Greer Macallister, author of Woman 99, is a poet, short story writer, playwright, and novelist whose work has appeared in publications such as The North American Review, The Missouri Review, and The Messenger. She is also the author of Girl in Disguise and The Magician’s Lie. She was raised in the Midwest.
Stephen Macko is a professor in the Environmental Sciences department at the University of Virginia where he teaches classes in Oceanography, Sustainability and Geochemistry.
Beth Macy, author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, has written three New York Times-bestselling books. Her latest book is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and was described as a “masterwork of narrative nonfiction” by The New York Times.
Stephen Maizlish, author of A Strife of Tongues: The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War, received his BA from UC Berkeley, his MA from the University of Michigan, and his PhD from Berkeley. Since 1978, he has taught at the University of Texas, Arlington.
Inman Majors, author of Penelope Lemon: Game On!, is a native of Tennessee who now makes his home in Charlottesville, Va. He is the author of four previous novels—including Love’s Winning Plays, The Millionaires, and Wonderdog—and is professor of English at James Madison University.
Rebecca Makkai‘s latest novel, The Great Believers, was a 2018 National Book Award Finalist and the recipient of the 2019 ALA Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Her other books include The Borrower, The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime. Makkai has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.
Joyce Lee Malcolm, author of The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold, is a professor at George Mason University School of Law. She is also the author of Guns and Violence, Peter’s War, and To Keep and Bear Arms. She lives in Alexandria, Va.
Mesha Maren is the author of Sugar Run. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, the Oxford American, Southern Culture, , and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, an Appalachian Writing Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University, and also serves as an NEA Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution.
Charles Marsh, co-editor of Can I Get a Witness?, is Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia.
John Edwin Mason is an historian and photographer who teaches African history and the history of photography at UVA. He is currently writing a book about the American photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks.
Elizabeth Massie, author of Ameri-Scares: North Carolina: Mountain of Mysteries, is a Bram Stoker Award and Scribe Award winning author of horror, historical, and media tie-in novels. Her Ameri-Scares series, set in various states, is geared toward middle-grade readers.
Irène Mathieu, author of orogeny, is a pediatrician and writer from Virginia. She is winner of the 2016 Bob Kaufman Book Prize and the 2017 Yemassee Journal Poetry Prize, and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. Her newest collection, Grand Marronage, publishes in March 2019.
Anna Jean Mayhew is the author of Tomorrow’s Bread and The Dry Grass of August, winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction and a SIBA Book Award finalist. Her novels reflect her vivid memories of growing up in the segregated South. A native of Charlotte, N.C., she now lives in the North Carolina Piedmont with her Swiss-born husband.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Anna Jean Mayhew has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.
Sarah McCoy’s most recent novel is Marilla of Green Gables. She is a New York Times, USA Today, international bestselling author, whose previous works include The Mapmaker’s Children, The Baker’s Daughter, and The Time It Snowed In Puerto Rico.
Zack McDermott is the author of Gorilla and the Bird, a New York Times Editors’ Choice pick. His work has appeared in The New York Times, This American Life, NPR, Gawker, and Deadspin.
Deborah McDowell is the director of the Carter G. Woodson Institute and Alice Griffin Professor of English at the University of Virginia. The University’s Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center recognized McDowell with the 2018 Zintl Leadership Award for her collaborative activities and commitment to diversify not only the faculty on Grounds, but throughout the nation.
Chris McGreal is the author of American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts. He is a reporter for The Guardian and former journalist for the BBC. He was The Guardian’s correspondent in Johannesburg, Jerusalem and Washington, D.C.
MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of God, Improv, and the Art of Living, is a writer, leadership coach, and “free-range pastor” living in Reston, Virginia. She is a mother, an inveterate muffin-maker, and an occasional marathoner.
James A. McLaughlin, author of Bearskin, grew up in Virginia and now lives with his wife and dogs in the Wasatch Range, east of Salt Lake City, Utah. He holds law and MFA degrees from UVa. His essays and fiction have appeared in River Teeth, Camas, Portland Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and elsewhere.
Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Thick, is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been featured by The Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, The New York Times.
LaTanya McQueen, author of And It Begins Like This, received her MFA from Emerson College, her PhD from the University of Missouri, and was the 2017-18 Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College. She is an editor for both Story Magazine and Gigantic Sequins. She teaches at Coe College.
Wil Medearis, author of Restoration Heights, holds an MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. His artwork has been featured in galleries in Richmond, Philadelphia, and Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Robert Meganck, illustrator of Superlative Birds, is a professor of illustration, graphic design, digital imaging, and color theory at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received more than 300 regional, national, and international awards for illustration and graphic design.
Michael Mewshaw’s most recent book is The Lost Prince; his writing career spans five decades and includes award-winning forays into fiction, non-fiction, literary criticism, and investigative journalism. A former professor of the University of Virginia, he now lives in Key West, Fla.
Patricia Miller, author of Bringing Down the Colonel, is an award-winning author and journalist whose fascination with the untold stories of women led her on a 10-year journey to unearth the story of the Breckinridge–Pollard scandal. She lives outside of Washington, D.C., with her husband and dog.
Molly Minturn, author of Not in Heaven, is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Boston Review, Iowa Review, Sycamore Review, Bennington Review, The Toast, Indiana Review, Longreads, and elsewhere.
Tim Mohr, author of Burning Down the Haus, is an award-winning translator and collaborator on memoirs by musicians Gil Scott-Heron, Duff McKagan, and Paul Stanley. He has written for the New York Times Book Review and New York Magazine, and was a staff editor at Playboy.
Sean Murphy is founding director of Virginia Center for Literary Arts. He has appeared on NPR, and been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and AdAge. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and served as writer-in-residence of the Noepe Center.
Catharine H. Murray, author of Now You See the Sky, lives with her two sons in Portland, Maine, where she teaches English to refugees. She has led workshops on grief writing and has read at Harvard University, Maine State Prison, University of New England, and Maine Medical Center.