Friday, January 06, 2017

Mary Nida Smith Bio

I don't think I'll have get my bio printed right, so be kind.

MARY NIDA SMITH, freelance writer, author, poet, photographer and illustrator.
    Heroes beneath the Waves: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century (e-book, paperback
    and audio book) and Submarine Stories of World War II and Ozarks Sunrises
    (poetry and photographs).

                                 Former newsletter editor for the Arkansas Submarine Veterans of World War II
                                 Life member of Wives of Submarine Veterans of World War II 
                                 Life member of Ladies of U.S. Submarine Veterans, Inc
                                 Former member of Military Writers of America and published in military magazines.                                                                              
   Book, Submarine Stories of World War II can be found in St.Marys Submarine Museum,
   Marys, GA,  Arkansas Island Maritime Museum, Arkansas Island Maritime Museum, Little Rock,      and Wisconsin Military Museum, Research Center Library Madison, Wisconsin.  Heroes beneath        the Wave: Submarine Stories of the Twentieth Century, released November 17, 2015 by Skyhorse        Publishing Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
 FREELANCE WRITER: Magazines - Northwest Living, Grit, Magic Valley Farm Lines, the Ozark  Mountaineer, Grit, and Ozarks magazine,  Rural Arkansas and newspapers – Oregon Journal, Portland, Oregon; Port Orchard Independent Port Orchard (weekly column), Washington; Magic Valley Farm Line, Burley, Idaho; West Star, Missouri; Ozark Mountain News, Mountain Home; The Herald Leader, Siloam Springs, AR; and The Ozarks Mountaineer Echo; The Times-News; and the Eureka Springs newspaper. Harvard Avenue Baptist Church newsletter( Siloam Springs), writers’ newsletters and websites (Ozarks Writers League, Missouri Writers Guild, Missouri SCBWI and SCBWI Australia & New Zealand, Once upon a Time,) and internet magazines (Ozark Magazine & The Kids Writer). She wrote book reviews (Oregon Journal), a weekly newspaper column (Port Orchard Independent, WA), flew the press and did inserts in a Circulation Dept. (The Enterprise Carrier, Oregon City, OR) and wrote poems about Magic Valley and “Letters to the Editor.”

  PHOTOGRAPHY: Newspapers and magazines, first place in Scenic category sponsored
by The Herald-Leader newspaper and Color Mate Photo, Sager Creek Arts Center bulletin covers, cover of the Storyteller magazine, book cover (art shows and Midway Baptist Church photographer and historian for    five years. Area art shows won two second and three honorable mentions and ORAC/Area Art Club exhibit at ASU/Mountain Home, AR.

 ILLUSTRATIONS AND ART: Member of the Area Art Club, Bull Shoals Art Club and Palette Art League. Former President of Siloam Springs Artist Guild, staff illustrator for Writers’ Chapbook/Rolling Drum Press (Boise, Idaho), Farm Lines magazine, Idaho Writers League state newsletters, and SCBWI bulletin, jurieded art shows (Cane Hill Harvest Festival, Sager Creek Art Center, Siloam Springs, AR.), Ozark Art Alliance at John Brown University, Sager Creek Art Center Competitive, displayed in restaurants, Arts Ministry, designed a Christmas card for Lon & Edna Smith(A drawing of their home and a painting for their newly decorated bedroom), Ye Old Vintage Trek and Artist at Work –Artist and Historical Home Tour. Paintings owned by Dr. George & Mary Benjamin (home); Bettye Brenner (home); The Nida Family Home family reunion and art shows; J.D. McLemore, Kemp, TX ( submarine painting); Arkansas WWII Submarine raffle event (Rose painting); Mona Taylor (Rose painting); Erma Handemaker, Harper, KS( floral painting); and Val Battenburg, Siloam Springs, AR( Russian Dolls).

POET: Writers Chapbook, Pentecostal Evangel magazine, 2nd place contest Baxter County Poets Association, one or two poems a month for eight years on children’s book author’s blog David L. Harrison (guest poet twice and poet of the month), and Ozark Mountaineer magazine, Journal of the Ozarks, The Times News and Fall Street Journal (Chamber newspaper), Twin Falls, Idaho.  Two poems on the Free Verse Poetry Group’s second CD “Driftwood.”

            ORGANIZATIONS: Founder of Twin Lakes Writers and Creative Writers & Illustrators
former president of  The Idaho Writers League/Twin Falls Chapter, member SCBWI,
president of Ozarks Writers League former member Missouri Writers Guild and
     organized 1st Writers  Conference for NC Arkansas (Bel Arco Resort), the Holiday Inn 
           Authors Day and Luncheon,Twin Falls, Idaho, and was the co-founder of Sager Creek Arts 
  Center Literature Department where  she organized speakers for Sager Creek Literature Dept
  Mini-Writers Workshops, Palette Art League board member, Area Art Club and Ozark 
  Regional Arts Council (Monthly column for author/writers and    historian).Former board member
  of Friends of the Library, Donald W. Reynolds Library (Baxter County) Mountain Home, AR.


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