The Enid Public Library is pleased to announce that Martha Draper will be an Artist in Residence this winter. Ms. Draper is a retired educator. She has B.S. and Ms. Degrees from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma. She has taught in public and private schools in Oklahoma, Kansas, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

She is a fifteen-year member of Enid Writer’s Club and nine-year member of Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. and an active member in church and community in her hometown of Wakita, Oklahoma.

She is an award-winning writer currently finishing a memoir about growing up in a weekly newspaper business.

Heralding Wakita is a brag book on Wakita and the intricacies of owning and operating a rural, weekly newspaper business, where mom was bookkeeper, linotype operator and housewife. Dad was editor, publisher, printer, writer, and Martha and her sister ran errands, ran the job printing press, folded newspapers, etc.

Martha grew up and attended school in Wakita, and moved back to live there in 1999.

You may find her hard at work on her book Heralding Wakita in one of the library’s study rooms from mid-December through February.