Speakers

Marco Rafalà

How Fires End

Marco Rafalà, author of How Fires End, is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review and LitHub. He earned his MFA in fiction from The New School and is a co-curator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City.

Speaker's: Website Instagram Facebook Twitter Genre: Fiction

John Ragosta

The Founding of Thomas Jefferson's University

John A. Ragosta, co-editor of The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University, is historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the author of Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America’s Creed, among other works.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Ingrid Ramos

Ingrid Ramos, LPC, is the Bienestar & Resilience Programs Director for The Women’s Initiative in Charlottesville. As a bilingual therapist and advocate, she provides leadership on issues including the impact of trauma on mental health; cultural humility; and empowerment for the Latinx community.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

NoNieqa Ramos

The Truth Is

NoNieqa Ramos, author of The Truth Is, is a proud member of the Latinx collective Las Musas. Her previous book, The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary, was a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection.

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Ian Rankin

In a House of Lies

Ian Rankin, author of In A House of Lies and dozens of other bestselling novels in the John Rebus series and others, has received the Chandler-Fulbright Award; four [British] Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger; the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, Denmark’s Palle Rosenkrantz prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Nor; and Germany’s Deutscher Krimipreis. Rankin has received an OBE for services to literature, in addition to a number of honorary university degrees.

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Aatif Rashid

Portrait of Sebastian Khan

Aatif Rashid, author of Portrait of Sebastian Khan, has published short stories in The Massachusetts Review, Metaphorosis Magazine, Arcturus, Barrelhouse, and Triangle House Review, as well as nonfiction in The Los Angeles Review of Books. He currently writes regularly for The Kenyon Review blog.

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Brynne Rebele-Henry

Orpheus Girl

Brynne Rebele-Henry, author of Orpheus Girl, was born in 1999. Her writing has appeared in Blackbird and Rookie, among other publications. She has also written two books of poetry, Fleshgraphs and Autobiography of a Wound, the latter of which which won the AWP Poetry Prize and is a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry.

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Laura Renauld

Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

Laura Renauld, author of Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers, lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and their two sons. Before becoming a children’s writer, she shared her love of books with her third grade students.

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Margaret Renkl

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss

Margaret Renkl, author of Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss, is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, where her essays appear weekly. Her work has also appeared in Guernica, Literary Hub, Proximity, and River Teeth, among others.

As a selection for the 2020 Festival’s Pop-Up Book Club, this author’s book is discussed in an interview available HERE.

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Paul Reyes

Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession

Paul Reyes is the editor of VQR and is the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida’s Great Recession.

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James Rice

Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America

James Rice, Walter S. Dickson Professor of History at Tufts University, has published extensively on Native Americans in early Virginia. His “‘These doubtfull times, between us and the Indians,'” was featured in Virginia 1619: Slavery and Freedom in the Making of English America.

Speaker's: Website Genre: Non-Fiction

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson

A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy

Kimberly Jenkins Robinson, editor of A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy, is the Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and a professor of Education at the Curry School of Education.

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Gerard Robinson

Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons

Gerard Robinson, coeditor of Education for Liberation: The Politics of Promise and Reform Inside and Beyond America’s Prisons, is executive director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity, a research initiative at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington, D.C. Robinson earned an EdM from Harvard, a BA from Howard, and an AA from El Camino Community College.

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Marti Rosner

The Slave Who Went to Congress

Marti Rosner, co-author of The Slave Who Went to Congress, has been an educator for 41 years. She worked as a classroom teacher and district academic coach serving Title I schools in Cobb County, Ga. She has also enjoyed leading a variety of professional development classes, serving as a teacher consultant for the National Writing Project.

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Arsia Rozegar

The Bravery of Gordafarid

Arsia Rozegar, author of the Shahnameh For Kids series, was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. His work has been seen on comic book pages as a color artist for titles such as Marvel’s Iron Man and The Hulk.

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Siri Russell

Siri Russell is the director of the Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) for Albemarle County. OEI focuses externally to strengthen community partnerships and internally on institutional equity. She works to honor the collective and individual voices that make Albemarle a vibrant community.

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