Monadnock Writers’ Group Board of Directors
For the 2021–2022 Season
- Sara Miller – President
- Jesseca Timmons – Vice President
- Rodger Martin – Secretary
- Carl Mabbs-Zeno – Treasurer
- Maura MacNeil – Member-at-large
- Louise Werden – Member-at-large
- Deni Dickler – Member-at-large
- Mary Marchese – Member-at-large
- Ann Day – Emeritus
Sara Miller is a former children’s librarian, and was active in the American Library Association for many years, once chairing the Newbery Medal Committee and Children’s Notable Books among other things. As an adjunct instructor she taught children’s and young adult literature at Queens College, Manhattanville College and Pace University. Now living in New Hampshire, she has a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and is trying her hand at writing fantasy. Along with that she keeps adding scenes to a very fictionalized memoir.
Jesseca Timmons is a freelance writer and editor, blogger, content writer, storyteller and as-of-yet unpublished novelist.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’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.
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 has lived in the Monadnock region since the winter of 1987 when she moved from New York City to raise a family. She has been a designer for Poggenpohl in New York, a Nurse’s Aide, a Guardian ad Litem, and an Airbnb host. She holds degrees from Parsons School of Design and Antioch New England graduate school. Now that her family is grown, Louise enjoys time for creative expression as well as supporting other writers and artists. She is an editor of Smoky Quartz.
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 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, marymarchese.com. 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.
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.