Guy Babineau is an avid birder and current president of the Monticello Bird Club. Guy’s motivations for volunteering are sharing the love of nature with the greater Charlottesville community and growing the spirit of conservation. He is the proud father of four and husband to life and birding partner, Susan.
Rachel Bagby, celebrated vocalist and author of Daughterhood and Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women’s Voices, writes music/poems/prose. A Stanford Law grad and practitioner/teacher of contemplative arts for 30+ years, her work has appeared in Essence, Ms., and Time, among others.
Katie Baldwin, author of A Kiss to Build a Dream On, was born in Wisconsin, but has lived in Virginia for over thirty years and considers herself a proud Southerner. By day, she works for the University of Virginia and by night, she writes tales of romance and mystery. When she is not pacing her home working out dialogue in her mind, she is spoiling her adopted dog, Marley.
David Dean Barrett, author of 140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon, is a military historian specializing in WWII. He is also the consulting/producer for Lou Reda Productions’ two-hour documentary, The Real Mighty Eighth, airing on NatGeo in 2020.
Emmy-award-winning writer Amy Bass, author of One Goal, named a best book of 2018 by The Boston Globe and Library Journal, has had a fruitful career as a professor and writer on sports, politics, and culture, as well as with NBC across eight Olympic Games.
Cece Bell, author of Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!, is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover, and the Newbery Honor Book El Deafo. She lives in Virginia with her family.
Don Bentley, author of Without Sanction, spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot. He also worked as an FBI special agent focusing on foreign intelligence and counterintelligence and was a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team member.
Susan Berres, founder and organizer of the Bus Lines Community Poetry contest, seeks to promote poetry and flash fiction in public spaces and provide opportunities for writers of all ages to share their work.
Robert Bilott, author of Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, is a partner at the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than twenty-eight years. Bilott’s work has been the focus of two recent films, the feature film, Dark Waters (2019), and a documentary, The Devil We Know (2018).
He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for several years running and has received numerous honors for his work in environmental law and litigation. Former chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee, Bilott earned his BA from New College of Florida and his JD from the Ohio State University College of Law. In 2017, Bilott received the international Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his years of work on PFOA.
Tory Bilski, author of Wild Horses of the Summer Sun, is a travel writer who writes primarily about Iceland—its people, horses, and history. She is the creator of the award-winning blog, Icelandica, featuring tales of adventure (and misadventure) with a group of fellow women travelers in Iceland.
Tasha Birckhead is a young adult librarian who has worked with Jefferson-Madison Regional Library for ten years. She holds an MLIS degree along with a youth services certification. As a native Charlottesvillian, she shares her passion for reading with teens in the community through books and programs at the library.
Cara Black is the author of Murder in Bel-Air and eighteen other books in the New York Times-bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, and the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, awarded in recognition of contributions to international culture. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.
Andrea Bobotis, author of The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Virginia. Her fiction has received awards from the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. She lives with her family in Denver.
Belle Boggs, author of The Gulf, also wrote The Art of Waiting and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
Marc Boston, author of Dad is Acting Strange, is a father of three daughters who inspire much of his writing. He loves to create stories that emphasize the importance of diversity, inclusion, and self-empowerment. His other books include What About Me? and The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff.
Kelly Braffet, author of The Unwilling, also wrote Save Yourself, Last Seen Leaving, and Josie & Jack. Her writing has been published in The Fairy Tale Review, Post Road, and several anthologies. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA in creative writing at Columbia University.
Keith Brockett, author of Ollie on Stage, danced professionally for more than twenty years and is also the author of The Nutcracker’s Night Before Christmas. He also appeared as a singer and actor in musical theater productions, plays, choral concerts, and theme park stage shows.
Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me, began her career in publishing as the cofounder, with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, of the National Magazine Award-winning Zoetrope: All-Story. She has worked as a book editor and is currently the executive director of Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute.
James J. Broomall, author of Private Confederacies: The Emotional Worlds of Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers, is an associate professor of history at Shepherd University and director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War.
Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, author of Identity Politics in the United States, is associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. A Virginia native, she earned her BA in government from UVA, and a PhD in political science from Ohio State University.
Wesley Browne, author of Hillbilly Hustle, lives with his wife and two sons in Madison County, Kentucky. He practices law, co-owns and helps manage local restaurants and a music venue, and coaches sports. He founded and hosts the Pages & Pints Reading Series.
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of Christmas Cow Bells and ten other books. The Jean Harlow Bombshell was selected by Crime Reads as a top crime fiction read of May. Her books have also been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman’s World.
Shonda Buchanan, author of Black Indian, is the literary editor of Harriet Tubman Press, an award-winning poet, and educator. She is also the author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? and Equipoise: Poems from Goddess Country and editor of two anthologies, Voices from Leimert Park and Voices from Leimert Park REDUX.
Paul Bugas, coauthor of Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia, recently retired from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries after 44 years of service. He began in 1975 as a field technician and finished as a manager, overseeing freshwater fisheries management in 29 counties.
Eboni Bugg is director of programs at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and has served the Charlottesville area for more than two decades as an educator, social worker, therapist, and advocate.
Marcia Bullard is the retired CEO of USA WEEKEND, the former Sunday magazine for 600 U.S. newspapers. A founding editor of USA TODAY, she started her journalism career at age 17 and now lives in Washington, D.C. She is the immediate past board chair of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
Gabriel Bump, author of Everywhere You Don’t Belong, grew up in Chicago. His nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Slam magazine, The Huffington Post, Springhouse Journal, and elsewhere. He was awarded the 2016 Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award for Fiction. He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives in Buffalo, N.Y.
Tayla Burney is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Washington Post. A longtime public radio producer, Tayla is behind the weekly literary event newsletter, Get Lit, D.C.