A retired professor, has taught both graduate and post graduate students at Colleges and University and has lectured on cross-cultural religious and philosophical issues in his native Pakistan. Mirza Ashraf opened his eyes in a Persian-knowing family in the region of India which is now Pakistan. He has been reading and listening to Rumi’s poetry since childhood. Studying his grandfather’s great work Miftah ul Aloom, a highly regarded six-volume extant commentary on Rumi’s Persian poetry the Mathnawi, became for him the source of his inspiration and a contribution to his profound knowledge. It helped him further to understand the unique concepts of Rumi’s mysticism and unconditional love. He holds a bachelor’s degree with Honors in Persian literature and Islamic philosophy, and a Master’s degree in English language and literature. His first book, Introduction to World Philosophies: A Chronological Progression, is popular in philosophical circles.
Christopher Bamford is the editor-in-chief of Anthroposophic Press and Lindisfarne Books. A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has lectured, taught, and written widely on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions, and is a contributing editor to Lapis magazine. He is the author, translator, and editor of numerous books, including Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness, Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science, and The Noble Traveller. An essay of his was included in the HarperSanFrancisco anthology Best Spiritual Writing 2000.
Frederick Bauman has been involved in the literary work since the 1970s when he gave poetry readings at various establishments in New York City and founded a much publicized poetry reading series at Chumleys in Greenwich Village. In the 1980s he was a contributing editor for the literary quarterly Home Planet News. In the Nineties he turned to fiction, writing short stories. He is the author of two books of poetry previously published by Codhill Press: Feral Idylls (2010) and Enneagrammatic Improvisations (2007).He is also the author of Periwinkle (2001), a semiautobiographical novel of the Sixties. He is currently working on a new collection of poems called Lyrical Inquiries. He is married and lives in the Catskill region of New York State.
Elizabeth Bayou-Grace lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts with her husband, Ryan, and their two sweet fur-children, China Cat and Regina. She received her BA from Warren Wilson College and her MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. Her work has appeared in Sixfold and Read650. She has performed at Wakarusa Music Festival, Round Top Poetry Festival, Head for the Hills Festival, ArtOutside, Cheatham Street Warehouse, and Stubbs BBQ, as well as many dive bars across Texas. When Elizabeth Bayou-Grace isn’t writing, she can be found making music and fighting for a more just and accessible world.
Karina Borowicz is the author of “Proof” (2014), winner of the Codhill Press Poetry Prize and a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her début collection, “The Bees Are Waiting” (2012), won the Marick Press Poetry Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award, and the First Horizon Award and was named a Must-Read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Her poems have appeared widely in journals, including AGNI, Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Southern Review and have been featured in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” Series. She has published translations from the Russian and the French. Trained as an historian, Borowicz also holds an MFA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She makes her home in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts.
Tom Boswell is a poet, freelance journalist, photographer and community organizer residing in Evansville, Wisconsin. His poetry has appeared in Rattle, Poet Lore, The Potomac Review, The Dos Passos Review and other journals. He was awarded a Fishtrap Fellowship for poetry in 2006, with judging by Luis Alberto Urrea. His manuscript, Midwestern Heart, won the 2011 Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award. He also won first prize in the 2012 PoetryPort contest sponsored by Bookstore Number 1 in Sarasota, Florida.
Brenda Bufalino is a performer, master teacher, choreographer, author, actress, producer and director. Choreographer and founder of the celebrated American Tap Dance Orchestra, she has been a trailblazer in the renaissance of jazz and tap dance and a guiding force in the creation of countless tap festivals and workshops world-wide. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts and was recently awarded the prestigious Flobert Award, The Tapestry Award, and The Hoofer Award for contributions to the field and lifetime achievement. When not on tour, Bufalino divides her time between New York City and New Paltz, New York. She has two sons and five grandchildren, as well as thousands of students around the world.
Trained in architecture, Abraham Burickson is a poet, essayist, and artist. He is the founder of the San Francisco-based performance group Odyssey Works and the Odyssey Lab Summer Institute. His poetry has appeared in many magazines and journals, and he has received awards and fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers, the Millay Colony For the Arts, and the Best New Poets 2008 Anthology. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at Cornell University, Burickson teaches writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Attended Snowball, Ontario (Canada) Public School: a one-room, red brick building with a pot-bellied wood stove for heat in the winter. Did university. Learned French. Wrote haiku for a while. Enjoyed a stimulating career in library automation including repeated visits to clients in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Dabbled in linguistics. Helped computerize the Inuit language, Inuktitut.
At retirement age began using altered states of consciousness (still misnamed hypnosis) and an energy modality called Reconnective Healing™ to help seekers with their journey through terrestrial life. (www.trylus.com)
Laurence Carr, editor, teaches Creative and Dramatic Writing at SUNY New Paltz where he created The SUNY Playwrights’ Project and was honored as a Teacher of the Year. Over thirty of his plays and theatre pieces have been produced in NYC, throughout the U.S., and in Europe. His prose and poetry have been published and performed throughout the country.
Patrick Carrington teaches creative writing in New Jersey and is the poetry editor for the art and literary journal Mannequin Envy (www.mannequinenvy.com). His poetry has appeared in The Connecticut Review, The Potomac Review, Rattle, The Evansville Review, and many other journals. Rise, Fall, and Acceptance (MSR Publishing, 2006), his first full collection, is available at Main St. Rag’s online bookstore (www.mainstreetrag.com).
Steve Clorfeine is a writer and performer whose most recent book, In the Valley of the Gods: Journals of an American Buddhist in Nepal, was published by Station Hill Press in 2001. His performance work incorporates his own writing as well as adaptations of Samuel Beckett, Lewis Carroll, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, and Robert Louis Stevenson. He has been on the faculty of Naropa University, SUNY New Paltz and The Amsterdam Theaterschool. He lives in Accord, New York.
Heather Cousins holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Georgia. She received a Phd in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia in 2009 and subsequently served as a Robert E. Park Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Georgia’s English Department. She won the Kore Press First Book Award for her poetic narrative Something in the Potato Room (2010). She has been published in numerous literary journals, including Pleiades, Cold Mountain Review, Cave Wall, and Southern Poetry Review, and several of her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.
Dennis Doherty is Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program and Chair of the Poetry Board at SUNY New Paltz. NY. He regards the sky, studies nature, and swaps stories with friends over beer in their hometown of Rosendale. Doherty’s essays, poems, and stories appear throughout the literary press. He is the author of The Bad Man, a volume of poetry.
Jane English has a unique place in the East-West exchange of knowledge. Her photography conveys a deep connection to natural wisdom and was a major factor in bringing the Tao Te Ching to the widest circle of readers in the Western world. Her photographs formed an integral part of Gia-Fu Feng’s historic translation of this work. Her publications include Chuang Tsu, The Inner Chapters, Finger Pointing to the Moon, and the Mount Shasta and Tao Te Ching calendars.
Heinz Insu Fenkl is an internationally renowned author, editor, translator, and folklorist. His first book, Memories of My Ghost Brother, an autobiographical novel about growing up in Korea as a bi-racial child in the 1960s, was a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” book in 1996 and a PEN/Hemingway finalist in 1997. He is also co-editor of the two major collections of Korean American fiction: Kori and Century of the Tiger. Fenkl studied Classical Chinese with Benjamin Wallacker, a student of the brilliant and eccentric Sinologist, Peter Boodberg. He is currently the recipient of a fellowship from the Korean Literature Translation Institute to translate the seventeenth-century Korean Buddhist masterpiece, Nine Cloud Dream. He has also published short fiction in a variety of journals and magazines, as well as numerous articles on folklore and myth. Fenkl was raised in Korea, Germany, and the United States. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and daughter.
Frederick Franck (1910-2006) was the author of over thirty books, including The Zen of Seeing (Random House), and the award-winning Pacem in Terris: A Love Story (Codhill), as well as an editor of What Does it Mean to be Human (St. Martin’s Press), recently translated into Spanish and Chinese.He was honored with the World Citizenship Award by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and his sculpture and artwork are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Tokyo National Museum, and other public and private collections.
Colleen Geraghty, a published author and a writing coach certified in the Amherst Writer’s and Artist’s method (AWA) who has facilitated workshops for women writers in the Hudson Valley for many years, leads The Story Cottage. Colleen employs the AWA method of writing that supports all genres and skill levels of writers by using a non-hierarchical approach, a diverse array of writing prompts, and constructive feedback based on the AWA method.
Mary Gilliland is the author of two award-winning poetry collections: The Ruined Walled Castle Garden (2020) and The Devil’s Fools (2022). Her poems are widely published in print and online literary journals and most recently anthologized in Rumors Secrets & Lies: Poems about Pregnancy, Abortion, & Choice; Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose; and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands. She is a past recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a Council on the Arts Faculty Grant from Cornell University, where she created and taught seminars such as ‘Ecosystems & Ego Systems’ and ‘America Dreaming.’
Kit taught writing for over for over thirty years in the Hudson Valley to students ranging in age from middle school to college. Over that time, she participated in the Bard Institute for Thinking and Writing program, the Hudson Valley Writers Workshop and was awarded both a FIPSI summer grant on composition and an NEH fellowship on Women and Fiction. Kit has read at local poetry reading events.
Sonia Greenfield was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and earned an MFA from the University of Washington and an MPW from the University of Southern California. Author of poetry chapbook Circus Gravitas (2014) and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems, essays, and fiction have appeared widely, including in 2010 Best American Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cream City Review, The Massachusetts Review, Meridian, and Rattle. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, California, where she teaches writing at USC.
Danielle Hanson received her MFA from Arizona State University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is Poetry Editor for Doubleback Books and a Senior Reader at Atlanta Review, and was formerly Poetry Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review, and associate editor for Loose Change Magazine and Carriage House Review. Her work has appeared in over 70 journals and anthologies, including Poets & Writers, Iodine Poetry Journal, Rosebud, The Cortland Review, Willow Springs, Roanoke Review, Poet Lore, Asheville Poetry Review, and Blackbird. She has been on staff at the Meacham Writers’ Conference and the Chattahoochee Valley Writers’ Conference, and completed residencies at The Hambidge Center. She has received several Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. She is the 2017 recipient of the Codhill Press Poetry Prize, Finalist for the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Poetry, and 2016 recipient of the Vi Gale Award from Hubbub.
Mikhail Horowitz is the author of Big League Poets (City Lights, 1978) and The Opus of Everything in Nothing Flat (Red Hill/Outloud, 1993). His poetry, short plays, and artwork have been widely published in the small- press world and featured in City Lights Journal, The Stiffest of the Corpse, Into the Temple of Baseball, Laugh Lines, and other anthologies, as well as in the New York Times. His performance work, with jazz and acoustic musicians and/or with his longtime partner Gilles Malkine, can be heard on a dozen CDs, including The Blues of the Birth (Sundazed Records) and the anthology album Bring It On Home, Vol. II (Columbia Records). He lives in the woods north of Saugerties, New York, with the printmaker Carol Zaloom and three cats. His day gig is impersonating an editor at Bard College.
A retired psychiatric nurse, Eileen is an active writer and photographer as well as an active hiker and lover of nature. She lived in California, Hawaii and Nova Scotia before landing in New England and then the Hudson Valley. Many of Eileen’s poems bring a photographic lens to the natural beauty of our environment. She has done readings at local Hudson Valley events.
Pistols and Hearts is Sibyl James’s eighth book. Some others include The Adventures of Stout Mama (fiction, Papier-Mache Press); Ho Chi Minh’s Motorbike (travel memoir, Stringtown Press); In China with Harpo and Karl (creative nonfiction, Calyx Press) and China Beats (poetry, Egress Studio Press). She has taught in the United States, China, Mexico, and as Fulbright professor, in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.
Lee has published two collections of poetry in Korea, Sand Mountain in My Sleep and Hopeful Songs at Noon (2006). He is also a novelist, having written, Cheerful Devils of Callot in 2005 which won the Moonhak Soonchup Award. In addition to strictly literary works, he has written two collections of literary criticism, My Gloomy Modern Boy (2005) and Revolution and Modernism: Russian Poetry and Its Aesthetics (2005).
Lee was a resident at the University of Iowa International Writing Program in 2008, in which he participated courtesy of the Korea Literature Translation Institute. He is active in other diverse roles, including holding a permanent position on the editorial committee of a leading literary magazine, which is unprecedented at his age. He is a well-known literary critic in his own right, having published incisive analyses of the esoteric works of his contemporaries, including Hwang Byeongseung, Kim Haengsuk, and Kim Minjeong.
Kim Gwang-gyoon (1914-1993) started his poetic career by contributing to major Korean newspapers in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Considered one of the most prominent modernist poets in Korea, Kim often wrote in styles that resembled those of T.E. Hulme, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot. Many of Kim’s poems written during the Japanese military rule over Korea deal with his concept of “painting-like poetry,” depicting landscapes and ideas in vivid imagery reminiscent of William Carlos Williams’ early poems. After Korea’s liberation in 1945, and especially after the division of the country into North and South, Kim turned to lamenting and elegizing various sorts of loss–of his hometown, of his family members and friends, of his past loves and passions. He is also noted for the nearly forty-year-long hiatus he took from poetry following the Korean War; he did not return to the literary scene until the late 1980s. Among his major works are Gas Light, A Port of Call, Twilight Elegy, and Imjin Flower.
Ms. Kim was born in Seoul in 1934. Her birth name was Hyung-Deok.
Upon launching her literary career in 1960 through Hyundae Munhak, Ms. Kim joined the newly established Cheongmi Poets’ Group.
While attending Seoul National College of Education she became a reporter for the Daily Korea Times. For the next 20 years, she worked for different newspapers. She was first a culture desk reporter for the Gyunghyang Daily News and then an editorial writer for the Busan Daily News. Ms. Kim also served Korea Women’s Development Institute as its second director. Since then she has held numerous posts. She was a member of The Women’s Policy Assembly, the chair of the Public Fund Management under the Korea Broadcasting Advertising Corporation, a member of The Government Ethics Committee, a board member of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, and the 17th director of the Korea Women Writers’ Association. In 1967, Rapier and Rose, her first collection of poems, was published. It was followed by Some Surf, Wind of Darkness, Dawn of Seoul, The Tree Planted in a Poet’s Heart, King Sejong, an epic, A Warm Family, and others, totaling 11 volumes of poems. In addition, she compiled the anthologies, In This World of Ours and Songs for Today, and authored There’s a Heart Weeping for You, a collection of essays.
At present, she serves as the chief director of the House of Literature, Seoul and of the National Campaign for Forests, and she is a joint representative of the Committee for a Mature Society.
Ms. Kim has received the Hyundae Munhak Award, the Woltan Literature Award, the Korea Literature Award, the Hyoryoung Grand Prix, the Pen Club Award, and the distinguished National Medal Moran.
Kim Nam-Jo’s dynamic use of sensual language and vibrant imagery portrays the subtlety of humanity and passion for religious life. Her work has received numerous awards and she has served as chair of the Korean Poet’s Association.
Brandon Krieg is the author of Invasives, a finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Award in Environmental Creative Writing, and a chapbook, Source to Mouth. He grew up in Tualatin, Oregon, and lives in Columbia, Missouri, with his spouse, Colleen O’Brien, and their son, Ezra. He teaches at Westminster College.
Robert Krut is the author of This Is the Ocean(Bona Fide Books, 2013), which received the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Award, and The Spider Sermons(BlazeVox, 2009). His poetry has appeared widely, such as in Blackbird, The Cimarron Review, Gulf Coast, Passages North,and Poetry Vinyl.He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Writing Program and College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Richard Lewis is a teacher and a writer–and the founder and director of The Touchstone Center for Children in New York City. Begun in 1969, the Center’s major focus has been to explore the imagination, and its relation to the natural world, as a source of learning and expression, for both children and adults.
Steven Lewis is a former Mentor at SUNY-Empire State College, and current member of the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute faculty. His work has been published widely, from the New York Times notable to the Road Apple Review obscure, and includes a biblically long list of parenting publications (7 kids, 16 grandkids). He is a Contributing Writer at Talking Writing, Literary Ombudsman for 650: Where Writers Read, and El Jefe of the Duckdog Writing Retreats on Hatteras Island, N.C. Among his many books are ZEN AND THE ART OF FATHERHOOD, FEAR AND LOATHING OF BOCA RATON, TAKE THIS (Codhill Press), IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE (Finishing Line Press), a chapbook of poems.
Mark Maire is the author of Clear Day in January, winner of the 2015 Emergence Chapbook Series Prize. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Blueline, Descant, Midwestern Gothic, Minnetonka Review, and Talking River.
David R. McCann, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees at Harvard, and his B.A. at Amherst College. He is the recipient of the Order of Culture Merit Award (2006), the Manhae Prize in Arts and Sciences (2004), the Daesan Foundation Translation Grant (1997), and the Korea P.E.N. Center Translation Prize (1994). His poetry has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Runes, and Prairie Schooner, and in the Pushcart Prize Anthology III. His books include Azaleas, Poems by Kim Sowol (Columbia University Press, 2007), Enough to Say It’s Far, poems by Pak Chaesam, translated with Jiwon Shin (Princeton University Press, Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation, 2006), Traveler Maps: Poems by Ko Un (Tamal Vista Press, 2004), and The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Poetry (2004).
Scholar in comparative religion and co-author of Shlomo’s Stories (Jason Aronson, 1994, 2004), Susan Ellen Mesinai was chosen one of Columbia University’s 250 “greatest graduates” for her search for Raoul Wallenberg and other foreign prisoners who disappeared into the Soviet Gulag after World War II.
Michael Meyerhofer’s first book, Leaving Iowa, won the Liam Rector First Book Award. He is also the author of four chapbooks and was recently the recipient of the James Wright Poetry Award, the Annie Finch Prize, and the Laureate Prize. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Arts & Letters, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review and others.
During a thirty-year career as a teacher, Tana authored language curriculum guides for her school district, co-founded and facilitated a grade 5-8 annual literary magazine, presented award-winning Whole Language workshops in Hudson Valley public schools and at the New York State Reading Conference. Her work has been published in several feminist journals, and in Slant of Light (Codhill Press). Tana was a selected reader at the Newark Public Library and has been a featured reader at local gatherings, libraries and book stores.
Having and MFA in Poetry from Goddard College, Ben Mitchell has published more than fifty poems in literary magazines all over the US and Canada. Mitchell teaches writing in southern Vermont, where he lives with his wife Kathy, his children Nicholas and Lucy, three cats, two dogs and a hamster named Marshmallow.
Poet, writer, musician, and professor, Ed Mooney writes on Kierkegaard, Thoreau, Cavell, and the great Montana thinker, Henry Bugbee. He’s rowed the San Francisco Bay and now teaches religion and philosophy at Syracuse University.
Rich Murphy has taught poetry at Bradford College, directed writing programs at Emmanuel College, and publishes widely in journals. He has three chapbooks: Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), and Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books). Currently, he teaches writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mary Newell lives in the lower Hudson Valley. Her publications include poems and essays—“Shades of Melancholy” appears in Melancholia: Hinge as Innominate Limina, by Will Alexander, Heller Levinson, and Mary Newell. Dr. Newell (MA Columbia, BA Berkeley) received a doctorate from Fordham University in American Literature and the Environment. She has taught literature and writing at the college level.
A retired labor rights lawyer, Mary commutes between Woodstock, NY and Washington DC. Mary’s poetry has appeared in various print and on-line journals as well as on various blog sites such as Women at Woodstock, “Writing in a Woman’s Voice” and “The New Verse News.” Her work has been awarded recognition in several national writing contests; her poem, “Cease Fire” (included in this book), won the 2017 Raynes Poetry Competition. She is the author of a poetry chapbook “A Woman of a Certain Age” (Finishing Line Press, September, 2018).
Barbara Probst is a writer of fiction and nonfiction living on an historic dirt road in the lower Hudson Valley. Her previous work includes a book for parents of out-of-the-box children, a textbook on clinical assessment and diagnosis, and two award-winning novels, published as Barbara Linn Probst; a third novel will release in October 2022. Barbara served as Lord Pentland’s secretary from November 1978 until his death in February 1984. She holds a PhD in clinical social work from Fordham University.
Elizabeth Rees is author of the award-winning poetry chapbooks Now That We’re Here (Spire Press, 2008), Hard Characters (March Street Press, 2002), and Balancing China (Sow’s Ear Press, 1998). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Agni, Hanging Loose, Ironwood, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, The North American Review, Partisan Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, and Third Coast. She has taught creative writing at the U.S. Naval Academy, Johns Hopkins, Howard University, Boston University, and Boston College. Currently, she works as a Poet-in-the-Schools for the Maryland State Arts Council and serves as a writing consultant to PBS/Scholastic.
Anthony Robinson grew up in the Maverick Art Colony in Woodstock, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant (jg) during the Korean War and joined the English faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 1964.The Floodplain is his seventh novel. Robinson lives with his wife Tatiana in New Paltz & New York City.
Previous books published and awards won:
The American Golfer, Bluestone Books, 2010
The Member-Guest, Donald I. Fine, 1991
The Whole Truth, Donald I. Fine, 1990
Home Again, Home Again, William Morrow, 1969, two SUNY Fellowships awarded
Charley Rosen is the coauthor with Phil Jackson of Maverick (1975) and the New York Times bestseller More Than A Game (2001). As a player at Hunter College, Rosen set numerous scoring records and has subsequently coached several teams in the Continental Basketball League. He has a Master’s degree in Medieval Literature and has written more than a hundred articles for publications ranging from the New York Times Book Review to Men’s Journal, plus thousands of pieces for several sports websites. His previously published books included six novels and twelve works of nonfiction. He lives with his wife Daia in upstate New York.
David Rothenberg is a contributing editor to Parabola magazine and author of Sudden Music and Hand’s End. His writings on spirituality, philosophy, ecology and music have been published in magazines ranging from Sierra and Whole Earth to Wired and The Nation, and are featured in The Best Spiritual Writing 1999 (Harper SanFrancisco) and The Soul of Nature (Penguin).
Jo Salas grew up in New Zealand and now lives in upstate New York. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals and anthologies. Her story “After,” in the anthology Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and other short stories have won or been shortlisted for awards. Jo Salas’s nonfiction publications include Improvising Real Life: Personal Story in Playback Theatre, now in a 20th anniversary edition and published in seven translations. Dancing With Diana is her first novel.
Jan Zlotnik Schmidt is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita at SUNY New Paltz in the Department of English where she taught autobiography, creative writing, women’s literature, American and cotemporary literature, and Holocaust Literature. She has been published in many journals including The Cream City Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Broadkill Review, Home Planet News, Phoebe, Black Buzzard Review, The Chiron Review, Memoir(and), The Westchester Review, and Wind. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Press Prize Series. She has had two volumes of poetry published by the Edwin Mellen Press (We Speak in Tongues, 1991; She had this memory, 2000) and two collections of autobiographical essays, Women/Writing/Teaching (SUNY Press, 1998) and Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Mid-Life (Routledge, 2000 ). Her chapbook, The Earth Was Still, was published by Finishing Line Press and another, Hieroglyphs of Father-Daughter Time, was published by Word Temple Press. Most recently she co-edited with Laurence Carr a collection of works by Hudson Valley women writers entitled A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, which won the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Anthology. Her multicultural and global literature anthology, Legacies: Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Nonfiction, co-authored with Dr. Lynne Crockett and the late Dr. Carley Bogarad is now in its fifth edition and used nationwide. Her most recent poetry volume, Foraging for Light, was published in 2019 by Finishing Line Press.
Laura Simms is an internationally renowned storyteller, author, and recording artist whom Maori elders call “as good as our grandparents.”She is the author of the award-winning children’s book, Rotten Teeth (Houghton Mifflin) and the spoken word recording The Gift of Dreams (Sounds True) which Publishers Weekly called “spellbinding.” A contributing editor to Parabola magazine and co-chairman of the National Healing Story Alliance, she has served as artist-in-residence at New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Arts and travels around the world telling stories for adults and children alike.
Born in Youngkwang, Korea in 1940, Song Yong studied German language and literature at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. After several years as a fugitive from compulsory military duty, he was arrested and sent to prison, but was released by a sympathetic judge who had learned that he was a writer. His first short story, “Cock-Fighting,” was published in Changbi Magazine in 1967; he has since published several books of fiction and nonfiction.
Jason Stern publishes Chronogram magazine, a regional magazine he founded in 1993. He has worked as a professional rock-climber, carpenter, salesman, writer, photographer teacher. His by-line follows the monthly Esteemed Reader column in Chronogram. Jason lives with his family in New Paltz.
Barry Sternlieb lives in Richmond, MA. He is the author of three previous chapbooks, and was the recipient of a 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Poetry. Over the years, his work has appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, Commonweal, The Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Quarterly West, Southwest Review, Poetry Northwest, and others. Nourishing a deep commitment to the old methods of printing, he also edits Mad River Press, which specializes in the very slow creation of handmade letterpress broadsides and chapbooks since 1986.
H. R. Stoneback, Distinguished Professor of English (SUNY-New Paltz), has also taught at the University of Paris and Peking University, and has lectured and performed (poetry and folksong) around the world. Renowned poet, literary critic, and leading Hemingway scholar of international reputation, Stoneback is the author/editor of twenty volumes of criticism and poetry and some 200 essays on American and world literature. His recent award-winning critical volume, Reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, was published by Kent State UP in 2007. Eight volumes of his poetry include Cartographers of the Deus Loci (Bird & Bull Pr), Singing the Springs, Cafe Millennium (Portals Pr), Homage: A Letter to Robert Penn Warren (recipient of NAS Triennial Award for Outstanding Book Length Poem 2005-2007), and Amazing-Grace-Wheelchair-Jumpshot-Jesus-Love-Poems (Des Hymnagistes Pr 2009). His poetry has won numerous awards and has been translated and published in Chinese, French, Provencal, and other languages. Editor of four poetry anthologies, he is founding editor of the Shawangunk Review. A semi-retired singer-songwriter (once active in such places as Nashville and New Orleans), he recently released a two-CD album, Stoney & Sparrow: Songs of Place 1962-2006, which includes fifteen of his songs.
Pauline Uchmanowicz is Associate Professor of English and director of Writing Across the Curriculum at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her poems and essays have appeared in many national publications, including Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Ohio Review, Mudfish, The Massachusetts Review, and Z Magazine. She has published scholarly articles in College English, Writing Program Administration, Literature and Psychology, and elsewhere. In addition, Pauline is a widely published freelance writer in the Hudson Valley, and a food columnist for The Woodstock Times. She was recently awarded a SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Pamela Uschuk holds a M.F.A in Poetry and Fiction from the University of Montana. Author of several chapbooks of poems, including the award-winning Without Birds, Without Flowers, Without Trees, her work has appeared in over two hundred journals and anthologies worldwide. She has released three books of poetry, Finding Peaches in the Desert,One-legged Dancer, and Scattered Risks. Her literary prizes include the 2001 Tucson/Pima Writing Award and the 2000 Struga International Poetry Prize, as well as awards from the National League of American PEN Women, Chester H. Jones Foundation, Iris, Ascent, The Wildwood Journal, Sandhills Review, Harbinger, and Amnesty International.
Kappa recently retired after 20 happy years as Reference Librarian for Vassar College. She was born into a family of writers and began her own writing as a young woman. Kappa’s poetry was published in school and college literary journals and, during her twenties, in BlackRock. More recently, Kappa’s work has appeared in three editions of Legacies, in a poetry anthology and in A Slant of Light and on the blog site “Writing in a Woman’s Voice.” Kappa has read at numerous Hudson Valley literary venues.
Robert Waugh, a professor of SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Monster in the Mirror: Looking for H. P. Lovecraft and the author of many poems in small journals. For thirty-five years he has lived part of the time on Cape Cod.
Dr. Wertenbaker has been a practicing physician for forty years, with post graduate training in ophthalmology, neurology, neuro-ophthalmology and neurophysiology. He is also a long time member of the Gurdjieff Foundation, and a musician.
Rosanne Weston, a psychotherapist, has written for various newspapers and websites on family issues and public policy. The Glory and other Stories is her first work of fiction. She lives in New York City with her husband and their colorful art collection.
Alicia Wirt-Fox received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and her MFA from Yale University School of Art. She has exhibited her paintings in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. She is a recipient of the 19th Annual Richard Kelly Grant for her experimental work utilizing reflective light and color within the context of painting and sculpture. For over a decade, she has worked as a graphic designer in the publishing industry and has been involved in the development, design and creation of many books for education. Missives is her first book combining both her writing and images. She currently lives and works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Graham Wood is an Artist & Designer living in the U.K.
He is a founding member of the art & design collective, Tomato.
His awards include AICP/MOMA, D&AD Pencils, Webby (Peoples Choice & Honoree), FWA, Tokyo Type Directors, BBC Design Awards.
Exhibitions include V&A and MOMA Permanent Collection, MOCA (San Francisco), BFI collection, The Barbican, Whitechapel Gallery, Parco Tokyo, LaForet Tokyo, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Jacobson Howard Gallery New York, LEA Gallery London, Scarlett Gallery (Stockholm).
His previous publications include Process (Thames & Hudson, 1996) and Bareback (Laurence King, 1999) with Tomato, and Tycho’s Nova (Gingko Press, 2001).
Harold A. Zlotnik (1914-) is a poet who has been published in The Saturday Review of Literature, The American Scholar, English Journal, Kaleidograph, The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, Washington Post, and other periodicals. He is a retired educator, formerly with the New York City Board of Education where he served as Director of English, as Coordinator of High School English Curriculum, and as Coordinator of the landmark program, Poets in the Schools, developed through a collaboration between The Academy of American Poets and the Board of Education, City of New York. While he served as director of this program, he developed in-service workshops for teachers that featured such illustrious poets as John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Stanley Kunitz, and Adrienne Rich. His latest volume, Toys of Desperation: A Haymarket Mural in Verse (1987), an epic poem about The Haymarket Affair, is a featured text at the Illinois History Society. He also won First Prize in the Poets of the Palm Beaches National Contest for the sonnet, “August,” and his poems have been featured in the association’s yearly anthology.