Board Member

Larry Greenly


Armed with degrees in physics/math, architecture, civil engineering, and chiropractic, Larry Greenly has led a multi-faceted life as a teacher, engineer, and doctor of chiropractic. His career as a freelance writer/editor of myriad non-fiction articles began over 30 years ago with a long-running medical column in professional journals. Along the way, Greenly garnered a number of writing awards and recognition, including the Parris Award and others.

His book, Eugene Bullard: World's First Black Fighter Pilot, won a Silver Medal in the 2016 MWSA book contest, was named a 2015 Booklist Top Ten Multicultural Nonfiction Book for Youth, won a Gold Medal in the 2014 National Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, won Best Young Adult Book in the 2014 NM/AZ Book Awards, was a finalist in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southwest Region Crystal Kite Award, earned a starred review from the American Library Association (ALA) and earned a recommendation from Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA).

Over the last three decades, Greenly has edited and proofread many books for other writers. He has been a writing instructor and speaker for years at various organizations around the country. Greenly is a book judge for several writing organizations. And he is a member of MWSA, SouthWest Writers, and SCBWI.

His wide board experience includes three terms as president of the Albuquerque Press Club, a decade as a board member of NM Physicians of Chiropractic Medicine, and four terms as president of SouthWest Writers (with multiple terms of every position on SWW’s board since 1992 except treasurer). Greenly has also been SWW’s office manager since 2004, but he expects to retire soon to devote more time to writing and other writing-related activities.

Greenly wants to help MWSA grow and prosper in any way he can. He currently lives in New Mexico.  

Phil Keith


Phil Keith holds a degree in history from Harvard. After graduating, Phil went into the Navy and served in Vietnam. He was awarded the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal.

After his wartime service, Phil rose to the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve and is also a licensed US Coast Guard Master’s Mate. As a business executive, he worked for two Fortune 500 firms and is a former assistant professor of business at Long Island University. Since 2007 Phil has been an adjunct instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching marketing and writing courses.

Phil has authored three novels and five nonfiction books to date. His two Vietnam books are both from St. Martin’s Press: Blackhorse Riders won the 2012 USA Book News award for Best Military Non-Fiction, was a finalist for the 2013 Colby Award and earned a Silver Medal from Military Writers Society of America. His second Vietnam book, Fire Base Illingworth, was released in 2013. Stay the Rising Sun (Quarto Publishing, 2016), is an account of the crucial WW II Battle of the Coral Sea and the loss of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington  in May, 1942. Stay the Rising Sun won a Bronze Medal from The Military Writers Society and was a finalist for the 2016 Morison Award for Naval Literature. Phil is currently working on two new books: Long Hank, a biographic novel on General Henry W. "Long Hank" Lawton, and Love and Glory, the biography of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American fighter pilot (co-written with best-selling author Tom Clavin), under contract to HarperCollins.  

Phil serves on the planning board for the Town of Southampton, writes an award-winning column for the Southampton Press, and is a member of VFW Post 5350, American Legion Post 924, the Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. He lives in Southampton with his partner Laura Lyons and son Pierce.

John Cathcart


A lifetime member, John Cathcart has been involved with MWSA for over 10 years—initially as webmaster, and for the past two seasons as awards director. Before joining MWSA, he served 20 years on active duty in the USAF as pilot and in various staff positions. After retiring from the Air Force at the rank of Lt Col, he flew 737s for American Airlines. While flying for American, he wrote his award-winning debut novel, Delta 7. Now that he’s retired, John would like to continue working with MWSA and ensuring that it remains relevant and useful to veteran writers and their families.