About Us

The idea for the RVA Lit Crawl originated with Cheryl Pallant. She was soon joined by Meriah Crawford, Lenore Gay, and Patty Smith, all of whom make up the steering committee.

Our goal is to highlight the amazing authors who make the greater Richmond area their home, while offering a unique and engaging series of events for Central Virginia residents and visitors. We hope you will come, enjoy, buy some books, have some great food, and leave inspired, impressed, and even more in love with Richmond.

Cheryl Pallant: Founder.

Cheryl has authored several books of poetry, most recently Her Body Listening, and nonfiction books on dance and somatics. Her memoir Ginseng Tango is due out Fall 2017. Her poetry, short stories, and nonfiction have been anthologized and published in journals throughout the United States and abroad. She is a Theresa Pollak winner and Bechtel Award finalist and teaches at University of Richmond. www.cherylpallant.com

Meriah Crawford: Documents and web presence.

Meriah is an associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a private investigator, writer, and editor. She has published short stories in several genres, essays, a variety of scholarly work, two poems, and co-edited the anthology Trust and Treachery: Tales of Power and Intrigue.


Lenore Gay: Bookseller and event planner liaison.

Lenore is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked in several agencies and psychiatric hospitals, and for ten years she maintained a private practice. The VCCA has awarded her two writing fellowships; her poems and short stories have appeared in several journals; her essay “Mistresses of Magic” was published in the anthology In Praise of Our Teachers; and “The Hobo” won first place in Style Weekly’s annual fiction contest. Her debut novel, Shelter of Leaves, was published in August, 2016.

Patricia Smith: PR, and event planner liaison.

Patty received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies One Teacher in Ten: Gay and Lesbian Educators Tell Their Stories; Tied in Knots: Funny Stories from the Wedding Day; Something to Declare: Good Lesbian Travel Writing, and One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Teachers Discuss What Has Gotten Better…and What Hasn’t. Her work has also appeared in Salon, Broad Street, Prime Number, Gris-Gris, The Tusculum Review, and So to Speak. The Year of Needy Girls is her first novel. patricia-smith.com