Meredith Wadman, author of The Vaccine Race, is a veteran medical writer in Washington, D.C. A reporter at Science, she has written for Nature, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Stanford, the Columbia School of Journalism, and Oxford Medical School. The Vaccine Race was longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize in Britain and for a Carnegie Gold Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. It was named a Washington Post Notable Book of 2017.
Rachel Wahl, author of Just Violence: Torture and Human Rights in the Eyes of the Police, is assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia.
Mitzi Ware, author of A is for Ahoy, A Young Sailor’s ABC, has a longtime passion for books, particularly children’s literature. She is the events coordinator for the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Karen Washington has had to cancel her participation.
Karen Washington, co-author of Letters to a Young Farmer, is co-owner and farmer at Rise & Root Farm in Chester, N.Y., as well as an activist and food advocate.
Robert Watson, author of The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn, is an author and historian who has published forty books and hundreds of scholarly articles and essays. He is a frequent commentator for numerous media outlets and has lectured widely at historical sites around the world.
Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You, has published dozens of books for young people, including winners of Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Honors and NAACP Image Awards.
Steve Weddle, author of Country Hardball, is a graduate of the MFA program at Louisiana State University. His latest fiction appears in Playboy magazine.
Sharon Weinberger, author of The Imagineers of War, is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour, is a journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as in reports and documentaries for NPR.
Leah Weiss, author of If the Creek Don’t Rise, is a Southern writer born in North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia. She retired in 2015 from her position as executive assistant to the headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She now pursues writing full-time.
Wendy Welch, author of Fall or Fly: the Strangely Hopeful Story of Foster Care and Adoption in Appalachia, is also the author and editor of three previous books, including The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap. She runs a bookstore in Southwest Virginia.
Camille Wells, author of Material Witnesses, has taught American history, architectural history, and material culture at the University of Mary Washington, the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and the College of William and Mary.
Tim Wendel, author of Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest to Cure Childhood Leukemia, is a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University and the author of thirteen books, including Summer of ’68, Castro’s Curveball, and High Heat.
Creative Media Agency’s Paige Wheeler loves finding talented authors with unique stories & fresh voices. Paige represents award winning and best-selling clients such as AJ Banner, Kaira Rouda, Sheila Roberts & Julianne Maclean in crime fiction, women’s fiction as well as select nonfiction.
Wayne A. Wiegand, with Shirley A. Wiegand, is the coauthor of The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism and the F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus as Florida State University.
Phil Wiggins is a virtuoso blues harmonica player from Washington, D.C. who won the National Heritage Fellowship in 2017. With Piedmont guitar master John Cephas, the duo Cephas and Wiggins delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. A gifted singer and songwriter, Wiggins has carried on his artistry with such artists as Corey Harris, John Dee Holman, Rick Franklin, and many others.
Kim Wilkens is the founder of Tech-Girls & the K-8 Computer Science Initiative Coordinator at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. She is passionate about transforming technology users into technology creators, collaborators, and activists and is a strong advocate for gender equity in tech and beyond.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has had to cancel her participation.
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton was born and raised in New Orleans and studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Lillie Williams was born and raised in Albemarle County, Va., and is a member of Chihamba, a local West African dance company that celebrates the spirit of African dance, drum, and culture.
Ismée Williams, author of Water In May, is a pediatric cardiologist and the daughter of a Cuban immigrant. She currently resides in New York with her family.
Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, is a contributing editor at Outside. She also writes and hosts podcasts and freelances for many national magazines. Her previous work includes Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.
David Williams, author of the debut novel When the English Fall, is a pastor and theologian in the Presbyterian church. He lives with his family in Annandale, Va.
Robert A. Williams participated in the Danville, Va., library protest in April, 1960, when he was a fifteen-year-old high school student. A partner with Williams, Luck & Williams in Martinsville, Va., Williams is a graduate of Howard University and UVa School of Law, and he served as the assistant dean for Harvard Law School and as chief of the Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, among many other responsibilities throughout his career.
Mary-Sherman Willis, translator of Jean Cocteau’s book of prose poems, Grace Notes / Appogiatures, is the author of two poetry collections and numerous essays and reviews on poetry. She has taught at George Washington University and NYU/Shanghai.
David Wojahn, author of For the Scribe, has also written nine collections of poetry including World Tree, which was the winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Brendan Wolfe is the editor of Encyclopedia Virginia at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the author of Finding Bix: The Life and Death of a Jazz Legend (2017). He holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa.
Brantly Womack is professor of Foreign Affairs and holds the Miller Center’s C K Yen Chair at UVA. He is the author of Asymmetry and International Relationships, China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia, and China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry.
Martha Woodroof, author of Small Blessings, was born in the South, went to college in New England, ran away to Texas for awhile, and fetched up in Virginia. She is a contributor to NPR. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times.
Allison Wright is the executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She serves as the president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in the Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from UT-Austin.