West Virginia Writers Conference Recap

West Virginia Writers Conference Recap

The West Virginia Writers Conference was held in Ripley, WV, at the Cedar Lakes Conference Center, June 7-9. It was a grand conference with phenomenal speakers and workshops. I got to see several old friends and made a few new friends, too. The first session I...
7 A.M. Writing Group

7 A.M. Writing Group

I belong to a group of writers that meet every morning at 7:00 a.m. (except for Saturdays, when it’s 8:00 a.m.), to write to a prompt, provided by our fearless leader, Connie Kinsey. As a disclaimer, I do not make it every day. In fact, I took a hiatus for several...
Writing Review

Writing Review

It has been a very busy few weeks in the writing department.  Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines! I’ve been hitting a bunch of submissions. I currently have 24 pieces out with various contests and publications. My total rejections for the year, so far, is 57; I have 15...
Rita Dove at ETSU

Rita Dove at ETSU

On Thursday, April 18, I had the exceptional good fortune of hearing former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove speak at ETSU in Johnson City, TN. Dove spoke twice that day, first in an interview scenario with Dr. Jesse Graves and Valencia Robin Grice at the Reece...
In Other News

In Other News

The past few weeks have been busy on the writing news front. Since my last blogs, I’ve found out about several contests and publications. I will have three poems in the new issue of Jimson Weed, the literary publication through UVA at Wise: “After Moonlight Shadow by...