Category Archives: 2018 Contest Judges

Contest Judge Rollout: Jerrie Howard (Children’s Books)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Jerrie Howard is a retired teacher of English and journalism from Point Pleasant High School. While at PPHS, she advised the student newspaper, The Tu-Endie-Wei, as well as introduced the Advanced Placement and Honors programs to the county.

She is a graduate of Ohio University where she majored in English and journalism and received a minor in secondary education. She received her Master of Arts degree in journalism from Marshall University and did graduate work in secondary administration.

Currently, Ms. Howard is a member of the Point Pleasant City Council and the Historic Landmark Commission for the historic district of Point Pleasant. She is also the newly elected president of the Mason County Democratic Women’s Organization for 2018-2019. In 2017, she received the Local Public Official of the Year award for her interest in and work with Main Street Point Pleasant. She was presented a certificate from Gov. Jim Justice by Main Street Director Charles Humphreys.

In addition to her community service work, Ms. Howard has been working on two children’s books and traveling, mostly aboard, whenever possible.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Tamara Woods (Mystery)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Tamara grew up in the poorest state of the Union as a laid-off coal miner’s daughter. She learned from this that money isn’t the root of all happiness, but it sure makes it easier. One fateful summer at a youth workshop she learned both the art of stolen kisses and being open in her poetry: lessons she’s never forgotten.

All of these aspects of her life have culminated into her writing that’s accessible to people. Her poetry is spoken word with a heavy emphasis on things that we all know and do. Her fiction hits on darker, uncomfortable subjects, because she’s a firm believer that stories can be beautiful without being pretty.

She’s living on an island now, still a misfit, but now there’s palm trees. Life feels differently in a world filled with palm trees. She geeks out on books, Doctor Who, Star Trek TNG (aka the best generation), and social media. (Like https://tamarawoodsauthor.com/, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCUt-YGmeMSHZfXQQe4XF0g, Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/TAWoods, Facebook http://facebook.com/TamaraWoodstheWriter, and Twitter @penpaperpad.

You can find her work on Amazon, including a book of poetry The Shaping of an "Angry" Black Woman. She also has co-edits a poetry journal: The Reverie Journal.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Kelly Sundberg (Nonfiction)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Kelly Sundberg's essays have appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Slice, The Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015, and other essays were listed as notables in Best American Essays 2013 and 2016. Her debut memoir Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival is forthcoming from HarperCollins on June 5, 2018, and it will also be released by PiperVerlag in Germany. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from West Virginia University, and she is currently completing her PhD in Creative Nonfiction at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she lives with her twelve-year-old son.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Wendy Oleson (Emerging Writers Prose)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Wendy Oleson is the author of Please Find Us (winner of the Gertrude Press 2017 Fiction Chapbook Contest) and Our Daughter and Other Stories (winner of the Map Literary 2016 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award). Her stories, poems, and hybrid work have appeared recently in Cimarron Review, Calyx, and Copper Nickel. Wendy teaches for the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and Washington State at Tri-Cities and serves as an associate editor for Fairy Tale Review and Memorious Magazine. She lives in Walla Walla, Washington with her wife and a hiccup-prone dog named Winston.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Sarah Lowther Hensley (New Mountain Voices Middle School)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Sarah Lowther Hensley is a writer living in Fairmont, WV. Ms. Hensley’s experience includes more than a decade as a public broadcasting journalist in the U.S. and Europe; a stint working in higher education administration--focusing on public relations, marketing, communications, and community relations; and working as a technical writer for a federal government contractor. As a volunteer, she has provided web and social media support to several non-profits. Ms. Hensley also writes a personal blog, is a voracious reader, and enjoys staying informed. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.A. in German from Middlebury College, and is a 1998 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Donna Meredith (Book Length Prose)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Donna Meredith’s award-winning books include The Glass Madonna, The Color of Lies, Wet Work, Fraccidental Death and Magic in the Mountains. A retired teacher and past president of the Tallahassee Writers Association, she holds degrees from Fairmont State, West Virginia University, and Nova Southeastern. She has presented numerous workshops on writing and literature for writers associations, libraries, and civic groups. She serves as associate editor of the Southern Literary Review.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Tim Minear (Screenplay)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

American Horror Story Season 4, Production Headshots, Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FX

Tim Minear is well known among genre television fans for his work on such shows as The X-Files, Angel, Dollhouse and Firefly. He has been with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story since its first installment, Murder House. Recently Tim served as co-showrunner on the first season of the critically acclaimed limited series Feud. Minear is currently working on Fox's 911 as both co-creator and showrunner.

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Judges List for 2018

The following is the list of judges for the 2018 West Virginia Writers Writing Contests.  Click on each linked judge name for their bio.

Book Length Prose - Donna Meredith

Emerging Writers Prose - Wendy Oleson

Emerging Writers Poetry - Molly Fuller

Social Change (PSB) - Jerri Bell

Children's Books - Jerrie Howard

Middle Grade/YA - Julia Watts

Humor - Adam Booth

Nonfiction - Kelly Sundberg

Mystery - Tamara Woods

Screenplay - Tim Minear

Short Poetry - Ron Houchin

Long Poetry - Jeff Mann

Short Story - Yehudit Hannah Cohn

NMV Elementary - Michelle Lipscomb

NMV Middle School - Sarah Lowther Hensley

NMV High School - Andria Amodt Ho

 

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Contest Judge Rollout: Yehudit Hannah (Short Story)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Yehudit Hannah (née Judith Ann) Cohn lived in several states before finding herself in West Virginia in 1989; she soon settled in, and called Charleston “home” for the next dozen years. In that time she participated at Temple B’nai Israel and B’nai Jacob Synagogue, was on the art crew for a Danny Boyd film, worked for Michael Lipton at Graffiti, and saw They Might Be Giants twice on Mountain Stage.

She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Humanities Studies: Storytelling from then-West Virginia Graduate College, under Dean Joyce East and mentor Denise Giardina, after which she taught English for then-West Virginia State College. Ms. Cohn is also a former Director and Professor of Humanities Studies at that institution, where she learned fascinating things from her students.

In the fall of 2000, since she left for a year’s sabbatical to participate in a post-graduate writing program, the Arad Arts Program with Amos Oz, she has lived in Jerusalem, Israel, where she continues to teach and write*.
*As she writes this, she has learned that an essay of hers was accepted for the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Slayage!

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Contest Judge Rollout: Andria Amodt Ho (New Mountain Voices High School)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Andria Amodt Ho is a teacher librarian in San Antonio, Texas.  She loves reading (YA lit. is the best!), crocheting, and desperately needs to get back to writing.  This is only her second year as a librarian, and librarianship has brought many new interests her way, including coding, robotics, and lots of papercrafts.  When she isn't busy in the library, you will probably find her on the computer working out details for new library programs, searching Pinterest for fresh ideas, or at a meeting planning one of several school district literary events.  At home, it isn't unusual to find her curled up in a comfy chair with one of several crazy doggies spread out near her feet, binge watching a tv series she completely missed while finishing her master's degree.

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