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Lynn Salsi
Greensboro, NC
Atlanta, GA

(336) 547-9315
www.LynnSalsi.com (fastest way to contact)
Also contact: Cathy Teets - cathy@headlinebooks.com

Education

M.F.A. Creative Writing - Seton Hill University

M.A. Creative Writing - Seton Hill University

B.A. Journalism - University of South Carolina

Masters classes in storytelling - East Tennessee State University
 
Postgraduate: Summer graduate program - University of Southern Maine in London, England

Teaching

  • 1992-2000 - Drama Educator (instructor, director, playwright) - NC Youth Touring Theater
  • Directed special performances in New York City (1994), Washington, D.C. (1995), London, England, Portsmouth, England, Edinburgh, Scotland (1996)
  • 1995 - Gloucester, England - three day drama educator exchange
  • 2000 - present - Developed and instructed teacher re-certification courses in reading across the curriculum, writing across the curriculum, and North Carolina history for Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, Greensboro, and High Point, NC campuses
  • 2002 - 2004 - Developed and instructed teacher re-certification courses in reading across the curriculum for Randolph Community College, Asheboro, NC
  • 2007 - 2009 - Adjunct classroom and on-line English instructor (freshman English composition and technical English), Guilford Technical Community College
  • 2009 - 2011 - Classroom English instructor Guilford Technical Community College 
  • 2011 - present - conducts writing workshops, panels, lectures libraries, museums, colleges

College English Courses Taught

English composition, argument-based composition, technical communication, creative writing, literature, storytelling for game design majors

On-line instructor - English composition, technical communication

Professional development - Moodle certified

Book Awards, Honors/Grants

  • Nomination Mayflower Award (NC Literary and Historical Society) - 2001
  • Nomination Pulitzer Prize, 2008 for The Life and Times of Ray Hicks
  • Bill Smith Award, 2002, for newspaper feature published in Greensboro News and Record
  • Bill Smith Award, 2008, for magazine article published Our State magazine
  • 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 Willie Parker Peace History Book Awards
  • 2001 - American Library Association Notable Book Award
  • 2001 - North Carolina Historian of the Year - NC Society of Historians
  • 2003 - Central Piedmont Regional Artist Grant
  • 2003 - Anne Izard Storytelling Award for book, The Jack Tales
  • 2003 - present - member of the speaker’s forum for the NC Humanities Council
  • 2004, 2008 - Paul Green Multi-media Award for storytelling (NC Society of Historians)
  • 2007 - included in North Carolina Touring Artists Directory
  • 2008 - Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award
  • 2008 - D.T.Smithwick Newspaper and Magazine Article Award - Our State magazine
  • 2009 - Stars and Flags gold medal
  • 2010 - Silver Medal - Military Writer's Society of America
  • 2012 - Gold Medal Military Writer's Society of America
  • 2013 - Honorable Mention - Great Southeastern Book Festival
  • 2013 - Mom's Choice Award

Books Forthcoming

Hurricane - (with Joe Campbell) - release 2013

Appalachian Jack Tales Part Two (folklore collection) 2014

Published Book Authorships
 
  • Jack and the Giants, picture book, second in series, Headline Books, 2013 
  • Jack and the Dragon, picture book (America's oldest folklore) Headline Books, 2009 
  • The Life and Times of Ray Hicks, Keeper of the Jack Tales, University of Tennessee Press, 2008 - biography
  • Firefight on Vietnam Brown Water, Forza Renea Editions, 2008 - young adult novel
  • Appalachian Jack Tales, Told by Hicks, Harmon, and Ward Families, Forza Renea Editions, 2008 - story collection
  • Voices of the North Carolina Mountains, The History Press, 2007 - essay collection
  • Greensboro Then and Now, Arcadia Publishing, 2007 - pictorial history
  • Young Ray Hicks Learns the Jack Tales, Forza Renea Junior, 2005 - middle grade novel
  • The North Carolina Imagination Box, Montville Press, 2004 - teacher supplement/guide
  • Portsmouth Island Outer Banks Treasure, Montville Press, 2004 - nonfiction history
  • Columbia, SC, A Southern Capital, Arcadia Publishing, 2003 - nonfiction history
  • Guilford County, Heart of the Piedmont, Arcadia Publishing, 2002 - nonfiction history
  • Images of Craven County, Arcadia Publishing, 2001 - pictorial history
  • Voices of the Crystal Coast, Arcadia Publishing, 2000 - essay collection
  • The Jack Tales, Callaway Editions (for Simon and Schuster) 2000, full-color coffee table book
  • Images of Carteret County, Arcadia Publishing, 1999 - pictorial history

Published Book Co-Authorships

  • The History of North Carolina State University, Arcadia Publishing, 2006

Published Editorships

  • Portsmouth Island Short Stories by Dot Willis, pub. 2004 - special edition for historical society
  • If This Ain’t True, Grits Ain’t Groceries by Glenn Bolick, pub. 2007

Audio

  • Audio-book, Jack and the Giants and Other Stories, 2013 
  • Producer, “Songs from an Appalachian Childhood,”performer Glenn Bolick, 2000
  • Co-producer, "Ray Hicks' 75th Birthday Storytelling Celebration," 1997

Lectures and Workshop Presentations - Sample

 
           University of NC at Greensboro (writing workshop), May 2008, “How Real Life Affects Fiction”
           Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, June 2008, “How Real Life Affects Fiction”
  • Macon County Public Library, Franklin, NC, May 2008, “Across North Carolina”
  • Beaufort Historical Society, Beaufort, NC, July 2008, “The Crystal Coast”
  • Alleghany County Public Library, August 2008, “The Appalachian Story Quilt”
  • The North Carolina Experience, Broadfoot’s of Wendell, NC, September 2008
  • The Southern Festival of Books, Nashville, TN, (panel member) October 2008
  • Readings, The Life and Times of Ray Hicks, Celebrating the 21 County Read, December 2008, Asheville, NC
  • Two workshops - presenter, "How to Turn Real Life into Fiction," "The Jack Tales - A Bridge from Traditional Tales to Contemporary Writing," Two-Year College Association Regional Conference, February 2009 (forthcoming)
  • Keynote Speaker- District VFW Convention, Deer Park, Washington, April 11, 2009 (forthcoming)
  • Presenter - North Carolina Young Authors Conference - NC Reading Association, Raleigh, NC, April 25, 2009 (forthcoming)
  • SCBWI of the Carolinas - All day workshop with illustrator, James Young, May 2, 2009 (forthcoming)

Affiliations -- present and past

    

  • National Council of Teachers of English - TYCA - Two-Year College Association
  • North Carolina Conference of English Instructors
  • International Reading Association
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • North Carolina Society of Historians
  • Appalachian Writers Association
  • Military Writers Society of America
  • North Carolina Writers Network

Other Credits

Published 10 plays for children including adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” (30 performances) and “The Tailor of Gloucester” (20 performances).