has an M.A. in English and is a retired English teacher
(taught mostly Ameican Lit.). He was one of eight writing
consultants for the state of Kentucky for 2 years.
Willie worked for a newspaper (Floyd County Times)
for two years and had articles published in the Lexington
(KY) Herald Leader.
He attended the Foxfire seminar one summer (this is the
group that published the Foxfire books about the
heritage of people in and around Rabun Gap, Ga.). He has
also attended one of the National Writing Projects (the
Mountain Writing Project at Eastern Kentucky University
at Richmond, KY