Local Authors to Present Reading of Creative Works on April 8, 2015

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Several local authors will present a reading of their creative works at Alderson Broaddus University on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. “An Evening with Appalachian Writers” will showcase emerging authors from the surrounding region. The reading will be followed by a short question and answer panel.

The reading will include works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that portray a deep admiration and respect for the Appalachian landscape and its people.

The following authors will participate:

An alumnus of Alderson Broaddus University and a graduate of the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Daniel Propst is an adjunct lecturer in English at Alderson Broaddus University. He lives in Philippi with his wife, Jeni, and son, Alan. Propst writes in a variety of genres, but focused primarily upon fiction during his graduate career.

Shauna Hambrick Jones, a graduate of the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, has had her work published in several journals. She lives in Buckhannon, W.Va., and respectfully reminds people that W.Va. is its own state, not part of Va. any longer. Her favorite spots to read are in or near bodies of water: baths, rivers, lakes, oceans.

A 2015 graduate of the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Danielle Kelly began her MFA journey at Southern Connecticut State University before returning to WVWC to complete the degree. She lives in Beverly, W.Va., where she works as an adjunct instructor of English at Davis & Elkins College. Her poetry can be found in Deep Water Literary Journal.

An alumna of Alderson-Broaddus College, Allison Pugh now writes for The Barbour Democrat in Philippi, W.Va. She is currently finishing the MFA degree in fiction at West Virginia Wesleyan. A story by Pugh was a finalist in the 2012 West Virginia Fiction Competition at Shepherd University. Pugh is originally from Tucker County, W.Va., but now calls Philippi home.

Jessica Spruill is a candidate in the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She earned a BA in English from Alderson Broaddus University in 2011. Raised among the woods and creeks of Philippi, W.Va., Spruill has a deep love for all things rural and muddy. She currently resides in Glenville, W.Va.

The reading will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in 206 Withers-Brandon Hall at Alderson Broaddus University. Admission is free. Everyone, including the public, is welcome to attend.