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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.


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


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


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.


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).


  • Other Interests

    Sports, arts, crafts.


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

Arthur Alonzo

Gladys Campbell Atkeson

Donald Albert Smith

Jean Smith

Carolyn Smith

David Smith