Speakers

Lydia Conklin

Lydia Conklin is a writer who has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fulbright, a grant from the Elizabeth George …

S.A. Cosby

Shawn A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland, is a writer from Southeastern Virginia, now residing in Gloucester, Va. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, and his …

Ellen Crosby

Ellen Crosby is the author of the Virginia wine country mystery series; her newest book and 11th in the series, The French Paradox, is forthcoming in April. Her books have …

Gilda Daniels

Gilda R. Daniels, the author of Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in the United States, is a former Deputy Chief in the U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division, …

Hilary Davidson

Hilary Davidson, author of Don’t Look Down, One Small Sacrifice, and four other novels, has won two Anthony Awards and a Derringer Award for her work. She is also the …

Joseph Davis

Joseph E. Davis is research professor of sociology at UVA and the director of the Picturing the Human project at the university’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is …

Juli Delgado Lopera

Juli Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer based in San Francisco. They’re the author of The New York Times acclaimed novel Fiebre Tropical, a finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for …

Matthew Desmond

Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, is the founder of Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, which maintains the first-ever national dataset of evictions in America, …

Kaki Dimock

Kaki Dimock is an artist and a social worker currently serving as the director of human services for the City of Charlottesville. She believes in the power of humor, human …

Evette Dionne

Evette Dionne, author of Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, is a Black feminist writer and the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. Her writings about race, …

Karen Dionne

Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense The Marsh King’s Daughter, published in 26 languages, and The Wicked Sister, both set …

Angela Dominguez

Angela Dominguez, author of Stella Díaz Dreams Big, was born in Mexico City and grew up in the great state of Texas. She now resides in Virginia. Angela is also …

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