2018 Authors

Stacy Hawkins Adams is a multi-published author, essayist and freelance journalist whose writing infuses readers with confidence in their own stories. She has penned nine women’s fiction novels and one nonfiction inspirational book. Her novel Watercolored Pearls has been a featured title in college coursework​;​ Lead Me Home was ​a Target stores “​Recommended Read”​ and ​The Someday List was an Essence magazine bestseller. Stacy also writes for the Huffington Post, curates a blog called LifeUntapped.com and serves as a writer mentor. (Social Justice Group, VMFA, 4/21 12:30-1:30 PM)

Gigi Amateau is a children’s book writer and community advocate. She is the author of seven books for children and teens, including Claiming Georgia Tate, Chancey of the Maury River, Come August, Come Freedom, and Two for Joy. She is a recipient of a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts and a Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Fiction Award. She also reviews children’s literature for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Middle Grade and YA fiction, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 12:30 PM)

Lydia Armstrong lives and writes in Richmond, Virginia, with her two cats. Her work has appeared in Voicemail Poems, Blotterature, Neon, The Axe Factory, Arsenic Lobster, apt, and others. Her poem, “The November We Are Fifteen,” was selected for the Crack the Spine Anthology XV and The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books). She was a 2017 nominee for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. She is currently working on a novel. (River City Poets, 10 Italian Cafe, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

Bert Ashe is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Richmond, where he teaches and writes about African-American literature and culture, black hair, jazz, and post-blackness. His book Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles was a finalist for a Virginia Literary Award, and he’s currently working on a book on the varieties of black hair statements in the U.S. and beyond. (University of Richmond Writers, The Pit and Peel, 4/21, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

Kristi Tuck Austin waded New York City sewers, ran from trains, and slid through a water pipe to the Harlem River while researching her novel. She’s celebrated Thanksgiving in the Paris catacombs, wading (again) and dining by candlelight. In her daily life, which is dry and aboveground, she’s founder of an author assistant agency and member of James River Writers. (The Tottering Teacup, Fiction of the Hunt, 4/21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM)

Hannah Barnaby worked as a children’s book editor, bookseller, and reviewer before becoming the first children’s writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. Her first novel, Wonder Show, was a Morris Award Finalist and her second, Some of the Parts, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. She made her double picture book debut in 2017 with Bad Guy (Simon & Schuster) and Garcia & Colette Go Exploring (Putnam). She lives in Charlottesville. (Picture Books, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 11 AM)

Kelvin Belton co-authored Writing Our Way Out, a compilation of the memoirs of ten men produced for a writing class they attended during and immediately following their incarceration in Virginia jails and penitentiaries. (Books to Better Richmond, The Byrd Theatre, 4/20, 9 – 10 PM)

Clay Blancett, a carpenter, writer and father of two, lives in Richmond, Virginia. He has various poetry scattered around the internet and one published novel, Avenue of Champions. His small tortoise-shell cat, Lolly, hates his guts. (“Places,” Sugar & Twine, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM) 

Ian Bodkin lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and son, a hair-brained dog and a rapacious cat. He is the author of the collection, Every Word Was Once Drunk (ELJ Publications), writer and creator of The Savage Lyrics comic (Sink/Swim Press), and co-author of Fingertip Scripture, written with poet Lee Busby (ELJ Publications). (Poetry Of The Whatnot, Elwood Thompsons, 4/21, 3:30 – 4:30 PM)

Ellen F. Brown is an award-winning freelance writer and co-author of the book Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Richmond Times-Dispatch and in a wide variety of print and online publications. (What the Heck is Nonfiction, Anyway? Writers Discuss a Hard-to-Define Genre, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Ben Campbell is author of Richmond’s Unhealed History Rev. Benjamin Campbell has studied political science, political economy, and theology. He received a Master’s and an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1966, then moved to Richmond. (Books to Better Richmond, The Byrd Theatre, 4/20, 9 – 10 PM)

Karen A. Chase is an author and photographer, and owner of 224design, a branding and design studio. Now represented by Roger Williams Agency, she is seeking representation for two novels in two genres–historical fiction (Carrying Independence) and southern upmarket women’s fiction (Decoys). Her first book, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, garnered seven independent publishing awards. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Karen is now chasing histories from Richmond, VA. (The Tottering Teacup, Fiction of the Hunt, 4/21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM)

Ben Cleary has written extensively for a variety of media, including print, web, video, and radio. His journalism has aired on All Things Considered and appeared in The New York Times and Richmond’s Style Weekly. His creative biography of Stonewall Jackson is forthcoming from Hachette Book Group. (Life Stories, Belmont Branch Library , 4/21, 5 – 6 PM)

David Coogan is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches courses in writing and literature. He is the founder and co-director of Open Minds, a program that enables college students to take courses in the arts and humanities with men and women incarcerated at the Richmond City Justice Center, formerly the Richmond City Jail. It was his class at the Richmond City Jail that led to the development of Writing Our Way Out. (Books to Better Richmond, The Byrd Theatre, 4/20, 9 – 10 PM)

Cindy Cunningham writes to counteract alternative facts; most recently, this occurs via creative nonfiction/memoir. She was involved in the infamous Rest-Area-Potty-Riot on the way to the 2017 D.C. Women’s March. When not marching, she gains knowledge from her brilliant students at ARGS in Petersburg, VA. (A Life in 10 Minutes Studio, Life in Ten Minutes, 4/20, 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Angela Dominguez is the author and illustrator of several books for children including Maria Had a Little Llama, which received the American Library Association Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. In 2016, she received her second Pura Belpré Honor for her illustrations in Mango, Abuela, and Me (written by Meg Medina). Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something to Say, was published January 2018.  (Picture Books, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 11 AM)

Kathryn Erskine is the author of six children’s novels including National Book Award winner, Mockingbird, Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red, and most recently, The Incredible Magic of Being, and a picture book, Mama Africa: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with her Song. She draws on life stories and world events in her writing and is currently working on several more novels and picture books. (Middle Grade and YA fiction, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 12:30 PM)

Robin Farmer is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Richmond Times-Dispatch. Robin’s fiction, which includes screenplay and poems, focuses on girls discovering their voices to advocate for social justice. Her short story, The History Lesson, was included in River City Secrets. Chair of the 2018 James River Writers Conference, Robin is a recipient of residencies at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She is completing a debut YA novel. (Social Justice Group, VMFA, 4/21 12:30-1:30 PM)

Elizabeth Ferris is a freelance book editor and writer living in Richmond. A regular contributor to Richmond magazine, she holds a BA in English from the College of William & Mary and leads writing workshops for kids and adults. She believes writing things down is the ultimate superpower. (A Life in 10 Minutes Studio, Life in Ten Minutes, 4/20, 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Victoria C. Flanagan is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets’ Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize and a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholarship, among other honors. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal and RHINO. (River City Poets, 10 Italian Cafe, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

Helen Montague Foster is a retired psychiatrist and writer, formerly a clinical professor in the department of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she attended medical school and completed a psychiatric residency. Her poems have appeared in JAMA, the Pharos, Rattle, Hektoen International, and Big River Poetry Review. (Fiction Factory, Ellwood Thompson, 4/21 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Foust is a writer, printmaker, and cartoonist who lives in Richmond’s Forest Hill neighborhood with one husband and three dogs. Her story collection “Sins of Omission” and her cartoon collection “Six of One, Half-dozen of the Other” are available from her publisher Tidal Press or via any bookseller.  (Outside In, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/20 6 – 7 pm)

Jamie Fueglein holds an MFA in fiction from VCU where he currently teaches Focused Inquiry. He has taught writing classes at VCU, U of R, the Visual Arts Center, and with the Podium Foundation. He’s taught comp, short fiction, and novel workshops, has edited many books of fiction and non-fiction, and writes when he’s not reading. (Fiction Factory, Ellwood Thompson, 4/21 2:00 – 3:00 PM)

Paige Fulton is a writer, zine maker, and possible witch based in Richmond. She has been a student at Life in 10 Minutes since classes were held at the antique book store after hours, and has works of nonfiction featured online and in print.  (A Life in 10 Minutes Studio, Life in Ten Minutes, 4/20, 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Lenore Gay, a Licensed Professional Counselor, worked in agencies, psychiatric hospitals, maintained a private practice, and faculty at Rehabilitation Counseling Department, VCU. Virginia Center of the Creative Arts (VCCA) awarded her two writing fellowships. Her essay “Mistresses of Magic” was published In Praise of Our Teachers(Beacon Press). “The Hobo” won first place in Style Weekly’s annual fiction contest. Volunteer reader, editor at VCU’s Blackbird, Online Journal. Her novel, Shelter of Leaves, published 8/16. (Fiction Factory, Ellwood Thompson, 4/21 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Kristen Green is the author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Nonfiction and the People’s Choice Award in 2016. A longtime newspaper reporter, Kristen is currently a fellow with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. (What the Heck is Nonfiction, Anyway? Writers Discuss a Hard-to-Define Genre, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Valley Haggard is the founder of Life in Ten Minutes, the author of “The Halfway House for Writers” and the co-editor of “Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology.” Her new book, “Surrender Your Weapons: Writing to Heal” is forthcoming from Life in 10 Minutes Press this spring. (A Life in 10 Minutes Studio, Life in Ten Minutes, 4/20, 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Ed Haile is a local poet, historian, cartographer, translator, musician, carpenter, sailor, and land surveyor. As author and editor, he produced Jamestown Narratives, a collection of firsthand accounts of England’s colony, and three poetry books, including Virginia Leaf. A native Virginian, Ed lives with his wife in Essex County. (Local Poetry Par-Tea, Tottering Teacup, 4/21, 5 – 6 PM)

Susan Hankla is a Richmond writer, whose debut poetry collection, Clinch River, (Groundhog Poetry Press LLC) is cause for celebration. Burning Deck Press published her poetry chapbook. A recipient of a Virginia Commission grant for Fiction and fellowships to Virginia Center for Creative Arts, she is published in literary magazines and journals. (Pint of View Poets, Belmont Library, 4/21, 2 – 3 PM)

K.A. (Katharine Armstrong) Herndon is the executive director of James River Writers, a nonprofit that connects, inspires, and educates writers of all kinds. She wrote her first novel in 9th grade in notebooks she shared with her friends, and she still has the friends and the notebooks. Once upon a time, she taught middle school, high school, and community college, but she didn’t like the homework. Katharine’s work has been published by RVA indie press Sink/Swim in The Great Richmond Zombie Book and appears in the anthology River Town, edited by Eric L. Douglas, and the Richmond-based anthology River City Secrets. (The Tottering Teacup, Fiction of the Hunt, 4/21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM)

Logan Hill is a poet and arts educator currently living between Harrisonburg and Richmond. He holds a B.A. in English from James Madison University, an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and spent his formative years as a young professional male vocalist at The American Boychoir School, which he attended from 2002-2004. (Pint of View Poets, Belmont Library, 4/21, 2 – 3 PM)

Evans Hopkins is author of Life After Life: A Story of Rage and Redemption, which recounts his experience as an African American coming of age in the Jim Crow South, involvement in the Black Panther party, the disillusionment that led to his imprisonment, his work as a civil rights militant, and his journey toward redemption and a successful writing career. (Life Stories, Belmont Branch Library , 4/21, 5 – 6 PM)

Ward Howarth is the author of River City Blues, a historical thriller set in Richmond, Virginia during World War II. He was born in Richmond in 1976 and lives here still with his wife and son. A broadcast professional by day, he is currently at work on his second novel. River City Blues is available in print, digital, & audiobook format. Find it at Amazon, Audible, & wherever ebooks are sold. (“Places,” Sugar & Twine, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

Jean Huets is author of With Walt Whitman: Himself, acclaimed as “a book of marvels” by poet Steve Scafidi and “a Whitmanian feast” by scholar Ed Folsom. Her writing is in The New York Times, The Millions, and Civil War Monitor. She co-founded Circling Rivers, which publishes nonfiction and poetry.  (Life Stories, Belmont Branch Library , 4/21, 5 – 6 PM)

Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of “Love in a Carry-on Bag,” “Second House From the Corner,” and “And Then There Was Me.”She teaches writing workshops at Life in 10 minutes. (A Life in 10 Minutes Studio, Life in Ten Minutes, 4/20, 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Derek Kannemeyer is a South African-born, London-raised Richmonder, whose writing has appeared in publications from Fiction International to Rolling Stone. His 2017 credits include poems in Silver Birch Press, Man In The Street, The Wild Word, Sand, Stone Bridge Cafe and Poetry Virginia Review. In January, he published a book of light verse (An Alphabestiary), and he is now awaiting publication of a group of poems called “The Others,” which won the Blue Nib Literary Magazine’s most recent chapbook contest. (Pint of View Poets, Belmont Library, 4/21, 2 – 3 PM)

Dean King is the award winning and bestselling author of Skeletons on the Zahara and The Feud, which the WSJ called “popular history as it ought to be written.” He is the chief storyteller of two History Channel documentaries and a producer of its unscripted series Hatfields and McCoys. (Foreign and Faraway Lands, Belmont Branch Library 4/21 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)

Gregory Kimbrell is the author of The Primitive Observatory (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems appear in Manticore—Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities, Alcyone, Blackbird, and elsewhere. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/20, 6 – 7 PM)

Grant Kittrell is the Poetry Editor of Flock Literary Journal. His work has appeared in Magma Poetry, The Carolina Quarterly, The Common, Construction and The Normal School, among others, and his collection of poems, Let’s Sit Down, Figure This Out is now out from Groundhog Poetry Press. He currently teaches at Lynchburg College and this year will serve as the Fall 2018 Writer-in-Resident at Randolph College. He lives and writes in Roanoke, VA. (Pint of View Poets, Belmont Library, 4/21, 2 – 3 PM)

Harry Kollatz, a Richmond lifer, and eldest writer for Richmond magazine, is the author of two histories, “True Richmond Stories,” and “Richmond in Ragtime.” “Carlisle Montgomery,” his first published novel, through Sydney, Australia’s Primer Books, arrives this fall. He’s married to the artist Amie Oliver. (“Places,” Sugar & Twine, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

Lana Krumwiede began her writing career by creating stories for children’s magazines. Her first novel, Freakling (Candlewick, 2012) was named a finalist for SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award and an honor book for the International Reading Association’s Intermediate Fiction Award. Freakling was followed by two more novels, Archon (2013) and True Son (2015), and a picture book Just Itzy (2015). Lana is also the editor of River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond (2016). (Picture Books, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 11 AM)

Joanna Suzanne Lee earned her MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 2007. Focusing on the intersection of healing and creativity, her poetry has been published in Rattle, Caduceus, and Contemporary American Voices among many others, and has been nominated for both Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. Dissections, her first chapbook, was published in 2017 (Finishing Line Press). (River City Poets, 10 Italian Cafe, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

Nathan Long lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Stockton University. His work appears on NPR and in various journals, include Tin House, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, and Crab Orchard Review. His fifty-story collection The Origin of Doubt (Press 53) is being released Spring 2018. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/20, 6 – 7 PM)

Michael Martz has worked as a journalist in Virginia for almost 40 years, including 32 years at The Richmond News Leader and Times-Dispatch. He is a native of Petersburg. He graduated from the University of Virginia and began his career in Leesburg in 1979. (“Places,” Sugar & Twine, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

Gayla Mills is formerly a writing professor. She has published in Spry, Prairie Wolf Press, Skirt!, The Truth about the Fact, and more. Her essay collection Finite won the RED OCHRE LiT Chapbook contest. Also a musician, she is currently writing a how-to book, Returning to Music After 40 (Outside In, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/20 6 – 7 pm)

Shahan Mufti is a journalist and a professor of journalism at the University of Richmond. Shahan’s first book, The Faithful Scribe: A Story of Islam, Pakistan, Family, and War, is a work of literary non-fiction based on the years that he spent as an American reporter in his parent’s native country, Pakistan, covering the American-led war in the Af-Pak region. He is currently writing his next book, about the 1977 Hanafi Siege of Washington, DC. (University of Richmond Writers, The Pit and Peel, 4/21, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

Mil Norman-Risch has attended conferences such as Bread Loaf and AROHO and summer residencies such as the VCCA and SLS Lithuania in Vilnius. Her credentials include Writers@Work’s First Prize for Fiction and publication in Quarterly West, Willow Springs, White Pelican Review, Valparaiso, Common Ground, Dogwood and other journals. (Outside In, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/20 6 – 7 pm)

Elizabeth Outka writes on odd combinations of literature and popular culture. Her first book, Consuming Traditions (Oxford), investigates the marketing of authenticity in the early 20th century. Her forthcoming book, Raising the Dead (Columbia), explores how one of the deadliest plagues in history—the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic—seems to disappear from cultural memory but actually infuses modernist literature and helps fuel the emergence of zombies and the popularity of séances. (University of Richmond Writers, The Pit and Peel, 4/21, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

Anne Marie Pace’s books include Groundhug Day (Disney-Hyperion, 2017, illustrated by Christopher Denise); Pigloo (Henry Holt, 2016, illustrated by Lorna Hussey); and the Vampirina Ballerina series (Disney-Hyperion, illustrated by LeUyen Pham), the inspiration for the hit Disney Junior animated series Vampirina. New this spring is Busy-Eyed Day (Beach Lane Books, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon). (Picture Books, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 11 AM)

Cheryl Pallant has authored several award-winning books. Her recently published books include Her Body Listening, a poetry collection, Ginseng Tango, a memoir about living in South Korea, and Writing and the Body in Motion (due out Spring 2018). Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been anthologized in journals throughout the United States and abroad. She is a Theresa Pollak winner, Bechtel Award Finalist, twice received a NEH grant with Richmond Arts Council, and teaches at University of Richmond. (Foreign and Faraway Lands, Belmont Branch Library 4/21 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)

Anne Poarch: Local poet Anne Poarch worked for two decades in financial services before starting her own company and pursuing her creative interests. As founder of Basket & Bike bicycle tours, she wants to empower people to connect with the land and their communities. The same themes are apparent in her first collection of poetry, Flight. (Local Poetry Par-Tea, Tottering Teacup, 4/21, 5 – 6 PM

Virginia Pye is the author of two award-winning novels, Dreams of the Red Phoenix and River of Dust, and the short story collection, Shelf Life of Happiness (2018). Her essays are in Literary Hub, The New York Times, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. (Foreign and Faraway Lands, Belmont Branch Library 4/21 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)

David L. Robbins is the NY Times bestselling author of 16 novels. He is the founder or co-founder of three local non-profits for writing communities. The Virginia Commission for the Arts has named him one of the two most influential literary artists in the state for the last 50 years.  (Life Stories, Belmont Branch Library , 4/21, 5 – 6 PM)

Richard Rose, author of Coming Around, is a retired science teacher who has been writing poetry and music for fifty years. The recurrent themes in his work are the transience of our lives and habitat and the insistence that we find effective ways to attend to this fact. (Local Poetry Par-Tea, Tottering Teacup, 4/21, 5 – 6 PM)

Madelyn Rosenberg spent a dozen years writing about colorful, real-life characters as a reporter in Southwest Virginia. Now she makes up characters of her own. She lives with her family in Arlington, Va., and is the author of 10 books for children of all ages. Her middle-grade novel, THIS IS JUST A TEST, written with her friend Wendy Wan-Long Shang, received a Sydney Taylor honor and was a Junior Library Guild selection. (Middle Grade and YA fiction, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 12:30 PM)

Brittney Scott’s first poetry collection, The Derelict Daughter, won the New American Press Poetry Prize. She is also a recipient of the Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry, as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Linebreak, Indiana Review and elsewhere. She homesteads on seven acres in rural Virginia. (Poetry Of The Whatnot, Elwood Thompsons, 4/21, 3:30 – 4:30 PM)

Elizabeth A. Sheehan is a cultural anthropologist whose writing centers on memory, place, and history. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, American University and the University of Richmond, where she also directed an arts integration program. Her work has appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Defenestration, and Boomer magazine. (Outside In, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/20 6 – 7 pm)

Julietta Singh is a writer and academic who works at the intersections of postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and the environmental humanities. She is the author of Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke University Press, 2017), and No Archive Will Restore You, a body memoir, which forthcoming, from Punctum Books. (University of Richmond Writers, The Pit and Peel, 4/21, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

Patricia Smith is the author of the novel The Year of Needy Girls. Her nonfiction has appeared most recently in the anthologies Older Queer Voices and One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Teachers Discuss What Has Gotten Better…and What Hasn’t. Her work has also appeared in Salon; Broad Street; Prime Number, Gris-Gris, The Tusculum Review, So to Speak, and 9 Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology. She teaches writing and American literature at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg, VA. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/20, 6 – 7 PM)

Kris Spisak wrote her first book, Get a Grip on your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017), with a goal to help writers of all kinds sharpen their craft. Kris is on the board of directors of James River Writers, the co-founder of Midlothian Web Solutions, and is also pursuing the publication of her first novel. Connect with Kris at https://kris-spisak.com/ (The Tottering Teacup, Fiction of the Hunt, 4/21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM)

Kristin Swenson, Ph.D. is the author of The Misunderstood Bible: On What’s Forgotten, Ignored, or Just Plain Weird about the World’s Most Famous Book (Oxford UP, forthcoming); God of Earth: Discovering a Radically Ecological Christianity; Tell Mister Lincoln (screenplay biopic of Harriet Tubman, winner Virginia Screenwriting Award); Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time; and Living through Pain: Psalms and the Search for Wholeness as well as essays and articles. She is associate professor of religious studies (affiliate, VCU) and a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.(What the Heck is Nonfiction, Anyway? Writers Discuss a Hard-to-Define Genre, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 7:30 – 8:30 PM)

Jason Tesauro is a writer/photographer/showman with three books, four cameras, and five children. Author of The Modern Gentleman series, he’s a frequent contributor of lifestyle content for Esquire, The New York Times and The Washington Post. His work was included in Best Food Writing 2016 and awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Chromatic Awards. (Foreign and Faraway Lands, Belmont Branch Library 4/21 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM)

Dean Turner co-authored Writing Our Way Out, a compilation of the memoirs of ten men produced for a writing class they attended during and immediately following their incarceration in Virginia jails and penitentiaries. (Books to Better Richmond, The Byrd Theatre, 4/20, 9 – 10 PM)

Pam Webber teaches at Shenandoah University where she’s earned several teaching/service awards. In 2000, the Virginia Nurses Association honored her as one of 50 Pioneer Nurses for the century. Her debut novel, The Wiregrass, won multiple awards and was nominated as an IndieNext book. A second novel is in progress. (Fiction Factory, Ellwood Thompson, 4/21 2 PM – 3 PM)

Dorinda Wegener is Co-founder of Trio House Press, a non-profit publisher of distinct voices in American poetry. Her chapbook, 5 Poems by Dorinda Wegener, was solicited by Dămfīno Press for their Five Poems Series. Wegener’s work appears in many journals, including The Antioch Review, Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, THRUSH, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Hinchas de Posia, as well as anthologized within Poet Showcase: an Anthology of New Hampshire Poets (Hobblebush Books). (River City Poets, 10 Italian Cafe, 4/21, 8 – 9 PM)

A.B. (Anne) Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Penguin Random House 2013), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and winner of the Jefferson Cup, Housatonic, Jane Addams Honor, and NCSS Notable Trade Book Awards. She teaches in Western Connecticut State University’s low-residency MFA program in writing, blogs monthly about the craft of writing, and lives near Richmond, VA. (Middle Grade and YA fiction, BBGB Tales for Kids, 4/21, 12:30 PM)

Jack E. White, a Richmond journalist, TIME and TheRoot.com columnist, writes about politics, race and social issues. A 29-year career with TIME, correspondent in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, Nairobi, Washington, he is the first black journalist as columnist for national newsweekly and producer for ABC World News Tonight; writer-in-residence at Howard University’s; Scripps Howard School of Journalism at Hampton University; adjunct journalism professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Awards include Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from Association of Black Journalists and Unity Award, Nieman Fellow at Harvard, TIME INC.’s newsletter best writer at company’s magazines, and National Association of Black Journalists. (Social Justice Group, VMFA, 4/21 12:30-1:30 PM)

Michael Paul Williams is a Metro section columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In 1982 a state correspondent in RTD Williamsburg bureau and covering Chesterfield County and Richmond City Hall. Graduate of Virginia Union University and Northwestern University, he won Virginia Press Association awards for column writing four years. Awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard. George Mason Award for contributions to journalism; the John Jasper Trailblazer Award by Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church. Also 2012 Humanitarian Award from Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities and Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. (Social Justice Group, VMFA, 4/21 12:30-1:30 PM)

Michele Young-Stone is the author of Lost in the Beehive (2018), Above Us Only Sky (2015), and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors (2010), three vividly imagined novels. At age thirty, Michele decided to quit teaching and write the book she’d been dreaming of writing since she was seven years old. So far, she’s up to three with more in the hopper. A Richmond native, Michele currently resides with her husband and son in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/20, 6 – 7 PM)