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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Betty Andrews is the owner of Betty Andrews Writing Services, a Keene-based business offering freelance writing, editing, and proofreading services to businesses and nonprofits to help them increase their visibility and credibility. After many years as an executive secretary, Betty refined her writing skills by taking writing courses at Keene State College as she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Her administrative and writing strengths led her to a new career in public relations, and she wrote and edited for a mid-size corporation for the 15 years leading to retirement. Betty’s messages appear in such forms as news releases, business profiles, brochures, newsletters, annual reports, articles, and award applications. A trained and experienced speechwriter, she has written at least 150 speeches. Betty loves the niche she has created for herself, working directly with businesses that need her help. Betty and her husband are Massachusetts natives who have lived in New Hampshire so long (Franklin, Farmington, Pittsfield, and Keene) that they consider themselves New Hampshirites. Betty loves to read, mostly fiction, and is a Friend of the Keene Public Library and a member of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Learn more and find samples of Betty’s work at www.betty-andrews.com.
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.
*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.
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).
J. Kates is a poet, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a non-profit press that focuses on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry in 1984 and a Translation Project Fellowship in 2006, as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in 1995.
He is the translator of The Score of the Game and An Offshoot of Sense by Tatiana Shcherbina, Say Thank You and Level with Us by Mikhail Aizenberg, Live by Fire by Aleksey Porvin, When a Poet Sees a Chestnut Tree and Secret Wars by Jean-Pierre Rosnay, and Corinthian Copper by Regina Derieva; 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 three books of Latin American poetry, and has three chapbooks of his own poems, Mappemonde (Oyster River) The Old Testament (Cold Hub) and Metes and Bounds (Accents Publishing).
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 www.rodgerwriter.com.
Linda Nelson was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved to New Hampshire shortly after high school graduation. She is inclined to write either contemporary or historical fantasy and self-published her first book in 2010. Since then she has published a total of seven titles that in both eBook and print. Linda is a member of the NH Romance Writers of America and released her first sweet romance in 2014 with the title, Along Came Neil, which is a stand-alone Contemporary Young Adult Romance that completes the Wings from Ashes Trilogy which targets the topic of drug abuse. Her last title is a Historical Fantasy Romance, The Dubious Heir, is for adult readers written under the pen name, Lydia Clark
Visit Linda’s website for more information and publishing updates: https://lindajnelson.com/
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
Jesseca Timmons is a lifelong teacher and writer. She is currently a casewriter for the Lewis Institute at Babson College and works with faculty writing case studies on social ventures and startups for the Entrepreneurial Studies program at Babson. She also blogs at http://jesstimm.blogspot.com/and her main interests are humor writing, storytelling, essays and satire. She is also working on a novel about the Duggars, America’s favorite disgraced megafamily! Jesseca and her family live in Greenfield.
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.
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.