Directory of Writers

Directory of Sonoma County Writers

The Literary Update is creating a directory of Sonoma County Writers. If you are interested in being listed, e-mail the material you would like included: e.g., photo (jpg), a one-paragraph bio with web and/or blog links, and contact information. (Do not ask us to assemble material from your website. The bio is your responsibility.) E-mail to sonomacountyliteraryupdate@gmail.com.

Mark Adair lives in Santa Rosa and writes suspense fiction. He recently finished and published, on Kindle via Amazon, his suspense novel entitled The Father’s Child (available on Amazon at www.amazon.com/The-Fathers-Child-ebook/dp/B004DCB3W0). He is also blogging a suspense novella entitled ZAP at http://markadairzap.blogspot.com.
Contact info: http://markadair.com.
Facebook: http://facebook.com/markadairauthor.
Twitter: http://twitter.com/markadairauthor.

Bill Amatneek

Bill Amatneek writes stories about his experiences as a string bassist in Americana and Middle-Eastern music groups. His book, Acoustic Stories: Playing Bass with Peter, Paul & Mary, Jerry Garcia, and Bill Monroe, won the BAIPA award for Best Music Book in 2004. He placed 2nd in the 2000 William Faulkner Writing Competition, and was a 2011 Prague Summer Program John Woods Scholar. His publishing credits include Rolling Stone, Down Beat, Bluegrass Unlimited, Yoga Journal, First Leaves, The Dickens, Pacific Sun, and the anthology, Encounters with Bob Dylan: If You See Him Say Hello.
Contact: bill@vineyardspress.com
Web: www.VineyardsPress.com.
Audio/written blog: www.vineyardspress.com/Journal

Barbara Baer with Henry and MickeyBarbara L. Baer writes fiction and essays, most recently a novella, Grisha the Scrivener, Ghost Road Press 2009.
Publisher, Floreant Press.
Longtime Book Festival volunteer.
Website: www.floreantpress.com.
email: bbforest@monitor.net.

Sandy BakerTwo of Sandy Baker’s passions are writing and gardening–she combines those into children’s gardening books with a plot, having also been inspired by her 15 years as a Master Gardener. She co-wrote the thriller The Tehran Triangle in 2012 and also writes poetry for teens and short stories. See more about Sandy: www.sandybakerwriter.com, www.facebook.com/sandybakerauthor, and her blog “Garden Plots” at writersandy.wordpress.com.

Kathleen BarryKathleen Barry, sociologist and Professor Emerita of Penn State University, is the author of the newly published Unmaking War, Remaking Men: How Empathy Can Reshape Our Politics, Our Soldiers and Ourselves. Her landmark first book Female Sexual Slavery broke new ground and launched a global movement against trafficking in human beings and led to the formation of The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women which she co-founded. She is the author of The Prostitution of Sexuality: Global Exploitation of Women and originated a model for new international law against sexual exploitation in collaboration with UNESCO.  She is a biographer and author of Susan B. Anthony: A Biography of a Singular Feminist (NYU Press 1989, Ballantine, Author House.)  Her edited volume, Vietnamese Women In Transition (Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press, 1996) captures an extraordinary moment of change, for better and for worse, in the condition of women as Vietnam.

Bliss-ShepherdShepherd Bliss has contributed to 24 books, on a wide range of topics, including literary criticism, psychology, health, theology, gender, politics, poetry translations from Spanish, war and peace issues. He teaches writing at Dominican University and has operated the organic Kokopelli Farm in Sebastopol, specializing in boysenberries, for the last two decades. Shepherd is a long-time member of the Veterans Writing Group, facilitated by Maxine Hong Kingston (www.vowvop.org). He has been interviewed by Oprah, Bill Moyers, Donahue, and 60 Minutes. He was raised partly in Latin America and did his graduate studies with Brazilian philosopher of education Paulo Freire.
email: shepherd.bliss@dominican.edu; phone: 707-829-8185

Don't Write Like You Talk (book cover, by Catharine Bramkamp)Catharine Bramkamp is the author of Don’t Write Like You Talk: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Writing and Editing (3L Publishing). She holds two degrees in English, published hundreds of newspaper and magazines articles, a handful of novels including the A Little Real Estate Mystery series, as well as two essays in the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. She is an adjunct professor of writing for two colleges and is a successful writing coach. Visit her at www.YourBookStartsHere.com.
Email: bramkamp@yahoo.com

Jim BrunnSonoma County writer Jim Brumm has been in publishing much of his life. He has been involved in starting up four different magazines, and has worked as an editor, writer, designer, and publisher. He has written magazine articles, website content, and was a columnist in the Napa Valley Register for seven years. Most recently he has worked as a freelance writer, producing business profiles for businesses to use as marketing tools, an idea he conceived and created. His new, self-published ebook, How to Actually Make Money Writing, contains simple, step-by-step instructions for other freelance writers on how to tap into this lucrative business. Jim Brumm’s has written another book, Long-Term Thinking for a Short-Sighted World, which will be released in spring of 2012. www.jimbrumm.com.

Dani BurlisonDani Burlison has been a staff writer for a Bay Area alt-weekly, a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and a book reviewer for The Los Angeles Review. She writes a music/lit column at The Rumpus and is a freelancer of epic proportions with other work appearing or forthcoming in places like The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable and more. She teaches writing workshops and co-edits a zine with Petals & Bones and co-hosts the Get Lit reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and her essay collection will be published in Fall 2013.

Website: www.daniburlison.com
email: danisavestheworld@yahoo.com
Twitter: @DaniBurlison

Jaqueline Harmon ButlerJacqueline Harmon Butler is an international award winning writer and the recipient of many press awards, including Italy’s prestigious “Golden Linchetto Prize” for best foreign journalist and the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for Internet publications. In a variety of international publications and anthologies, her travel writing has tempted readers’ palates with mouth-watering meals and left them salivating for more. Her books include The 7th Edition of the Travel Writer’s Handbook, Taking a Chance on Love, a memoir which chronicles her 20-year romance with a much younger Italian man, and a romantic novel, One Last Trip to Paris. For more information, please go to: www.jacquelineharmonbutler.com

Katy ByrneKaty Byrne, MA, MFT has been a columnist in Sonoma County for over 20 years. For ten years in Sonoma County Womens Voices News, Santa Rosa, and now for the last ten in The Sun in the town of Sonoma. Katy’s columns and articles have often been described as a bit like the style of Carrie Fischer in “Sex and The City.” She is fun, candid, self disclosing, sad and happy both. Always with a touch of wit and wisdom. Her book, The Courage To Speak Up (Getting Your Hairballs Out) is a great toilet bowl book with stories and insights in each section, along with cartoons. Katy Byrne is a fabulous editor, with great references in that regard. Katy is also a psychotherapist in Sonoma, specializing in couples work, eating issues, transitions and the kitchen sink!

Denise ChristianDenise Christian is a writer of novels, poems, and children’s books. What Does The Doggie Say? released in Nov. 2010 and the first of three titles in the “What…Say?” children’s series. What Do You Say? and What Did They Say? are slated for future release. Having the heart of a teacher, Denise takes the interactive presentations she developed into classrooms to both delight and offer students in Pre-K through 4th grades the opportunity to survey the creative writing process. Experiencing their enhanced discovery or a newly developed passion in owning books comes through this exceptionally intimate literary event. She helps connect young readers to stories and instills a love of reading while encouraging them in language arts and to explore well and practice the writing craft. To schedule an, Author Visit, for your classroom or library, contact her at www.denisechristian.com; or denisechristian1@yahoo.com or 707 490-5096.

photo-1 copyLilly Christine writes romantic fiction. Her debut novel Crashing Into Tess, first in the McGreers Series, was a Toronto Romance Writers “Catherine” Award winner and a “Bookseller’s Best-Best First Book” finalist. While finishing the McGreers and querying new series, she’s authoring a young adult dystopian eco fantasy adventure and publishing art criticism as Christine Griffin.
www.LillyChristine.com
www.AriaofSylvania.com
lillychristine13@gmail.com
@lillychristine1

Ed Coletti photoEd Coletti. Italian-American Poet and Painter Ed Coletti graduated from Georgetown University and the Creative Writing Masters Program at San Francisco State University (under Robert Creeley). In addition to the usual national journals and anthologies, he has published several books and also previously found time for a career as a counselor. He founded Round Barn Press and also the Poetry Azul Reading Series. His strong Internet presence includes “Ed Coletti’s P3” (http://edcolettip3.blogspot.com) and also “No Money In Poetry” (http://edwardcolettispoetryblog.blogspot.com). Ed lives with his wife Joyce in Santa Rosa.

Dan CoshnearDaniel Coshnear lives in Guerneville, works at a group home in Santa Rosa, teaches writing through UC Berkeley and Sonoma State Extension Programs, and he is author of Jobs & Other Preoccupations (Helicon Nine 2001), winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Award. He is also recipient of an Editor’s Prize from the Missouri Review and a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship. Recent publications include “The Old Lizard and the Young Goat” LA Review, “Or Stay On The Line For Operator Assistance” Juked, “Wormholes” Third Coast Review, “Unstopped” 95% Naked. dan@coshnear.org

Marleen CullenMarlene Cullen is a cheerleader for writers, a writing workshop facilitator and founder of Writers Forum of Petaluma. Her workshops provide essential elements for successful writing. Fulfilling her passion for writing and sharing with others, she has created unique writing environments such as Jumpstart, and Writing and Art Collage Workshops, where participants often experience transformational changes. Marlene’s awarding winning short stories and essays have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and newspapers, including Argus Courier, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, More Bridges, Building Bridges, Vintage Voices: A Toast To Life, Vintage Voices: Four-Part Harmony and Vintage Voices: Cent’Anni: May you live 100 years. She is a member of the California Writer’s Club. www.thewritespot.us

Diane H. Davis is a published writer of insightful fiction and self-help information, and currently has twelve titles available through Davis Publishing, www.davis-publishing.biz, as well as two bound books: Help Yourself to a Better Life and Country Love Lifts the Heart High. Also available is a Fun Fundraising Plan for nonprofits using the collection of twelve Tiny Ticklers. Davis Publishing was established in 2008 as a voice for Sonoma County, with the message of happiness – and hope for a better future. Manuscripts of approximately 4,500 words are now being accepted (self-help and insightful fiction). Contact Diane at (707) 664-8656.

Mary DeDananMary DeDanan is a writer, editor, and writing coach who homesteads in the wild hills of Cazadero. For over 35 years she has immersed herself in the creation, mechanics, and business of language. She’s worked as a journalist, book and magazine copyeditor, advertising copywriter, and theatrical literary manager/dramaturg. She earned a degree in creative writing/literature from UCSD. Mary has published numerous articles, reviews, essays, and short stories, won a few minor prizes and fellowships, writes poetry as meditation, and has a couple new books sizzling on the griddle. While writing is her first love, she earns a living through freelance editing, book doctoring, and literary loitering. Contact: Mary DeDanan, CatchWord Writing Studio: http://tinyURL.com/MaryDeEditor, dedanan@mcn.org

Stacey Dennick photoStacey Dennick. Freelance writer, editor and researcher Stacey Dennick received her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.  Her stories and articles have appeared in the North Bay Bohemian, The Pacific Sun, BIKE Magazine, Vintage Voices, Film/Tape World and online.  She’s written video scripts for a wide range of clients, from Apple Computer to Trinchero Family Estates. Ms. Dennick created and maintains www.writersquest.org, a directory of information for writers. When she’s not revising her first novel, Ms. Dennick edits video or makes fused glass art.  Her website is www.sdennick.com.  Email: sdennick[at sign]comcast.net.

Terry Ehret has published three collections of poetry:  Lost Body, Translations from the Human Language, andLucky Break. Literary awards include the National Poetry Series, California Book Award, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, and the 2009 Northern California Book Reveiwer’s Nomination for Poetry. She is the co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a San Francisco Bay Area publishing collective. From 2004-2006 she served as poet laureate of Sonoma County. A new collection of lyric and prose poems, Night Sky Journey, will be published in fall 2011. She teaches writing workshops through the Sitting Room in Cotati, coaches poets in manuscript preparation, and leads summer literary travel groups. For more information, visit her website at www.terryehret.com.  For information about the summer literary travel, click here. Contact information: 924 Sunnyslope Road, Petaluma, CA 94952, 707-762-2689, tehret99@comcast.net.

Donna Emerson’s recent work appears or is forthcoming in the Paterson Literary Review, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed, The Los Angeles Review, Eclipse, Chopin With Cherries: A Tribute in Verse, and When Last on the Mountain, among other noted journals. Her chapbook Wild Mercy is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and may be ordered at www.finishinglinepress.com. An award-winning writer and clinical social worker, Donna lives with her husband and daughter in Sonoma County, California, where she continues to work as a college instructor and photographer.

Chuck ForesterChuck Forester, MFA, is currently a novelist; a poem was published in ZYZZVA, and he self-published Do You Live Around Here? — a memoir about his life in San Francisco since coming out in 1972. His blog Gaysfscribe.com features ironic, political and personal entries. Chuck lives in Sebastopol.

Don Hagelberg photoDon Hagelberg describes himself as an alcoholic and a drug addict. But alcohol metamorphosed into ink and the white dust of drugs became the color of the paper upon which he scribbles words to which he is now addicted.  Poetry:  Exit #13, The Oakland Tribune, and First Leaves; short stories: New World Finn, Vintage Voices and The Berkeley Barb; essays: Raivaaja, Axolotle and Veljeysviesti. He is one of the three poets in the chapbook anthology, Finnish American Poetry by Rauhala, Vartnaw and Hagelberg. He won third prize in the International Poetry Competition 2008, first prize in the Kippis competition 2009, and a Pushcart nomination in 2007 for the poem, “The Death of White Animals.” His work’s been heard on KGO and KQED in San Francisco, KPFA in Berkeley, KSVY in Sonoma, KHHO in Tacoma and blogtalkradio’s, The Speak Easy Café from Portland. On Redroom:  www.redroom.com >> Look For Don Hagelberg

Susan HagenSusan Hagen is co-author of the award-winning post-9/11 book, Women at Ground Zero: Stories of Courage and Compassion. After publication in 2002, many of the women rescue workers featured in the book said that telling their stories was the beginning of their healing from the trauma of 9/11. Since then, Susan has made it her life’s work to help others give voice to the stories of their lives. As a writing mentor and coach, she tends the fire, spirit, and heart of the writer, incorporating meditation and earth-based practices into her workshops, retreats, and coaching services. As a published author, former newspaper reporter, and organizational journalist, Susan also offers editorial services for people, businesses, and organizations doing good work in the world. Contact Susan at suzhagen@sonic.net; www.susanhagen.com.

Sharon Hamilton writes romance fiction: paranormal, erotic and contemporary. Agented, awaiting first book contract. Writes in series. Has finaled in numerous romance writing contests. P.O. Box 5287, Santa Rosa, CA 95402; (707) 484-8381
sharonhamilton2001@gmail.com;
www.sharonhamiltonauthor.com

photo of Bob HarsteinRobert Hartstein was born in the Bronx, New York in 1946. Orphaned at the age of six, Robert spent his early years in New York and California. The challenges he faced during those formative years precipitated Robert’s struggle to find his place in life and led to his decision to write A Place in Life. While parts of this story are based on Robert’s life, other events are reconstructed memories of people and places that made up the world in which he battled to survive.  Robert is a retired labor relations manager with over forty years of service in the public sector. He has worked at all levels of local government—city, county, and state. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manpower Management from California State University. Following service in the Marine Corps, Robert married the former Cynthia Brown, his wife of forty-three years. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren, all living in California. Robert and Cynthia split their time between the beautiful Coachella Valley in Southern California and the majestic Russian River Valley in Northern California, where they pursue an active outdoor life and, of course, where Robert continues to write.

Katherine HastingsKatherine Hastings is the author of Nighthawks (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2014) and Cloud Fire (Spuyten Duyvil NYC, 2012), as well as several chapbooks. She is the executive director of the non-profit WordTemple, curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series and WordTemple Arts & Lectures programs, and host of WordTemple on KRCB FM, Sonoma County’s NPR affiliate. She is serving as Poet Laureate of Sonoma County for the years 2014 — 2016. For more information, visit www.wordtemple.com

Laura McHale Holland’s fiction, features and essays have appeared in such publications as The Best of Every Day Fiction Three, Vintage Voices, NorthBay biz magazine, the Noe Valley Voice and the original San Francisco Examiner. She currently heads the editorial department of a trade publication covering the electronic payments industry. She also belongs to Redwood Writers and the Storytelling Association of California. Her memoir Reversible Skirt will be released on March 5.x

Gregg Jann (photo)Gregg K. Jann. Bettering the World (Red Lead Press 2009) is a collection of letters written over 26 years. My philosophy of bolstering our weaknesses to make our nation stronger for international relations is in the introduction. Included in my one book is my labor union contract article protecting mental health consumer employees. My school board educational goal is good for peace and competition rules and I want this goal on the state and federal constitutions. Besides election, I own an education and training company trademarked in mental health services. Marquis Who’s Who in America has included me in its registry since 2008. I have lived in Santa Rosa since 1967. Contact: PO Box 4207, Santa Rosa, CA 95402; email: whodoer1@yahoo.com. Blog on mental health and critical thinking, Jann Demystifying Affects web page: www.jannda.com

Maureen JenningsMaureen Anne Jennings has worn the hats of a journalist, copywriter, editor, publishing consultant, media relations manager, book festival director, and Fillmore East staffer. She owns more than 100 hats, not all of them work related. After the obligatory waitressing during college, she squandered a few years behind the bar at various dives in lower Manhattan. She also owned and operated a pub in northern California. Be careful what you write about. www.toughprose.com; toughprose@gmail.com

Jeanne JusaitisJeanne Jusaitis is the author of two novels for children. Journey to Anderswelt, an MG fantasy, can be found on Amazon in paperback and Kindle form. Lilah and the Magic Kit, which received the 2013 BAIPA award for best children’s chapter book, can also be found on Amazon. Her poems and short stories, for children and adults, are published in several anthologies, and she is now completing Book 2 of Journey to Anderswelt. Jeanne holds a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Education. Her stories are inspired by her memories of growing up in northern California, her many years of teaching middle graders, and chaperoning teens through Europe. Email contact: mizitis@comcast.net

Lakin Khan is the Fiction Director for the Napa Valley Writers Conference. Her poems, stories and essays have been published locally in zaum, The Dickens, Zebulon Nights and Tiny Lights. For several years, her column Nature’s Way was published by Newbytes, the newsletter for Sonoma State University.  Currently she is editing these columns for a book that ponders the ways in which nature has re-adapted to our presence and is now colonizing our suburban and urban worlds. These essays and other writing can be found at her blog, Rhymes with Bacon, http://lakinkhan.blogspot.com.

Jo Lauer is a psychotherapist in Sonoma County, California. Her articles and essays have appeared in Sacred Hoop, Psychology Today, Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts in Psychotherapy Practice, Tiny Light, Moondance, GRIT magazine, In The Family, and Sonoma County Women’s Voices. She has published two novellas, Waltzing with the Azaleas and Sojourner. Her story, “Quilt of Souls,” appears in the Vintage Voices 2010 Redwood Writers Anthology, Words Poured Out. Her essay, “She” appears in Potpourri For and About Women (2010). She is the author of An Unlikely Trio (Prequel to Best Laid Plans), Best Laid Plans (A Cozy Mystery), and Returning: A Collection of Stories. Please visit her blog at www.joscreativeuniverse.blogspot.com. She can be reached by e-mail: josrca@sonic.net.

Photo of Leigh Anne LindseyLeigh Anne Lindsey lives in Sebastopol  & writes sci-fi/futuristic thrillers-suspense, science, physics, astronomy & tech. Novel-in-the-works: Age Me Not. Member Redwood Writers, Santa Rosa and The Women’s National Book Assoc, San Francisco Chapter. While in Silicon Valley 18 years, wrote marketing and investment materials. While on the air as a rock DJ n Aspen CO for KSPN-FM, she wrote and produced radio commercials. Father was Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in the mid-50s. Read more @ www.Leigh-Anne-Lindsey.com. Follow her @ Twitter/LeighALindsey, LeighAnneLindsey.blogspot.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/Leigh.Anne.Lindsey; Scribd.com/LALwriter; RedRoom.com/member/LALwriter; LinkedIn: AuthorLeighAnneLindsey.

Susan Littlefield photoSusan Littlefield is a paralegal by day and a writer by night. She enjoys weaving short stories out of the “what if” situations of her life. She started writing poetry when she was eleven and wrote her first story when she was in high school. In 2006, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies; she wrote a novella for her final project. In recent years, she has published four short stories and placed first in the Writing for Dollars short story contest. She has just completed her first novel, a psychological thriller. Please visit Susan’s blog at www.susanlittlefield.blogspot.com.

Nancy Long Nancy Long photois a writer, director and performer. She hosted the Livewire Literary Salon and has published numerous short stories and plays. Recently, her piece A Dance I Call Love won First Prize and was performed by Petaluma Readers Theatre in February 2010. Her play Some People Find Their God received acceptance at an off-broadway theatre festival in New York City, Canada, Dominican University and at the Ross Valley RAW Festival. Nancy has performed with Writers on the Edge and Terry McGovern’s Marin Actor’s Workshop. She has created two 5-Minute Street Play Festivals in 2009 sponsored by the Arts Council of Sonoma County and reviewed numerous plays for ForAllEvents.com. She has also worked as Theatre Production Manager (and as Director and Performer) for Dominican University One Act Play Festival. Presently, she is Producer for the Petaluma Readers Theatre and helps coordinate the People, Places and Things Poetry Group in Petaluma; volunteers for the Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk and V-Day Petaluma.

Lusby-CecileCecile Lusby’s mature life began with divorce and single motherhood. She finished her education in midlife, earning credentials as an English teacher and a school counselor working with teenage foster youth in San Mateo County. She is retired and living in Sonoma County where she contributes to the Sonoma County Gazette and the Independent Coast Review, and has published a memoir, Lullabies from Liberty Street. Webpage: cecilelusby.com; Email: cecilusby@hotmail.com

C. T. MarkeeC.T. Markee. Born and raised in San Francisco, Charles spent his boyhood summers wandering the hills, creeks and forests of Marin County with his two best friends, sharing adventures that shaped some of the activities in his recently published novel, Irish the Demon Slayer. After graduating from the University of California in Berkeley he joined the Bay Area technology explosion, a choice that helped him support and raise a family of six boys and three girls. With his family grown, he left Silicon Valley in 2001 to forge a career in creative writing. Charles and his wife enjoy life in their Moonview Cabin in the hills north of Santa Rosa. www.charlesmarkee.com

Juanita J. Martin, Author, The Lighthouse BeckonsJuanita J. Martin, Fairfield’s 1st Poet Laureate, 2010-2012, is an award-winning poet, freelance writer and performance artist. Her poetry appears in journals such as Blue Collar Review, Soma Literary Review and Rattlesnake Review. She’s an active member with Ina Coolbrith Circle, Redwood Writers and Marin Poetry Center. In 2011, Juanita won Best of Show at Solano County Fair, Vallejo. She’s been published in Beatitude Golden, Continent of Light and Marin Poetry Center’s Volume 13. She’s been a featured reader at Healdsburg Literary Guild Third Sunday and is a former Sonoma County Library Slam Champion, host of Petaluma’s Poetry of Remembrance 2010 and Sonoma County Book Festival’s Teen Slam. She was creator and host of UniverSoul reading series at Barking Dog Roasters, Boyes Springs, 2008-2011. Her intelligent, thought-provoking poetry is inspirational and political. Her poetry collection The Lighthouse Beckons was published in 2012 (ISBN: 978-0-972604-8-8).

Lynda E. McDanielLynda McDaniel. Even as a kid, Lynda McDaniel encouraged the creativity of her friends. Today, she coaches and inspires adults to confidently produce books, blogs, and articles about their expertise or passion. So how did she become a writing coach? Of course it started with lots of writing. Lynda’s written 1,200+ articles for major publications and authored a dozen books, including her award-winning Words at Work and Contemporary Hawaii Woodworkers. She’s currently working on two new books about creativity and the writing process. And she’s coached scores of executives and staff at organizations such as Microsoft, Visa, Boeing, Citibank, YMCA, and University of Washington. Lynda offers her free Inspired Writing Toolkit at www.lyndamcdaniel.com. Or write her at lynda@lyndamcdaniel.com.

Lynn Millar writes weekly about Walking in Sonoma County. In fact, that’s the name of her blog. Geared towards people with bad knees, bad habits and bad attitudes, any path with a hill in the way comes with a warning. Walk descriptions include path details and sites to behold (flowers, trees, creeks and other bodies of water). Sometimes, she breaks away from the County, but even in San Francisco, she’s looking for the flattest walk. Watch for her on the trail at http://backtowalking.wordpress.com.

Michael NadlerMichael Nagler is President of the Metta Center for Nonviolence in Petaluma and the author of three books on nonviolence, including the 2002 American Book Award winning Search for a Nonviolent Future and most recently the Nonviolence Handbook, available from Berrett-Kohler publishers and elsewhere. Michael received the Sonoma County Season for Nonviolence Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He has lived at the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation’s Ashram in N. CA. since 1970.

Robin NoelleRobin Noelle is a professional writing coach, public relations practitioner and successful author of numerous books and magazine articles. She has more than 20 years of experience writing for marketing, sales and public relations. Noelle specializes in non-fiction writing. Her books have been published by prestigious imprints such as Avalon Travel Publishing, Pearson Education and McGraw-Hill. Book credits include How to do Everything MacBook, Word 2012: In Simple Steps, and The Moon Guide to Puerto Vallarta. As a writing coach, Noelle has the background and skills to help budding or experienced writers in all aspects of the writing process.
(707) 200-3886
Robin@NorthBayWritingCoach.com
www.NorthBayWritingCoach.com

Pat NolanPat Nolan is a writer living in Sonoma County. His poems, prose, and translations have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including Rolling Stone, The Paris Review, Big Bridge, Saints Of Hysteria, Poems For The Millennium, Vol. I, and Up Late, American Poets since 1970 as well as in literary magazines in Europe and Asia. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry. He is the author of over a dozen books of poetry, most recently, Intellectual Pretensions, from Editions de Jacob (2009). He was also co-editor of Life Of Crime, Newsletter of the Black Bart Poetry Society during the 1980’s, which has been reissued in one volume as Life Of Crime, Documents In The Guerrilla War Against Language Poetry (Poltroon Press, 2010). On The Road To Las Cruces (Nualláin House, 2011) is his first published novel (See Sonoma County in Print). Pat Nolan is available for speaking engagements and readings. Contact through nuallainhousepublishers@gmail.com

Gwynn O'GaraGwynn O’Gara, 2010-2011 Sonoma County Poet Laureate, is a Sebastopol poet known for her celebration of natural imagery and the exploration of interpersonal relationships through poetry. She is the author of three poetry collections, Snake Woman Poems, Fixer-Upper and Winter at Green Haven. She also co-authored Fruit of Life, Poems of Passion and Politics with Susan Kennedy, Penelope LaMontagne, and Phyllis Meshulam. For the last twenty two years, Gwynn has helped California Poets in the Schools bring poetry into the lives of students of all ages. She has also worked with adult students through the popular series, The Writer’s Sampler, sponsored by the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Gwynn also teaches creative writing classes through The Sitting Room in Cotati.

Jennie OrvinoJennie Orvino was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, lived in Milwaukee for 10 years after college and then moved to Sonoma County in 1978. She has published poems, feature articles and interviews in print and online, has been a radio producer, spoken word performer and small press publisher. Her book, Poetry, Politics and Passion: memoir, poems and personal essays, was released in February 2012. Her collaboration with Bay Area musicians, Make Love Not War, was on the Grammy nomination ballot in 2002. Awards include: 1st prize poetry, The Dickens; second prize in Java Jive (North Bay Bohemian);The Don L. Emblen Award for achievement and promise in creative writing. Email: jennieo@sonic.net. Website: www.jennieorvino.com

Renee OwenRenée Owen is one of eighteen poets featured in the new release from Red Moon Press — A New Resonance 7: Emerging Voices in English-Language Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts. This perfect softbound, 186 page book is the seventh volume in a “best of” series that has won the Haiku Society of America’s Merit Book Award in each of its previous issues. New Resonance poets have won innumerable contests and many are recognized amongst the leaders of literary haiku around the world.   These eighteen new members to this rather exclusive confederacy, then, have a very high standard against which to measure themselves, but equally high expectations of their ultimate position in the haiku community.

photo of Richard Pate

Richard K. Pate has degrees in both Architecture and Fine Arts. Raised in Texas, Mr. Pate resides in Northern California. His first publication, The Remembrance Album of Harriet Pruden, is a work of historical fiction. This unique tale is based closely on a true story and is built around an authentic pioneer-settler poetry collection; perhaps the world’s only narrative poetry anthology. (The Library of Congress comments “it would seem to be unique.”)  Please visit the author’s website at www.rkpate.com and while you are there be sure to check the descendant’s page to see if your ancestor contributed to Harriet’s album! 70+People, 80 Years….100 Poems!

Rhine_RosellaRosella Rhine. Raised in San Francisco, Rosella began her business career in public relations, primarily working on the bond issue to create the Bay Area Rapid Transit District. In 1993 she moved to the Italian Riviera to write a novel. Upon her return to Marin, she was a freelance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and Marin Independent Journal. She published her memoir, Life’s a Piñata: Full of Surprises in 2010, and in 2013 published a mystery novel, Murder by Wheelchair. Rosella moved to Santa Rosa in 2012. She became a member of the Redwood Writer’s Group, where her short story “Reflections of a Man” was included in their 2013 Anthology. See: www.rosellarhine.com

Ed Rimbaugh photoEd Rimbaugh. First poem (Scimitar and Sword) accepted for publication by The Oregonian in 1966. First self-published poetry title: Many Faces Many Moods, 1967. Participated in Canyon Poets (Riverside Co.) in 1970, becoming involved with students of the Watts Writers Workshop. During 1970s and 80s organized poetry readings at venues such as UC-Riverside and Nosotros Fine Arts Workshop in Riverside Ca. With the aid of Neeli Cherkovsky (friend of C. Bukowski), published Asphalt Daisies in 1971. Started Inland Writers Magazine (listed in Directory of Small Presses and Little Magazines) in 1972 and published, edited and illustrated chapbooks such as Two-Way Street by Cathy Delmia. Currently (2010) engaged in “laptopping” and burning-to-disc 40 years of poetry and visual art production. PO Box 481, Guerneville Ca 95446-0481. Email: erimbaugh@yahoo.com

Michael RitterAuthor and screenwriter Michael Lance Ritter has spent 40 years studying the history, geography, settlement pattern and ecology of the American West. He earned an M.A. in history at Sonoma State University and was in the PhD history program at the University of California, San Diego. His text, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, Man of Two Worlds, (available at amazon.com) has been followed by an exciting biopic, Man of Two Worlds. Michael is a member of the Western History Association, Western Writers of America, Robinson Jeffers Association, Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He has been a parent, teacher, editor, screenwriter, entrepreneur and world-class athlete. Email: mritter4u@comcast.net. See: www.jeanbaptistecharbonneau.com

Bev RiverwoodBeverly Riverwood first taught writing at Miami University in Ohio in 1961. Since then she  has taught creative writing, literature and reading at every grade from K-college. After raising her family, Bev has used her skills in businesses and law, earning an MA and a JD, working in advertising, public relations and environmental law. A sculptor, she has written for arts publications, including local papers. She is  working on a novel and her memoir, emphasizing sixty years of social involvement in art, music, women’s rights work and community organizing. At present, she enjoys tutoring, studying history, playing her Celtic Harp and singing with the Occidental Community Choir. http://beverlyriverwood.com

Clara Rosemarda is an evocative writing teacher, memoirist, poet, and lecturer, whose work has been published in literary journals and anthologies. Co-author and co-editor of the anthology STEEPED: In the World of Tea, Clara has been in private practice in Santa Rosa as a counselor and healer for thirty years. She believes that living a creative life is not a luxury. Contact Clara Rosemarda: 707:579-2081 or rosen@sonic.net

Rosen-book-signingJo-Anne Rosen is a book and web designer living in Petaluma. Her stories have appeared in Other Voices, The Florida Review, The Dickens, FlashQuake, Bustout Magazine, The Summerset Review and other journals, and the anthology 95% Naked.  In 2007 she was awarded a two-week writing residency at Soapstone.  Two of her stories were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood in October 2014. She publishes a quarterly online chapbook series of fiction, poetry and memoir (see www.echapbook.com). She also offers publishing services for self-publishing writers, from manuscript to camera-ready files. Her first short fiction collection, What They Don’t Know, was published in 2015. Contact: jo@wordrunner.com; More info: www.wordrunner.com or www.joannerosen.us

Brianna Sage has written poetry since the age of 9, has been performing since the age of 15, and created her own monthly show at the age of 17. The Northbay Poetry Slam is a  Sebastopol event, hosted every month by Brianna. This highly successful show brings in crowds as large as 150 people to HopMonk Tavern on the first Sundays of the month. Brianna herself has competed and placed in numerous poetry slams across North America, as well as performing and recording at the record label AlleyOneMusic and the What Wuz Da’ Buzz project. By the age of 17 Brianna had already published her first poetry book The Tales Of An Old Soul and recorded her first CD Stycks and Stones, as well as performed at events such as Harmony Festival and The Goddess Crafts Faire. On the rise in the growing slam poetry scene Brianna can still be seen every first Sunday of the month at HopMonk Tavern and Northbay Poetry Slam. Contact: Brianna.Marie.Sage@gmail.com

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHeather Seggel’s work has appeared on The Toast, at Elle.com, Time.com, WashingtonPost.com, in the North Bay Bohemian and San Francisco Bay Times. She reviews books for several trade publications and is gradually moving into freelance commercial writing. Her life trajectory led her from Santa Monica to Cazadero to Ukiah to Santa Rosa, and she’s trying to turn the page and figure out where’s next.
www.heatherlseggel.weebly.com
www.heatherseggel.contently.com
Email: hlsegg@hotmail.com

Jeane SloneJeane Slone is the past Vice President and present board member of the California Redwood Writer’s Club, a member of the Healdsburg Literary Guild, Military Writer’s Society of America, and the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Ms. Slone is host of the television show, Writer/Speak. She is a tutor for the Library Literacy Program. Jeane distributes over 85 local authors’ books in 12 Sonoma County shops. Ms. Slone has published the historical fictions, She Flew Bombers, winner of the national 2012 Indie Book Award and She Built Ships During WW II (which is being converted into a English for second language book) and She Was an American Spy During WW II. Jeane is a member of CMedia Center, 1075 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, where she is presently producing audio CD’s of her three historical fictions and will be distributing them through ACX, Amazon. Contact: info@jeaneslone.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LocalAuthorsDistributor?skip_nax_wizard=true; Website: www.jeaneslone.com

Julia Park TraceyJulia Park Tracey is an award-winning writer, editor and journalist. She is the great-niece of Doris Bailey Murphy, who left dozens of diaries covering an 80-year span. The Doris Diaries is a multimedia project designed to publish and broadcast the historic contents of Ms. Murphy’s journals. Read more at www.thedorisdiaries.com. Her award-winning blog, Modern Muse, was named the best multimedia site by the East Bay Press Club in 2010; the same association named her blog Best Independent Blog in 2007. She is also a founding member of the writers’ collective, IndieVisible. Learn more at indie-visible.com. Read more about Julia and the Doris Diaries at www.juliaparktracey.com. You can follow Julia on GoodReads, Facebook and Twitter, and follow ongoing excerpts from The Doris Diaries on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Pat Tyler, a member of the California Writers Club, Redwood Branch, is a workshop facilitator (currently at City of Rohnert Park; formerly, MADF, Sonoma County Jail). She is a freelance editor for: California Writers Club, Redwood Branch, Romance Writers of America, Berkeley Branch, (and by appointment) – 707-696-9640 or pat.tyler@att.net. Publications include: (Print) Good Housekeeping, Fate, Tacoma News Tribune, LaVoz, Habitat for Humanity. (Online) Tiny Lights, Verb Sap. (Anthologies) To Honor a Teacher, More Bridges, Vintage Voices. Annual Competition Awards: Writer’s Digest, Friends of the Library, East of Eden Writer’s Conference, San Francisco Writer’s Conference. Education: Master of Arts – Sonoma State University; Rohnert Park, CA and (a summer course in writing fiction, titled “The Art of Lying,” Merton College, University of Oxford, England). Website: www.writetoday.net

AV WaltersA.V. Walters was born in Canada, to American parents. (And after thirty years in California, she no longer says ‘eh’ at the end of her sentences.) Several years ago she moved to a chicken farm in Sonoma County, where she began writing and became an advocate of “bucket farming.” Her debut novel, The Emma Caites Way, won the BAIPA Best Literary Fiction Award. Her newest book, The Gift of Guylaine Claire, a nod to her Canadian roots, was released as an ebook July 1, 2012 by Two Rock Press and will be released in paperback in September. Ms. Walters lives in West County. She is published by Two Rock Press (tworockpress.com) and has a regular blog on rural Sonoma County living at two-rock-chronicles.com.

Author Joanne Whitfield moved to western Sonoma County in 1980 from the Bay Area, where she was an established freelance writer — published everywhere from Women’s Circle to Boy’s Life to California Living and more. Her novel, Cody Angel, was published by New Victoria Publishers of Vermont. She is currently working on a new novel, California 1848, a fictional account of the Gold Rush. A graduate of San Francisco State University in Creative Writing as well as in Painting, she studied with the late Stan Rice, Kay Boyle, and many other notable writers. She also was a correspondent with the Oakland Tribune in the early 1990s, and most currently retired from a 27-year career as a writer/editor for Postal Service headquarters in Washington D.C.; she produced a monthly magazine for 100,000 postal employees in the Pacific Area. Most summers, you’ll find her polishing up on her craft at the Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference, where Amy Tan and Mark Childress and other writers always are great sources of inspiration.

Jennifer WilhoitJennifer J. Wilhoit is a published author of books, essays, and research articles, and she writes a blog about the ecotone of the inner/outer landscape. Jennifer’s writing focuses on the interconnection between humans and nature, spirituality, grief and death, the writing life and process, community service, and creativity. She earned a PhD in Environmental Studies through which she conducted research about artisans and conservation; she also holds an M.A. in Adult Education. For excellence in writing, Jennifer recently earned VIP status and was inducted as a lifetime member into Worldwide Who’s Who. Jennifer Wilhoit founded TEALarbor stories, a nature-based business through which she compassionately and creatively: mentors writers and offers traditional writing services; facilitates Story & Nature Guiding©; offers life transition support; and mediates conflict. Jennifer is a hospice volunteer; she also enjoys being in nature, making visual art, reading, and traveling. She has lived all over the U.S. including small islands in the Puget Sound; Jennifer recently moved to West County.
Website: www.tealarborstories.com
Blog: tealarborstories.blogspot.com
Contact: tealarborstories@gmail.com

Wilkes_AnnAnn Wilkes writes science fiction, urban fantasy, articles and maintains a popular sci-fi blog where she delivers reviews, news and discussion. Her short stories read like Twilight Zone episodes – often tragic, funny or both. Her latest sales have been to Dark Quest Books anthologies, Beauty Has Her Way and No Man’s Land.  As Ann Hutchinson, she writes memoir, mainstream fiction and lyrics. At Clever Copy, she does copywriting and editing for hire. When she’s not working or writing, she’s dancing with her husband or volunteering. Find out more at annwilkes.com and clevercopy.net.

Michelle WingMichelle Wing writes poetry and creative nonfiction. She is author of Body on the Wall (Saddle Road Press, May 2014) and co-editor of Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence (WolfSinger Publications, Sept. 2014). Michelle founded Changing Hurt to Hope: Writers Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, a program at YWCA Sonoma County, now it its fifth year, and is creator and host of Books on Stage, a spoken word series in Cloverdale. She writes a monthly literary column, “Off the Page,” for Sonoma West Publishing, and blogs about writing, life with a service dog, and Zen practice.

Website: http://michellewing.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleWingauthor
twitter: @wingpoet; Contact: michelle@michellewing.com

Farrell WinterFarrell Winter has been published in the Redwood Writers anthology Vintage Voices, the Sitting Room anthology Spirit Matters, Bay Area Music Market Magazine, Pro Sound News, Wine Country Film Festival, Sonoma County Free Press, California Peace & Freedom Party Newsletter, and zines including Mishap, Basilisk, The Good Book, and Trivia Comix. In 2010 Mr. Winter read his poetry at the San Mateo County Fair Writing Contest and YWCA Writers against Domestic Violence.  His one-act anti-smoking play is unpublished.  Currently he is researching his autobiography and revising his feminist science fiction novel, Zohu: A World Ruled by Women. Email: zalmoxis@sbcglobal.net

Jack Withington, author of Historical Buildings of Sonoma County. Contributor to the Sonoma County Historical Magazine. Member of Redwood Writers Club, United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, Military Writers Society of America.
Email: ccpenn@sonic.net

Jean Wong was born in Honolulu. Many of Jean’s works are rich in the traditions and culture of the Chinese in Hawaii. She has been a contributor to Vintage Voices, Synchronized Chaos, Tiny Lights, Short, Fast, & Deadly, and Get Born. One of her poems has been set to music by composer Georg Hajdu and is currently played internationally. She is a recent winner of the Redwood Writer’s short story contest. marcjeanhw@comcast.net; www.sonic.net/~marcjean/jean

Gor Yaswen photoGor Yaswen, Artist/Writer. Gordon Yaswen is a self-taught writer and artist whose work has been published in magazines and anthologies, and has self-published 14 non-fiction books and 26 chapbooks of poetry with drawings. He has taught autobiography techniques, leads WESTWORD, a Sebastopol writer’s support group, and claims to draw and write as a spiritual path. His books, chapbooks, note-cards, and drawings are available by order at: 740 First St., Sebastopol, CA 95472 or yaswen@aol.com, where  reader feedback is also welcomed.

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