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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Members Matter

WVW member Debbie Richard has had three poems accepted for publication this Fall/Winter. "The Cellar" will appear in the Fall issue of Halcyon magazine, "The Whippoorwill" in the Fall issue of WestWard Quarterly, and "Lifeline" in the December issue of The Storyteller.

Debbie's memoir, Hills of Home, about growing up in Appalachia, in the hills of West Virginia, was published in May 2014 by eLectio Publishing of LIttle Elm, TX. Hills of Home has recently been accepted into TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia in Beckley and West Virginia MarketPlace in the Capitol Market in Charleston. A copy is housed at the West Virginia Archives and History Library.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Denise Giardina to read at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg

BOOK DISCUSSION AND MEET THE AUTHOR: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

Author: Denise Giardina

When: Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm

Cost: Free, but a ticket is required.

     Call the Carnegie Hall office to register 304-645-7917.

Class size: minimum 5; maximum 400

Ages: 16 and older

Location: Carnegie Hall - 105 Church Street - Lewisburg, WV


Join us for an interactive discussion of Storming Heaven, by Denise

Giardina. After the discussion, you will have an opportunity to meet the

author. Denise Giardina's book, Storming Heaven, uses four strong,

entirely different voices to "evoke the passion and the pain of unionizing

the coal mines of Kentucky and West Virginia in the early 20th century. The

canvas is broad, the action complex but even minor characters quicken to

life in this memorable, beautifully written novel. The inhabitants of the hills

of Appalachia see their beloved land stolen by the coal companies; forced

to work in the mines, they are cheated out of their pay. Families starve, die

of malaria and dysentery and slowly, almost against their will, begin the

fearsome job of fighting back. In 1921, an army of 10,000 workers marches

on a single town. The coal companies, the police, and finally the federal

government close in; hundreds are killed and the man who masterminded

the attack is shot. As fast-paced and compulsively readable as a thriller, this

novel never overlooks the gentler pleasure of living on the land, falling in

love, raising a family. Stunning sensory images sear scenes on the mind's

eye. Giardina (Good King Harry) has written one of those rare books that

portrays a small world with impeccable clarity while telling an exciting story

in vigorous, elegant prose." (Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information,


This book club is offered in conjunction with the Coalfields and Molasses Making exhibit,

which will be on display at Carnegie Hall during the months of January and February 2015.


Monday, September 15, 2014

2014 Literary Tea series in Lewisburg

West Virginia Writers is once again co-producing the Literary Tea series alongside the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg.  The five week event will feature professional actors from the theatre as well as area winners of the WV Writers Writing Contest reading prose stories while attendees enjoy cookies and tea.

This year the Literary Tea series will begin Monday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.  West Virginia Writers first reader will be Dawn Baldwin, who was the 1st Place Winner in our Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change category in 2014 for her entry "What the Wild Things Are."  Dawn also placed honorable mention in the same category for her entry "Of Stars and Leaves."

Everyone is invited to attend and the event is free.

The prose teas will continue Sept 22, Sept 29, October 6 and Oct 13.  There will follow a community poetry tea on October 20, also at 5:30 p.m. which will be open for participation to all poets or even simply readers of existing poetry. 

All Literary Tea events will take place at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre on Washington Street in Lewisburg.