Our Writers P – R


Leslie Parker came to Greensboro from Philadelphia and has been a member of WGOT since the mid 1990′s. An early childhood educator, she writes poetry and has contributed three poems to “A Turn in Time: Piedmont Writers at the Millennium..” She was a finalist (1993) and then runner-up (1995) in the Bucks County (PA) Poet Laureate Competition. She has also placed in contests sponsored by the Poetry Council of North Carolina (1998) and the North Carolina Poetry Society (2001). Her poetry has appeared in Bay Leaves, Cold Mountain Review, and other journals, as well as the WGOT adult anthology, Wordworks (2003).

Walt_PilcherWalt Pilcher lives in Greensboro with his wife, Carol, an artist. His parody radio commercials at age 11 foreshadowed a career in marketing from which he retired as a former CEO of L’eggs Products Company, Nihon Sara Lee (Tokyo), and Kayser-Roth Corporation. He moonlighted as a fiction and song writer, publishing a story in the first issue of Galileo magazine and satire in The Worm Runner’s Digest, and he has edited two books by other authors. His poem and song, “The County Library,” was published in WGOT’s Fire & Chocolate poetry anthology. In his new book, The Five-fold Effect: Unlocking Power Leadership for Amazing Results in Your Organization (WestBow Press), Walt shows how to use the leadership gifts of Ephesians 4:11-16 to supercharge productivity and fulfillment in any business or other enterprise. | Info | He is looking for a publisher for a collection of his humorous stories and poems.


JuneRead1June Willson-Read, Ph.D. Is a former President of WGOT, and co-facilitator for an eclectic writing group for seniors. Her publications include: Frontier Madam: The Life of Dell Burke, Lady of Lusk, and Pages From the Past: Stories From Niobrara County Homesteaders.   Her children’s stories have appeared in several WGOT anthologies, No Grown-Ups Allowed, Candle in the Attic, Doorway to Adventure. She has short stories in the adult anthologies, Wordworks, Leaning Into the Wind, Introspectrum and You Must Remember This. Dr. Read is currently working on a non-fiction about western pioneer life based on family letters and documents. Visit me at juneread.com.


Jean_RodenboughJean Rodenbough is a retired Presbyterian minister and writes poems, fiction, and non-fiction. Her books are on lulu.com and two are published by All Things That Matter Press, which are stories of children in WWII and of rescued pets. Several of her poems are in the WGOT anthology Fire and Chocolate. She is working on a series of flash fiction pieces, a new collection of poems, and she hopes to research some background for more non-fiction works. In addition to WGOT, she is a member of Women Writers of the Triad. Her husband Charles is also a writer, mostly of local and state-wide history.



Chris Roerden, M.A., has been a full-time editor more than 50 years. Authors she’s edited are published by Berkley Prime Crime, St. Martin’s Press, Midnight Ink, Forge, Viking, Intrigue, Rodale, and others, and include mystery favorites Hank Phillippi Ryan, Rosemary Harris, Jeanne Dams, and Kate Flora. A graduate of the University of Maine (summa cum laude), Chris taught writing there three years, and as president of a Midwest trade association of 250 commercial and university presses she initiated courses in book publishing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which she taught eight years. She also taught ESL teachers in Korea, romance writers in Canada, and led 300+ workshops on the craft of writing throughout the US. Her 10th book, Don’t Murder Your Mystery, received the 2006 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction and became a selection of Writer’s Digest Book Club. Its all-genre version, Don’t Sabotage Your Submission, won the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for Literary Criticism and the Florida Writers Assn. Book of the Year.  Visit her at www.writersinfo.info.