Category Archives: 2018 Contest Judges

Contest Judge Rollout: Molly Fuller (Emerging Writers Poetry)

(WV Writers is slowly rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full list of all judges revealed click THIS LINK.)

Molly Fuller is the author of For Girls Forged by Lightning: Prose & Other Poems (All Nations Press), two chapbooks, The Neighborhood Psycho Dreams of Love (Cutty Wren Press) and Tender the Body (Spare Change Press). Her sequence Hold Your Breath was included in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (Marie Alexander/White Pine Press). Her prose poems and micro fictions have appeared in journals and anthologies including 94 Creations, 100 Word Story, Blue Earth Review, Crack the Spine, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Hot Metal Bridge, Kestrel, MadHatLit, NANO Fiction, The Oklahoma Review, Potomac, Quickly, and Union Station Magazine. She has been recognized as a Finalist for the Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Award and as a Semi-Finalist for The Florida Review’s Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award. Fuller is also the co-editor of the book Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers and co-editor at The Raymond Carver Review. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Literature program at Kent State University.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Ron Houchin (Short Poetry)

(WV Writers is slowly rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full list of all judges revealed click THIS LINK.)

Ron Houchin is a retired public school teacher in the Appalachian region of southernmost Ohio, taught for thirty years. Though raised on the remote banks of the Ohio River in Huntington, West Virginia, he has travelled throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Southwest Review, Appalachian Heritage, The New Orleans Review, and over two hundred other venues. He has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Grant for teachers of the arts, a tutorial fellowship to teach in a Dublin writing workshop, a poetry prize from Indiana University, as well as a book of the year award from the Appalachian Writers' Association. His poems have been featured on Verse Daily. He has published three collections with Salmon Poetry.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Julia Watts (Middle Grade/Young Adult Books)

(WV Writers is slowly rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full list of all judges revealed click THIS LINK.)

A native of Southeastern Kentucky, Julia Watts has written thirteen novels for adults and young adults, most of which explore the lives of LGBT people in rural and small-town Appalachia.  Her novel  Finding H.F. won the 2002 Lambda Literary Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category.  A novel for for adults, The Kind of Girl I Am, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the Women’s Fiction category, and her 2013 young adult novel Secret City was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a winner of a Golden Crown Literary Award.  Julia’s other titles include Gifted and Talented; Hypnotizing Chickens; and most recently, Rufus + Syd, co-written with Robin Lippincott.  Julia holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and has spoken at various national and regional conferences, including the AWP Conference, the NCTE Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the Denham Symposium on Appalachian Literature.  She lives in Knoxville and teaches at South College and in Murray State University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.  She was recently inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, and her new novel, Quiver, is forthcoming from Three Rooms Press.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Jeff Mann (Long Poetry Category)

(WV Writers is slowly rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full list of all judges revealed click THIS LINK.)

Jeff Mann (photo credit L.S. King)

Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Arts and Letters, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, and Appalachian Heritage. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; five full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; two collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear and Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South; three novellas, Devoured, included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, Camp Allegheny, included in History’s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, and The Saga of Einar and Gisli, included in On the Run: Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion; six novels, Cub, Country, Insatiable, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (which won the Pauline Réage Novel Award), Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War (which won a Rainbow Award), and Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War (which won both the Pauline Réage Novel Award and a Lambda Literary Award); a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and three volumes of short fiction, Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat, Consent: Bondage Tales, and A History of Barbed Wire (which won a Lambda Literary Award). In 2013, he was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series at Marshall

Two of the judges for the 2018 WV Writers writing contests will be featured readers for The A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series at Marshall.

The series is kicking off the Spring 2018 semester with a reading celebrating the newly published anthology Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South, a book whose work provides space for historically marginalized voices, such as those from the queer community. These essays and stories remind readers what a breadth of identity there is in Appalachia. Featured readers will be Jeff Mann,Julia Watts, and Okey Napier Jr.

What: Reading and Book signing
Where: the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's campus
When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 7 p.m.

Please join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing. Books will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Adam Booth (Humor Category)

Adam Booth

(WV Writers is slowly rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full list of all judges revealed click THIS LINK.)

HUMOR Category judge Adam Booth's storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original voice, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia. His telling appearances have included Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival, resident at the Banff (Alberta) Spoken Word program, multiple events in seventeen states, and collaborations with the West Virginia Dance Company, Goose Route Dance Company, Frederick Chorale, and Hagerstown Choral Arts Society. Equally at home as a teller and educator, his research and presentations have included the Berea Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship, the National Academy of Medicine, Ghost Ranch, the National Storytelling Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Voices from the Misty Mountains summer seminars and institute. His stories and recordings have been honored with two Parents' Choice Silver Honors, four Storytelling World Awards and Honors, the NSN's J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant, and four West Virginia Liars’ Contest wins. He teaches Appalachian studies at Shepherd University and is the founding director of the Speak Story Series. Adam is most at home sharing stories and music with the next generation of listeners and tellers throughout Appalachia.

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