Special Thanks:

To Authors, Artists, Faithful Supporters, and Fans of the Loyalhanna Review and Ligonier Valley Writers 


Special thanks to all the gracious individuals who have continued to maintain their membership and support for Ligonier Valley Writers during the difficulties created by the pandemic. Ligonier Valley Writers intends to move forward with efforts to publish the Loyalhanna Review for 2021. We invite all authors and artists to check the Guidelines and consider submitting work. Those who sent art or writing to the Loyalhanna Review last year are invited to resubmit or send new work. 

The generosity of supporters, in spite of the pandemic this past year, enabled us to conduct our Student Poetry and Flash Fiction Contests (minus the fan-favorite Awards Ceremony and the in-person readings). Although shared Covid constraints and curtailed group fundraising may reduce our print run, we are determined that the 2021 Loyalhanna Review will be published. We hope to be able to celebrate our authors and artists in person.

Please check back here and our Facebook page for updates on future events, workshops, and fundraising. We appreciate all of our members and welcome new ones.


Thank you for your continued support during this trying time. If you’d like to support LVW by becoming a member, you can download an application here.

Please stay safe and well,


Officers and Board of Directors of Ligonier Valley Writers

Thank You

This is the twenty-eighth annual issue showcasing many talented local authors and artists. It is through the generosity and dedication of our active members and loyal contributors that this year’s Loyalhanna Review can be distributed to the broader southwestern PA community.


We were touched to see how much the Loyalhanna Review means to so many people throughout our region. We sent out a call for help printing this year’s edition, and many members and friends stepped up to help us afford to print 1,500 copies in color.


Thank you so much!

Ruth McDonald, Editor-in-Chief

2019 Loyalhanna Review

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Attendees at the 2019 Loyalhanna Review publication party at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier listen intently to an author reading her story.

Authors and artists (left to right) Sarah Russell, Stacy DiPasquale, Nancy Clark, Joe Potts, Colleen Wakefield, Alicia Stankay, Patricia Orendorff Smith, Candace Kubinec, Janice McLaughlin, Jim Busch, Keith Neill, Ruth McDonald (editor in chief), Rod Cross, and Tamara DiBartola.

Stacy DiPasquale reads her poem "Only Writers Need Worry Losing the Voices in Their Heads."

Attendees at the 2019 Loyalhanna Review publication party at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Ligonier listen intently to an author reading her story.


Loyalhanna Review Publication Party

Featuring high-quality poems, essays, and short stories, as well as both black-and-white and full-color art and photography the Loyalhanna Review and the LR Online are published annually.


The magazine is distributed free throughout western Pennsylvania. The Loyalhanna Review started in 1991.


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