Garnette Cadogan

The Fire This Time

Garnette Cadogan, contributor to The Fire This Time, is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA, and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Elliot Carlson

Stanley Johnston's Blunder: The Reporter Who Spilled the Secret behind the U.S. Navy's Victory at Midway

Elliot Carlson, author of Stanley Johnston’s Blunder: The Reporter Who Spilled the Secret behind the U.S. Navy’s Victory at Midway, is a longtime journalist who has worked for such newspapers as the Honolulu Advertiser, the Wall Street Journal, and the AARP Bulletin.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Jesús Carrasco

Out in the Open

Jesús Carrasco, author of Out in the Open, was born in Badajoz, Spain, and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Out in the Open, his debut novel, is the winner of many international awards, including the European Union Prize for Literature 2016 and an English PEN award.

Jesús Carrasco is presented in the 2018 Festival with the support of SPAIN arts & culture.

Speaker's Website Genre: Fiction

Tucker Carrington

The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South

Tucker Carrington, co-author of The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, is the director of the George C. Cochran Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has worked as a criminal defense lawyer for his entire legal career.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Maud Casey

The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions

Maud Casey, author of The Art of Mystery, is also the author of three novels, most recently The Man Who Walked Away. She has received the Calvino Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches at the University of Maryland, and lives in Washington, D.C.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Wiley Cash

The Last Ballad

Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad, has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is the writer in residence at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has won the SIBA Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.

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Elizabeth Catte

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, is a public historian from East Tennessee and co-owner of Passel Historical Consultants. She holds a PhD in public history from Middle Tennessee State University and currently lives in Staunton, Va.

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

Bryn Chancellor

Sycamore: A Novel

Bryn Chancellor, author of the novel Sycamore, holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her honors include the Poets & Writers WEX award and Arizona and Alaska arts council fellowships.

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Leone Ciporin


Leone Ciporin has published work including stories in three mystery anthologies and four mini-mysteries in Woman’s World magazine. Her story, “Invisible Women”, appeared in The Hook after placing third in a 2012 contest judged by John Grisham. Leone lives in Charlottesville, VA.

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Karen Cleveland

Need to Know

Karen Cleveland, author of Need to Know, is a former CIA analyst with master’s degrees from Trinity College Dublin (international peace studies) and Harvard University (public policy). Cleveland lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two young sons. This is her first novel.

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Eliot Coleman

Letters to a Young Farmer

Eliot Coleman, co-author of Letters to a Young Farmer, is a farmer and author of many books, including The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook. His market garden in Harborside, Maine, sells fresh vegetables grown in unheated greenhouses all winter.

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Winn Collier

Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small Town Church

Winn Collier, author of Love Big, Be Well, adds his first epistolary novel to his three creative nonfiction titles. He is pastor of All Souls in Charlottesville and received his PhD from the University of Virginia where he studied the intersection of religion and literary fiction.

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Randall Couch


Randall Couch, author of Peal, edited and translated Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, winner of the UK Poetry Society’s Popescu Prize, and a PEN Translation Award finalist. His poetry and criticism appear in numerous books, anthologies, and journals.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Tony Covington

I Am Underdog: A Journey of Adversity and Blessings

Tony Covington, author of I Am Underdog: A Journey of Adversity and Blessings, is a graduate of UVA and is a former five-year player in the NFL. He is a motivational speaker, a mentor, a proud father, and the color radio analyst for UVA football.

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Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra Bain Cushman is the founder of Orchestral Maneuvers, a project arising from thirty-three years of international workshops taught by guitarist Robert Fripp. Cushman is  a lecturer in the McIntire Department of Music and for the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.



Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry