After serving as the first woman mayor of Charlottesville, Nancy O’Brien was executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District for seventeen years. She served on several state boards before retiring. The Virginia Festival of the Book is her favorite time of year.
Andrew O’Shaughnessy is author of the award winning book, The Men Who Lost America. He serves as the Saunders Director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies, vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and professor of History at the University of Virginia.
M. Randal O’Wain, author of Meander Belt, earned his MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. He is a teaching assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vanessa L. Ochs, author of The Passover Haggadah: A Biography, is professor of religious studies at UVA and an ordained rabbi. Her books include Inventing Jewish Ritual, Sarah Laughed, and Words on Fire. She lives in Charlottesville.
Marijean (Jaggers) Oldham, a public relations professional, is president of Jaggers Communications, a strategic communications firm based in Charlottesville, Va. and the author of 100 Things to Do in Charlottesville Before You Die.
Fernando Operé is professor of Spanish at UVa. He directs the Latin American studies program, the Hispanic studies program, and the Valencia program. He is a poet, musician, actor, and soccer player.
Gregory Orr, author of The Last Love Poem I Will Ever Write, has written twelve poetry collections, a memoir, and several books of essays and criticism. He taught for more than forty years at UVA, where he established its MFA program and served as its first director. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.