M. Lynne Squires Urban Appalachian Author

About Lynne

A native West Virginian author, M. Lynne Squires is a fiction crafter, essayist, occasional poet, and infrequent blogger.

Beginning her writing journey, Squires published her award-winning memoir, Letters to My Son – Reflections of Urban Appalachia at Mid-Century. The book presents a different perspective on perhaps the most mislabeled population in America – Urban Appalachians.

Along with her books, her work has appeared in numerous journals as well as multiple anthologies. For over six years, Lynne was the feature columnist for Charleston Home and Living magazine.

She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the 2020 Pearl S. Buck Writing for Social Change Award recipient.



Writer, reviewer, literary citizen

  • Her blog, The View From My Cup, reminds us every cup has a story! She occasionally welcomes guest authors to share the view from their cups.
  • Lynne stepped down in 2024 after four years of hosting the WV Library Commission TV program WV Author, where she invited dozens of WV authors to discuss their work and writing journey.
  • She represented the Literary Arts on the West Virginia Tamarack Artisan Board until its dissolution in 2020.
  • She is the president emerita of West Virginia Writers Board of Directors, as well as past president, treasurer, and newsletter editor.
  • A reviewer on the WV Book Team for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, for over two years she reviewed books by West Virginia authors.
  • She periodically hosts Women Writers Brunches to build community and provide support to other women walking the otherwise solitary path of a writer.


her favorite things:

  •  Her cats, Scout and Boo Radley
  • A Scrabble game (online is good, in person is better!) 
  • Architecture, especially Craftsman bungalows & the Chrysler Building
  • Blenko glass and Fiesta dishes
  • Trees, and rocks, and streams
  • Ice cream, coffee, and lobster
  • Feeding the backyard critters – the occasional feral cat, birds, squirrels, foxes, chipmunks, raccoons, opossums, and the occasional skunk family
  • Plundering through antique stores
  • And reading, of course!