William R. Ferris

Voices of Mississippi: Artists and Musicians Documented by Bill Ferris

William R. Ferris, author of Voices of Mississippi, is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ferris has conducted thousands of interviews with musicians and writers.

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Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford is a writer, podcaster, and educator who deals with topics including race, sexuality and body image. Ford currently hosts PROFILE by BuzzFeed News, and is the former host of Brooklyn-based news & culture TV show and podcast, 112BK. She has written for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed, and Slate, among others.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Ashley Ford has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.

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Joanne Foster

The Captain’s a Woman: Tales of a Merchant Mariner

Joanne Foster is coauthor of The Captain’s a Woman: Tales of a Merchant Mariner. A former reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, National Observer, and Washington Post, she is a freelance editor and currently writing a children’s book about Harry, a Zambian hippo.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Sarah Francisco

Sarah Francisco directs the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Virginia office, tackling major environmental issues from mountains to coast. Sarah is a native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and a graduate of Mary Baldwin University and University of Richmond School of Law.

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Rebecca Morgan Frank

Sometimes We're All Living in a Foreign Country

Rebecca Morgan Frank, author of Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, The Spokes of Venus, and Little Murders Everywhere, has poems in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and the Harvard Review. In 2019, she will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State.

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