2015 Carolinas Writers Conference Presenters
D.G. Martin is host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” the state’s premier literary series. A graduate of Davidson College and Yale Law School and a former Green Beret, Martin practiced law in Charlotte for 20 years before joining the University of North Carolina, where he served as Vice President for Public Affairs and chief legislative liaison. Since his retirement he has served in interim leadership positions at UNC-Pembroke, North Carolina Central University, Trust for Public Land, Triangle Land Conservancy, North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and as President of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund. About 40 North Carolina newspapers carry his weekly newspaper column that features books, politics, and related topics. In May 2008 Wingate University awarded him an honorary degree. He and Harriet have two children and four grandchildren.
Joseph Bathanti is former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14). He is the author of eight books of poetry: Communion Partners; Anson County; The Feast of All Saints; This Metal, nominated for the National Book Award, and winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Award; Land of Amnesia; Restoring Sacred Art, winner of the 2010 Roanoke Chowan Prize, awarded annually by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best book of poetry in a given year; Sonnets of the Cross; and Concertina, winner of the 2014 Roanoke Chowan Prize. His novel, East Liberty, won the 2001 Carolina Novel Award. His novel, Coventry, won the 2006 Novello Literary Award. His book of stories, The High Heart, won the 2006 Spokane Prize. They Changed the State: The Legacy of North Carolina’s Visiting Artists, 1971-1995, his book of nonfiction, was published in early 2007. His new book of personal essays, Half of What I Say Is Meaningless, winner of the Will D. Campbell Award for Creative Nonfiction, is from Mercer University Press. A new novel, The Life of the World to Come, was released from University of South Carolina Press in late 2014. Bathanti is Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.
Workshop: Where You Live: Writing about Yourself and Your Family
Martha Reed Johnson is an award winning storyteller who, according to her parents, has been telling tales from the time she could talk. She is one of five children who consistently used her oral skills to outwit her siblings and charm her parents. She now resides in South Carolina with her two “almost grown” sons who provide her with endless story material. With heart and humor Martha creates amazing stories from the ordinary and not so ordinary moments of life. She has been a feature storyteller, speaker and entertainer in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Her debut CD, “Skinny Dipping & Other Life Lessons” recently won two World Storytelling Awards.
Ruth Moose was on the Creative Writing faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill for 15 years. Her first novel, Doing it at the Dixie Dew, was published by St. Martin’s Press, May 2014, after it won the Malice Domestic $10,000 prize. Previously published are three collections of short stories, The Wreath Ribbon Quilt, Dreaming in Color, and Neighbors and Other Strangers with individual stories in Atlantic, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal and other places; six collections of poetry, most recently, The Librarian and Other Poems. She’s received a MacDowell Fellowship and a Chapman Fellowship for Teaching. She lives in Pittsboro, NC.
Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of 20 published books, including FORWARD TO CAMELOT (with Kevin Finn), which in its original edition became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned for film by a Hollywood production company. The revised edition, FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th Anniversary Edition, was published by Drake Valley Press. For REALIZING YOU (with Ron Doades), she created a brand-new genre: the self-help novel. STEALING FIRE, a love story about 1980's Broadway musicals, was a finalist in the 2014 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. All 3 books were published in a single 90-day period in 2013. Susan has also written 17 young-adult books, including five biographies, a history of Alcatraz, a book about baseball, one on pre-teen fashion, and entries in four different girls' book series. She has been a sportswriter and a screenwriter, has managed two recent political campaigns, and founded both the East Cooper Authors Festival (where professional authors interact with students) and the brand-new Writers Workshop, which stages readings of original unproduced plays, with critiques to help writers improve their work. She also served for 2 years on the Culture, Arts & Pride Commission of the Town of Mount Pleasant, SC.
Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” L. Diane Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. She conducts seminars on book publishing, promoting, leadership, and goal-setting, and she offers book formatting and author consultation. Wolfe owns Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. and is the author of seven books, including two non-fiction titles and a NA/YA series, The Circle of Friends. She travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains numerous websites & blogs, (including the Insecure Writer’s Support Group) and contributes to several other sites and newsletters.