Category Archives: Speakers

June 22, 2019 Speaker

A Springfield native, Ritter first embraced creative writing at the age of 9. By age 13 he had written two adventure books, several plays, and created his own comic strip. His 8th grade editorial Lunchline Blues earned him an award … Continue reading

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May 25, 2019 Speaker

Nancy Hartney writes short stories and non-fiction articles. Washed in Water: Tales from the South is her award winning debut collection published July 2013. A second collection, If the Creek Don’t Rise, came out in 2016 to accolades. Both books are available in … Continue reading

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April 27, 2019 Speaker

Carla Kirchner is a poet, fiction writer, and Assistant Professor of Language and Literature at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. Her poetry chapbook, The Physics of Love, won the 2016 Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Contest and was published by Concrete … Continue reading

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March 23, 2019 Speaker

Holly Atkinson was born with a story in her head waiting to get out, and not much has changed since. She spent the bulk of her childhood buried in books—that is, when she wasn’t writing her own. Her earliest professional writing credit … Continue reading

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February 23, 2019 Speaker

Brian Katcher is a Missouri YA author. His first book, PLAYING WITH MATCHES, won the 2011 North Carolina Young Adult Book Award. His second book, ALMOST PERFECT, won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Book Award in 2011. Katcher is also … Continue reading

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