February 2016 issue in an article on seed savers.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Mitzi Ware

A is for Ahoy

Mitzi Ware, author of A is for Ahoy, A Young Sailor’s ABC, has a longtime passion for books, particularly children’s literature. She is the events coordinator for the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville.

Genre: Children/Youth

Steven Weinberg

Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!

Steven Weinberg , author of You Must Be This Tall, also illustrated and wrote his debut children’s picture book, Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!, and a biographical travelogue, To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story. His newest book involves two friends and a roller coaster. Weinberg also works on a variety of other creative projects including murals, cartoons, and paintings. He lives in the Catskills, where he operates a small hotel and bar with his wife.

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

Joseph Wheelan

Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War

Joseph Wheelan, author of Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War, is the author of seven previous books and was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for twenty-four years. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Josh Wheeler

Josh Wheeler is an attorney and director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Founded in 1990, the Thomas Jefferson Center is engaged in education, outreach, and intervention on behalf of freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

John Whitehead

Battlefield America: The War on the American People

John W. Whitehead, author of Battlefield America, is an attorney and author who has written, debated, and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead currently serves as the Rutherford Institute’s president and spokesperson.

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

Amie Whittemore

Amie Whittemore is founder and co-host of the Bridge P.A.I. Reading Series in downtown Charlottesville. She teaches poetry at WriterHouse and coordinates communications for Literacy Volunteers. Her first poetry collection, Dream of the Ark, is forthcoming.

Genre: Poetry

Georgeann Wilcoxson

More Together: 25 Years at On Our Own of Charlottesville Sharing Peer Practices

Georgeann Wilcoxson, coauthor of More Together: 25 Years at On Our Own of Charlottesville Sharing Peer Practices, has a PhD in humanistic education and management and has worked in human and organization development over 40 years in international, federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profits, corporations and small business.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Betina Wilkinson

Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century

Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, author of Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century, is assistant professor of political science at Wake Forest University. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnicity, Latino politics, media, and immigration.

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

Tony Williams

Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tony Williams has had to cancel his participation.

Tony Williams, author of Washington and Hamilton, is the program director of the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute in Charlottesville, Va. The author of five books, he taught history and English for fifteen years at high schools and community colleges.

Genre: Non-Fiction

David Wojahn

From The Valley of Making: Essays on Contemporary Poetry

David Wojahn‘s most recent collection of poetry, World Tree, was the winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Lloyd Wolf

Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project

Lloyd Wolf, author of Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project, is an award-winning photographer with work held in the Corcoran Museum of Art and the Library of Congress, among other institutions.

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

Brendan Wolfe

Brendan Wolfe is the managing editor of Encyclopedia Virginia. He has an MFA from the University of Iowa and his essays and reviews have appeared in VQR, Colorado Review, The Morning Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Christian Science Monitor.

Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction

Martha Wolfe

The Great Hound Match of 1905: Alexander Henry Higginson, Harry Worcester Smith, and the Rise of Virginia Hunt Country

Martha Wolfe, author of The Great Hound Match of 1905, holds an MFA in literature and creative writing from The Writing Seminars at Bennington College. She has worked as a journalist and has twice been a John H. Daniels Fellow at the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Va.

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

Ann Womack

Ann Womack is a professor of clinical psychology with 30 years’ experience in teaching and practice. Her passion for psychology was originally inspired by the study of literature. She is active in the mindfulness movement and maintains private practice in Charlottesville.

Genre: Poetry

Karenne Wood

Weaving the Boundary

Karenne Wood, author of Weaving the Boundary, directs Virginia Indian Programs at the VFH. Her first book, Markings on Earth, won the North American Native Authors’ award. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review and Shenandoah.

Speaker's Facebook Genre: Poetry

Wayne Wright

Wayne T. Wright works with music as a social pleasure. He brings music and songs to less-served populations so that they can relax, enjoy, and participate in a number of ways. He is always looking for ways to get more music energy and “soundaffects” out to larger audiences.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Charles Wright


Charles Wright, author of Caribou, was the U.S. Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, 2014-2015. Wright’s more than twenty volumes of poetry and essays have won a National Book Critics Circle and National Book Award, as well as the Pulitzer, Bollingen, and Griffin prizes.

Genre: Poetry

Lawrence Wright

Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace

Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six books of nonfiction, including Thirteen Days in September, In the New World, Remembering Satan, The Looming Tower, Going Clear, and one novel, God’s Favorite. He is also a playwright and screenwriter.

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