Monadnock Writers’ Group Board of Directors
For the 2017–2018 Season
- Sara Miller – President
- Rodger Martin – Vice President
- Denny Caldwell – Treasurer
- Carl Mabbs-Zeno – Secretary
- Ann Day – Member-at-large
- Martha Gunn Eichler – Member-at-large
- Terry Kepner – Member-at-large
- Maura MacNeil – Member-at-large
Rodger Martin’s third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush) uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series (Hobblebush), as its bi-monthly pick of the year. A translation of his work, On The Monadnock, appeared in China in 2006. His new book of poems in two languages: For All The Tea in Zhōngguó is scheduled for release in 2018.
Martin has received an Appalachia poetry award, a N.H. State Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, a series of Bruce Kellner/Monadnock Fellowships, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012 he was chosen as poet to represent the U.S. at Hangzhou, China’s international cultural festival. He returned in 2015 to read and lecture on poetry at Nanjing University and Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. His poem “The Anchor” was etched in stone at a reflecting pool at Shanghai University for International Business and Economics. He serves as co-editor for The Granite State Poetry Series and teaches journalism at Keene State College and co-advises its award-winning student newspaper, The Equinox.
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.
Martha Eichler worked in Boston for several years at Carney, Sandoe & Associates in the headmaster search division, and then in college admissions at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Martha is Secretary of the Board of the Contoocook Valley Visual and Performing Arts Center (ConVal VPAC) project, a grassroots effort to build a community performance center at ConVal High School. Martha helps write and produce posters, programs, grant applications and other materials for ConVal VPAC. She coordinates the BLACK FLY STORY HOUR, a bi-annual fundraiser for ConVal VPAC, which features local folks telling true stories. Martha also writes essays and nonfiction articles. She works at the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH.
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.