Meet the Board of Directors
Tony is an award-winning publisher, author, and screenwriter.
Julia Haynes has worked in the non-profit field for the last year as a Volunteer Care and Conversion Specialist for Girl Scouts Kentuckiana. She has written for The Nerdy Bomb and is Julia is currently a facilitator for the Second Draft Writing Group. She is an award-winning speculative fiction writer, working on her second Scifantasy novel.
Poet, English Professor, and mom of Sweetie the dog.
Kelly Hill holds a PhD in Humanities from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Fiction from Spalding University. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various literary and academic journals. She's a lifelong reader and writer and is currently revising her dissertation, a historical novel titled A Home for Friendless Women.
Erv Klein is a life-long resident of Louisville. He’s been writing for eight years and is a firm believer in writers supporting writers. Subterfuge, his first book, was published in March, 2019. It is an historical fiction mystery about a missing German U-boat in World War II and the captain’s son’s search to discover its fate. His second, an as-yet unnamed family saga about a man in search of a family, is set in a fictional small town in Kentucky.
Since retiring Yvonne Lovell has actively pursued her long-time interest in writing. She prefers the creative nonfiction genre and writes essays that tackle themes in her Caribbean background. Her recent publication, Unmooring, is from her working collection of essays about the impact of immigration on her family, and the worry she carries with her.
Navin Madras is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Technologies at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, where he teaches computer programming classes. Navin grew up in Bangalore, India, where he completed his BS degree in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. He arrived in the United States in 1996, completing an MBA and MS in Computer Science. He is currently writing a murder mystery and two other novels, all set in India, as well as several translation projects.
Vin Morreale, Jr. is an award-winning screenwriter, author, internationally-produced playwright, and founder of Academy Arts Press.
Michael Pasley, award-winning short story author from Southern Indiana.
Mark Rabinowitz has been a journalist, publicist, film festival staffer and producer for over 20 years. He is a co-founder of IndieWire.com and has written extensively on film and TV for CNN.com, Paste Magazine, Screen International, Variety and many others. He helped organize the Hamptons International Film Festival and was the head documentary programmer at the Oxford Film Festival. He serves on the Board of Governors at the Speed Museum and on the Louisville Film Commission.
Julia Royston spends her days doing what she loves, writing, publishing, speaking and coaching others to tell, introduce and create ways to deliver their stories and messages to the world. That is her “Why.” Her companies, BK Royston Publishing LLC, Julia Royston Enterprises, Royal Media and Publishing and Royston Book Fairs are the conduits that she and her husband, Brian Royston use to spread the love of reading, writing, books as well as building businesses around the world.
Ariana Velasquez is an Asian Appalachian political columnist, freelance journalist, poet, musician, singer/songwriter, dancer, and fiction writer from Pikeville, Kentucky. She is a 2021 graduate of the University of Louisville with a BA in Political Science, and she is a current law student at the J. David Rosenberg College of Law at the University of Kentucky. She is active politically, and also serves on the board of directors for the Kentucky Civil Engagement Table.
Jenn Wagley is the owner of a small marketing and corporate communications agency, spending most of her time creating strategic copy for her clients. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, with an MA in Journalism, and attends the school’s writing workshop each summer. Most importantly, Jenn enjoys as many LLA workshops as she can squeeze into her schedule.