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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.
Robbi Behr, with her husband Matthew Swanson, is part of the author-illustrator duo behind Everywhere, Wonder, Babies Ruin Everything, and more than 60 other illustrated books for children and adults. They run two small publishing companies and a letterpress shop out of their home/barn/studio in Maryland.
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.
John Claude Bemis, author of Out of Abaton, Book 1: The Wooden Prince and Out of Abaton, Book 2: Lord of Monsters, is a writer, musician, and educator.
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.
Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein, has more than ten years of experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies.
Bonnie Bernstein is a letterpress printer, writer, and graphic designer from Lexington, Va., and a member of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) coordinating committee.
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.
Bill Beverly grew up in Kalamazoo, Mich., and studied at Oberlin College and the University of Florida. He teaches American literature and writing at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. Dodgers is his first novel.
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 Geographic, Wired, and the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology series.
Nell Boeschenstein teaches creative writing at Sweet Briar College. She is a former producer at Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Breihan is the senior writer for the music site Stereogum. He’s written for the AV Club, Grantland, Vice, Pitchfork, and elsewhere. He lives in Charlottesville.
David Brenin has narrated over forty romance titles and has garnered rave reviews from journalists, bloggers, and listeners. He lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia.
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.
Jennifer Brody, author of The 13th Continuum and Return of the Continuums, lives and writes in Los Angeles. Raised in Roanoke, Va., she is a graduate of Harvard University and began her career working in Hollywood on many films, including The Lord of the Rings. These are her first books.