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2014 Literary Tea series in Lewisburg

West Virginia Writers is once again co-producing the Literary Tea series alongside the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg.  The five week event will feature professional actors from the theatre as well as area winners of the WV Writers Writing Contest reading prose stories while attendees enjoy cookies and tea.

This year the Literary Tea series will begin Monday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.  West Virginia Writers first reader will be Dawn Baldwin, who was the 1st Place Winner in our Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change category in 2014 for her entry "What the Wild Things Are."  Dawn also placed honorable mention in the same category for her entry "Of Stars and Leaves."

Everyone is invited to attend and the event is free.

The prose teas will continue Sept 22, Sept 29, October 6 and Oct 13.  There will follow a community poetry tea on October 20, also at 5:30 p.m. which will be open for participation to all poets or even simply readers of existing poetry. 

All Literary Tea events will take place at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre on Washington Street in Lewisburg.

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Valerie Nieman Appearances (UPDATED)

(This news courtesy of Carol Henry Del Col)

Novelist Valerie Nieman will present a reading and conduct a writing workshop at Alderson-Broaddus College on Monday, October 17, 2011. The workshop will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the reading from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both events will be held in the Humanities Division Lounge, 206 Withers-Brandon, on the Alderson-Broaddus campus. The workshop and the reading are free and open to the public. Valerie Nieman's appearance is sponsored by the Alderson-Broaddus College Humanities Division and the student editorial board of InFlux, the campus literary magazine. For more information about the workshop and reading, contact Carol Del Col at

For folks in the Northern Panhandle - Val is doing a free writing workshop for poetry and fiction, 10 a.m.-12 Saturday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library in Weirton, with a reading, reception and book signing for Blood Clay from 1-3. Stop by if you're in the area! And Sunday evening she'll be at the beautiful Stonewall Jackson Resort for a reading at 7:30 p.m.

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Pittsburgh Author Timons Esaias featured October 20 at MAC

Timons Esaias is a satirist, poet and writer of short fiction. His work has appeared in fifteen languages. He won an Asimov's Readers Award; and was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Award. He has had over a hundred poems in print, including Spanish, Swedish and Chinese translations, in markets ranging from Asimov’s Science Fiction to 5AM and Elysian Fields Quarterly: The Literary Journal of Baseball. His poetry chapbook, The Influence of Pigeons on Architecture, sold out two editions. News Nots, a faux news column, confused readers of seven different papers, as well as an online audience, for a decade. He is Adjunct Faculty at Seton Hill University, in the Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. Program.

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A Live (Virtual) Book Reading

On Sunday, August 14, join Writers Barbara Ehrentreu (YA-fiction), Jesse Douglas Allen Taylor (Literary/Historical Fiction), Todd Fluhr (Fantasy/Horror Fiction) & Host Talitha K. McEachin (Adult sci-fi/fantasy) as they share excerpts from their works to a virtual audience.

Please visit theelementstrilogy.wee​ & click on events for more information & to register for this FREE event. Any writers interested in sharing their work in this forum please send a brief bio & an excerpt of your work to​ This is the start of a new series for writers of fiction. Since it is online/on the telephone, you don't even have to leave your house! All are welcome!

There are two conference lines the 1st one will be emailed to you upon registration & the second one is (218)936-4141 & the passcode is 2655793

Registration URL:​PIID=E952DC898448

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Christine Atwell Halloween Book Reading in Lewisburg

On Halloween Christine Atwell, author of Medium Secrets: My Hidden Psychic Life, will have a book reading in at the Irish Pub on Washington Street, (109 East Washington St. in Lewisburg), starting at 3 p.m. The entire event should be over by 5 p.m.

Christine will read a few ghost stories and other passages from her newly published book. In addition to speaking about her book, Christine will discuss the wide range of psychic experiences she's had and relate stories of experiences with ghosts.

Copies of her book will be available.

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Book reading in Lewisburg on 10-10-10

(News courtesy of Christine Atwell)

Author Laura Ricketson Doherty will be having a book reading on Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at Irish Pub from 3 - 4 pm in Lewisburg, WV. The pub is on Route 60 on the south side of the street not far from The Open Book bookstore.

You can find Irish Pub on the Internet. Their phone number is 304 645-7386.

Her book is Annie Ricketson's Journal, which was published recently by Heritage Books.

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Morgantown Poets Winter Series Reminder

(This news courtesy of George Lies of WVW and Morgantown Poets fame)

Three authors will launch Morgantown Poets winter/spring 2010 series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).

T.W. (Terry) McNemar of Stonewood and poets Matt Anserello of Morgantown and Isaac Pressnell of Keyser will share their talents. Adam Atkinson, co-director and literary editor of Open Thread, a regional arts service organization, will introduce the poets.

The reading is free and open to the public. The MAC is at 107 High Street, downtown Morgantown (beside Hotel Morgan).

McNemar is a humor, short story and novel writer. His writing reflects the humanity, humor and conscience of everyday life, often in a strong Appalachian style. McNemar’s work has been featured in The Johns-Hopkins University ‘ScribblePress,’ the drama textbook, Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays, MountainEchoes, and Traditions, the literary journal of Fairmont State University. His novella, “Ragdoll Angel” (Booklocker, 2007), tells the story of a kidnapping in a small mountain village in 1952. McNemar is also the current president of West Virginia Writers, Inc.

Anserello holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from West Virginia University and lives in Morgantown with writer Emily C. Watson and two retired greyhounds. His poems have appeared in Bat City Review, Phoebe, Smartish Pace, and Versal, among others. Anserello is the West Virginia winner of the 2009 Open Thread Tri-State Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, “Cloud Shaped Room.”

Pressnell earned his Master of Fine Arts in poetry from WVU. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Tar River Poetry, Ninth Letter, DIAGRAM, Opium, Bravado, Lake Effect and OTQ: Open Thread Quarterly. He lives in Keyser where he teaches English at Potomac State College.

IMPORTANT NOTE: During winter months, Morgantown Poets schedules featured authors on a WEATHER-PERMITTING basis. If weather conditions are poor, Morgantown Poets does not guarantee any and/or all scheduled authors will be able to attend. In fact, Morgantown Poets discourages anyone (featured authors included) from attempting to drive in poor weather conditions, snow or ice. We urge everyone to exercise utmost caution during winter driving season. DO NOT attempt to drive to any event if road conditions are (or may become) hazardous.. Safety first!

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with special mobility requirements; schedule ahead at least seven days prior to the event by calling 304-292-3325, or write to

Established in 1977, West Virginia Writers, Inc. ( is the state’s largest nonprofit, all-volunteer, writers' resource and service organization serving literary interests. West Virginia Writers sponsors both an annual writers’ conference and an annual writing competition.

Open Thread ( is a regional arts service organization that develops frameworks for artistic discovery in Pittsburgh and the surrounding tri-state area. With an emphasis on the emerging artists, writers and performers, Open Thread has been producing arts events and small publications since 2007.

Morgantown Poets is an informal not-for-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets from 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at MAC, providing literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join the group on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in Facebook’s search. Or join Morgantown Poets mailing list by writing to or the listserve at

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Novelist Emily Mitchell Reading in Morgantown

Novelist Emily Mitchell will be featured during Morgantown Poets 7 p.m. literary event Thursday, Nov. 19, at Monongalia Arts Center (MAC).

The reading is free and open to the public. The MAC is at 107 High St., downtown Morgantown (beside Hotel Morgan).

Mitchell's first novel "The Last Summer of the World" was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lion's Fiction Award in 2008.

"First time novelist Mitchell pulls off the dazzling trick of allowing readers to see through the eyes of art-photography pioneer Edward Steichen in her excellent reconsideration of his life and art," says Publishers Weekly. "This would be merely impressive if the book confined itself to the stormy end of Steichen's first marriage, a subtheme that gets its due and packs a psychological punch. Instead, Mitchell follows Steichen through his airborne reconnaissance work during WWI, providing a devastating portrait of the insanity of war in general and the Great War in particular... this commanding novel is about the images one can never quite burn from memory."

Mitchell's short fiction has appeared in New England Review, Indiana Review, Raritan and Agni. She also has a story that will be published in a forthcoming issue of Ploughshares. Her reviews have appeared in The New York Times and New Statesman.

Mitchell is a faculty member in the Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. Born in London, she has lived in Virginia, Vermont, Osaka, New York, California and now, West Virginia.

Public parking is available near the MAC in the parking garage at the corner of Pleasant and Chestnut streets and at the city lot behind 142 High Street (enter off Spruce). The MAC is accessible to individuals with mobility impairments; please schedule ahead at least two days prior to the event by calling 304-906-7268, or write to for more information.

Morgantown Poets is an informal community group that meets from 7-9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the MAC, providing literary enthusiasts the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors.

New writers are welcome. Meetings usually begin with a spoken reading by a featured author that is followed by readings from attendees.

Join Morgantown Poets’ mailing list by writing to or join the group on Facebook by entering "Morgantown Poets" in Facebook’s search.

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Mary Lucille DeBerry’s Book Launch Party

(This news courtesy of Phyillis Wilson Moore)


At The Blue Moose Cafe, 248 Walnut Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Thursday, July 16, 2009
6:00-8:00 pm

Award-winning West Virginia native (AND FUTURE WV WRITERS PODCAST GUEST) Mary Lucille DeBerry will read from her first collection of poetry, Bertha Butcher’s Coat.

$15.90 (or a pre-purchased book) at the door includes an autographed copy of Bertha Butcher’s Coat, wine and appetizers.

This event is sponsored by Parsons Corporation and co-hosted by Gary Tannebaum, owner of the Blue Moose Café, and Parsons representative Anne-Marie Borbely-Bartis.

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