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WVW Contest Judge Spotlight: Emerging Writers Poetry

Grady Hillman


Grady Hillman is a literary translator, poet and performer and received the Austin Book Award for his poetry collection Razor Wire. His poetry and poetry translations have been published in more than 50 literary journals and anthologies. Hillman has been a solo artist or part of an ensemble in 300 poetry performances. He directed or co-directed three inter-disciplinary performing companies: Clearlight, PoDan Sam, and WordWork.

Hillman holds an M.A. in linguistic anthropology and conducted a Fulbright Grant to Peru to research and record Quechua narratives between 1989-90. Prior to receiving his Fulbright, he published a book of historical Quechua verse with Guillermo Delgado, Return of the Inca. Hillman has translated and published more Quechua verse since his year in Peru, and he has published and performed Russian and Spanish translations as well.

As a young poet, Hillman began work in the Poet in the Schools program in Texas. That led him to the Texas prison system where he conducted a three-year residency as the Poet in the Schools for the Windham School System, the state-wide prison program. For thirty years, he has worked as a consultant and artist for community arts programs in the US and abroad. (He collected and edited anthologies of Katrina memoirs--Writing Mobile Bay: The Hurricane Project (Alabama Writer's Forum) and Walking the Waterfront: Pascagoula Remembers America's Most Destructive Natural Disaster (National Communities in Schools and the Mississippi Arts Commission)). However, Hillman is best known in the community arts realm for his work in correctional arts. He edited or co-edited state-wide anthologies of prison writing in Texas (Writer's Block) and California (About Time III). For the last four years, he has served as a mentor and consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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Debbie Crim on WBOY TV

Our own Debbie Crim, regional rep for Region 9, will be appearing on WBOY TV in Clarksburg tomorrow, promoting the WV Writers Writing Contests.  Tune in to see her.

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WVWriters at Arts Day at the Capitol

West Virginia Writers, Inc. will be participating in "Arts Day at the Capitol" this Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The event takes place from 10 am to 1 pm, and will be held in the upper rotunda of the state capitol. We will have a table (#7) and be set up in Display Hall alongside over 40 other WV arts organizations.

Besides representing WV Writers, it's also a good chance to network and see what other artists are doing around the state.

We'll have information available on the contest, membership, and the 2017 conference.

Please stop by our table. We're also looking for any volunteers to help out at the table. No advance notice needed, just show up.

You can bring books to display, but no sales are allowed.

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Poets Cafe reminder

(From Danny McMillian)

Poets Cafe will take place tomorrow, Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, at the Beckley Art Center, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley, WV USA

Doors open at 6:30; readings begin at 7:00 p.m.

FREE Admission; Donation of art supplies encouraged (drawing paper, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.)

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Third Thursday Poetry night

The inaugural Third Thursday poetry show is tonight, @ Domestic, 117 E. German St. in Shepherdstown.

The event features Martinsburg's own Earl Hairston with an open mic to follow.

Sign-up for the open mic begins at 7:30pm.

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Dozen: the Best of Breath and Shadow, edited by Chris Kuell

Breath and Shadow is a literary journal of disability culture, written and edited exclusively by people with disabilities.

In their collection, Dozen: the Best of Breath and Shadow, editor Chris Kuell (award-winning West Virginia Writer, and editor of the WV Writers Roundtable anthology Mountain Voices) presents the best writing from the magazine’s first 12 years. This collection of our best essays, poems, and short stories shines a light on the many gifts, ideas, and voices of writers who are disabled and removes many of the hurdles faced in mainstream publications.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go back into Breath and Shadow, allowing us to increase contributor payments and reach a wider and more diverse audience.

To learn more, visit them at

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Poets Cafe for January (Beckley, WV area)

(From Danny McMillian)

Heads up, Writers.  If you're planning on presenting  you might want to start getting ready.

Poets Cafe will take place Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, at the Beckley Art Center, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley, WV USA

Doors open at 6:30; readings begin at 7:00 p.m.

FREE Admission; Donation of art supplies encouraged (drawing paper, pencils, markers, crayons, scissors, etc.)

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First entries!

The first packet of West Virginia Writers contest entries for 2017 has arrived. Unless you're Carole Garrison, yours are yet to arrive.


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WVWC to host visiting writers series

(This news courtesy the

BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College’s low-residency master of fine arts in creative writing program will host a visiting writers series during the program’s upcoming winter 2017 Residency.

These events are free and open to the public. The writers will be reading from their original work, and copies of their books will be available for sale. All readings will be held on Wesleyan’s campus in Loar Auditorium of Loar Hall of Music.


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