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Kathryn Aalto, author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, is an American landscape designer and historian living in Exeter, England. She has masters degrees in garden history and creative nonfiction, with a particular interest in literary landscapes.
Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, The Tears of Dark Water, The Garden of Burning Sand, and A Walk Across the Sun. His stories have been published in over twenty countries. He lives with his wife and children in Charlottesville.
Ayad Akhtar received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in drama for Disgraced. He has also written a novel, American Dervish, two other plays, The Who & The What and The Invisible Hand, and a screenplay, The War Within, which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. He has received fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as commissions from Lincoln Center Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Hanadi Al-Samman, author of Anxiety of Erasure, is an associate professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on contemporary Arabic literature, diaspora, sexuality studies, and transnational feminism.
Brooke Allen is the artist and co-creator of the Eisner Award winning series “Lumberjanes” and currently resides in Richmond, Va., with her dog (and terrible intern) Linus.
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books including the novel Song of the Shank, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; the short story collection Holding Pattern, and two collections of poetry. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia.
Jen Alluisi is the organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats book club in Charlottesville. She is a lifelong book-lover who spends most of her free time reading at home with her husband and daughter and watching Gilmore Girls re-runs.
William Anderson is a professional counselor at the University of Virginia, and is active in social justice issues.
Donna Andrews, author of Lord of the Wings, was born in Yorktown, Va. and now lives in Reston. Her Meg Langslow series, set in a fictitious small Virginia town, has won multiple awards, including the Agatha, the Anthony, and three Lefties (for funniest mystery of the year).
Eric Angevine, author of Hinkle Fieldhouse: Indiana’s Basketball Cathedral, has written about college basketball for ESPN, CBS and NBC. By day, he is a copywriter for Crutchfield. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and son.
Barbara Armacost is a professor of Law at the UVa School of Law, where she has taught since 1992. She has a JD from the UVa School of Law and a Masters in Theological Studies from Regent College, University of British Columbia.
Katherine Arnup, author of “I don’t have time for this!” A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself, is a writer, hospice volunteer, and retired university professor from Ottawa, Canada. She is passionate about bringing conversations about death and dying into the public sphere.
Bert Ashe, author of Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles, studies and teaches contemporary American literature and culture as associate professor of English and American studies at the University of Richmond.
Betsy Ashton is the author of the Mad Max Mystery series, which includes the books Uncharted Territory and Mad Max: Unintended Consequences. She is the president of the statewide Virginia Writers Club.
Rick Atkinson is the author of The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, the final volume of his Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of the U.S. military’s role in the liberation of Europe in World War II. Among his many awards are a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for history for the first volume, An Army At Dawn, a 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service in journalism, and a 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in journalism.
Jim Auchmutey, author of The Class of ’65, covered the South for almost three decades with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was twice named the Cox Newspapers Writer of the Year. He is also co-author of two cookbooks and has won a James Beard Foundation award for his food writing.
E.A. Aymar, author of You’re As Good As Dead, is a monthly columnist for the Washington Independent Review of Books, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. His short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications.
Ronald Bailey, author of The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century, is the award-winning science correspondent for the public policy magazine Reason. A former PBS TV producer and staff writer at Forbes, he has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
Jasmine V. Bailey is the author of Alexandria, which was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and received the Central New York Book Award for poetry. She is an alumna of the UVa MFA program.
Sarah Bannan, author of Weightless, was born in upstate New York and graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a degree in literature and literary history. After college, she moved to Ireland and has been Head of Literature with the Irish Arts Council since 2007.