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.
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.
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.
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.
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.