2018 Festival Authors O – Z

Elaine Neil Orr is the author of A Different Sun and the memoir, Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life. Her current novel, Swimming Between Worlds is set in Winston Salem during the turbulent 1960’s.

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

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

 

Michael Parker is a short story writer, novelist, and journalist. He is the author of six novels, the most recent All I Have in this World, and three collections of stories. His latest short story collection is Everything, Then and Since.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – In Conversation with Lee Smith, Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center.

 

Rebecca Todd Peters is a feminist and Christian social ethicist. She’s the author of several books, the most recent being Trust Women: A Progressive Christian Argument for Reproductive Justice.

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


Emilia Phillips
is a poet and essayist. She is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Groundspeed, and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike.

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


Daniel Pink 
is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which has spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 37 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.

Friday, May 18, 7:00 pm – Author Talk, Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center

 


Kevin Powers
is the author of the novel The Yellow Birds, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the poetry collection Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. A Shout in the Ruins is his latest novel.

Saturday, May 19, 7:00 pm – Author Talk, International Civil Rights Center and Museum Auditorium

 

Kathleen Purvis is a food journalist and editor of The Charlotte Observer. She is the author of Pecans and Bourbon, two volumes in the Savor the South cookbook series, as well as Distilling the South: A Guide to Touring Southern Craft Distilleries.

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

 

Tita Ramirez is a professor at Elon University, where she teaches fiction writing.

Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – Moderator, A Conversation with John Duberstein (The Bright Hour), Greensboro Cultural Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

John Shelton Reed is a retired university professor who lives in Chatham County. Most of his books are about the South, and his two most recent are about barbecue, including Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – In Conversation with John T. Edge, Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center

 

Jordan Rice is the author of Constellarium  and co-editor of the anthology Voices of Transgender Parents. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review and Mississippi Review, among others.

Sunday, May 20, 1:00 pm – Transgender/Gender Fluid Writers panel, Nussbaum Room, Central Library

Sunday, May 20, 3:30 pm – Contemporary Poetry panel, Triad Stage Cabaret

 

Susan Rivers is an award-winning playwright and the author of The Second Mrs. Hockaday, an Indie Next Pick.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Historical Fiction Workshop, Greensboro Cultural Center, Room 203

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

 

Andrew Saulters is the editor of Unicorn Press.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – Moderator, Unicorn Press panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room


Deonna Kelli Sayed
is a creative non-fiction and short story writer, a storyteller, and an award-winning journalist. Her essays have appeared in two anthologies, including Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. 

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

 

Cathryne Schmitz is the co-author of Transformative Change: An Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies.

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

 

Deborah Seabrooke and Marianne Gingher co-founded Jukebox Puppet Theatre in 2009 and have been performing puppets plays for adults ever since.

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Jabberbox Puppets and Daniel Wallace, Hyers Theatre, Greensboro Cultural Center

 

Jared Yates Sexton is the author of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, as well as three short story collections, including An End to All Things.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – The End of the World as We Know It panel discussion, Preyer Hall, Greensboro History Museum

 

Julia Ridley Smith is an associate editor at Bull City Press and teaches fiction writing at UNC Greensboro. Her short stories and essays have appeared most recently in the New England Review and Southern Cultures.

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

 

Krystal A. Smith is a Black lesbian writer of poetry and fiction. Her debut collection of speculative short fiction is Two Moons.

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

 

Lee Smith is the author of twelve novels, including On Agate Hill, and four short story collections, including Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. Her memoir, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, is her latest book.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am – In Conversation with Michael Parker, Van Dyke Performance Space, Greensboro Cultural Center

 

Chris Stamey is a singer, songwriter, and record producer, as well as a founding member of the dB’s. He is the author of A Spy in the House of Loud.

Saturday, May 19, 8:30 pm – In Conversation with Eddie Huffman, Greensboro Project Space


James L. Swanson
is the author of the New York Times bestseller Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, as well as its young adult adaptation, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. His new book is Chasing King’s Killer.

Friday, May 18, 5:00 pm – International Civil Rights Center and Museum Auditorium

 

Josephus Thompson is a poet, educator, and founder of The Poetry Project.

Friday, May 18, 8:30 pm – Poetry Event, Triad Stage Cabaret


John Francis Trump
is a journalist, editor, and the author of Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits on the Old North State.

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

 

Kate Tourney is the author of What Do Llamas Do? She lives in Greensboro.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am –  Picture Book Authors reading, Children’s Room, Central Library

 

Daniel Wallace is an alligator wrangler, an artist, and author of several novels, including Extraordinary Adventures, Big Fish, and The Watermelon King. He’ll be appearing with the Jabberbox Puppets

Saturday, May 19, 2:00 pm – Hyers Theatre, Greensboro Cultural Center

 

Kevin Morgan Watson is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of Press 53. He has also won awards for his own writing.

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

 

Jay Ward was ranked 14th in the world for slam poetry in 2015. He was Charlotte’s Poet of the Year in 2016 He is Prgram Director for BreatheInk, where he facilitates writing and performance workshops and coaches youth poets.

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

 

Maura Way is the author of the poetry collection, Another Bungalow. Her poetry has appeared in several magazines and journals, including Verse and DIAGRAM.

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

 

Lea Williams is a speaker and a scholar. She is the author of Servants of the People: The 1960’s Legacy of African American Leadership and the middle grade book, We Who Believe in Freedom: The Life and Times of Ella Baker.

Saturday, May 19, 11:15 am – Middle Grade Author panel, International Civil Rights Center and Museum

 

Amy Wright is the author of Everything in the Universe, Cracker Sonnets, and five chapbooks, including the nonfiction collection, Wherever the Land Is.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am –  Unicorn Press panel, Nussbaum Room, Central Library.

 

Lynn York is the author of two novels, The Piano Teacher and The Sweet Life. She is the publisher at Blair.

Saturday, May 19, 4:30 pm – Moderator, Blair Press panel, Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

Michele Young-Stone is the author of the novels Lost in the Beehive, Above Us Only Sky, and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, which the Boston Globe called “an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut.”

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