Monadnock Writers’ Group Board of Directors
For the 2020–2021 Season
- Sara Miller – President
- Rodger Martin – Vice President
- Bill Bryk– Treasurer
- Carl Mabbs-Zeno – Secretary
- Ann Day – Member-at-large
- Maura MacNeil – Member-at-large
- Jesseca Timmons
- Louise Werden
Rodger Martin’s new book, For All The Tea in Zhōngguó, 2019, follows The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush Books: 2010, 2013) and the selection of The Blue Moon Series, (Hobblebush Books: 2007) by Small Press Review which was one of its bi-monthly picks of the year. He is a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in Education roster artist and also a touring artist for the New England States Touring Foundation administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. He has also received an Appalachia award for poetry, a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts award for fiction, fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities to study T.S. Eliot and Thomas Hardy at Oxford University and John Milton at Duquesne University. His work has been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and China where he also wrote a series of essays on American poetry for The Yangtze River Journal.
Carl Mabbs-Zeno is retired from a career as an economist for the Federal Government. He has lived in Peterborough since 2014 and serves on several town committees. He is writing novels when he is not hiking the New England woodlands.
Ann B. Day grew up in suburban Massachusetts which was very rural in the early 1930’s. She attended private schools where her favorite subjects were English, writing and sports. Ann, being a free spirit, was always outdoors climbing trees, skiing, camping, exploring the woods or galloping a horse over the hillside.
Her love of writing started in first grade and has continued now into her 89th year. She wrote a prize-wining play in 6th grade and helped publish a poetry anthology. She married Frank Day from a banker family in 1950. They both were US Certified ski teachers and taught skiing and farmed in NH and VT. They bought a farm in the Mad River Valley, VT, had two children, raised sheep, horses, Highland cattle and took in guests from all over the world between the years of 1954 and 2012. Frank passed away by suicide in 1970. Many of her poems reflect her life on the farm. She regards herself as always living the farmer’s life.
Over the years she has continued writing weekly Nature columns, was president of the Vermont Poetry Society, published Nature books and poetry journals for over fifty years. Her self-publishing enterprise is called Raven Croft Publishing.
In 2013, Ann moved from Vermont to Rivermead, a CCRC in Peterborough, NH. She joined the Poetry Society of NH. and the Monadnock Writers Group, where she was elected to the Board in 2015. Her love of Nature and rural New England still rings true in her poetry and Nature stories.
Maura MacNeil is the author of the poetry collections: A History of Water (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Lost Houses (Aldrich Press, 2016). She is founder of off the margins (offthemargins.com), a website that features writing and reflection on the life of an artist from women who “fearlessly tell the truth and risk vulnerability to give voice to their experience.” Her poetry, prose, and critical writing has been published and anthologized in numerous publications over the past three decades including Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets; Voices from the Frost Place Volume II; On Our Own, and Shadow and Light: An Anthology of Memory. Maura is a professor of creative writing at New England College in Henniker, NH.
Louise Werden moved from New York City to her parents’ Dublin New Hampshire home in the winter of 1987. Now a parent of five adult children, Louise has been a designer for Poggenpohl in New York, a Nurse’s Aide, a Guardian ad Litem, and an Airbnb host. She majored in dance at Bennington, holds a B.F.A in environmental design from Parsons The New School and an M.Ed. from Antioch New England in Keene. Since childhood, Louise has written poetry and short stories. She is also a lifelong student of music and dance, aspiring to be a singer-songwriter. Louise is an editor of Smoky Quartz. She lives in Peterborough with her son Alden, and the family dog Bailey.
William Bryk, a retired lawyer, wrote columns for New YorkPress (1998-2003) and The New York Sun (2003-2005). He writes non-fiction essays on local history and eccentric characters, and an occasional memoir. Since 2016 he’s contributed to Splice Today, The Daily Beast, The Mud Chronicles, and The Limrik.
Jesseca Timmons, a former second grade teacher and academic casewriter focusing on social entrepreneurship, is a freelance writer and editor, blogger, content writer, storyteller and as-of-yet unpublished novelist. Her first novel, We’ll Fix Your Life, is a satire of a reality TV megafamily set in Oklahoma. A MA native, Jesseca attended Bates College and has an M.Ed from Lesley University, and has called New Hampshire home for 25 years. She and her family lived in nine different states with the Air Force before returning to the Monadnock Region to live full-time in 2011. She lives in Greenfield with her husband, two sons, and five animals.