Speakers

Please note, the list of speakers is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Faith Andrews Bedford

Barefoot Summers: Simple Pleasures

Faith Andrews Bedford, author of Barefoot Summers, was a columnist at Country Living magazine for 13 years. She teaches memoir writing at OLLI – the Osher Institute for Life Long Learning and has written three books on American Impressionism.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Kelvin Belton

Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail

Kelvin Belton, contributor to Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, is a Richmond, Va. native with a passion for helping young people reach their goals. He is a father, a grandfather, and a volunteer basketball coach with Blacktop Kings and Queens known affectionately by his young players as Coach KB.

Genre: Non-Fiction

John Benditt

The Boatmaker

John Benditt is the author of The Boatmaker, his debut novel, which received the 2016 Goldberg Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Before embarking on his fiction-writing career he was an editor at Scientific American and Science and then served as editor-in-chief of Technology Review: MIT’s Magazine of Innovation.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Fiction

Susan Berres

Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.

Genre: Poetry

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

The Spy Who Couldn't Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI's Hunt for America's Stolen Secrets

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, author of The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the FBI’s Hunt for America’s Stolen Secrets, has had essays on espionage, cybercrime, science and medicine featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National GeographicWired, and the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology series.

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

Belle Boggs

The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood

Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in Orion, Harper’s Bazaar, The Paris Review, Ecotone, Slate, and other publications. She teaches in the master of fine arts program at North Carolina State University.

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

Richard Bonnie

Richard Bonnie directs UVa’s Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, has chaired several panels on mental health reform in Virginia, and currently chairs a national study on the opioid epidemic. Bonnie was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1991 and received UVa’s Thomas Jefferson Award in 2007.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Michelle Brafman

Bertrand Court

Michelle Brafman is the author of novels Bertrand Court and Washing the Dead. Her work has appeared in Slate, Tablet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, LitHub, and elsewhere. She  teaches fiction writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

James Brasfield

Infinite Altars

James Brasfield, author of Infinite Altars, has received fellowships in poetry from the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He is also a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the American Association for Ukrainian Studies Prize in Translation, and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

Speaker's Website Genre: Poetry

Macon Brock

One Buck at a Time: An Insider's Account of How Dollar Tree Remade American Retail

Macon Brock, author of One Buck at a Time, cofounded the K&K Toys chain before he and two partners launched Dollar Tree as a five-store experiment in Hampton Roads in 1986. As CEO and chairman, he saw it grow to 13,000 stores, $20 billion in annual sales, and a fast-rising spot on the Fortune 500.

Genre: Non-Fiction