MIDDLE SCHOOL – Phyllis Wilson Moore is the creator
of the Literary Map of West Virginia and a frequent presenter on WV
HUMOR – June Langford Berkley is a ninth-generation Appalachian and
traveler who documents her ancestry to thirteen European countries and
her family saga in storytelling performances and fiction. Recognized as
one of the state's outstanding writers on the Literary Map of West
Virginia, she is
published in multiple genres, most recently a
contribution to Beyond Hill
Original Readings in Appalachian Women’s Studies.
CHILDREN’S BOOKS – Marc
Harshman is a well-known storyteller, widely
published poet and author of numerous children’s picture books,
the Way to Morning.
Meredtih Sue Willis has published fourteen books including the
novel Oradell at Sea. The Harvard Educational Review called
her book about writing, Personal Fiction Writing, "a terrific resource
for the classroom teacher as well as the novice writer." She
presently teaches novel writing at New York University. She is
also an anti-racism activist in her local community and a four-season
organic gardener. Her website is at http://www.meredithsuewillis.com.
John Hoppenthaler, English Department Coordinator, WVU-P, is
featured on the
Literary Map of West Virginia. His
poems, essays and interviews have been published in a wide variety of
LONG POETRY – Barbara
Smith, poet, novelist, book reviewer, literary critic, editor,
ethicist, and essayist-at-large has served as both writer and editor
creative writing publications throughout West Virginia and the Appalachian
region. A resident of Philippi,
WV, she is professor
emeritus at Alderson-Broaddus
GENRE SHORT STORY – Laura Benedict
is the author of
Isabella Moon, a small town thriller that will be
Ballantine Books in the fall of 2007. She's written fiction for Ellery
Queen Mystery Magazine and is one of the editors of Surreal
an anthology of short fiction. She lives in Illinois with her husband Pinkney.
– Cat Pleska , a native of Putnam County, WV,
is a freelance editor/writer, with special expertise in the
field of memoir and personal essay.
SCRIPTS – Jean Battlo - A native of McDowell
Jean Battlo is an acclaimed playwright, poet, novelist and historian
plays have been performed in several states.
SHORT STORY – Jimmy Carl Harris, a
retired Marine, writes stories and
novels about strong women, weak preachers, and brave Marines.
(Grades 1 – 4) Joan Stewart, a retired RN, Regional Rep. for WVW
vice-president of Ohio Valley Literary Group, writes children's
children's books, horror stories, and short humorous memoirs.
YOUNG WRITERS POETRY
– Wilma Acree
taught 7th grade English for 32 years before retiring in 1997.
She writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction,
and is Executive Director of OVLG and editor of Confluence literary
WRITERS PROSE – Karin Fuller
is a lifestyle columnist for The Sunday-Gazette Mail, has been recognized annually as one of West
columnists by the West Virginia Press Association. In 2003, her columns
awarded first place (general interest) by the National Society of
Columnists. Karin will present workshops on writing columns.
LENGTH PROSE – John Temple a former newspaper
reporter, is a nonfiction book author and
journalism professor. He lives in Morgantown, WV.
In 2005, the University Press of
Mississippi published Temple’s
first book, Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office. Deadhouse
chronicles the exploits of a
diverse team of death investigators at a coroner’s office in Pittsburgh.
APPALACHIAN WRITING – George Brosi serves as Editor of the Berea College regional literary magazine, Appalachian
Heritage. As a bookseller he serves academic and public libraries
and various events as a provider of regional books. He is a
sectional editor of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF APPALACHIA and co-editor of two
books, one about Don West, the poet who founded of the Appalachian
South Folklife Center in Pipestem, and the other about Jesse Stuart, a
popular 20th Century Eastern Kentucky writer. George will present a
workshop on Appalachian writing and one on Small Publications.