SONDRA KELLY-GREEN received her MFA in creative writing in 1999. Literary awards include the Lorian Hemingway Competition, New Millennium Writings, Pearl’s 2011 Literary Awards, FLASHPOINT! and Writer’s Digest’s annual short story competition. Her novella, The Masque of Perriot, has been produced as a two part podcast by the historical fiction audio magazine, Tales of Old. (www.talesofold.org.) Her recent works include a novel, Between Lives, and a collection of short stories, Burning Mary.
ELYNNE CHAPLIK-ALESKOW is a Pushcart Prize nominated author and award-winning educator and broadcaster. She is Founding General Manager of WYCC-TV/PBS and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Wright College in Chicago. Her stories and essays have been published in Thin Threads, Chicken Soup for the Soul, This I Believe: On Love, Forever Friends, Forever Travels, Press Pause Moments, My Dad Is My Hero and various magazines including the international Jerusalem Post…
BETTY FASIG, the author of The Tales of Wooffer’s Woods, lives on five acres in rural Florida, sur-rounded by pastures and woods that provide homes to many animals including wild pigs and deer. Wooffer's Woods is her wildlife sanctuary for small wild animals. “There is nothing magical about any of the animals in these stories. They are real. The magic is sung in the hearts of the readers.” Betty Fasig
JOSEPH FRANK BARABA is the author of four books: Is Your Father Black?, Dusty, Visions of Freedom, and Clara Layten – The Chelsea Murders. His story, "Cape Cod, Massachusetts: The Jewel of the East Coast" appeared in Forever Travels. This year, he will be publishing four new books: the second in the Clara Leyten Mysteries, Clara Layten – Murder on Society Road, a pet lovers’ book, For The Love of Dusty, and two photography books: The Enchantment Of New Mexico and The Beauty Of Flowers.
SHELAGH WATKINS is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press, and author of three books: Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, Mr. Planemaker’s Diving Machine and The Power of Persuasion. In 2009, Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine was serialised on Preston FM Community radio. Shelagh set up Published Authors groups on Facebook and LinkedIn, and is administrator of publishedauthors.org. When she is not networking, administrating, publishing or editing, she somehow finds time to write.
THOMAS SULLIVAN is the author of Life in the Slow Lane, a humorous memoir about teaching driver education for a cut-rate company in Oregon. For information on this title (published by Uncial Press and Cool Beat Audiobooks), please visit www.thomassullivanhumor.com. Audio ex-cerpts from Life in the Slow Lane can be heard at www.prx.org/p/71515.
SARAH STONICH is the best-selling author of the novels, These Granite Islands and The Ice Chorus. Her memoir, Shelter, won the NEMBA award, among others. The story “Destination” is a chap-ter from her forthcoming book, Vacationland (The Univesity of Minnesota Press, April 2013). She lives and writes in Minnesota.
MURRAY DUNLAP's work has appeared in about forty magazines and journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, as well as to Best New American Voices once, and his first book, Alabama, was a finalist for the Maurice Prize in Fiction. His new book, Bastard Blue, a collection of short stories, was published by Press 53 on June 7th, 2011 (the three year anniversary of a car wreck that almost ended his life).
HELEN J. WISOCKI lived in Massachusetts for thirty-five years before moving to California to be closer to her two children. Her clothing and jewelry boutique of thirty-three years in Newburyport is now an online store at www.headlinesboutique.com after the re-location to San Diego. She has aided others in writing and publishing their novels, Innocence Betrayed and Sins of the Abused, and has short stories in the anthologies, Forever Friends and Forever Travels…
SHARON L. PATTERSON has written and published inspirational encouragement in various forms from greeting cards, short stories, poetry, and Bible studies for over twenty-five years. She has authored three books: A Soldier's Strength from the Psalms (2007); Healing for the Holes in Our Souls (2008); and Where Is Happy? (2011). She is a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and LeAnn Thieman, 2010).