Elliot Ackerman, author of Waiting for Eden, has been a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.
Cassius Adair is an associate producer at With Good Reason, a public radio program produced by Virginia Humanities. He also has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan, and has published on LGBT literature and culture.
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black, has an MFA from Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including Guernica, Printer’s Row, and Breakwater Review, where ZZ Packer awarded him the Breakwater Review Fiction Prize.
André Alexis, author of Days by Moonlight, was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His most recent novel, Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Trillium Book Award. He received the Wyndham-Campbell Prize in 2017 for his body of work.
Jane Alison, author of Meander, Spiral, Explode, has written a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and four novels—The Love-Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, Natives and Exotics, and Nine Island—and is also the translator of Ovid’s stories, Change Me. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia.
Jeffery Renard Allen is the author of five books of fiction and prose, including Song of the Shank, a novel which was loosely based on a real an actual person, the musical prodigy Blind Tom. Allen is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Virginia.
Brooklyn Allen, illustrator of the Lumberjanes series, is also a co-creator of the series and a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Brooklyn lives in Richmond, Va.
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of SHOUT, is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold more than eight million copies. A two-time National Book Award finalist and a Margaret A. Edwards Award winner, she is an advocate for diversity in publishing, a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council, and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She lives in Philadelphia.
Maggie Anderson, author of Dear All, has received various fellowships including two from the National Endowment for the Arts. Anderson is professor emerita of English at Kent State University and now lives in Asheville, N.C.
Carol Anderson, author of One Person, No Vote and We Are Not Yet Equal, is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She was a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies and is the author of White Rage, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Anderson lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Andi Arndt, a member of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame, has narrated over 300 audiobooks in both fiction and nonfiction and earned multiple Audie Awards for her work. She is founder and executive producer of Lyric Audiobooks, which produces award winning audiobooks for bestselling indie authors.
Raymond Arsenault, author of Arthur Ashe: A Life, is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. One of the nation’s leading civil rights historians, he is the author of several acclaimed and prize-winning books.