Margaret’s Vita


165 Constitution Street
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 254-0883 (Business Communication) (Literary Communication)


1982 – Present
President, VERBLE, WORTH & VERBLE, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky

2015- Present


  • Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. English Education, University of Kentucky
  • B.A. English, University of Kentucky


Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2016.

Martin Koke Award for dedication and commitment to the Gift of Sight Program, San Diego Eye Bank. March 2001.


  • “Telephone Requests for Donation: The Concerns Expressed by Families and the Impact of the Donor Registry.” Progress in Transplantation. 2013;23(1):92-98.
  • “Addressing the Unintended Adverse Consequences of First Person Consent and Donor Registries.” Progress in Transplantation, 2012;22(1):25-32.
  • Culture Change Initiatives in the Procurement of Organs in the United Kingdom.Transplantation Proceeding. 2009;41(5):1459-1462.
  • Requesting Tissue Donation. Emergency Nurse. 2009;16(10):22-25.
  • Cultural Sensitivity in the Donation Conversation. Progress in Transplantation.2003;13(1):33-37.
  • A Multiethnic Study of the Relationship between Fears and Concerns and Refusal Rates. Progress in Transplantation. 2002;12(3):185-190.
  • Overcoming Families’ Fears and Concerns in the Donation Discussion. Progress in Transplantation. 2000;10(3):155-160.
  • Fears and Concerns Expressed by Families in the Donation Discussion. Progress in Transplantation. 2000;10(1):48-55.
  • Dealing with the Fear of Mutilation in the Donation Discussion. Journal of Transplant Coordination. 1999;9(1):54-56.
  • Adequate Consent: Its Content in the Donation Conversation. Journal of Transplant Coordination. 1998;8(2):99-104.
  • Procurement Professionals: Their Reservations and Preferences Regarding the Donation of Specific Organs and Tissues. J. of Transplant Coordination. 1997;7(3):111-115.
  • Biases for and against the Donation of Specific Organs and Tissues: Implications for the Donation Conversation and the Education of Hospital Personnel. J. of Transplant Coordination. 1997;7(2):72-77.
  • The Case Against More Public Education to Promote Organ Donation. J. of Transplant Coordination. 1996;6(4):200-203.
  • Attitudes toward the Donation of Specific Anatomical Gifts: Implications for the Donation Conversation and Attrition Rates among Procurement Professionals. J. of Transplant Coordination. 1994;4(3):139-145.
  • Tissue Procurement: Family Counseling. In Corneal Surgery:  Theory, Technique, and Tissue. Edited by Frederick S. Brightbill, M.D. 2nd ed. St. Louis. C.V. Mosby, 1993, with Judy Worth. pp. 694-699.
  • How to Encourage Self-Discipline. Learning. 1985;August 85(14):40-42.
  • Dealing in Discipline, A Review by the Author. Viewpoints in Teaching and Learning. 1982;Spring(58):44-46.
  • Tackling Sunday School Discipline. Christianity Today. 1982;January (26):18-20. (Reprinted in Sunday School Counselor, Assemblies of God, February, 1983.)
  • The Law and Classroom Discipline. American Educator. 1981;Spring(5):22-25. (Anthologized in MacNamara, Donal.  Criminal Justice.  Sluice Dock, Guildford, CT:  Dushkin Publishing Group, 1982.)
  • Evaluating the Quality of Teaching. Peabody Journal of Education. 1979;January(56):77-82.
  • Snakehandling. English Journal. 1978;February(67):42-45.
  • Training in Educational Techniques for Future Pharmacy Educators.
  • American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education. 1976;August(40):36-37.
  • Education’s Wax Museum. English Journal. 1976;May(65):28-33.  (Anthologized in Judy, Stephen and Judy, Susan.  The English Teacher’s Handbook. Cambridge, MA:  Winthrop Publishers, 1979.)
  • Emotional Distance and the Narration of Legend. The Journal of American Folklore. 1975;July-September(88):296-299.


(Authored under both Margaret Verble and Haden Verble )

  • “Finding Cherokee America:Deciphering My Convoluted Family history,”  Literary Hub. date, Feb.19,2019.)
  • Cherokee America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Feb., 2019.
  • “The Short, Sad Life of an Unsuccessful Novelist,” Authors Guild Bulletin, Winter, 2017:23-24.
  • “Owen Binder,” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, December, 2015: 46(3):189-194.
  • Maud’s Line. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. July, 2015. (2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction).
  • “Feeding the Ducks,” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Spring, 2014; 45(1):44-53.
  • “Since the Shawnee,” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Spring, 2013; 44(1):34-40.
  • “The Million Miler,” Whistling Shade. Spring-Summer, 2013:24-27.
  • “Cold Water on Blood,” Crack the Spine, January 15, 2013;51:15-30.  Anthologized in Spring, 2013 Print Edition: 30-37.                                                               
  • “Mama’s Molors,” Prime Mincer. 2012;2(1):84-86.
  • “The Teller,” Arkansas Review. 2012;43(1):30-37.
  • “Pork Today,” Grey Sparrow Journal. Winter, 2012;9:72-73.
  •  “How She Disappeared,” Midwest Literary Magazine. September, 2011. Anthologized in Broken Spades. Ed. Anthony Shields. The Quiet Press. 2011; 1: 97-114.


  • “Public Education, Registries and More Donations.” Getting to Yes II: Maximizing authorization to save and improve more lives. Gift of Life –Michigan. Ann Arbor; November, 2015.
  • “Cross-Pollination: Applying Lessons Back & Forth Across The Pond.” North American Transplant Coordinators Organization 39th Annual Meeting. San Antonio: August, 2014
  • “Asking families for Tissue Donations: The Best Approach.” British Association for Tissue Banking. XVIIIth Annual Scientific Meeting. Belfast, Northern Ireland; May, 2010.
  • “The New British Approach Model.” The National Organ Donation Collaborative Learning Session 8, National Institute of Clinical Studies/National Health and Medical Research Council. Melbourne, Australia; November 2008.
  • “Facilitating Organ Donation in Hospitals: Directives from Research.”Renal Association/ British Transplantation Society Joint Congress. Belfast, Northern, Ireland; April, 2005.
  • “Getting Defensible Consents: Lessons from the McKown Case.”American Association of Tissue Banks 27th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. August 2003.
  • “Performance Appraisal: Turning a Necessary Evil into a Positive Force.” North American Transplant Coordinators Organization 26th Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA; July, 2001.
  • “Reasons for Consents and Refusals: Ethnic Differences.”North American Transplant Coordinators Organization 26th Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA; July, 2001.
  • “Prerequisites for Fostering Successful Organ Donation Initiatives.”Organ and Tissue Donation for Transplantation National Conference. Toronto, ON, Canada; April 20, 2001.
  • “Strategies to Uncover and Address Family Concerns in Donation Conversations.”Canadian Association of Transplantation Annual Scientific Meeting. Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada; March 2001.
  • “Mutilation Fears in Procurement Professionals.” American Association of Tissue Banks Annual Meeting. New Orleans; August, 1998.
  • “Mystical Thinking and the Consent Process.” North American Transplant Coordinators Organization 23rd Annual Meeting. New York City; August, 1998.
  • “Why People Say ‘No” and What Can and Cannot be Done About It.”
  • Transplant Coordinators Organization 22nd Annual Meeting.  Minneapolis; July, 1997.“Providing Families with Informed Consent for Organ and Tissue Donation.” Canadian Association of Transplantation and Canadian Transplant Society Joint Annual Meeting. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; September, 1996.
  • “Approaching Families about Donation.” North American Transplant Coordinators Organization 8th Annual Meeting. San Antonio; July, 1982.


  • Partnering with Physicians to Increase Organ Donation Rates. Group Leaders’ Guide and Participants’ Guide, (Michigan Gift of Life OPO and Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2004).
  • “Where Do I Begin?.. approaching families about organ and tissue donation. Leader’s Guide and videotape.(Nashville: MedScene, 1987.)
  • Organ Procurement: A Professional Approach. Revised Ed. Lexington: College of Allied Health Professions, University of KY. 1982. (With Judy Worth.)
  • Instructional Skills for Health Care EducatorsUniversity of Kentucky:  CLRAH, 1979. (With Betty Taylor.)
  • Handbook of Teaching Skills. University of Kentucky: College of Education, 1976. (With Betty Taylor.)
  • 53 Educational Television Programs and Videotapes, including Dealing in Discipline (1980), a 12-program television series, a student study guide, and an instructor’s manual for a 500-level course taught both nationally and in Australia.
  • 14 various instructors’ guides, manuals, and DVDs. (Details upon request.)


1/18 – 6/19

  • Donor Alliance, Denver
  • Gift of Life Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, Miami
  • LifeNet Health, Richmond, VA
  • LifeSharing, San Diego
  • Nevada Donor Network
  • San Diego Eye Bank
  • Translife Organ & Tissue Donation Services, Maitland, FL


  • American Association of Tissue Banks
  • Authors Guild
  • Cherokee Historical Society
  • Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Historical Society
  • North American Transplant Coordinators’ Organization
  • Western Writers of America


  • Civil Service Commission, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, 2002-2010.
  • Chair, 2004 – 2010; 2012-16; Reappointed for 2016-2020. Chair, 2016-


Revised 6/2019