Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series Contributors

Poetry, Healing, and Growth Book Series
Contributor Brief Biographies

Learn about the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Book Series and see all the books in the series by clicking here. Poet biographies are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Follow the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series on Facebook.

Katelyn Adams contributed poems to Stay Awhile.

Wade Agnew has poems featured in 2 volumes in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series, including Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Bruce Elliot Alford contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Joe Amaral contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Tiel Aisha Ansari contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Dori Appel poems have been widely published in magazines and anthologies, as well as in her collection of poems, Another Rude Awakening (Cherry Grove Collections). A playwright as well as a poet, she is the author of many published plays and monologues, and was the winner of the Oregon Book Award in Drama in 1998,1999, and 2001. She lives and writes in Ashland, Oregon. Her website is http://www.doriappel.com/. Dori has a poem included in Our Last Walk.

Daniel Ari writes, publishes, teaches, and performs poetry and has even started to provide one-on-one poetry consultation. His book One Way to Ask combines original poems in a new form called queron with art created or curated in collaboration with 67 artists including Roz Chast, R. Crumb, and Wayne White. He edited the first-ever, Richmond (California) Anthology of Poetry. Preview and order both books at norfolkpress.com or at Amazon. He contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

 

 

Carrie Arnold has poems featured in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Kim M. Baker: When she isn’t working at Cotuit Center for the Arts or writing poetry about big hair and Elvis, Kim works to end violence against women and end hunger.  A poet, playwright, photographer, and NPR essayist, Kim publishes and edits Word Soup, an online poetry journal that donates 100% of submission fees to food banks.  Kim’s chapbook of poetry, Under the Influence: Musings about Poems and Paintings, is now available from Finishing Line Press.  Kim’s photography has appeared in local and national art exhibits.  Kim helps organize the Wickford Art Association’s annual Poetry and Art show. Kim is currently working on a book of ekphrasis poems about the stories and portrayals of women in the paintings of female artists. Kim contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Samuel Ballou contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Richard Bargdill, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He taught for ten years at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.  He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from existential-phenomenological psychology program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  He has published works that address the issues of profound boredom, fate and destiny, and creativity. He teaches course on abnormal psychology, human development, history of psychology, and qualitative research. He is currently a board member of The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He began the Student Ambassador’s Program in which students from humanistic graduate programs act as liaisons with the Society of Humanistic Psychology through sharing information and opportunities. In addition, Dr. Bargdill has also published and won awards for his short poems and has won a number of awards for his visual artwork.  In 2009, his sculpture “I’m a tree chopped down everyday” was awarded 1st place in the 3D category at the official State Art Show of Pennsylvania. He has poems featured in several volumes in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, Our Last Walk, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Carol Barrett holds doctorates in both Clinical Psychology and Creative Writing. She teaches in the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University, and in the PhD program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University, where she coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate Program. Carol’s poems, essays, and scholarship appear in journals in the fields of psychology, literature, women’s studies, gerontology, religious studies, art and dance therapy, education, and medicine. Her book Calling in the Bones won the Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. Carol has numerous poems featured in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series, including Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Virginia Subia Belton has poems featured in Stay Awhile, Capturing ShadowsJourney of the Wounded Soul, Our Last Walk, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

David Benata was born in Gibraltar in 1946. He flunked out of school and started working in the family fashion clothing business at 14. When he next looked back it was 42 years later! He retired but was bored so started a silver Jewellery business.  That got him into designing, which he still does. He have always believed in the power of words. As an avid reader, it was almost natural to write. Poetry is the music of words that, when placed in the right rhyming order, creates a symphony of emotions. He  published a book of short stories “Death a la Carte” – under the unfortunate pen name of David B. Duke (Amazon e-books) and last year “HEAD, HEART & SOUL – 101 Illustrated Poems.” Being aware that poetry books rarely made best-sellers, he sent his poems off to artist friends  and each illustrated a poem in whichever way they interpreted their poem. The result was a very well received poetry (real) book he is rather chuffed about. When his poems were accepted by the editors of Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul, he was–and remains–honored and proud to be part of these amazing publications.

Annette Hope Billings RN, CCM, is an award-winning Kansas writer and performer known for her dynamic presentation of poetry and prose. Her fans have dubbed her “Maya of the Midwest.” She has published two books, “A Net Full of Hope” (2015), a collection of poetry and “Descants for a Daughter”(2016), a collection of affirmations. Her poetry is included in poetry anthologies “Our Last Walk: Using Poetry in Remembering and Grieving Our Pets” and “Gimme Your Lunch Money: Heartland Poets Respond To Poetry.” Her short story, “As Mercy Would Have It,” is included in the anthology, “Twisting Topeka” (2016). A variety of online and print publications also contain her work. Other creative activities include classroom poetry presentations for elementary to college-age students, numerous poetry performances, co-hosting a monthly open mic and voice-over work for the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. visit her website at http://anetfullofhope.com/. Annette’s poem is featured in Our Last Walk.

David Bilyeu contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Eylin Margarita Blake contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

LeesaMaree Bleicher contributed poems to Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Marna Broekhoff has taught English composition, literature, and ESL/EFL classes for half a century primarily at the University of Oregon in Eugene, first in the English Department and then in the American English Institute. Welcoming overseas opportunities, she has taught on every continent except Antarctica, missing the latter by only 500 miles in Patagonia.  Other assignments have included several years in both Japan and Turkey. On US State Department English Language assignments in Namibia in 2008 and in Chile in 2015, she created academic writing centers that are still alive today. An honors graduate of Stanford, she holds a PhD from the University of Michigan in English Language and Literature. Widowed in 1991, she remarried in 2007. Her three sons are now grown. Her dog Astro was her companion for 18 years. She now divides her time between Eugene and Tucson. A left-brain type, she is new to writing poetry. She has poems featured in Capturing Shadows and Our Last Walk.

Rodger E. Broome, PhD, has a poem included in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Joan Canby obtained her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been published  in California Quarterly, The Hawaiian Advertiser, Illya’s Honey, Texas Observer, Forces, Beginnings, New Voices, Cape Rock, Voices Project, Brevitas, Broken Plate, Main Street Rag and Thema.  She lives in Garland, Texas. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

J. Blair Cano contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Neil Carpathios contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Robert Carroll has poems featured in Our Last Walk.

Ann Cefola is author of Free Ferry (Upper Hand Press, 2017), Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014), St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). A Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency recipient, she also received the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery.  Her work appears in journals such as Feminist Studies and Natural Bridge, and translations in Eleven-Eleven, Exchanges, and Inventory among others.  For more about Ann, see www.anncefola.com and www.annogram.blogspot.com. Ann has has poems featured in Our Last Walk.

 

 

John Chavis contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Roxanne Christensen contributed poems to Stay Awhile.

Trent Claypool contributed a poem to Stay Awhile

Sheryl Clough contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Hans Cox has a poem featured in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Tess Crescini has a poem included in Stay Awhile.

Barbara Crooker is the author of eight books of poetry, including Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017) and The Book of Kells (Cascade Books, 2019).  Radiance, her first book, won the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and was finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance, her  second book, won the 2009 Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature. Her writing has received a number of awards, including the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work appears in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Common Wealth:  Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and The Bedford Introduction to Literature.  She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Moulin à Nef, Auvillar, France, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland.  Garrison Keillor has read her poems on The Writer’s Almanac, and she has read her poetry all over the country, including The Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing, The Austin International Poetry Festival, Poetry at Round top, The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival,  Glory Days: A Bruce Springsteen Symposium, and the Library of Congress. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Amanda Cudney contributed a poem to Stay Awhile.

Christine Holland Cummings contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Kylee Mabel Cushman, MFA, resides in Central Vermont. Her work (some under her given name “Kyle” Cushman) has appeared in The Rough Road Review, Opium Magazine, and Fiction Daily, as well as in the anthologies Writers and Artists Do Sleep (Red Claw Press), Wild Things (Outrider Press), and Our Last Walk: Using Poetry for Grieving and Remembering Our Pets. Kylee provides writing coaching and manuscript feedback and also teaches composition and literature courses as an adjunct professor. She plays bluegrass guitar and fiddle in her band Two Cents in the Till, and enjoys hiking, canoeing, and gardening. Kylee contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

 

Mary Davies Cole has a poem included in Our Last Walk.

Andrea Deerheart contributed poems Capturing Shadows.

Jason Dias, PsyD, is a doctor of clinical psychology (PsyD) who teaches graduate and undergraduate psychology. He is a cofounder of the Zhi Mian Institute for International Existential Psychology, frequently visiting China to deepen and extend international understanding of the existential and humanistic psychology. Seeking to bring existential ideas out of the ivory tower, he writes a column for aNewDomain and is also a novelist. Dr. Dias has poems featured in Stay Awhile and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

 

Patrick S. Dixon is a writer and photographer retired from careers in teaching and commercial fishing. Raised in Indiana, he grew up in Alaska and moved to Olympia, Washington in 1998. Published in Cirque Literary Journal, Oregon Coast, The Journal of Family Life, Oberon Poetry Journal, and Smithsonian, he is the poetry editor and a contributor for National Fisherman magazine and their quarterly, North Pacific Focus. He is a member of the FisherPoets organizing committee. He is the editor of The Fisherpoets Anthology: Anchored in Deep Water. His chapbook Arc of Visibility won the 2015 Alabama State Poetry Morris Memorial competition. His work may be seen at his website, Patrick Dixon, Writer, on his blog, Gillnet Dreams, and at the website he manages for the FisherPoets Gathering: IntheTote. Patrick has poems featured in Our Last Walk.

Amy Durant lives in New York’s Capital Region and works as a copyeditor for an award-winning daily newspaper and a theater reviewer for a weekly arts newspaper. Her most recent poetry has been published in Gingerbread House Literary Magazine, Sundog Lit, The Museum of Americana, Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal, and Fourth & Sycamore as well as the anthologies Full Moon and Foxglove and Our Last Walk. Her book of poetry Out of True was published in 2012. To read her work, go to http://bit.ly/2mlpusD. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

 

 

Matthew D. Eayre contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

David N. Elkins, PhD, has poems featured in Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Ronald V. Estrada contributed a poem to Stay Awhile.

Joel Federman, PhD, has a poem featured in Capturing Shadows.

Steve Fehl, PsyD, has poems featured in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Ferguson explores the intersectionality of cultures, class, and categorization. He promotes holistic, humanistic perspectives and the humanitarian philosophy through his works as a published writer, public health worker, youth worker, and aspiring pediatrician. A young intellectual global citizen, he has immersed himself in the international community to advance sustainable development. His journey toward self-actualization encompasses diverse endeavors, penning over a thousand poems, and collaborations with emerging talent: musicians, filmmakers, artists, writers. Efforts leading to the International Thespian Society bestowing upon him an award, for excellence in stage acting, as a student in high school. This recognition was the catalyst that awakened his cognitive spiritual journey expressed through the creative arts, extensive world travel, and humanitarian work. An awakening further heightened by his foray into the formal academic community. Rising out of poverty in rural Vermont presented firsthand challenges and opportunities. The cornerstone along his path to personal and social empowerment was built upon his intimate witness of poverty, addiction, and other impacts of inequitable policy. Unturning yet another form of spiritual struggle — identity, faith, religion, one’s concept of history, and existence — is his poem Immaculate Combustion included in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Ashley Finley contributed a poem Capturing Shadows.

Marilyn Flower contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Staci Fraley contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Patricia Frolander tries to balance family, ranching, and writing and has a passion for each of them. She owns her recently-deceased husband’s family ranch in the Black Hills of Wyoming. Still actively ranching, you may find her on a tractor or horse. Frolander has written two poetry books, Grassland Genealogy and Married Into It, that explain their forty-eight years of commitment to family, land, and livestock. She is at work on her third book. Her writing has garnered the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s coveted Wrangler Award for Best Poetry Book of 2012. The Willa Cather Award was given to Patricia by Women Writing the West, for Best Poetry Book as well.  She has been named Best Woman Writer by High Plains Book Awards. Frolander, widely published for nineteen years, is a Wyoming Poet Laureate Emeritus. She has a poem featured in Our Last Walk.

Nesreen (Alsoraimi) Frost has poems included in several volumes in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, Our Last Walk, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Susan Gabriel, MFA, is in the final stages of her Ph.D. in Psychology at Saybrook University. Along with publication in the anthology Capturing Shadows: Poetic Encounters along the Path of Grief and Loss, she was a winner of the Rollo May Scholarship for her essay, “Cry for the Mythic Artist: A Consideration of Archetypal Hero and Shaman Healer as part of May’s Legacy.” Her chapter, “Holistic Coaching for Mental Health,” will appear in the upcoming book edited by Fracasso, Krippner & Friedman titled A Mental Health Practitioner’s Guide to Holistic Treatments. In addition, Susan’s work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Baltimore Review, Heyday, Ayris, San Francisco Peace and Hope, and Sugar Mule, and she was a winner in the CBWF Poetry Prize for Women. Her short story “What she should have said” was published in the Social Justice issue of the Little Patuxent Review, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem “After 10 years of War.” As a Certified Coach and Mediator, she helps others live more authentic lives, and also works as an editor and professor. Please contact her at sgabrielle@saybrook.edu or at http://redearthwriting.com/. She contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Laura Gamble contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Keaneasha Garcia contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Levia Gee has a poem included in Stay Awhile.

Aarica Geitner has a poem included in Capturing Shadows.

Susan Claire Glass contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Mel Goldberg contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Larry Graber has poems featured in Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Aliya J’anai Granger has poems featured in Stay Awhile and Capturing Shadows.

Catherine Granger contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Nathaniel Granger, Jr., has poems featured in several volumes in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Stephen L. Granger contributed poems to Stay Awhile.

Glenn Graves contributed poems to Stay Awhile and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Tom Greening, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice that primarily works with military personnel and their families. His passion lies in working with clients who are learning to redefine their lives and create new meaning, especially those dealing with grief and loss in its many forms. Dr. Moats has two books to his credit and is working on a third, as well as numerous journal articles, poetry, and book chapters on various topics including existential psychology, multicultural issues in psychotherapy, international psychology, grief, and suicide. Dr. Greening has poems featured in several volumes of the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series, including Stay Awhile, Journey of the Wounded Soul, Our Last Walk, and Poems For and About Elders.

Dakota Gundy, PsyD, contributed poems to Stay Awhile, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Our Last Walk.

Laura A. Gundy, PsyD, contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Sean Gunning debut collection of verse, No Samaritan, was published by Tebot Bach in 2016. He has won poetry contests in California and Canada, and has been published in various anthologies and magazines in the U.S., Canada, and France.  Notable publications include Cadence Collective: Year One Anthology; Journey of the Wounded Soul: Poetic Companions for Spiritual Struggles; Long Beach, California—Past, Present & Future: The Anthology; San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly; Serving House Journal; and The Bastille (Paris, France). Sean’s poem “Waiting for Snow to Fall” was read by poets in Wales and New York during National Poetry Day (Oct. 6, 2016) in Great Britain. Learn more at www.seangunning.com. Sean has poems featured in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Victoria J. Hamdi contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Nicole Hamlin contributed a poem to Stay Awhile.

Candice Hershman, PhD, is featured in several volumes of the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Dan Hocoy, PhD, has served as an academic administrator for the past few years, including President of Antioch University, Seattle.  Dan failed in his efforts to become a Catholic priest and settled for being a licensed clinical psychologist instead. He is author to numerous publications that intersect culture, social change, and psychology. Dan is particularly obsessed with the transformative power of art as well as the notion of synchronicity and spends an inordinate amount of time trying to get the Universe to conform to his personal desires. Dan has poems featured in Stay Awhile, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Joy L. S. Hoffman, PhD, has poems included in Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, and Our Last Walk.

Louis Hoffman, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, professor, and poet. He has edited several scholarly volumes and several volumes of poetry that are part of the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Book Series. He is a faculty member at Saybrook University where he teaches the courses, Poetry, Healing, and Growth and The Use of Poetry with Death, Loss, and Life Transitions. Dr. Hoffman is a fellow of the American Psychological Association as well as 3 divisions of the APA, including the Society for the Study of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. More information on Dr. Hoffman’s writing can be found at his website (www.louis-hoffman.com). You can follow Dr. Hoffman and his writing also at his author Facebook page. Louis Hoffman contributed poems to several volumes in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, Our Last Walk, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Kristen Beau Howard contributed poems to Journey of the Wounded Soul and Our Last Walk.

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s poetry has appeared in The Lyric, Trinacria, VerseWisconsin, The Alabama Literary Review, Caduceus, Mandragora (Scarlet Imprint), Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Re-visions, Discussions (Marion Street Press) and many other places.  Her work has been nominated for both “The Best of the Net” and The Pushcart Prize. Her fourth and latest book is Remind Me (Ancient Cypress Press). She lives on a farm, nestled besides a dark forest, in Deep Cascadia.  You can learn more about what makes her tick here. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

 

 

Anne Y.J. Hsu contributed poems Capturing Shadows and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Jyl Anais Ion is a visual artist and poet working at the intersections of a variety of media. Her work appears in Anthony Award nominated Protectors 2: Heroes, Journey of the Wounded Soul, Connoisseurs of Suffering, and will appear in Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry this year. Jyl has worked as an advocate for victims of child abuse in the court system and with law enforcement as a medium on missing persons and murder investigations. Originally from Trinidad, she now lives in the United States where she nurtures orchids and faces the blank page. Find her on twitter @jylanaision. Jyl contributed poems to Our Last Walk and Connoisseurs of Suffering

Elizabeth Kerlikowske contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Betz King contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Grace Harlow Klein contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Laurie Kolp lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She has recently returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus during which she published a full-length collection of poetry, Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing), and chapbook Hello, it’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared or are upcoming in Rust + Moth, concis, Bracken, Up the Staircase, The Leveler, PITH, and more. Laurie’s poem, “In a Fallen World,” recently won the Front Porch Journal’s Ekphrasis challenge, and her winning poems have been published twice in Writer’s Digest. Lover of running, almonds, and key lime pie, Laurie is forever in search of the best word. Learn more about Laurie at www.lauriekolp.com. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Edward Korber, PhD,  has a poem featured in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Rozann Kraus, recently Resident Choreographer at the Central Square Theater, has served on the on the faculties of the Yale School of Drama, New England Conservatory of Music, and Boston University. In 1991, she founded The Dance Complex in Cambridge MA, rescuing the historic Odd Fellows Hall, creating a center for the movement arts in New England.  Winner of an Artists Foundation Choreography Fellowship (MA), a Fellowship from Ohio, Live Arts Boston Grant, the Paul Robeson Award, an award from WILPF, and Arts Lottery Grants from five cities, she’s had many commissions, including from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, The Yale Art Gallery, Composers in Red Sneakers, and (for 9 consecutive years) Boston’s First Night. Touring as teacher, choreographer, and performer, Ms. Kraus has been a guest choreographer at MIT, the Cambridge School of Weston, and Tufts University, and was an Artist in Residence at Clark University and many other institutions. A community activist (irritant), her first poem was published in Genesis (1988) and her most recent wordful work is as the editor of Between the Lanes newsletter for the swim community in New England. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Katherine Kreil-Sarkar contributed poems Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Molly Kruger contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Veronica Lac, PhD, has poems featured in Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Our Last Walk.

Emily Lasinsky, MA, is a counselor, artist, and writer from Pennsylvania. She combines her counselor training and creative passions to join others as they create the next chapters of their healing stories. She collaborates with community agencies, schools, and non-profit organizations to offer creative wellness workshops and educate others about mental health issues. Emily displays her art and poetry to initiate conversations about mental health concerns and normalize them as part of the human experience. Much of her creative inspiration stems from nature, the human condition, and meeting diverse people. Her current counseling and research interests include cross-cultural counseling, spiritual issues in counseling, and creative approaches to counseling. Art and poetry play a major role in Emily’s self-care, and she hopes to encourage others to tap into the healing power of their creativity. She is grateful to have her work among many other respectable artists, poets, and mental health professionals in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Book Series. To view Emily’s artwork, check out: Art Expressions by Emily Lasinsky on Facebook. Emily contributed poems to several volumes in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, Our Last Walk, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Tamiko Lemberger-Truelove has poems featured in Stay Awhile and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Erica Loberg was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BA in English from Columbia University. Erica won the IPPY Award for Most Outstanding Original Concept for her book Screaming at the Void in 2016, and her work continues to be celebrated in books from around the world. For more on Erica check out her YouTube channel. She contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

 

 

Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author and essayist.  Her eleventh chapbook, Where the Meadowlark Sings, won the 2014 Encircle Publication’s Chapbook Contest. Her newest collection, Tripping with the Top Down, will be released from Foothills Publishing this spring.  Other work has received the Women’s National Book Association’s Poetry Prize Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England for Stroking David’s Leg and the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest winner award for Red for the Funeral.  Ellaraine teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

B. M. Lyon contributed poems to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Beverly Magovern has poems featured in Capturing Shadows.

Cahterine A. MacKenzie contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Ted Mallory has poems featured in Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Lorraine Mangione PhD is a professor of Psychology and Director of Practica at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire, and teaches doctoral students in the Department of Clinical Psychology. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University and her doctorate is from the University of Kansas.  Teaching, clinical, and research interests include group therapy, creativity and the self, psychodynamic and relational frameworks, clinical supervision, loss and grief, poetry and identity development, women and the midlife transition, mentoring, and clinical training. She has written on relationships and meaning-making in Bruce Springsteen’s work for several years and is now focusing on his significance to his female fans.  Her book with Dr. Donna DiCello, Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America, based on interviews with over 50 women, several of them published poets, writers, and artists, was published in 2015.  Presenting on and engaging in conversation with people on the issues included in this book such as loss and mourning, father and daughter relationships, Italian American culture, the role of all cultures in families and loss, stereotypes, and religion and spirituality is at the center of her work right now.  Poetry and spirituality have sustained her since childhood.  Lorraine has poems featured in Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Monica Mansilla, PhD, contributed poems to Stay Awhile and Capturing Shadows.

From English teacher to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin, PhD, has journeyed from New Jersey to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and perfect summers. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK including “Stirring,” “CALYX,” “Persimmon Tree,” “How Higher Education Feels,” and “Antiphon.” Her third collection, Thin Places, is slated for release by Aldrich Press in Fall 2017. Carolyn contributed poems to Our Last Walk.

Andrew Shattuck McBride contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Chelsea McCarty contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Natalia Mello contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Robin Michel contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Amy Miller’s writing has appeared in literary journals such as  Bellingham Review, Nimrod, Permafrost, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA as well as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fine Gardening, and The Poet’s Market. She won the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition, judged by Tony Hoagland, the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize from Cultural Weekly, and the Kay Snow Award for Fiction, and has been a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize and the 49th Parallel Award. Her most recent poetry chapbooks are I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press), Rough House (White Knuckle Press), and White Noise Lullaby (Cyclone Press). A longtime book editor, she lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and blogs at writers-island.blogspot.com. Amy’s has a poem feature in Our Last Walk.

 

Jesse S. Moats contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Michael Moats, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice that primarily works with military personnel and their families. His passion lies in working with clients who are learning to redefine their lives and create new meaning, especially those dealing with grief and loss in its many forms. Dr. Moats has two books to his credit and is working on a third, as well as numerous journal articles, poetry, and book chapters on various topics including existential psychology, multicultural issues in psychotherapy, international psychology, grief, and suicide. Dr. Moats has poems featured in several volumes of the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Our Last Walk.

Judith H. Montgomery contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Dave Morehouse contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Lylanne Musselman has poems featured in Our Last Walk.

Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD, has poems featured in Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan has a poem included in Capturing Shadows.

Alexandra O’Toole contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Nick Owen contributed poems to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, VA now lives in University Place, WA. He is retired military, retired FAA, and now just plain retired. Carl, president of The Tacoma Writers Club and Franciscan Hospice volunteer, is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever. To see more stories of poetry and prose, Google: Carl Papa Palmer. He has poems featured in Our Last Walk and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

 

 

Erica Palmer, PsyD, contributed poems to Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Carrie Pate contributed poems to Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, and Connoisseurs of Suffering.

Ericka Pate contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Jackie Peters contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Laurie Phillips has a poem included in Capturing Shadows.

Heidi Pinson contributed a poem to Stay Awhile.

Shelly Lynn Pizzuto contributed poems to Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Yasna C. Provine has poems included in Stay Awhile and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Juanita Ratner contributed poems to Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Nance Reynolds discovered the joy and reward of writing poetry a few years ago. Living in the lush and colorful Northwest, much of her work has origins in the natural world. Nance spent younger years raising a family and learning about humanity from her view as an RN in psychiatric and women’s services units. Exploring artistic expression and recognizing the power of our creative spirit has been a significant theme throughout her life. Blending visual and kinesthetic curiosity led her to the field of dance and choreography as a young woman and presently she is a therapist, active yoga practitioner, writer of poetry, and beginning tapestry artist. Nance has her MSW from Portland State University and is an Existential-Humanistic psychotherapist in Portland and Eugene Oregon. She attended Saybrook University to study Existential-Humanistic Psychology.  She contributed poems to Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, Journey of the Wounded Soul, and Our Last Walk.

Kat V. Rosemond contributed poems to Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Melinda Rothouse has a poem included in Capturing Shadows.

Shawn Rubin, PsyD, is licensed psychologist in private practice. He teaches and supervises from an integrative existential-humanistic and contemporary psychoanalytic orientation. He serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and is President of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32). Dr. Rubin is certified in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.  He previously served as the Coordinator of Clinical Services to Children & Families at Catholic Social Services of Wayne County in Detroit. In his private practice, Dr. Rubin treats children and their parents, adolescents, adults and LGBTQ populations. He contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.

Monir Saleh contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Enid Shomer contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Sally Showalter has a poem included in Our Last Walk.

Michelle Sideroff was born in 1987.  Michelle Sideroff grew up in a blended family with the background of Linda Ronstadt’s Spanish ballads and the hits of Dino. In 2005 on the tail of a dime, Michelle Sideroff journeyed toward entrapment in New Mexico from the City of Roses.  Along this road they call vida, her passion for writing was ignited with the contradictions of her silence paling in comparison to the loudness on paper as she and her pen danced to their rhythm. Michelle Sideroff found her calling as a therapist and her career is focused on caring for people with trauma. Michelle’s world is a library filled with thousands of diverse journeys of inspiring and thriving travelers.  The heartbeat and pulse behind Michelle’s writing is offering a nurturing and accepting space where trauma, vulnerability, struggles, strengths, pain, love, compassion, and growth can coexist. She contributed poems to Stay Awhile and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Tracy Lee Sisk contributed poems Capturing Shadows and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

J. D. Smith has a poems included in Our Last Walk.

Steven K. Smith contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Maura Snell has a poem featured in Our Last Walk.

Betsy Snider is a retired attorney who lives on a lake in rural New Hampshire with her cat Sophie and the ghosts of her many dogs.  When she is not swimming or hiking, she writes poetry and has volunteered as a CASA Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children. She was first published in the ground-breaking anthology, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (Naiad Press, 1985).  She is a winner of the 2015 Blue Light Book Award for her book of poems, Hope is a Muscle (Blue Light Press, 2015). Her poetry has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, most recently in Amore: Love Poems (Imagination Press, 2016); Our Last Walk (University Professors Press, 2016); River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century (Blue Light Press, 2015); Poet Showcase (Hobblebush Press, 2015); and Love Over 60: an anthology of women’s poems (Mayapple Press, 2010).  Like Kay Ryan, Betsy grew up wanting to be a stand-up comic or folk singer.  But she still can’t remember punch lines or stay on key.  For more information, visit her website, betsysnider.com. Betsy had a poem included in Our Last Walk.

Sandy Stark contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Diana Norma Szokolyai is a writer and Executive Artistic Director of Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. She is author of the poetry collections Parallel Sparrows (honorable mention for Best Poetry Book in the 2014 Paris Book Festival) and Roses in the Snow (first runner-­up Best Poetry Book at the 2009 DIY Book Festival). She has a hybrid piece called “Affirmations of a Romani Woman” forthcoming in an anthology of Romani Feminist writing. She has collaborated with several musicians and composers. Her poetry-music collaboration with Flux Without Pause led to their piece “Space Mothlight” hitting #16 on the Creative Commons Hot 100 list in 2015, and is curated in WFMU’s Free Music Archive. Szokolyai’s work has been recently reviewed by The London Grip and published in The Fiction Project, Quail Bell Magazine, Lyre Lyre, The Fiction Project, The Boston Globe, Dr. Hurley’s Snake Oil Cure, and Up the Staircase Quarterly, as well as anthologized in Our Last Walk, The Highwaymen NYC #2, Other Countries: Contemporary Poets Rewiring History, Always Wondering, International Who’s Who in Poetry 2012 and Teachers as Writers. She is currently at work on three books and recording an album of poetry & music. She contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Sofia L. Taylor is a consultant and author specializing in marketing, management, psychology, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Since 2000, Ms. Taylor has founded a business, worked in advertising, and worked in clinical psychology settings as a research assistant and psychological assessment technician. Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration in Marketing from ITESM, an MBA from UDEM, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. In addition, Ms. Taylor is certified by Harvard University in Technologies of Education and by Georgetown University in Project Management. She is a chef by Culinart, culinary school, and has studied corporate image and visual arts. Ms. Taylor has been a member of the American Psychological Association and is a Founding Member of MALI – Mexican American Leadership Initiative, a part of the US Mexico Foundation. She is also the recipient of the CONACYT scholarship award. Currently, Ms. Taylor is working on her doctoral dissertation focusing on existential entrepreneurship. She resides with her husband and dog in Alexandria, VA. You can follow her on LinkedIn. Her poem “Our Angel” was recently published in the book Our Last Walk.

 

Amelia Isabel Torres has poems included in Stay Awhile and Capturing Shadows.

Lisa Vallejos, PhD, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and holds a Master of Arts from Regis University and a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal psychology from Saybrook University. Lisa has served on the board of directors of the Society for Humanistic Psychology as a student representative, serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and is active in many initiatives and task forces. Lisa is a professor, consultant, and writer whose work has been seen on Fox, CNN, elephant journal, and many other popular sites. Lisa is a published writer, poet, and artist and is the founder of Gabriel’s Gift, a 501©3 that supports families with a child who has a congenital heart defect. Lisa has poems featured in Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, and Our Last Walk.

 

Manu Ibaoglu Vaughn contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Claire Vogel Camargo has a poem included in Our Last Walk.

Joan Wiese Johannes contributed poems to Our Last Walk.

Robin Winter contributed a poem to Our Last Walk.

Elizabeth Wolfson has poems featured in Stay Awhile.

Ken Wolman is a retired technical writer and teacher from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. He holds a PhD in English from Binghamton University (1976), and has been writing and publishing poetry only since 1990. He was awarded a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship in 1995. He contributed poems to Our Last Walk.

 

 

Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, contributed poems to several volumes of the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series including Stay Awhile, Capturing Shadows, and Journey of the Wounded Soul.

Hajnalka Kurti Woosley is an author, educator, and mother of a brilliant fourth grader. Born in Romania, she earned her Elementary Teaching Degree from Colegiul National Ioan Slavici in Szatmárnémeti and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling, and making pottery. She is an active volunteer counselor for a local Community Outreach Project designed to provide emotional and educational support for single mothers and their children. She resides in Brandermill, Virginia with her son. Hajnalka contributed a poem to Journey of the Wounded Soul.

 

Sherri Wright lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, after a career in education at universities and the Federal government. Running, yoga, and volunteering at a center for people experiencing homelessness, all figure into her writing. Her work has been published in a variety of online and print journals and recently in three books: What I Didn’t Know, District Lines Volume IV and Our Last Walk (from the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series).

Marilyn Zelke-Windau contributed a poems to Our Last Walk.