Becky Mushko's Bio
Since 2002, she has also participated in several bookfests in Bedford, Franklin, Pittsylvania, and Hanover Counties. A three-time winner of the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest and a five-time winner of the Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest, she was nominated for a 1997 Pushcart Prize for "Angel on Ice," which appeared in THEMA's Jogging on Ice issue and is republished in the Kindle e-book, Miracle of the Concrete Jesus and Other Stories.
Photo by Linda Layne, Hanover Book Festival 2009
For 10 years, she wrote a humor column, "Peevish Advice," which first appeared in Blue Ridge Traditions (from 1998-2004) and then the Smith Mountain Eagle (from 2004 through 2008).
In addition to Ferradiddledumday and Stuck (her two books from Cedar Creek Publishing), she has self-published books of regional interest: Patches on the Same Quilt, Them That Go, and Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories.
She has also published e-book versions of her novels, Stuck , Them That Go, and Patches on the Same Quilt, as well as e-book collections of her short stories: Rest in Peace (her three Sherwood Anderson winners), Over Coffee (five stories about awkward relationships), The Best 'Un Yet (five Christmas stories) and Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories.
Her articles, book reviews, poems, or stories have appeared in Vol. II & III of Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Prime Living ("Blogging to Adventure" is online), THEMA, Blue Ridge Traditions, Virginia Adversaria, several volumes of the Poet's Domain series, Roanoke Times' Christmas Memories, A Cup of Comfort for Writers (Adams Media, 2007), It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (Friday Project, 2007), Leisure Publishing's 2008 Smith Mountain Lake Visitor's & Newcomers Guide, and the Lake Writers 2013 anthology?Voices from Smith Mountain Lake. A 2008 Prime Living article about her is here.
She became interested in genealogy a few years ago and has a blog, The Naces of Lithia, about the Nace side of her family in Botetourt County.
She is available for a limited readings, presentations, and workshops in areas within 75 miles of Franklin County, VA. Some presentations she's done in the past include these: