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.
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..
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 lives in Bend, OR with his wife and two dogs. After retiring from college and university librarianship, he runs trails and roasts coffee. He loves to spend time on the Oregon coast and lives to write after a morning beach walk. David contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.
Eylin Margarita Blake contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.
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.
Jeremy Cantor began writing shortly before retiring from a career in laboratory chemistry. He has made and tested engine oil additives, detergents, and pharmaceuticals; driven a forklift; worked in a full-body acid-proof hazmat suit; tried to keep his fingers working in a walk-in freezer at -40°F; and worked behind radiation shielding. He prefers writing. Jeremy was a semi-finalist in the competition for the 2016 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in ISLE (Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (published in conjunction with Oxford University Press), Canary, The Naugatuck River Review, Ithaca Lit, and other journals. His debut collection, Wisteria From Seed, with a foreword by former Boston Globe Arts/Classical Music correspondent Michael Manning, was published in 2015 by Kelsey Books. Mr. Manning has said of his work, “Jeremy’s mastered the stealth epiphany–a figure walking toward you in a mist, becoming gradually visible and more lately discernible, finally, fully present.” He contributed a poem to Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
SuzAnne C. Cole, MA, Stanford, former college English instructor, enjoys being a wife, mother, and grandmother; traveling and hiking the world; and writing from a studio in the Texas Hill Country. She’s been both a juried and featured poet at the Houston Poetry Fest and once won a haiku contest in Japan. Her poetry and short fiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her book To Our Heart’s Content: Meditations for Women Turning Fifty was published by Contemporary. She’s also published more than 450 essays, short fiction, plays, and poetry in venues ranging from Newsweek, Baltimore Sun, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News to literary and commercial journals and many anthologies. Recent poetry publications and acceptances include Binnacle, Zingara Poetry Picks, Poetry Saved My Life, Ekphrastic Review, Poetry & Place 2015, Binnacle, Gloom Cupboard, and Vineleaves, Texas Poetry Calendar 2015 and Postcard Poems. She creates because she doesn’t think it’s a choice; it’s a calling—writers must put into words what others feel, but cannot articulate. Writing is sometimes a pleasure, often a necessity, and sometimes, but not often, an agony. She can be reached at email@example.com. SuzAnne has a poem featured in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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, PhD, is the passionate founder of The HeartWay, a non-profit foundation dedicated to Embracing life and Honoring Death. Using wisdom gathered from decades of guiding the living and dying; physically, spiritually, and psychologically, Andrea has provided loving care and healing for those on the journey of conscious living and dying. Her primary work and teaching focuses on issues related to aging, radiant well-being, death and dying, as well as grief and loss, and mindful and compassionate care. She also offers diverse programs emphasizing the relevance that the lessons learned near death have for living a more loving and compassionate life. Andrea has a very diverse education background beginning at San Diego State with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Sociology. Her studies took a dramatic shift after she became a Hospice volunteer and social worker. She completed her first Masters in Counseling Psychology and continued to Doctoral work at Pacifica Graduate Institute. There her years of study focused on mythology, depth psychology, comparative religions, death, dying, and beyond. She is a sought-after consultant, writer, and poet. She 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
F.I. Goldhaber, as a reporter, editor, business writer, and marketing communications consultant, has produced news stories, feature articles, essays, editorial columns, and reviews for newspapers, corporations, governments, and non-profits in five states. Now her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews appear in paper, electronic, and audio magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, anthologies, and street signs. Her work appears in publications such as Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Gold Man Review, In Our Own Voices, The Rambler Magazine, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, Every Day Poets, Poetry for the Masses, Soul-Lit, A Quiet Courage, and Diverse Voices Quarterly. Her fourth poetry collection, Food / Family / Friends, releases in May, 2017. http://www.goldhaber.net/. She has a poem included in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
Catherine Granger contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.
Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD, is an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Pikes Peak Community College. He is the current Secretary and, more recently, President-elect of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32) and Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association. Dr. Granger is a sought after speaker with several publications, presentations, workshops, and keynotes to his credit. Dr. Granger is founder and director of Be REAL Ministries, Inc., a faith-based non-profit organization devoted to Making a Difference for REAL People with REAL Issues, particularly the homeless population as well as other disenfranchised groups. Dr. Granger 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Molly Kruger contributed a poem to Capturing Shadows.
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.
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.
John C. Mannone has work in Blue Fifth Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Intima, Amsterdam Quarterly, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, Inscape Literary Journal, Baltimore Review, Pedestal, and Pirene’s Fountain. He’s been awarded Weymouth writing residencies (2016, 2017) and has three poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing, July 2015), nominated for the 2017 Elgin Book Award; Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press, December 2015) featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books; and Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing, Spring 2017). He’s been nominated for several Pushcart and Rhysling awards and won the 2015 Joy Margrave award in creative nonfiction. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex, Silver Blade, and Liquid Imagination. He serves as the 2016/17 President of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild, as well as on the Board of Directors for Silver Pen Writers, Inc. Mannone is a professor of physics appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Science, Engineering, Health and Management in 2017 (Techno University, Bengal, India). He is engaged in astronomy outreach and lives near Knoxville, TN. Visit http://jcmannone.wordpress.com to find out more. John has a poem featured in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
Deborah Mashibini-Prior teaches English Composition as an adjunct instructor for River Valley Community College and Sothern New Hampshire University from her home in Enfield, New Hampshire. In addition to her inclusion in Connoisseurs of Suffering, her poetry has been published in online and print journals and anthologies including Bloodroot Literary Magazine, HEArtOnline, Postcard Poems and Prose, The Harwood Anthology, American Society: What Poets See, Untamed Ink, Drum Voices Revue, and No Vacancy: A Voice for Those Without One. She also has an essay in What Does it Mean to be White in America (2LeafPress 2016). Mashibini-Prior’s work engages with and reflects on experiences with poverty, race, homelessness, and other social issues based on her own experiences and those of people she worked with during her 25+ years with nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities and those who were homeless in New Mexico, New York City, St. Louis and South Africa. She has a poem included in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
Stephen Mead, a resident of New York, is a published artist, writer, and maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads, some of which can be seen on his Amazon author page. His latest Amazon release is an art-text hybrid, According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made), a work which takes to task the words which have been used against LGBT folks from time immemorial. In 2014, he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, and other sources in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead. Stephen has a poem included in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan has a poem included in Capturing Shadows.
Kathy O’Fallon’s poetry and short stories have appeared in dozens of literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. She is a clinical psychologist and lives with her dog, Happy, in the avocado capital of the world. Katy has a poem featured in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
Toti O’Brien was born in Rome and lives in Los Angeles. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Wilderness House, CultureCult, Random Sample, and Between the Lines, among many other magazines and anthologies. She makes her living as a free-lance artist, performing musician, and professional dancer. She contributed a poem to Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Margo Taft Stever’s four poetry collections include The Lunatic Ball (Kattywompus Press, 2015), The Hudson Line (Main Street Rag, 2012), Frozen Spring (2002; winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry), and Reading the Night Sky (winner of the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition; Introduction by Denise Levertov). Her full-length collection, Cracked Piano, will be published by CavanKerry Press in 2019. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Minnesota Review, Rain Taxi Review, Home Planet News, New Delta Review, Calyx, and Poets & Writers, among other places. Her poems have appeared widely in literary magazines and in numerous anthologies including Blackbird, Salamander, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Cincinnati Review, Rattapallax, Webster Review, Women Write Resistance; Dire Elegies; Chance of a Ghost; The Breath of Parted Lips, Volume II; and No More Masks. She is the founder of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and the founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press (www.writerscenter.org). For more information, please see: www.margostever.com. Margo has a poem featured in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
Maria Terrone is the author of the poetry collections Eye to Eye (Bordighera Press, 2014); A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Prize, Ashland Poetry Press), and The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works), as well as a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2. Her work, which has been published in French and Farsi and nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in magazines, including Poetry, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, and Poetry International and in more than 25 anthologies. Since 2015, she has been the poetry editor of the journal Italian Americana. Also a writer of creative nonfiction, Terrone has had her work published in Witness, Green Mountains Review, Litro ((U.K.), Briar Cliff Review, The Common, Potomac Review, Evansville Review, and Kestrel. A native New Yorker, she was one of 10 Queens-based authors commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum to write for its performance project, “stillspotting nyc.” www.mariaterrone.com. Maria has a poem featured in Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
Emily Vieweg, MFA, is a poet and playwright originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has been published in Foliate Oak, The Voices Project, Red Weather Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Art Young’s Good Morning, Proximity Magazine, and more. Emily’s debut chapbook Look Where She Points is available from Plan B Press. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota where she is a mother of two, pet parent, data processor, and adjunct English instructor. You may find Emily on Twitter at @EmilyJVieweg or by email at Emily.Vieweg@gmail.com. Emily contributed a poem to Connoisseurs of Suffering.
Jon Vreeland is a writer, poet, journalist, and musician. He was born in Long Beach California and raised in Huntington Beach by his birth parents. Vreeland’s memoir The Taste of Cigarettes was accepted by Vine Leaves Press this year and will be available sometime in mid-late 2018. His writing also appears on Rebelle Society, East Fork, Sun and Sandstone, Plain Brown Wrapper, and Painted Cave, and he has two poetry chapbooks: Laughing in Your Sleep and Poems about Delicious Embryos and Such. Vreeland works at Santa Barbara City College as an English tutor where he was also president of the Writer’s/Poet’s Club when he attended as a student. His major influences are Charles Bukowski, Jim Morrison, Darby Crash, God, his parents, and his two beautiful daughters, Mayzee and Scarlett. Vreeland is married to the beautiful artist Alycia Vreeland, who is the illustrator of his chapbooks. You can visit jonvreeland.com to read his favorite publications and blog, also get updates on his up and coming release of his very first major book deal. Jon contributed a poem to Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.
Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry and four chapbooks. Unattached Male was published by Poetry Salzburg in 2014. An excerpt from her chapbook, The Last Gun, won the 2015-2016 COG Poetry Award, judged by A. Van Jordan, and it was animated by students at Cogswell College (www.cogzine.com/watch). Her poetry, book reviews, and essays appear widely in print and digital journals in the United States and abroad, such as Painted Bride Quarterly, Crannog, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Poet Lore, TriQuarterly, and Cimarron Review. She has an MFA in poetry from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, where she lives when she is not at her cabin in Cedar Mountain, NC. You can find out more about Ann at www.annehardingwoodworth.com. She contributed a poem to Connoisseurs of Suffering.
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.