Authors

Ron Andrea writes mostly young adult historical and speculative fiction. His non-fiction Living in the Spirit is published by Gateway, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. His watercolor paintings have been exhibited in several national shows. A veteran of thirty years of military service, he now writes and paints in Hanover County, Virginia.

 

Tom Batten has written for The Tusk, the New York Observer, the Guardian and The New Yorker. He lives in Virginia.

 

 

 

Native New Yorker Anne Blankman recently moved to Richmond, where the hot summers haven’t killed her yet. Anne’s award-winning historical thrillers include Traitor Angels, about a young woman in 1666 England who uncovers an explosive secret hidden in John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost.” Visit her online at www.anneblankman.com

 

Andrew Blossom is the founding editor of Makeout Creek, the author of I’ve Got a Message for You and You’re Not Going to Like It and a co-editor of Richmond Noir. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William & Mary.

 

 

Bill Blume is the author of the young adult Gidion Keep, Vampire Hunter series, which is set in Richmond and includes his latest novel Gidion‘s Blood. His short stories have appeared in many fantasy anthologies and various ezines. He’s also worked as a 911 dispatcher since 2001. www.billblume.net

 

 

Ian Bodkin is a writer living and breathing in Richmond, VA. He writes letters, words, and such. His poetry comes from the lips of madmen that he swears existed at some given point in space and time. He also writes comics and narratives of various lengths and characterization. Ian Bodkin is the author of the collection Every Word Was Once Drunk, writer and creator of The Savage Lyrics comic from Sink/Swim Press, and co-author of the collection Fingertip Scripture, written with poet Lee Busby.

Richmond-area writer, adjunct English professor and digital archaeologist Dale Brumfield is a weekly columnist for the Staunton News-Leader and an arts features writer for Richmond Magazine, Style Weekly, and North of the James magazines. He is currently researching and writing his 8th book, A History of the Virginia Penitentiary 1797-1992.

 

Brian Burns worked as an art director for advertising agencies, including McKinney Silver in Raleigh and the Martin Agency in Richmond. Brian got his first taste of history writing in 2006, as co-producer of The Rainbow Minute at WRIR-97.3fm community radio in Richmond. He recently published Gilded Age Richmond: Gaiety, Greed & Lost Cause Mania with The History Press. His previous titles include Lewis Ginter: Richmond’s Gilded Age Icon and Curiosities of the Confederate Capital: Untold Richmond Stories of the Spectacular, Tragic and Bizarre.

New York Times bestselling suspense author Mary Burton writes romantic suspense and her latest books, The Dollmaker and The Hangman, are the second and third books in her The Forgotten Files series. A Richmond native, she is currently working on her next suspense novel.

 

 

Hazel Buys grew up living the gypsy life, circling the globe as her family accompanied her father on his military assignments to Asia, Europe, and the United States. During this time, she absorbed the stories and fables from many different cultures. Her love of literature is rooted deeply in these early travels. Hazel began writing in her early teens and is currently writing a series of middle grade mystery novels. Her picture book, Olaf’s Door, was published by the multi-media publisher zuuka, Inc. Visit Hazel at www.hazelbuys.com.

Melissa Bybee is a freelance writer published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes YA fantasy novels, short stories, is a member of James River Writers, and is active in her local writing critique group. When she isn’t reading or writing, Melissa sings and wields an imaginary sword in her own fairy tales. She lives in Richmond with her husband, two children, and their perky dog.

 

Bird Cox is the Executive Director of Richmond Young Writers, a creative writing organization for ages 9-17. Fiction is her main jam, besides actual jam (sour cherry), but her background includes poetry, screenwriting, restaurant criticism, and ornate grocery lists. Publications include mcsweeneys.net, Richmond Magazine, Style, the C-Ville and Virginia Living, and her short films have been produced by The Branching and Double Take.

 

Patrick Dacey is the author of the story collection We’ve Already Gone This Far and the forthcoming novel The Outer Cape both published with Henry Holt and Company. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and has taught writing at VCU, Virginia Tech, and currently at the College of William and Mary. His stories have been featured in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-StoryGuernicaBomb magazine, and Salt Hill among other publications.

 

Dennis Danvers has published eight novels.  His short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Space and Time, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, F & SF, Realms of Fantasy, Electric Velocipede, Lightspeed, Tor.com, and Apex Magazine. He teaches fiction writing and science fiction and fantasy literature at VCU.

 

Wendy DeGroat’s poetry has appeared in U.S. and U.K. publications, including Rust+Moth, Raleigh Review, and Mslexia. Her chapbook Beautiful Machinery (Headmistress Press, 2016) is available at Chop Suey Books and online. She and her wife live in Richmond, where she works as a librarian, teaches workshops, mentors poets, and curates poetryriver.org.

 

Helen Montague Foster is a retired psychiatrist, poet, and aspiring novelist. She majored in English at George Mason University, received her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and emphasized psychotherapy in her practice. Her work has appeared in JAMA, Rattle, Hektoen International, and various medical and lay publications.

 

Jamie Fueglein holds an MFA in Fiction from VCU. He lives in Richmond with his lovely family, teaches a lot, and writes every single day.

 

 

 

Gbari Allen Garrett is an 11th grade student at Manchester High School. He mostly enjoys writing short stories and poetry. Participating in Richmond Young Writers workshops is one of his favorite extracurricular activities. Gbari’s future plans include attending college and focusing on creative writing and journalism in preparation for his career as a writer.

 

Lenore Gay 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.

Katy Resch George is author of the story collection Exposure (Kore Press). A recipient of grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and Richmond Culture Works, her writing has appeared in Blackbird, Pank, West Branch and other publications.

 

 

Gail Giewont‘s poetry has appeared in Indiana Review, Fugue, Natural Bridge, PMS, Tusculum Review, and other places. She won the Shann Palmer Poetry Prize from James River Writers in 2014. In 2015, her chapbook, Vulture, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is the Central Region Vice President of the Poetry Society of Virginia and teaches in the literary arts program at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg.

 

Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar Award Nominee Fake ID, the 2016 Edgar Award Nominee Endangered, a third, currently untitled YA novel from HarperCollins, as well as the forthcoming YA novel Overturned from Scholastic Press. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and resides in Virginia with his wife. www.lamargiles.com

 

J. T. Glover has published short fiction in The Children of Old Leech, Nightscript, The Lovecraft eZine, and Goreyesque, among other venues. His non-fiction has appeared in various places, including Postscripts to Darkness and Thinking Horror. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he lives in central Virginia.

 

 

Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry.  She is an Associate Professor of English in the creative writing program at VCU.

 

 

 

Phoebe Guider is an artist and writer living in Richmond, VA with her wife and growing family. Find her work at phguider.com.

 

 

 

Valley Haggard, founder of the Life in 10 Minutes workshop series, curates the online literary magazine, www.lifein10minutes.com. She is the author of The Halfway House for Writers and the co-editor of 9 Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology forthcoming from Chop Suey Books Books.

 

 

Kristina Cotis Hamlett is a graduate student living in Henrico, VA. She just began Life in 10 minutes and is excited to learn more about the world of creative non-fiction. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in psychology. Kristina contributed the essay “My Best Medicine: A 10k Story” to kimberlyelise.com and is currently at work on her first novel.

 

K.A. (Katharine Armstrong) Herndon is the executive director of James River Writers, a nonprofit that connects, inspires, and educates writers of all kinds. She wrote her first novel in 9th grade in notebooks she shared with her friends, and she still has the friends and the notebooks. Once upon a time, she taught middle school, high school, and community college, but she didn’t like the homework. She lives in Richmond with her husband, two boys, and a beagle. Find her at kaherndon.com.

As a freelance writer and editor, Phaedra Hise explores the trends and drama inherent in entrepreneurship, business, adventure, food, and drink. She is the author of five nonfiction books. She is a former contributor to CNN Money, former staff writer for Inc. and current food editor for Virginia Living. Her award-winning work has been anthologized and published in the Washington PostWall Street JournalGlamourSalon, ForbesPopular Mechanics, and Smithsonian. Her most recent book is The Secret Life of Hoarders.  http://www.aerobat.com/

Elizabeth Hodges, Associate Professor Emerita of English, retired in 2016 after 40 years of teaching, the last  27 at VCU, where she taught writing and teachers thereof, sociolinguistics, qualitative research design, and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, What the River Means (Duquesne University Press, 1999), was a finalist in 2000 for the Library of Virginia Literary Award in Nonfiction.

 

Megan Holley is a screenwriter living in Richmond. Her screenplay, Sunshine Cleaning, was produced and released theatrically in 2009. Since then she has written for Fox 2000, Paramount, Bad Robot, Warner Brothers, and ABC Studios.

 

 

Christopher Irving is a comic book and pop culture historian and professor in Richmond. His past books include Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origin of American Comics (powerHouse), New York Comics (from French publisher, MuttPop), and Conversations: Michael Allred (Univ. of Mississippi). He also publishes trading cards for the indie comics scene as The Drawn Word. Irving lives with his partner, Cat Mallicote, and their incoming baby. www.christopherirving.com

 

Derek Kannemeyer is or has been from Cape Town, London, and Richmond. His writing has appeared in Fiction International, The New Virginia Review, Rattapallax, Smartish Pace, Poetry Motel, Wind, Rolling Stone, and a few dozen elsewheres. He is currently the editor of the Poetry Society of Virginia’s Poetry Virginia Review.

 

 

Gregory Kimbrell is the author of The Primitive Observatory (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Parentheses JournalBlackbird, The Laurel Review, and the Abaculi Project. He is the events and programs coordinator for Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.

 

Dean King is an award-winning author of nine non-fiction books. His national bestseller Skeletons on the Zahara was translated into ten languages, made into a History Channel documentary, and optioned by Stephen Spielberg. The Wall Street Journal calls his most recent book, The Feud, “popular history the way it ought to be written,” and USA Today gives it four stars (out of four). He has appeared on NPR, ABC World News Tonight and BBC Radio. His writing appears in Outside, Garden & Gun, Granta, Men’s Journal, the New York Times.

Maggie King is the author of Murder at the Book Group and the newly-released Murder at the Moonshine Inn. She contributed stories to the Virginia is for Mysteries and the Virginia is for Mysteries Vol. II anthologies. Maggie is a member of Sisters in Crime and James River Writers. She lives in Richmond with her husband, Glen, and two cats, Morris and Olive.

 

Kristin Kisska, a native Virginian, used to be a finance geek, complete with MBA and Wall Street pedigree. A member of Sisters in Crime, Kristin is now a self-proclaimed fictionista. Her short mystery story, “The Sevens,” was included in Bouchercon’s anthology, Murder under the Oaks (October 2015). When not writing suspense novels, she can be found tweeting or on her website. Kristin lives in Richmond with her husband and three children.

 

Harry Kollatz, Jr. is a Richmond lifer. He dwells with artist Amie Oliver in their West of Boulevard South of Cary (WoBSoC) neighborhood, although confined to a hat. He’s often seen. A longtime writer for Richmond magazine, an author of histories, he maintains an enduring relationship with an unpublished novel.

 

 

Joanna Lee is the leading force behind River City Poets, a community focused on bringing poetry into greater prominence in the Richmond area and creating the space & support for every voice to be heard. Her work has been published in a number of online and print journals, including Rattle, Caduceus, and Contemporary American Voices. She is also currently serving as Board Chair of the James River Writers.

 

Georgia Leipold-Vitiello is a sophomore at Open High School. She started working with Richmond Young Writers in the summer of 2011. She has loved writing since she learned to hold a pencil and wrote her novel-length piece at eleven years old. Georgia plans to go to college for English and creative writing. One day, she hopes to be a professional author.

 

Jer Long, a native Virginian, recently moved (with his partner of twenty years) to Richmond from Philadelphia, Pa. Having survived the ever changing, rapid paced, vapid world of upscale retail as a Visual Fashion Director at elite companies up and down the East Coast, he decided to spend his retirement writing about the highs, lows, joys, rewards, and challenges he experienced as a Gay man coming to terms with himself and the good, the bad, and the zany life he lived out loud.

 

Nathan Vernon Madison is a popular culture historian whose books have been nominated twice for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. He also writes about Virginia industrial history, his most recent book being a history of Tredegar Iron Works, and he has spoken on these topics on the BBC, C-SPAN, and other venues.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?424159-1/tredegar-iron-works

 

Annette Marquis is author of Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County, and co-author of twenty-five software books. Her writing has appeared in anthologies, including The Women of Katrina. Annette lives in Henrico, VA, and works as Program Director for James River Writers and owner of Marquis Enterprises, LLC. annettemarquis.com

 

Lea Marshall is a poet and dance writer. Her chapbook is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, and her manuscript has been a finalist for the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award and the New Issues Poetry Prize. She covers dance for local and national publications, and is Associate Chair of VCU Dance.

 

 

Zach Marson holds a MA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He has edited for Blackbird and Broad Street Magazine, and currently works at the Weinstein Jewish Community Center as a counselor for children.  His work has been published in Blue Lyra Review.

 

 

Tim McCready lives and writes in Richmond, Va.

 

 

 

Fran McDaniel is a writer, photographer, singer, and student at Hanover High School. She has been writing with Richmond Young Writers since age 9. She is editor of opinions and photography for The Hawk Eye newspaper. She enjoys travel by train, civil rights activism, overtones, and a good plate of nachos.

 

 

Aiden McKenna is a 22-year-old student who was raised in Massachusetts. He enjoys writing about queer identities, navigating the world with mental illness, and exploring health sexuality. He spends his summers working at a theatre camp in Maine with his incredible and inspiring campers. @aidenxchris

 

 

Meg Medina is a two-time Pura Belpré winner for her Young Adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2014), and her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me (honor medal, 2015.) Her newest novel, Burn Baby Burn was named Best YA Book of the Year by NAIBA, and was long listed for the National Book Award. In 2014, Meg was named one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America for her work to support girls, Latino youth, and diversity in children’s literature.

 

Rosie Messer is writing again after a 50 year dry spell  Stay tuned, she knows stuff.

 

 

 

Mary Miley is a historian and the author of four mysteries set in the Roaring Twenties, beginning with The Impersonator, winner of the Mystery Writers of America Best First Crime Novel award. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William and Mary, worked for Colonial Williamsburg for many years, and taught American history at VCU. Her alter ego, Mary Miley Theobald, is a freelance nonfiction writer with eleven books and 200 articles in a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Lauren Miner earned an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English, both from VCU. She teaches writing workshops at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, serves as an assistant poetry editor at the Four Way Review, and is the Artist-in-Residence for the James River Park System.

 

 

Howard Owen is the author of 14 novels. The 15th, The Devil’s Triangle, will be published in June. Owen’s 10th novel and first mystery, Oregon Hill, won the 2012 Dashiell Hammett Prize for best crime literature in North America. Owen was an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor for 44 years, including eight years as business editor and editorial pages editor of The Free Lance-Star. He lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife, Karen. www.howardowenbooks.com

 

Cheryl Pallant, founder of RVA Lit Crawl, 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

 

Will Paoletto is the editor of the anthologies American Drug Chronicles: An Anthology and If I Only Had Cocaine, and Other Drug Stories. He holds a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University and has taken several creative writing classes in Richmond.

 

 

Hermine Pinson has published three poetry collections, most recently Dolores is Blue/Dolorez is Blues, and two CDs–Changing the Changes in Poetry & Song, in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, and Deliver Yourself, with the Harris Simon Trio. She has been awarded fellowships at Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Soul Mountain, Byrdcliffe Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She teaches Creative Writing and Africana Studies at the College of William and Mary.

Tom Pollard is a senior in high school and is famous for his groundbreaking novel that he’s going to start writing really soon. Seriously. He’s been thinking about it for a while. One of these days he’s definitely going to maybe start it. Just you wait and see.

 

 

Virginia Pye is the author of two novels, Dreams of the Red Phoenix (2015) and River of Dust (2013), many short stories published in literary magazines, and essays online. She lived in Richmond for 17 years until recently, when she moved to Cambridge, MA, where she grew up. She misses RVA mightily, especially in the winter months. Visit her on line at www.virginiapye.com

 

Emilie Raymond is a history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the author of ‘From My Cold, Dead Hands’: Charlton Heston and American Politics and Stars for Freedom: Hollywood, Black Celebrities, and the Civil Rights Movement.  She is currently working on a book about Paul and Phyllis Galanti.

 

 

Sincere Reading, 7th grader at Manchester Middle School Center Based, is in the Manchester Middle Intermediate band. She has been attending Richmond Young Writers since 2013 and has always loved it. She has four dogs name Pinky, Quiz, Candy, and King. Her main hobbies are writing, using the typewriter, drawing, and playing trumpet.

 

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Writing from the University of Georgia, Suzanne Reamy acted in regional theatre, voice overs, and industrials. She has also assistant-directed and produced local theatre. She wrote her first play, a quirky blend of religion, psychology, and pop culture, while attending seminary in Berkeley, CA. Check out her travel writing at hipgreenscene.com.

 

Isabelle Kinnard Richman is the coordinator of the Religious Studies Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches classes about mysticism, human rights, and social justice. She recently published a biography of the 19th century emancipated slave who became a leading abolitionist and suffragist around the time of the Civil War: Sojourner Truth:  Prophet of Social Justice (New York: Routledge Press, 2016). Dr. Richman received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

David L. Robbins began writing fiction in 1997 and has since published fourteen novels, has made repeated visits to the NY Times bestsellers list, and has had several of his works optioned for film. David is a successful playwright, an award winning essayist, and a screenwriter. In his hometown of Richmond, he is co-founder of James River Writers, co-founder of the non-profit Podium Foundation, and he is the creator of The Mighty Pen Project. authordavidlrobbins.com/

 

Rosemary Shomaker writes about the layers beneath ordinary occurrences. She’s the lady you don’t notice at church, estate sales, and parks, and the lady you do notice peering into abandoned buildings and strolling vacant lots, notebook in hand. Several of her short stories fit the mystery genre, and she’s a member of the Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime. Look for her recent stories in the upcoming 50 Shades of Cabernet and in the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies.

 

Historian and Henrico resident Ryan K. Smith has published two books, including Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder (Yale University Press, 2014). He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently writing a book on Richmond’s cemeteries.

 

 

Patricia Smith received her MFA from VCU. 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

Rebecca Taylor holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where she was a recipient of the Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Believer, Quarto, Public Books, Love Among the Ruins, and in the McSweeney’s anthology Read Harder. She lives in Virginia, where she co-hosts the Charlottesville Reading Series.

 

Michael Todd is a multidisciplinary storyteller working as a writer, theatre designer, and studio artist.  He studied sculpture and extended media at VCU, with a minor in creative nonfiction writing. A lyric essayist with a particular interest in fragmentation and multimedia writing, he believes that fact can be as compelling as fiction and that everyone has a story worth telling.

 

LynDee Walker is the author of six national bestselling mysteries featuring Richmond crime reporter Nichelle Clarke, beginning with the Agatha Award-nominated Front Page Fatality (2013). The newest book in the series, Lethal Lifestyles, was published on September 27, 2016. Before she started writing mysteries, LynDee was an award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the U.S.

 

Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries anthology series and 50 Shades Of Cabernet (March 2017). She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, and Lethal Ladies Write. Secret Lives and Private Eyes is her debut novel. Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager.

Tim Wenzell has published a novel, Absent Children, twenty short stories, twenty-one poems, personal essays, literary analysis in peer-reviewed journals, the book Emerald Green: An Ecocritical Study of Irish Literature, and a number of articles in Richmond Magazine.  He edited Woven Shades of Green: An Anthology of Irish Nature Literature, which should be released this year. Wenzell teaches literature and writing courses as an Associate Professor at Virginia Union University and also teaches courses in Irish literature and film at VCU.

A.B. (Anne) Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Penguin Random House), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and the short story “Bounce Back” in River City Secrets (Chop Suey Books Books (sic)). She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and now teaches in Western Connecticut State University’s low-residency MFA program in writing. http://abwestrick.com/

 

Hope Whitby is a poet, fiction writer, and haiku aficionado.  She’s the creator of Art in the Shop and Books in the Bay, a unique platform that brings awareness to local artists and writers by reimagining the use of the bays in an automotive repair shop in a creative way.

 

 

Samantha Willis is a wife, mom, and writer–in that order. She’s currently arts & entertainment editor at Richmond magazine, and creator of “The Unmasking: Race & Reality in Richmond” series. She’s also an outspoken advocate for civil rights and a black history lover. Find Samantha on Twitter: @WordsByWillis