T.J. Turner, President T.J. works in the aerospace industry and is a history buff. His first novel, Lincoln's Bodyguard, cleverly re-imagines history (what if President Lincoln had survived the assassination attempt...) The novel was published April of 2015 by Oceanview Publishing. Learn more about T.J. at http://www.tjturnerauthor.com/
Kate Geiselman, Vice President Kate's essays have appeared at Salon.com, The Rumpus, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere online. Several of her essays about teaching have aired on NPR stations onThe Story with Dick Gordon, an American Public Media production. She is editor of Flights, the literary magazine of Sinclair Community College, where she is also a professor of English. Learn more about Kate at http://www.kategeiselman.net/
Erin Flanagan, Treasurer Erin is the author of two short story collections--The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You and Other Stories—both published by The University of Nebraska Press. She has had numerous stories published in Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, The Connecticut Review, and elsewhere. She had held fellowships to Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, UCross, and The Vermont Studio Center. She is a professor of creative writing at Wright State University. Learn more about Erin at http://erinflanagan.net/
Kristen Wicker, Secretary Kristen is Marketing Manager at Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton. Prior to that, she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager for Downtown Dayton Partnership. She is also a former Creative Writing Department Director for the Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio.
Jack Bennett Jack is Professor Emeritus at Sinclair Community College, where he served as Chairperson of the English Department. Annually, the Jack Bennett Young Writers' Workshop is a half-day event for students grades 6-12, offered at no cost to students in the greater Dayton area. At Sinclair, Jack also chaired the "Grow-Our-Own" program, a diversity support initiative which has been in place for more than 20 years. Additionally, he served as a mentor in Sinclair's "STARS" scholarship program, participated in the College and University Consortium of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and was involved in the Office of Pre-College PRograms which supports education reform and access for youth throughout Montgomery County. Outside of Sinclair, Jack was a co-developer of the African American Male Initiative and Black Man Think Tank, and served on the planning committe to develop an annual Dunbar Days, an academic, social and entertainment celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), a Dayton native and one of the first African-American poets to gain national recognition.
Juliet Fromholt Juliet is a reporter, Webmaster, and Deputy Operations Director at the Yellow Springs, Ohio NPR station, WYSO 91.3 FM. She is also the host of the station's music show, "Kaleidoscope." Juliet is the Music Editor for DaytonMostMetro (MostMetro.com), the Dayton area's online magazine.
Ryan Ireland Ryan is the author of two novels, "Beyond the Horizon" and "Ghosts of the Desert." He studied English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, for both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and earned his PhD in English from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Ryan is the Publicity and Marketing Officer for Greene County Public Libraries. Learn more about his creative writing and novels at www.ryangireland.com
Teri Rizvi Teri is the founder of the renowned Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop at University of Dayton, where she is also Executive Director of Communication Strategies at University of Dayton.
Amelia Robinson Amelia, a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripp School of Journalism, joined the Dayton Daily News staff in 2000 after a three-year stint at the Mansfield News Journal. She writes about dining, nightlife, entertainment and lifestyle in the Dayton area. In addition to serving on the AWW board, Amelia serves as president of the Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists, serves on the Dayton Sister City Committee, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Associate Board and is a member of the Junior League of Dayton. Amelia writes the wildly popular Smart Mouth column featured in Saturday's Dayton Daily News.
Board Members, Emeritus
Rebecca Morean Becky is a professor of English and creative writing at Sinclair Community College. She is also a published novelist, short story writer, essayist and screenwriter. Her work has appeared in Salon, Piker's Press, Ploughshares, Kalliope, Bella and her novels published by St. Martin's Press and Breese Books. Learn more about her work at http://www.ramorean.com/
Deborah Clark Colon Deborah is a violinist nationally known in Irish and Scottish folk music circles. She has been featured on many recordings and is a music instructor and poet.
Joe Cronin Joe is a faculty director at Antioch University Connected, and prior to that was Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Chair of the Individualized Master of Arts program at Antioch University Midwest.
Our Committee Chairs
Ashley Bethard, Programming Committee Chair Ashley is the Digital Product Manager, Social Media, Cox Media Group Ohio. She is also a writer and freelance editor, and holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing--Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University. Learn more about Ashley's writing at http://ashleybethard.com/
Eva Makstutis, Faculty Selection Committee Chair Eva is an instructor in the Physical Education, Wellness, And Nutritional Science Department at Sinclair Community College. Prior to that, she was founder and director of the Creative Writing Department at the Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio.