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The Lexington Writer's Room was established as a 501(c)3 organization in February 2020. Our funding sources enable us to offer local, active writers (and visitors) affordable, collaborative, and supportive workspaces so they can produce more work and expand their readerships and commercial successes.

Meet our all-volunteer board of directors.


Lisa Haneberg is the author of over fifteen nonfiction books and the spy shop mystery series, including Toxic Octopus and Dead Pelican. Lisa has more than thirty years of experience in leadership and organization development and human resources management. Lisa is the LWR Board Chair and a cofounder. Visit her online at, or

or @lisahaneberg on Twitter.



Christopher Rowe is the author of the acclaimed story collection, Telling the Map (Small Beer Press), as well as a middle grade series, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service (Greenwillow), co-written with his wife, author Gwenda Bond. He has also published a couple of dozen stories, and been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. Since 2016, Christopher has served as treasurer on the board of the Fayette County Soil & Water District. He manages an annual $500,000 budget, and has been instrumental in developing new programs and initiatives that serve county citizens. Christopher is the LWR Board Treasurer and a cofounder. Visit him online at or @christopherrowe on Twitter.



Alison Kerr is a lifelong reader and writer and sometime editor and educator. A native of western Pennsylvania, she lived in France for thirteen years prior to landing in Lexington in 2006. She has participated in Lexington’s literary community since 2009 via her work as a bookseller at the Morris book shop and Brier Books. Alison is a cofounder of the LWR. Visit her online at


Pam Dorrel is a native Hoosier who moved from Indianapolis to Lexington with her husband Chris in 2016. She’s the author of several short stories and is currently working on her first young adult novel. Pam has more than thirty years of accounting experience in banking and non-profit industries. She served on the board of directors for the Burris Foundation and Camptown, a youth wilderness ministry.



Z Jackson is a resident of Lexington and University of Kentucky Graduate with degrees in English and Psychology. She worked for years as a bookseller at a local bookstore. She currently works in development at the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, where, in addition to fundraising and grant writing, she teaches classes on science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She also helps facilitate the Wildacres Writing Retreat & Workshop. She delights in cultivating supportive environments for writers.



Gwenda Bond is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels including the Lois Lane and Cirque American trilogies, and the first official Stranger Things novel, Suspicious Minds. Gwenda served in the Kentucky state government including as asst. communications director of the CHFS. She co-founded the #Creators4Comics charitable auction with K. Garcia and S. Humphries, which raised nearly $400,000 for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to benefit comics shops and independent bookstores hit hard by COVID (the three received Comic-Con's 2020 Humanitarian Award). Gwenda is the LWR Board Secretary and a cofounder. Visit her online at or @gwenda on Twitter.

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