Midwest Writers Workshop Board of Directors:


Julie Tuttle Davis, President

Julie Tuttle Davis serves as The Indiana Academy’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Since joining the Academy in 2016, her responsibilities have included all aspects of the Academy’s public relations, marketing, and external communications both print and digital. She works closely with faculty, staff, and students as well as alums and external partners to create promotional materials, plan events, and support fundraising efforts. She also oversees the Academy’s website and institutional social media accounts. The offices of Admissions, International Programs, and Outreach Programs report directly to her. She previously worked in Ball State’s Office of Marketing and Communications for over seven years. Other higher education institutions she’s worked for include Ivy Tech, Anderson University, and Rose-Hulman Institute for Technology. Her work has been recognized with many prestigious awards throughout her career.


Angela Jackson-Brown, Vice President

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches on the graduate faculty of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She has published her short fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and poetry in journals like The Louisville Journal and the Appalachian Review. She is the author of Drinking From a Bitter Cup, House Repairs, and her recently published novel, When Stars Rain DownWhen Stars Rain Down is a highly acclaimed novel that received a starred review from the Library Journal and glowing reviews from Alabama Public Library, Buzzfeed, Parade Magazine, and Women’s Weekly, just to name a few. In the summer of 2022, her next novel, The Light Always Breaks, will be published by Harper Muse, an imprint of Harper Collins. Visit her website: www.angelajacksonbrown.com.


Kelsey Timmerman, Treasurer

Kelsey Timmerman is the New York Times Bestselling author of Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes; Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy; and Where Am I Giving: A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference (Where am I?). His writing has appeared in places such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community. He is the recipient of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Emerging Writers Indiana Authors Award.


Lylanne Musselman, Secretary

Lylanne Musselman is an award-winning poet, playwright, and visual artist. Her work has appeared in Pank, The New Verse News, Flying Island, Rose Quartz Magazine, Last Stanza Poetry Journal and The Ekphrastic Review, among others. Recently, one of her poems was selected as the featured poem in Tipton Poetry Journal, Issue # 48 Spring 2021. Musselman’s work has appeared in many anthologies, including The Indianapolis Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2021). She is the author of six chapbooks, including Paparazzi for the Birds (Red Mare 16, 2018) and is the co-author of Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press, 2013), and is author of the full-length poetry collection, It’s Not Love, Unfortunately (Chatter House Press, 2018). Musselman is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poems are included in the Inverse Poetry Archive, a collection of Hoosier poets, housed at the Indiana State Library. Musselman is currently working on several chapbooks and a new manuscript.


Jack Heffron

Jack Heffron was a founding editor of the new Story magazine, which twice won the National Magazine Award for fiction, and he worked in book publishing for years as editorial director of Writer’s Digest Books, Story Press, Emmis Books, and Clerisy Press (now Adventure-Keen). As author and ghostwriter, he has published books on subjects ranging from sports to marketing to the paranormal. He’s best known for The Writer’s Idea Book, which has remained in print for more than twenty years and become a classic in the field of writing instruction His short stories have been published in literary journals and twice have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize while his nonfiction has appeared in numerous magazines and been noted in Best American Travel Writing.


Leah Lederman

Leah McNaughton Lederman is a writer and freelance editor from the Indianapolis area, where she lives with her husband and an assortment of children, cats, and dogs. She is the creator of Café Macabre: A Collection of Horror Short Stories and Art by Women (SourcePoint Press), and A Novel of Shorts: The Woman No One Sees. Leah’s short stories and poems appear in various anthologies, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay “My Bleeding Heart” in the online anthology, What is and What Will Be: Life in the Time of Covid. She released Café Macabre II in 2021.


Michelle McGill-Vargas

Michelle McGill-Vargas considers herself a Christian writer of historical, flash and short fiction. She has been published in The Lutheran Witness, Splickety Magazine, The Copperfield Review, and Typehouse Literary Magazine. She has also contributed at Short Fiction Break and Noir Expressions. She pays the bills as a teacher of deaf and hard of hearing. Michelle is also a member of Highland Writers Group, Valparaiso Writers Group, and served as vice-president of the Indiana Writer’s Consortium.


Cliff Protzman

Cliff Protzman published his first novel, Dead Air: a Glenn Beckert Mystery in September 2017. He also writes short stories and was a winner in the Unfinished Chapters anthology in 2015. Cliff presents his original stories annually at the Celebrate Short Fiction Day.  An avid baseball fan, Cliff had been published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and various blogs discussing baseball and his beloved Pirates. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.


Angelia Stone

Angelia White Stone is and the CEO and Editor of Hope Magazine, a unique publication created and launched in 2005 for women going on a journey of self-discovery, and is headquartered in Muncie, Indiana. Since then, she has become a prolific publisher, editor, social media influencer, and writer, publishing her first book, Yes Sisters: Surrounding Yourself with Women Who Affirm, Encourage, and Challenge You in 2020.


Maria Williams-Hawkins

Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1994, and has been employed at Ball State University since 1993. Although she has formerly taught courses in News Writing, Reporting and Photography, Ethics, Media Criticism and International Media, she currently works on topic driven courses that meet community needs such as DVDs on working with international and cross cultural communities, Operating Under the Influence and Alzheimer’s.


MWW Staff:

Jama Kehoe Bigger, Executive Director

Jama has been involved in the planning, growth, and success of MWW for 35+ years. She is the author of an autobiographical book, Then Came A Miracle, and her freelance writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines. A graduate of Ball State University with B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, she taught freshman composition courses there for many years before starting a successful business, Bigger Writing Services, which she operated for twenty-five years. She also taught a summer course, Literary Citizenship in a Digital Age, for Ball State English students who then served as interns and assistants to the literary agents at MWW. She blogs at www.jamakehoebigger.com and has created Happy Day Moments on Facebook.


MWW Key Advisors:

Jane Friedman

Ashley Ford