The Knoxville Writers’ Guild is excited to announce its 2015 Board of Directors, which will include several new faces as well as experienced board members.
Sara Keller and Kara McLain will continue to serve on the board. Keller has served since 2012 as the guild's treasurer and will fill that office once again in 2015. McLain has been a board member and secretary since 2013 and will continue as secretary in the upcoming year. Robert Beasley, who moderates the guild's fiction writing group based out of Maryville, will serve another year on the board. Finally, 2013-14 KWG president, Erin (Atchley) Rowland, was re-elected to the board. Rowland has been on the board since 2011.
"I feel we now have a board that is going to be absolutely dynamic in 2015. Look for a strong return of workshops and KWG presence in the Knoxville community, as well as better communication with members," Rowland said about the 2015 board.
Newly elected board members include: Melanie Hutsell, Betty Southworth, Debra Dylan, Donna Kapa, Kelly Norrell, Doug Romig and Robert Vogel. Each of these individuals will begin their three-year term on Jan. 1, 2015.
Hutsell, whose work has appeared in "Still: The Journal," "Trajectory" and "The Sow's Ear," said, "I am very excited to serve as the nominations committee chair and am looking forward to working with the other board members and the guild members at large."
Norrell is a longtime KWG member and has served in a number of KWG positions over the years, including webmaster and newsletter editor. She is a freelance writer, editor and publicist and her work has appeared in a number of publications including the "United Methodist Reporter," "Knoxville News Sentinel" and "New York Times." Vogel is a criminal defense attorney and has moderated the guild's mystery writers group for a little more than two years. For many years, Southworth has been the person responsible for arranging the refreshment table during KWG monthly programs. She now adds board member to her list of contributions to the guild.
"I think being part of the Knoxville Writers' Guild is important for all of us interested in and trying to promote both writing and publishing," she said. Her debut novel is set to launch spring 2015 by Red Sage Publishing, Inc.
Dylan is editor of "KnoxZine" and producer with Nolpix Media. Romig is a freelance writer who self-publishes two fiction series: the Abby Chilton series and "The Spiritscape Chronicles." Kapa has been a KWG member for seven years and moderates KWG's sci-fi/fantasy writing group. She also leads a weekly improvisational group comedy workshop.
"I am committed to promoting and fostering the arts in Knoxville’s rich and vibrant arts community," she said. "KWG has been an invaluable resource for my own artistic endeavors; to serve on its board will allow me the opportunity to supporting other writers and continue to serve this exceptional community."