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David Coogan, author of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and the founder of Open Minds, a college program in the Richmond City Justice Center.
Jonathan Corcoran, author of The Rope Swing, received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Rutgers University-Newark. He was born and raised in a small town in West Virginia and currently resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Holland Cotter, an art critic for the New York Times, has written numerous books on American artists and received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.
Due to unforeseen circumstances and with great regret, Ms. Cox has had to cancel her participation.
Elizabeth Cox, author of A Question of Mercy, has also written poetry and short story collections and four other novels: The Ragged Way People Fall out of Love, Night Talk (recipient of the Lillian Smith Award and a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), Familiar Ground, and The Slow Moon.
Stan Craddock, contributor to Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, grew up on the west end of Richmond, Va. After nine years in prison, he enjoys his freedom and hones his skills as a preacher.
Bryan Cranston is an Academy Award nominee, a four time Emmy Award winner, and a Golden Globe, SAG, and Tony Award winner, and the author of a bestselling memoir, A Life in Parts.
Angela Critics is the children’s services manager for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Presenting storytimes for children is one of the highlights of her job.
Due to unforeseen circumstances and with great regret, Mr. Curtis has had to cancel his participation.
C. Michael Curtis has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction. He has been widely published and has taught at many colleges; he currently teaches at Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.
Dawn Cusick, author of Get the Scoop on Animal Snot, Spit & Slime, writes children’s books that celebrate the intersection of science and fun. Her books have won national awards and include several collaborations with the National Wildlife Federation.
Lucas Czarnecki is a local designer, writer, and educator with a passion for type. In addition to letterpress printing at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, Lucas teaches typography online at Type365.com.
Julia Dahl, author of Conviction, is a journalist specializing in crime and justice. Her first novel, Invisible City, was named one of the Boston Globe‘s Best Books of 2014 and was nominated for an Edgar Award.
Frederick H. Damon, author of Trees, Knots, and Outriggers: Environmental Knowledge in the Northeast Kula Ring, teaches anthropology at UVa. Damon has conducted research in Papua New Guinea and China since 1973, and his recent research explores how environmental conditions, including El Niño, shape Pacific cultures.
Will Damron is a native Virginian with over 150 audiobook credits. When performing steamier romances, he records as Jeremy York, and has voiced bestselling works by Silvia Day, Maya Banks, and C.D. Reiss, among others. He is a two-time Voice Arts Award Winner and he has won multiple Earphones Awards.
Daryl Cumber Dance, author of In Search of Annie Drew: Jamaica Kincaid’s Mother and Muse, is a professor emerita of English at the University of Richmond. She is also the author of Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore from Contemporary African Americans and the editor of Honey, Hush! An Anthology of African American Women’s Humor.
J.K. Daniels’ first book, Wedding Pulls, was selected by C.D. Wright for the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize. A graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program, she teaches creative writing at Northern Virginia Community College. Her work appears at Queer South, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.
Luke Daniels has narrated over 400 audiobooks. He has been the grateful recipient of thirteen Earphones awards and four Audie nominations. His work ranges from Kerouac to Updike, Nora Roberts to Heather Graham, Dean Koontz to Phillip K. Dick. His background is in classical theater and film.
Lulu Delacre, bilingual author of ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Olinguito, from A to Z!, has illustrated 37 books, many of which she also wrote. A three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree, she has lectured internationally and exhibited at the Eric Carle Museum, among other venues.
David Denby, author of Lit Up, is a staff writer and former film critic for The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife, writer Susan Rieger.
Marcy Dermansky is the author of The Red Car, a NYT Editor’s Choice Pick, and two other novels, Bad Marie and Twins. Her short fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Guernica, The Indiana Review, and elsewhere, and she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Edward Albee Foundation.
Paul Devlin is a scholar of African American literature and culture. His writing has appeared in Slate, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Root, The Daily Beast, Popular Mechanics, the New York Times Book Review, and Bomb Magazine. He teaches at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Long Island.