2019 Authors

Gigi Amateau is the author of seven books for children and teens, including Claiming Georgia Tate and Come August, Come Freedom. She earned her undergraduate degree in urban planning, a master of science in gerontology, and is working toward her PhD in Health-related sciences at VCU. In 2012, she received a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Richmond magazine. She received the 2017 Pat Asch Social Justice Fellowship from YWCA Richmond. Gigi and Meg Medina, who were named 2017 Southerners of the Year by Southern Living magazine, co-founded Girls of Summer, a summer reading program with Richmond Public Library (2011-2018). In partnership with Family Lifeline, Gigi and Penelope Carrington were selected by Richmond Memorial Health Foundation to conduct a 2019 Health Equity and the Arts initiative to celebrate the roles and voices of direct care providers serving our community. Gigi lives with her family in the city of Richmond, Virginia. (Researching African American Lives in Richmond, BBGB Books, 4/20 5:00-6:00 PM)

Frances Aylor is passionate about travel, investing, and writing mysteries. She is currently the president of Sisters in Crime – Central VA. Frances won the IngramSpark “Rising Star” award for her financial thriller, Money Grab, and is now working on the second book in the series. (Deadly Southern Charm, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Elvatrice Belsches is a researcher, lecturer and author who chronicles the black experience in history. She is the author of Black America Series: Richmond, Virginia (Arcadia) and also works on documentaries. Belsches served under the auspices of the art department as the in-studio researcher for Steven Spielberg’s motion picture Lincoln. (Researching African American Lives in Richmond, BBGB Books, 4/20 5:00-6:00 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. (The Misfits, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Ian Bodkin lives and breathes in Richmond, VA. He writes letters, words, and such. He is the author of the collection Every Word Was Once Drunk, writer and creator of The Savage Lyrics comic from Sink/Swim Press, and co-author of the collection Fingertip Scripture, written with poet Lee Busby. (Lingering in the Margins, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Claire Boswell holds an MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches at Virginia State University and writes for Style Weekly in Richmond, Virginia. She is the faculty editor of plain china, and her stories appear in The RS500, Blue Crow Magazine, and Front Porch Flash Fiction. (Feels Blind Literary, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 12:30-1:30 PM)

L. Roi Boyd, III is a Professor of Speech and Theatre at Virginia State University. He is a historian in African American Film history. Boyd is a theatre director and an actor. His book, Bless His Soul: The Agony, The Ecstasy & The Destiny of Michael Jackson was published in 2017. (KWE Publications, The Tottering Teacup, 4/19 6:00- 7:00 PM)

Tara Bray is the author of Small Mothers of Fright (LSU Press, 2015) and Mistaken For Song (Persea Books, 2009). Her recent poems have appeared in Poetry, Crazyhorse, Agni, The Southern Review, Shenandoah, New England Review and The Hudson Review. She lives in Richmond and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. (Poetry Inspirations, Belmont Library, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

K. M. Brooks is a Published Author, Poet /Spoken Word Artist; known as Love B. Speaks and an Inspirational Speaker. K. M. Brooks has been writing poetry for over 25 years. It is one of her greatest passions. She has a love for the English language, written and spoken, which is apparent in her first poetry book, From Darkness to Light: Poetic Stories of Love, Life and Spirituality, Published on July 7, 2014. October 1, 2016 K. M. Brooks published her second book entitled, In To The Sun: Poetic Stories, Inspirational Quotes & Personal Reflections. (Poetic Storytellers, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

Dale Brumfield is the author of nine books, with his latest, Naked Savages, released March 1, 2019. In addition, Dale is a history columnist for the Staunton News-Leader, and is a regular contributor to Medium.com, Style Weekly, Richmond Magazine and other local and national publications. (Life Stories, Belmont Library, 4/20 5:00- 6:00 PM)

Lindsay A. Chudzik is Editor in Chief of Feels Blind Literary. Her work has appeared in Crabfat, Defenestration, Dogwood, FLAR, Haunted Waters Press, Map Literary, and Pembroke Magazine, among others. She teaches writing at VCU and is a recipient of the Gulf-South Summit Award for excellence in community-engaged teaching. (Parhelion Lit Magazine, Sugar & Twine, 4/20 8:00-9:00 PM)

Ben Carlos 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 Library, 4/20 5:00- 6:00 PM)

Christina Cox is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and currently lives in Richmond. In addition to writing poetry, she works as an editor and author assistant, gardens constantly, and greets every dog she sees on the street. (Lingering in the Margins, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Colleen Curran is the author of Whores on the Hill (Vintage) and the editor of the literary anthology Altared: Bridezillas, Bewilderment, Big Love, Breakups, and What Women Really Think About Contemporary Weddings (Anchor). Her short stories have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. (Parhelion Lit Magazine, Sugar & Twine, 4/20 8:00-9:00 PM)

Wendy DeGroat’s chapbook Beautiful Machinery is available at Chop Suey, Book People, and online, and she recently finished a docupoetry manuscript about Grace Arents, a Progressive-era philanthropist and educator, and Grace’s companion, M. Garland Smith. Wendy is a librarian in Richmond, where she also teaches workshops and curates poetryriver.org. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/19 6:00-7:00 PM)

Kimberly Deneen is a 17 -year master educator and has taught at all levels from infancy to high school. She resides in Chesterfield, Virginia and has one adult son, Myles. She is a world traveler, speaks fluent French, enjoys exploring diverse cultures, and loves cooking and sampling international cuisine. (Poetic Storytellers, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

Beasa Dukes is a twenty-five year old, black bi-gendered person. They graduated Longwood University with a BA in English and West Virginia Wesleyan College with an MFA in Creative Writing. They have published in PANK Online, Polychrome Ink Journal, GrubStreet, Paper Nautilus, and PRISM International, among others. (21st Century Emerging Poets, Chop Suey Books, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 PM)

Kim Eley, an author, a writing coach, a publisher, and a speaker, is best known for snorting when she laughs. Kim brings magic to authors sharing their messages through her companies KWE Publishing and Zazu Zine + Comix. Kim adores cats, orchids, cooking, and gets all her news from comedy channels. (KWE Publications, The Tottering Teacup, 4/19 6:00- 7:00 PM)

Nicole Anderson Ellis earned her MFA in Creative Writing at VCU, where she now teaches. Her nonfiction has earned Virginia Press Association’s awards in Environmental Journalism, Investigative Journalism, and Science/Health Writing; and the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Philip E. Reed Award. Nicole lives in the forest outside RVA. (Feels Blind Literary, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 12:30-1:30 PM)

Helen Foster is a writer and retired psychiatrist. Her poems have appeared in JAMA, the Pharos, Rattle, Hektoen International, and Tuck Magazine. A recent short story was a winner in the Owl Canyon Press Hackathon and appears in the 2018 anthology, No Bars and a Dead Battery. (Story Time, Belmont Library, 4/20 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. foustart@msn.com (Beneath/Above, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 PM)

Jamie Fueglein holds an MFA in fiction from VCU where he teaches Focused Inquiry. He has taught at VCU, U, of R., Visual Arts Center and with Podium Foundation. He’s taught comp, short fiction and novel workshops, edits many books of fiction and non-fiction, and writes writes while you sleep. (Story Time, Belmont Library, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Gretchen Gales is the executive editor of Quail Bell. She is the author of a children’s book, The Wall (DoDream Organization), and has been interviewed for her writing achievements at Dear English Major, Her Campus, and For Creative Girls. Gretchen’s written and visual works have appeared in The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bustle, and more. She is a VCU graduate and teaches secondary English. (Everyday Magic by Quail Bell Magazine, Belmont Library, 4/20 12:30-1:30 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. (Story Time, Belmont Library, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Kathleen Graber is the author of Correspondence (Saturnalia Books, 2006) and The Eternal City: Poems (Princeton University Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. (Parhelion Lit Magazine, Sugar & Twine, 4/20 8:00-9:00 PM)

Kristen Green is the author of Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, published by Harper in 2015 to critical acclaim. The book made the Washington Post’s Notable Nonfiction list and the paper called it “a gift to a new generation of readers.” It was an editors’ choice at the New York Times, which called it “essential reading.” Kristen has worked for two decades as a reporter for newspapers including the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic. She holds a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. The book, a combination of history and memoir, explores the decision by white leaders of her Virginia hometown to close the public schools rather than desegregate and the role Kristen’s family played. It was adopted as the 2016-17 common read at her alma mater, the University of Mary Washington. She lives in Richmond, Va. with her husband and two daughters. (Researching African American Lives in Richmond, BBGB Books, 4/20 5:00-6:00 PM)

Chris Hunt Griggs is a poet, writer, and filmmaker living in Richmond, VA. He collects too much junk and has worked way too many different jobs. He’s currently working on a script about a conspiracy theorist with an eating disorder. (21st Century Emerging Poets, Chop Suey Books, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 PM)

Bradley Harper is a retired US Army Colonel and pathologist with a great deal of experience in autopsies and forensic investigation. A life-long fan of Sherlock Holmes, he did intensive research for this debut novel, including a trip to London’s East End with noted Jack the Ripper historian Richard Jones. Harper’s first novel, A Knife in the Fog, was published in October 2018 and has been nominated for a 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American Author. (Deadly Southern Charm, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 PM)

A. Logan Hill is a poet and arts educator living between Harrisonburg and Richmond. He holds a BA in English from James Madison University, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and spent his formative years as a young professional vocalist at The American Boychoir School. (21st Century Emerging Poets, Chop Suey Books, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 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 literary nonfiction and poetry. (Life Stories, Belmont Library, 4/20 5:00- 6:00 PM)

Lillie Izo is a 20-something writer in her last year of university. She studies Latin, Archaeology, Creative Writing, and other phantasmic rifts in reality. (Lingering in the Margins, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Angela Jefferson is a native of Richmond, VA. She holds a B. A. in English Education from Virginia Union University. A lover of familial bonds and spiritual growth, Ms. Jefferson strives to reach out to those who can relate to her writings, make connections, and share new discoveries.  When communicating with others through spoken word she provides food for thought under the name “Ajeche.” (Poetic Storytellers, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

Yemaja Jubilee is a native of Saxe, Virginia. She is a Life Coach, inspirational speaker, Co-Founding Director of Cultural Libations, a poet, author, creative consultant, and song writer. She hosts and produces her TV show, Love, Light, & Positivity, and radio show on Finding My Way Radio World Wide Network. (KWE Publications, The Tottering Teacup, 4/19 6:00- 7:00 PM)

Derek Kannemeyers writing has appeared in Fiction International, the New Virginia Review, Rattapallax, Smartish Pace, Rolling Stone, and several dozen elsewhere. A 2018 light verse collection (An Alphabestiary) and a 2018 chapbook, featuring his poems that won Blue Nib magazine’s inaugural chapbook contest, are both available from Amazon. (Lingering in the Margins, Chop Suey Books, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Emily Kelly moved to Richmond to go to school and decided it was the place she’d call home. After graduating from VCU with a BA in English, she found a creative outlet in Feels Blind Literary where she is a managing editor. She  currently is working on a short fiction collection. (Feels Blind Literary, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 12:30-1:30 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 have appeared or are forthcoming in IDK Magazine, Impossible Archetype, The Operating System, Phantom Drift, Quail Bell Magazine, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and elsewhere. More of his writing, including his sci-fi/horror magnetic poems and erasures, can be found at gregorykimbrell.com. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/19 6:00-7:00 PM)

Maggie King’s short fiction has appeared in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. She contributed “Keep Your Friends Close” to Deadly Southern Charm: A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology, published in April 2019. Murder at the Book Group and Murder at the Moonshine Inn are her two novels in the Hazel Rose Book Group Mysteries. (Deadly Southern Charm, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 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 Fiction, arrives this spring. He’s married to the artist Amie Oliver. (The Misfits, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Catherine MacDonald is the author of the poetry collection Rousing the Machinery, winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize from the University of Arkansas Press. Her work has been published in the Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester, Crab Orchard Review, Cortland Review, Parhelion, and other journals. (Poetry Inspirations, Belmont Library, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

Erin Mahone is the author of If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity (Motivational Press, 2018) and creator of the multi-media storytelling project, #IfYouCouldSeeMe. She leads ReStory, a personal narrative coaching and workshop initiative and speaks frequently on the intersection of art, compassion, and change. (Stories that are Brave + True, Life in Ten Minutes Studio, 4/20 6:30- 7:30 PM)

Annette Marquis is author of Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County, and co-author of twenty-five software books. Her writing has appeared in anthologies, including The Women of Katrina. Annette lives in Henrico, works as Program Director for James River Writers, and owns Wandering WordsWomen (wordswomen.com). (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/19 6:00-7:00 PM)

Ren Martinez is the fiction editor of Quail Bell Magazine, as well as a writer, performer, and storyteller. Her work has appeared in The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, Potluck Magazine, Nostrovia Press, GayRVA, FabFeminist, and elsewhere. Ren is a graduate of both VCU and Marymount University and works as a disability advocate. (Everyday Magic by Quail Bell Magazine, Belmont Library, 4/20 12:30-1:30 PM)

Linda Mason was born in Suffolk, VA and raised in Richmond, VA. She holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has a passion for writing. In addition to The Spirit of Truth Storybook Series from A-Z, and the In His Grace Suspense Novel Series, Linda has published Appetizers from the Word of God… Are You Hungry? Volumes 1, 2, & 3. (Poetic Storytellers, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

Samantha McGraw has a love of mysteries and afternoon tea. She lives in Richmond with her husband and blogs at Tea Cottage Mysteries. She contributed “Deadly Devonshire” to Deadly Southern Charm: A Lethal Ladies Mystery Anthology, published in April 2019. (Deadly Southern Charm, The Tottering Teacup, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Stephen McMaster landed in a white upper class ghetto outside of New York City where he was to remain until going to college at the University of Richmond. After four decadent years where the greatest skill he acquired was to learn how to shave in the shower,  he entered the insurance field where he remained until retirement. Currently a student of writing, home ownership, Italian, and 19th century English ceramics, he writes to put the visions cavorting in his head down on paper and see where they take him. (Stories that are Brave + True, Life in Ten Minutes Studio, 4/20 6:30- 7:30 PM)

Gayla Mills 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 has written Making Music for Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion, which will be published by Dover in August. (Beneath/Above, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 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. mnormanr@collegiate-va.org (Beneath/Above, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 PM)

Cheryl Pallant has authored several books of poetry and nonfiction, most recently Writing and the Body in Motion (nonfiction), Ginseng Tango (memoir), and Her Body Listening (poetry). Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in numerous journals throughout the United States and abroad. She teaches at University of Richmond. (Poetry Inspirations, Belmont Library, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

David Patteson writes short stories, graphic novels, and poetry. He lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife and children. When he’s not writing or drawing he’s walking—if it’s not his fingers, it’s his feet. (KWE Publications, The Tottering Teacup, 4/19 6:00- 7:00 PM)

Lynda Fleet Perry is author of a chapbook of poems, At Winter Light Farm (Finishing Line Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in journals that include Blackbird, Defunct, qarrtsiluni, New Zoo Poetry Review, and others. She holds an MFA from VCU and works as a communications manager for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. (Poetry Inspirations, Belmont Library, 4/20 3:30- 4:30 PM)

Sarah Pezzat loves movies more than books, but can’t write (or even read) a screenplay. This year she was invited to read her short story about crows at the Edgar Allen Poe museum. Her stories have received a total of 55 upvotes in r/WritingPrompts. (Feels Blind Literary, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 12:30-1:30 PM)

Saira Ramos is from Manassas, VA and is currently residing in Richmond. She is finishing up her last year as an English major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Saira likes to write about niche cultural experiences in her life and living as a young person in the city. She loves small dogs and Neapolitan style pizza. (Stories that are Brave + True, Life in Ten Minutes Studio, 4/20 6:30- 7:30 PM)

Henry Rozycki is a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. His stories have appeared in Hospital Drive, Eunoia Review, Drunk Monkeys, and the Saturday Evening Post. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and GayRVA. He is at work on a novel. (Life Stories, Belmont Library, 4/20 5:00- 6:00 PM)

Paitra Russell has spent the bulk of her career studying other people’s lives. She recently returned to creative writing to excavate her own. Themes of memory, body, power and fear drive her work, which has appeared on the Life in 10 Minutes website. (Stories that are Brave + True, Life in Ten Minutes Studio, 4/20 6:30- 7:30 PM)

Jon Sealy is the author of The Whiskey Baron (bootleggers, South Carolina, 1932) and, forthcoming in September, The Edge of America (money launderers, Miami, 1984). (The Misfits, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 6:30-7:30 PM)

Brittney Scott’s first poetry collection, The Derelict Daughter (2018), won the New American Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of the Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry, as well as the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have been in Best New Poets, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Linebreak, and elsewhere. She teaches English and world literature at John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Virginia. (Queer Voices, Babes of Carytown, 4/19 6:00-7:00 PM)

Melissa Scott Sinclair is a fiction writer and award-winning journalist. Her recent work has appeared in Richmond magazine and the anthology Life In 10 Minutes. Her short story “Everything Must Go,” a ghost story set in the decaying corporate headquarters of Circuit City, was published in the anthology Richmond Macabre. (The Misfits, Garden Grove Brewing and Urban Winery, 4/20 6:30-7:30 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. lizsheehan0202@gmail.com (Beneath/Above, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 PM)

Christopher Sloce is a regular contributing essayist for Quail Bell. His work has also been featured in The Huffington Post. Born and raised in Southwest Virginia, Chris now lives in Richmond and writes everything but poetry. (Everyday Magic by Quail Bell Magazine, Belmont Library, 4/20 12:30-1:30 PM)

Patty Smith is the author of the novel The Year Of Needy Girls (Kaylie Jones Books/Akashic Books), a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her nonfiction has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. She earned her MFA at VCU and teaches writing and American literature at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. (Parhelion Lit Magazine, Sugar & Twine, 4/20 8:00-9:00 PM)

Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer and interdisciplinary artist. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine and the author of Belladonna Magic (Shanti Arts), Water for the Cactus Woman (Spuyten Duyvil), Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), and other books. You can find her work in Ms. Magazine, Bustle, Marie Claire, and beyond. Christine is a graduate of VCUarts. (Everyday Magic by Quail Bell Magazine, Belmont Library, 4/20 12:30-1:30 PM)

Semein Washington is a recent MFA graduate from West Virginia Wesleyan College. His poetry has been published in Light, Eye to the Telescope, and is forthcoming in Sijo: An International Journal of Poetry and Song. Semein’s work is ecstatic poetry discussing nature, science, religion, music, comic books and human experience. (21st Century Emerging Poets, Chop Suey Books, 4/19 7:30- 8:30 PM)

Pam Webber grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. This magical place provided the perfect backdrop for “Moon Water,” a stand alone sequel to her highly successful, award-winning debut novel, “The Wiregrass.” “Moon Water” will be out August 20, 2019. Pam teaches advanced practice nursing at Shenandoah University and lives in Winchester. (Story Time, Belmont Library, 4/20 2:00- 3:00 PM)

Hope Whitby is a poet, fiction writer, and haiku aficionado. She is the creator of Art in the Shop and Books in the Bay supporting the Richmond art scene. Her poetry has received awards from the Virginia Poetry Society and Richmond magazine. Traveling the River, her debut collection, will be out this May through Life in 10 Minutes Press. (Stories that are Brave + True, Life in Ten Minutes Studio, 4/20 6:30- 7:30 PM)