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  David J. Langum, Sr.
Founding Member
David is Research Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham, Alabama. He has written eight books and dozens of articles in the fields of legal history and biography, with a concentration in western America.  His works have received numerous literary awards, most recently the 2015 Winner of the Scholarly Nonfiction category in the WILLA Literary Awards.
  Paul Davis
Founding Member
Paul is a prize-winning journalist and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated newspaper series, “The Unrighteous Traffic: Rhode Island and the Slave Trade.” He has written for national and regional publications and is a former chair of the writing committee at The Providence Journal. He has won numerous awards for his newspaper work, including the Sevellon Brown Award for public service and the Michael P. Metcalf Award for diversity writing. He lives in Rhode Island.
Amy Rachiele
Charter Member
Amy is a Reader, Writer, Tea-er, Werewolf-lovin', Sci-fi Junkie, who won't survive the apocalypse... unless she has a tailor made Iron Man suit. Amy is a widowed military spouse and brat who spent many years volunteering and on staff for the Army National Guard, and who has a propensity for writing about alpha-male mobsters. Her first self-published book is Mobster's Girl and it made it to the amazon's bestseller list for romance and family saga.  She devoted 10 years to teaching at-risk students at the secondary level and watching reruns of Star Trek. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, traveling, and pretending to know how to knit. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her son. 
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  Theresa Guzman Stokes
Founder/Executive Director
Soni is the founder and executive director of HWA. She has a professional background that includes military service, marketing, web designer, magazine editor and published writer with a focus on ethnic American history. Currently her two works-in-progress include  working on a Civil War era novel and a book on the history of African Americans in Newport, Rhode Island; and she continues working on research projects with her husband, Keith Stokes. Together, they received the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities.
Soni lives in Newport, RI with her husband and family.