updated 3/21/07

            MIDDLE SCHOOL Phyllis Wilson Moore is the creator of the Literary Map of West Virginia and a frequent presenter on WV Authors. 

            HUMOR – June Langford Berkley is a ninth-generation Appalachian and world traveler who documents her ancestry to thirteen European countries and imagines 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 and Hollow: 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, including All the Way to Morning.

            EMERGING WRITERS: PROSE – 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.

            EMERGING WRITERS: POETRY – 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 literary journals. 

            LONG POETRY – Barbara Smith, poet, novelist, book reviewer, literary critic, editor, educator, ethicist, and essayist-at-large has served as both writer and editor for many creative writing publications throughout West Virginia and the Appalachian region.   A resident of Philippi, WV, she is professor emeritus at Alderson-Broaddus College.

GENRE SHORT STORY – Laura Benedict is the author of Isabella Moon, a small town thriller that will be published by Ballantine Books in the fall of 2007.  She's written fiction for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and is one of the editors of Surreal South, an anthology of short fiction.  She lives in Illinois with her husband Pinkney.

            NONFICTION – 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 County, Jean Battlo is an acclaimed playwright, poet, novelist and historian whose plays have been performed in several states.

SHORT STORYJimmy Carl Harris, a retired Marine, writes stories and novels about strong women, weak preachers, and brave Marines.

             ELEMENTARY (Grades 1 – 4) Joan Stewart, a retired RN, Regional Rep. for WVW and vice-president of Ohio Valley Literary Group, writes children's stories, 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 magazine.

YOUNG WRITERS PROSE –  Karin Fuller is a lifestyle columnist for The Sunday-Gazette Mail, has been recognized annually as one of West Virginia’s top columnists by the West Virginia Press Association. In 2003, her columns were awarded first place (general interest) by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Karin will present workshops on writing columns.

            BOOK 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.