Speakers

Jim Brady

Jim Brady is the vice president of Journalism for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Brady, who joined Knight in August 2021, is a longtime digital media innovator …

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 …

Anneliese M. Bruner

Anneliese M. Bruner, author of the afterword to The Nation Must Awake, is the great-granddaughter of Tulsa survivor Mary E. Jones Parrish. She is a writer and editor, and attended …

Eboni Bugg

Eboni Bugg has worked to improve lives in the Charlottesville area in a variety of roles including educator, social worker, therapist and yoga teacher. She is currently the director of …

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 …

Keisha Bush

Keisha Bush, author of No Heaven For Good Boys, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was born in Boston. She has received fellowships from the LMCC Workspace Residency, Tyrone Guthrie …

Ron Butler

Ron Butler is an LA-based performer with over a hundred television, film, and stage credits, as well as close to two hundred audiobooks. He has been nominated for seven Audie …

Sarah Calise

Sarah Calise (she/they) is a public historian dedicated to connecting people with their past and preserving important records through digital, written, and verbal storytelling. She currently cares for political and …

David Campos

David Campos, author of American Quasar, is the son of Mexican immigrants, a CantoMundo fellow, and his collection, Furious Dusk, won the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. His work has appeared …

Anna Caritj

Anna Caritj, author of Leda and the Swan, holds a BA from the University of Virginia, where she studied English and Spanish literature, and an MFA from Hollins University. She …

Brian Castleberry

Brian Castleberry, author of Nine Shiny Objects, has had stories published in The Southern Review, Day One, Narrative, and other literary journals. He lives in Virginia, where he teaches literature …

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