Phyllis Rossiter Modeland

Phyllis Rossiter Modeland is a former teacher, librarian, and newspaper editor/publisher who specializes in writing about the Ozarks.

Now being distributed nationally, Rossiter's third book, A Living History of the Ozarks, was released by Pelican Publishing Company in 1992 in both paperback and hard cover. It has garnered positive reviews and reader acclaim, winning the Missouri Writers’ Guild Best Major Work award in 1993.

Phyllis’s novel for children (ages approximately 10-14), Moxie, was published by the Four Winds Press imprint of Macmillan Publishing Co. in 1990. Moxie won the "Best Book" award of the Missouri Writers Guild, and has received positive reviews from such publications as School Library Journal. A joint committee of the Children's Book Council and the National Council for Social Studies named it a Notable Book in the field of Social Studies. A German edition of this book was published in 1992 by Franz Schneider in Munich under the title Moxie: Der Lange Weg Der Hoffnung.

Another novel, On the Scent of Danger, was published in 1989 and received the Missouri Writers Guild's second place award in the book competition that year. This title was recently issued in Large Print by Thorndike Press.

Phyllis's short fiction also earns frequent awards and has appeared in both literary and commercial magazines, as well as anthologies. She also writes award-winning magazine and newspapers columns and articles, many accompanied by her own photographs. Her column, "A Sense of Place," which deals with environmental protection of the Ozarks region, appears regularly in the Ozarkswide periodical, The Ozarks Mountaineer. This column was awarded first place in the 1989 best-published-column competition of the Missouri Writers Guild.

In addition to her writing, Phyllis makes appearances as a guest speaker, participates in writers' programs as a lecturer and panelist, and occasionally leads continuing-education workshops at area colleges. She enjoys teaching week-long courses in writing at an Elderhostel at the YMCA of the Ozarks near Potosi, Mo.

In 1994 Phyllis served as a consultant on the writing and filming of an IMAX movie about the Ozarks; it was released in the spring of 1995 and is now being seen in Branson.

Phyllis Rossiter Modeland is listed in The World Who's Who of Women, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who's Who in Writers, Editors & Poets, and will be listed in upcoming editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West. She is a member of The Author's Guild, the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Missouri Writers' Guild, and the Ozarks Writers League, which has twice presented her with the Dan Saults Award.

Write to Phyllis Rossiter Modeland at P.O. Box 1299, Flippin, AR 72634


Articles by Phyllis Rossiter Modeland available online:

The Mills of Ozark County

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