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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Anne Helen Petersen

BuzzFeed News
Senior Culture Writer
Missoula, MT

Anne Helen Petersen is a Features Writer at BuzzFeed, currently serving as BuzzFeed News' Western Correspondent, covering culture in the Mountain West. She grew up in rural Idaho and has lived in small towns all over the United States, from Putney, VT to Walla Walla, WA. Her most recent book is, "Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Women," published by Penguin in 2017. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in media studies and taught as a professor for several years.



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