This program's topic is political biography --how to write them , what they entail, why they are important! Sean Murphy of the Virginia Center for Literary Arts will host the panel. VCLA is a nonprofit organization seeking to advance the appreciation of and passion for the literary arts through programs that support expression, education, and the sharing of writing and literature.
Our mission is to build and support a dynamic, innovative community that provides established and emerging writers with time and space to create, and the resources to encourage and inspire writers at all stages of their careers.
Located in the historic town of Winchester, Virginia, VCLA serves as a writer’s residency, a writing retreat center, workshop space, a place of learning and creativity, and a vibrant community in support of writing and the literary arts. In addition, it’s a venue for readings, author talks, and events that share and promote the appreciation of literature, art, cuisine and culture.
About the Author
Harry Jaffe is a legend among journalists and writers covering the city of Washington, DC — its politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. Beyond Washington, his work has been published in Playboy, Yahoo News, Men’s Health, Harper’s, Esquire and newspapers from the San Francisco Examiner to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s appeared in documentary films, TV and radio across the country and Europe.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy asked Jaffe to become his press secretary in 1978. Moving to DC, he helped get Leahy’s message to state and local media while preparing the senator for reelection. He resumed reporting with States News Service, writing about Congress and the federal government for newspapers in the Bay Area in 1980. As Washingtonian’s National Editor from 1990 on, he won many awards for investigative feature writing.As an educator, Jaffe started lecturing at Georgetown University in 1984 and became an assistant professor of media studies at American University. In 1986 he taught journalism and media at the American University in Rome.In addition to contributing to Washingtonian and other publications, Jaffe is at work on a number of collaborations and books, as well as treatments for dramatic productions.
Howard Means was Senior Writer for Washingtonian magazine from 1977-1982 and Senior Editor from 1989-2000. In between, he was Critic at Large and an editorial board member for the Orlando Sentinel and an op-ed columnist for King Features Syndicate. At the Washingtonian, he won three William Allen White Medals for feature writing. Among his earlier books are the first biography of Colin Powell, a selection of the History Book Club; The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation, also a featured selection of the History Book Club; and most recently, Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, and the American Story.