2021 workshop bios

2021 workshop bios

Writing and Healing” by Sherry Duggal (Wednesday, May 12, 9:30-noon)

Sherry Duggal

Through her writings Sherry Duggal, B.Sc., N.D., a naturopathic doctor, loves to explore the link between body mind and spirit. Psychology, philosophy and spirituality are some of the different shades that she splatters onto the canvas of the blank page. Her works are performance oriented incorporating her background in theater and dance. Her first book is called “Beneath The Surface” and her second book “Sola Shringar: The Different Shades Of An Indian Bride” is a celebration of the feminine. It incorporates Indian mythology highlighting her interest in the universal. Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. Sherry Duggal has performed in the UK, the US, Canada and India.

Giving Voice to Place” by Kirk Judd (Wednesday, May 12, 3-5:30 p.m.)

Kirk Judd

Kirk Judd has lived, worked, trout fished and wandered around in West Virginia all of his life. Kirk was a member of the Appalachian Literary League, a founding member and former president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and is a founding member of and creative writing instructor for Allegheny Echoes, Inc., dedicated to the support and preservation of WV cultural heritage arts. Author of “Field of Vision” 1986, Tao-Billy” 1996, and “My People Was Music” 2014, and a co-editor of the widely acclaimed anthology, “Wild, Sweet Notes – 50 Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950 – 1999”, he is widely published.  

Mayhem, Bedlam, Pandemonium”   by Kari Gunter-Seymour (Thursday, May 13, 3-5:30 p.m.)

Kari Gunter-Seymour

Three times a Pushcart nominee, Kari Gunter-Seymour’s work can be found in many fine journals, anthologies and publications – Rattle, CALYX, Main Street Rag, The American Journal of Poetry and The LA Times – as well as on her website . Her latest chapbook Serving (Crisis Chronicles Press) was released in 2018. She is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project, an adjunct instructor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Poet Laureate for Athens, OH.

“An Empty Doorway and A Maple Leaf”: The Significance of Moment  by Eve Jones (Friday, May 14, 3-5:30 p.m. )

Eve Jones

Eve Jones is the author of Bird In the Machine (Turning Point, 2010). Her poems and photographs  have appeared in such journals as AGNIBlackbirdDIAGRAM, FIELDLydwine, Mid-American Review, NimrodPoet Lore, and Vinyl. She has taught in the Lindenwood University MFA in Writing program since 2007. 


Poet to Poet – The Gateway Between Yourself and Your Story”  by Sherrell Wigal (Saturday, May 15, 3-5:30 p.m.)

Sherrell Wigal

A West Virginia native, Sherrell Wigal has been featured at numerous events throughout West Virginia and the Appalachian region, both as a performer of her original poetry and as a workshop leader.  Sherrell is dedicated to helping writers establish their own voice in writing and to become confident, both in the creation and presentation of their work. Her original poetry has been published in numerous literary publications throughout the Appalachian region and the United States.