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.
Deb Olin Unferth, author of Barn 8, is the author of six books. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Her work has appeared in Granta, Harper’s Magazine, McSweeney’s, and The Paris Review.
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.