President – Eva Ridenour
Vice president – Sylvia Forbes
Sylvia Forbes is a full-time freelance writer from Fayette. Her wide-ranging interests have led her to publish articles on everything from Arizona dude ranches and Italian art to local farmers, though her specialties include writing about gardens, nature, travel, history, art and profiles. She has published over 400 non-fiction articles in The Christian Science Monitor, AAA Midwest Traveler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Herb Quarterly, Paddler Magazine, Missouri Life, Illinois Magazine, Alabama Living, Show Me Missouri, Grit, Discover MidAmerica, Outdoor Guide Magazine, Columbia Home & Lifestyle, Prime, The Columbia Tribune, and a variety of other publications and websites.
Her writing has won dozens of awards, including recently having two features in the top 100 in the 2009 Writer’s Digest Magazine Feature Writing Contest, one of the largest writing contests in the U.S. She occasionally speaks to groups on writing, Missouri history, travel and herbs. Sylvia has taught numerous classes and workshops on herb uses, cooking, crafts, botany and writing, and on outdoor skills such as camping and backpacking, for both kids and adults.
Sylvia has served on the boards of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writer’s Guild, and the Missouri Association of Publications, as well as on the Literature Panel of the Missouri Arts Council. She is currently the newsletter editor of the Midwest Travel Writers Association. She recently won a research grant for an upcoming children’s book on Missouri history.
In 2005, Sylvia started a publishing company, Snowflake Press, and annually publishes the Bylines Writer’s Desk Calendar, a weekly planner for writers.
Secretary – Stacy Naugle
J.M. Brandt has snuck her poetry into various literary and poetry magazines after false flatteries and the empty promises of cookies. Some of these magazines include Illya’s Honey, The Thorny Locust, Barbaric Yawp, and Wavelength. She’ll soon be spotted in The Poetry Warrior and Breadcrumb Scabs.
She works at a local computer company and a hospital so her fantastic husband can go to school to become a sociologist/psychologist and save the world. When finding a little spare time, she reads, watches UFC, listens to Sufjan Stevens, and wanders around aimlessly with her husband.
Membership Chair – Elizabeth Davis
Member at Large – Larry Allen
Larry Allen is a probation/parole officer stationed in Columbia. He has had works published in Mid-America Poetry Review, The Griffin, Fine Arts Discovery Magazine, NOW and a vignette biographical piece in Military Images Magazine. An avid history nut, Larry is well known for his history related poems.
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