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Copper Iris Books is the collective spirit of two friends who share a passion for literature, literacy, and life in Louisiana. Both Carol Stubbs and Nancy Rust are wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and aunts, as well as avid readers and dedicated writers. Carol and Nancy are both members of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Writers’ Guild of Acadiana, Friends of the Library and Friends of the Humanities. They are also active volunteer teachers and tutors through VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) and do what they can to promote local public education and local schools.
Carol is also a member of the Louisiana Crafts Guild and the Lafayette Art Association. She is a potter who works with a group called the Cracked Pot Friends who put on two shows each year, volunteer at festivals and teach workshops for children. Carol has a BA in Journalism from Louisiana State University and a MEd from University of Louisiana in Lafayette. She has been a freelance writer for over 30 years and was an editor of Acadiana LifeStyle for three years. She has been a regular contributor to local publications and tourism guides in Acadiana and for many years edited and edited and wrote copy for a bi-annual Bridal Guide. She has published many features about the fascinating people and places in South Louisiana. Carol lives in Lafayette with her husband, Bill, one dog, Mickey, and two cats Mario and Ruthie.
Nancy has a BA in English from Western Kentucky University and MA and Education Specialist degrees from Louisiana State University. She grew up in Kentucky in a family of readers and has always loved literature and books. For twenty-five years, she taught reading and literature to secondary, elementary, and middle school students and to special populations of gifted and English-as-a-Second-Language students in Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona. During that time, she also sponsored yearbook and magazine publications, designed and implemented summer programs, presented at educational seminars and conferences, and wrote grants.
Nancy has written several books for her grandchildren and is in the process of completing a middle-grade novel. Her poetry has been published in a national publication and her fiction in the Jubilee Anthology. She lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, with her husband and her dog Truman.