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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Green Sea, SC
Debbie Richard grew up in Appalachia, in the hills of West Virginia. Born in Parkersburg, she spent her early childhood in the rural community of Munday in Wirt County, and lived near Walton in Roane County during her high school years. Debbie studied Secretarial Science at West Virginia Career College in Charleston where she completed her courses in 1987 with honors. She moved to the south as an adult, following her love of the ocean. She is a member of South Carolina Writers’ Workshop and West Virginia Writers, Inc. She is the author of a chapbook of poetry and a memoir. Publications: Resiliency, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press, 2012); Hills of Home, a memoir about growing up in Appalachia (eLectio Publishing, May 2014).
Emily Rosko is the author of two award-winning poetry collections, Prop Rockery (University of Akron Press, 2012) and Raw Goods Inventory (University of Iowa Press, 2006). Additionally, she is the editor of A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa Press, 2011). Her poems have been published in AGNI, Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Laurel Review, New Orleans Review, and Pleiades, among others. She earned a MFA at Cornell and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. She is assistant professor of English at the College of Charleston and the poetry editor for Crazyhorse.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Laura Stamps is Wiccan and the author of sixty novels, short story collections, novels-in-verse, and poetry books. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in over 1000 literary journals, magazines, broadsides, and anthologies. She is the recipient of a "Pulitzer Prize" nomination (2005, The Year of the Cat) and seven "Pushcart Prize" nominations. Laura lives in Columbia, South Carolina, next to a state forest. A workout addict, vegan, and gardener, she has been involved in feral cat rescue for 30+ years.