The Eastern Shore Writers Association announced new officers for July 2013 to June 2014.
The officers selected were:
- Gerald F. Sweeney, president — Sweeny grew up on Long Island and is an army veteran and graduate of Michigan. His business life involved work in Manhattan’s magazine world where he was publisher of several trade magazines. He is the author of six novels including five in the “Columbiad” series. He resides in Trappe with his partner, Suzi Peel.
- Bill Gibbons, vice president — Born in Wilmington, Del., Gibbons grew up on the lower Eastern Shore where he worked on the family farm, an activity that contributed to his writing decades later. Gibbons, an Air Force vet, served overseas and became fluent in Japanese. After working in industrial sales in Florida, he returned to Salisbury, and entered real estate sales. He contributed to a local Salisbury newspaper and later became a political cartoonist. At 63, Bill entered Salisbury University, majoring in physics and philosophy. He then pursued his life-long ambition — writing fiction. He has several published novels. His latest, “The Fourth Marker,” has just been released.
- Mary Ann Hillier, secretary — Mary Ann Hillier is a novelist, poet and essayist. Her poetry has appeared in the Northwestern University’s literary journal, Halcyon and she has had several essays published in theWashington Post‘s “Express.” A native of Chicago, she has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English literature from Northwestern and a master’s in the science of management from the University of Maryland.
- Charlene Marcum, treasurer — Born in Kentucky, Marcum attended Eastern Kentucky where she attained a bachelor’s in English and speech and drama. She moved to New York where she received her master’s degree in speech language pathology. Her writing has encompassed marketing, fiction and nonfiction. Her first published novel was, “Concealed Casualty.”
- Nancy Seaman, parliament — Seaman was born in Buffalo. She lives in Preston and retirement has allowed her time to launch into the world of art and especially poetry. She has been a member of the Wednesday Morning Artists, attends a writers’ workshop in Greensboro and is listed with Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship. She has worked as an editor of the Activities Singles Klub newsletter. Recently she has begun offering her poems, short stories and essays to the public.
- George Merrill, at large — Merrill is an Episcopal priest and essayist. He is the co-author of “Reflections: Psychological and Spiritual Images of the Heart.” He has published essays in Chesapeake Bay Magazine,The Delmarva Quarterly, Tidewater Times, The Delmarva Review, Journeys and in local newspapers. In 2009, George placed first in nonfiction for his essay “The World Is My Oyster” in the Delmarva Beach Writing Contest sponsored by The Rehoboth Beach Writer’s Guild.