As we look forward to next year's conference, we want to remind everyone that the magic of MVICW is made possible every year through the collaborative efforts of so many: the talented visiting authors and poets who inspire us; the donors who believe in our mission; the sponsors who support our program; and, of course, the incredible attendees who continue to make each year a unique and memorable experience. We thank you all for being such a valued part of our community. We could not do any of this without you!

Thank You

To everyone who has supported, inspired, and nourished us over the years!

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Visiting Writers

Our Donors

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The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. It was co-founded in 2010 by Caroline and Tony Grant. Their mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

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Leonard A. Slade, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies, and the former Director of the Humanistic Studies Doctoral Program and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at the State University of New York at Albany. He has taught English at Virginia State University, Kentucky State University, Skidmore College, Union College, and RPI. An Edmund J. James Scholar, Slade earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also studied at Bennington College, Middlebury College, and the University of Ghana in West Africa. Slade is the author of twenty-two books of poetry, which have been sold in China, Japan, India, Finland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Germany, France, Denmark, and Italy. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Northeast Modern Language Association Research Fellowship in Poetry, and a National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Award in Washington, D.C. Slade received The Langston Hughes Society Distinguished Service Award, The Southern Conference on African American Studies Book Award, The Poetry Gold Medal of Excellence Award, and The President's Excellence in Teaching Award at Kentucky State University and SUNY Albany. He lives with his wife in Albany, New York, and has one daughter.

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Carol Brown Goldberg is a painter/sculptor/filmmaker in metro DC area. A recipient of the Maryland State Arts Award, she has shown in hundreds of exhibitions in U.S., Europe, and Mexico, including solo exhibitions in Valladolid, Murcia, and Madrid, Spain. Permanent outdoor sculpture installations include Medina del Campo Sculpture Park in Spain, The Kreeger Museum, American University, George Washington University, Montclair State University, Reading Public Museum, Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute, and most recently at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC.  In 2012, she produced the award winning 11-minute film, The Color of Time and is being honored by Moment Magazine in November of 2018, alongside Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jane Mayer, as part of the 'Year of the Woman' Gala. Her current exhibition, Mirror Universe, is on view at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, MD through January of 2019. Other current exhibitions include “Full Circle: Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School” at The Luther W. Brady Art Gallery and “Recollection: Celebrating 15 Years of Exhibitions at BlackRock Center for the Arts,” at BlackRock Center for the Arts. She is represented by Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Washington, DC.

Henry H. Goldberg is the Chairman of Artery Capital Group, which he founded in 1959 when he graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Artery has constructed over 12,000 homes and acquired or built over 13,000 apartment units and over 3,000,000 square feet of commercial space.  Mr. Goldberg has experience with all aspects of commercial and residential construction, rehabilitation, and property management. Mr. Goldberg has previously been a member of the Apartment and Office Building Association (A.O.B.A.) and the Greater Washington Board of Trade and has served on several institutional boards, including the Brookings Council, the Advisory Board of American University, and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Children.  He served as a Board Member for Equity Residential Properties Trust as well as Madison National Bank. In 1989, Mr. Goldberg received the Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Maryland Business School and has served on the Board of the University of Maryland Foundation. He is currently very active in the community, supporting many local interests and charitable organizations.

Our Sponsors

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