Speakers

Greer Macallister

Woman 99

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Crime Wave

Stephen Macko

Stephen Macko is a professor in the Environmental Sciences department at the University of Virginia where he teaches classes in Oceanography, Sustainability and Geochemistry.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Beth Macy

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America

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.

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Stephen Maizlish

A Strife of Tongues: The Compromise of 1850 and the Ideological Foundations of the American Civil War

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.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Inman Majors

Penelope Lemon: Game On!

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.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Fiction

Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers

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 BorrowerThe 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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

Joyce Lee Malcolm

The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Mesha Maren

Sugar Run

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.

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Charles Marsh

Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community-Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice

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.

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John Edwin Mason

One Love, Ghoema Beat: Inside the Cape Town Carnival

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.

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Elizabeth Massie

Ameri-Scares: North Carolina: Mountain of Mysteries

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.

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Children/Youth

Irène Mathieu

Grand Marronage

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.

Speaker's: Website Twitter Genre: Poetry

Anna Jean Mayhew

Tomorrow's Bread

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.

 

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Sarah McCoy

Marilla of Green Gables

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.

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Deborah McDowell

The Punitive Turn: New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Non-Fiction

Chris McGreal

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts

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.

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James McLaughlin

Bearskin

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.

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LaTanya McQueen

And It Begins Like This

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.

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Wil Medearis

Restoration Heights

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.

Speaker's: Twitter Genre: Fiction

Robert Meganck

Superlative Birds

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Children/Youth

Michael Mewshaw

The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Patricia Miller

Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took On Washington

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.

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Molly Minturn

Not in Heaven

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Twitter Genre: Poetry

Tim Mohr

Burning Down the Haus

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.

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Sean Murphy

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.

Speaker's: Website Facebook Twitter Genre: Publishing

Catharine Murray

Now You See the Sky

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.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Genre: Non-Fiction