Lyssa Tall Anolik is a writing coach based in Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA in Writing and a BS in Forestry. Her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher3 and 4, Drash, The Wild, EarthSpeak, Curly Red Stories and others. Lyssa writes the monthly column, “Writing Memoir: What’s Your Story?” for VoiceCatcher’s website. She also co-founded The Writers Next Door.
Margaret Chula is a poet, teacher and performance artist. She has published six collections of poetry, including Grinding my Ink, which received the Haiku Society of America Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Kyoto Journal, Poet Lore, America’s Review, Windfall, Sufi Journal, West Marin Review and Runes as well as in haiku journals around the world. A full-length collection of tanka (Just This) is forthcoming from Mountains and Rivers Press this spring. Maggie currently serves as President of the Tanka Society of America and as Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music. Visit Margaret at her website.
Barbara Drake is the author of a memoir, Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life, published by Oregon State University Press and a 1999 Oregon Book Award finalist. Her college textbook, Writing Poetry, has been in print since 1983. Other books and chapbooks of poetry include Driving One Hundred (Windfall Press, 2009), Love at the Egyptian Theatre, What We Say to Strangers, Life in a Gothic Novel, Bees in Wet Weather and Small Favors. A Linfield College Professor Emeritus, she lives with her husband on a small farm near Portland.
Ten years ago when Carol Frischmann arrived in Portland, she never imagined volcanoes and gray skies would become as beautiful to her as the black water woods of her birth. Nevertheless, because she grows vegetables in local soil and then eats soup made from those crops, Portland’s earth elements have become part of her, literally and figuratively. Carol’s work has appeared in Quartet: Four Poetic Voices, published by a Portland small press; Salt: A Collection of Poetry on the Oregon Coast; Los Angeles Review; Isle; Verseweavers and Soundings Review. Her poem “Tyto Alba” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011.
Stella Jeng Guillory moved from Hawaii to the Northwest eight years ago. Her poetry has appeared in Bamboo Ridge: The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly, La’ila’i and Sister Stew: Fiction and Poetry by Women.
Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez collaborates with musicians, thespians and visual artists. Her collection The Small Claim of Bones is forthcoming from Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe (Arizona State University). Poems and reviews appear in Borderlands, CALYX, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, UNAM’s Periódico de Poesía, Portland Review, Quiddity and Rain Taxi. Her CD Emerald Heart re-imagines Aztec poetry accompanied by pre-Hispanic music. Her plays have been produced by the Miracle Theatre Group and Insight Out Theatre Collective. Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine and teaches poetry to adults and youth through Writers in the Schools.
Andrea Hollander is editor of When She Named Fire: an anthology of contemporary poetry by American women and author of four full-length poetry collections, including her forthcoming 2013 volume, Landscape with Female Figure. Her many honors include the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize for memoir, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Before moving to Portland in 2011, she worked for twenty-two years as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, which awarded her the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Annie Lighthart began writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since then, she has continued to write while working as a teacher and mother. Her book of poetry Iron String is forthcoming from Airlie Press in October 2013. She has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and for Write Around Portland and OASIS. Her poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Cimarron Review, CALYX and other journals. She holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and now writes from a small green corner of Portland.
Jodie Marion’s chapbook, Another Exile on the 45th Parallel, was published by Floating Bridge Press in October 2012. Recent poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2011, Narrative Magazine, The New Guard Literary Review and elsewhere. She lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband and four children. Visit Jodie at her website.
Darlene Pagán is a writer and mother, an activist and wife, a teacher and thinker. She teaches writing and literature at Pacific University in Oregon. She has a chapbook of poems, Blue Ghosts (Finishing Line Press) and poems in many journals including CALYX, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Hiram Poetry Review, Lake Effect and Hawaii Pacific Review. A full-length collection, Petty Crimes and Other Misadventures, is forthcoming. She is a member of the writer’s group Broads on the Side and enjoys hiking, biking, the beach, the rain and carnival rides now that her sons are just tall enough to ride.
Kathryn Ridall is a poet from Eugene. Published in many journals and anthologies, she is the author of two chapbooks and editor of two anthologies, most recently What the River Brings: Oregon River Poems. She participates in poetry events throughout Oregon and is the editor of the Oregon Poetry Association newsletter. She can be reached through her website.
Julie Rogers is a humanitarian aid worker with Mercy Corps by day and writer by night. She has worked in international relations, science and the non-profit sector – all of which have given her broad-reaching experiences and the opportunity to live the world over. She has had two ‘Reader’s Write’ pieces published in The Sun and is working on a full-length memoir, as yet untitled. She is married and a mother to two lovely daughters and two obstinate dogs.
Kelly Running is a native Oregonian, a teacher and writer. Her poem “Portland’s Living Room” was published last spring in the inaugural issue of Fault Lines, an anthology of West Coast poetry. “Jailhouse Call” was published in the Fall 2012 edition of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.
Julia Clark Salmon is a writer who works as an instructional assistant in the Beaverton School district, teaching reading, writing and shoe-tying to children in the primary grades. Before having her own children, she worked as a writer and editor for two national newspapers for children. She is also the co-author of Quarky and Quayzoo’s Turbo Science.
Larina Warnock teaches at Linn-Benton Community College and AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop. Her prose and poetry have appeared in Poet’s Market 2011, The Oregonian, PEMMICAN, Touch: a journal of healing and others. Larina’s chapbook, Guitar Without Strings, was published in 2011 by The Lives You Touch Publications. Updates on her publications and general commentary from her work on disability rights and social justice issues can be found by visiting her website.
Pat Phillips West moved so often even her closest friends asked if she was in the Witness Protection Program. She refused to comment, except to say she’s in Portland, Oregon, for now. Her poems appear or will appear in Imagination & Place: weather, Persimmon Tree, VoiceCatcher6, Manzanita Writers Press, San Pedro River Review and elsewhere.
Betty Joe Armstrong has an MLIS so she spends her days caressing books and absorbing information. In her free time she views life through her Nikon lens. Her husband, five children and five grandchildren fill her life with chaos, wonder and outrageous humor. It’s a sad fact that she can’t cook worth beans, but she can order out like a ninja.
Jean Harkin moved to Portland in August, 2001 with husband John, a retired civil engineer. She continues with the photography and writing interests that had bloomed in Iowa. Coming west, her camera’s viewfinder switched from prairies and farms to beaches, mountains and forests. Jean’s image “Crooked” was included in VoiceCatcher6 in 2011.
Anne John‘s artistic roots began in Bellevue, Washington, where she declared herself an artist at the age of seven. She moved to Vancouver, Washington in 1969, and she continued her education at PNCA, and OCAC. She has been active within the art community as an instructor, jurist and participating member of the Arts of Clark County. Her images have been featured in regional and local publications. Public works are on display at the Peace Health Medical Center, the Kearny Breast Care Center and the Vancouver Public Library. Find more at her website.
Huon Quach is a Chinese woman born in Cambodia who immigrated to the United States in 1976. She received her BS in biochemistry from San Francisco State University and her MA in architecture from Virginia Tech. She has lived in California, Virginia, Michigan and now in Oregon. An architect by profession, she shifted her focus to painting in the past few years and enjoys the journey she takes wherever she paints or draws.
Erin Blackburn is a junior at Crosshill Christian School in Salem. Her interests include wolves, playing the piano and the ukulele. She is also rather fond of singing.
Emily Boring is a junior in the International Baccalaureate Program at South Salem High School. Her interests include singing, running and playing the piano. She is sixteen now, but she was fifteen when she wrote “Different.”
Julien Signorini is a senior at Pacific Crest Community School in Portland. Some of her interests are drawing, painting and evolutionary biology.