|Amanda Averell is a comedian, storyteller, and writer, who has performed at the Burning Bridges Comedy Festival and at the Britsburgh Comedy Spot. Each month, she runs a stand up showcase, "Looking for Laughs," that is broadcast live on Twitch. She’s been on improv house teams at Arcade Comedy Theater, Unplanned Comedy, & Steel City Improv Theater.|
|Amy Bovaird is the author of Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith and Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility. Also a ghostwriter, she has contributed to several devotional anthologies including Walk in My Shoes, an inspirational anthology written by individuals coping with Usher Syndrome. She currently is working on her father's biography and her final book in the Mobility series.|
|Pam Caprino, pianist and songwriter, has been composing songs of faith and life experience since her days as a 'Jesus freak'. She's played in local worship bands, led worship at churches, retreats, and festivals, and partnered with other musicians in creating special women's gatherings and mission events. Presently she shares her songs in concerts on behalf of Equip Asia, a ministry to the disabled.|
Gloria Clover, conference director, is excited about new publishing options for her speculative romance series, Children of the King, the most recent two titles being From the Frozen Depths and Dealing in Shadows. Her novella, The Remak- ing of Moe McKenna, and novel, Brianna's Pardon, were both published by Barbour. Her devotional e-book is titled Who We Are in Christ A to Z.
|Breana English teaches high school history, literature and writing. When she isn’t teaching, she combines these three passions by writing historical fiction. She won the 2015 Tuscany Prize for her WWII young adult novel, Under a Falling Darkness, and has been published on serialities.com and in Seton Magazine.|
|Carol Hamilton, a speaker, writer, and encourag- er, enjoys promoting her writing friends and will be teaching professional speaking at the St. David's Christian Writers' Conference in June. Carol writes Christian young adult novels and has had over 100 articles, short stories, poems, and devotions published. Her husband says she has more books on organization than anyone he knows.
|Michele Huey is an award-winning author, whose published books include several novels, such as Getaway Mountain and Before I Die, as well as compilations from her award-winning newspaper column. Her favorite setting for fiction is western Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband Dean, who provides her with much fodder for her writing.|
Janeen Ippolito is a teacher, editor, and author coach, as well as president of Uncommon Universes Press LLC, a speculative fiction publishing company. She created the World-Building From the Inside Out textbook and workbook, and co-authored the supernatural suspense novella Blood Mercy: Thicker Than Water. Her young adult steampunk novel, Voiceless, will release this summer.
|Kimberly Miller is a Professor of Communication and Visual Arts at Grove City College. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in English Writing, a Master of Arts degree in English, and a Ph.D. in English Composition. Her interests include screenwriting and novel writing, as well as watching movies and making jewelry. Kimberly’s first novel, Picking Daisy, will be published in spring of 2017.|
|Christine Pasinski, a career educator, taught secondary English at the West Mifflin Area School District for over 36 years and also served on the advisory council of the International Poetry Forum for many years. Her poetry has been published in various journals, and she has read it in different venues in Pittsburgh. She self-published Rustlings of Regret in 2011.|
|Betty Rosian is a writer, editor, and educator, having published more than 1,000 articles in newspapers and magazines. She is author of the newly published book, What's a Grandma to Do? and mini-series, Books in a Nutshell. Betty finds writing as much fun as it is business, and writing God’s message most rewarding. Her objective is to share her knowledge of publishing to help others.|
|Joanne Samraney completed her BA degree in writing in 1998. She has authored two poetry chapbooks, Grounded Angels and Remaking Driftwood, and co-authored Breaking Bread with the Boscos. A finalist in both the Panhandler and Perivale poetry chapbook contests, she has read her work on NPR’s Prosody, and her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines.|
|Debra Sanchez leads writing groups and hosts writing retreats. She has won awards in children’s stories, poetry, fantasy, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Her play Pages (Páginas) was published in 2016 in both English and Spanish. Several of her other plays and monologues have been produced, and many of her works have been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.|
|Audrey Stallsmith, contest coordinator, authored the Thyme Will Tell 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 also has appeared in Writer's Digest, Woman's World, Birds & Blooms, etc. She writes for Dave's Garden as well as her own 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.|
|Linda Turner has had articles, poetry, and devo- tions published in such magazines as Frontline, Time of Singing, and Penned from the Heart. Her poetry has won various contests, including 1st place in Advanced Serious Poetry at Writing Success Conference, 3rd place in Serious Poetry at St David’s, and honorable mention for a ByLine magazine free verse competition.|