The Ardent Writer Press and the Coffee Tree Writers group teamed up to man 2 booths at the Rocket City Lit Fest to be held at the Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville, on Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2015.

The groups will be manning two booths at the literature festival in the South Hall of the VBCC.

Many authors and writers from the groups met the coordinator for the Fest, Ashley Chappell-Peeples at Local Author Expo 2015 at the Birmingham Library on Saturday, February 7.

Rocket City Lit Fest is expected to attract a large group of book enthusiasts, both writers and readers.  Publisher Steve Gierhart is also a board member of the Alabama Writers Forum which will be represented at the Fest.  AWF will be providing an educational brief on the benefits of AWF and the literary arts to the students of Alabama as well as the economic benefits of such to all citizens.  North Alabama members of AWF and Coffee Tree Writers will help man the AWF booth.  The Alabama Writers Forum is the driver behind the debut of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame with the banquet and initial induction of members on June 8 at Tuscaloosa on the campus of the University of Alabama.

The link to the Rocket City Lit Fest is:

https://www.rocketcitylitfest.com/

Rocket City Lit Fest Oct 2015 web

Ardent Writer Press authors meet Ashley Chappell-Peeples, coordinator of Rocket City Lit Fest at Local Authors Expo 2015 held on Saturday, Feb 7, at the Central Birmingham Public Library.

Ardent Writer Press authors meet Ashley Chappell-Peeples, coordinator of Rocket City Lit Fest at Local Authors Expo 2015 held on Saturday, Feb 7, at the Central Birmingham Public Library.

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Steve Gierhart
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 9 grandchildren. 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.