Andrew W. Kahrl is associate professor of history and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in the history of race, real estate, and governance in 20th century urban America.
Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic, was born in the former Soviet Union, and came to the United States when his family was granted asylum by the U.S. government. He is the author of a poetry collection, Dancing in Odessa, and coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He was a 2014 finalist for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and Deaf Republic is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award.
Laura Kamoie, co-author of Ribbons of Scarlet, holds a doctoral degree in early American history from the College of William & Mary and lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.
Alec Karakatsanis, author of Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal, is the founder of the Civil Rights Corps, an organization advocating for racial justice and bringing systemic civil rights cases on behalf of impoverished people.
Kenn Kaufman, author of A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, has observed bird migration on all seven continents. He is editor and coauthor of seven titles in the Kaufman Field Guide series, and his memoir, Kingbird Highway, was designated an Outdoor Classic by the National Outdoor Book Awards.
Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons, is a retired pediatric physician and geneticist. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Herald, River Teeth, and Black Lives Have Always Mattered, and was listed as notable in The Best American Essays 2014. She lives in New Mexico.
Michael Keaveny, author of tavola, is chef-owner of Charlottesville’s Belmont neighborhood restaurant of the same name.
Val Kells is a marine science illustrator who co-authored and illustrated A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Maine to Texas and A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California. She also recently illustrated Tunas and Billfishes of the World. Her work has appeared in over 30 public aquariums, museums, and nature centers.
Leslie Kendrick is vice dean of the University of Virginia Law School and a cohost of the School’s Common Law podcast. Her scholarship and teaching focus on freedom of speech, torts, and property law. In 2017, she received the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award.
Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek, is a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, mother of three boys, and longtime resident of Northern Virginia. Her work has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Salon, Slate, and numerous literary magazines.
As a selection for the 2020 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book has a discussion guide available HERE.
Charles King, author of Gods of the Upper Air, is the author of seven books, winner of a National Jewish Book Award, and a professor of international affairs and government at Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
Cassandra Kircher, author of Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, the Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters, has received numerous awards for her personal essays. She teaches creative nonfiction at Elon University.
TJ Klune, author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, is a Lambda Literary Award-winning author and an ex-claims examiner for an insurance company. Being queer himself, he believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive, queer representation in stories.
Danny Knicely is one of the most respected and versatile multi-instrumentalists of his generation. He has won many awards for his mandolin, guitar, and fiddle playing—including first place in the mandolin contest at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival—as well as his flatfoot dancing. He has collaborated with prominent musicians in the United States and abroad, including participating in two U.S. State Department and Virginia Folklife Program cultural exchange programs with the African island nation of Cabo Verde.
Julia Koets, author of The Rib Joint, won the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. She currently teaches at Clemson University.
Amanda Korman is a writer whose short fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review. She lives in Charlottesville, where she is the communications and outreach coordinator for The Women’s Initiative and an instructor at WriterHouse.
Michael Kranish is the author of several books including The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero, and Flight from Monticello. He is a reporter at The Washington Post.