Speakers

Hannah Barnaby

Hannah Barnaby is a children’s book author and creative writing instructor. She holds an MA in children’s literature and an MFA in writing for children and young adults. Her recent …

Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland, author of Florence Adler Swims Forever, writes fiction and essays. Her essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction and Broad Street, among other places. She has an MFA in …

Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of four poetry collections—Made to Explode, Count the Waves, I Was the Jukebox, and Theories of Falling—as well as Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales …

Anna Beecher

Anna Beecher, author of Here Comes the Miracle, is a 2020 graduate of UVA’s MFA in Fiction. She’s also a theatre maker, and recently presented shows with Lincoln Center, New …

Reginald Dwayne Betts

Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of Felon: Poems, has written three volumes of poetry and one memoir. He transformed himself from a sixteen-year-old kid sentenced to nine years in prison to …

Jill Bialosky

Jill Bialosky is Executive Editor, VP at W. W. Norton & Co. She is also author of five collections of poetry, three novels, most recently, The Prize, and a two …

Cara Black

Cara Black, author of Three Hours in Paris, is also the author of nineteen books in the New York Times-bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the …

Marc Boston

Marc Boston has always been a lover of books. Seeing a lack of diversity in children’s books, he was inspired to write original stories to read to his daughters and …

Regina N. Bradley

Regina N. Bradley, author of Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip-Hop South, is an alumna Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at Harvard University and an assistant professor of English and …

Adrian Brettle

Adrian Brettle, author of Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World, is lecturer and associate director of the Political History and Leadership Program in the School of Historical, …

Mahogany L. Browne

Mahogany L. Browne, author of Chlorine Sky, is a California-born, Brooklyn-based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. She has published several books of poetry, and she is the artistic director …

Elizabeth C. Bunce

Elizabeth C. Bunce, author of the Myrtle Hardcastle Mystery series, lives in Kansas City with her husband and their cats. Premeditated Myrtle is her first book for middle-grade readers.  Published …

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