Black Liquid: [2A] Storycraft / Shortform Fiction

                     [3B] Write Your Heart Out

Black Liquid is a MC, Promoter, Teacher, & WRIR 97.3FM & WDCE 90.1FM DJ & Hip-Hop Director.  His two radio shows & independent event series give artists what he gives himself, exposure & opportunities, while in the classroom he works to empower the youth through expression.

Black Liquid is a MC, Promoter, Teacher, & WRIR 97.3FM & WDCE 90.1FM DJ & Hip-Hop Director.  His two radio shows & independent event series give artists what he gives himself, exposure & opportunities, while in the classroom he works to empower the youth through expression.

 

Shelley Callahan: [2B] Brainstormapalooza

Shelley Briggs Callahan is the author of The House of Life (Chop Suey Books, 2016). In her career, she has traveled extensively across the U.S. and around the world reporting on the burden of poverty and working to support communities in need. She is currently the Director of Development for the non-profit organization Children Incorporated. Callahan lives in Richmond, Virginia. 

Shelley Briggs Callahan is the author of The House of Life (Chop Suey Books, 2016). In her career, she has traveled extensively across the U.S. and around the world reporting on the burden of poverty and working to support communities in need. She is currently the Director of Development for the non-profit organization Children Incorporated. Callahan lives in Richmond, Virginia. 

 

Cindy Cunningham: [4B] Storycraft / Longform Fiction

Cindy Cunningham writes to counteract alternative facts; sometimes this happens in poetry, sometimes in nonfiction, and, soon, in fiction. She recently was involved in the infamous Rest-Area-Potty-Riot on the way to the D.C. Women’s March. When not marching, she gains knowledge from her brilliant students at ARGS in Petersburg, VA.

Cindy Cunningham writes to counteract alternative facts; sometimes this happens in poetry, sometimes in nonfiction, and, soon, in fiction. She recently was involved in the infamous Rest-Area-Potty-Riot on the way to the D.C. Women’s March. When not marching, she gains knowledge from her brilliant students at ARGS in Petersburg, VA.

 

Gail Giewont: [8B] Intensity in Ten Cities

  Gail Giewont started writing poetry about boys she had crushes on when she was sixteen years old. When she grew up, she wrote a book of poems about other things, like roadkill and taxidermy. A writing teacher, she loves her dogs, bees, vultures, and books, although not necessarily in that order.

 

Gail Giewont started writing poetry about boys she had crushes on when she was sixteen years old. When she grew up, she wrote a book of poems about other things, like roadkill and taxidermy. A writing teacher, she loves her dogs, bees, vultures, and books, although not necessarily in that order.

 

Julie Glover: [9A] Creative Cardistry

Julie loves books. She believes that books forge compassion and force our eyes open to worlds unseen. She adores the Tarot for the exact same reasons! The powerful images of the Tarot awaken a magical language inside of us. When Julie is not working as a bookseller or nose deep in a book, she is studying the cards with her faithful gray furred familiar, Penelope.

Julie loves books. She believes that books forge compassion and force our eyes open to worlds unseen. She adores the Tarot for the exact same reasons! The powerful images of the Tarot awaken a magical language inside of us. When Julie is not working as a bookseller or nose deep in a book, she is studying the cards with her faithful gray furred familiar, Penelope.

 

Harry Heckel: [4A] Fairytale Remix

Harry Heckel started by writing pen and paper roleplaying games, notably for White Wolf Game Studio, before moving into novels. As Lee Lightner, he co-authored two Space Wolf novels set in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently half of the writing team of Jack Heckel, and under that name has written The Charming Tales series from Harper Voyager Impulse. His latest novel from Harper is TheDark Lord, a parody of epic fantasy, stuffed with geek references. He is currently writing the next book inthe series, The Darker Lord, and preparing for The Darkest Lord, both scheduled for release in 2018.He can be found at www.harryheckel.com and www.jackheckel.com.

Harry Heckel started by writing pen and paper roleplaying games, notably for White Wolf Game Studio, before moving into novels. As Lee Lightner, he co-authored two Space Wolf novels set in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently half of the writing team of Jack Heckel, and under that name has written The Charming Tales series from Harper Voyager Impulse. His latest novel from Harper is TheDark Lord, a parody of epic fantasy, stuffed with geek references. He is currently writing the next book inthe series, The Darker Lord, and preparing for The Darkest Lord, both scheduled for release in 2018.He can be found at www.harryheckel.com and www.jackheckel.com.

Erika Howsare: [9B] Storycraft / Shortform

Erika Howsare is a genre-ambivalent writer who loves projects that grow from walking across a small state, observing the weather every day for a year, or pretending to be a geology-obsessed beauty queen. She and Kate Schapira published a collaborative book last year called FILL: A Collection. 

Erika Howsare is a genre-ambivalent writer who loves projects that grow from walking across a small state, observing the weather every day for a year, or pretending to be a geology-obsessed beauty queen. She and Kate Schapira published a collaborative book last year called FILL: A Collection. 

 

Lana Krumwiede: [1A] Mashup Mania

Lana Krumwiede began her writing career by creating stories and poems for publications such as Highlights, High Five, Spider, Babybug, The Friend, and Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul. Her first novel,Freakling (Candlewick, 2012) was named a finalist for SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award and an honor book for the International Reading Association’s Intermediate Fiction Award. Freakling was followed by two more novels,  Archon (2013) and True Son (2015). Lana is also the author of the picture book Just Itzy (2015) and editor of the anthology River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond (2016). She lives with her husband and daughter in Midlothian, where she runs a writers’ group, Richmond Children’s Writers.

Lana Krumwiede began her writing career by creating stories and poems for publications such as HighlightsHigh FiveSpiderBabybugThe Friend, and Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul. Her first novel,Freakling (Candlewick, 2012) was named a finalist for SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award and an honor book for the International Reading Association’s Intermediate Fiction Award. Freakling was followed by two more novels,  Archon (2013) and True Son (2015). Lana is also the author of the picture book Just Itzy (2015) and editor of the anthology River City Secrets: Stories from Richmond (2016). She lives with her husband and daughter in Midlothian, where she runs a writers’ group, Richmond Children’s Writers.

Matt Micou: [7A] We All Live in a Character Submarine

Matt Micou is a writer, actor, improviser, director and producer. Matt moved back to Virginia in 2012 after many years in Chicago, where he studied improv at Second City, iO and the Annoyance theater. After graduating from the Second City writing program, Matt founded the sketch comedy group Grandma June’s Sewing Circle. Together, they performed in front of sellout crowds in theaters across Chicago, New Hampshire, the Quad Cities, Austin, Texas and the 2008 and 2010 Chicago Sketchfest. Matt also performed on Chopper, his improv team at iO, Long Pause, a video/live sketch hybrid, as well as many independent teams. He is currently a writer/performer for RVA Tonight and performs on the house team Da Vinci, as well as Horse Apples and Big Bosses. Yes, he's the guy in the Virginia Green commercials.

Matt Micou is a writer, actor, improviser, director and producer. Matt moved back to Virginia in 2012 after many years in Chicago, where he studied improv at Second City, iO and the Annoyance theater. After graduating from the Second City writing program, Matt founded the sketch comedy group Grandma June’s Sewing Circle. Together, they performed in front of sellout crowds in theaters across Chicago, New Hampshire, the Quad Cities, Austin, Texas and the 2008 and 2010 Chicago Sketchfest. Matt also performed on Chopper, his improv team at iO, Long Pause, a video/live sketch hybrid, as well as many independent teams. He is currently a writer/performer for RVA Tonight and performs on the house team Da Vinci, as well as Horse Apples and Big Bosses. Yes, he's the guy in the Virginia Green commercials.

Lauren Miner: [3A] The Hydra

Lauren Miner is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English. She’s led creative-writing workshops at VCU, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the UVa Young Writers’ Workshop, and elsewhere. Currently, she serves as an assistant poetry editor at the Four Way Review, and she is the Artist-in-Residence for the James River Park System.

Lauren Miner is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned an MFA in creative writing and an MA in English. She’s led creative-writing workshops at VCU, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, the UVa Young Writers’ Workshop, and elsewhere. Currently, she serves as an assistant poetry editor at the Four Way Review, and she is the Artist-in-Residence for the James River Park System.