Dr. Margaret Walters, Executive Director
Margaret Walters is the executive director of the Geogia Writers Assocation. Before joining up with the Georgia Wirter's Assocation, she received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and began teaching at Kennesaw State University. She has taught at Kennesaw State University since 1997 where she currently teaches numerous undergraduate and graduate level writing courses. 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.
Katie M. Marvel, Administrator
Georgia Writers Association is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that works across the state to encourage and strengthen the proficiencies of writers in both the creative and the business aspects of the writing life. We do this through an array of speakers and programs at regular meetings. GWA sponsors workshops, conferences, seminars, contests and other events. We encourage the formation of satellite groups, critique groups, and other writer resource groups. We encourage the funding of guest authors to various Georgia counties.Our online publications are an attempt to educate and inform the diverse literary community of Georgia.Accomplished Georgia writers are recognized through the Georgia Author of the Year Awards.
Georgia Writers Association (GWA) is housed and supported in part by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of Kennesaw State University. Our office is in the English Department of KSU.
Chris Ward, 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. His achievements at the university include a 2004 CASE Award, a 2004 COSIDA Award, the Center for University Learning's Fall 2008 Facilitator of the Quarter, and recognition as the 2004 Kennesaw State Staff Employee of the Year. Chris graduated in 1995 with a B.S. degree 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 spending time watching sports, playing video games and obsessing over the minutiae of the Star Wars universe. Chris is married to his wife, Michelle (who he met at KSU). They have two daughters, Gracie and Reagan.
Gloria Bennett earned a Master of Arts in Professional Writing degree from Kennesaw State University with a concentration in creative writing and support areas of composition and rhetoric and applied writing. She writes poetry and prose and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared in various literary journals and reviews. She is a tenure-track assistant professor of English at Gainesville State College, where she teaches composition and creative writing and serves as a faculty advisor for The Chestatee Review, an award-winning, student-produced journal. She is currently at work on a memoir.
Karen Pickell is a student in the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program at Kennesaw State University, where she is at work on a collection of poems and short stories. Her poetry has appeared in Bluestem, The Cleveland Review, and Poets on Adoption. She also contributed to the books Oil and Water . . . and Other Things That Don’t Mix and Social Media in Context: Writers Explore the Marketplace. Karen serves as an assistant editor of Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination and is the editorial supervisor for the GWA newsletter, The Georgia Authority. She blogs at Lost Daughters as well as on her website, www.karenpickell.com.
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.
Pamela Bauer Mueller
2009, 2008, and 2006 Georgia Author of the Year, Pamela Bauer Mueller, depicts valuable messages about relationships, love, loyalty and acceptance in her five children’s books and her historical novels. Ms. Mueller has enjoyed introducing her readers to the history of Georgia’s Golden Isles and the southeastern Low Country since becoming a Georgia resident in 2000. She has written four historical novels featuring local characters. Ms. Mueller was the 2009/2008/2006 Georgia Author of the Year as well as athree-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. Her historical non-fiction novel about Jekyll Island, Splendid Isolation, has garnered five national awards. Ms. Mueller resides on Jekyll Island, Georgia with her husband Michael and two cats.
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. (http://www.annhite.com/index.html)
Brief History of The Georgia Writers Association(GWA)
Founded in 1994 by writers Geri Taran and Anthony Grooms, and literary agent Susan L. Graham, the association sponsors conferences, seminars, monthly writing workshops are held on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of most months on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Taran served as executive director until 2006, when she was succeeded by Ralph T. Wilson. The Georgia Writers Association is currently housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.
GWA sponsors the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA). Shortly after its founding, the Georgia Writers Association assumed responsibility for the awards, which were first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and independently published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented in June at the GAYA ceremony.