New and Noteworthy

Recently I was interviewed by Gordon Simmons for WV AUTHOR. Click on The Silver Tattoo to watch the video:

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Award-winning author Zoe Ferraris interviewed me on her blog:

Radio interview on Writer's Block: 

This is a TV interview with me on a new cable program called "Chapters."


February 25 - Poet Mary Imo Stike and I will be reading from FEARLESS: WOMEN'S JOURNEYS TO SELF-IMPOWERMENT at 12:15p.m. in Building 2000 at the Bridge Valley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

March 17 (St. Patrick's Day!) I will be reading at Taylor Books at 6 p.m. in Charleston, West Virginia. Excerpts will be shared from my psychological thriller set in Ireland, The Silver Tattoo, and selected poems from Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage, complete with slide show. A Q&A will follow, a book signing, plus an open mic where you may sign up to read one of your favorite Irish poems. 



March 1 - I will read in McHenry, Maryland, at the launch of the Garrett Co. Arts Council's literary magazine, Ginseng.

April 5 - Guest and conversation about my novel The Silver Tattoo at a book club in Huntington, West Virginia.

May 14 - I will read with others at the launch of the anthology Fearless: Women's Journeys to Self-Empowerment at More Than Words from 6-8 p.m. at Hidden Creek in Hurricane, West Virginia.

June 17 - I will read with others from Fearless: Women's Journeys to Self-Empowerment at Writers Can Read in Huntington, West Virginia, at The Inner Geek beginning at 7 p.m.

July 9 - Signing my books at The Gallery Bookshop as part of "Ladies Night on the Town" from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Oakland, Maryland.

August 3 - I will be signing my books during the Dublin Irish Fest in Dublin, Ohio, at the "Irish Authors Corner" on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

August 24 - Presenting, reading, and signing at the first Appalachian Heritage Day in the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. Join us for a day of old-time music, Appalachian authors, and  scholars.

August 29 - Reading with other writers from Fearless: Women's Journeys to Self-Empowerment at Arts/West in Athens, Ohio, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

October 16 - Guest speaker/workshop leader for 4th graders at the Explorer Academy at Cabell County Schools.

November 8 - 10 Troublesome Creek Writers' Retreat in Hindman, Kentucky, with teacher Doug Van Gundy.


March 17 - St. Patrick's Day "More Than Words Author Signing" at Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane, WV, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. or so. 

March 19 - Reading from Voices of Unity for "Writers Can Read" at Empire Books in Huntington, WV.

June 8-10 - I will be teaching an advanced poetry workshop for up to 15 participants called "Page to Stage" and conducting individual poetry critiques at the West Virginia Writers annual conference in Ripley, West Virginia.

July 20 - Dinner on the Grounds: A Reading and Dialogue with Three West Virginia Authors (Cat Pleska, Mary Imo Stike, and Laura Treacy Bentley) from noon until 1pm in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. A light lunch will be served, and this event is free and open to the public.

August 3-5 - Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio. I will be signing my books in the Irish Authors Corner.

August 25 - Two of my poems will be featured in Poetry in Art 2018. The exhibition and reading will be held at the Riverside Artists Gallery from 6-9pm in Marietta, Ohio.

December 15 - Holiday Author Open House in Huntington, West Virginia. I'll be reading from my work and a Christmas favorite.



February 4
"Sweethearts Artist Market" from 10-3pm sponsored by The Red Caboose and held in the Huntington, WV's Visitor Center.  

March 11
Launch of Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage (Mountain State Press) at River and Rail Bakery in Huntington, WV, from 10-1pm.

March 18
Signing with Patricia Patteson at the Irish Spring Festival in Ireland, WV.  

May 13
One of the readers at Empire Books in Huntington, WV, 7pm, for launch of Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods (WVU Press).

May 25
Guest author at The Woodlands Book Club, Huntington, WV.

June 2
Reading and signing my books at the Garrett County Celtic Festival in Friendsville, MD. 

June 13
Featured reader at "More Than Words" in the Copper Room of Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane, WV, from 6-7:30. 

July 12
Pop-Up Market at Pullman Square in Huntington, WV.

July 15
Reading and signing with Cat Pleska at The Wild Ramp in Huntington, WV, from 11-2pm.

July 17
Featured reader at "Writers Can Read" at Empire Books in Huntington, WV. It begins at 7pm.

August 4,5, and 6th
Look for me in the Irish Authors' Corner at the Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio.

September 14
Featured reader along with Joel Peckham for "Writers Harvest" at the Marshall University Visual Arts Center gallery.

September 16
Signing at Turn The Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts in Boonsboro, Maryland.

October 31
Guest speaker at Dr. Viola's Advanced Fiction class at Marshall University.

November 4
Leading poetry workshop for a one-day WV Writers workshop at Tamarack.

November 25
Holiday Open House at Empire Books from 1 - 4pm.

December 9
Pop-In Author at The Red Caboose from noon - 3pm. For every book sold, customers get a chance to win a framed and signed photo of "Huntington in Autumn."

December 12
Launch and reading from the Voices On Unity anthology at 7pm by Mountain State Press in the Copper Room at Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane, West Virginia.



January 18
Reading with "Writers Can Read" at Empire Books & News in Huntington, WV, 7-8:30pm.

February 22
"Arts Day at the Capitol" in Charleston, WV. Susan Nicholas and I will be representing West Virginia Writers, Inc., from 10-1 in the upper rotunda.   

March 17
"Out to Lunch" St. Patrick's Day celebration with Irish-themed lunch, conversation, reading, and a signed copy of The Silver Tattoo starting at noon. Call 304-399-1247 for reservations.

July 2
Signing with Patricia Patteson at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia from 11-4. 

August 4, 5,&6
Featured author at the Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio. 

September 2
"Poetry in Art" exhibit and reading at Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta, Ohio.

Sept. 28
Presenting at the Ohio River Festival of Books 

Dec. 10
Holiday Open House and Author Showcase from 1-4pm at Empire Books in Huntington, WV. 



December 5

I'll be signing at Christmas Tea & Treats with Local Authors at the Kingwood Library in Kingwood, West Virginia, from 10-2.

December 1

I am delighted to be a guest speaker at Dr. Dreama Pritt's Marshall University ENG 200 "Texting the World" classes. I will be discussing Night Terrors: A Short Story Prequel to The Silver Tattoo.

November 7

Join me for coffee and pastries at Coffee with a Writer on Saturday Nov. 7 from 10 - noon at the Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts in downtown Frostburg, Maryland. 

October 23

I will be signing at the West Virginia Book Festival all Friday afternoon with Mountain State Press in Charleston, WV.

July 22

An Evening with an Author: Patricia Hopper and Laura Treacy Bentley Two West Virginia writers will do a reading and sign their books at the Morgantown Public Library on June 22, 2015 at 6:30pm

June 27

I will be reading at 1pm and signing all day Saturday at the West Virginia Authors' Showcase at Tamarack in Beckley, WV.

April 25

I will be signing at the Dogwood Festival in Huntington, WV, from 11- 2pm in the Big Sandy Arena.

April 21

Host Gordon Simmons will tape an interview with me for the program WV Authors. It will air on the WV Library Commission's cable channel.

April 11

Signing The Silver Tattoo from 10 - 2pm at the Women's Studies Biennial Conference at Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington, WV

April 6

I'm interviewed by Eric Douglas on "Writers Block" as part of Voices of Appalachia radio.




November 29

Reading/signing at Empire Books in Huntington, WV on Small Business Saturday.

September 24–28

Attended Furious Flower Poetry Conference in Harrisonburg, VA.

September 23

Guest speaker at the Swan Meadow School in Garrett County Maryland.

September 20

Signing The Silver Tattoo at the Civic Center (Big Sandy Arena) in Huntington, WV, during ORFOB.

September 16

Featured writer at the Ohio River Festival of Books (ORFOB) in Huntington, WV. Ireland: Words and Music featuring my novel The Silver Tattoo and the banjo music of Tim Bing at the West Huntington Library 6:30–8:00pm.

August 1–2

Workshop presenter and signing at the Lewisburg Literary Festival in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

July 6

Reading from The Silver Tattoo at The Winding Stair in Dublin, Ireland.

June 22

Signing from 1–3pm at the Word & Song Café during Old Central City Days in Huntington, WV.

June 13–15

Presenting novel writing workshops at the West Virginia Writers Conference in Ripley, WV.

April 8

Guest speaker at the Jubilee Readers' book club in Franklin, Tennessee.

April 7

Reading/signing from 5–7pm at Union Ave Books in Knoxville, Tennessee.

March 31

Marie Manilla and I will be guest speakers for Cat Pleska's Appalachian Literature class at West Virginia State University.

February 12

Ohio book club guest (via Skype).




December 7

Book signing at the Our Town Theatre's Christmas Market from 10-3 at St. Peter's Parish Hall in Oakland, MD.

December 4

Book club guest at Cabell County Library in Huntington, WV.

October 31

Palace of Metaphors in Richmond, Virginia.

October 21

Reading/signing at the Ruth Enlow Library in Oakland, Maryland.

October 12

Poetry Workshop at the public library in Morgantown, WV, at 11 am and reading/signing at 2pm at the MAC.

October 8

Reading/talk/signing: Lunch With Books in Wheeling, WV, at the public library (noon).

September 14

Signing with Cat Pleska at Books-A-Million at the Huntington Mall from 2-4.

July 27

Reading and signing with Sarah Dooley, Marie Manilla, and Sheila Redling at The Red Caboose in Huntington, WV.


I will be teaching creative writing at the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College.

June 29

West Virginia's 150th birthday today. I'll be reading Cynthia Rylant's "When I Was Young In The Mountains" during the birthday celebration (6–7pm) at Pullman Square in Huntington, WV.

June 15–16

I'll be signing my books during the second Word & Song Café at Old Central City in Huntington, WV.

June 7–9

Presenting two poetry workshops for WV Writers Conference at Cedar Lakes in Ripley, WV.

June 1

Reading and signing from 2–4 at the Boyd County Library in Ashland, Kentucky.

April 27

Launch of my first novel, The Silver Tattoo, at Empire Books in Huntington, WV, from 6–9pm. Stop by!


November 17

I will participate in an author signing for the new anthology FED FROM THE BLADE at Books-A-Million at the Huntington, WV Mall from 2–5pm. The event will also include the official book release of Hills of Fire: Bare Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia and Fed From the Blade: Tales and Poems from the Mountains, both published by Woodland Press, LLC, an independent West Virginia book-publishing firm.

November 13

Guest speaker for Eliot Parker's Contemporary WV Writers class at Mountwest Community College in Huntington, WV.

November 10

Page-to-Stage reading/signing from Ginseng 2012 , 7–9pm, at the Our Town Theater in Oakland, Maryland. Local writers and others will read from the latest issue of Ginseng.

October 13

I will be signing my book Lake Effect at the WV Living magazine booth from 11–1pm at the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston, WV.

July 14

I'm one of the featured poets at the Wheeling Arts Fest.

June 16–17

Participating in Old Central City Days as part of their Word & Song Cafe in Huntington, WV.


November 4

Page-to-Stage reading/signing from Ginseng 2011 at Our Town Theater, 7–9pm, in Oakland, MD. For more information visit

November 11

Reading/signing at 7pm with Marie Manilla at ARTS/West in Athens, Ohio.

June 22

Master Workshop and Reading at Allegheny Echoes in Marlinton, WV.

February 3

Guest Speaker for 3rd grade class at Davis Creek Elementary in Huntington, WV.


November 18

Authors' luncheon/signing at the West Virgina Reading Association Conference, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV.

October 2

Signing at Marshall University Writing Project's 25th anniversary celebration at MU's Drinko Library.

September 25

Signing at Old Central City, Huntington, WV, 11–3pm.

September 19

Readings/Awards for Poetic Art collaboration at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia (2–4pm).

September 8

Reading from contributors in the 2010 issue of Ginseng at Canoe on the Run (5:30pm) in McHenry, Maryland.


Writer-in-Residence for the Marshall University Writing Project, Huntington, WV. 

June 24–26

Workshop Leader at the International Pearl S. Buck Writers Workshop in Hillsboro, West Virginia.

June 23

Reading from Seeking the Swan at Taylor Books ( 7pm) in Charleston, WV, with past winners from WV Writers Competitions.

April 23

Guest Speaker for Eliot Parker's Contemporary West Virginia Writers class at Marshall University Community and Technical College, Huntington, WV

April 14

Co-presenter with Mark DeFoe at The Ohio River Festival of the Book, Huntington, WV. Program: Demystifying Poetry.

March 5

Presenter at the  Marshall University Writing Fair, Huntington, WV.

February 26

Guest Speaker for Chris Green's Appalachian Literature class at Marshall University, Huntington WV.


December 4

Guest Speaker for Laura Womack's Creative Writing Club at Paul Blazer High School, Ashland, Kentucky.

November 13

2009 WV Reading Association Conference at Charleston, WV.

October 20

Guest Speaker for Eliot Parker's Contemporary West Virginia Writers class at Marshall University Community and Technical College, Huntington, WV.

September 26

Keynote Presenter/Advanced Poetry Workshop for "Fall Retreat" of the Marshall University Writing Project at Cedar Lakes, WV.

June 17–July 10

Writer-in-Residence for the Marshall University Writing Project, Huntington, WV.

June 20

Poetry Workshop Leader at Literary Arts Day in Morgantown, WV, Monongalia Arts Center, 9am–4pm.

June 19

Reading at West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville, WV.

April 24

Keynote speaker for the Coalfield Writers Satellite Summer Institute kick-off banquet at the Logan Shrine Club in Logan, WV, starting at 6:15pm.

April 21

Guest speaker for Eliot Parker's Contemporary West Virginia Writers class at Marshall University Community and Technical College, Huntington, WV.

April 20

Reading by a number of writers included in the new literary anthology devoted entirely to music, Motif: Writing By Ear. It will take place at Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery from 7–9pm.

March 13

Writing Workshops for Ironton and Huntington High School students at Marshall University. Workshop leaders include Marie Manilla, Eliot Parker, and myself.

February 5

Guest speaker for Amy McElroy's AP English classes at Huntington High School, Huntington, WV.

February 1

Reading of prose and poetry from the latest issue of Backbone Mountain Review at the Avilton Inn in Lonaconing, Maryland, starting at 2pm.


December 15

Guest speaker/poetry workshop for Amy McElroy's AP English classes at Huntington High School, Huntington, WV.

December 9

Reading/signing at the Proctorville Women's Club's annual Christmas dinner in Proctorville, Ohio.

December 5

Signing at the Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, Kentucky, from 5–7pm.

November 22

Author's Forum/Signing at Empire Books, Huntington, WV, 2–6pm. Stop by!

November 15

Writers Read: Open reading of prose and poetry at the Our Town Theatre, Oakland, Maryland, 7pm.

November 13–14

2008 WV Reading Association Conference, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia. I am participating in the Meet and Greet West Virginia Authors on Thursday from 6–8 pm, attending the Authors Luncheon on Friday, and signing my books Friday afternoon.

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