H. Wayne Bowman has had work published in The Exquisite Corpse, Eclectica, Stark Raving Sanity, and the Write This literary reviews, and was included in the recently published Fish Drink Like Us short story anthology. Bowman serves as Professor of Theatre and Coordinator of Dramatic and Theatre arts at Ferrum College where he is in his twenty-sixth year on the faculty.A native West Virginian, Ed Davis has taught writing, literature and humanities courses at Sinclair Community College since 1978. In addition, he founded Sinclair's literary magazine, Flights, was assistant director of the Antioch Writers' Workshop, conducted poetry and fiction workshops for a number of local organizations and institutions and has judged local writing contests. An award-winning short story writer, Davis' latest novel is The Measure of Everything (2005).After growing up in Fieldale, Virginia, Linda Hollandsworth taught English in the Henry County Public Schools for many years. She also taught part-time at Patrick Henry Community College and Ferrum College, where she graduated with an Associate's degree. Her work has appeared in Studies in Short Fiction, Southern Quarterly, and Texas College English. She currently teaches English at Coastal Carolina University and lives in Myrtle Beach, SC, with her husband, Peter Lecouras, also an English professor, and their cat, Simba.Deborah Huso is a freelance writer based in Warm Springs, Virginia. She has written feature articles, news items, essays, and short stories for a variety of publications, some of which have included Country Home, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washingtonian, The Washington Times, Now & Then, Virginia Living, Blue Ridge Country, Military Appalachian Voice, Appalachian Life, Huntington Quarterly, and Hampton Roads Magazine, among others. She also served as assistant editor of Of the People, By the People, For the People, a collection of Abraham Lincoln quotations published by Columbia University Press in 1996, and won first place in 2003 from the Virginia Press Association for in-depth writing and reporting.Virginia resident Charles Shea LeMone is a published novelist and poet. His Avon Books mystery, A Dance in the Street, is available at Amazon.com. The screenplay version of A Told Story has been optioned as a possible made-for-TV movie. Another of his short stories, A Testimonial, appears in an early edition of 3 AM Magazine.Ed Lynskey is a productive short story writer and poet, perhaps best known for his Frank Johnson, PI mysteries. Lynskey's novels include The Blue Cheer (Point Blank/Wildside Press, 2006), The Dirt-Brown Derby (Mundania Press, 2006), and Pelham Fell Here (Mundania Press, 2007).Dale Neal lives and works as a journalist in Thomas Wolfe's hometown of Asheville, N.C. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Arts & Letters, Carolina Quarterly, the Marlboro Review and elsewhere. When he's not roaming the Mountains-to-Sea trail, he's usually working on a novel set in Western North Carolina.Lynn Pruett's novel Ruby River, set in the mountains of Alabama, was published by Atlantic Monthly Press. Her fiction has been published in numerous magazines. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and Yaddo. One branch of her family has lived in the mountains in Whitley and McCreary Counties in Kentucky since 1800. She resides in Oxford, Mississippi.Crystal Wilkinson is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University--Bloomington and is also a member of the creative writing faculty at Spalding University. She is the 2002 recipient of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and is a member of a Lexington-based writing collective, The Affrilachian Poets. She is the author of two books, Blackberries, Blackberries (2000), and Water Street (2002), both published by Toby Press.
Casey Clabough, who is the Literature Editor of the Online Virginia Encyclopedia, teaches literature at Lynchburg College. He has published two books of criticism of Southern novelists, and many articles in scholarly journals.Steven R. Cope, from KY, is the author of four collections of poetry, a novel, and a collection of his fables and tales, The Book of Saws; has taught lit/poetry workshops at UK, EKU, and MSU and, through the years, 100s of guitar students; has also edited several important works, most recently Harry Brown’s Felt Along the Blood: New & Selected Poems (2005); and is presently at work on a collection of his own stories & anti-stories, thus far called Hannibal's Messiah.
David Hopes is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, founder and editor of Urthona Press, and founder and director of the Black Swan Theater Company (Swanthtre@aol.com). He is the author of the Juniper Prize and Saxifrage Prize winning book, The Glacier's Daughters, the Pulitzer-and-National-Book Award-nominated A Childhood in the Milky Way, and several other titles. His work has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, Audubon, Christopher Street, and The Sun.Bill King is Associate Professor of English at Davis and Elkins College. He has published critical essays on the works of two Poet Laureates of the United States, Robert Penn Warren and Robert Hass, and some of his own poetry in Wild Sweet Notes II: More West Virginia Poetry (2005). His favorite courses include Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, and American Nature Writing.Sebastian Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. His poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New England Review, Post Road, and Seneca Review, among others. He recently completed a memoir, In My Father's Footsteps (2004), and co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (2004). He was a Bernard De Voto Fellow in Nonfiction Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 2003. .
Maureen Alsop's poems appear or are pending in Columbia: A Journal of Arts and Letters, 88, Margie, Typo, Arsenic Lobster, among others. Her poetry has been twice nominated for the pushcart prize. She lives and works in Palm Springs California.Glenda Barrett is a native of North Georgia, an artist and a freelance writer with publications in numerous magazines and anthologies.Patrick Carmody's poetry tends to emphasize the social interaction between humans and their environments, whether beast, society as a whole, or the landscape. For him, writing is both a method of discovery of the human spirit and a therapeutic remedy for stress. He is a double major in psychology and religion at Emory & Henry College, with plans to enter graduate school in psychology.Catherine Emanuel is Assistant Professor of English at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee. Her work has been published inThe Cold Mountain Review, The Phoenix, Southern Voices in Every Direction and The New Mountain Free Press.Mark Jackley is a business writer who lives in the Washington, DC, area. His poems have appeared in numerous reviews and his chapbook, Brevities, will be published later this year by Ginninderra Press.Isai graduated from King College in Bristol, Tennessee. He lives in Athens, Georgia where he writes and lives poetically.Rachel Jennings is originally from Anderson County in East Tennessee, and much of her poetry and scholarship concerns that area of the Appalachian region. Since 1987, she has mostly lived in Texas, where she is an instructor in the English Department at San Antonio College.
Leatha Kendrick is the author of two volumes of poetry, a chapbook (Science in Your Own Back Yard) and Heart Cake. She has been a staff member of the Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, Kentucky. Along with George Ella Lyon, she co-edited Crossing Troublesome: Twenty-Five Years of the Appalachian Writers Workshop.Joanna Knowles is a writer, bartender, raft guide and student. She lives in downtown Asheville with her partner and their two dogs.George Ella Lyon was born and raised in Harlan County, Kentucky. She is the author of With a Hammer for My Heart (a novel), Catalpa (poems, winner of the Appalachian Book of the Year Award) and Where I'm From, Where Poems Come From, a primer for young poets. Her books for young readers include three novels (Borrowed Children, The Stranger I Left Behind, and Here and Then), nineteen picture books (among them Come a Tide, Together, Who Came Down That Road?, Counting on the Woods and Book), and an autobiography, A Wordful Child. Married to musician and young adult novelist Steve Lyon, she lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and has two sons.
Sebastian Matthews teaches at Warren Wilson College and edits Rivendell, a place-based literary journal. His poems have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New England Review, Post Road, and Seneca Review, among others. He recently completed a memoir, In My Father's Footsteps (2004), and co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (2004). He was a Bernard De Voto Fellow in Nonfiction Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 2003. .Author of an essay collection titled Finding a Clear Path, Jim Minick lives, writes and farms in Wythe County, Virginia. He teaches in the English Department at Radford University, and is helping organize the Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative, a business practicing sustainable forestry. He's currently working on a memoir about a blueberry farm.Winner of an NEA poetry fellowship, Ron Rash has published three collections of poetry and two of short stories. Currently a resident of South Carolina, he holds the John Parris Chair in Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.Morgan Richards grew up in the Ohio Valley of West Virginia and is currently studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia.Katherine Soniat's The Fire Setters is available through Web Del Sol On-line Chapbook Series. Her fourth collection, Alluvial, was published by Bucknell University Press, and A Shared Life won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Work is forthcoming in River Styx, Willow Springs, Iowa Review, Southern Review, Hotel Amerika, Tiferet, and Arts and Letters. She teaches in the MFA Program at Virginia Tech and lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.Amanda M. Yonas has recently returned to Buckhannon, West Virginia after spending the summer months teaching English in China. She writes, paints, and enjoys attending classes at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she is pursuing a B.A. Recent published works, Drink Her Up and Lost in the Switch, were honored by the Green River Writer's Contest in Kentucky.
Ole Bye gaduated with a BA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Virgina Intermont College in 2003. He has since worked as a freelance photographer and photojournalist and his documentary and editorial work has appeared in numerous publications. http://viphoto.com/goto/byeo/
Ken Hassell graduated with an MFA degree in photography from the University of Wisconsin and subsequently taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Drexel University and Delaware County Community College. Currently, he is a tenured Associate Professor and chair of the Art Department at Elon University, a liberal arts college located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. He developed and heads a thriving photography program and founded the digital art program.
Mary R. Bailey is a graduate student in English at Lynchburg College in Virginia
Morris A. Grubbs, is Associate Professor of English at Lindsey Wilson College. He edited Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories for the University Press of Kentucky.