Robert G. Parkinson, author of The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution, was awarded the OAH’s 2016 James A. Rawley Prize for the History of Race Relations. Parkinson He earned his PhD at UVA and teaches history at Binghamton University in New York.
Baptiste Paul, co-author of I Am Farmer, grew up in St. Lucia, where at age seven he propagated a root cutting that still produces breadfruit for his family. He holds an environmental science degree. His work has received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist.
Miranda Paul is co-author of I Am Farmer, as well as the award-winning author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water. Her book, Whose Hands Are These? was named an International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice in 2017.
Ed Pavlić is the author of Another Kind of Madness, ten other books, and pieces in over sixty magazines. An American writer, Pavlić’s work is centered in African American and diasporic life and culture, and travels across—often blurring—genres: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and scholarship.
K.K. Pérez, author of The Tesla Legacy, is a half-Argentine, half-Norwegian native New Yorker. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of Cambridge, and has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore.
Marina Perezagua, author of The Story of H, is a Spanish novelist and short story writer known for her powerfully visual and mind-bending narratives. She has published two short story collections and two novels, and won the prize Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz in the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, and four other books, is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
Clinton Crockett Peters, author of Pandora’s Garden, has won prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Columbia Journal. His work also appears in Orion, Southern Review, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Berry College.
Lauren Pichon, author of Messages From Maryam, teaches English Learners at a public school in Northern Virginia. When she isn’t teaching or writing, she can be found adventuring with her fiancé and dog.
Tim Poland, author of Yellow Stonefly and The Safety of Deeper Water, lives near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, where he is professor emeritus of English at Radford University. His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have appeared in various magazines.
Brook Poston, author of James Monroe: A Republican Champion, is an associate professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University. He teaches courses on early America, Constitutional History, and the American presidency. This is his first book.
Kevin Powers, author of A Shout in the Ruins, has won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and was a National Book Award finalist. He was born and raised in Richmond, Va.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Kevin Powers has had to cancel his participation in the Festival.
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.
Christina Proenza-Coles, author of American Founders, holds a dual-doctorate in sociology and history from the New School for Social Research. She has been an assistant professor of the Atlantic World and African Diaspora at Virginia State University.
Kevin Prufer, author of How He Loved Them, is a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, where he also directs The Unsung Masters series. His edited volumes including New European Poets and New Young American Poets.
Deborah Prum, author of many short stories, won ten awards for her fiction, which has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Across the Margin and other outlets. Her essays air on NPR and have appeared in The Washington Post.
Allison Pugh is a sociology professor at UVa and the author of three books. Her first, Longing and Belonging: Parents, Children, and Consumer Culture, was named one of twelve most influential books on the family since 2000. Her current research is on the standardization of work relationships.