Little Blessings Contributors

Sandra Ervin Adams is listed in A Directory of American Poet & Writers and has been published in anthologies and literary journals. In 2006 she authored a poetry chapbook, Union Point Park Poems, and in 2011, Through A Weymouth Window. She has been a writer-in-residence at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, NC. Sandra lives near the North Carolina coast.

Francine L. Baldwin-Billingslea is a mother, a grandmother, a breast cancer survivor and a second time around newlywed who has recently found a passion for writing. In the last five years, she has had several publications in the Whispering Angels and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as in magazines and online. She has also written an inspirational memoir titled, Through it all and out on the other side, which can be purchased through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Xlibris.com. She loves writing, traveling, and spending quality time with her loved ones, especially with her grandchildren.

Julie G. Beers has written for multiple television series including Walker, Texas Ranger, Renegade and Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict. She is a freelance writer and editor, and currently works as a researcher at AFI (American Film Institute) on the AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Julie has the privilege of traveling to many different worlds whenever she plays with her young niece and nephew. “Giant Black Widow Spider Island” is dedicated to Bijan and Sophia, two of this world’s most imaginative, daring and fun kids.

James Bettendorf After retiring from teaching math for 34 years, he was accepted for a two-year poetry internship on the Loft Master Track program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which he completed in 2009. His grandchildren provide a rich trove of material for writing. He has had poems published in Off Channel, Main Channel Voices, Light Quarterly, Rockhurst Review, Ottertail Review, Talking Stick Vols. 18-20, Verse Wisconsin and Free Verse. He has also been published in an anthology, Gathering, with the other graduates of the “Forward” poetry program at the Loft.

Jane Blanchard divides her time between Augusta and St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines as well as in the anthologies Cradle Songs, Dogs Singing and Shout Them From the Mountaintops II.

Kellye Blankenship is a servant to a husband and five children. She enjoys sneaking of to her tiny office in the woods where she dives into fantasy and fun reality, with an occasional dip into serious writing. Her works can be seen in Living Lessons, Nurturing Paws and she writes a weekly article entitled A Day in Education. She has recently completed her first short story book titled Silent Screams of an Abused Child. This book is a non-fiction story of a childhood that begs to be forgotten and should be available soon for purchase. kellyeblankenship@ymail.com http://web.mac.com/kellyeblankenship

Ann Reisfeld Boutté is a writer of poetry, essays, and feature stories. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume IV, Texas Poetry Calendars, Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, and The Weight of Addition. She has a Master’s Degree in journalism and has worked as a feature writer for a daily newspaper and a national wire service. She was a Juried Poet in the Houston Poetry Fest in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2010.

Carol Bullman is the author of The Christmas House (Ideals Children’s Books, 2008). She lives and writes in Texas, where her husband and their two boys supply a constant stream of ideas and motivation for her stories, essays, and poems. www.carolbullman.com.

Gayla Chaney lives and writes in central Texas. Her fiction has appeared in Potomac Review, Concho River Review, Natural Bridge, Cicada, Thema, Carve, U.S. Catholic, 34th Parallel and Nurturing Paws. When not writing, Gayla likes to collect street junk and transform it into something delightful.

Elayne Clift, a writer and journalist in Saxtons River, Vt., is a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar and an adjunct lecturer in English and Gender Studies. The author of several books of poetry and short fiction and editor of three anthologies, her first novel, Hester's Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, has just been published. She is currently working (with Christine Morton) on a book about doula-supported birth in the US. (www.elayne.clift).

Daawy Her essay about the children of Mali’s addictive smiles is very close to her heart. She is the proud mother of two lovely children and wife to a very supportive husband. She won a writing competition as a child when she had to write a ‘miss you’ letter, and she addressed her letter to God. This is the first time she has had her writing published, and she is truly grateful for this golden opportunity. She likes to search for optimism in the cold coves of despair. This ray of light motivates all her writings. Please follow her at http://twitter.com/Daawy or visit her at http://daawy.blogspot.com/

Barbara Kay Daniel’s inspirational publications include Woman’s World, Fate and numerous international magazines. She won her first poetry award at age 16 from Ingenue, and, recently honorable mention from Writer’s Digest. Her publications include dozens of short stories, poems, a conceptual dance suite, and a commercial production of Marching to Georgia, her full-length play, in NYC. Batbrains, her one-act play won first place, then published by Samuel French, Inc. She holds a B.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth University, and also studied Interarts at Hunter. She resides in Buffalo Junction, VA, enjoys portrait painting, and networks on Facebook and Kencat95@aol.com.

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry and fiction has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Oxford American, and Slipstream, and she is a recent recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

Liz Dolan is a five-time Pushcart nominee, who has won an established artist fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Her second poetry manuscript, A Secret of Long Life, which is seeking a publisher, was nominated for the Robert McGovern Prize. Her first poetry collection, They Abide, was recently published by March Street Press.

Terri Elders, LCSW, lives near Colville, WA with two dogs and three cats. A lifelong writer and editor, Terri’s stories have appeared in dozens of periodicals and anthologies, including two previous editions of Whispering Angel books. Her latest project is co-creating anthologies for the new Not Your Mother’s Book series for Publishing Syndicate. She is a public member of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission. Contact her at telders@hotmail.com. She blogs at http://atouchoftarragon.blogspot.com/.

Karen Etheldattar is the author of three volumes of poetry: Earthwalking & Other Poems, Thou Art a Woman & Other Poems and Steam Rising Up from the Soul, and four chapbooks: The Bambini Chronicles, The Cat Poems, Woman Artists & Woman as Art, and Poems of Peace & Protest. Her poems have been published in WomanSpirit, Off Our Backs, Dark Horse, Calyx, Northwest Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Papier Mache Press anthologies, If I Had My Life to Live Over, I’d Pick More Daisies, and At Our Core: Women Writing About Power. She can be reached at Ethelsdatr@aol.com.

Cona F. (“Faye”) Gregory-Adams is an award-winning writer of poetry, children’s books, nonfiction, and short fiction. She is now serving as Missouri’s Senior Poet Laureate 2012. Published in newspapers, magazines, poetry journals and anthologies in the USA, UK, Korea and Canada, Faye also served as Missouri’s Senior Poet Laureate in 2010, and was a featured poet in Lucidity Poetry Journal, summer of 2011. View her work at www.fayeadams.com, or email her at writer@fayeadams.com.

Carol L. Gloor is a semi-retired attorney, writing for forty years, mostly poetry. Her work has appeared in many print and online journals and anthologies, most recently in the magazine Christian Century; print journals Sow’s Ear, Slant, and Exit 13 ; the anthology A Bird in the Hand: Risk and Flight, and in the online journal Stymie: a Journal of Sport and Literature. She is a member of the Chicago poetry collective Egg Money Poet at eggmoneypoets.org.

R’becca Groff is a former administrative assistant turned freelance/creative writer who enjoys writing both fiction and non-fiction stemming from her native Iowa small town upbringing. She currently writes a business column for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and contributes to a monthly column on Iowa’s growing wine industry for the Dubuque, Iowa-based magazine, Julien’s Journal. She is pursuing representation/publication for her women’s fiction novel, Iron Angel, and enjoys blogging about life and all its conundrums that influence a writer’s journey at http://rebeccasnotepad.wordpress.com. You can find her at www.Facebook.com/Rebecca.Groff as well as Linkedin.com (R’becca Groff).

Jim Gustafson graduated from Florida Southern College and received his master’s degree from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University, in his hometown of Evanston, Illinois. Jim lives in Fort Myers, Florida, where he reads, writers and pulls weeds. His poems have most recently appeared in Hektoen International Journal, 10x10, Boxing Insider, Barefoot Review, and Poetry Quarterly. His website is www.jimgustafson.com.

Ben Humphrey is a retired professor of pediatric oncology living in the Rocky Mountains. In 2005, he started writing and publishing poems. Most of his poems are influenced by Taoism, but a poem about his youth was included in Whispering Angel Books anthology, Living Lessons. In 2010, he started working on a memoir of his professional experiences caring for children with leukemia. A short story, Ralph, from his memoir, which his still being drafted, was included in Nurturing Paws. Comments on his work are welcomed via email: Ghumphreyb@aol.com

Carolyn Ingram is a psychologist and coach who helps others discover their next calling, and then do something meaningful with that calling. Her poetry appears in Pelican Review, Living Lessons, California Quarterly, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, and The Prose-Poem Project among others. She co-wrote the non-fiction books Have You Ever Been a Child, and The Not-So-Scary Breast Cancer Book, and has published flash fiction on-line at BustOut. She loves supporting others to live from the creative flow, in work and all creative pursuits. carolyn@carolyningram.com

Debbie Izzi spent fifteen years in international finance. Then she had twins. Now she lives in Napa, California in a big yellow house with her husband and three boys. She spends her days playing baseball, searching for snakes, applying band-aids and of course, writing stories for and about children. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress, The Misery Eaters, won second place in the 2012 Alabama Writers’ Conclave Juvenile Fiction Contest. She can be reached at: izzi.debbie@gmail.com.

Carolyn T. Johnson, a former banker and now freelance writer from Houston, Texas, draws on her colorful life experiences in the US, Europe and South Africa for her short stories, poetry and essays. She writes from the heart, the hurt, the heavenly and sometimes the hilarious. Her work can be found in The Houston Chronicle and The Austin American-Statesman newspapers, as well as Hope Whispers, Living Lessons, Nurturing Paws, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine and other various anthologies and e-zines. She can be contacted at cetjohnson@comcast.net.

Roshanda Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. She loves to slam, perform spoken word and act. She currently stars as Stephanie in the Gospella The Divine Inheritance. She has been published on Say it at Your Wedding’s website and in Pure Francis’ online literary journal, and has works appearing in the anthologies American Society: What Poets See and Riversongs later this year. She resides in Houston, Texas with her beloved dog Blue Belle.
 
Lynn C. Johnston is the author of Angel’s Dance: A Collection of Uplifting and Inspirational Poetry and founder of Whispering Angel Books. Her poems and essays have been published in several anthologies, including Forever Friends, Timeless Mysteries, Antiquities, The World Awaits, and Turning Corners, Bridges. She served as editor for Hope Whispers, Living Lessons, and Nurturing Paws. Originally from New York, Lynn is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz. For more information, please visit www.whisperingangelbooks.com.

Jean L. Kaess is an award winning poet and journalist living in South Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Her poem “Brigid’s Forge II” appeared in Hope Whispers. Her freelance work also has appeared in Sprinkles Magazine, eHow and on numerous other websites. She is a mother, daughter, wife, and friend experiencing life as a 30-something in the “sandwich” generation of life. Jean can be reached through her blog at http://jeankaess.wordpress.com/.

Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English Department, where she directs the Poetry Outreach Center. Her poems and short stories have been published in numerous books and magazines. Her books include Grand Central Station, Remembering Fireflies, Secrets of Sheets, Ghosts, Goblins, Gods and Geodes, Van Gogh’s Ear, and Daring Daughters/Defiant Dreams. She also co-authored Animal Crackers and Their Friends. Her published children’s books include A Wish Upon A Star, Historical Heroic Horses, Music From The Heart and The Buried Treasure. She edited two collections: The Heroic Young Woman and Life on the Moon: My Best Friend’s Secrets.

Mary Elizabeth Laufer is a freelance writer and substitute teacher in Saint Cloud, Florida. Her poems have been published in magazines, newspapers and several anthologies, including Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge (Grayson Books, 2003), Hunger Enough, Living Spiritually in a Consumer Society (Pudding House Publications, 2004), The Dire Elegies, 59 Poets on Endangered Species (Foothills Publishing, 2006), Bombshells, War Stories and Poems by Women on the Homefront (OmniArts, LLC, 2007), Beautiful Women—Like You and Me (BW Books, 2007), Living Lessons (Whispering Angel Books, 2010) and Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood (Quill and Parchment Press, 2012).

Tom Leskiw lives outside Eureka, California with his wife Sue and their dog Gypsy. He considers his explorations of the natural world with Gypsy to be among the highlights of the past 13 years. An avid birder, he is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). His essays, book and movie reviews appear in print and online journals including Adventum; Birding; LBJ: Avian Life, Avian Arts; The Motherhood Muse (1st place contest winner); Snowy Egret; Terrain.org; Watershed and forthcoming in Riverwind. His monthly column appears at www.RRAS.org. and his website resides at www.tomleskiw.com

David MacWilliams lives in Alamosa, Colorado with his wife Pilar and their two children. He teaches writing, literature, and linguistics at Adams State University there. He received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Ashland University in August, 2011. He has published in Pilgrimage and has a recent essay at Mason’s Road, http://www.masonsroad.com/issue-5/creative-nonfiction-issue-5/sound-waves/. He’s now working on his first book, a collection of essays on fatherhood. He’s delighted to be contributing to Littlest Blessings and can be reached at dcmacwil@yahoo.com.

Susan Mahan has been writing poetry since her husband died in 1997. She is a frequent reader at poetry venues and has written and self-published four chap books, “Paris Awaits”, 2001 “In The Wilderness of Grief”, 2002, “Missing Mum”, 2005, and “World View”, 2009. She joined the editorial staff of The South Boston Literary Gazette in 2002. She has been published in a number of journals and anthologies and loves writing poems about her grandchildren!

Suzanne Manning resides in Massachusetts with her husband her soul-mate of 16 years and her beautifully, creative 13-year-old daughter. She started out expressing herself through her writings as a young teenager; she enjoys writing true life stories of her life’s experiences. She has been published in two newspaper articles, has written a children's book called Tales from a New England Farmhouse and has been appeared in the anthology, Nurturing Paws. Suzanne can be reached at Farmhouse59@comcast.net

Marsha Mathews has published three chapbooks of poetry: Northbound Single-Lane (Finishing Line Press, 2010), Sunglow & A Tuft of Nottingham Lace (Red Berry Editions, 2011), and most recently, Hallelujah: Voices from the Hollow (Aldrich Press). Author Silas House selected Marsha’s novel excerpt “More than a Mess of Greens” as one of the top three fiction finalists for the 2012 Rash Awards. The story, her first published fiction, appears in The Broad River Review. Marsha teaches writing and literature at Dalton State College. She enjoys water sports and eating crab cakes. She raised two way cool daughters. And her granddaughter calls often to talk to her cats, Azure and Muse.

Rosemary McKinley began writing to both entertain and inspire others. Her book, 101 Glimpses of the North Fork and Islands was released in 2009. Her short stories, essays, and poems have been published online by the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island and in Lucidity, LI Sounds, Clarity, canvasli.com, Peconic Bay Shopper, Fate Magazine, Examination Anthology, Wormwood Press, Newsday, and The Poet’s Arts. Her Y/A historical novella, The Wampum Exchange, can be found on Amazon.com. She has been interviewed at KJOY, for the Suffolk Times and online.

Bridget McNamara-Fenesey lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she works as an independent business consultant when she is not pursuing her passion of writing. Bridget received her BA from the University of Notre Dame, and her JD from the University of Denver. She has been published in The Sun literary magazine, Fate Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, as well as other local and national publications. She is thankful to her family for providing such a rich source of material for her muse. Bridget can be reached at bridgetmcnamara@comcast.net.

Jasminne Mendez is a performance poet, actress, teacher and published writer. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Houston. She has performed her poetry in venues all around the Houston area and has shared the stage with respected writers and poets including Dagoberto Gilb, Sandra Cisneros and Taylor Mali. She has been published both nationally and internationally by Arte Public Press, the University of Chester, Telling Our Stories Press and in Magnolia: a Journal of Women's Literature. She is currently working on her first book length memoir and continues to promote literary events around the Houston area.

Beckie Miller began writing to vent the devastating pain from the death of her 18-year old son, Brian, who was robbed and killed in 1991. She is chapter-leader of Parents Of Murdered Children, in Phoenix, Arizona for the past twenty years and has won numerous awards for her work with crime victims. This is the third series of Whispering Angel Books she has had stories published in: Nurturing Paws and Living Lessons. She has also been published in Every Woman has a Story, Dear Mom, I Always Wanted You to Know, Unsent Letters and The Arizona Republic.

Jason Miller is an English Professor at North Carolina State University where he directs the teacher education program and teaches courses in twentieth-century American poetry. His poems have appeared in various journals including Smartish Pace, The South Carolina Review, Whole Notes, Eclipse, and Plains Song Review. He earned his MA degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his Ph.D from Washington State University. In addition to publishing over a dozen articles, he is the author of Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture (University Press of Florida 2011).

Harry P. Noble A native Texan, he spent two years in military service, eighteen months in Korea. His career was in computers, spending thirty years at the University of Houston and Lamar University. During that time, he earned a Bachelor’s in mathematics and an MBA in finance. He retired in 1991. Returning to San Augustine, his hometown, he began writing biographical history for the newspaper, The San Augustine Tribune. That endeavor produced over a thousand articles and the publication of four books: Texas Trailbrazers, As Noble as It Gets, Schools of San Augustine County: A History and Me and Burnice, A Simpler Time.

Scott Peterson is a co-author of the book Theme Explorations: a Voyage of Discovery. His poems and essays have appeared in The Plains Song Review, Beyond Forgetting: Poetry about Alzheimer’s Disease, Home and Other Places, Catapult, Braking Ground, Nurturing Paws, as well as other journals and magazines. He is a consultant for the National Writing Project and teaches writing classes at Western Michigan University. He lives in Mattawan, MI.

Sharon Medoff Picard is a social worker/psychoanalyst in private practice who lives and works in Westchester, County, New York. After years of thinking about writing, she joined a weekly writers’ group and has been composing stories ever since.

Lynn Pinkerton is a freelance writer who knew in the fifth grade that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Sidetracked by careers in social services and special events marketing, Lynn eventually reclaimed her childhood aspiration, joined a writing group and began publishing. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and on-line publications including The Christian Science Monitor, New Southerner and The Shine Journal, as well as several anthologies including Nurturing Paws, The Path and The Porch Swing. She divides her time between New Chapel Hill and Houston, Texas.

Carol Rhodes lives in Houston, TX. Her creative works, short stories, personal essays, poetry, non-fiction articles, plays, and book reviews, have been widely published. Among her credits are The Houston Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Stroud (England) News & Journal, and The Houston Press newspapers; Country Home, Good Old Boat and Texas magazines. RE:AL, Journal of Stephen F. Austin University, book Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul, and numerous other publications. Additionally, Carol is a freelance literary and technical editor, business consultant, and instructor of her popular business writing courses, “Why Not Write It Right?” and “E-mail Protocol.”

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York poet, well published in literary journals and poetry anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, her poem On yet another birthday was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Ruth's full-length book, Facing Home and Beyond, published by Paragon Poetry Press, Inc., can be purchased online from Amazon.com, and from the publisher, via e-mail: paragonpoetry@aol.com: For more about Ruth, please feel free to "Google" her and visit her website: www.ruthsabathrosenthal.moonfruit.com

Leslie Schult is a writer, a poet, and a fiction writer of short stories and essays. Her work has been published in various local and regional newspapers such as Walt Whitman Writer’s Corner and The Women’s Center of Huntington. She participates and facilitates in writing workshops for women. She is also a Clinical Social Worker in private practice as well as a “practicing grandmother.” Children inspire her with their rich observations and simplistic ideals; often reminding all of us of great truths such as Gracie’s Catepillar. She takes great pleasure in telling their stories and is pleased to be part of this anthology.

Don Segal has been published in the Deep Waters anthology published by the Tall Grass Writers Guild in June, 2012, and the Emily Dickinson Poetry Award (Universities West Press) anthology as a semi-finalist. His other publication credits include Miriam’s Well at www.miriamswell.wordpress.com, Bottle Rockets, The Small Pond Magazine, Hummingbird and Blueline. He has a blog at http://www.donsegal.wordpress.com that includes his drawings, photographs, poetry and discussion of anything that interests him! He lives in Guilford, CT with his wife and children.

Thanecha Senat is a health educator for a not-for-profit organization that works with adolescents in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Masters in Community Health Education with specialization in Adolescent Health. Though she has no children of her own, she draws her inspiration for her writing from her niece, five nephews, five godchildren and life experiences. This is her first publication.

Elaine Dugas Shea, a New England native with love for the ocean, has lived in Montana for 40 years. She enjoyed a career in social justice working with American Indian Tribes and civil rights. Her poetry was featured in Third Wednesday, South Dakota Review, Front Range Review, CAMAS, Spillway, and several anthologies, including The Light in Ordinary Things, Hope Whispers, When Last on the Mountain: The View from Writers over Fifty and elsewhere. She thanks her children Deva & John for this story.

Deb Sherrer is a writer, psychotherapist, yoga instructor, and activist in violence prevention. She lives in Shelburne, Vermont with her husband and daughters. Her poetry has been published in The Burlington Poetry Journal, The Mountain Troubadour, Vermont Woman, Affilia, and Violence Against Women International Journal. More of her poetry, essays, and memoir can be read at: www.debsherrer.com.

Susan Siegel She has been writing poetry for almost 30 years. She writes about everyday happenings in life. She is a mother of two and has been married for almost 30 years. She tries to see beauty in everything around her and express her wonder of it all through her words.

Raven Sisco revels in the written word, both poetry and prose. As a poet, she has had poems published in college and adult literary journals, including Rabbit in Melbourne, Australia and The Storyteller in Arkansas. She has also won awards from various organizations including the National League of American Pen Women and the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, Inc. Currently starting her second year at San Jose State University, she is majoring in English, which she plans to teach at the high school level, and will continue to write both poetry and prose.

Janet Tamez is a writer and poet who grew up in the urban-Cuban culture of Union City, NJ. She takes on the world with the voice of dynamic women in her life such as her mom, Abuela, and sisters. As an advocate for young women, Janet has founded "The Young Goddess," a series of motivational workshops centered on goddess archetypes and women studies. Her short story, "Wherever you go, there you are," has been featured in Whispering Angel's Living Lessons anthology. Janet lives in Denver, Colorado where she serves as a Creative Writing instructor for high school students.

Paula Timpson She is a mommy and published poetess. Her poetry “Spirit” series books are available on Amazon. http://paulaspoetryworld.blogspot.com. Her son is her Forever Muse! She writes poetry everyday for God’s glory!

Tina Traster is a New York Post columnist, a Huffington Post blogger and an essayist. She is the author of Burb Appeal Too and Hits & Misses: New York Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Strategies, a compendium of her columns from Crain’s New York Business. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals and on NPR. Her essays have been anthologized in literary collections Living Lessons, Nurturing Paws, and Mammas and Pappas. Traster is writing a memoir about her adopted Russian daughter that is due out next year.

Carolyne Van Der Meer is a Montreal journalist and PR practitioner who lectures in McGill University's Public Relations program in Montreal, Canada. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Italy and Ireland, including Ars Medica, Bibliosofia, Boyne Berries, Can Can, Canadian Woman Studies, Carte Blanche, Crannóg, Helios and the WOW! Anthology among others, and is forthcoming in Ireland's Windows 20 anthology. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English literature and also recently completed a graduate certificate in Creative Writing at the Humber School for Writers in Toronto, Canada.

James Vasquez is a retired faculty member of the University of Washington. James writes Bible-based classic poetry and has published six books over the last four years. He has won numerous awards, including "Master Poet" from the Society of American Poets. His books are available from Amazon.com and from the publishers. Please visit his website at: http://jamesvasquez.tateauthor.com/

Louise Webster graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts. Upon graduation, she worked at a cable T.V. station writing the evening news. Staying home, after the birth of her first child, she continued contributing work to many small presses and won a poetry contest celebrating the history of Lake Ronkonkoma. Louise also wrote for some of the more commercial magazines and anthologies. She wrote an article for Garden Design, a psychology text book, Graces and Dog Blessings by June Cotner, and is a frequent contributor to a science fiction quarterly.

N.K. Weddle is a freelance writer hailing from Independence, Missouri. Norman’s fiction can also be found in the upcoming issue of THEMA, Spring 2013 issue. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire was inspired by a conversation with his grandson, Dane.

Cherise Wyneken is retired from teaching and raising four children and lives with her husband in Albany, CA. She began studying creative writing in mid-life and has since enjoyed sharing her prose and poetry with readers through a variety of journals, periodicals, anthologies, two books of poetry, a memoir of her spiritual journey, a novel, a children’s spiritual fantasy, a children’s audiocassette, two poetry chapbooks, and a nonfiction collection of stories from my life: Stir-Fried Memories, recently out from www.whisperingangelbooks.com. A good part of her work is spiritually oriented. She currently writes a poetry column at www.examiner.com/poetry-in-oakland/cherise-wyneken See also: http://www.authorsden/cherisewyneken