Speakers

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

John Edgar Wideman

Writing to Save A Life: The Louis Till File

Due to unforeseen circumstances and with great regret, Mr. Wideman has had to cancel his participation.

John Edgar Wideman is a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award twice and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. He divides his time between New York and France.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Phil Wiggins

Phil Wiggins is a virtuoso blues harmonica player from Washington, D.C. With Piedmont guitar master John Cephas, the duo Cephas and Wiggins delighted audiences around the world for more than thirty years. A gifted singer and songwriter, Wiggins has carried on his artistry with such artists as Corey Harris, John Dee Holman, Rick Franklin, and many others.

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Lillie Willams

Lillie Williams was born and raised in Albemarle County, Va., and is a member of Chihamba, a local West African dance company that celebrates the spirit of African dance, drum, and culture.

Genre: Children/Youth

Rose Williams

Tiny Steps

Rose Williams, author of Tiny Steps, lives in her hometown, Charlottesville, Va. She is a poet and essayist and can be found presenting poetry workshops and motivational speeches in local schools and agencies through the Charlottesville/Albemarle VSA Program with a big smile!

Genre: Non-Fiction

Brendan Wolfe

Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend

Brendan Wolfe, author of Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend, is an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Iowa’s program in nonfiction writing. His work has appeared in The Morning News, Colorado Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He lives in Charlottesville, Va.

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

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Northern Character: College-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, author of Northern Character: College-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era, is an assistant professor of history at Angelo State University and co-editor of So Conceived and So Dedicated: Intellectual Life in the Civil War Era.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Wayne Wright

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.

Speaker's Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Robert S. Young

Robert S. Young is the director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. Young is a leading authority on the impacts of coastal storms, sea level rise, and U.S. coastal management. In addition to producing numerous scientific publications, he has written on coastal issues for the New York Times and USA Today and has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Jung Yun

Shelter

Jung Yun, author of Shelter, has had work appear in the Emerging Voices issue of Tin House, The Best of Tin House: StoriesThe Massachusetts Review, and The Atlantic Monthly. She is also the recipient of two artist fellowships.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Twitter Genre: Fiction

Dan Zak

Almighty: Courage, Resistance & Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

Dan Zak, author of Almighty: Courage, Resistance & Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age, is a reporter for The Washington Post, where he has written a wide range of news stories, narratives, and profiles while on local, national, and foreign assignments. He is from Buffalo, N.Y. and lives in Washington, D.C.

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

Miguel-Angel Zapata

Hoy Dia es Otro Mundo

Miguel-Angel Zapata, author of Hoy Dia es Otro Mundo, is a Peruvian poet whose other works include Today is Another World, Note 13, The Window, and The Sky That Writes Me. A professor at Hofstra University, Zapata was awarded the 2011 Latino Literature Prize in the poetry category.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Poetry