Hayden Saunier, author of How to Wear This Body, is a poet, professional actress, and teaching artist who grew up in Charlottesville, Va. She has published four books of poetry and been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and the Gell Poetry Award.
Tom Sleigh, author of an essay collection, The Land Between Two Rivers, and a poetry collection, House of Fact, House of Ruins, is also the author of nine books of poetry, including Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in New York.
Ron Smith, author of The Humility of the Brutes, was Poet Laureate of Virginia from 2014 to 2016. He has given readings from Monticello and Mount Vernon to the Keats-Shelley House and the american ambassador’s official residence in Rome.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brian Sneeden has had to cancel his participation.
Brian Sneeden, author of Last City, is a poet, translator, and essayist. He received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.