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Editor , writer

Barbara Atkeson Smith, American writer, editor. Named Outstanding Educator Delta Kappa Gamma, Hometown Hero, Barbour Public Company, 2000; recipient Plattner award for fiction Appalachian Heritage, 1993, Editor's Choice award Penwood Review, 1999.

Background

Smith, Barbara Atkeson was born on March 21, 1929 in Milwaukee. Daughter of Arthur Alonzo and Gladys Campbell Atkeson.

Education

Bachelor, Carroll College, 1951. Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1952.

Career

Director Baptist Student Movement Illinois Baptist Convention, Springfield, 1954-1956, American Baptist Churches United States of America, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1956-1960. Professor literature and writing Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia, 1960-1996, chair division humanities, 1976-1996. Member West Virginia Writers, Inc., Charleston, since 1960.

Workshop leader Appalachian Writers Workshop, Hindman, Kentucky, since 1977.

Membership

Moderator, teacher, choir member Philippi Baptist Church, since 1960. Founder, president Mountain Hospice, Inc., Belington, West Virginia, since 1992. Board directors Heart and Hand Ministries, Philippi, since 1960.

Speaker West Virginia Network of Ethics Committees, Morgantown, since 1991. Member Amnesty International, since 1990, Planned Parenthood, Fellowship of Reconciliation. Member Appalachian Writers' Association (board directors since 1964), West Virginia Writers Inc.

(advisor, 1st prize for poetry, fiction, others).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Sports, arts, crafts.

Connections

Married Donald Albert Smith, December 28, 1957. Children: Jean, Carolyn, David.

father:
Arthur Alonzo

mother:
Gladys Campbell Atkeson

spouse:
Donald Albert Smith

children:
Jean Smith

Carolyn Smith

David Smith