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Thursday, August 30, 2012



NO ENTRY FEE Deadline: September 7, 2012.

Seeking original full-length plays confronting racial or ethnic issues, especially those calling for ethnically diverse and/or multi-racial casting with meaty roles for university-level actors.

Produced scripts are welcomed, but preference will be given to world premiers. Winner receives a $1,000 cash prize plus a staged reading and audience talk-back at Theatre University of Alabama Birmingham.

Submit script, along with a brief synopsis and a cover letter highlighting author's theatre experience. E-mail:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Anthology of Appalachian Writers Call for Submissions

Colleagues and writers, please forward this email to your students, fellow writers, and colleagues, announcing submission information for volume five of the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen Moran Laskas Volume.  Attached are full details about the anthology and submission requirements, also detailed in brief below.  Thanks for sharing. 
Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt
AAW Managing Editor
The WV Center for the Book
The Shepherd University Foundaton
Submissions: To submit any original, unpublished work of fiction or poetry for consideration by the editors for the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Gretchen  Moran Laskas Volume V, send an electronic copy, along with the information below, to Dr. S. Bailey Shurbutt,
Format for Submissions: Click here for submission format.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2012.
Title of Submission:___________________________________________________________
E-mail:___________________________________ Phone:_____________________________
Brief Biography (limit 100 words):_______________________________________________

Monday, August 27, 2012

Regional WV Online Magazine Premiere


FLUENT MAGAZINE covers the arts, culture and events in West Virginia's Shenandoah Valley counties and neighboring regions.

With your free subscription to FLUENT, you'll receive a new issue every two months by email.

In the meantime, check out the FLUENT website at for daily updates, arts news and a comprehensive listing of regional arts and cultural events. You are receiving this issue because you have subscribed, have asked for a copy or are a friend of the publisher. I hope you enjoy it.

The next issue will be available in mid-September.

To read the premiere issue of FLUENT, click on the link below:

To download a pdf of the issue, go to

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

WV author Breece D'J Pancake honored

From Phyllis Wilson Moore 

The Summer 2012 issue of Appalachian Heritage features the work of WV author Breece D'J Pancake.
If you are interested in a copy, it is available from the subscription office: The U of NC Press.  The issue mentions Breece's interest in the work of author Chuck Kinder, also of WV. 
Telephone # is 919-962-4201 or email <>  
It is a nice retrospective of his work.
Perhaps we will see some festivals in his honor in the near future.  It would be great to have one in Milton and utilize "his library" there.   And we could have a festival to honor  Kinder in one of his WV home towns! 
Best regards,

Monday, August 13, 2012

Writers/Literary Conference Oct 12 Charleston WV

Writers/Literary Conference set for

Oct. 12 in Charleston, WV

Top-Selling Authors Offer Advice and Experience

Terra Alta—Top-selling authors come together in Charleston one day before the West Virginia Book Festival. A day of workshops and speakers will be available at the Holiday Inn Civic Center on Oct. 12.
Sponsored by West Virginia publisher Headline Books, this promises to be a day of education and entertainment.

Published authors, would-be authors, readers, librarians, parents, teachers, and children are all invited to attend this one-day event. Details are available at

Headlining the event are Karna Small Bodman, former Senior Director of the National Security Council in the Reagan White House, and Rick Robinson, Grand Prize Winner at the London Book Festival.

Bodman is the author of four best-selling novels and her latest, Castle Bravo, unfolds a terrorist plot against the United States that threatens to take out all of the electronics through an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) that is so prevalent in current news. She will speak at the conference about how she turned her White House
experience into novels.

Rick Robinson is the author of four political thrillers and one nonfiction e-book, Strange Bedfellow—a collection of political columns. A columnist for the online newspaper, The Daily Caller, published by Tucker Carlson, Robinson writes from personal experience in Washington when he was legal counsel for Kentucky Senator Jim Bunn. A multi-award winning author, Robinson will be giving two workshops: Tips for Authors and how to reap benefits from Social Marketing and Branding for Internet Success. Robinson's new novel, Writ of Mandamus, was chosen for the One Book One Community Library Program in Kentucky.

Other workshops include West Virginia authors Barbara Smith—Using the Senses to Improve Your Writing, Melissa Harker Ridenour—Keeping Kids Safe: Strategies for Stranger Awareness and Safety, Colleen
Driscoll—Santa Exercises and Runs Across the Curriculum, and Ed Rehbein—How to Improve Your Landscape, Waterfall, and Wildflower Photography.

Also featured are NASCAR children's author Tim Packman and master storyteller and Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Lynn Salsi. Both will have afternoon presentations so bring the kids! Packman and Funny Dan the
Race Car Man will be talking with children about writing and racing and each attendee will receive a free Funny Dan Activity Book. Salsi will be presenting the Appalachian Jack Tales and you don't want to miss this! She has traveled the world with her presentation and is the author of six books.

For writers we also feature Don Helin, author of Thy Kingdom Come. His new novel, Devil's Den, will be released next month in Gettysburg, Pa. Don is retired from a career at the Pentagon and is presenting a workshop on How Fast Can a Novel Run: The Art of Pacing. Karl Stewart, author of The Legend of See Bird: The Last Long Drive, is a native West Virginian now living in Michigan. He will be sharing tips on how
to Research and Write Westerns.

And a special feature to this conference is new author Kevin Murphy, author of Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer: Coping With the Emotional Side of Cancer, foreword by Dr. Bernie Siegel. Kevin is an
inspirational and motivational speaker and his story has helped thousands of families increase their chances of staying together after being ravaged by this dreaded disease. Kevin speaks to American Cancer Society groups, doctors, and at hospitals across the country and is the featured speaker at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Survivor Luncheon at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown, W.Va.. August 24.

Headline Books will have 27 authors signing at the WV Book Festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center.

For more information about this event visit or call Headline Books 800-570-5951.

Authors available to speak to your group, book club, school. Children's School Show Program available.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lee Maynard on Fresh Air

A 2003 interview with Lee Maynard was just rebroadcast on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on August 3rd! It's a great interview.  Hear it at the link below...