EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEMBER SERVICES
Jane is a screenwriter and loves a good story with a strong premise. The expenses of filmmaking requires an eye on a movie-going audience. She loves the adventure of going with a character through a gauntlet of challenges and facing villains who are heroes in their own right. She is currently taking online screenwriting and marketing classes from Los Angeles. As a long-time member of WSW she particularly enjoys the camaraderie of Writers Night Out.
Rita shares this about herself:
I am a native of Winston-Salem and have lived here most of my life. I received my bachelor and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Business and Marketing Education. After teaching high school for thirty years, I retired but continued at Reynolds High School for an additional four years working in the Arts Magnet office. There I handled the financial aspects of our $4.5 million federal grant.
In March of this year I retired as the part-time financial secretary for READWS and the Augustine Literacy Tutoring program which is an outreach program of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A large portion of my job there was to keep up with income and expenditures, prepare monthly treasurer’s reports for the board, and prepare necessary financial documents for grants. In addition, I currently serve on the Arts for Arts Sake (AFAS) board and am actively involved in the arts’ community.
A North Carolina native, Anne Fleeson writes science fiction, fantasy and other speculative fiction. When she’s not writing, she hikes, bikes and plays board games with her daughter and husband. She possesses an eclectic assortment of skills – registering trademarks, cloning plant genes, and dissecting tobacco hornworms, to name a few – but still looks forward to learning many more. She has a biology degree from Duke University, and an MS and law degree from Wake Forest University. She loves language, stories, and the mountains.
Bart has taught composition, creative writing, essaying and even technical writing in over twenty years of teaching at the secondary and postsecondary levels. When not teaching he does freelance editing or nonfiction writing. He completed his first novel, After the War, a year ago, is shopping it to publishers, and is focusing on a new novel about hoboing through the Carolinas, finding value and meaning in life and something about General Nathanael Greene along the way.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Judie Holcomb-Pack spent nearly nine years as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for Crisis Control Ministry, until her retirement in June 2014. She is currently the editor and writes for the monthly publication, For Seniors Only, published by The Chronicle. She also serves on the board of 40 Plus Stage Company and Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors (HIPSS).
Judie enjoys a great cup of coffee, stimulating conversation, and is a die-hard Virginia Tech Hokies football fan. For over 20 years, she has volunteered with National Black Theatre Festival and enjoys local performing arts, especially Theatre Alliance.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR OF FLYING SOUTH LITERARY JOURNAL
Steve Lindahl's first two novels, Motherless Soul and White Horse Regressions, were published in 2009 and 2014 by All Things That Matter Press. His third novel, Hopatcong Vision Quest, published by Solstice Publishing, won a CIPA 2017 Evvy merit award in historical fiction. His short fiction has appeared in Space and Time, The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse, Ellipsis, and Red Wheelbarrow. He served for five years as an associate editor on the staff of The Crescent Review, a literary magazine he co-founded. He is currently the managing editor for Flying South, a literary magazine sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers.
His Theater Arts background has helped nurture a love for intricate characters in complex situations that is evident in his writing. Steve and his wife Toni live and work together outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have two adult children: Nicole and Erik. Under a Warped Cross is Steve Lindahl's fourth novel, his second with Solstice Publishing.
MAE LIPSCOME RODNEY
Mae Lipscomb Rodney has multiple degrees in Library Science from North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked in state funded academic libraries in a host of positions for over forty years.
During her active professional years, Mae served on national, state and local committees, including the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees. She also served as a consultant to academic libraries throughout the southeast. In 2015 the UNC School of Information and Library Science celebrated her extended career by naming her the Distinguished Alumna of the Year.
Rodney’s life-time dream – writing – resulted in her writing several short plays and seeing them transformed into live productions. The plays included “Zelda is Dead,” “Black Diamonds” and “India’s Story.” In addition, Rodney compiled multiple biographies, assisted by the library staff who transformed them into video biographies. The most comprehensive was the biography of her late husband, Cedric S. Rodney, which was compiled to commemorate his retirement from active ministry. Since her retirement she has participated in multiple workshops to enhance her fiction writing skills.
Presently, she is a member of the UNC School of Library Science Board of Visitors, Winston-Salem’s Black Philanthropy Initiative, the ACEY Group: a Women’s Fund group along with the Winston-Salem Writers Board of Directors.
Dianna’s career in the film business started in her hometown of Boston where she became a producer, and then continued in Los Angeles where she lived for twenty-four years. While there, she earned her MFA in Film from the American Film Institute, and worked as a freelance producer, production manager, and film instructor. Her short action film “Graffiti” that she initiated and produced while at AFI earned an Academy Award nomination along with national and international awards. She also developed feature film projects, one of which landed a development/production deal at Paramount Pictures. She’s also held various film positions in Winston-Salem, D.C., and Keene, NH as a film commissioner, executive producer, and executive director of an international film festival.
Her biggest passion has always been storytelling, both visual and literary. She finally finished her first novel, “Sea Across Time,” a supernatural mystery set on Nantucket Island, and looks forward to the day when she can share a printed copy with everyone. In the meantime, she’s thrilled to be back in Winston-Salem again where she plans to put down permanent roots, unless the call of adventure lures her away.
JENNIFER BEAN BOWER
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Jennifer Bean Bower is an award-winning writer, native Tar Heel, and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bower is the author of North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier, Animal Adventures in North Carolina, Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem, and Moravians in North Carolina. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband Larry and their pet rabbit Isabelle. To learn more, visit: jenniferbeanbower.com.
David Ratcliffe is a native of Waynesville, NC and has lived in the Triad since 1994. He is a financial advisor with Principal Financial Group in Winston-Salem and lives in Lewisville with his wife, Cherie and son, Corbin.
David is a past member of the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum and had five short plays produced in their Evenings of Short Plays. Since 2002, he has written, directed and acted in contemporary holiday dramas and skits at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. Most recently, he was the winner of the 2017 Cary Playwrights’ Forum Play Slam. He is past board member of Authoring Action and currently serves on the board of The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem.
DIRECTOR OF OPEN MIC/POETRY
Liz Bergstone, an ex-pat Brit, moved to Winston-Salem to be the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Winston-Salem Symphony. She went on to form her own company, Renaissance Marketing, Inc. and for four years edited and produced the Downtown Winston-Salem Newspaper for the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership. An award-winning writer, she has written numerous non-fiction articles for local publications, including the Winston-Salem Journal, and for four years wrote a series of advertorial articles for Toyota which appeared in Time Magazine. She and her husband, Fred, recently returned to Winston-Salem after living for six years in Los Angeles. While there Liz found steady work in Hollywood, mostly appearing in indie films and commercials. Liz is continuing to write non-fiction articles; she also works as a voice over artist and audiobook narrator. Liz and Fred have been married for thirty years; Fred is the former principal French horn player for the Winston-Salem Symphony, and former French horn professor at NCSA.
I hail from Massachusetts — a quiet, mostly rural place, with a beauty similar to North Carolina’s. I worked as a Business Systems Consultant and lived in the suburbs and in the Berkshire Mountains. Most of my large and closely-knit family reside in the Springfield area, including parents, five siblings, three children and two grandchildren.
After thirty one years of high-stress IT work at an insurance company, I took early retirement and moved to the Berkshires. I finally began to live my life and start my long-awaited novel. Divorce interfered and I decided to pursue different dreams — moving south and being warm! I needed to get away from those bone-cold winters.
I moved to Winston-Salem in January 2014. Love it! I’ve been bi-locational ever since, living part-time in New England. That’s why you see me randomly at functions. I’m always busy packing and unpacking!
Dale resides in Winston Salem with his wife, Reba Smith, a retired Forsyth County school teacher. Dale is disciplined and writes for an hour or two every morning. Dale completed two historical fiction manuscripts before approaching a publisher. In 2018, Dale launched The Pfeifferberg Chronicles trilogy at the Footnotes Café in the Bookmarks facility of Winston-Salem.
POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT
Past President Donna Wallace has been a Poetry In Plain Sight poet, editorial team member and downtown poster hanger. A volunteer since 2015 under director Julie Kolischak, Donna assumed the role in March 2017. She is working with a dedicated group to grow this flagship program to a new level.
Although a recent transplant to North Carolina, Matthew C. McLean has been writing and editing for 20 years, in various forms ranging from comic books to novels. His most recent novel One Sore Rib was released in 2017. Matthew has a passion for literacy and has sought to become actively involved in Bookmarks and Forsyth County child development and education. Whenever he can attend he enjoys the monthly Salem Writers' Open Mic nights, encouraging anyone who has the courage to create and share with others.
CRITIQUE GROUP COORDINATOR
After 30 years as a newspaper journalist, the last few as editor of The Fayetteville Observer, I decided last year that the time had come to try my hand at something a little less soul-crushing. My wife and I live in Asheboro, where I am working on a novel set in 1980s Durham and a book on religious faith in the tumultuous political times.
I'm excited about becoming part of the Winston-Salem Writers in large part because I recognize that I have the deeply ingrained habits of a journalist and I relish the opportunity to hear from and work with people who have developed their creativity. On the personal side, I have two grown children, one in Denver and the other in Evansville, Indiana, and my wife has a cat which I cannot rightfully claim.