• BWG Members

    Posted on January 17, 2012 by Bayou Writer in Members.

    Michele Abshire, BWG Vice President, writes for the Christian market, was published regularly in Christian Star News, is a contributor to Gumbeaux Magazine, and writes a regular column, “Michele’s Musings,” for Wordsmith Journal.

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    Willis Abshire (aka W. R. Abshire) writes Christian fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and magazine articles. He is currently working on a three-novel series and has an article accepted for publication by Churchmouse Publications, an online Christian syndication company accepting articles, short stories, skits, programs and humor for churches and other Christian organizations.

    See Willis’s blogsite: W. R. Abshire.

    “For anyone seriously interested in writing, or if you are toying with the idea, it is strongly recommended by this author that you join a writers group, one that will encourage you but at the same time will be honest in their assessments.  POVs are just that, points of view, and those giving critiques can also make mistakes, but that is the beauty of the growing process.  Even well established authors I think would want honest opinions of their work.  If they didn’t then they need to quite writing and go into seclusion until they have learned humility.  Until I allowed myself the luxury of revealing my work to others; to be put under a critical eye did I truly began to grow.  There are some who critique who may be jealous of your ability but I think that those persons are few and far between.  Although each of our own personal work are our babies.”

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    Patti Corbello Archer‘s blog is Testimonies . . . Inspirational Stories.

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    Ruth Askew

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    Debra Bailey

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    Rick Bailey

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    Chris Baldauf, BWG President, writes upmarket fiction, mystery, poetry, and memoir. On the subject of publication she writes: “Poised on the edge of discovery and ready to jump.” Chris is also involved in Writers’ League of Texas, Sisters in Crime, and the Houston Writer’s Guild. Visit her blog, Some Assimilation Required . . . batteries not included.

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    Al Barnes

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    Patricia Bercier

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    Lowell Bergeron

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    Wanda Carnahan

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    Jerry Depew

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    Angie Kay Dilmore, writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and meditations. She has published in a number of children’s magazines and is a regular contributor to Boys’ Life. She has had articles published in Lake Charles area magazines such as LagniappeThrive and Jambalaya News. Her meditations and poetry have appeared in The Upper Room, The Secret Place, Penned From the Heart, and Time of Singing. She is a contributor/book reviewer for LitStack and belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and St. David’s Christian Writers Association.

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    Georgia Downer, has published non-fiction and memoir in USS Saratoga CVA60 Cookbook Recipes & Remembrances 2007, “Lasagna In A Bun”; SWLA Genealogical Reminiscent Writing Contest 2008, 2nd Place Winner “Remember This Day”; the American Press, “The Christmas Tablecloth,” Nov. 27, 2003; and Downer’s Diner cookbook, recipes & family stories, 1993. 

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    Robert “Mr. Bob” Downer writes fiction, non-fiction, and memoir and counts the following among his publications:  SWLA Genealogical Reminiscent Writing Contest “Unbridled  Faith” 2009; USS Saratoga CVA60 Cookbook Recipes & Remembrances, “Boston Scramble,” 2008; SWLA Genealogical Reminiscent Writing Contest 2008, “Mighty Zephyr” 2007; Ohio Valley BSA Owners’ Club Magazine, cover photo and article, May, 2007; Maureen O’Hara’s website, memoir paragraph, “Meeting Maureen O’Hara,” 2006; Downer’s Diner cookbook, recipes & family stories, “Potato Soup,”1993; Wall’s Elementary School, Pitman NJ -6th Grade, lyrics to song “Red Means Stop” for published school songbook, 1948-49. His blogsite is Hello, How Am I . . .

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    Barbara Duhon

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    Randy Dupre, co-founded the Bayou Writers Group with Pamela Thibodeaux.

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    Marcia Dutton, an award-winning artist, writes excerpts from her memoir-in-progress about life in the various countries where she has lived and her days in the U.S. Navy. She aspires to write short humorous pieces about her experiences and hopes to live long enough to finish all her writings for her family. Marcia’s publications include several letters to the editor in the local paper and the only English newspaper in Saudi Arabia, where she also edited a newsletter.

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    Jessica Ferguson writes for Southern Writers Magazine and is co-editor of Swamp Lily Review, A Journal of Louisiana Literature & Arts.  She was Assistant Editor of The Times of SWLA and has been a freelance writer for a number of years. Jess has worked as a contributing editor for Metro-Airlines Inflight Magazine, and was a writer for the Cajun Gazette in New Iberia. She has one published novel to her credit, and is in several anthologies—including Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul. Jess is the coordinator of Lamar University’s Continuing Education and Distance Learning Write Site and teaches an online course called Nonfiction Bootcamp. She’s written for Metropolitan Beaumont, the Beaumont Journal, BE Magazine, and Savor!, and has been editor of several writer’s newsletters. She’s the founder of the East Texas Writers Association in Longview, Texas, and past president of BWG. Jess was raised in Longview, Texas, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications. She blogs at Praise, Prayers and Observations.

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    Marilyn Ford

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    Patricia Fox is BWG’s Publicist.

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    Rodney Hennigan is an outdoor writer who published a book titled My Father’s Gift and is planning the second volume of the Louisiana Outdoor Legacy. He’s on the writing staff of Bayou Bucks Magazine and looks forward to being a member of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers’ Association. Rodney’s website and blog are called “A Louisiana Outdoor Legacy.”

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    Harvey Honsinger, January 14, 1934 – March 29, 2012, a sixth generation Texan, wrote novel-length stories in a western/historical setting and theme; and short stories with various themes and settings. He published his first novel, Fire Hair, in October 2011. Harvey was a bedrock member of BWG, and we miss him.

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    Linda Whittington Hurst has written articles in several professional journals, including the Kansas Journal of Reading, The International Reading Association’s Language Experience Forum, and Collaborations: the Journal of Louisiana Early Childhood Education. Her first college textbook, Making Connections for Lifelong Learning: A Step-by-Step Guide for Developing Thematic Units That Work, came out in the fall of 2009. Two of her short stories appeared in an anthology entitled Veterans of Freedom and Other Stories. Two more were included in The Storyteller with a third, entitled “You’ll Never be a Writer,” scheduled for publication in the April/May issue. Her middle-grade novel entitled, The Seeing Eye Detectives: Case of the Missing Dog, coauthored with her best friend, Linda Lee won the 2009 Bloom Honor Book award. It is scheduled to be published soon. Recently, the Rowlett Writer’s Workshop Anthology entitled Quills and Crossroads (available on Amazon.com) featured four of Linda’s short stories.

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    Debra Johnson

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    Anatole Karpovs 

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    Joyce Kebodeaux

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    Stanley Klemetson, Ph.D.’s, writing experience has been mostly for technical publications and books. He served as editor for a college magazine and had previously worked with a publisher for a proposed text book on technical writing. One of his goals is to complete that task. Stan was recently notified of his first publication! His story “Living Alone Together” will be published by OakTara on or about October 1, 2012, in their love stories anthology titled My Love to You Always. He continues to submit works for contests and is currently working on several poems, short stories and a book.

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    Linda Leonard

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    Beverly Martin

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    Mike McHugh has a website:  http://thedangyankee.com.

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    Gloria Monks

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    Ben H. Mott

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    Mary Ned

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    Jan Rider Newman, BWG webmaster, has published a collection writes of short stories, A Long Night’s Sing & other stories, through Kindle and CreateSpace. Her short stories, poetry, and short nonfiction have appeared in A Small, Good Magazine, the New Orleans Review, the Denver Quarterly, Oasis Journal (2007-2009), Yellow Flag Press, and two anthologies of the Gulf Coast Writers’ Association:  Sweet Tea and Afternoon Tales (2009) and Magnolia Blossoms and Afternoon Tales (2010). Her short stories have won prizes, and she was awarded grants on two occasions by the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Along with member and two-time BWG president, Jessica R. Ferguson, she edits Swamp Lily Review, A Journal of Louisiana Literature & Arts (http://swamplily.com). Jan contributes to The New Book Review blog, and has reviewed books for the Best Damn Creative Writing Blog, The New Book Review, and LitStack. She writes a blog, Beyond Acadia:  Reading, Writing, & Living Welland has a website.

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    Sylvia Ney, Gator Talk editor, resides in southeast Texas. She is a published author who sometimes ghost writes for others. Her poetry, short stories, essays, articles and photography can be found in journals, anthologies, newspapers, and online. Sylvia has taught both elementary and high school students over the last twelve years. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two preschoolers and editor of Gator Talk, the Bayou Writers’ Group newsletter. She keeps a regular blog:  Writing in Wonderland.

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    Sherry Perkins, BWG Treasurer, is a diverse writer of seventy-eight pieces of prose, fifty poems, four screenplays, a biography, a children’s book, and a plantation photo book.  She markets her full-length projects to publishers and pitches screenplays to movie producers.  She has over forty pieces published in four newspapers; seven magazines: Cenla Focus, Country Roads (online), The Jambalaya News, Louisiana Life, Louisiana Road Trips, Sejour, and Thrive; a poetry anthology; a college newsletter; a writing conference pamphlet; on a movie producer’s website, on blogs, in a flash-fiction anthology, and even a motivational piece upcoming in a high-school yearbook. Four stories appear in the Southwest Louisiana Historical & Genealogical Library’s Reminiscent Writings where her 2010 entry received second place. She has discussed creative writing with elementary and junior-high students and promoted the Bayou Writers’ Group Conference on television.  Additionally, she helped edit author Curt Iles’ eighth book “Deep Roots.” Furthermore, in February 2011, she helped judge the regional “Poetry Out Loud” competition and the following day presented “Hints on Writing” to a Calcasieu Parish Public Library audience. As president of the Bayou Writers’ Group, she resides in DeRidder, Louisiana.  Sherry loves the creative explosion of expressing herself through words.  Please visit her blog.

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    Pat Rach

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    Lena V. Roach is a prize-winning poet and a writer of short stories, nonfiction essays, and novels. “At age ten, praised by a schoolteacher for an original poem, I knew I wanted to be a writer.” Lena earned a Master’s Degree in English and taught at the high school level in Louisiana and Texas until retirement. Her publishing credits include a short story in Glamour Magazine, England; poetry in regional magazines; newspaper articles in the American Press (Lake Charles) and the Times Picayune (New Orleans); a “Dear Teacher” column in nineteen newspapers; and articles sold to the national magazines New Choices and Good Old Days. She currently writes fiction and hopes an editor will be interested in her three completed novels:  Touch of EarthVoices in the Dark, and Shadows of the Past.

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    Julia Rodriguez is BWG historian.

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    Beth Savoie, BWG Member-at-Large. See Bethie’s Page here.

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    Cliff Seiber is BWG’s Secretary.

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    Lenora Siebert

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    Debbie Sonnier

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    Cindy Stelly

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    Randy Stelly

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    Rebecca (Becky) Stelly shares her writing, illustrations, and blogs.

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    Tonya Stokes 

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    Founder and past president of the Bayou Writers Group, Pamela Thibodeaux, writes fiction and creative nonfiction and describes her writing as “Christian with an edge.” She also belongs to White Roses in Bloom. Pam has published five novels and six short stories. See her website and blog. Pam is also owner and ad sales director of The Wordsmith Journal.

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    Linda Hebert Todd, writes fiction, short and long, and poetry. Her publications a short story in the Nicholls State University Jubilee Anthology. Linda also belongs to Mystery Writers of America and the Southwest Sisters in Crime Mystery Society. Her blog is called LF Todd’s Blog – An Incurable Itch.

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    Carol Weishampel

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    Kay Williams

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    Merrilyn Williams

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    Rachel Windham writes poetry and prose. Her Pen of Praise site can be found here. She’s also on Facebook. Rachel is the author of a children’s devotional, “A Kingdom to Call Home,” published in Reflections Magazine, and her work has appeared in newspapers, newsletters, and anthologies.

     

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