2013 Conference Speakers

Mary Quade is the author of Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State Poetry Center). She has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship and two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. Her poems and essays have appeared recently in West Branch, Creative Nonfiction, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Wake: Great Lakes Thought and Culture, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Grist, and MAYDAY Magazine. She teaches creative writing at Hiram College.

Cinda Williams Chima, a former member of Skyline Writers, has authored two New York Times best-selling YA fantasy series:  The Heir Chronicles (The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir) with The Enchanter Heir forthcoming 10/22/13; and the Seven Realms series (The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, The Crimson Crown).Visit her at www.cindachima.com or http://www.facebook.com /CindaWilliamsChima.

Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide in a historic cemetery.  She didn’t get the job, but she did get the idea for her Pepper Martin mystery series.  Pepper works in a cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there.  The ninth and newest book in the series is “Supernatural Born Killers.”  As Kylie Logan, Casey also writes the Button Box mystery series (book #3 is Panic Button), the new League of Literary Ladies series (Mayhem at the Orient Express) and this fall, will premiere the Chili Cook-Off series with Chili Con Carnage.  In addition to mystery, Casey has written both historical and contemporary romance, YA and a children’s book.      To date, she’s published 46 novels.

 REVISED:  Debbie Alferio has had to cancel, but we are happy to welcome Deanna Adams.

 Deanna R. Adams is a writer, author, instructor, and award-winning essayist.  Her books include Rock ’n’ Roll and the Cleveland Connection (Kent State University Press, 2002), Confessions of a Not-So-Good Catholic Girl (Infinity Publishing, 2008) and Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Roots (Arcadia Publishing, 2010), and her newest, a novel titled, Peggy Sue Got Pregnant: A Rock ’n’ Roll Love Story.  Deanna is also an instructor and event coordinator at Lakeland Community College, and instructor for the Cuyahoga County Libraries Lit program, where she speaks and teaches on a number of writing topics. She is also coordinator of the Western Reserve Writers’ Conference. Her web site is www.deannaadams.com.

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