2018 Festival Authors A – G

Omar H. Ali is the author of four books, including Malik Ambar: Power and Slavery Across the Indian Ocean World and Islam in the Indian Ocean World.

Saturday, May 19, 3:15pm – Contemporary Muslim Writing Beyond Politics panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater

 

Tonya Armstrong is a psychologist, minister, professor, and musician, and the author of several scholarly works on religion and psychology. She’s the author of Blossoming Hope: The Black Christian Woman’s Guide to Mental Health and Wellness.

Sunday May 20, 2:15 pm – Religion and Mental Health Panel, First Christian Church

 

Cameron Awkward-Rich is a postdoctoral associate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University and the author of the poetry collection Sympathetic Little Monster.

Sunday, May 20, 1 pm – Contemporary Transgender/Gender Fluid Writing panel, Triad Stage Cabaret
Sunday, May 20, 3:30 pm – Poetry Panel, Triad Stage Cabaret

 

John Claude Bemis is the author of The Wooden Prince, the Clockwork Dark trilogy, The Prince Who Fell from the Sky, and Flora and the Runaway Rooster and has served as North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate.

Friday, May 18, 4 pm – Author Reading, International Civil Rights Museum & Center

 

Nickole Brown is the author of the novel-in-poems, Sister, and the biography-in-poems, Fanny Says. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches periodically.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – Poetry Panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater
Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – Contemporary LGBTQ Writing panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater

 

 

Megan Bryant is the author the young adult novel, Glow, as well as the upcoming Pocket Genius series.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Middle Grade Authors Panel, International Civil Rights Center and Museum.

 

Ellen C. Bush is a poet and the author of the chapbook Licorice. She has had recent work in Inch and Four Way Review. She lives in Durham.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Bull City Press Panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

Katie Button is the executive chef and owner of the restaurants Cúrate and Nightbell, and the author of the cookbook, Cúrate: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen.

Sunday, May 20, 3:30 pm – Cooking and Cookbooks panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

Nora Carpenter is the author of young adult and picture books, including the upcoming picture book Yoga Frog.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Picture Book Authors, Greensboro Central Library, Children’s room

 

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Cenzontle, and Children of the Land.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Undocupoets panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater

Sunday, May 20, 3:30 pm – Misrecognition Panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

Fred Chappell is a former Poet Laureate of North Carolina and and the author of novels, short stories, poetry and fantasy, the most recent of which is the novel A Shadow All of Light.

Thursday, May 17, 6:45 pm – Weatherspoon Art Museum

 

Melanie Conklin is a writer, reader, and life-long lover of books. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and sons. Counting Thyme is her debut middle grade novel.

Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – Moderator, Middle Grade Fiction panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Orientation Room (Room 203)

 

Naima Coster is the author of Halsey Street. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, and is a Senior Fiction Editor at Kweli.

Sunday, May 20, 2:15 pm – Contemporary Novel panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room
Sunday, May 20, 3:30 pm – Latinx/Misrecognition Panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

Coen Cauthen is a poet and the author of 575. He lives in Greensboro.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – Poetry Panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater
Sunday, May 20, 1:00 pm – Contemporary Transgender/Gender Fluid Writing Panel, Triad Stage Cabaret

 

Leesa Cross-Smith is the author of the novel Whiskey & Ribbons and the short story collection Every Kiss a War, which was nominated for the PEN Open Book Award and shortlisted for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Iowa Short Fiction Award.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Hub City panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room
Saturday, May 19, 3:15 pm – Contemporary Novel panel, Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall

 

Hal Crowther is an award-winning critic, essayist, and journalist. His latest book is An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H. L. Mencken.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – The End of the World As We Know It, Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall

 

Steve Cushman has published four works of fiction, including the 2004 Novello Literary Award winning novel, Portisville, and most recently the novel, Hopscotch. His first full-length poetry collection, How Birds Fly, is the winner of the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award.

Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – Contemporary Short Story panel, Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall

 

Heidi Czerwiec is a poet and essayist. She is the author of several books, the most recent being the poetry collection Conjoining.

Sunday, May 20, 2:15 pm -UNCG MFA panel, Triad Stage Cabaret

Quinn Dalton is the author of two novels, High Strung and Midnight Bowling, and two story collections, Bulletproof Girl and Stories from the Afterlife.

Saturday, May 19, 3:15 pm – Moderator, Novel panel, Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall

 

Jim Dodson is a sports writer and editor of O. Henry Magazine, among others. His latest book is The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Moderator, Memoir/Biography panel, Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall

 

John Duberstein is the widower of Nina Riggs. Riggs is the author of the memoir, The Bright Hour.

Saturday, May 20, 4:30 pm – A Conversation with John Duberstein, Greensboro Cultural Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

John T. Edge is the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the author of multiple books on the American South’s food culture. His most recent book is The Potlikker Papers.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Food and the Global South, Greensboro Cultural Center, Van Dyke Performance Space
Saturday, May 19 3:15 pm – Maurice on a White Horse: Restaurants as Bunkers and Battlefields, International Civil Rights Center and Museum

 

Emily Edwards is a documentary and feature film director as well as an author.. Her most recent book is Bars, Blues, and Booze: Stories from the Drink House.

Saturday, May 19, 9:30 pm – The Music of John Prine and The Blues, Greensboro Project Space

 

Jen Feather is the author of Writing Combat and the Self in Early Modern English Literature: The Pen and the Sword.

Sunday, May 20, 2:15 pm – Moderator, Feminist Writers panel, Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

Sarah Ficke is the co-author of North Carolina Craft Beers and Breweries and an assistant professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – Blair Panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

David Finnegan-Hosey is a writer, songwriter, and podcaster. He is the author of Christ on the Psych Ward.

Sunday, May 20, 2:15 pm – Religion and Mental Health panel, First Christian Church.

 

Ellen Fischer is the author of several picture books for children, including If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant and Latke, the Lucky Dog. She lives in Greensboro.

Sunday, May 20, 2:15 pm – Picture Book Authors Reading, Greensboro Central Library, Children’s Room

 

Gabrielle Brant Freeman’s poetry has been published in many journals, including Grist, One, Scoundrel Time, Shenandoah, and storySouth. Press 53 published her book, When She Was Bad, in 2016.

Saturday, May 19, 3:15 pm – Press 53 panel, Greensboro Central Library Nussbaum Room

 

Kerri French is the author of the poetry collection Every Room in the Body and the chapbook Instruments of Summer.

Sunday, May 20, 2:15 pm – UNCG MFA panel, Triad Stage Cabaret

 

Angelo ‘Eyeambic’ Geter is an educator, spoken word artist, motivational speaker and community servant. He has shared the stage with recording artists Raheem Devaughn and Chrisette Michelle.

Saturday, May 19, 8:30 pm – Performance Poetry, Triad Stage Cabaret

 

Bryan Giemza is the author of Irish Catholic Writers and the Invention of the American South and the Director of the Southern Historical Collection.

 

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Moderator, Food and the Global South, Van Dyke Performance Space, Cultural Arts Center

 

Marianne Gingher is the author of several books, including Adventures in Pen Land. She and her collaborator, Debby Seabrooke, founded Jabberbox Puppet Theater in 2009 and have been performing puppets plays for adults ever since.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Jabberbox Poets and Daniel Wallace, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater

 

Nikki Giovanni is a poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the world’s most well-known poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal and the NAACP Image Award. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her poetry album, The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection. Additionally, she has been named as one of Oprah Winfrey’s 25 “Living Legends”.

Sunday May 20, 6:00 pm – Harrison Auditorium, Harrison Auditorium

John Gosslee is the editor of 50 Contemporary Women Artists and author of the new little book Fish Boy. He edits NYC based Quiet Lunch, PANK and Fjords Review.

Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – LGBTQ Writers panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater

Scott Gould is the author of ​Strangers to Temptation and a two-time winner of the Individual Artist Fellowship in Prose from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – Short Story Workshop, Room 203, Cultural Arts Center
Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Hub City panel, Nussbaum Room, Central Library

 

Juliana Gray is the author of The Man Under My Skin and Roleplay, which won the 2010 Orphic Prize, as well as the chapbook Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – Poetry Panel, Greensboro Cultural Center, Stephen D. Hyers Theater

 

Gale Greenlee‘s work explores the connection between black and Latina girlhoods, geography and social justice in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Moderator, Middle grade authors panel, International Civil Rights Center and Museum

 

Stephanie Elizondo Griest is the author of three memoirs, including All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – The End of the World As We Know It, Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall
Saturday, May 19, 3:15 pm – Creative Non Fiction Workshop, Greensboro Cultural Center, Orientation Room (Room 203)