Juan Pacheco is a storyteller, motivational speaker, and violence prevention specialist serving Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. He currently serves as a community peace mobilizer for the Latin American Youth Center.
Brad Parks, author of Closer Than You Know, is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. A former reporter with the Washington Post and the Star-Ledger, he lives in Virginia with his wife and children.
Trita Parsi, author of Losing an Enemy, is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Bethanne Patrick, one of Flavorwire’s “35 Writers Who Run The Literary Internet,” is an author and book reviewer based in Northern Virginia. The editor of The Books That Changed My Life, she is working on a memoir for The Counterpoint Press.
Keith Payne, author of The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Changes the Way We Think, Live, and Die, is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a leading scholar of the human costs of economic inequality.
Janet Peery, author of The Exact Nature Of Our Wrongs, has received numerous honors for her fiction including the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Whiting Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.
Brittany Perham, author of Double Portrait, is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Her other books include The Curiosities and, with Kim Addonizio, The Night Could Go in Either Direction. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia.
Caitriona Perry, author of In America, is a broadcast journalist. She is currently the Washington Correspondent for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE), the national public broadcaster of Ireland, and reports on radio, television, and online. This is her first book.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Randy Peyser has had to cancel her participation.
Randy Peyser edits and ghostwrites books and pitches manuscripts to be published. Her work has made the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists, been featured in Oprah and Time magazines, and is under consideration with Hollywood movie producers.
Bao Phi, author of A Different Pond, has also written two collections of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel and Sông I Sing. He is the program director of events and awards at the Loft Literary Center.
Tom Pich, co-author of Folk Masters, has traveled across America for the past twenty-five years photographing extraordinary people in their homes, workshops, and during performances, creating iconic images in America’s landscape.
Thomas Pierce, author of The Afterlives, also wrote the short story collection, Hall of Small Mammals. His stories have been published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic and elsewhere. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from UVa as a Poe/Faulkner Fellow.
Jon Pineda, author of Let’s No One Get Hurt, is a poet, memoirist, and novelist. His memoir, Sleep in Me, was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and his novel Apology was the winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize. He lives in Virginia.
Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, has visited Guantanamo twice, and writes about humanity’s tendency not to learn from or remember the past.
Barbara Pleasant, author of Homegrown Pantry, has written books and magazine articles on topics ranging from compost to houseplants. Her work has won multiple awards from the Garden Writers Association. She lives in Floyd, Va.
Jared Pool is a multi-instrumentalist based in Richmond, Va. He performs with the Legendary Ingramettes, the Sherman Holmes Project, Larry Keel, and many other bluegrass, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll groups throughout Virginia.
Lana Popovic, author of Wicked Like a Wildfire, is a literary agent who specializes in young adult literature and lives in Boston.
Caroline Preston, author of The War Bride’s Scrapbook, is the author of four prior novels, including The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. She and her husband, writer Christopher Tilghman, live in Charlottesville, Va.
Deborah Prum, author of Fatty in the Back Seat, has received nine awards for her fiction which has appeared in VQR, Across the Margin, and many other publications. Her essays air on NPR-member stations and have appeared in the Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines.
Eric Puchner, author of Last Day on Earth, is also the author of the collection Music Through the Floor, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and of the novel Model Home, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and Barnes & Noble Discover Award.
Sandy Pugh, author and illustrator of When I Grow Up, the latest book in her We The Peepers series, has taught elementary art with Fairfax County Public Schools for the past thirteen years. Her other books include I Say, You Say, and Meet Me at the Masterpiece.
Christina Pugh is the author of four books of poems including Perception, which was named one of the top poetry books of 2017 by Chicago Review of Books. A recent Guggenheim fellow in poetry, she is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and consulting editor for Poetry.