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Artist Fellowship winners announced

Ten FY 2003 Artist Fellowship awards from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts were announced February 21 in a ceremony at the Cultural Center in Charleston. This year’s $3,500 awards were designated for nonfiction, poetry, painting, printmaking and media arts. Along with the award presentations, the program included samples of the winning works in the form of slides, film clips and live readings.

Mary Lucille DeBerry and Brad Stalnaker, from Monongalia and Harrison Counties, respectively, shared the sole award given in the media arts category. The two are co-producers of the television animation, The Griffin and the Minor Canon. Stalnaker also served as animator and DeBerry as writer and casting director. In addition to her work in theater and public broadcasting, DeBerry was researcher/writer for Only a Beginning (1967), producer of Vandalia Sampler: The Hatfields and McCoys (1982) and associate producer of Forks of Cheat (1986). Stalnaker has worked in graphic design and video animation for both public broadcasting and West Virginia University’s media services. His most recent projects include graphics for the television series Mountaineer Magazine and animation in use at Mountaineer Field.

Three awards were presented to visual artists:

Susan L. Carney of Jefferson County is an art instructor for Charles Town Junior High School. Carney has exhibited work throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. She is a printmaker as well as a painter, and intends to pursue her M.F.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sharon J. Goodman of Monongalia County is a painter and printmaker. Her work was included in the West Virginia Juried Exhibits in 1983, 1993 and 1995. She won a purchase award in the printmaking medium at the 4th Annual Print Exhibit in Charlotte, NC. She is represented by galleries in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida.

Diane Radford of Raleigh County is a printmaker who works on copper plates with etching, aquatint, handtooling and dry point. She has also restored a 1907 letterpress to full operation to use in conjunction with her work. In addition to graduate work in printmaking at the University of Georgia, she has studied bookbinding and construction at Chicago Book Arts.

Two writers won fellowships in the category of nonfiction:

Kevin Oderman of Monongalia County has been a professor of English at West Virginia University since 1987. He won the 1999 Bakeless Prize in Nonfiction for his book, How Things Fit Together. He has published essays in Northwest Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Southwest Review, North American Review, and Shenandoah. Six of his published essays have been cited as notable in Best American Essays.

Rebecca Conrad of Braxton County writes two monthly columns on, a website for the blind and visually impaired. Her articles have also appeared in the Citizen News of Braxton County and on She received an honorable mention in essay writing at the most recent West Virginia Writer’s annual competition.

Four fellowships were awarded to poets:

Mark DeFoe of Upshur County is chair of the English Department at West Virginia Wesleyan College. DeFoe has published four books: Bringing Home Breakfast (1983), Palmate (1988), Air (1998) and Aviary (2001). He has been a Bread Loaf Scholar and has won awards from The Atlanta Review, Tulane Review, Black Warrior Review, and Now and Then. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Sewanee Review, and Kestrel.

Jean Anaporte-Easton of Kanawha County has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a professor of English at West Virginia State College. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, including Wild Sweet Notes. In addition, she has published essays on contemporary women poets and is editor of the forthcoming book, Breathing From the Belly, published by the University of Michigan Press.

John McKernan of Cabell County is a professor of English at Marshall University. McKernan has three published collections of poems: Walking Along the Missouri (1977), Erasing the Blackboard (1978) and Postcard from Dublin (1999). His poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Shenandoah, Antaeus, and numerous other journals. He is also the author of three university textbooks on writing.

Harry Gieg of Wayne County has published poems in Jacaranda, Earlham Review, Pig Iron, Pennsylvania Review, and other journals. He is the author of the entry on composer George Crumb in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Appalachia, and his wide-ranging interest in music is reflected in his poetic style. He has also published a textbook on scientific and technical writing, Writing for Real.

Jurors for the 2003 awards were Peter J. Baldaia (painting/works on paper), William Barber Bancroft (poetry), Elizabeth Barret (Film/Video and Audio) and W. Hodding Carter (Nonfiction).

Artist Fellowship awards for FY 2004 will be in the categories of crafts, photography, choreography, music composition, fiction and playwriting. The following year, the categories will be sculpture, installation, design, interdisciplinary performance, children’s literature, biography and memoir. For more information about the Artist Fellowship program, visit our website:

Fellowship feeds poetry, books

Writer Marc Harshman used his Artist Fellowship award, which he received in 2000, to travel to Britain and Iceland in the spring of 2001. Along with a journal of his travels, he shared with us the following poem, which we print here with his permission. In an accompanying letter, Harshman said: “… I wish to express my heart-felt gratitude to…the West Virginia Commission on the Arts for the support that enabled me to pursue my sojourn in Britain and Iceland this past spring. Not only did the fellowship allow me to produce poems but admittedly, as I am a children’s writer, too, I was able to get much needed work done on several stories for young people.”


Forget-me-nots pool the sky within the lawn.
The pebble dash houses glisten
in the late Welsh evening.
But the world is not yet so quiet and serene:
the shift and grind
of lorry and tourists
fills the air.
Harried and hurried to get home
is it “in time” or “out of time?”


I want to gather memories within which to live
out of time forever.
The thin ticking of my little clock –
could bear in its music a different measure,
a luxurious time without speed or motion,
a time with which I could at last make peace?

Somewhere today I heard the ring of teacup on saucer, of stone on china,
I smelled lilacs and apple blossom,
saw a lamb pull at its mother’s belly,
saw a lark wheel about the sky,
touched the cold drizzle to my face and shivered.

There is a timeless world, I know it, somewhere near,
that would claim me as its own,
like God would, would I let Him.
There, see, in the west, that blue burst now with saffron and scarlet,
hear the murmur of insects,
taste the sea breeze from off the Dee.
Slowly, I am drawn away,
drawn, even, away from these blessing senses,
away into a stillness,
where despite my stubborn disbelief,
there lifts from my lips something like prayer
and so there’s a chance, isn’t there, for the ticking to cease
and grace to come rushing in?