|Roland Barksdale-Hall is the Director of Publications for the Washington, DC-based Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and has authored or contributed to more than ten books and numerous encyclopedias and literary journals. Roland oversees the Society’s Journal, News, and book department, and teaches in Africana Studies at Youngstown State University.|
|Hana Haatainen Caye has both written and edited for the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as having over 60 Marvel’s iStorybooks published and more than 200 magazine articles. Her book, Vinegar Fridays, evolved from her award-winning blog, Green Grandma. Hana is currently teaching writing courses at Carnegie Mellon University through their Osher program.|
Gloria Clover, conference director, remains excited about her speculative romance series, Children of the King. Book 5, Lost In Beauty, will be available for download this August. Books 1-4 are available in print as well as ebook at Desert Breeze Publishing. Her novella, The Remaking of Moe McKenna, and novel, Brianna's Pardon, were both published by Barbour.
|Sally Ferguson has had over 100 devotions published in Pathways to God from Warner Press. Her coloring book, What Will I Be When I Grow Up? was also published by Warner and her ebook, How to Plan a Women’s Retreat, is now available on Amazon. Retreat planner, women’s leader and speaker, Sally seeks to communicate God’s Word in fresh and encouraging ways|
|Carol Hamilton, a professional speaker, has pre- sented school programs, women’s retreats, and classes in six states. She is a past president of St. Davids Christian Writers Association, the Pitts- burgh Christian Living Examiner for Examiner.com, and has had over 100 articles, stories, poems, and devotionals published. This year she finished writing her first Christian young adult novel.|
|Laura Hervey writes inspirational romance novels, devotionals, poetry, children’s short stories, Christian living articles, and opinion pieces. Her website, "Say Only What Helps, Each Word a Gift," features excerpts of her published work. Laura is a high school English teacher and a writing tutor for undergraduate and graduate students at Medaille College.|
|Michele Huey writes an award-winning weekly newspaper column. Her fiction includes two novels, The Heart Remembers and Before I Die, and the short stories "Gracie’s Gift" and "Christmas Chaos," all published by Helping Hands Press. A mentor for the former Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild, Michele guided students through the CWG social media course.|
|Nancy Esther James’ poems have been published in Christianity and Literature, Time of Singing, and other periodicals. Her poem “To a Friend,” was reprinted in the 2003 Poet’s Market. Her books of poetry include No Time to Hurry and A Leap of Vision from Dawn Valley Press and her new chapbook, Resilient Spirit: Poems for Lorraine from Finishing Line Press.|
|Liana Laverentz, author and freelance editor, has had three contemporary romances published with The Wild Rose Press: Thin Ice, Jake’s Return, and Ashton’s Secret. Thin Ice is a Golden Leaf and EPIC Award winner, Jake’s Return a Golden Leaf Award Winner. Her current work in progress is a series of nonfiction books based on posts from her blog, Living on a Prayer, Living with PMDD.|
|Kimberly Miller, an associate professor of Communication Studies and Visual Arts at Grove City College, teaches courses in film history and theory, screenwriting, writing for the media, and journalism. She has had articles published in a local newspaper, her poetry has appared in several online journals, and her three novels and four film scripts are currently represented by agents.|
|DiAnn Mills is the author of over 55 novels from such publishers as Tyndale House, Zondervan, and Barbour, and her titles have appeared on both the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. A founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, she has earned that organization's Carol Award, three Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and two Christy Awards.|
|Elizabeth Rosian is a writer, editor and instructor, with a BA in Writing and Communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She has been published in 16 magazines, including Psychology for Living and Home Life, and 20 newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer. For many years, Elizabeth authored three weekly columns.|
|Carol Silvis, the current president of Pennwriters, is also the author of such business-related books as Giving Presentations, Business Writing, Job Hunting After 50, 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work -- all from Cengage Learning -- and a General Office Procedures textbook. Her article "Time Management and Organization for Writers," appeared in the 2012 Writers Market.|
|Cindy Emmet Smith is an indie author whose short fiction has been included in collections such as Penned from the Heart, Rocking Chair Reader, and Splickety magazine's speculative imprint Havok. Her novels—The Cracked and Silent Mirror and Perfect Blood Innocent Blood—are both independently published and she started her own press, Wynding Press Books, last year.
|Audrey Stallsmith, contest coordinator, authored the Thyme Will Tell series of mysteries from WaterBrook Press, The Body They May Kill from Thomas Nelson, and the e-books Love and Other Lunacies and Inklings of Truth. Her work has also appeared in Woman's World, Birds & Blooms, etc. She writes for Dave's Garden and eHow, as well as her sites, Thyme Will Tell and Inklings of Truth.|
|Shirley S. Stevens, retired English teacher and English Coordinator for the Quaker Valley School Dist. is a past president of the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference and a tutor and mentor for the Writing Academy. Her poetry has appeared in The Christian Century, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, and many other publications.|