New and Noteworthy
2021Join me at Cicada Books and Coffee in Huntington, WV, for my first in-person reading in over a year! I'll be reading Sir Grace and the Big Blizzard on Saturday, April 17th, at 2pm. It's a free event, so bring your children! Seating is limited and masks are required. Come and celebrate the reopening of Cicada Books. See you soon!_______________________________________2020
February 25 - Poet Mary Imo Stike and I will be reading from FEARLESS: WOMEN'S JOURNEYS TO SELF-EMPOWERMENT 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. (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
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 VanGundy.____________________________________________________2018
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/708552532853560/
February 4"Sweethearts Artist Market" from 10-3pm sponsored by The Red Caboose and held in the Huntington, WV's Visitor Center.
March 11Launch of Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage (Mountain State Press) at River and Rail Bakery in Huntington, WV, from 10-1pm.
March 18Signing with Patricia Patteson at the Irish Spring Festival in Ireland, WV.
May 13One of the readers at Empire Books in Huntington, WV, 7pm, for launch of Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods (WVU Press).
May 25Guest author at The Woodlands Book Club, Huntington, WV.
June 2Reading and signing my books at the Garrett County Celtic Festival in Friendsville, MD. http://gccelticfestival.com/
June 13Featured reader at "More Than Words" in the Copper Room of Hidden Creek Mercantile in Hurricane, WV, from 6-7:30.
July 12Pop-Up Market at Pullman Square in Huntington, WV.Noon-4pm.
July 15Reading and signing with Cat Pleska at The Wild Ramp in Huntington, WV, from 11-2pm.
July 17Featured reader at "Writers Can Read" at Empire Books in Huntington, WV. It begins at 7pm.
August 4,5, and 6thLook for me in the Irish Authors' Corner at the Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio.
September 14Featured reader along with Joel Peckham for "Writers Harvest" at the Marshall University Visual Arts Center gallery.
September 16Signing at Turn The Page Bookstore with Nora Roberts in Boonsboro, Maryland.
October 31Guest speaker at Dr. Viola's Advanced Fiction class at Marshall University.
November 4Leading poetry workshop for a one-day WV Writers workshop at Tamarack. http://wvwriters.org/fall-conference/
November 25Holiday Open House at Empire Books from 1 - 4pm. www.empirebooksandnews.com
December 9Pop-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." wvvisit.org/the-red-caboose
December 12Launch 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 18Reading 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. http://www.wvculture.org
"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. http://www.riverandrailbakery.com/
July 2Signing with Patricia Patteson at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia from 11-4. http://www.tamarackwv.com/
August 4, 5,&6Featured author at the Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio. http://dublinirishfestival.org/
September 2"Poetry in Art" exhibit and reading at Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta, Ohio.
Presenting at the Ohio River Festival of Books
Dec. 10Holiday Open House and Author Showcase from 1-4pm at Empire Books in Huntington, WV. http://www.empirebooksandnews.com/ __________________________________________________
I'll be signing at Christmas Tea & Treats with Local Authors at the Kingwood Library in Kingwood, West Virginia, from 10-2.
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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/events/411731462353599/
I will be signing at the West Virginia Book Festival all Friday afternoon with Mountain State Press in Charleston, WV.
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
I will be reading at 1pm and signing all day Saturday at the West Virginia Authors' Showcase at Tamarack in Beckley, WV.
I will be signing at the Dogwood Festival in Huntington, WV, from 11- 2pm in the Big Sandy Arena.
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.
Signing The Silver Tattoo from 10 - 2pm at the Women's Studies Biennial Conference at Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington, WV
I'm interviewed by Eric Douglas on "Writers Block" as part of Voices of Appalachia radio.
Reading/signing at Empire Books in Huntington, WV on Small Business Saturday.
Attended Furious Flower Poetry Conference in Harrisonburg, VA.
Guest speaker at the Swan Meadow School in Garrett County Maryland.
Signing The Silver Tattoo at the Civic Center (Big Sandy Arena) in Huntington, WV, during ORFOB.
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.
Workshop presenter and signing at the Lewisburg Literary Festival in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Reading from The Silver Tattoo at The Winding Stair in Dublin, Ireland.
Signing from 1–3pm at the Word & Song Café during Old Central City Days in Huntington, WV.
Presenting novel writing workshops at the West Virginia Writers Conference in Ripley, WV.
Guest speaker at the Jubilee Readers' book club in Franklin, Tennessee.
Reading/signing from 5–7pm at Union Ave Books in Knoxville, Tennessee.