Frank Pasciuti, author of Chrysalis Crisis: How Life’s Ordeals Can Lead to Personal & Spiritual Transformation, is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified hypnotherapist in private practice in Charlottesville, Va. He is also founder and president of Associated Clinicians of Virginia, and chairman of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at The Monroe Institute.
Bobbi Patterson, author of Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice, is a well-known speaker and presenter on burnout and resilience. She has helped create, direct, and reorganize a range of community-partnered service experiences, programs, and classes for fifty years. Patterson earned a BA at Smith, an MDiv at Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD at Emory, and is professor of pedagogy in the department of Religion and the graduate division of Religion at Emory University.
Pamela Paul is author of How to Raise a Reader, editor of The New York Times Book Review, and oversees books coverage at The New York Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children’s books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for the Times.
Maggie Paxson, author of The Plateau, is a writer, anthropologist, and performer. She is the author of Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and Aeon. Fluent in Russian and French, she has worked in rural communities in Russia, the North Caucasus, and France.
James Polchin, author of Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall, has taught at the Princeton Writing Program, the Parsons School of Design, the New School for Public Engagement, and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. A clinical professor at New York University, he lives in New York City with his husband, the photographer Greg Salvatori.
Lizzie Post, author of Higher Etiquette, is co-president of The Emily Post Institute and has worked as an etiquette author and spokesperson for the past twelve years. She has authored six Emily Post titles and co-hosts the Awesome Etiquette podcast, a weekly Q&A show now in its fifth year.
Martin M.W. Powell, author of Living at the Heart of the UVA Community: Alderman Library, Madison House, Theta Chi & Beyond, was born with cerebral palsy in Charlottesville, Va., in 1970. He attended Charlottesville City Schools and has a B.S. from Mary Baldwin University adult degree program.
Michael Powell, author of Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season on the Navajo Nation, has been a writer at The New York Times since 2007, and a “Sports of The Times” columnist since 2014. Powell and his wife have two sons, and live in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.