Speakers

Daniel Fairley II

Daniel Fairley II currently serves as the Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement for the City of Charlottesville. He received his BA from the University of Richmond and …

Allison Wright

Allison Wright is the executive editor and publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, the 2019 National Magazine Award winner for General Excellence. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, VQR, …

Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Make it Scream, Make it Burn, The Recovering, and The Empathy Exams, and the novel The Gin Closet. She …

Olinka Vištica

Olinka Vištica is co-founder and director of the Museum of Broken Relationships and co-author of The Museum of Broken Relationships book. Published Works Museum of Broken Relationships – Modern Love …

Kyle McCarthy

Kyle McCarthy, author of Everyone Knows How Much I Love You, lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Best American Short Stories, American Short Fiction, …

Kiki Petrosino

Kiki Petrosino is the author of White Blood: a Lyric of Virginia and three other books of poetry. Her awards include a Pushcart Prize and a Fellowship in Literature from …

Cecilia Laslo

Cecilia Laslo is a Romanian writer and journalist. She writes on topics such as women’s health, memory and trauma in the city of Sarajevo, and politicians’ disrespect to women. Laslo …

Gilda Daniels

Gilda R. Daniels, the author of Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in the United States, is a former Deputy Chief in the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, …

Justin Reid

Justin G. Reid is a rural Farmville, Virginian, public historian, and museum educator who’s passionate about digital humanities and place-based learning. As state director of Community Initiatives at Virginia Humanities, …

Ramona Martinez

Ramona Martinez is a visual artist, writer, and tarot reader living in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has spent the last decade producing audio content, most recently as the producer of The …

Rachel True

Rachel True, author of True Heart Intuitive Tarot, is an actress who has appeared in many hit and cult films including The Craft, Half Baked, and Nowhere. She was nominated …

Brendan Mathews

Brendan Mathews is the author of The World of Tomorrow and This Is Not A Love Song. His stories have twice appeared in the Best American Short Stories. The World …

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