Speakers

Jeff Mann

LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia

Jeff Mann, editor of LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia, has published three poetry chapbooks, five full-length books of poetry, three collections of personal essays, a volume of memoir and poetry, three novellas, six novels, and three collections of short fiction. The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards, he teaches at Virginia Tech.

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Micheline Aharonian Marcom

Micheline Aharonian Marcom has published six novels, including a trilogy of books about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. Her seventh novel, The New American, is forthcoming in May 2020. She teaches creative writing at UVa.

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Mary Ann Marlowe

Dating by the Book

Mary Ann Marlowe, author of Dating by the Book, lives in Central Virginia, where she works as a computer programmer. She spent ten years studying and teaching French at the university level. She loves music, travel, and romance novels.

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Irène Mathieu

Grand Marronage

Irène P. Mathieu is the author of Grand Marronage, orogeny, and the galaxy of origins. A pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher, she has received fellowships from Fulbright, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

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Mary Lynn Mathre

Mary Lynn Mathre has more than 45 years of nursing experience and has specialized in addictions nursing since 1987 and cannabis education since 1990. Mathre is the president and co-founder of Patients Out of Time and a founding member and Past President of the American Cannabis Nurses Association.

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Dayna Matthew

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care

Dayna Matthew is the William l. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at the UVA School of Law. Matthew is also director of The Equity Center at UVA. She is a leader in public health who focuses on racial disparities in health care.

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Charlotte Matthews

Comes with Furniture and People

Charlotte Matthews, author of Comes with Furniture and Children, Whistle What Can’t Be Said, Still Enough to Be Dreaming, and Green Stars, is cofounder of Whistle Words, a writing project for women impacted by cancer. She is associate professor at UVA.

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Angie Maxwell

The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics

Angie Maxwell, author of The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics, holds the Diane D. Blair Endowed Chair in Southern Studies and is an associate professor of political science at the University of Arkansas.

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Charlotte McDaniel

Stories Untold: Oral Histories of Wives of Vietnam Servicemen

Charlotte McDaniel, author of Stories Untold: Oral Histories of Wives of Vietnam Servicemen, is a Gold Star family member. A Fulbright Scholar and retired from Emory University, she has previously written numerous scholarly  publications. This is her first nonfiction work for a public audience.

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Peter McGuigan

Peter McGuigan is the cofounder of Foundry Literary + Media, a full-service literary agency based in NYC. A wide-ranging pop culture lover, his client list includes award-winning and bestselling authors such as Trevor Noah (Born a Crime) and Patrick deWitt (French Exit, The Sisters Brothers).

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Kim McLarin

Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Love and Life

Kim McLarin, author of Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks, is a novelist, essayist and journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New England Review, the Sewanee Review, and many other publications. She is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston.

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Juana Medina

Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas

Juana Medina, author and illustrator of the Juana & Lucas chapter book series, has illustrated Smick! by Doreen Cronin, Lena’s Shoes are Nervous by Keith Calabrese, and I’m a Baked Potato! by Elise Primavera, among others. Juana & Lucas received the Pura Belpré Award in 2017.

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Erika Meitner

Holy Moly Carry Me

Erika Meitner is the author of Holy Moly Carry Me, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and received the National Jewish Book Award in poetry. She has written four other books of poems, and is the director of the MFA and undergraduate programs in creative writing at Virginia Tech.

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Lulu Miller

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

Lulu Miller, author of Why Fish Don’t Exist, is a Peabody Award-winning NPR reporter. She is the cofounder of Invisibilia, a show about the invisible forces which shape human behavior, and a contributor to Radiolab. Her written work has been published in The New Yorker, VQR, Catapult and beyond.

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Naomi Milliner

Super Jake & the King of Chaos

Naomi Milliner, author of Super Jake & the King of Chaos, lives in Maryland with her husband and sons. Her favorite things are spending time with family and friends, baking, and discussing her debut novel in schools, libraries and bookstores.

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Sarah Milov

The Cigarette: A Political History

Sarah Milov, author of The Cigarette: A Political History, is an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia. A former fellow at Virginia Humanities, Milov teaches and writes about modern American politics and social movements.

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Thorpe Moeckel

Down by the Eno, Down by the Haw: A Wonder Almanac

Thorpe Moeckel, author of Down by the Eno, Down By the Haw: A Wonder Almanac, teaches at Hollins University. Other books include Arcadia Road, Watershed Days, and Odd Botany. His work has been widely anthologized and honored with NEA, Javits, Hoyns, and Sustainable Arts Fellowships.

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Frank Morelli

Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein

Frank Morelli, author of Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein, also wrote No Sad Songs, a 2019 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming of age story.

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John Murillo

Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry

John Murillo, author of Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry and Up Jump the Boogie, is an assistant professor at Wesleyan University and also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, and his poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2017 and 2019.

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Nina Murray

Alcestis in the Underworld

Nina Murray, author of Alcestis in the Underworld, has been published in numerous journals, including Ekphrasis and The Harpoon Review. As a member of the U.S. diplomatic corps, she has served in Lithuania, Canada, and Russia.

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Pete Myers

As an ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the 1980s, Pete Myers worked with Kenn Kaufman. In 1987 he became senior vice president of National Audubon. Myers moved to Charlottesville in 1990 to become director of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and while there he started the work he does today, on endocrine disruption.

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