Who We Are

RVA Lit Crawl was founded by Cheryl Pallant in 2017. It’s coordinated by a steering committee of volunteers who oversee the general rules and organize the schedule and locations of the readings.

Meet your 2018 committee members


Lenore Gay is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters in Sociology, and in Rehabilitation Counseling. She has worked in agencies, psychiatric hospitals and for ten years she maintained a private practice. She was on the faculty of the Rehabilitation Counseling Department, VCU.

Virginia Center of the Creative Arts (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 Praise of Our Teachers (Beacon Press). “The Hobo” won first place in Style Weekly’s annual fiction contest. She was a volunteer reader at Blackbird, An Online Journal for Literature & the Arts.Her debut novel, Shelter of Leaveswas published August, 2016

Elizabeth Hodges, PhD, is an Associate Professor Emerita in Virginia Commonwealth University’s English Department in Richmond, Virginia. For forty years, she has taught courses in composition studies, sociolinguistics, creative nonfiction, nature writing, medicine in literature, women’s nonfiction, and has a particular interest in the history of the essay and Joan Didion. Her publications include scholarship in the field of Writing & Rhetoric and essays in the genre of creative nonfiction. Her first book, What the River Means (1999) was published y Duquesne University Press in its Emerging Writers in Creative Nonfiction series and was one of four finalists in 2000 for the Library of Virginia Book Award in nonfiction. She is currently working on a second book exploring care-taking, Keeping Folks Alive.


Meg Medina is the author of numerous prize winning works for children and teens.  Her latest novel, Burn Baby Burn was long listed for the 2016 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. It was also named the 2016 Young Adult Book of the Year by the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA).  Meg is co-founder of the Girls of Summer reading blog and works on numerous community projects to support girls and Latino youth.  Learn more about Meg at www.megmedina.com

Cheryl Pallant, founder of RVA LitCrawl, is an award winning writer who has authored several books of poetry and nonfiction. Her recently published books include Her Body Listening, a poetry collection, Ginseng Tango, a memoir about living in South Korea, and Writing and the Body in Motion (due out Spring 2018). Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been anthologized and published in journals throughout the United States and abroad. She is a Theresa Pollak winner, Bechtel Award Finalist, twice received a NEH grant with Richmond Arts Council, and teaches at University of Richmond. wwwcherylpallant.com

Patricia (Patty) Smith is the author of the novel The Year of Needy Girls. Her nonfiction has appeared  most recently in the anthologies Older Queer Voices 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, So to Speak, and 9 Lives: A Life in Ten Minutes Anthology. She teaches writing and American literature at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in Petersburg, VA.