Margaret Walters, Executive Director
Before joining up with the Georgia Writer’s Association, Margaret received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and, in 1997, began teaching at Kennesaw State University, where she teaches both undergraduate English and writing classes and graduate writing classes. She has published a biography titled A.L. Burruss: The Life of a Georgia Politician and a Man to Trust. She has also had numerous articles published on topics such as professional writing and research. If you have comments or questions, please contact her at email@example.com.
Chris Ward, Board President
Kennesaw State Webmaster, Christopher Ward, joined KSU in April 2002. As webmaster he designs and maintains the top levels of kennesaw.edu as well as multiple academic and administrative department sites. Chris graduated in 1995 with a B.S. in Political Science and in 2011 with a Master of Arts in Professional Writing. Chris has published three books of poetry, Seventeen Days, Rico, and Man Poems: From Beers and Gears to Grills and Girls. When not writing or working, he enjoys watching sports, playing video games, and obsession over the minutiae of the Star Wars universe.
JoAnn Loverde-Dropp, Board Secretary
JoAnn LoVerde-Dropp is a full-time instructor at Southern Polytechnic State University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and her B.S. in English from SUNY Brockport. JoAnn’s poetry has appeared in Gargoyle Magazine and in “Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Short Poems” from Accents publishing and is the newest contributor at Poetry Matters.
Anne R. Richards
Anne R. Richards is Associate Professor of English at Kennesaw State University, where she teaches professional communication and gender studies and is active in the university’s peace studies minor. In 2008, she and co-editor Carol David published the anthology Writing the Visual: A Practical Guide for Teachers of Composition and Communication (Parlor Press). Dr. Richards has published three articles on alternative rhetorics in Technical Communication Quarterly; the most recent article concerns the rhetoric of sound in new media. With Adrienne Lamberti, she is about to publish Complex Worlds: Digital Culture, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, for Baywood’s Technical Communication Series. With Iraj Omidvar, she is editing Muslims in American Popular Culture, a collection forthcoming with Praeger. She and Omidvar are also completing, for Syracuse University Press, a collection of travel writing by Easterners who have visited the West. In 2006-2007, Richards and Omidvar served as Fulbright Teaching Fellows in Tunisia.
Ann Hite‘s debut novel Ghost On Black Mountain was a Townsend Prize Finalist and winner for First Novel, Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher, her second Black Mountain novel, will be released by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on September 10th. Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, will be available from Pocket Star, also an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on August 13th. Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia, with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.
Nancy enjoys writing both poetry and prose. Her work has been published online and in print. Her first book, The Truth About Butterflies, was published in June 2011 in both paperback and Kindle eBook and was the winner for Memoir, Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Nancy has earned a B.S. in Speech Communication, M.A. in Professional Writing with concentrations in poetry and applied writing, and holds graduate certification in Ethics. She graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University and was inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the Golden Key International Honor Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Nancy was born in Gary, Indiana, and currently resides in Atlanta.
Laurence Stacey lives in Marietta, Georgia, and is an English Instructor and tutor at Reinhardt University and Chattahoochee Technical College. His educational background includes an MA in Professional Writing, with an emphasis on poetry. Although he studies several styles, his primary interest and specialty is classical and contemporary Haiku. Laurence is a member of the Haiku Society of America and is interested in incorporating poetry into cross-curricular studies. Laurence’s poetry has been featured in Prune Juice, Simply Haiku, Tinywords, The Heron’s Nest, and several other journals. His book reviews have also been published in Flycatcher. Laurence is the coeditor of Haiku News, a journal dedicated to engaging sociopolitical events through haiku, tanka, and senryu poetry. Laurence regularly gives creative writing lectures at the high school and university levels. His journal, Haiku News can be visited at: http://www.wayfarergallery.net/haikunews/
After a career in elementary ed and a stint directing a private preschool, Candi Deal enrolled in a MAPW program to pursue her love of writing. She currently teaches first year composition at Kennesaw State University as a TA. She writes mostly creative nonfiction and has published articles in consumer magazines such as Working Mother, Georgia Backroads, 1,001 Home Ideas, Vibrant Lift, North State Parent, Reflections, Baby Talk, Home Life, Living with Children, Marriage & Family, and Mothers Today. Chicken Soup for the Soul recently bought one of her sappy stories. She has written curriculum and designed thematic units of study for various educational publications.