We invite you to attend Poet’s Café sponsored by the Beckley Art Group and Beckley Writer’s at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery on Johnstown Road. There will be readings of old favorites from literature, poems and essays by members of the Beckley Writers and we hear there will even be a storyteller or two presenting. The theme of the evening is “Ghosts” so come prepared to be scared!
Below are brief biographies of the members of Beckley Writer’s Group who will be presenting.
Cassie Ball is a high school senior at Mountain View Christian School. In addition to her recent involvement with Beckley Writers’ Group, she serves on her school’s yearbook committee and writes for the Mountain Musket, the school’s student-run newspaper.
Louis Morris was born and raised in Newark, NJ by Leon and Daisey Morris. He first developed a fascination with language in the 4th grade, but didn't really act upon it until he went to college. Louis just moved to WV in May and currently has five books on Amazon.com under the pen-name Ibn Leon. Ibn, in the Arabic language, means 'son of' and Leon was his father. The book titles are A Potpourri of Poems I & II, Relationships In Rhyme, Poetry In Motion , Poetry Books, and True Fiction, a childhood memoir. Louis’ desire is to make a living doing what he loves, which is writing.
Sandee Clay was born in Medina, Ohio in 1975. She and her family lived several years in the middle of Amish country before relocating to West Virginia. During her youth, she wrote many poems, one of which her mother sent to a writer's school in Minnesota. They wanted her to begin classes there, but because she was only twelve, her parents declined. After graduating high school she became a mother to two while also attending the local university. She never obtained a degree, yet she became re-acquainted with a love of writing. Currently, she is working on her first novel. Sandee has lived in Beckley for eight years. She is grandmother to two beautiful girls. The oldest is fifteen months old, and the youngest a little past one month. Sandee says “I believe remaining true to yourself and holding on to your individuality is the key to success. It's one of the most important aspects that inspires me to write.”
Janet L. Furst, currently an Oak Hill resident, is a mother and a grandmother. She is the author of the novel, Everyday Truth of a Rainbow Woman, set in a fictitious county in West Virginia and published by Balboa Press.
Sue Atkinson was born in Macon, GA, and grew up in Swainsboro, a small southern town that was the epitome of southern living. She has lived in WV for 45 years. Most of the stories she tells are from memories of her childhood, but occasionally her imagination goes haywire and she relates a partly true and partly false story. Even her own children wonder about the veracity of certain tales. She can spin a yarn that sends chills down your arms and leaves you wondering, “Did that really happen?”
Most of you who have lived in Beckley know Danny McMillion, who spent more than 20 years as librarian in Beckley. She is now retired and has taken up lying much to the chagrin of her children. Danny will be relating something scary that really happened…..er maybe.
Other tale bearers include Mark McGraw who will present from Shakespeare.