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Uncle Terry’s Gift Ideas from WV Authors List 2015

Nigh on a decade ago, Terry McNemar, our former president who recently passed away, began an annual gift guide for books by West Virginia authors.  The last time we ran one on this blog, however, was 2011.  With his passing this year, we felt it was time to re-institute this annual tradition in his honor.  And as such, it's only fitting that Terry's books are #1 and #2 on the list.

So while you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to support these WV Writer, Inc. authors. And don’t forget to stop at your local bookstores: Tamarack, Taylor Books in Charleston, Empire Books & News in Huntington, the Open Book in Lewisburg, Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, Vandalia Press, Main Line Books in Elkins, …to name just a few.  Those are great places where you might find these books!

If you are a member of West Virginia Writers and your book is not listed here, please send it in immediately and we will get you added to the list.  Send those to  You may also send links to your own website.  We'll be happy to post them as well.


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Mary Lucille DeBerry reads from her new book

Alice Saw the Beauty

Alice Saw the Beauty

Mary Lucille DeBerry will read from her second collection of poetry, Alice Saw the Beauty, on Saturday, January 10 at a book launch scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Monongalia Arts Center, 107 High Street, in Morgantown. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of the new book is also that of one of the poems within it—about a single copper bedspring given to the poet by former Randolph County Extension Agent, Alice Torner (1903-1979), who helped found the Mountain Weavers Guild. Other poems celebrate a primitive rolling pin, an elegant vase created by Susan Ting, vintage photographs, and nature’s offerings: ginkgo leaves, fan-shaped fungus, dandelions and daffodils.

Winston Fuller, former WVU Professor, says, “Mary Lucille DeBerry writes a poetry of attention to the exotica of the close at hand. Alice Saw the Beauty is the poetry of a West Virginian making a West Virginia life.” Ida Stewart, author of Gloss (2011 winner of the Perugia Press Prize) adds, “The book is also tethered to history, each poem not written but tied like a knot on a string of time that connects the past to the present.”

The new collection of poems—with Foreword by Ann Hogsett--can be found at the Harrisville branch of the Ritchie County Library and at Berdine’s Five and Dime. Program chairs are invited to schedule the author to read her work at meetings of local organizations.

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Article on WV Book Festival and Mary Lucille DeBerry

The Charleston Gazette has a nice article on the subject of the WV Book Festival, as well as WVW member Mary Lucille Deberry's first poetry collection, Bertha Butcher's Coat.

Read the article HERE. And hear our podcast with Mary Lucille, rebroadcast last weekend, HERE.

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WVW Podcast Bonus Show #11- Mary Lucille DeBerry (REBROADCAST)

Concluding our National Poetry Month celebration, this week for the WVW Podcast Bonus Show 11, we play a rebroadcast with poet Mary Lucille DeBerry, originally posted as Episode #13 last July. In it we speak to Mary Lucille about her poetry collection Bertha Butcher's Coat. The interview also features several readings from that work as well as discussions of the techniques Mary Lucille has used to inspire those poems.

You can find this episode at, or by subscribing through iTunes or your favorite RSS-based feed reading phone or device.

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