Who we are…

The original Flatiron Writers began meeting in the Flatiron Building on Asheville’s Wall Street in 1993. Since then, meetings have moved around to different places in town: PJ’s Coffee Shop, Gourmet Perks, Port City Java, Greenlife, and the Battery Park Book Xchange, just to name the most memorable. The group has been as many as eight members and as few as three.  In 2008, members Geneva Bacon, Toby Heaton and Heather Newton won a Regional Artist Project Grant to publish a short story collection, Irons in the Fire: Stories From the Flatiron Writers, and to develop this website.  Since then the Flatiron Writers have made it their mission to serve the broader western North Carolina writing community by offering workshops, salons, a contest and other events.

Geneve Bacon
Genève Bacon’s articles and short stories have appeared in various publications. She was a theater reviewer for MAIN, and created and taught “The Female Face of Heroism” at the College for Seniors. She took third place in an American Short Fiction contest; was a semi-finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Contest; and was a finalist for the Bread Loaf Rona Jaffee Scholarship. In 2004-05, she received an Emerging Artist grant from the Asheville Arts Council; and, as co-recipient with Toby Heaton and Heather Newton, received a grant from the NC State Council on the Arts to publish a collection of stories by the Flatiron Writers, Irons in the Fire. Her Flash Fiction piece, “Anencephalic,” may be seen in the Spring 2015 issue of the Great Smokies Review.

A.K. Benninghofen
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A.K. Benninghofen grew up in the Mississippi Delta. She spent the first part of her adult life living in New York City and Los Angeles pursuing a career as an actress, which is to say, she has a lot of restaurant experience. Since 2008, A.K. has happily made her home in Asheville, along with her husband, two children and a dog named Juliet.
A.K.’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages North, Evergreen Review, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, Deep South Magazine and elsewhere. She has been a fiction contributor at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a writing fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities and Wildacres Retreat. In 2012, she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council. Currently, she is at work on her first book, a collection of linked stories titled Landmine Maps of the Hospitality State.
Sidewalk in Evergreen Review
Easier Than You Think at Connotation Press
Before We Were Almost Lovers at Necessary Fiction

Maryedith Burrell
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Ms. Burrell is a show business veteran with a resume that includes TV star, screenwriter, stage director and thespian. Trained at ACT in San Francisco and RADA in London, Ms. Burrell has worked with such companies as the RSC, The Anteaus Company and The San Francisco Opera. Her TV career began when she was discovered performing Improv with The Groundlings, Second City and The War Babies in LA. She went on to star in the late-night ABC comedy show Fridays with Larry David, the sitcom Throb with Jane Leeves, Ron Howard’s Parenthood, and The Jackie Thomas Show with Tom Arnold and Roseanne Barr. She also enjoyed recurring roles on Seinfeld and Home Improvement and guest-star turns on everything from SNL and ER to The Tonight Show. Meanwhile, she was honing her skills as a writer. Ms. Burrell has created comedy revue, musicals and opera for the stage. She has also written screenplays for all the major networks and film studios working with such directors as Tim Burton, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Apted among others. An overall deal at Disney to create new programing and to team-write features introduced her to a career as a script doctor. As an author, her essay, “An Affair To Forget”, appears in What Was I Thinking? (St. Martin’s Press.) She is currently working on a collection of short stories, Garlic Girl, and a novel, The Adventures of Solomon Bibo. An Asheville resident, Ms. Burrell teaches screenwriting at NYS3 and works with Asheville Writers In The Schools.

Caralyn Davis
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Caralyn Davis works as a freelance writer/editor for trade publications in the healthcare and technology transfer fields. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Word Riot, Eclectica, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Eckleburg Anthology, Superstition Review, Monkeybicycle, Relief Journal, Killing the Buddha, Deep South, and The Drum and Side B Literary Magazine (2011 Dual Publication Award winner). She has studied in the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and is a former recipient of a scholarship from The Candy Maier Scholarship Fund for Women Writers. Her “faves” include homemade orange marmalade, her brother’s band The Purkinje Shift, cats, and other spinsterish things. She can be found on Twitter: @CaralynDavis

Marjorie Klein
Marjorie Klein’s first novel, Test Pattern (Wm. Morrow Publishers, 2000) was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and is being re-released by HarperCollins as an eBook. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications, including 20 years of free-lance work for Tropic, the Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine. She has taught at the University of Miami, Warren Wilson College, and Florida International University (where she received her MFA), and has led workshops at the Florida Center for Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, UNCA’s Center for Creative Retirement and the Great Smokies Writers Program. Recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007, and honorable mention in 2002, she served as a preliminary judge in the writing category for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts from 1991-2006, until she moved to Asheville. She has recently completed a new novel, Shifting Gears.

Kim Mako

Mako Photo on 8-15-16 at 7.07 PMKim is a Jersey-girl turned Appalachian Enthusiast since 2008. She lives in Asheville with her husband and his amazing permaculture garden. Sometimes she contributes to the live story telling series, Listen to This: Stories in Performance at the 35 Below theatre in downtown Asheville. Kim attended Syracuse University and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center for Theatre. She was an actor briefly in Los Angeles and for many (too many) years in New York City, where she was a founding member of ATHEATRECO, a non-profit theatre that focused on original works. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in; Sou’wester, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Nervous Breakdown and others. She was a finalist in the Spirit of Sandburg Poetry Contest at The Citron Review,  was a 1st place winner of the Grateful Steps Publishing fiction contest, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Kim has been a continuing Writer-in-Residence at The Weymouth Center for Arts and Humanities since 2009. Her former life as an actor has greatly informed her writing. Kim is currently at work on a thematically linked short story collection about characters on the edge of economic stability and the mirage of the American dream. www.kimwintermako.com

Maggie Marshall
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Maggie Marshall moved to Asheville from Los Angeles in 2006. Her first career was as a professional actress, some twenty-odd years of which she spent performing on regional stages throughout the U.S., as well as Broadway, Los Angeles, and Dublin, Ireland. She then segued into screenwriting, eventually landing in television and writing for numerous cable and syndicated one-hour drama series. She is the recipient of the Carl Sautter Memorial Screenwriting Award and a Scriptapalooza Award, both for One-Hour Drama. She has been a fiction contributor at the 2014 Tin House Writer’s Workshop, a fellow at the Hambidge Creative Residency Program, and a Writer-in-Residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts. She is currently at work on her first novel, The Gondolier’s Wife, an excerpt of which has been published in the Great Smokies Review, and lives in West Asheville with her husband, Stephen.

Heather Newton
Heather Newton is a founding member of the Flatiron Writers. Her debut novel Under The Mercy Trees (HarperCollins 2011) won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as a Great Group Reads Selection and by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as an Okra Pick (“great southern fiction fresh off the vine”). Her fiction has appeared in 27 Views of Asheville, The Drum, Crucible, Encore Magazine, Lonzie’s Fried Chicken and elsewhere, been recognized in numerous creative writing competitions, and earned her fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. She has taught creative writing workshops for the Great Smokies Writing Program and the N.C. Writers Network. An attorney and mediator, she focuses her Asheville law practice on employment law, education law, ERISA disability benefit claims and small business advice for writers, artists and entrepreneurs. Visit her at www.heathernewton.net

Joanne O’Sullivan

OSulivanheadshot2Joanne O’Sullivan’s YA novel, Between Two Skies, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press in 2017. She traveled the world teaching English as a Second Language and meeting fascinating characters before settling with her husband and two kids in Asheville, where she writes about books and artists as journalist, researches science and social studies as a non-fiction author, and armchair travels while planning her next big trip. www.joanneosullivan.com


Flatiron Alums

Marc Archambault
In 2004 Marc self-published his first novel, Roundeye. His work has appeared in local literary magazines, punk rock fan zines and art-o-mat machines. Marc is currently at work on a novel entitled Hardcore and an educational comic book about tax zombies. He lives in asheville with his family and works as a stone mason and graphic facilitator.

Toby Heaton
Before breaking the Flatiron Writers’ hearts by moving to Washington state, Toby Heaton was a computer consultant in Asheville. His short story “Southern Revival” won the New Millennium fiction award for 2002. His fiction has appeared in New Millennium, The Asheville Review,Irons In The Fire: Stories from the Flatiron Writers and elsewhere.

Rachel Howard
Rachel Howard is the author of “The Lost Night” (Dutton, 2006), a memoir about the emotional aftermath of her father’s unsolved murder. She received an MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College in 2009, and is currently finishing a novel. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Canteen Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Befrois, Pif Magazine, and other publications. She is also a nationally recognized dance critic, and has contributed dance and book reviews to the San Francisco Chronicle for more than a decade. After a year as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College, she is currently serving as interim director of undergraduate creative writing. She maintains home ties to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, a cooperative workspace.
Visit her at rachelhoward.com.

Other Flatiron Alums: if you’d like us to feature your bio here please contact us–we’d love to hear from you!