Carolyn Cades is associate director of Grants and Community Programs at Virginia Humanities, where she has been a staff member since 2008.
Carrie Callaghan is an author of historical novels. She lives in Maryland with her family.
Tara Campbell, author of Midnight at the Organporium, is a writer, teacher, Kimbilio Fellow, and fiction editor at Barrelhouse. She has received the Larry Neal Writer’s Award, Mayor’s Arts Award, and fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. She has an MFA from American University.
Lawrence Cappello, author of None of Your Damn Business: Privacy in the United States from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age, is a professor of constitutional history at the University of Alabama and an information privacy consultant. He grew up in Queens, N.Y., and presently lives in Birmingham.
Tamika L. Carey is a rhetorician, writer, and teacher researching African American and feminist rhetorics. She is the author of Rhetorical Healing: The Reeducation of Contemporary Black Womanhood, and an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Jack Carneal, author of Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives, was born and raised in Richmond and lives in Baltimore. He spent much of his twenties and thirties as the drummer in the Anomoanon, a band with Charlottesville roots that frequently backed musician Will Oldham on various tours.
Lauren Casper, author of Loving Well in a Broken World is a writer, speaker, and advocate. Lauren’s essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, the TODAY show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. She makes her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Casey Cep, author of Furious Hours, is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among other publications.
As a selection for the 2020 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Karen A. Chase, author of Carrying Independence, and a Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), is a 2019 Virginia Humanities fellow in residency at the Library of Virginia. Originally from Canada, Karen is an independent scholar/author chasing histories from Richmond, VA.
Franny Choi, author of Soft Science, and Floating, also wrote Floating, Brilliant, Gone and Death by Sex Machine. She is a 2019 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and the Gaius Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.
Leone Ciporin‘s short stories have appeared in Flash Bang Mysteries, Woman’s World, The Hook, and several mystery anthologies. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and lives in Charlottesville, Va.
Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, is interested in how cities are made and unmade. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Elle, Next City, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and lives in Detroit.
Keith Clark, author of Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines: A Roadmap for Readers, is professor of English and African and African American Studies at George Mason University. He has written books and articles on several authors, including James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Lorraine Hansberry, and Ann Petry.
Tanya Denckla Cobb, author of Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Movement is Changing The Way We Eat, is an environmental and public policy mediator, teacher, and author, as well as director of the UVa Institute for Engagement & Negotiation.
Meredith Cole began her career as a filmmaker and now teaches writing. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various anthologies and magazines. She was the winner of the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic competition and her first book, Posed for Murder, was nominated for an Agatha Award.
Sara Collins, author of The Confessions of Frannie Langton, is of Jamaican descent, studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for seventeen years before turning to fiction writing. She completed a master of studies in creative writing at Cambridge University.
Maya Corrigan, author of Crypt Suzette, taught writing, American literature, and detective fiction at Georgetown University and NOVA. Her Five-Ingredient Mysteries feature a café manager and her live-wire grandfather, the Codger Cook, solving murders in a Chesapeake Bay town.
Maureen Corrigan, book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and Washington Post columnist, is The Nicky and Jamie Grant Distinguished Professor of the Practice in Literary Criticism at Georgetown University. She is an associate editor of and contributor to Mystery and Suspense Writers and the winner of the 1999 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Criticism. In 2019, Corrigan was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing by the National Book Critics Circle.
Anne Coughlin is the Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Her research and teaching focus on feminist legal theory, criminal law and procedure, and law and the humanities. In her scholarship, Coughlin approaches substantive questions from a critical and literary perspective. For the past ten years, she has served as a faculty advisor for the UVA Law School’s Program in Law and Public Service.
Angela Critics is the children’s services manager for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Presenting storytimes for children is one of the highlights of her job.
Deborah Crombie, author of A Bitter Feast, is a native Texan who has lived in both England and Scotland. She has garnered several awards and nominations for the Agatha, Macavity, and Edgar awards.
Ellen Crosby is the author of thirteen novels. Her latest in the Virginia wine country mysteries is The Angels’ Share, featuring vineyard owner Lucie Montgomery. Her books have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award.
Aimee Curl, from Taylorstown, Virginia, is a singer and bass player who has an unmistakable breathy sound and sultry style that combine in a musician of incredible depth. She performs at festivals and concerts with Danny Knicely, and traveled to Cabo Verde in 2017 to participate in the Virginia’s Folklife Program’s U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural exchange project.