Susan Gaeta is a talented singer and guitar player who in 2002 apprenticed with National Heritage Fellow Flory Jagoda in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program and is now a Master Artist in that program. Flory Jagoda is known as “the keeper of the flame” for carrying on the unique musical heritage of Sephardic songs and culture in the United States. Susan’s apprenticeship with Flory blossomed into a lifelong friendship and musical partnership, with Susan mastering the Sephardic singing style, traditional songs, and Flory’s own compositions. In 2017, Susan passed on Flory’s songs and stories to apprentice Gina Sobel, a multi-instrumentalist based in Charlottesville. The duo traveled to Cuba in 2019 with the Virginia Folklife Program to participate in a Jewish cultural exchange with Cuban musicians. Susan is also a member of Trio Sefardi.
Frye Gaillard, co-author of The Slave Who Went to Congress, is an award-winning journalist with more than twenty published works on Southern history and culture. He has received the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award.
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, author of Migrating to Prison, is a professor of law at the University of Denver and an immigration lawyer. He regularly speaks on immigration law and policy issues and has appeared in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many more.
Tracee Lydia Garner, author of Whatever May Come, has been publishing for more than twenty years. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities, frequently speaking about contributions people with disabilities can make to society, having been a wheelchair user since her youth.
Clifford Garstang, author of The Shaman of Turtle Valley, won the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction for his novel in stories, What The Zhang Boys Know, and is also the author of the story collection In an Unchartered Country.
William Geroux, author of The Ghost Ships of Archangel, wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 25 years. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Associated Press, and various regional magazines. His previous book is The Mathews Men.
Amitav Ghosh, author of Gun Island, is also the author of the bestselling Ibis trilogy, and the nonfiction book The Great Derangement. His other novels include The Circle of Reason, which won the Prix Médicis étranger, and The Glass Palace. He divides his time between India and New York.
As a selection for the 2020 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book is discussed in an interview available HERE.
Lamar Giles, author of Not So Pure and Simple, is an Edgar Award-nominated writer and has published multiple young adult novels. He is a co-founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks and has edited two #WNDB anthologies, including 2018’s Fresh Ink.
Jeff Gleason is the executive director of the Southern Environmental Law Center. He began his SELC career in 1991 heading the newly formed Energy Program and later became SELC’s deputy director and director of regional programs for nearly two decades, overseeing hundreds of cases and significant legal and policy victories.
Thavolia Glymph, author of The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation, is professor of history and law at Duke University, and also the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household.
Alan Goffinski is the director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative and the Charlottesville Mural Project as well as event day coordinator for Creative Mornings Charlottesville. He loves purpose-driven creativity, people, bicycles, chickens, and facilitating connection.
Brennan Gould serves as president and CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization with a mission to drive positive, sustainable change in Charlottesville and its surrounding communities. She was influential in creating the Heal Charlottesville Fund in 2017.
Leah Naomi Green is the author of The More Extravagant Feast, winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and The Ones We Have, winner of the Flying Trout Press Chapbook Prize. She teaches English and environmental studies at Washington and Lee University and lives in an ecological intentional community in Virginia.
Lisa Grimes is assistant director of the Office of Citizen Scholar Development at the University of Virginia.
John Grisham is the author of thirty-three novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. He is a longtime member of the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project.
Kristi Guillory Reid, author of Harper Counts Her Blessings, is an attorney and health care policy expert as well as a debut author.
Laura Lee Gulledge, author of The Dark Matter of Mona Starr, is the Eisner Award-nominated author of YA graphic novels Will & Whit and Page by Paige as well as the interactive book Sketchbook Dares: 24 Ways to Draw Out Your Inner Artist. She is based in Charlottesville.
Matthew Gwathmey, author of Our Latest in Folktales, was born in Richmond, Virginia, and studied creative writing at UVA. His poems have appeared in Grain, Crazyhorse, Prairie Fire, The Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. Our Latest in Folktales is his first poetry collection.