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Saturday, April 9 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Flash Mob! Meet the Writers!

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Congregations! Conversations! Mobs! Amateurs! Professionals! Oh My!

Meet the Prose Fictionals! (Pugh Auditorium 2nd floor Benson)
  • Emily Brewer, Steve Duin, Laura Elliott, Matt Gallagher, Trice Hickman, Candide Jones, Darin Kennedy, Clint McCown, Deb Richardson-Moore, Ed Southern, etc.!
Meet the Poets!  (Benson Room 409)
  • Lamaya Covington-Williams, Julie Dunlop, Eric Ekstrand, Helen Losse, Aimee Mepham, John York, etc.!
Meet the Journalists!  (Benson Room 410)
  • Jane Bianchi, Rachel V. Bullock, Maria Henson, Mike Riley, Melynda Wilcox, Phoebe Zerwick, etc.!
Meet the Historians and Memoirists! (Benson Room 301)
  • Sam Gladding, Quincy Whitney, George Williamson, Lauren Wright, etc.!
Meet the Techno-Science-Business-Blogosphere-Online Writers! (Benson Room 344)
  • Elizabeth Norfleet Sugg, Paul Tuttle, Melissa Venable, Elizabeth Watson, etc.!
Meet the Screenwriters! (Benson Room 343)
  • Paul Bullock, Temple Northup, etc.!



Helen Anders

Helen Anders (’74) is a freelance writer and editor based in Austin, Texas. A lifelong journalist, she has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist for newspapers and magazines in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, and Texas. She is also the author of two books: Fixin’ to be Texan and Fixin’ to Party Texas Style.

Jane Bianchi

Jane Bianchi(’05) is a freelance magazine writer who has written, edited, and produced health-related publications in online and print forms.  In the past she has worked and written for magazines such as Seventeen, Family Circle, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and Esquire.

Blake Brandes

Blake Brandes (’06), a Marshall Scholar, has dedicated his life to exploring the intersection of music, academics, and youth achievement. As President of Decrypt Productions LLC, Blake has produced Top 40 radio singles, in addition to being an active musician and performer of piano, rap, and beatbox. Blake has performed numerous hip-hop workshops all over the world at which he teaches young people how to beatbox and helps them... Read More →

Emily Brewer

Emily Brewer (’98) is an author, researcher, and book designer of Legacy Storybooks.  She completed the PhD in English at UNC-CH.

Paul Bullock

Paul Bullock (’02) is a television writer and producer. He’s worked on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” Syfy’s “Defiance,” Lifetime’s “Devious Maids,” and many others. He’s also a frequent contributor to Under the Radar magazine and owns an absurd number of records.
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Rachel Venuti Bulluck

Rachel Venuti Bullock is COO of Render Media, a digital media company that owns four rapidly growing content destinations: Opposing Views, America News, Cooking Panda and Watch This. Rachel has worked with the company’s founding team since 2011 and was named COO in 2014. Rachel has been instrumental in developing Render into a media powerhouse of 28 million unique monthly visitors and 12 million Facebook fans across multiple verticals... Read More →

Steve Duin

Steve Duin (’76, MA ’79) has been The Oregonian’s Metro columnist, a post he held for 15 years. He has twice been named the nation’s best local columnist by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has written or co-authored five books, including Comics: Between the Panels, a history of comics, and Father Time, a collection of columns on fatherhood and family.  His novel, The Less We Touch, about... Read More →

Julie Dunlop

Julie Dunlop (’95) teaches creative writing and English in New Mexico.  Her poetry is published regularly in JAMA and other medical periodicals. Her latest complete book of poems is Breath, Bone, Earth, Sky.

Eric Ekstrand

Eric Ekstrand (’07) is a poet living and working in North Carolina. His first full-length collection, Laodicea, was selected by Donald Revell for the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize. He is the recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship awarded by the Poetry Foundation and graduated with his MFA from the University of Houston in 2010. He teaches creative writing and composition at Wake Forest University. His poems can be found in Poetry, jubilat... Read More →

Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott (’79) is the author of young adult historical novels, including Under a War-Torn Sky, A Troubled Peace, and Flying South, which won the Joan G. Sugarman Children’s Literature Award.  Elliott has authored four picture books with New York Times best-selling illustrator, Lynn Munsinger. A long-time writer for The Washingtonian magazine, Elliott was twice a finalist for the National Magazine Award.  Her latest... Read More →

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher (’05) joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and received a commission in the armored cavalry. Following a fifteen-month deployment in Iraq, Gallagher left the army and now lives in New York City, where he works at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) as a Senior Fellow. He published his war memoir, Kaboom, in 2010, and is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. His Youngblood: A Novel will be published in April, 2016.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross (’98) is a counter-terrorism expert and attorney whose writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Reader’s Digest, and The Wall Street Journal Europe, among others. He is the Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the author of My Year Inside Radical Islam. Daveed’s most recent book, Bin Laden’s Legacy, examines the evolution of al Qaeda’s... Read More →

Trice Hickman

Trice Hickman (MALS ’98) is a self-proclaimed Southern girl and an award-winning, bestselling author. Trice’s love of reading and the power she recognized in the written word inspired her to become a writer. After receiving rejection letters from every agent and publisher she submitted her work to, Trice was determined to bring her stories to life. She self-published her first three novels to great success and shortly thereafter, landed a... Read More →

Candide Jones

Candide Jones (’72, MA ’78) has published In the Tree-Tops:  A New Lullaby (illustrations by Steve Emery).  Candide served as manager of the Wake Forest University Press for thirty years.

Helen Losse

Helen Losse (MALS ’00) is a Winston-Salem poet, the author of two full-length books, Seriously Dangerous and Better with Friends, and two chapbooks. Helen’s poems have been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and three times for a Best of the Net award. Helen, a former English teacher, is the Poetry Editor for the online literary magazine The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

Clint McCown

Clint McCown (’74) is the only two-time winner of the American Fiction Prize. He has written three novels and recently completed a fourth, Haints. Clint has also published three volumes of poetry and received the Academy of American Poets Prize, among other honors. In journalism, he received the Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence. He has worked with HBO Television, Warner Bros., and the National Shakespeare Company. Clint... Read More →

Temple Northup

Temple Northup (’99) is the Director of the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. He is also the Co-Director of the Gulf Coast Food Project—an interdisciplinary project that promotes the study of food in the Texas Gulf Coast region—for which he oversees the production of the documentary films and multimedia stories. Temple’s research broadly seeks... Read More →

Diana Peacock

Diana Peacock (’98) is Senior Vice President of FirstBook, Inc., of Washington, DC, one of the largest non-profit distributors of books and other needed educational and public health items to pre-school, primary, and middle school children in the United States. FirstBook works especially with Title I schools and school systems.

Mike Riley

Mike Riley (’81) is CEO and Publisher of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Prior to that position, he was Managing Editor of Bloomberg Government, the Editor and Senior Vice President of Congressional Quarterly, and the Editor of The Roanoke Times. He created and launched allpolitics.com, a leading political Internet site founded by TIME Magazine and CNN. Riley spent a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University learning about digital... Read More →

Gail Segal

Gail Segal (’74) is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. Her film work includes the Peabody Award winning documentary, Arguing the World, (Co-Prod.) and a 15-part PBS television series The Shakespeare Hour. The documentary short, Soapy (producer/director) aired on the PBS series Southern Lens. Recent films include Meanwhile in Turkey, a documentary about the agency of women artisans during contemporary political... Read More →

Ed Southern

Ed Southern (’94) worked at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art before working for a major bookselling chain for which he opened the company’s first London store on Oxford Street. Shortly after he served as Sales Director for John F. Blair, Publisher. Today, Ed is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Writers Network.  His much-praised collection of short stories is Parlous Angels.

Paul Tuttle

Paul Tuttle (’91), Director of Proposal Development in the Office of Research Services and Project Management at NC A&T State University, is a grant writer with 15 years’ experience in proposal development in a variety of fields including health, education, STEM, the humanities, institutional capacity building, community programming, and international development.

Elizabeth Watson

Elizabeth Watson (’74) is a principal in the consulting firm Heritage Strategies, LLC, and a co-author of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s award-winning guide to rural conservation, Saving America’s Countryside (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997, 2nd ed). She co-produced the 1992 award-winning environmental film made for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake: Living off the Land. She has planned more... Read More →

Melynda Wilcox

Melynda Wilcox (’85 ) writes a blog about local education issues (30,000 views in the past 2-1/2 years) in Alexandria, Virginia. She also does freelance editing for Virginia Theological Seminary. Her blog has been recognized by the American Press Institute’s Fact-Checking Project with its “Fact Check of the Week.”

Lamaya Covington Williams

Lamaya Covington Williams (’01, ’05 MALS) teaches Humanities at Forsyth Technical Community College, and is the author of Quite Happy, a highly acclaimed collection of poems.

George Williamson

George Williamson (’61) has been College Chaplain and Religion Professor at Vassar; Senior pastor, First Baptist, Granville, Ohio;  and founding President, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.  A memoir, Born in Sin, Upended in Grace, traces his collision with the signature contemporary social movements, beginning with the 1960 Winston-Salem sit-in, in which he was catapulted from one side to the other by each... Read More →

Ed Wilson

Ed Wilson (’43) is Provost Emeritus and former English Professor of WFU. In 2002, Ed received the North Carolina Award for Public Service for his enormous contributions to WFU and his devotion to North Carolina, and in 2004 he received the WFU Medallion of Merit. He frequently delivers speeches and essays on the values of Wake Forest and recently completed The History of Wake Forest University, Volume V.

John York

John York (’77), who was born in Winston-Salem and grew up in Yadkin County, has taught English for over thirty years and in 2003 was named Teacher of the Year by the N.C. English Teachers Association. At WFU, John studied with poets A.R. Ammons and Emily Wilson. In 2011, he received the James Applewhite Poetry Prize from the North Carolina Literary Review. He published his first full-length collection, Cold Spring... Read More →

Phoebe Zerwick

Phoebe Zerwick is a prize-winning investigative journalist, narrative writer, and now lecturer at WFU. Her most recent work includes a multimedia documentary about the Yadkin River. Phoebe’s work has been recognized by The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the HBO documentary The Trial of Darryl Hunt.

Saturday April 9, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Benson Student Center Wake Forest University

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