Sean O'Leary is the author of seven plays. Pound, about poet Ezra Pound and his confinement at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital, premiered at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C., and starred Christopher Lloyd in an off-Broadway production. Walt Whitman’s Secret, an adaptation of the novel by George Fetherling, premiered at the Frank Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Valu-Mart, the winner of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award for plays confronting racial and ethnic issues, premiered at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. Beneath Shelton Laurel, which told the tale of a Civil War-era massacre of civilians in Western North Carolina, was commissioned by and premiered at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre and won a National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence grant. Rain in the Hollows (Claudie Hukill), set in the coal-blackened hollers of West Virginia, received its professional premiere at Tri-State Actors Theater in New Jersey. O’Leary’s first play, Wine to Blood, was produced by Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. O’Leary is the 2004 winner of the West Virginia Commission on the Arts Fellowship for drama and is listed on Fairmont State University’s “West Virginia Literary Map.” He lives in Indianola, Wash.