Alisha Rai, author of Hurts to Love You, pens sexy contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on the Washington Post’s annual Best Books list.
Lynn Rainville, author of Virginia and the Great War, is a research professor in the humanities at Sweet Briar College where she directs the Tusculum Institute for local history and historic preservation. She is also a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
James Ransome, author of Be a King, is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King, NAACP Image and the Orbis Pictus awards. He often collaborates with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome.
Erika Raskin, author of Best Intentions, was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared on public radio and publications including the Washington Post, Salon, and Washingtonian Magazine. Best Intentions is her second novel.
Deanna Raybourn, author of A Treacherous Curse, is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Lady Julia Grey series, the Veronica Speedwell series, and several standalone novels. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Robert V. S. Redick, author of Master Assassins, has been combining fiction and international social and environmental justice work for twenty years. He has also written The Red Wolf Conspiracy and other epic fantasy novels. Born and raised in Charlottesville, he now lives in Massachusetts.
Richard V. Reeves, author of Dream Hoarders, is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Noley Reid, author of Pretend We Are Lovely, is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at George Mason University. She lives in Newburgh, Ind. with her two boys.
Panthea Reid, author of Body and Soul: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Healing, is also the author of a book on Faulkner, editor of books on Walker Percy and Ellen Douglas, and biographer of Woolf and Olsen.
Justin Reid is director of African American Programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). Before joining VFH, he worked as a civil rights public historian at the Moton Museum in Farmville, Va., and as a project manager for the U.S. Department of Education.
Chris Reiter is a writer for the Southern Environmental Law Center and the coordinator of SELC’s Reed Award for Environmental Writing, which recognizes outstanding works of journalism and literary non-fiction on the natural heritage of the South.
Andrew Revkin, author of Weather, is the senior reporter for climate issues at the Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he is co-credited with first proposing that we have entered the Anthropocene geological era.
Paul Reyes is the editor of VQR. Previously he was a senior editor with The Oxford American. His writing has appeared in VQR, The OA, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. He’s the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession.
Jason Reynolds, author of Long Way Down, is the New York Times bestselling author of four critically acclaimed books and co-author of another two. He has been named a Coretta Scott King Honoree twice and received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent, the Kirkus Award, and the Schneider Middle Grade Award. He has also been selected as a finalist for the National Book Award and is currently on the longlist for the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
Reynolds is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing For Young People MFA Program, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
As a selection for the 2018 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Nathaniel Rich is the author of King Zeno and two previous novels Odds Against Tomorrow and The Mayor’s Tongue. He is a writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Atlantic. His short story, “Blue Rock,” appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of VQR.
David Rigsbee, author of This Much I Can Tell You, is the recipient of two fellowships from the NEA, as well as awards from the NEH, Virginia Commission on the Arts, the N.C. Poetry Council book of the year award, and the Academy of American Poets.
Jason Rodriguez, author of Try Looking Ahead, is also editor of the Colonial Comics and Artists Against Police Brutality and has been nominated for both Eisner and Harvey Awards.
Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, as well as a founding editor of Rose Metal Press. She is also the co-editor of Rene Magritte: Selected Writings.
Dalia Rosenfeld, author of The Worlds We Think We Know, teaches writing at Bar Ilan University and lives with her three children in Tel Aviv.
Tom Rosenstiel, author of Shining City, is one of the nation’s most-recognized journalists and press critics. Executive director, American Press Institute, non-resident senior fellow at Brookings, he was founder/director of the Pew Research Center’s Journalism. He has written seven nonfiction books.
Kaira Rouda, author of Best Day Ever, is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives.
Sean Rubin, author of Bolivar, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is also an illustrator for the Redwall series. Sean studied art and archeology at Princeton University, where he met his wife, Lucy. They have two sons and live in Charlottesville, Va.
Brenda Rufener, author of Where I Live, is a technical writer turned novelist. A double major in English and biology, she graduated from Whitman College. She lives in North Carolina with her family and is an advocate for homeless youth.