Lee Maynard, R.I.P.

It is with sadness that we at WV Writers report that the writer and infamous WV native son Lee Maynard has passed.  Cat Pleska, former WVW president and good friend of Lee, reports that he died with his son by his side on June 16, in Colorado.

She writes "Lee wanted no memorials, no wakes, no funerals. His family will scatter his ashes in Grand Canyon, a fitting tribute, I think."

Lee is known for his novels in the Crum trilogy.  In recent years, he penned new works Cinco Becknell and Magnetic North, as well as his 2009 memoir in fiction The Pale Light of Sunset: Scattershots and Hallucinations in an Imagined Life.  He was a regular workshop presenter at the WV Writers summer conference.

Lee Maynard, 1936-2017

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  1. Cole // Cole Smith Writes

    Rest in peace, though I’m not sure you were all that interested in peace. I know what it is to fall in love with the dry, sunny West, but to keep roots dipped into the dark, wet forests of West Virginia. So in the words of the original gonzo journalist: “There goes one of God’s own prototypes — too strange to live, too rare to die.” We’ll miss your voice!


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