Meet the Critics!

Claire Boswell is a writer, teacher and theatre critic living in Richmond, VA. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches in the English Department at Virginia State University.

Claire’s reviews can be seen in Style WeeklyThe Richmond Times-Dispatch and here, at SpotlightRVA.com. She is a member of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle, where she serves as the Director of the Artsies Mentorship Program.

Her fiction and creative nonfiction can be seen in in SledgehammerThe RS 500 and elsewhere. She is currently working on her debut novel with the support of Catapult’s Online Novel Generator, led by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. To learn more about Claire and her writing, visit her website,  claireboswellwrites.com.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Toniraye Moss is a published author, vocalist, actress, dancer, event host, motivational speaker, and advocate with over four decades of performing arts experience. Her purpose is to inspire people to greatness through the performing arts, motivational speaking, writing and advocacy.

Toniraye has performed/served as entertainer, missionary, and motivational speaker in the United States, Africa, and Japan and is a member of New Beginnings Church. She was inducted in 2012 as a Sweetheart of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, and is an active member of the Virginia State University Alumni Band Association.

Her creative nonfiction can be seen in One Twenty One and plain china: An Online Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing.

Toniraye’s motto and belief: “As long as there is breath in your body, you still have a chance! It’s never too late!”

Julie Hartill Turner, former theatre reviewer for GayRVA who now blogs at www.inkqueery.com, is a member of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle and the co-owner of a full-service editing business Better Beta Readers (www.betterbetareaders.com). As an out an proud bisexual, Turner is active in the local LGBTQIA community and a strong advocate for the voice of the marginalized. 

Julie has been a litigation paralegal for more than twenty years, but her passion is words. She has published numerous reviews, essays, and short and flash fiction in various publications such as Lambda Literary, Curve Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and many literary e-zines. She has written one novel – A Date With the Fairy Drag Queen – which she is actively querying and is working on a second.