Debbie Richard

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Myrtle Beach, SC
South Carolina US

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 is a member of South Carolina Writers Association. Her poems have appeared in Torrid Literature Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, WestWard Quarterly, Halcyon Days, and others. She is the author of four books and an audiobook: Resiliency, a chapbook of poetry (Finishing Line Press, 2012); Hills of Home, a memoir about growing up in Appalachia (eLectio Publishing, May 2014); Hills of Home, Audiobook (Sweetsong Productions, October 2018); PIVOT, illustrated poetry (Adelaide Books, NY, January 2019); CROSSWINDS, a volume of poetry (Finishing Line Press, November 2021).

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Hills of Home (eLectio Publishing, 2014)


Adelaide Literary Award Anthology 2018 (Adelaide Books, 2018)
PIVOT (Adelaide Books, 2019)
Resiliency (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
Adelaide Literary Magazine
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Westward Quarterly
Prizes won: 

Shortlisted as Adelaide Voices Literary Award for Best Poem 2018.

PIVOT, volume of Illustrated Poetry won Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival Awards, 2019.

Hills of Home, Appalachian memoir won Runner-Up from the San Francisco Book Festival Awards, 2019.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Earl Hamner, Jr.
What I'm reading now: 
Born of Love by Rita Baker, Telling Sonny by Elizabeth Gauffreau, Promises of Love by David Selby

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Born in: 
Parkersburg, WV
West Virginia
Raised in: 
Munday and Walton, WV
West Virginia
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Last update: Aug 28, 2023