Debbie Richard

PO Box 296
Elizabeth, WV 26143

Author's Bio

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 moved back to her home state of West Virginia in 2015, and married attorney Berkeley Simmons in 2016. 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).

Publications and Prizes

Hills of Home
(eLectio Publishing, 2014)
Grab-a-nickel, The Shine Journal, The Storyteller, Westward Quarterly
(Finishing Line Press, 2012)
Prizes Won: 
Honorable Mention in the 2010 Joyful! Poetry Contest

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Gilligan's Dreams by Dreama Denver
My People Was Music by Kirk Judd
Favorite Books: 
The Homecoming
Favorite Authors: 
Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
Parkersburg, WV
Raised in: 
Munday and Walton, WV
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Last updated: Dec 29, 2017