Margaret’s Vita


1073 Turkey Foot Road
Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 268-8994 (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, Reading the West Adult Fiction Award, 2020

Spur Award Winner, Best Traditional Western Novel, 2020

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.

1990 Award for Excellence (as a writer) for Best Audio-Visual/Videotape and Film, Council of Rural Electrical Communicators.


  • A study of Concerns of Families of Potential Donation After Circulatory Death Donors and Recommendations for Raising Donation Rates. Transplantation Proceedings. 2020;52: 2867-2876. DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2020.08.009
  • 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 )

  • When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In Press. Release Date: Oct., 12, 2021.
  • “Squanto: The Essay,” Mayflower Portraits, BBC Radio 3, Sept. 15, 2020.
  • “Finding Cherokee America: Deciphering My Convoluted Family history,” Literary Hub.
  • Cherokee America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 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.


  • “Manifest Destiny, Sanctioned Stealing.” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference and Bookfair. San Antonio; March, 2020.
  • “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.)


7/19 – 12/20

  • Donor Alliance, Denver
  • Gift of Life Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Life Connection of Ohio
  • San Diego Eye Bank


  • 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, 2016-2020


Revised 1/2021