Videos - LKRS
Storyteller Bil Lepp
Bil Lepp is an American storyteller and a five-time winner of the West Virginia State Liars’ Contest. Bil’s humorous, family friendly tall-tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a five time champion of the WV Liars’s Contest, Lepp’s stories often contain morsels of truth which present universal themes in clever and witty ways.
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Instructor and Writer Danielle Kelley
Danielle Kelly has a master’s in fine arts in fiction from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is the managing editor of “HeartWood,” an online literary journal in association with the low-residency program. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in “Deep Water Literary Journal,” “rkvry Quarterly” and the Women of Appalachia Project’s 11th annual anthology “Women Speak.”
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Glenville State College, Campus Speakers
Featuring Glenville State College President Dr. Mark Manchin, faculty member Dr. Ed Wood, and Athletic Director Jesse Skiles. Manchin is GSC’s 26th President and his career in education includes a lifelong dedication to literature and the arts. Wood is a Professor of History at GSC and authored "Mud: A Military History" in 2006. Skiles is a Glenville alumnus and former track and cross country coach. He published his most recent book, "DuPont Football History, 1939-1998," in 2017.
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Author Patrick Bizzaro
Bizzaro is the author of 12 poetry collections and chapbooks, two literary studies of Fred Chappell’s work, a National Council of Teachers of English book on creative writing pedagogy, and many other publications. In 2012 he traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright grant to assist with an English language literacy program at University of the Free State. He is an award-winning teacher and professor emeritus of English at East Carolina University.
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Author Robert Gipe
Gipe won the 2015 Weatherford Award for outstanding Appalachian novel for his first novel Trampoline. His second novel, Weedeater, was published in 2018. His third novel, Pop, was published in 2021. All three novels are published by Ohio University Press. In 2021, the trilogy won the Judy Gaines Young Book Award. From 1997 to 2018, Gipe directed the Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College Appalachian Program in Harlan. Gipe is founding producer of the Higher Ground community performance series, and has served as a script consultant for the Hulu series Dopesick and a producer on the feature film The Evening Hour. Gipe resides in Harlan County, Kentucky. He grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee.
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Author Marie Manilla
A West Virginia native, Manilla was Shepherd University’s 2021 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence. She often grapples with issues of race, class, and gender in her work and also strives to present a fuller portrait of who West Virginians are, not only to outsiders, but to insiders as well. Her 2014 novel, "The Patron Saint of Ugly," is set in a fictional version of the Huntington neighborhood where she grew up. The book received the Weatherford Award and was the 2021 One Book, One West Virginia Common Read. The touching and lively story features Garnet Ferrari, a wonderful, witty, sharp-tongued girl and unwilling saint. Her 2012 novel "Shrapnel," also set in Huntington, won the Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel.
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Author & Photographer Mark Romano
Glenville State alumnus Mark Romano will read from his latest book, "One Lives One Dies." The book is a true story of two men – Bud Webb and Junior Smith – their families, their girlfriends, and their fellow soldiers during World War II. One lives and the other dies. Their stories are told through actual journals, letters, interviews, and photographs.
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Author Tara Wine-Queen and Trillium Contributors
Glenville State alumnus Tara Wine-Queen headlines this installment of the LKRS. Her book, “Tenderness and Troubling Times,” reached number one on Amazon’s U.S. Short Stories Bestsellers list after its release in fall 2019. She has also authored “The Baby Losers Club,” a novella that was released in August 2020. Additionally, the Weston, West Virginia native has a very successful social media presence where she interacts with readers and writers from across the world.
Contributors to the 2022 edition of Trillium, Glenville State’s annual student literary magazine, also present their works. The Trillium was founded in 1979 by the GSU Department of Language and Literature. Much like the botanical trillium, this publication emerges in the spring with poetry, prose, photographs, and drawings from GSU students, faculty, and staff, and the general public.
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Author Jeff James
A native of Glenville, West Virginia, James holds a Master of Science degree from West Virginia University in Labor Relations. His lifelong interest in diversity, inclusion, and innovation led him to co-found Create West Virginia, a non-profit initiative to advance innovative economic opportunities in his home state. James authored a book in 2020 titled, "Giving Up Whiteness: One Man’s Journey." In the book, he leads readers on an intimate, humble, and disorienting investigation of what it means to be white in 21st century America.
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Author & Musician Mack Samples
Samples is a Navy veteran and a graduate of Glenville State College. He taught at the Lancaster Regional Campus of the University of South Carolina, served 21 years as Registrar and Director of Admissions at GSC, and worked as the WVU Extension Agent in Clay County. He is probably best known as a musician, and has been a member of the five-piece Samples Brothers Band since 1976 and continues to perform, but he is also the author of eleven well-received books, including his latest, "The Tribulations of Sarah Ann Legg," a novel based on the sensational murder trial in Clay County in 1905 from Quarrier Press (2020).
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Author Chaise Robertson and Trillium Contributors
The event features readings by contributors to the 2021 Trillium, plus a special featured reading by Glenville State alumnus Chaise Robertson. He reads from his new poetry collection "The Positive Side of Negative Thinking."
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