Bailey, Alecia - You can e-mail Alecia at AABailey215@gmail.com.
Burnham, Kim - Kim grew up in Farmington, New Mexico, where he enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping and occasional bouts of pyromania. He is a professor at Oklahoma State University, specializing in Immunology. He is married to Jeannie, and they have three grown children and five perfect grandchildren. Kim likes to write poetry, fantasy and science fiction. He has published one novel, a zany sci-fi, entitled The Bureau of Resurrection. He is working on a book about the impact of sociality on health and a children's book. These projects help him keep his pyromania in check. You can e-mail Kim at Kim.Burnham@okstate.edu.
Eskridge, Gordon - Gordon was born in Oklahoma City and is a third generation Oklahoman. He has been married to Rosemary for 43 years. They have 5 daughters, 13.5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. Gordon graduated from Northwest Classen High School in 1958. He graduated from Central State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 1971 and a Masters in Education in 1985. He received his doctorate in Education in 1999. He worked in retail sales and management from 1968 to 1982. He taught school at Cimarron Middle School from 1982 to 1985. After that went to work for NASA as an on-stage aerospace educator and teacher trainer. He also wrote aerospace teacher activity books. Gordon retired in 2001. In 2011 Shoppe Foreman Publishing published Gordon's You Should Have Been There - A Collection of Stories. He is currently working on six family history books and more short stories. You can e-mail Gordon at GordonE40@cox.net.
Eskridge, Rosemary - Rosemary was born in Big Spring, Texas. She attended Howard County Junior College and the University of Texas at Arlington. She married Gordon Eskridge, and they moved to Edmond, Oklahoma. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Science from the University of Central Oklahoma and Doctorate in Education at Oklahoma State University in 1998. Rosemary taught science and math in middle school for 28 years. She worked for the Oklahoma City Public Schools for five years designing teacher workshops. She has written numerous science curriculum guides. Along the way she had five daughters. Rosemary has completed her Ground School Pilot’s License and has a Ham Operator’s License. She loves gardening, playing the piano, playing with her 13 grandchildren, and traveling with her husband Gordon. In 2010 Rosemary published (Shoppe Foreman Publishing) a biography of her father, titled Jack Horn - North China Marne, West Texas Pioneer, Family Patriarch. She is currently working on other family histories. You can e-mail Rosemary at RMEskridge@cox.net.
is retired and living in Guthrie with his wife Sandy. He has a B.A. in
mathematics and an M.S. in systems engineering. He applied these in a first career
in air defense and satellite computer program systems. He returned to school
and earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in wildlife science. His second career of 25 years
was with the Federal government as a wildlife biologist. He has written and
edited numerous research articles and government reports, but he is now trying
his hand at creative writing. In 2009, he co-wrote and published a memoir of his
mother-in-law, entitled My Good Life! In December 2010, he
published a family history entitled The Dick and Maggie Allen Children
of Sparks, Nebraska. Larry's publishing website for Shoppe Foreman Publishing is at
- Joan Hagy
lives in Guthrie and is raising two daughters with husband Jeff. She teaches
English to 7th graders and writes (mostly poetry) in her wads of free
time. She was raised on the West Coast and started writing poetry and short
stories as a young girl. She picked up a camera at 13, and that is when she
first began merging her pictures with her words. Joan attends the Oklahoma Fall
Arts Institute each Fall to nurture the artist inside of her and get away from
her real life. Her study is crammed full of books, poems, pictures, and dust.
Someday she plans to organize something into to publishable format and send it
somewhere. That day is not anytime soon. You can read a little bit of Joan's
poetry on her blog at
Helsoot, Evan - You can e-mail Evan at EvanHunter191@yahoo.com.
Hinkle, Bob - Bob first became interested in writing at Galey School, a two-room school in southeastern Oklahoma, when his teacher read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin to the class. He marveled at Harriet’s strong talent for characterization, and he wanted to learn how to write that way. While in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War, he did some writing as well as stack up some college credits in night classes. In 1985, he and his wife Julia took a class in creative writing taught by Prof. Glen Ross at the University of Central Oklahoma. During that class, Bob wrote a biography of his grandfather, Ernest Parnell, a Depression-era preacher. Bob says that Prof. Ross taught him how to write and gave him the courage to just do it. Since then he has written everything from biographies to essays to three full novels, including his recently published (Daisy Mae Publishing) novels The Sabbatical, Rite of Passage, and Just a Passin' Thru'. In early 2011, Bob published Me and Friends - 2010 Facebook Spiritual Posts and Comments. Along the way, he and Julia raised four wonderful children - Rinda, Kimberly, Jana, and Bobby. The children are all grown, and Bob and Julia now reside in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Bob's literary website is www.RedDirtWriters.org/Bob. You can e-mail Bob at BHinkle5@cox.net.
Holbrook, Emily - You can e-mail Emily at EmilyHolbrook13@gmail.com.
Howard, Jayme (JC) - Jayme (JC) Howard currently lives in Oklahoma City. Her education is a mixed bag of inspiration, including both analytical and out of the box thinking. She has an undergraduate degree in Science and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Her home is with a husband of more then twenty years and two children, of the four-legged variety. In a previous life (more then twenty years ago), she lived and worked overseas, taking advantage of the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East. Many of her short stories are based on those poignant memories; however, you will find her stories as diverse as the clouds that puff across the sky. There are stories about mermaids as well as murderers, dads and daughters, vacations and violence. You will find that she is never short of words for short stories. You can e-mail JC at JCHoward59@hotmail.com.
Kenyon, Karen - Karen grew up in Iowa and graduated high school in Centerville, Iowa, in 1959. As the wife of a Navy man, she moved around a lot and lived in several places, including Japan, Puerto Rico, and several states. She has also visited England, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. Karen has two children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two more that call me GG. She was a wife and mother for over 28 years. She went to college when she found herself in divorce court and received a Bachelors of Nursing Degree. She worked at the VA Hospital for twenty years and recently retired. Karen moved to Oklahoma in 1994 because her brother, his family, and her parents were living in Oklahoma. She became interested in writing while in college, but has not seriously pursued it until now. You can email Karen at KaraOkie@yahoo.com.
- Nick is a native Oklahoman, born and raised
in Alva. He moved to Oklahoma City in 2007 to pursue a career in teaching
English. He is currently teaching English at Guthrie Junior High School. His interest in creative writing began in 2003 after taking a Creative
Writing class instructed by Dr. Jim Yates at Northwestern Oklahoma State
University. He primarily writes short stories and tries to capture the
minimalistic style of writing. In December
2010, he published It'll All Work Out - A Collection of Short
Stories. In 2011, Dead Armadillo Publishing published his first novel,
The Boy with Nine Fingers. He's currently working on a spin-off. You can visit Nick's blog "There's Bacon on My Burger" at
McKinley, Ryan - Ryan lives in Edmond with his wife Shawna and two children, Kyle and Anna. In 2010 he and his daughter Anna wrote and published "The Pirate Bride." You can visit their website at www.ThePirateBride.com. Ryan is an avid Star Wars fan. You can e-mail Ryan at RNSMcKin@hotmail.com.
Morgan, Harriet - Harriet, a native Okie, was born in Enid and graduated from Perry High School. Her BA in Elementary Ed was earned at New Mexico Highlands University. She retired from Guthrie Public Schools after teaching, mostly third and fourth grades, for 15 years. She is married to Bob, a retired millwright from Woodland, Washington, whom she met online through their church singles website. She is the mother of five living children (three stepsons also call her “Mom”), and Bob has nine children of his own. Together they have 70+ grand- and great grandchildren. (The count goes up every year!) After retirement her goal was to write “The Great American Novel.” However, she can’t decide what kind of writer she wants to be when she grows up, as her “novels” seem to be very short. Since retiring, “busyness” (family, Church callings, travel, designing a commercial website, buying and selling property, etc.) has kept her from doing as much writing as she had hoped. Currently, she is working on her autobiography, a book of short stories, and a book of animal stories, plus several other unfinished projects - not a novel in the bunch. You can e-mail Harriet at HJMorgan2000@yahoo.com.
is a stay-at-home mom with a B.S. in Developmental Psychology, a degree that is
worthless for work but great for psyching out her kids. Melissa has been
married to Brian for 18 years. They have five children: Kyrstie (20), Tatyanna (17),
Shayne (8) - boss of the whole house, just ask her! -
Sawyer (6), and McKayde (4). Melissa has spent
a great deal of her time volunteering in the
schools. Through these experiences she became interested in writing children’s
picture books, primarily history. Melissa has always enjoyed creative writing,
reading, embroidery, crafts (especially wood crafts), remodeling, decorating
(if only she had the money to truly do it justice), and working at her various
church positions. Melissa has thoroughly enjoyed the creative outlet and
knowledge that the Society provides. Melissa's literary website is at
Pesicka, Becca - Becca was
born in Houson, Texas, but was raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She graduated from
Ponca City Senior High School ranked eighth in her class. She has been a book-aholic
for as long as she can remember and takes pleasure with the purchase of every
book. In 2010 she graduated with an Associates in English from Northern Oklahoma
College. In December 2008, Becca was blessed to marry Brad Pesicka. Together they
moved to Guthrie in December 2011 to start building their life together. She spends
her time writing, researching to write, and reading. She also enjoys cooking,
baking, and watching movies. She has two poems published in a Library
of Congress anthology.
Randolph, Betsy - Betsy is originally from New Mexico, but she
moved to Enid when she was 11 and now considers herself to be an Okie-transplant.
Betsy worked in radio broadcasting for several years in four states before
coming back to Oklahoma and attaining an A.S. in Journalism from Northern
Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. While in Tonkawa, she wrote for the N.O.C.
Maverick and worked as the first female
police officer for the city of Tonkawa. Betsy also has an A.S. in Horticulture
from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from
Southern Nazarene University. Betsy served twelve years in the U.S. Army
Reserves as a military policeman and drill sergeant. During the same time
period, she worked as a police officer, police sergeant, and state trooper with
the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. She is currently assigned to the
Public Affairs Division and serves as the Spokesperson for the Oklahoma Highway
Patrol and is the Social Media Coordinator for both DPS and OHP. Betsy has written several short stories and poems
and has had one mystery novel published and is working on a sequel. Betsy lives
in Guthrie with her husband and son and enjoys
digging in the dirt and riding her Harley in her free time.
Betsy's literary website is
Betsy's blog "Pistols and Pruners" is at
Russell, D. J. - D. J. has a degree in General Studies from
Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah. He has been a regular
contributor of movie reviews for several newspapers. In 2010 he initiated a
where he posts movie reviews. In his youth he wrote
poetry, but he now writes primarily prose (novels and short stories). In
January 2010, he entered the Master's in Professional Writing program at the
University of Oklahoma. D. J. now lives in Norman. D.J.'s blog "Broken Soul Cafe" is at
Savage, Zack - Zack Savage has moved to Houston, but he still participates in contests. You can visit Zack's blog "Quixotic Savage" at www.QuixoticSavage.wordpress.com. You can e-mail Zack at ZackCSavage@gmail.com.
Stephenson, Beth- Beth has a Bachelor's degree in English and American Literature. She has had poems, short stories, and two novels published and enjoys writing essays, too. One daughter and six sons call her 'Mom,' and one husband (Jeff) calls her 'Honey' (most of the time). Gardening absorbs her interest in spring, traveling in the summer, and baking and writing in the fall and winter, but reading is a year-round delight. She was raised near the Monterey Bay in California and has divided her adult life between Utah, Central and Southern California, Colorado, and now Oklahoma. She's been in OK for a few years. From 2007 to 2009, Beth wrote two columns for the Edmond Sun. In November 2009, Beth published a second greatly expanded edition of her book The Angel's Song, and in 2010 she published a western novel entitled Rasmus - Tales of a Utah Cowboy. Beth has two other novels awaiting publication. Beth's literary website is www.RedDirtWriters.org/Beth. Beth's blog "Chocolate Cream Centers" is at
www.ChocolateCreamCenters.blogspot.com. You can e-mail Beth at BStephenson5@cox.net.