Sandra Tyler Author of Blue Glass, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and After Lydia, both published by Harcourt Brace; awarded BA from Amherst College and MFA in creative writing from Columbia University; professor of creative writing on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including at Columbia University, (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), and Manhattanville College, (NY); production freelancer for Glamour, Self, and Vogue magazines; freelance editor; a 2013 BlogHer.com Voices of the Year; judge for annual Stony Brook University’s national fiction contest and 2016 Central Coast Writer’s contest. www.awriterweavesatale.com
Richard Malinsky Lyrical abstract painter whose work is recognized regionally, nationally and internationally. His work has garnered awards from adjudicated museum exhibitions, art associations and prominent galleries throughout the U.S. Recently he received the Special Distinction Award at MIAB- Portugal International Biennale 2016. He is represented in the permanent collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; RCA Corporate Art Collection, New York, NY; University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA; and numerous private collections throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. www.malinskyexpressionism.com
Sara London Her first poetry collection is The Tyranny of Milk (Four Way Books), and her second , Upkeep, is forthcoming in 2019. Her poetry has appeared in The Hudson Review, Poetry East, The Iowa Review, Poetry Daily, AGNI Online, Salamander, The Common, among others. She is also the author of two children’s books (HarperCollins and Scholastic). Other writing has appeared in venues such as Art New England, Provincetown Arts, The Cape Cod Times, The Iowa Review, and Design Times. She earned her MFA in poetry from University of Iowa; worked as managing editor for The Iowa Review; as an editorial assistant at Scribner’s; as fiction editor for Seventeen magazine, and poetry editor for Special Report. She presently teaches at Smith College. www.saralondonwriter.com
Jennifer Nelson memoir writer, teacher and former journalist. Her work has appeared in brevity. com, writingthrudivorce.com among others. She was awarded an MFA in creative nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Masters in journalism from Columbia University.
August Smith author of seven chapbooks.He is a writer for Mostly Midwest, editor of Cool Skull Press, and is on the board of directors at The Teenagers Company.He earned his MFA in writing from UMASS Boston. www.august.mostlymidwest.com
INDIE BOOK REVIEWER:
Lanie Tankard Freelance writer, editor, and researcher in Austin, Texas. She is a former production editor of Contemporary Psychology book review journal. Her own book reviews have been published widely, including in World Literature Today, the Kansas City Star, the Austin American-Statesman, and Florida Times-Journal Magazine, as well as online in River Teeth, Women’s Memoirs, Draft No. 4, and 100 Memoirs. www.lanietankard.wordpress.com
LITERARY BOOKMARKS EDITOR:
DeWitt Henry Founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine; awarded the Commonwealth Award in 1992; has authored The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel) two memoirs, Safe Suicide: Narratives, Essays, and Meditations and Sweet Dreams: A Family History; a collection, Falling: Six Stories; edited five anthologies, including Sorrow’s Company: Writers on Loss and Grief; graduate of Amherst College, BA, and Harvard University, PhD; attended MFA program at University of Iowa; Professor Emeritus of Emerson College, MA. www.dewitthenry.com andhttp://dewittsend.ink.
ART BOOKMARKS EDITOR:
Donald Kolberg Sculptor, painter, art marketer and writer. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in museums and galleries. He has been featured in an NBC short documentary and numerous print and zine publications. He is founder of ArtCore, an international newsletter; conducts workshops on marketing and art techniques including workshops on creating Strappo’s, a dry transfer acrylic monotype. Donald recently created an e-zine for monoprint and monotype artists that is free to be part of and there are no purchase requirements. A graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, his master work was continued at Otis Art Institute. Additionally he produced Periscope Up an independent television production for a Pennsylvania PBS station. His artwork has been included in the publication Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass. Additional artwork and information can be viewed at www.DonaldKolberg.com
Susan B. Apel Her creative nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Best of Vine Leaves 2015, Rhizomes, Vignette Review, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review and Persimmon Tree. She writes about local arts on her blog, ArtfulEdge, at dailyUV.com, and contributes reviews to arts magazines like The Arts Fuse and Delicious Line. She authors a column about legal issues for the newspaper, Vermont Woman.
Emilia Dubicki Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has been awarded residencies from the I-Park Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. Her paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections. www.emiliadubicki.com
Marni Elyse Katz is a Boston-based design journalist, art curator/consultant, and the blogger behind StyleCarrot. She contributes regularly to the Boston Globe, Boston Home, Boston Common, Design New England, and other publications. Katz sources artwork for Webster & Company at the Boston Design Center as well as for interior designers and private clients. She also organizes pop-up art events to showcase local artists. Katz earned a B.A. from Connecticut College in Asian Studies and a M.A. in Art History from Columbia University. www.stylecarrot.com
John S. Berman is a writer, editor, and research consultant. He edited the 2017 fall catalogue for BRIC Arts Media and served as guest curator for NYUs recent exhibition A University in the City, A University of the City. He is the author of four books for Barnes and Noble Press and the Museum of the City of New York, Ellis Island, Coney Island, The Empire State Building, Central Park. He also hasserved as contributing writer for the American Jewish Desk Reference and helped develop exhibitions for the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Hudson River Parks Trust.
Angelica Gonzalez A recent graduate of the Writing, Literature & Publishing program at Emerson College; she has worked as a reader for Stork Magazine, Central Square Theater, and Wilde Press.
Richard Gilbert Author of Shepherd: A Memoir, about the decade he and his family operated a sheep farm in the remote hill country of Appalachian Ohio. Formerly marketing manager of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, where he also helped acquire books; in prior years he worked as a newspaper reporter in Georgia, Florida, and Indiana. He teaches writing at Otterbein University. http://richardgilbert.me/
Jo Ely Graduate of Oxford University with a degree in English; author of Festivals and Art for Everyone published by Collins and Longman; reviewer for the Empathy Library founded by writer and cultural historian Roman Krznaric, and curated by poet Sophia Blackwell; shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story competition. Her first novel, Stone Seeds, will be published by Urbane Publications, spring 2016. www.jo-ely.co.uk
John Skoyles Published six books of poems, most recently, Inside Job and Suddenly It’s Evening: Selected Poems. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and The Atlantic, among others. He is also the author of two books of nonfiction, Generous Strangers, a collection of personal essays, and a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education. His awards include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as fellowships from the New York and North Carolina Arts Councils. He is former director of the MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and currently Professor in the Writing, Literature and Publishing Department of Emerson College as well as poetry editor for Ploughshares. His autobiographical novel, A Moveable Famine: A Life in Poetry, was published in 2014. His most recent book The Nut File, a fiction/nonfiction hybrid, was published by Quale Press. https://johnskoyles.org/
Joyce Peseroff Her fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, was named a “must-read” by the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. She is the author of The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, and Eastern Mountain Time. She edited Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She has received fellowships from the University of Michigan, the NEA, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and won a Pushcart Prize. She has been Managing Editor, Associate Poetry Editor, and Contributing Editor for Ploughshares, and ran the Phone-a-Poem project from a closet at Emerson College for several years while she was associated with the journal. She was Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she directed the MFA Program for its first four years, and currently blogs on writing and literature at www.joycepeseroff.com
David Hamilton Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Iowa, where he taught for nearly forty years. He is the author of Deep River: A Memoir of a Missouri Farm (University of Missouri Press, prose), The Least Hinge (Frith Press, poems), Ossabaw (Salt Publications, poems), and numerous uncollected essays, and former editor of The Iowa Review and director of Iowa’s MFA Program in Nonfiction. www.davidhamiltonbackyard.com