2019 Memoir

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of the memoir First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story. Al-Marashi is a recipient of a Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship and an Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writer Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the VIDA Review and The Rumpus.

Brian Belovitch

Krista Bremer 

Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning musician, poet, feminist, and a leader of the DIY movement. She founded Righteous Babe Records, making her one of the first artists to create her own label. She has recorded over twenty albums and collaborated with artists such as Pete Seeger, Chuck D, and Prince. She is the author of the memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream.

Jessica Handler is the author of the novel The Magnetic Girl. Her previous books are Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir. Handler’s work has appeared in such publications as Tin House, The Bitter Southerner, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, The Manifest-Station, Brevity, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Cathryn Hankla is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Galaxies and Great Bear. She is also the author of the memoir Lost Places. Hankla teaches in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University, where she chairs the English Department.

James Tate Hill

Cassandra Kircher is the author of Far Flung: Improvisations on National Parks, Driving to Russia, Not Marrying a Ranger, The Language of Heartbreak, and Other Natural Disasters. Her work has appeared in North Dakota Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Brevity, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches writing at Elon University.

Brian Lampkin is an owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro and a writer/performer with the band The Difficulties. His first book is The Tarboro Three.