Maria Padian, author of How to Build a Heart, has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a freelance writer, essayist, and author of young adult novels. She lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine.
Morgan Parker, author of Who Put This Song On? and Magical Negro, is a poet, essayist, and novelist. She is also the author of the poetry collections There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night.
Michael Parker, author of Prairie Fever, is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized by The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize. He lives in Austin.
Pamela Paul is author of How to Raise a Reader, editor of The New York Times Book Review, and oversees books coverage at The New York Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children’s books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for the Times.
Maggie Paxson, author of The Plateau, is a writer, anthropologist, and performer. She is the author of Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, and Aeon. Fluent in Russian and French, she has worked in rural communities in Russia, the North Caucasus, and France.
Sophie Perinot, co-author of Ribbons of Scarlet, has a bachelor’s degree in history as well as a law degree. She lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with her husband, children, and a small menagerie of pets.
Kiki Petrosino, author of White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, is the recipient of a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her earlier collections are Witch Wife: Poems and Hymn for the Black Terrific: Poems. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Virginia.
Ali Pfautz, author of Let’s Count and Move!, is a children’s storyteller known as The Story Lady. Using stories, songs, and poems, she has entertained thousands of children, encouraging them to use their imaginations. She also teaches music and movement, dance, and storytelling classes.
Christine Platt, author of Ana & Andrew: Going To Ghana, believes that storytelling is a tool for social change. Her work centers on teaching diversity, equity, and inclusion.
James Polchin, author of Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall, has taught at the Princeton Writing Program, the Parsons School of Design, the New School for Public Engagement, and the Creative Nonfiction Foundation. A clinical professor at New York University, he lives in New York City with his husband, the photographer Greg Salvatori.
Martin M.W. Powell, author of Living at the Heart of the UVA Community: Alderman Library, Madison House, Theta Chi & Beyond, was born with cerebral palsy in Charlottesville, Va., in 1970. He attended Charlottesville City Schools and has a B.S. from Mary Baldwin University adult degree program.
Axel Presas, author of Las veces que Azrael no se detuvo / The Times that Azrael Didn’t Stop, is from Cuba. He lives in Atlanta, Ga., where he works as a visiting assistant professor of Spanish Language and Afro-Latin American Cultures at Emory University. Presas is a short story writer, critic, translator, and poet, and he has published widely.
Deborah Prum has given writing workshops at WriterHouse, the University of Virginia, James Madison University, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Across the Margin, The Sweetbay Review, and other outlets. Her essays air on NPR and have appeared in The Washington Post.
Sandy Pugh, author-illustrator of When I Grow Up, has also written five other children’s books in the We The Peepers series. She created her wacky and whimsical characters while teaching art in Fairfax County Public Schools.
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest. Her first collection, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, featured by Poets & Writers magazine’s second annual “5 over 50” list, was the 2017 INDIES Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. The founder and publisher of WTAW Press, she lives in California.