Deborah Baker is the author of The Last Englishmen; Making a Farm; In Extremis, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography; A Blue Hand; and The Convert, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in India and New York.
Katie Baldwin is a researcher at a prestigious university. By night, she writes tales of romance and mystery. When she is not pacing her home working out dialogue in her mind, she is spoiling her adopted dog, Marley.
Scott Barretta, contributor to Voices of Mississippi, is a sociology instructor at the University of Mississippi, a writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, a radio host, and the former editor of Living Blues. He is also an alumnus of UVa.
Cathy Barrow, author of Pie Squared, is a freelance food writer, cooking teacher, and food preservation expert. She writes the “Bring It” column for the Washington Post. Her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, won a prestigious IACP award in 2015 for Best Single Subject Cookbook.
David Bearinger is director of Grants and Community Programs at the Virginia Humanities.
Robbi Behr, co-creator of The Real McCoys series, is one part of an author-illustrator duo with her husband, Matthew Swanson. Their picture books include Everywhere, Wonder and Babies Ruin Everything. They live with their four children in Maryland.
Charles Belfoure’s most recent novel is The Fallen Architect, and he is the nationally bestselling author of The Paris Architect and House of Thieves. Belfoure has been a freelance writer for The Baltimore Sun and The New York Times, and lives in Maryland.
Francesca Bell, author of Bright Stain, is an accomplished poet and translator of Arabic and German. Her poems appear widely in magazines such as B O D Y, ELLE, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner.
Wes Bellamy, author of Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue, is the youngest individual ever elected to the Charlottesville City Council. Bellamy came into the national spotlight after co-leading the effort to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from city parks.
Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection The New Order. Her last collection, Refund, was a Finalist for the National Book award and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize. She is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University.
Marie Benedict, author of The Only Woman in the Room, is a lawyer with more than ten years’ experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms. She is also the author of The Other Einstein and Carnegie’s Maid. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong, has written for The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other publications. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.
Lindsay Bernal, author of What It Doesn’t Have to Do With, won the 2017 National Poetry Series competition. She coordinates the Creative Writing Program and the Writers Here & Now reading series at the University of Maryland.
Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chaya Bhuvaneswar has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author of White Dancing Elephants: Stories, is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a Sewanee Writers’ Conference scholar and MacDowell Colony fellow.
Joelle Biele is the author of Tramp, Broom, and White Summer. She is the editor of Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence.
Remica Bingham-Risher, author of Starlight & Error, was winner of the Diode Editions Book Award for What We Ask of Flesh, shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Conversion, and winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. She is also a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet.
Tasha Birckhead is a young adult librarian who has worked with Jefferson-Madison Regional Library for ten years. She holds an MLIS degree along with a youth services certification. As a native Charlottesvillian, she shares her passion for reading with teens in the community through books and programs at the library.
Mary Carter Bishop, author of Don’t You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son, is a prize-winning investigative reporter, who worked at the Roanoke Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Charlotte Observer, and other newspapers over thirty-five years.
Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is Diné of the Todích’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizílaaní (Many Goats Clan) and holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program.
David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass, is Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, and has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.
Sara Bon-Harper, executive director of James Monroe’s Highland, is an archaeologist whose questions about the past have led her throughout the Roman world and to research at Highland. Most recent findings there have transformed the understanding of Monroe’s home.
Jamelle Bouie is a columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News. He previously wrote for Slate, The Nation, and The American Prospect. He is based in Charlottesville, Va.
Sarah Bowen, co-author of Pressure Cooker, is associate professor of sociology at North Carolina State University. Her work focuses on food systems, local and global institutions, and inequality.
Samantha Boyette, author of What Happens When, lives in upstate New York with her wife and two young sons. She squeezes in writing during nap time but loves to travel.
William Boyle, author of The Lonely Witness, is originally from Brooklyn, and currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
Tico Braun teaches Latin American History at UVa. He is a citizen of Colombia and of the United States, and writes in both English and Spanish.
Joslyn Brenton, co-author of Pressure Cooker, is an assistant professor of sociology at Ithaca College. She teaches and conducts research about families, food, health, and inequality. Her research has been published in Social Problems, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Contexts.
Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
Charita Cole Brown, author of Defying the Verdict, earned a BA in English from Wesleyan University and an MAT in early childhood education from Towson University in Maryland. A retired educator, she is committed to helping others create strategies to defy their personally challenging verdicts.
Victoria Bruce, co-author of Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society, is the author of No Apparent Danger, Hostage Nation, and Sellout. She is the recipient of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt. She lives in Anne Arundel County, Md.
Hilda Eunice Burgos, author of Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle, is the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. She grew up in New York City and now lives near Philadelphia with her husband.
Tayla Burney is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Washington Post. A longtime public radio producer, Tayla is behind the weekly literary event newsletter, Get Lit, D.C.
V. M. Burns, author of The Novel Art of Murder, was born and raised in northwestern Indiana. Her debut novel in the Mystery Bookshop Mystery series, The Plot is Murder, was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She writes in two other series, and has published six novels. Burns lives in eastern Tennessee.
Libby Burton, author of Soft Volcano, is a senior editor at Henry Holt. She earned a BA from the University of Virginia and MFA from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Field, Guernica, Juked, Poetry, Tin House, and others.
Mary Burton‘s latest book is Cut and Run. Burton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling suspense author has been praised by Publishers Weekly for her “tense, sexy, and pleasingly complex” novels.
Prudence Bushnell, author of Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience, is an American diplomat who has held a series of leadership positions with the U.S. Department of State, including ambassador to the republics of Kenya and Guatemala. She has earned numerous awards for her leadership and diplomacy.