Trudy Hale renovated an old house on the James River and opened Porches Writing Retreat in 2006. She received an MFA from Antioch University, taught at Pierce College in L.A. and Longwood University in Virginia. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of Streetlight Magazine.
Joy Heyrman became executive director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in 2016, after 23 years with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. She holds an MA and a PhD in Art History and Archeology from the University of Maryland and a BA in English from Amherst College.