Contributing Artists, Issue No. 5
I’m at a loss for a Manifesto. Only in retirement, have I come back to do what I hoped to be when I grew up. My father wept when I took an art scholarship fearing I would starve. And he was right. I would have. I have used the skills learned, however, in some way, every day of my adult life at home and while working in a totally different field. I love having time now to respond to what I see and read. If the art I do makes you smile, cock your head and think, makes you laugh, appreciate the earth, the incredible talent that abounds around us…then, maybe, I might be getting close to what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Seattle-born, I grew up in Port Townsend, in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. I recently moved to North Carolina. I earned my B.S. in Visual Communications from Western Washington University. I have been a freelance graphic artist, owned a silk screen printing shop and sold prints of my art. My work as a webmaster for a Spokane ISP helped me to develop skills using computers as my medium. Currently, I combine my love of photography with computer applications to create art from new perspectives. I am a Fine Art America member who provides customers with options for artistic treatments, such as stretched canvas and prints on fine art.
Sally Arango Renata
I write, paint, collage and juggle life, living whatever happens to be in my hand at the moment. The work presented in Triggerfish was done through the “Soul Collage” process – a remarkable way of finding pieces of yourself to create discovery. Originally from the West Coast, I have lived on the coast of SC for eighteen years, forgetting my Spanish but gaining a curve to my words.
Contributing Poets, Issue No. 5
Zoe Guilherme lives alone in a very small seaside town. She has three truly amazing adult children and two step-children, who are all kicking up some real life dust. Zoe spends most of her free time reading, writing and learning to play chess. Zoe’s poetry has appeared in The Driftwood Review, Breadcrumb Scabs, Leaf Garden Press, and the anthologies lilith: a collection of women’s writes and Postcards from Eve (both Fortunate Childe Publications). Zoe has recently been nominated for The Pushcart Prize.
Leanne Drapeau grew up reading, writing, and entirely avoiding arithmetic, in the charmingly quiet town of Canton in the equally uneventful state of Connecticut. She attended the University of Connecticut long enough to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in both English and psychology as well as a Master of Arts in education. In addition to poetry she writes short fiction and busies herself with freelance work. She enjoys hiking, running, star-gazing, story-telling, guitar-playing, coffee and wine, though not necessarily in that order.
Colleen Jeffery lives and writes in Oregon with her family. She is a baker at her favorite cafe, a sometime companion to old ladies, and sings in church with her husband. Her essays have appeared in various homeschooling publications. This is the first time her poems have found a home.
A former teacher and advertising manager, Dan Pettee currently operates his own freelance writing business in Grand Rapids, MI. He has had poems published in a wide range of publications including Chicago Review, Texas Review, Amherst Review, Descant, Puerto del Sol, and Evansville Review.
Frank DePoole is a recent graduate of the Northeastern Ohio Master of Fine Arts. His work has appeared in Hobble Creek Review and Weave Magazine. He served as an associate editor for the independent literary journal Barn Owl Review. His fish is not a kleptomaniac, but his dog has been stealing his socks.
Brenda Morisse lives in the Bronx. She writes poetry.
David Kutz-Marks holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Past work appears in The University of Edinburgh Journal and is forthcoming in Tryst. David lives in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, with his daughter Arcadia.
Ashley Polley is a sophomore in college thanks to accredited on-line courses, and has been published in the 2007 Anthology of High School Poets by the Live Poet’s Society of New Jersey. Her work will also appear in Issue 13 of Writers’ Bloc. Ashley currently resides in San Antonio but will be returning to the East Coast to attend university in the Fall of 2010.
Bill Jansen lives in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Maureen Kingston lives and writes in Wayne, Nebraska. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Alehouse Press, Blue Earth Review, Paddlefish, Plains Song Review, Nebraska Life and the anthologies Words Like Rain and The Great American Road Show.
Grant Clauser lives in eastern Pennsylvania where he gets by as a magazine editor, fly fisher and compulsive fan of his two daughters. Poems have appeared in various places including The Literary Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, The Wisconsin Review, Cortland Review, Painted Bride Quarterly and a TV show about bass fishing. He recently won the 2010 Montgomery County Poetry Laureate prize selected by Robert Bly.
Pam O’Shaughnessy is the pseudonym of a writer who lives in Santa Cruz, California with a dog and a son. She dislikes poison oak and it dislikes her. Someday she wants to go in a sub under the North Pole ice cap.
Kathleen Vibbert worked as a librarian before leaving the profession to raise her three children and welcome a granddaughter into the world. Her visual impairment has not deterred her on-going study of creative writing. Kathleen’s focus is nature poetry and character studies. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including Muscadine Lines: A Southern Anthology, OVS Anthology, Breadcrumb Scabs, Remembering Faces Anthology, Lily: A Monthly Online Literary Review and Electric Acorn. She lives in the Midwest.
Debbie Calverley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and has always been interested in writing. She earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Manitoba and her Bachelor of Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture, also from the University of Manitoba. Debbie’s poem, Absence of Detail, took Third Place in the Interboard Poetry Competition in February 2010. Her work was published in the anthology lilith: a collection of women’s writes, in 2009, and in 2010 her work appeared in the anthology Postcards From Eve (both Fortunate Childe Publications). She owns a commercial interior design firm in Winnipeg.