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E. Allison

The Woodward Library Foundation is pleased to present

E. Allison

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I am an independent author from Eastern Iowa, and primary keep my interest in the realm of zombies. I currently juggle writing, motherhood and a full-time job in the medical field. I found my love for writing during a high school mythology class, and for zombies about 10 years later. Zombie Revolution is the first of many fiction creations.

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Marilyn Baszczynski

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Marilyn Baszczynski

 

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Marilyn Baszczynski lives in rural Iowa west of Adel with her husband, Chris, a career scientist and musician, along with their menagerie of pets.  She grew up in Ontario, Canada where she earned a Ph.D. in French literature. In addition to writing, Marilyn likes to spend time reading, gardening, teaching, tutoring and with her family.

Writing since childhood and largely inspired by living in the country, Marilyn finds her voice in connecting with the land and all who live there, and weaves these journeys into her poems; they have won awards and been recognized in various NFSPS and Iowa Poetry Association contests. Her poetry has been published in Abaton, The Aurorean, Lyrical Iowa, Midwest Poetry Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Whistling Shade, Sweet Annie & Sweet Pea Review and has appeared online at Loch Raven Review and Mused—the BellaOnline Literary Review, among others.

In July 2015, her book Gyuri. A Poem of Wartime Hungary, was published by Whistling Shade Publications. This work, based on the experiences of Hungarian refugees as well as her own parents, appears as the first volume in the Geste Series put out by Whistling Shade. In this narrative poem, Marilyn recounts a story of love and heartbreak, hope, loss and failure, set against the maelstrom of World War II.

Marilyn is currently President of the Iowa Poetry Association (since 2014) where she has been an active member since 2000 and webmaster of their website at http://www.iowapoetry.com. She is coordinator and member of the Omega Poetry Group (Urbandale Iowa) and holds membership in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

You can find out more about Marilyn at www.marilynbaszczynski.com

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Joyce Knock

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Joyce Knock

 

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Joyce Knock is a retired  teacher with  experience at  all levels of education…from preschool through college.  She was inspired to write “I am NOT dumb and I am NOT a stinky butt!” as a result of volunteering in her grandson’s first grade classroom.  While working with the students she was privy to the names that they were calling each other either in the classroom, lunchroom or on the playground.  Being aware that name calling is the number #1 form of bullying and the damage and hurt that it can permanently inflict on children she decided to write a “child friendly” book addressing the issue.  When not promoting her book she is active in volunteer work in her community, Des Moines, Iowa.  Her volunteer work includes mentoring an adult student at the Drake University Reading Program, advocating for children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate [CASA], as a relief manager at the Ronald McDonald House and a general population library assistance at the Women’s Prison at Mitchellville, Iowa

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Bartenn Mills

 

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Bartenn Mills

 

bartenn millsI can never remember a time when books weren’t part of my life. Every week I would go to the library and check out the ten book limit. Because the fattest books lasted longer they were my favorites. Librarians were those wonderful people who knew the best books. Surely books were magic and writers were magicians. Although I’d always written snippets of stories and shoved them under my friends’ noses – here, read this, it wasn’t until I was thirty that I realized that real people, average people who lived next door, wrote books. Even I could write a book.
So I joined Romance Writers of America, I read books on how to write, I went to conferences and entered contests, I stayed up late and got up early studying and writing. Then life sidetracked me with children and work. Quilting became my creative release. But after my children flew away I picked up the writing thread again and rejoined Romance Writers of America.
Old skills had not been forgotten but the publishing world had changed. As I entered contest after contest the scores were good but again and again I’d receive a mysterious NR in the comments. NR? NR? Not a romance. Not until I had a short story accepted in an anthology – Love in the Land of the Lakes and then read all the stories in one sitting did I see it. No, I wasn’t writing Romance. A writing friend introduced me to Sisters in Crime where they understood that sometimes you just have to kill somebody.
Not that I have abandoned romance entirely. Bishop to Queen’s Knight is a love story, there just happen to be dead bodies along the way. And Jane Vanilla needs to stop discovering murders so that she can find the right man.

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Self Publishing

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Aspiring author, want to publish your favorite recipes, family history, or just want to see yourself in print? Author, Cheryl Corbin, will lead you through the steps in the process of self publication.
The presentation will be held at the Woodward Public Library, Saturday, Feb. 9th from 1-3pm
118 S. Main
Woodward, IA
$5 fee with library card, $7 without. Sign up by calling 515.438.2636, stop by the library, use the form below or email foundationwpl@gmail.com

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