Kevin McFadden is the chief operating officer of the Virginia Humanities, overseeing planning and management of its programs. He worked for nine years as the associate program director of the Virginia Festival of the Book, continues development of the Virginia Center for the Book, and has written and edited for Virginia Humanities newsletters and advocacy initiatives.  McFadden is the author of Hardscrabble, winner of the George Garrett Award for poetry from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a New Writers Award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association. He was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia.