Cassius Adair

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.

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Lauren K. Alleyne


Lauren K. Alleyne, author of Honeyfish, and Difficult Fruit is a poet and educator. Her award-winning work appears in venues such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Tin House and Ms Muse, among others. She is assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University.

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Kevin Allred

Ain't I A Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy

Kevin Allred, author of Ain’t I A Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy, is a writer, speaker, and educator known for the “Politicizing Beyoncé” university curriculum he created in 2010. His writing has been featured at HuffPost, INTO, Literary Hub, Bust, Bitch Media, and BookForum, among others.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Jennifer Alluisi

Jennifer Alluisi is the organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats book club in Charlottesville. She is a lifelong book-lover who spends most of her free time reading at home with her husband and daughter, cross-stitching, and watching a wide variety of internet TV.

Speaker's: Twitter Genre: Fiction

Derrick Alridge

Message in the Music: Hip-Hop, History, and Pedagogy

Derrick P. Alridge is founding director of the Center for Race and Public Education in the South, professor of Education, and an affiliate faculty member in the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. An educational and intellectual historian, Alridge’s work examines American education with foci in African American education and the civil rights movement.

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William Andrews

Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony 1840-1865

William L. Andrews, author of Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony 1840-1865, has authored, edited, or co-edited 45 books on African American culture and history. In 2018 the Modern Language Association conferred on him the Jay B. Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in the study of American Literature.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Megan Angelo


Megan Angelo, author of Followers, grew up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Villanova University. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, and more. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family.

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Andrea Beatriz Arango

Westwood Monster Patrol

Andrea Beatriz Arango, author of Westwood Monster Patrol, is a Latinx writer and teacher obsessed with houseplants. She lives with her boyfriend, two dogs, and foster daughter in a city that’s unfortunately too cold to grow plantains or avocados.

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Andi Arndt

Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words

Andi Arndt, an audiobook narrator and producer, has hundreds of titles under her name, multiple Audie Awards, and earned a place in the inaugural class of the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. A longtime supporter of the Virginia Festival of the Book, Andi is looking forward to talking with authors about the production process.

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Cameron Awkward-Rich


Cameron Awkward-Rich, author of Dispatch, is a black, trans writer and educator, currently living in Northampton, Mass. His first collection of poetry was Sympathetic Little Monster. His second collection, Dispatch, was the winner of the 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award.

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