VFH Welcomes New Director for the Festival of the Book

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Virginia Festival of the Book program director, Jane Kulow
Virginia Festival of the Book program director, Jane Kulow

Virginia Festival of the Book program director, Jane Kulow
Virginia Festival of the Book program director, Jane Kulow

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) welcomes Jane Kulow as the new program director for the Virginia Festival of the Book. Kulow steps into the role vacated by Nancy Damon, program director since 2000 and recently retired.

Kulow has been closely involved with the Festival since arriving in Charlottesville in 2006, first as a volunteer working in the Festival office year-round, then coordinating Publishing Day for the past five years. Since 2012, she has managed communications, advocacy, and board logistics as assistant to the VFH president, Robert C. Vaughan III.

The Festival staff team includes the program director; Center for the Book director, Susan Coleman; and VFH events manager, Tori Talbot. The staff team works year around on the Festival and organizes the efforts of the wider VFH staff and a community of volunteers, hosts, venues, and other partners.

“We welcome Jane, who is a seasoned veteran of the Festival having worked as a volunteer for several years, including organizing the Festival’s popular Book Fair and Publishing Day.” – Susan Coleman

Kulow’s community involvements include serving as a Trustee of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library; serving on the advocacy, and now fundraising, committee of Build Crozet Library; and serving as President of the Albemarle County Public Schools Parent Council.

“I am deeply honored and very excited to take on the Festival of the Book, no matter how daunting it is to follow Nancy and the Festival’s twenty-year legacy,” Kulow said. “Every year the Festival brings in an extraordinary influx of creativity and new ideas to refresh and revitalize us all, and adds immeasurably to the life and vibrancy of the Charlottesville and Albemarle communities.”

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a five-day festival of mostly free events celebrating books, reading, and literacy, celebrated its twentieth year in March 2014. The twenty-first Festival will be held March 18-22, 2015.

The Festival is a signature program of the VFH Center for the Book—the hub of VFH’s literature and literacy programming, affiliated with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

The Festival has consistently attracted audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty states each spring, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually.

Participant applications for the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book will be available at VaBook.org by the end of May. The Festival announces ticketed events in mid-September.

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