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.
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.
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.
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.