Our Board

Board members are patrons and volunteers who:

  • assist with the annual conference 
  • advocate for the conference throughout the state and region
  • liaison with community volunteers and partnering businesses 
  • contribute or raise funds for conference activities

All cash and in-kind contributions to the conference are fully tax-deductible. For more information about joining the board, please contact the conference director, Julie Wrinn at kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.

Current Board Members

Melissa Young, PRESIDENT, director of Grants & Special Projects, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Ellen Soileau, VICE PRESIDENT, editor and writer, KET

Sylvia Ahrens, TREASURER, poet and former English faculty at Lindsey Wilson College

Holly Barbaccia, associate professor, chair of English, and director of Women's Studies, Georgetown College

Sarah Chapman, office manager and registrar, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Randi Ewing, fiction writer and adjuct faculty, Transylvania University

Shelda Hale, poet and creative nonfiction/fiction writer and former director, Title III Federal Program, KDE

Camilla Holzer, clinical pastoral educator, University of Kentucky HealthCare

Erin Keane, poet and managining editor and writer, Salon.com

Susan Kroeg, novelist and Professor of English, Eastern Kentucky University

Ashley McGraw, youth services librarian, Lexington Public Library

Katie Riley, poet and assistant director of the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, University of Kentucky

Jessica Winters, attorney, fiction writer, and founder of PRBTN, the public murals and street art celebration in Lexington

Katy Yocom, fiction writer and associate director, Spalding University MFA in Writing

Sonia Sanchez Series Committee

Patrice Muhammad, CHAIR, journalist and co-founder, LexTown Media Group

Asha French

Wild Women of Poetry Slam
Sara Volpi, Slam Coordinator, Literary Outreach Coordinator, Western Kentucky University, and Coordinator, Southern Kentucky Book Fest