About Meredith Sue Willis
Meredith Sue Willis is a writer and teacher and enthusiastic reader. Born and raised in West Virginia, she is a proud member of the Appalachian Renaissance with deep roots in West Virginia and the far western mountain counties of Virginia.
Her books have been published by Charles Scribner's Sons, HarperCollins, Ohio University Press, Mercury House, West Virginia University Press, Monteymayor Press, Teachers & Writers Press, Hamilton Stone Editions, and others.
She teaches at New York University's School of Professional Studies and also does occasional writer-in-the-school residencies and workshops for writers.
She lives in an inner ring suburb near New York City with her husband Andrew B. Weinberger. She does organic gardening in her back yard and is active in her local Ethical Culture Society and in the integration organization, South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race.
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Teachers & Writers Magazine just republished (online) an article of mine on teaching middle schoolers to write long stories and novels.
2-13-17 MSW read with Ingrid Hughes at McNally Jackson Bookstore. See announcement on CALA Blog.
My interview with my former student Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, is now online at the NYUSPS Center for Applied Liberal Arts blog.
1-18-17 MSW was a judge a Poetry Outloud at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ!
January 8, 2017 MSW (along with Abby Cotler and Patricia Canning) received the 2017 Beloved Community Award of the South Orange Civic Organization (SOCO). The award recognizes individuals who have contributed much to their local and larger communities and carry out the ideals of Dr. King.
-- October 23, 2016 MSW was at the River Reads Book Festival in Stockton, New Jersey at the old Prallsville Mill.
-- September 16, 2016 Words Bookstore, Maplewood, New Jersey. MSW interviewed Diane Simmons about her new book, The Courtship of Eva Eldridge.
-- June 10 - 12, 2016 At West Virginia Writers Conference at Cedar Lakes, near Ripley, West Virginia. See my blog. Great week-end giving workshops, seeing old friends, and walking with my sticks.
--May 11, 2016 At the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coaliton on Race's Conversations on Race with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
--Tuesday, May 3, 2016 MSW was a guest author on Monique Raphel High's Facebook Celebration of the reissue of her entire catalog of historical fiction from Penner books.
--April 26, 2016 MSW visited the Write Group at the Montclair Library in Montclair, New Jersey, to discuss aspects of craft and to read from her work.
--March and April 2016: MSW was visiting author at Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge New Jersey.
December 2015: The Ethical Culture Society of Essex County held a book party for MSW's new novel, Meli's Way on Saturday, December 12. Photo is of her reading. Meli's Way is available from Montemayor Press or online from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
Fall 2015: Read terrific reviews of Meli's Way on the review page.
October 2015: Meli's Way was the featured book for October 2015 on Armored Oxfords!
Anthology of contemporary Appalachian fiction called Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalalchia from Bottom Dog Press. I'm honored to have a story inside it alongside Darnell Arnoult, Marie Manilla, Charles Dodd White, Rusty Barnes, Mark Powell, Chris Holbrook, Chris Offutt, and many others!
Spring 2015 MSW was visiting scholar for a Literature and Medicine seminar at the VA New Jersey Health Care System East Orange Campus.
2-26-15 David Weinberger featured a syllabus of MSW's on his blog.
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MSW's Fiction Online -- Latest Here
An excerpt from Meli's Way: scroll down to "read an excerpt."
"Feral Grandmothers: Little Red's" in Persmimmon Tree
"Rescue" at Sleetmagazine
"1969," in Salt River River
Billie of Fish House Lane excerpt
The City Built of Starships excerpt
"Big Boss is Back" online at Appalachian Heritage, Danny Platner award.
Dwight's House excerpt at Hamilton Stone Review
"Elvissa Did Not Become a Rabbi," in Kimera.
"Evenings With Dotson", short story from In the Mountains of America.
Higher Ground, excerpt.
"How She Chose the Day," in BigCityLit
Marco's Monster excerpt
"My Boy Elroy" short story from In the Mountains of America.
"My Most Embarrassing" short short at Two Hawks Quarterly
Only Great Changes, excerpt.
"On the Road with C.T. Savage" from Appalachian Heritage, Fall 2009
"On the Road with C.T. Savage" as sample from Out of the Mountains available from Ohio University Press.
Oradell at Sea, Chapter 3 in Big City Lit
Oradell at Sea, Chapter 9 in Big City Lit
"Recessional " at Coelacanth Online Magazine, Fall 2003
"Scheherezade and Dunzyad," April 2005 issue of The Pedestal Magazine
The Secret Super Powers of Marco excerpt
"Sigma Chi," Chicago Tribune, January 11, 1985
"Tales of the Abstract Expressionists" at Tatlin's Tower.
"Tara White," Read here (published first in Bloodroot Literary Magazine 2009)
"The Two Lindas" from The Chaffin Journal', 2001 Fiction award.
"Triangulation" from The Saranac Review
Trespassers, from Chaper 8
On Youtube, out of the past: a 1979 WWVU-TV interview of MSW about the publication of her first novel, A Space Apart, by Mary Lucille Deberry.
A selection of articles and information about MSW
"Meredith Sue Willis '69 Interviewed in West Virginia Living" on Barnard Alumnae. (Printable Version here).
There is an interview by Nathan Leslie of Meredith Sue Willis in Main Street Rag magazine.
Meredith Sue Willis sends out an occasional newsletter with commentary on old, new, and rediscovered books called Books For Readers. To get the free newsletter, send a blank email. To unsubscribe, send a blank email. You may also read the newsletter online at Books For Readers.
For reviews of recent MSW books, go to her book page. For a review of MSW's recent short story collection Dwight's House and Other Stories, click here. Another review from the American Book Review can be read here.
From the archives:
About Literature and the Web
The Heroic Novelists
My Glowing Career
Interesting and humorous insights into the 'Web: The Journal of Hyperlinked Organization
February 2017: My story "The Roy Critchfield Scandals" will be reprinted in Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Fiction and Poetry from West Virginia edited by Laura Long and Doug Van Gundy.
-- June 2017 Four session novel writing course at NYU's SPS:
WRIT1-CE 9045-001 One-Month Novel Tune-Up
06/05/2017 - 06/26/2017
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