In this two-part edition of Conversations from Studio B, Wendy McVicker talks with award-winning writers Marie Manilla and Laura Treacy Bentley.
West Virginia native Marie Manilla is a Pushcart-Prize nominee and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction has appeared in The Chicago Tribune as a Nelson Algren finalist and The Prairie Schooner, where she received the Lawrence Foundation Award for best short story.
Manilla's collection of stories, Still Life with Plums, was nominated for the Weatherford Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year in the short story category. Author Daniel Wallace selected her forthcoming novel, Shrapnel, as winner of the Fred Bonnie Award for best first novel sponsored by River City Publishing. Manilla lives in Huntington, West Virginia where she is Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Marshall University. Her website is www.mariemanilla.com.
Laura Treacy Bentley is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and book editor for WV Living Magazine. She served as writer-in-residence for the past three years at the Marshall University Writing Project in Huntington, W.Va. Her work has appeared in the United States and Ireland, and her first book of poetry, Lake Effect, was published in 2006 by Bottom Dog Press in Huron, Ohio.
Bentley received a Fellowship Award for Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and her poetry has been featured on the websites of A Prairie Home Companion and Poetry Daily. One of her poems, "Keepsake," was recently chosen by Maria Shriver and the editors of O Magazine to be featured on Oprah Winfrey's website. Visit www.lauratreacybentley.com/ for more information.