Jesús Carrasco, author of Out in the Open, was born in Badajoz, Spain, and now lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Out in the Open, his debut novel, is the winner of many international awards, including the European Union Prize for Literature 2016 and an English PEN award.
Jesús Carrasco is presented in the 2018 Festival with the support of SPAIN arts & culture.
Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad, has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and is the writer in residence at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has won the SIBA Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Jessie Chaffee, author of Florence in Ecstasy, was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and Slice, among others. She is an editor at Words Without Borders.
S. A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass, is a speculative fiction writer from New York City. Her debut, The City of Brass, was the first book in the Daevabad trilogy.
Bryn Chancellor, author of the novel Sycamore, holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her honors include the Poets & Writers WEX award and Arizona and Alaska arts council fellowships.
Winn Collier, author of Love Big, Be Well, adds his first epistolary novel to his three creative nonfiction titles. He is pastor of All Souls in Charlottesville and received his PhD from the University of Virginia where he studied the intersection of religion and literary fiction.
Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Whiskey & Ribbons, is a PEN Open Book Award nominee and has been a finalist for the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction and the Iowa Short Fiction Award. She is the author of the short story collection Every Kiss a War and lives in Louisville, Ky.