Speakers

Barbara Kanninen

Circle Rolls

Barbara Kanninen, author of Circle Rolls, is an environmental economist and the chair of the Arlington School Board. She lives with her family in Arlington, Va.

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Thomas Kapsidelis

After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Thomas Kapsidelis, currently a Virginia Humanities fellow, is a freelance journalist who worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 28 years.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pam Kelley

Money Rock: A Family's Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South

Pam Kelley, author of Money Rock, is a former reporter for the Charlotte Observer and has won honors from the National Press Club and the Society for Features Journalism. She contributed to a subprime mortgage exposé that was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She lives in Cornelius, N.C.

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Joseph Kelly

Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America's Origin

Joseph Kelly, author of Marooned, is a professor of literature at the College of Charleston. He is the author of America’s Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War, and the editor of the Seagull Reader series. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., the inaugural Frank Riccio Artist in Residence at the Virginia Center for the Book, is a letterpress artist who uses traditional techniques to create richly colored, hand-pulled prints that often incorporate messages and aphorisms that spur conversation about race and class.

He received a BA in mathematics from Grambling State University and his MFA in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recent awards include a Joyce Award (2016–17) and the United States Artists Glasgow Fellowship (2015). Kennedy was also the premier featured artist at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, exhibiting work from collaborations with local black-owned businesses.

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Catherine Kerrison

Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America

Catherine Kerrison, author of Jefferson’s Daughters, is professor of history at Villanova University, in Pennsylvania. Her first book, Claiming the Pen: Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South, won the Outstanding Book Award from the History of Education Society in 2007.

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Thomas Kies

Darkness Lane

Thomas Kies, author of Darkness Lane, lives and writes on a barrier island on the coast of North Carolina with his wife, Cindy, and Lilly, their shih-tzu. He has had a long career working for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York.

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Eugenia Kim

The Kinship of Secrets

Eugenia Kim is the author of The Kinship of Secrets and The Calligrapher’s Daughter, which won the Borders Original Voices Award, was shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was a Washington Post Critic’s Pick. She teaches at Fairfield University’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program.

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Annie Kim

Into the Cyclorama

Annie Kim is the author of Into the Cyclorama, winner of the 2015 Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Narrative. Kim is an assistant dean at the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

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Gregg Kimball

Gregg D. Kimball is the director of public services and outreach at the Library of Virginia. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Virginia and is the author of two books and numerous articles and essays. He recently served as the co-chair of the Richmond Monument Commission.

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Ruth King

Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism From The Inside Out, and Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible, is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, and an emotional wisdom life coach and consultant.

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James Kirchick

The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age

James Kirchick, author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age, is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, a correspondent for The Daily Beast, a columnist for Tablet, and a frequent contributor to various publications.

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Randall Klein

Little Disasters

Randall Klein is a writer and book editor. He lived in Brooklyn, New York for many years and is now based in Virginia. Little Disasters is his first novel.

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Michael Knight

At Briarwood School for Girls

Michael Knight is the author of the novels At Briarwood School for Girls, The Typist, and Divining Rod, the short story collections Eveningland, Goodnight, Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories, and the book of novellas The Holiday Season. Knight teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville with his family.

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Linda Kobert

Linda Kobert is a local writer and educator. She currently serves as editor of the UVA medical humanities journal Hospital Drive. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The American Journal of Nursing, Lunch Ticket, Pulse, and elsewhere. She teaches writing classes at local public libraries.

Genre: Fiction

Baba Jamal Koram

Baba Jamal Koram is a world renowned storyteller based in Alexandria, Virginia. In African cultures around the world there are those who tell the stories, keep the culture, and pass on the history, folklore, mannerisms and languages of a people.

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Amanda Korman

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.

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Claudia Kousoulas

Bread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve

Claudia Kousoulas, co-author ofBread & Beauty: A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve, was a planner in Montgomery County for more than twenty years and lived in the county for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor whose work covers architecture, urbanism, design, and culinary history

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Ken Krimstein

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth

Ken Krimstein, author of The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, has been published in The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s, and others. He lives in Chicago.

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hey, Kiddo

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of Hey, Kiddo, is a New York Times bestselling author/illustrator with more than thirty published books to his credit. He is a two-time winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and has been a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award finalist. Krosoczka also founded School Lunch Hero Day, Platypus Police Reading Squad, and the Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka Memorial Youth Scholarships. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Krosoczka is currently a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

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Tracey Kyle

A Paintbrush for Paco

Tracey Kyle, author of A Paintbrush for Paco, is a middle school Spanish teacher. When she’s not writing lesson plans or working on a new story, she loves to cook, read, and practice yoga. She lives in Northern Va. with her husband and two cats.

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