Wendy Walker is the author of the national and international bestseller All is Not Forgotten, Emma in the Night, and The Night Before. She has sold rights to her books in twenty-three languages as well as film and television options.
Emily Wallace, author and illustrator of Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South, is the art director and deputy editor for the quarterly journal, Southern Cultures, and a freelance writer and illustrator. Born and raised in North Carolina, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Oxford American, Southern Living, and other publications.
Lewis Raven Wallace, author of The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity, is an independent journalist, contributing editor at Scalawag magazine, national program director at Press On: a Southern movement journalism collective, and host of The View from Somewhere podcast.
Harriet A. Washington, author of A Terrible Thing to Waste and many others, has been a research fellow or scholar at the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute, Harvard Medical School, Tuskegee University, and DePaul University College of Law. She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, and Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award.
Carole Boston Weatherford, author of Roots of Rap, is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of poetry, nonfiction, biography, and historical fiction. She believes that poetry makes music with words.
Suzie Webster, author of Revival On King Street, grew up in Northern Virginia, before moving to Charleston, S.C., where her Lowcountry Liaisons series is set.
Karen White has been narrating audiobooks since 1999. Honored to be included in AudioFile Magazine’s Best Voices, she’s also a three-time Audie Finalist and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. She produces audiobooks from her base in coastal N.C. and writes fiction under the pseudonym Karen Grey.
Lillie Williams is a member of the Dance Co. Chihamba. A long time residence of Charlottesville, she enjoys sharing the knowledge of the African culture through dance, drum and fables.
Ken Woodley, author of The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia, was a journalist for 36 years at the Farmville Herald, the final 24 years as editor. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists, Virginia Pro Chapter, presented Woodley with the George Mason Award for lasting contributions to journalism.
Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone, is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2016 New York Times–bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her New York Times–bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New York.
Amy Woolard, author of Neck of the Woods (winner of the 2018 Alice James Prize), is a legal aid attorney living in Charlottesville, Va. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Poetry.