Publisher Steve Gierhart was recently appointed (January 2013) to the Board of Directors for the Alabama Writers’ Forum (AWF), a partnership program with the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
He attended his first board meeting at the RSA Tower in downtown Montgomery on Wednesday, January 23, meeting all of the board members and discussing ideas with AWF President Kirk Curnutt and Jeanie Thompson, Executive Director for AWF.
Steve’s appointment is for three (3) years. He hopes his addition will bring stronger ties for the literary arts between residents and programs in North Alabama and Montgomery as well as other parts of the state. One of his initiatives is to plan for and conduct a summit next summer between AWF and Huntsville Literary Association. Planning during that conference would help strengthen similar programs conducted by both organizations as well as discuss new ideas for furtherance of the literary arts and literacy for all Alabamians. Jeannie Thompson will work with Steve to bring the conference to fruition.
In the meantime, The Ardent Writer Press asks all of its viewers to take time to go to AWF’s beautiful website and read about all of the wonderful programs they sponsor for the literary arts. Not only do they manage the very prestigious Harper Lee Award (Harper often attends) for a nationally recognized author, but they also manage the only state-wide high school literary awards contest, as well as programs to bring university professsors/writers to public schools to teach creative writing.
Just Google Alabama Writers’ Forum or go to “www.writersforum.org” or hit this LINK.
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight. The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful. It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them. While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted. They persevered.
Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses.
Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way.
Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination.
He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.