2 pm | SATURDAY, MARCH 23
Selected winners of the short story and poetry competition will read from their work published in Best Short Stories and Best Poetry. The readers will include Pat Fogarty, Dan Mazur, Greg Picard, Bruce Paul, Dennis Royalty, Cordell Compton, Tom Spirito, and Sue Favia.
Pat Fogarty is an editor, award winning author, and poet. Pat is a graduate of the Creative Writing Program at Yavapai College. Born and raised in the South Bronx, his works are infused with personal experiences from his childhood. He writes Creative Non-fiction, literary fiction and poetry. Pat’s stories and poems have been published in a pleathora of magazines and journals—locally, nationally, and internationally. Threshold—the literary magazine of Yavapai College, Inscape—the annual literary magazine of Washburn University, and Tincture—Australia's Literary Journal are just a few of the publishers who have featured Pat’s work. His short stories have also been included in several anthologies. Pat is also the Editor & Publisher of the AZ Writers Best Short Stories & Poems Collections. Pat retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 2005 after 35 years of service. He is also an accredited Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor as well as a Certified Union Counselor. He is currently the President of The Professional Writers of Prescott. Pat is happily married to his soul-mate Susan and together they enjoy spending time at their home in the Mountains of Central Arizona with their German Shepherd and three Irish Terriers.
Dan Mazur is a self published author. His works include, Inside the Horse, Mad Bag Tales, and Short Stories of the Third Kind. In 2015 Dan founded Loose Moose Publishing, a small company which is releasing noteworthy manuscripts by writers across the United States.
Greg and his daughter Wendy write as a team, however, she lives in California and will not be able to attend. Greg Picard finished his Bachelor’s Degree in English, specializing in creative writing. After getting his Masters in education and counseling, he worked as a high school and college teacher, counselor, park ranger, editor, firefighter/medic, musician, railroad brakeman and historian as well. He has written travel articles, humor books, mysteries, and a book of short essays and cartoons. He makes his home in the Rocky Mountains.
Wendy Picard Gorham finished her Master’s Degree in American Literature and has had a fascination with books and writing all her life. She lives out her love of words daily by teaching high school literature and creative writing. Having grown up in parks, she knows that subject well. She lives in California with her two daughters.
Bruce Paul studied creative writing at Ohio University. After graduating with honors in 1967, he traveled to San Francisco and lived in the Haight/Ashbury district. Bruce has been a singer-songwriter in a folk-rock band, an elementary school teacher in the Virgin Islands, a taxi driver in Denver, a social worker in a maximum-security prison, an investment advisor, a real estate developer, and a riverboat bartender. Bruce is the author of many songs and The Artama Legend series of books. He now lives (and writes) among the ponderosa pines in the mountains of central Arizona.
Dennis Royalty is a retired reporter/editor/columnist who moved to Prescott Valley with his wife, Ginger, in 2016. A business-journalism graduate of Indiana University, he was a sportswriter for three years for the former Bloomington (Ind.) Courier-Tribune, and then worked in several capacities for The Indianapolis Star for 27 years, including as a reporter, city editor, and columnist. As city editor of The Star, his staff won numerous honors, including the Pulitzer Prize.
Cordell Compton is a retired Management Services Division Manager from the Town of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Originally from Kentucky, Cordell has lived in the Prescott Valley area since 2005. He enjoys writing and researching data for his historical fiction short stories.
I'm no cowboy, but I have been nicknamed "The Catskill Kaboy." I write memoirs about my years of dude wrangling, horses I've known, my childhood with a loving but gambling addicted father and other interesting characters and activities throughout my sixty-nine years.
Sue Favia, a native of Chicago, moved Prescott in 2005. She is a graduate of the Yavapai College Creative Writing program. Sue's short stories and poems have been published in print and online.
“Best Short Stories” by AZ Writers is an impressive collection of stories and sonnets written by an eclectic group of Arizona writers. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and more importantly, you’ll enjoy the book. The wide-ranging subjects hold your interest and make the reader eager to continue. It’s well worth your time."
— New York Times Best Selling Author Mike Rothmiller
“Not much is assured in life or literature, but here’s one guarantee you can count on – in this collection of stories and poems you will find several that will make you glad you bought the book. AZ Writers have produced an impressive body of work. One story made me laugh aloud, another brought back nearly forgotten memories, and one touched my heart. So, your favorite stories and poems, the ones that will reach out only to you, are waiting for your discovery.”
—Sam Barone: Best Selling Author of The Eskkar Saga Series & The Empire Series.
“This collection Best Short Stories and Poems by AZ Writers runs the gamut from humorous to touching to unexpected endings (and some beginnings). The authors include many present poignant childhood memories that we all can relate to. You’ll also like the editor’s choice of quotes from well-known authors that kick off each chapter. Overall, it makes for a well-written and engaging read. Purchase this book and be prepared to be entertained.”
—Diane Phelps—Best Selling Author; The Un-Common Raven; 2013 Southwest Book of the Year Panelist Pick & 2013 Finalist New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.