Speakers

Randy Winston

Randy Winston is the fiction editor at Slice Literary Magazine and creator of “Milkshake Scholar,” a milkshake interview series on Instagram. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from The New …

John Wodatch

John Wodatch is a disability rights attorney, specializing in the Americans with Disabilities Act and international disability rights work. He wrote the U.S. Government’s Section 504 regulations in the 1970’s, …

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, author of Before the Ever After, is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books, including the 2014 National Book Award-winning memoir in verse, Brown Girl …

Amy Woolard

Amy Woolard is a legal aid attorney working on civil rights policy & legislation in Virginia as director of policy of the Legal Aid Justice Center. Her debut poetry collection, …

Lisa Woolfork

Lisa Woolfork is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia, where she specializes in African American literature and culture. Her teaching and research explore Black women writers, …

Allison Wright

Allison Wright is the executive editor and publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, the 2019 National Magazine Award winner for General Excellence. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, VQR, …

Joe Yonan

Joe Yonan is the Food and Dining editor of The Washington Post, where he writes the Weeknight Vegetarian column. He is the author of Cool Beans, the editor of America …

Heather Young

Heather Young, author of The Distant Dead, won a Strand Award and an Edgar nomination for her debut novel, The Lost Girls. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing …

Katherine E. Young

Katherine E. Young is the author of Woman Drinking Absinthe and Day of the Border Guards and editor of Written in Arlington. She is also an award-winning translator of Russian-language …

Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Veil, and Against White Feminism: Notes on Disruption. She is a columnist for Dawn (Pakistan) and …

Diane Zinna

Diane Zinna, author of The All-Night Sun, created the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Writer to Writer Mentorship Program and taught creative writing for ten years in the …

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