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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Counting down to the deadline for the WV Writers Ink anthology


Editors: Cat Pleska and Michael Knost
Title: West Virginia Writers Inked (working title)
Submission period begins: September 1, 2011
Submission period ends: December 31, 2011

Please do not check on submission status until March 1, 2012

Publishing Date: Spring 2012

Word count: Up to 3,000 words

Payment: Five-cents per word

Email submissions as an RTF (Rich Text Format) attachment to:

Or snail mail your printed submission to:

WVW, Inc. submissions
c/o L. Barker
104 Silverwood Lane
Charleston, WV 25320.

Note: this anthology is open to West Virginia Writers, Inc. members only. Annual membership cost is $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, and $5 to anyone under the age of 18. Learn more at our MEMBERSHIP PAGE.

This will be a multi-genre* anthology. Accepted are general and literary fiction, literary nonfiction, and narrative poetry.

*(Multi-genre also includes mystery, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc.).

Please keep the story clean of profanity and/or adult content.

No reprints or simultaneous submissions.

Please make sure your name, address, phone number, and email are listed on a cover page of the manuscript. Do not include your name or other identifying info on the rest of the manuscript.

Questions? Email:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Poetry Reading & Open mic in Bluefield

(News courtesy of Rob Merritt)

Share your art.  Connect with other writers and readers. Come to the WindHorse Healing Arts Center Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7 PM.

WindHorse Healing Arts Center
422 North Street
Bluefield, WV
(Coming from Bluefield College, turn left at Community Center flashing light, follow road curving to right. Building is on the left just past a parking lot.)

Refreshments available
For more information or Directions
contact Rob Merritt: 304-920-1860

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Author signing in Morgantown

WV Writers member R.G.Yoho will be among the authors signing books at Barnes & Noble in Morgantown, West Virginia, on November 12th, from 1-4 PM.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Haunted Panhandle Ghost Story contest honors winners

Great article about the Haunted Panhandle Ghost story contest, co-sponsored by WV Writers.  Thanks to regional representative Jay Tabor for organizing the event and the contest.  You can read it HERE.

Monday, November 07, 2011

GVT Community Poetry Reading in Lewisburg

Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30pm

Whether you like to listen to or recite poetry, GVT’s Community Poetry Reading offers an opportunity for young and seasoned poets. The Poetry Reading begins at 7:30pm on November 8th, complete with tea, coffee, and tasty treats provided by GVT.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Admission is free and no reservations are required.

    The Poetry Reading is designed to give everyone a chance to read and/or listen to great poetry.  Anyone may sign up to read poetry they’ve written or poetry they love as part of the event.  Guest readers from the West Virginia Writers are invited to participate as well. 

The Poetry Reading is in partnership with the West Virginia Writers. 

2012 Greenbrier Valley Theatre New Voices Festival of Plays now accepting submissions

Now accepting one-act play submissions for GVT's 2012 NEW VOICES FESTIVAL OF PLAYS!
GVT is now accepting submissions for the2012 New Voices Festival of Plays.  GVT is seeking one-act plays approximately 15-30 minutes in length.

Please mail all submissions to:
 Laurie Riffe, Education Director
Greenbrier Valley Theatre
113 East Washington Street, Lewisburg WV  24901.

Please note that all submissions must be received by Thursday December 1.  Submissions will not be returned.  Playwrights will be notified of acceptance in the festival by Friday December 23th.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

River City Youth Ballet features WV Poetry

Several  West Virginia poets, some youth--some not, will be featured in "Poetry in Motion" an original production of the River City Youth Ballet of Charleston. The ballet opens at  7:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2010, at the WV Culture Center, Charleston, West Virginia. Choreographed by Artistic Director, Michelle Raider, and Margaret Lieberman, Heather Looney, and Rob Roycey, the ballet features poetry by West Virginia students and by selected West Virginia poets. Anthony Braxton, state winner of the "Poetry Out Loud" competition sponsored by Arts in Education, will be one of the guest readers.

Members of West Virginia Writers, Inc., will recognize many of the feature poets as current or former members and some JUG Award winners. Tickets are available at the door or  may be obtained by. calling the
studio 304-925-3262. Ticket prices are Adults $12.00 Youth 12 and under, $8.00

Poetry incorporated into the ballet:
  • "Appalachia" by Muriel Miller Dressler formerly of St. Albans
  • "Bob Thompson" by Colleen Anderson of Charleston
  • "Faldang" by  Louise McNeill formerly of  Buckey (past West Virginia poet laureate)
  • "Flowing Waters" by Father Everett Francis Briggs (formerly of Monongah)
  • "Incantation" by Barbara Wilkie Tedford of Elkins
  • "It Was the Wind" by Don West formerly of Pipestem
  • "On the Eighth Day" by Phyllis Wilson Moore of Clarksburg
  • "Three Women on a Porch" by Gail Galloway Adams formerly of Morgantown
  • "Touching the Stars" by Vera Andrews Harvey formerly of Huntington (past state poet laureate)
  • "Twilight" by Lee Mays formerly of Ripley
For more information contact River City Youth Ballet office at 304-925-3262

Friday, November 04, 2011

The passing of a friend

 (From Terry McNemar)

The Passing of a Dear Friend

Dick Lewis
It is with the heartfelt regret that we inform you of the passing of one of West Virginia Writers finest. Richard A. “Dick” Lewis died on a Tuesday, November 1. He was seventy-five. He leaves his wife Judie, daughters Nancy and Marcy, sons Michael, Scott, and John, eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Quite a living legacy, and there’s more.

Dick was a retired Accountant, a U. S. Army veteran, Vice President of the Master Gardeners, a board member of the WV Writers, Inc. serving as Treasurer and 1st VP, and a member of the Toastmasters Club. In his retirement Dick and Judie hosted many at their Bed and Breakfast, The Stone Manse Inn.

Dick was one of us. He was a writer. His stories are compelling and well crafted - a fascinating storyteller and living proof is his collection, Naked Man’s Rock.

I guess it was Dick’s nature to give back and he gave back to this organization ten-fold. As a regional rep, I sat in on board meetings and when Dick offered his two cents on an issue, it was solid gold. As treasurer his wisdom kept the executive board on the straight and narrow, even past his term. Unless you are an executive board member and witness firsthand what these members give of themselves to the group, you will have to take it from us who the real heroes of West Virginia Writers are. Dick Lewis was such a man.

Dick was awarded the J.U.G. – Just Uncommonly Good! Jug Award at the 2010 Awards Banquet for what he’d given of himself to West Virginia Writers.

And you know, he’s giving still.

In Lieu of Flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Virginia Writers, Inc.; 906 18th St., Vienna, WV 26105 (


You may list your condolences and learn of funeral arrangements at Wallace and Wallace, Inc - Funeral Homes

To get a copy of Dick's book, Naked Man's Rock, click here.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Richard Lewis Memorial Service

Wallace and Wallace Inc. is handling the funeral arrangements for Dick Lewis.
According to the web site,
<<In Lieu of Flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Virginia Writers, Inc.; 906 18th St., Vienna, WV 26105 (>>
Isn't it touching that out of all the worthy causes that could have been named, WVW was chosen?
Here's the contact info for the funeral home:
  1. (304) 645-2060
    102 N Jefferson St, Lewisburg, WV

      Wednesday, November 02, 2011

      Member passing

      It is with great regret that I inform you that WV Writers member Richard A. Lewis has passed away.  During his time with WV Writers, Richard served as parliamentarian, 1st vice president and treasurer.  He was always a soul given to providing wise counsel with an eye toward the health of the organization.  He was also a friend who I knew from writing workshops I took with him for several years in the Lewisburg area.  

      In 2010 he published a collection of his short fiction entitled Naked Man's Rock.

      Richard battled cancer over the past year and had been in remission until the last week.

      Tuesday, November 01, 2011

      NANOWRIMO 2011 begins

      National Novel Writing Month is traditionally the month of November.  It's the month writers are encouraged to pound out that book they've been threatening to write for years.  Or start a new one with no idea where it will go.  Find out info and tips at the official NANOWRIMO site, linked below...