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40 writers selected for EBWW humor anthology

We’re bringing to life a book filled with funny coming-of-age essays from 40 women humorists.

More than 100 writers answered the call for submissions for a proposed humor anthology, edited by prolific writer Allia Zobel Nolan and a team from the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

Tentatively titled Laugh Out Loud: 40 Women Humorists Celebrate Then and Now…Before We Forget, the book will feature a mixture of Zobel Nolan’s essays and “fall-on-the-floor-and-roll-around-in-stitches” humorous, eclectic contributions from these talented writers:

Amy McVay Abbott
Elaine Ambrose
Karen G. Anderson
Karla Araujo
Leslie Bamford
Jennifer Bryne
Tracy Roberts Buckner
Michele Poston Combs
Kaye Curren
Fritzy Dean
Janene Dutt
Lori B. Duff
Cindy Eastman
Janie Emaus
Christy Heitger-Ewing
Bonnie Jean Feldkamp
Sharon Gerger
Tassie Hewitt
Georgia A. Hubley
Carolyn Anderson Jones
Sharon M. Kennedy
Sheri Kuhn
Sandy Lingo
Lisa Marlin
Kelly McKenzie
Amy Mullis
Alice Muschany
Risa Nye
Anne Elise O’Connor
Lucia Paul
Yvonne Ransel
Lorraine Ray
Joanne Salemink
Amy Hartl Sherman
Barbara I. Smith
DC Stanfa
Sherry Stanfa-Stanley
Janine V. Talbot
Denise Thiery
Pamela Wright

“Wow, it sure is great to hear those three little words, ‘You can write!,’ and that certainly applied to the more than 100 submissions we received for our EBWW humor anthology,” said Zobel Nolan, a former senior editor at Reader’s Digest who has published close to 200 books. “To a one, the submissions were all sterling. Of course, that made our job harder. But in the end, the team chose those essays that best spoke to the themes of aging and ‘the way we were’ with originality and clarity. These are unique essays that painted a visual portrait of those particular time frames — essays that made the reader shake her head in agreement and/or laugh until her sides hurt.”

The book is one of two new initiatives launched by the workshop this year. More than 400 writers competed for “A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program.”

“It’s our mission to encourage and support writers,” said Teri Rizvi, founder and director. “This book provides a creative avenue for some very funny, gifted writers.”

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