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Author Laura Treacy Bentley to Speak at the Oakland Library
Author Laura Treacy Bentley to Speak at the Oakland Library

We are hosting writer Laura Treacy Bentley – poet, novelist, and book editor for WV Living Magazine – at the Oakland Library on Monday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. Bentley plans to read short excerpts from her debut novel The Silver Tattoo, talk about Ireland and her writing journey, and sign books. A dark literary thriller set in mythical Ireland, The Silver Tattoo was released in April 2013 and will be available for purchase at the event. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but a courtesy call to Bonnie at 301-334-3996, ext. 117, or an email to bonnie@relib.net, is appreciated.

In addition to her debut novel, Bentley has written a book of poems called Lake Effect. Her work has been widely published in the United States and Ireland in literary journals such as The New York Quarterly, Art Times, Poetry Ireland Review, Antietam Review, Rosebud, Nightsun, Blink, Ginseng, Wind, The Stinging Fly, Kestrel, ABZ, Crannog, Now & Then, 3x10 plus, Grey Sparrow Journal, and numerous anthologies, including The Southern Poetry Anthology.

Bentley received a Fellowship Award for Literature from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and her poetry has been featured on the websites of A Prairie Home Companion, Poetry Daily, and O Magazine. Her poem “The Quiet Zone: Green Bank Observatory” was published on a poster with a photo of the Green Bank Telescope and is available at the observatory’s Galaxy Gift Shop. In 2003 Laura was honored to read her poetry with Ray Bradbury. She served as the writer in residence for the Marshall University Writing Project and taught creative writing this summer during the 2013 West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College. More information about the author can be found on her website at www.lauratreacybentley.com.

Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Bentley has lived most of her life in Huntington, West Virginia, and divides her time between the mountains of West Virginia and Garrett County.  Her family on her father’s side, the Treacys and the Rasches, lived for several generations in Oakland, Maryland.