October 26, 2013
Mary Lynn Veach Sadler Biography
Mary Lynn Veach Sadler
(Dr.) Lynn Veach Sadler grew up in the Friendship community near Warsaw (Duplin County), North Carolina, where her family still runs Veach Lumber Company. She attended Warsaw schools through her junior year and was graduated from Sanford Central High School as Co-Valedictorian. Her husband, Dr. Emory Sadler, a psychologist, is a native of Kenansville (also in Duplin County). They have traveled around the world five times, with Lynn writing all the way.
Formerly a college president in Vermont, Lynn has a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) from Duke and an M.A. and a Ph.D. (Phi Kappa Phi) from the University of Illinois. Her postdoctoral study includes Milton at UCLA and the Clark Library, a certificate in administration from Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resource Services, and Tudor-Stuart history at Balliol College, Oxford, through the University of Alabama. She taught at Agnes Scott College, Drake University, and A&T State University and was Director of the Division of Humanities at Bennett College, where she set up what is thought to be the first microcomputer laboratory in the country for teaching writing. She pioneered in computer-assisted composition [CAC], coined the term, and published the first journal in the field (done with desktop publishing). As Vice President of Academic Affairs at Methodist College [now University], she originated the first conference on academic computing in North Carolina. From c. 1983, she consulted and provided keynote addresses, talks, and workshops on academic computing at conferences (e.g., Association for Computers and Humanities, National Educational Computing Conference, National Council of Teachers of English, World Conference on Computers in Education) on campuses across the United States and for organizations (e.g., the AEtna Institute for Corporate Education, the IBM Academic Computing Conference); worked on Bell and Howell's (short-lived) courseware development initiative; and developed (with Drs. Emory Sadler and Wendy Tibbetts Greene) Diagrammatic Writing and Word Processing (software). She later pioneered in the adaptation of Deming and Total Quality to higher education and, with Marshall Thurber et al., held a Deming Workshop on her campus in 1991.
Dr. Sadler has received an Extraordinary Undergraduate Teaching Award (Drake University); a civil rights award from Methodist College's Black Student Movement; the Distinguished Women of North Carolina Award for education (1992); and the Paul Jehu Barringer, Jr. and Sr., Award for Exceptional Service to the History of the State from the North Carolina Society of Historians (2004). She was Visiting Distinguished Scholar in the "Educational Leadership for a Competitive America" seminar of the United States Office of Personnel Management (1992), presented at the First International Milton Symposium in England, and was Director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers on "The Novel of Slave Unrest" held at Bennett College. One of her former Bennett students was responsible for her 2010 selection for the National Women's Hall of Fame.
Lynn's academic publications include five+ books and seventy-two articles, and she has edited twenty-two books/proceedings and three national journals. She edits Footnotes, the journal of the Duplin County Historical Society, and wrote the column "Sadler (But Wiser)" for the on-line newspaper, Lee County Star-Tribune [http://lee.countync.us/columnists], which became state-wide with a change in column title to "North Carolina Notables."
Lynn works full time as a creative writer and an editor. As a poet, she has had nine chapbooks (with a tenth, When A Poet Plays, forthcoming) and four full-length collections published-Snakes in the Sass (humor), Say, Brother, Can You Spare a War? (war; winner, New England Poetry Club 2012 Contest, Shelia Motton Book Award for Book of the Year), To Think of Caves Where Great Whales Breed (animals), and For Shakespeare's Duke Orsino: Music, Food, Love. All, along with Maude Pickett Smith's Hester (historical fiction), which she edited, were nominated for the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The forthcoming Like a Dragon's Mouth, winner of the RockWay Press Poetry Award, will be a textbook for creative writing, with fiction added. The chapbook Poet Geography won the Lee Witte Poetry Contest and was published in the Mount Olive College Poetry Series (2003). Having to Try won the 2003 Paris Trail Memorial Creative Writing Award of the Albemarle Literary Center. America (chapbook) won Honorable Mention in the 2006 Poets Corner Press Competition and was published in Stockton, CA. To "Talk in That Book" of Nature (principally Native American poems) received the (2005) Charles Dickson Chapbook Prize of the Georgia Poetry Society and was named the 2007 Alabama State Poetry Society Book of the Year. Two collections, Mining and Hearts Divided: Poems of the Civil War, were published (2009) by March Street Press; Winding-Water-Banquets (2011) and Little Rooms (2012; a sonnet collection) by Finishing Line Press. She was invited to be Visiting Scholar/Poet in Israel in December 2001; judged the 2001 Voices Israel International Poetry Competition; was published (2002) in Pudding House's (invitational) National Archiving Project, Poets' Greatest Hits; won The Pittsburgh Quarterly's 2001 Sara Henderson Hay Prize for Poetry; tied for first place in Kalliope's 2002 Sue S. Elkind Contest; was a runner-up for the 2002 Spoon River Poetry Review Editors' Prize Contest; and won the Poetry Society of America's 2003 Hemley Award and Asphodel's 2003 Poetry Contest. Her work appears in the first four anthologies published by California's elizaPress, and she is the featured writer in the second volume, with a separate book of her work [nonfiction] forthcoming. That press named her its "2007 Writer of the Year." She won the 2009 overall award (poetry and fiction) of the San Diego City College National Writer's Contest and City Works Journal. As the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, she will mentor student poets.
Lynn has had over a hundred short stories published and has won the North Carolina Writers' Network, Talus and Scree, Cream City Review, Rambunctious Review, Cape Fear Crime Festival, and Scratch competitions, with a number of Glimmer Train finalists. One story appeared in Del Sol Press's Best of 2004: The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology. Another (on Patrick Swayze) won the Abroad Writers 2006 Competition/Fellowship (France). Her four novels are Tonight I Lie with William Cullen Bryant (Literary Fiction), runner-up for the Dana Award and a finalist in the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival; My Computer Journal of Family Dining [Tragi-comic and Literary Fiction]; Intending to Build a Tower (Mystery); and Long Pig [Science Fiction/Futuristic/Paranormal/Erotic]. The last two received Honorable Mentions in the Florida First Coast Writers' Festival competition. Bards and Sages Press [New Jersey] published the novella, Foot Ways (2007), and the short story collection, Not Dreamt of in Your Philosophy (2008). Lynn was selected for the North Carolina Writers' Network Blumenthal Writers and Readers Series in fiction (1992) and in poetry (2002).
Locally, in addition to founding the Railroad Festival and writing a newspaper column on Lee County, Lynn was President of the Lee County Council on Women, Arts Council, and The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society; was on the Library Board, Temple Theatre Board; and Board of The Enrichment Center; and is a member of The Sanford Rotary Club. She was named "Rotarian of the Year" in June, 2013. She has edited a book on the Endor Iron Furnace and chaired the 2007 Lee County Centennial, for which she wrote three plays and edited three books: In Celebration of the 2007 Centennial of Lee County: A Collection of Historical Articles and Creative Works, The Lee County 2007 Centennial Calendar of Events, and the Lee County Centennial Historical Calendar (A Calendar in Honor of Lee County's History and People). She was Grand Marshal of the 2007 Jaycees Christmas Parade and loves to cook and, especially, to DANCE.
Dr. Sadler gives readings of her poetry and fiction around the country and likes to write plays (and other works) on commission.