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 – Derek Bullard
Derek Bullard is a Tulsa author and publisher. He and LaDonna, wife of thirty-two years, live with a family of cats. They all started James Kay Publishing in 2002. Derek is the Office Administrator at the 29th & Yale church of Christ, a member of Toastmasters International, and claims to have published in two different millennia.
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 Half the authors were published and half were unpublished.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 – M. Carolyn Steele
Raised and educated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carolyn enjoyed a career in both journalism and commercial art before retiring to pursue a love of writing and genealogy. She has been a member of Tulsa NightWriters for so many years she cannot remember exactly when she first joined, except to note in that time many short stories have been published in seventeen anthologies.
Carolyn has garnered a number of awards, which include being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her writings reflect a childhood steeped in Civil War history and Indian lore. Her first historical fiction novel, Spirit of the Crow, was released March 2017.
Combining her knowledge of storytelling and genealogy, Carolyn presents a variety of programs designed to inspire others to commit family stories to paper and authored the book, Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations, a 2010 First Place winner for Heartland New Day Bookfest.
Carolyn delights in her two beautiful daughters and two lively grandsons.
Visit her website: www.mcarolynsteele.com
Communications Director — Jim Laughter
Jim Laughter served in the U.S. Air Force for 20-years and retired as a Master Sergeant in 1991. He is the creator of Galactic Axia, a series of young adult science fiction adventure books. His 2010 true-crime biography of the Steven Stayner kidnapping, From Victim to Hero, made Jim a best-selling author when it reached number one in the Amazon kindle store. His psychological thriller, The Apostle Murders, holds the record for the most kindle downloads in a single day. Jim served as editor of NightScripts for two years, and also served as President of the Tulsa NightWriter Club for two years. In 1982, Jim founded Missions Hotline, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding the education of national students in foreign missionary seminaries around the world. When time permits, Jim enjoys playing tournament poker.
2018 OWFI Delegates
- Joshua Danker-Dake
- Derek Bullard
- Marion Grace
- Tony LoPresti