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Carrie Brown, author of The Stargazer’s Sister, has written six other novels and a collection of short stories. Among her awards is a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She lives in Virginia with her husband, the novelist John Gregory Brown.
Eboni Bugg is a therapist and community programs director at The Women’s Initiative where she focuses on improving access to care and helping women make meaningful changes in their lives. She’s an avid reader and believes in the power of stories to heal and transform.
Hugh G. Byrne, author of The Here-and-Now Habit: How Mindfulness Can Help You Break Unhealthy Habits Once and for All, is a teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and cofounder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington. He has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and social justice and is committed to advocating the benefits of mindfulness.
Carolyn Cades is assistant director of Grants and Community Programs at VFH, where she has been a staff member since 2008.
Michael V. Carlisle, the son of two authors, began his career at William Morris Agency before founding Carlisle & Company. His best-selling authors have received the Nobel, Man Booker, and Pulitzer Prizes, among others. His clients include Dava Sobel, John Casey, Elin Hilderbrand, and James Gleick.
Tim Carrier is the young adult services manager at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
Jean W. Cash, editor of Rough South, Rural South, Region and Class in Recent Southern Fiction, is an English professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Her publications include Larry Brown, A Writer’s Life, Flannery O’Connor, A Life, and Larry Brown and the Blue Collar South, with Keith Perry.
John Casteen is UVA’s president emeritus and now a University professor teaching in English, Architecture (cultural history related to Venice), and public policy. He writes primarily about public policy issues, and he sometimes writes short fiction.
Sheri Castle, author of Rhubarb and The Southern Living Community Cookbook, is a food writer, recipe developer, storyteller, and speaker from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, who now lives near Chapel Hill. She is fueled by mountains, farmers’ markets, bourbon, and the search for the right word.
Pete Catalano, author of Artifacts, writes stories for middle school children. He lives in Charlotte, N.C. with one beautiful wife, two very needy one-hundred-pound sheep dogs, and a multitude of characters inside his head—battling to get out!
Lauren Catlett, co-author of Little Star, is a Virginia writer and artist who finds joy in helping others discover and actualize their creative potential. She is also designer and editor of the book Shared Doings and Sayings, which celebrates the life stories and artwork of persons with dementia.
Soman Chainani, a contributor to the Flying Lessons & Other Stories anthology, is author of the New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good & Evil, which has been translated into more than 25 languages across six continents and will soon be a movie from Universal Pictures.
Dan Charles, author of Lords of the Harvest, covers food and farming for National Public Radio, and divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Charlottesville.
Karen Chase is a professor and author of several books about literature and culture in the nineteenth century, which range widely in topic from representations of the mind, examinations of the family, studies on George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and on old age.
Ashley Christensen, author of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner, is the chef and owner of seven restaurants in Raleigh, N.C. She is involved in many charities, including the Frankie Lemmon Foundation and Share Our Strength. In 2014, she was awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast.
Leone Ciporin is the author of four mini-mysteries in Woman’s World magazine, two stories in the Chesapeake Crimes series from Wildside Press, and a story in The Hook. When she’s not writing mysteries, she’s a manager at State Farm.
Catherine Clinton, author of Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War, holds the Denman Chair of American History at University of Texas-San Antonio and has written more than 25 books. She was a consultant for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and has recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Susan A. Cohen, editor of Coming of Age at the End of Nature, is a professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. She lives in Arnold, Md.
Meredith Cole was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic competition and her first book, Posed for Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel. Her short stories have appeared in many anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.