Meet the LWR Community of Writers

Our members are experienced writers actively working on writing projects intended for publication and distribution.  With passion and grit. Your support enables these writers to produce more work and engage with readers.  Whether you've donated because you're a big fan of one of our members, or committed to helping a diverse group of writers (or both!), thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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    Gwenda Bond

    Fiction

    New York Times bestselling author of STRANGER THINGS: SUSPICIOUS MINDS, and other works for all ages. Coming up next are two romantic comedies: NOT YOUR AVERAGE HOT GUY and THE DATE FROM HELL. Twitter: @Gwenda

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    Teri Carter

    Essay/Memoir

    Political opinion columnist. Find me at the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Washington Post, and in dozens of other newspapers and magazines. Currently working on a memoir about stepfamilies. Twitter: @teri_atthepaper

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    Mike Coblenz

    Nonfiction

    Michael is a lawyer and writer. He has published numerous legal articles. His political writing has appeared in The Hill, CounterPunch, and The Lexington Herald-Leader, among other places. He is currently at work on a book about American Politics.

  • Rachel Dockal

    Fiction

    Working on an Appalachian-infused fantasy novel with mountains, gifts, and uncanny powers. And horses. She lives in rural Central Kentucky, where she and her husband develop board games and try to keep everything from eating the chickens. Twitter: @Rachel_Dockal

  • R.D. Hall

    Films, Comics, Music Videos

    Guest speaker for universities including UCLA’s comic writing workshop. Created characters for Image comics and Arcana and worked for NBC, E-One Media and wrote the Shooter Jenning’s The Other Life screenplay. Currently developing two television pilots. @rdhall

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    Lisa Haneberg

    Mystery, Humor, Nonfiction

    Lisa Haneberg is the author of the Spy Shop Mysteries and over a dozen nonfiction self-help and business books. Next out will be her mystery, STIFF LIZARD and true story collection, FAR FROM ORDINARY. Twitter: @lisahaneberg

  • Brittany Jackson

    Young Adult

    Brittany is a young adult novelist and short story writer. She's a lifelong resident of Lexington with deep roots in the literary community as a former bookseller and current employee of the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning.

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    Ellie Kilcoyne

    Young Adult Horror

    Elizabeth Kilcoyne is an author, playwright and poet, born and raised in Kentucky. She currently lives in Lexington. Her first novel is WAKE THE BONES, a YA Southern Gothic (Summer 2022, Wednesday Books). @eakilcoyne

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    Frank Messina

    Murder Mysteries

    f j messina is the author of the murder/mystery series, The Bluegrass Files, set in Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding communities. He is currently working on the fifth book in that series, THE BLUEGRASS FILES: REVENGE.

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    Christopher Rowe

    Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Christopher Rowe is an educator, elected official, and writer whose stories have been reprinted and translated around the world. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Twitter: @ChristopherRowe

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    Jim Tomlinson

    Fiction

    Jim Tomlinson is the author of two short story collections, THINGS KEPT, THINGS LEFT BEHIND (Iowa Short Fiction Award) and NOTHING LIKE AN OCEAN (University Press of Kentucky).

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    Fiona Young-Brown

    Nonfiction

    Fiona is the author of more than a dozen nonfiction books, including three Kentucky histories and a number of middle grade readers. She has also written for the BBC, Culture, and many other outlets. @fionayoungbrown

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