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WVW Contest Judge Spotlight: Emerging Writers Prose

EMERGING WRITERS PROSE

June Langford Berkley

June Langford Berkley is a writer who imagines her family saga in storytelling performances and fiction.  Her multi-faceted career in education includes public school and university teaching and nationwide consulting.  She has written many articles and chapters for text books.  Her published fiction includes: Shannaganey Blue, a novella, University of Akron, 5th ed. 1993; The Rhinegold Case, University of Akron, Akros Review, l984.

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WVW Contest Judge Spotlight: Children’s Books

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Jennifer Allison

Jennifer Allison grew up in a small town in Michigan. One of her best friends lived on a sheep farm, and the two girls found the spooky atmosphere of the barn hayloft to be perfect for séances. As it turned out, the experience was also perfect inspiration for a novel about a thirteen-year-old psychic investigator in her Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator series.

Ms. Allison holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from American University. Her various careers have included work as a news reporter and high school English teacher. She has also held numerous odd jobs — piano player in a shopping mall, assembly-line worker for General Motors, waitress, preschool teacher — that have helped her generate ideas for characters and stories.

Jennifer Allison currently lives in Chicago, with her husband, Michael, and their three children — Max, and the twins, Marcus and Genevieve (“Gigi”).

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WVW Contest Judge Spotlight: Book Length Prose/Young Adult

Tom Douglass

Tom Douglass is the Appalachian Echoes fiction editor for the University of Tennessee Press. He is the author of A Room Forever: The Life, Work and Letters of Breece D’J Pancake(1998) and the upcoming Voice of Glory: the Life and Work of Davis Grubb (2017). He has edited reprints of Hubert Skidmore’s Hawk’s Nest and Davis Grubb’s Fools’ Parade. He teaches Contemporary Literature at East Carolina University. He is a graduate of Davis & Elkins College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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WVW Contest Judge Spotlight: Appalachian Writing

APPALACHIAN WRITING

Dana Wildsmith

Dana Wildsmith is the author of an environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving with an Old Farm in the New South (MotesBooks), which was a Finalist for Georgia Author of the Year in Essay, four collections of poetry: One Good Hand, Iris Press, 2005), Our Bodies Remember (The Sow’s Ear Press, 2000), Annie (Palanquin Press, 1999), and Alchemy (The Sow’s Ear Press, 1995). One Good Hand was a SIBA Poetry Book of the Year nominee. She has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Grand Canyon National Park and for The Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska, and has been a Poetry Fellow with the South Carolina Academy Of Authors. Her work is widely published in journals and anthologies, including most recently: Writing By ear (MotesBooks), Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia (University Press of Kentucky), The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press, 2007), and Women, Period(Spinsters Ink). Wildsmith lives in Bethlehem, Georgia.

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