Board of Directors

Monadnock Writers’ Group Board of Directors      

For the 2022–2023 Season

  • Jesseca Timmons – President
  • Rodger Martin – Vice President
  • Carl Mabbs-Zeno – Secretary
  • Carl Mabbs-Zeno – Interim Treasurer
  • Maura MacNeil – Member-at-large
  • Deni Dickler – Member-at-large
  • Mary Marchese – Member-at-large
  • Ron McIntire – Member-at-large
  • Tori Haring-Smith – Member-at-large


Jesseca Timmons

Jesseca Timmons  is a  freelance writer and editor, blogger, content writer, storyteller and as-of-yet unpublished novelist.  Her essay  Sisterly Love  was one of 20 winners of the the inaugural Nickie’s Prize  for Humor Writing at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop at the University of Dayton and will be published in an upcoming essay collection.  She lives in Greenfield, NH with her husband,  two sons, and five animals.

Rodger Martin

Rodger MartinRodger 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

Carl Mabbs-ZenoCarl 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.

Maura MacNeil

Maura MacNeilMaura 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 (, 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.

Deni Dickler

Deni Dickler writes and lives in Rindge, NH with her husband and their four-legged companion, Willy Waggins. Her short stories have appeared in Ripples in Space and Underwood Press. Her poems are displayed at Cathedral of the Pines. She is an editor of Smoky Quartz and founded Rindge Writers Group. When not writing, she serves on town boards, is a NH Master Gardener, and enjoys quilting, cooking and being outdoors.

Mary Marchese

Mary Marchese holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a feature writer for a newspaper, as a technical writer at IBM, and as an editor for a community newsletter. She self-published a book entitled What Really Happened to Steve Nathan. You can learn more about the book at her website, Mary moved to New Hampshire in 2013 and first lived in Nashua, where she was active in a writing group that met each week and was very supportive as she wrote her book. Mary recently moved to Harrisville and would like to continue meeting with other writers to share work.

Ron McIntire

Ron McIntire grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduation he joined the United States Peace Corps and served in Iran as an ELS instructor from 1969 to 1971. After two subsequent sojourns in Iran, he settled stateside and began a teaching career, at first in private and then in public schools. In 2008 he retired from teaching.

A Peterborough resident, Ron is a former Peterborough Town Library trustee and a current member of the town Budget Committee. He is married to Sandra Bibace, and they have two grown children. Ron is currently chair of the 1833 Society and serves on the board of the Friends of the Peterborough Town Library. He enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to music.

Tori Haring-Smith

Tori Haring-Smith has been a professor, a college president, a professional theatre director and dramaturg, an artistic director of an international theatre, and a foundation director. Now she is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Through all of this, she has been writing—textbooks, plays, literary criticism, and history. She is currently completing a history of Washington & Jefferson College, where she was president. Having retired with her husband to Peterborough, New Hampshire, she is involved in the community as a Board member for the Peterborough Players, a singer in the Monadnock Chorus, and an enthusiastic member of book clubs and writers’ groups.