Bruce Ingram, author of Ninth Grade Blues, is an outdoor writer and a high school English teacher. This is his first novel. He has also written several river guides. He lives in Troutville, Va.
Reverend Almeta Ingram-Miller is the leader of the Legendary Ingramettes, Richmond’s first family of gospel music. The eldest daughter of the late “Mother” Maggie Ingram, the “Queen of Richmond Gospel,” Almeta’s life has been steeped in music. Almeta recently performed at both UVA’s Bicentennial Celebration and ceremony honoring the burial site for unknown slaves. She preaches at Metropolitan Africa American Baptist Church in Richmond.
Jill Isenbarger, co-author of Letters to a Young Farmer, is CEO of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, where she works to forge partnerships to help bring about a system of agriculture and a way of eating that reflects and values ecological health and strong communities.