Please note, the list of participants is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.
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.
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.
Pam Webber, author of The Wiregrass, is a certified family nurse practitioner and professor of nursing at Shenandoah University. She has received several outstanding teaching awards and organizational honors and has co-authored four editions of a nursing textbook on theory and reasoning.
Steve Weddle teaches writing at LitReactor, blogs at DoSomeDamage, and edits Needle: A Magazine of Noir. His debut novel, Country Hardball, was called “downright dazzling” by The New York Times. The follow-up story, “South of Bradley,” appeared in Playboy magazine.
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.
Sarah Weinman, editor of Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s, is recognized as a leading authority on crime fiction. She is also the editor of Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense.
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.
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.
Lesley Wheeler, author of Radioland, Heterotopia and other books, is the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Her poems and essays appear in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Ecotone, and other magazines.
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.
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.
W. Bradford Wilcox, co-author of Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos, is associate professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings, was born in the South, went to college in New England, ran away to Texas for awhile, and fetched up in Virginia. She is a contributor to NPR. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times.
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.
Allison Wright is the managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She serves as the president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from UT-Austin.
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.
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.