Wendy Walker

The Night Before

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.

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Emily Wallace

Road Sides: An Illustrated Companion to Dining and Driving in the American South

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.

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Lewis Raven Wallace

The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity

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.

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Ted Wammes

Ted Wammes is an equal opportunity and civil rights specialist with 27 years of experience in federal and state agencies and higher education administration. Currently, he is with the University of Virginia’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights ensuring compliance with University policy.

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Harriet Washington

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind

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.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Carole Boston Weatherford

Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop

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.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Carole Boston Weatherford has had to cancel her participation in the Festival. 

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Tim Wendel

Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors, and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia

Tim Wendel is the author of numerous books, including Summer of ’68, Castro’s Curveball, Cancer Crossings, and High Heat, which was an Editor’s Choice selection by The New York Times Book Review. He’s a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University.

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Karen White

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.

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Latoria White

Latoria White is a resident in counseling & case manager at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA. Additionally, she serves as a community-based doula, providing full spectrum birth support and advocacy to women and families of color. Previous positions include work at various non-profit organizations, including SHE and SARA.

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Tamara Whyte

Tamara Whyte is an associate professor of English at Piedmont Virginia Community College. She teaches composition, literature, and journalism and is the faculty adviser for the school newspaper. She earned her PhD from the University of Alabama.

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Lillie Williams

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.

Genre: Children/Youth

Sanford Williams

Sanford Williams earned a BS in engineering and an MBA from Cornell University, and a JD degree from the UVA School of Law. He has been married to Dr. Anastasia Williams for 31 years, and they have three children, Kiara, Sanford and Nia. All five Williamses attended UVA.

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Katherine Wintsch

Slay Like a Mother: How to Destroy What's Holding You Back So You Can Live the Life You Want

Katherine Wintsch, author of Slay Like a Mother dedicates her life to making the lives of mothers easier. As the founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, she helps the world’s largest companies develop better products and services for mothers. Katherine is a Richmond, Va., native and mother of two.

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Ken Woodley

The Road to Healing: A Civil Rights Reparations Story in Prince Edward County, Virginia

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.

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Jacqueline Woodson

Red at the Bone

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.

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Amy Woolard

Neck of the Woods

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.

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Lisa Woolfork

Embodying American Slavery in Contemporary Culture

Lisa Woolfork is associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her academic speciality is African American Literature and Culture with a focus on Black women’s literature, Black identity, and legacies of American slavery. She is active in antiracist organizing & community groups.

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Allison Wright

Allison Wright is the executive editor and publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is the immediate past president of the nonprofit literary organization WriterHouse and former editor of Tiny Hardcore Press. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, VQR, Popular Mechanics, The Texas Observer, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Overseas Press Club. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, and teaches journalism at the University of Virginia.

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