There are currently about sixty members in the Monadnock Writers’ Group. You can read about some of them on this page, and visit their websites and blogs.
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Dana Blake is an emerging writer currently living in Wilton, New Hampshire with family. His writing career started out at the University of New Hampshire when, on the verge of flunking out of school as a freshman, he wrote a short story in his English class featuring an elevator scene. It was a hit. After struggling through the 1990’s (What a long decade!) he emerged from his writing slump as a singer-song writer, performing two acoustic songs at a talent show at the Wilton Co-Op in March of 2001. Now he writes short stories on a weekly basis as an up-and-coming Gen X’er. His publishing history includes CC&D Magazine, the Penn Foster Alumni newsletter, and a self-published novella called Lucky18. Always an American patriot, he hopes to someday be like James Michener.
Denny Caldwell has been a laborer, factory worker, soldier, pilot, mechanic, firefighter, researcher, historian, and anti-war activist. Born and raised in southeastern Michigan, he finally arrived in New England to his heart’s home when Eastern Airlines sent him to Boston in 1987. He has been a technical aviation writer, and is currently working on memoirs, aviation history, historical fiction, and poetry. Denny lives in Hancock, New Hampshire with his wife Deborah and their two cats.
Ann B. Day writes poetry and is a photo journalist and nature columnist for several papers and magazines. She has been writing a weekly column titled “The Nature of Things” for The Valley Reporter in The Mad River Valley since 1971. The Valley Reporter published a book of Day’s selected Nature Articles in 2014. Her poems, stories and photographs have appeared in Time Magazine, Burlington Free Press, Vermont Life, and many anthologies and collections. She belongs to the Poetry Societies of Vermont and New Hampshire and is on the Board of the Monadnock Writers’ Group. Day operated a farm in Mad River Valley for 60 years until she moved to RiverMead in Peterborough in 2013, where she serves on the RiverMeadia Committee. She has an exhibition of her photographs in the RiverMead Gallery.
William Doreski has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His poetry, essays, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many print and online journals. He has taught writing and literature at Emerson, Goddard, Boston University, and Keene State College. His most recent books are A Black River, A Dark Fall and Train to Providence, a collaboration with photographer Rodger Kingston. His blog is at williamdoreski.blogspot.com.
*The late George Duncan was a long-time MWG member. He was a veteran, award-winning marketing copywriter and consultant in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His book, Streetwise Direct Marketing, was published in January 2001. Democracy Held Hostage, a collection of Letters to the Editor from 2004 to 2008, was published in 2009. George has had numerous articles published in marketing and trade publications and on leading websites. In 2008 he retired from a 50-year marketing career and was recently finding new joy in writing memoir, creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry. A past president of the Monadnock Writers’ Group, he also served on the MWG Board.
Examples of his writing are at George’s website at: www.georgeduncan.com
Kathy Fortin received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College (MALS ’07). During her studies, she concentrated on creative writing: nonfiction narrative, personal essay and oral history. Her graduate thesis was an oral history of the MacDowell Colony, a one hundred year old artists’ residence colony located in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
While writing and pursuing publication of her work, Kathy continues in her long time career in the legal field. Currently, she is working on a book: part memoir, biography of her Italian grandmother and oral history of her mother, which explores the origins and influence of her Italian heritage.
M. D. Flyn is a voracious reader, a writer, and a chocolate inhaler. A lover of all things fantasy, scifi, and otherwise weird, she is a perpetrator of geekery. She began as a fluffy little thing, hiding in the woods with a good fairy tale. Years and lots of children later, she has returned to the birches of New Hampshire. Her superpower is breaking mechanical things by looking at them. She is easily distracted by sparkly things. In her spare time she gets glitter in the cracks between the floorboards, and pesters the local paper about homelessness. Rejoicing in beautiful weirdness and sarcasm, you can visit her at her website MDFlyn.com or on Twitter @mdflynwriter.
Bob Hanson grew up on the coast of Maine, attended engineering school, and then worked in various technical jobs in bearing design and manufacturing for 45+ years. He and his wife have lived in the Monadnock Region for most of the last 40 years. They enjoy being near the ocean and have brought up two daughters, who are now in their 30’s. During his employment, he wrote many technical reports on subjects such as new technology, failure analyses, nondestructive testing, manufacturing issues, and vendor quality issues. Bob is now retired and very active in several local volunteer activities. He wants to develop his writing skills into other areas, such as short story and fiction.
Tori Haring-Smith has been a professor, theatre director and dramaturge, and a college president. She has written twelve books and lots of articles—all in service to her profession(s). Now she is retired and writing the kind of books she wants to write—creative non-fiction. Her current project is a history of Washington & Jefferson College, and future projects include a study of the mothers who tried to reclaim their grievously wounded sons after Pearl Harbor, and stories of growing up German in the New York city area during World War II. If she gets really brave, she may try some short stories or a novel as well. She lives in Peterborough with her husband and lots of cats (all rescues).
Becky Karush is a writer, copywriter, and family woman. She hosts READ TO ME, the podcast to listen for what we love, inspired by the Gateless Writing method. Becky has run her business, BeckyK Creative Marketing, since 2012. She lives near Keene and has a yard full of ideas. readtomepod.com / beckykcreative.com
J. Kates is a minor poet, a literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press. He has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation and a Käpylä Translation Prize. He has published three chapbooks of his own poems: Mappemonde (Oyster River Press) Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing) and The Old Testament (Cold Hub Press) and a full book, The Briar Patch (Hobblebush Books). He is the translator of The Score of the Game and An Offshoot of Sense (Tatiana Shcherbina); Say Thank You and Level with Us (Mikhail Aizenberg); When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree, Secret Wars, and I Have Invented Nothing (Jean-Pierre Rosnay); Corinthian Copper (Regina Derieva); Live by Fire (Aleksey Porvin); Thirty-nine Rooms (Nikolai Baitov); Psalms (Genrikh Sapgir); Muddy River (Sergey Stratanovsky) and Paper-thin Skin (Aigerim Tazhi). He is the translation editor of Contemporary Russian Poetry, and the editor of In the Grip of Strange Thoughts: Russian Poetry in a New Era. A former president of the American Literary Translators Association, he is also the co-translator of six books of Latin American and Spanish poetry.
Linda Tiernan Kepner was born in Chase Mills, New York, and now lives in Bennington, New Hampshire. She writes genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and romance). Linda has been published in Dreams of Decadence, Decopunk, Absolute Magnitude (magazine and Tor anthology), Reality’s Escape, and Sorcerer’s Apprentice. She attended the Viable Paradise, Wilton Writers Forum, and Kate Phillips writers’ workshops, and is a member of Broad Universe, and NH Romance Writers of America. Linda has published eight books: two science fiction, two fantasy, two romance, and four paranormal adventures. Her most recent novel is Magicians and Vampires. Her web site is http://www.lindatkepner.com/.
Carl Mabbs-Zeno focuses on writing novels although he is sometimes distracted by the urge to complete a shorter piece. He retired in 2014 from 35 years of service as an economist with the Federal Government, most of which was in foreign assistance. He has extensive experience working overseas and often sets his writings in foreign locales. His publishing record so far includes only products of his Federal work but he is searching for an agent to help get his novels out.
Patricia Martin lives in Rindge, NH with her husband, Danny, and two cats, PK and Spike. Originally from Malden, MA, Pat has a diverse background that includes serving in the Air Force, a career as an electrical engineer, and another career as a nurse. Her favorite stress reliever and reviver is dancing. She studies tap, ballet, modern, and Irish dance. She’s the proud mom of Liese Chavez, an emerging Colorado artist.
Pat has always loved writing and has kept a journal for years. She joined MWG almost 10 years ago when she first moved to the area from Groton, MA. After years of being a self-described “writer-groupie,” Pat has started a blog that deals with the issues she faces as she moves toward 60. You can read about the “Dancing Fool” at: http://patmartin2894.blogspot.com/.
Rodger Martin’s third poetry volume, The Battlefield Guide, uses locations on battlefields of the Civil War to reflect upon America today. Small Press Review selected The Blue Moon Series, as its bi-monthly pick of the year. A translation of his work, On The Monadnock, appeared in China in 2006. He received an Appalachia poetry award, a N.H. Council on the Arts Fiction Fellowship, 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 annual international cultural festival. He serves as co-editor for The Granite state Poetry Series and teaches journalism at Keene State College. Visit his website at http://www.rodgerwriter.com/
G. Sherman H. Morrison is a freelance writer and editor as well as an emerging author and playwright who enjoys the thriving arts culture in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, where he has called Keene home since 1996. As a writer-for-hire, Sherman writes on any and all topics with conviction and authority thanks to his advanced research skills. Sherman’s first play, CUFFED, was published by Brooklyn Publishers and was also a Top Three Finalist for Best Original Play, community division, in the 2007 New Hampshire Theatre Awards. When not hunched over his laptop banging out copy for clients, Sherman can be found performing on stage with many of the region’s theatre groups. His most important ongoing project to date, however, is parenting his daughter, Willow.
Eric Poor is a retired award-winning journalist who was a reporter at the Monadnock Ledger newspaper for 17 years. He’s an outdoor columnist, a freelance writer, an aspiring novelist and an occasional poet. He’s also the public information officer and photographer for the Rindge Fire Department. Visit his website at www.ericpoor.com.
Tina Rapp lives in Peterborough with her daughter Emily. She is a Web content producer, project manager, and marketing writer for technology companies. In her spare time, she works on essays, short stories, and a novel that she threatens to complete some day. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal (Student Edition). National Business Employment Weekly, Executive Recruiter News, Consultants News, Post, Indie Slate, Digital Content Producer, TV Technology, Millimeter and ProSoundWeb. She was a contributing writer to Yankee Magazine’s Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs, and More and has published creative work in Ad Hoc Monadnock, Monadnock Ledger magazine, and Concrete Wolf. She has also been an essayist on New Hampshire Public Radio.
At Ann Robinson’s website, www.annsrobinson.com, you can:
1) become acquainted with her professional background and career objectives,
2) purchase her short story collection, Ordinary Perils,
3) learn about her lecture, “A Fine High Gleefulness: The Art of Shirley Jackson,”
4) enjoy a plot summary of her comic novel, Witch,
5) read samples of her work,
6) listen to her interview on New Hampshire Public Radio,
7) respond with comments … or just have fun browsing the site!
Ann’s e-mail: email@example.com.
Becky Dennison Sakellariou was born and raised in New England and has lived in Greece for most of her adult life. Much of her poetry demonstrates a creative tension between her two “worlds.” She has published poems in the Beloit Poetry Journal, White Pelican Review, Common Ground Review, Comstock Review, Passager, and several anthologies. She now spends at least 3-4 months in New Hampshire every year.
Becky’s first book, “The Importance of Bone” won first prize in the Blue Light Press Chapbook Contest of 2005. Hobblebush Books in Brookline, NH, accepted and published her second book, “Earth Listening” in 2010. As part of the Granite State Poetry Series, she often joins the other authors in local readings. Information and ordering from www.hobblebush.com. Becky’s third chapbook, “What Shall I Cry?” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013, and, in 2014, Hobblebush helped put out her fourth book, “The Possibility of Red,” a bi-lingual (Greek/English) of eleven of her previously published poems, with the Greek translation by Maria Laina. All the books are available from the publishers or from Becky herself at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also featured on her website www.beckysakellariou.com. Her next chapbook, “Gathering the Soft”—an art book illustrated by Tandy Zorba, will be out in March, 2016, published by Passager Press in Baltimore, MD.
Becky Sakellariou’s work shimmers not just with the light of Greece, where she has spent her adult years, but with the radiance words emit when miraculously placed together. Wise, quiet, mysterious and real, her poems honor both language and life. — Nancy J. Wiegel, Editor, The White Pelican Review
Linda J. Thomas is a freelance writer, editor, and designer who lives in New Hampshire. She graduated from the Creative Writing Program at UCLA. Her writing has been published in Postcard Memoirs, Monadnock Ledger magazine, Ad Hoc Monadnock Online, and The Henniker Review. She was a poetry editor and contributing photographer for Shadow and Light—A Literary Anthology on Memory, and co-founder of the online literary journal Smoky Quartz. Linda currently produces the online magazine New England Memories. Her work in progress also includes picture books and poetry for children.
Jesseca P. Timmons is a former teacher, a storyteller, a blogger and a lifelong writer of humor. Her essay Wisdom and Teeth was one of twenty winners of the inaugural Nickie’s Prize for Humor Writing at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop at the University of Dayton in 2020. She has been published by Chic Mom, the Boston Sunday Globe, New England Memories, is contributor to the Monadock Ledger -Transcript, and had her photographs published in the fall 2020 edition of Smoky Quartz. Jesseca blogs at http://jesstimm.blogspot.com/ and is currently working on several novels. Jesseca and her family live in Greenfield.
With over 25 years of voluntary sector experience, Jennifer E. Tirrell has worked alongside many wonderful individuals serving the underserved across the United States and beyond, as well as numerous community organizations. She has planned and facilitated women’s studies and retreats, worked with youth groups and currently keeps company with a wonderful group of middle school age kids as their Assistant Running Coach. She loves to write and has hosted and encouraged groups in her home and community. You can learn more about Jennifer at her website: www.writingwithjet.com.
Roberta Visser is a contributing writer for the Monadnock Living section of the daily Keene Sentinel, leader of creative writing workshops for students ages 17-87, a student in an advanced poetry workshop with Patricia Fargnoli, and has served as program chair for the Monadnock Writers’ Group.
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.