Tulsa NightWriters officers are elected in November of each calendar year, and officially installed at the December TNW Christmas party.
President — Joshua Danker-Dake
Joshua Danker-Dake is the award winning author of the acclaimed
comic novel The Retail. A writer and editor by trade, he has published nonfiction on a variety of subjects, with special focuses on nutrition/fitness and theology/Bible. His current fiction pursuits are primarily in the realm of science fiction. He also serves as the Strategy and Tactics Editor for Diplomacy World, the flagship publication of the Diplomacy hobby, and he has been a regular contributor to http://www.the918.org. Other things he gets rather excited about include strength training, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, bombastic European power metal, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Vice-President – Donna Welch Jones
Donna Jones became a candidate for vice president of Tulsa NightWriters Club to “pay back” for the inspiration and support she has received from club members. She views the club as a support system for all writers and hopes the membership will continue to grow and become more diverse during 2017. Donna is the author of the Sheriff Lexie Wolfe novels and Unbreak Their Hearts. She is a talented writer and organizer, and is a long-standing member of the Oklahoma Writers Federation and Tulsa NightWriters.
Treasurer – Marion Grace
After I joined TNWC, I asked the vice=president, Bill Wetterman, if I qualified for the Accountability Partnership Program. He said, “Yes, of course!” and showed me an example of the kind and welcoming characteristics of this club. I ran and got elected to the Treasurer’s position. That helped me get to know people. This club is full of well published authors who love to help those who are new.
The club offered a chance to write a short story to be included in an anthology written by the Tulsa NightWriters. Half the authors were published and half were unpublished. I was lucky enough to have my story, “Chosen,” included. Then, the club gave a contest for flash writing. I had never heard of it. They taught me the guidelines. I wrote a story, “Coping Skills,” and won first prize! I can’t thank TNWC enough.
Communications Director — Julie Kimmel-Harbaugh
Over the past 42 years, I’ve worked as a writer, editor, educator,
entrepreneur/artisan, secretary, and an administrator. My first foray into writing was as a songwriter. Next, I wrote curricula. Thanks to Carolyn Steele, I found my way to Tulsa NightWriters Club. Since joining about four years ago, I’ve written children’s stories, adult short stories, poems, essays, and articles. I’ve been your editor since January 2015. Two of my favorite things about serving in this position are (1) getting to know so many interesting, talented people and (2) doing what I can to help the club thrive. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with you. My hope is that 2017 will bring us continued growth, deeper connections, and even greater innovation in meeting the needs of our members.
Hospitality Director – Maggie Villines
Maggie Villines is owner, editor, and publisher of a political blog, now almost 10 years in publication, and a newer blog featuring books, writing, and wine. A native Tulsan, Maggie is retired from a long career in the fine wine and spirits industry. She was the wine manager for Oklahoma’s largest retail wine store, sales manager of an Oklahoma wine brokerage, and owner of a fine wine and spirits wholesale operation. Her first published fiction is a short story, “Agnese,” published in the Tulsa NightWriters Club anthology, A River of Stories. Maggie has written for numerous regional publications, including Tulsa People. She has been married to a Super Hero for 41 years.
2017 OWFI Delegates
- Joshua Danker-Dake
- Donna Welch Jones
- Maggie Villines
- Marion Grace
- Tony LoPresti