Walt Pilcher’s parody radio commercials at age 11 foreshadowed a career in marketing from which he retired as a former CEO of several apparel companies, including Kayser-Roth Corporation in Greensboro. His writing has appeared in Galileo magazine, The Worm Runner’s Digest, Fresh, Ancient Paths, O. Henry magazine, the WGOT poetry anthology Fire & Chocolate, Wesleyan Magazine, and the sci-fi and poetry anthologies, Fusion and Ours, from Fantastic Books, and his poem, “Promise,” was included in the 2016 Visual Poetry Walk project in Greensboro. His non-fiction book, The Five-fold Effect: Unlocking Power Leadership for Amazing Results in Your Organization, | website | was a First Horizon Award finalist and received an Honorable Mention for the spirituality division in the 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award competition. On Shallowed Ground, including Dr. Barker’s Scientific Metamorphical Prostate Health Formula® and other Stories, Poems, Comedy and Dark Matter from the Center of the Universe | Info | was published in 2016 by Fantastic Books. Walt lives in Greensboro with his wife, Carol, an artist.
June 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 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.