Biographies

Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, Ph.D. is an award-winning writer, director and teacher whose work has been published and produced internationally; she was inducted into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame in 2014. Her stage and prose texts have been published in printed anthologies and online most notably with Indie Theater Now, Stockholm Review, Ohio Edit, The Other Stories, and Prentice-Hall. A story was awarded an Honorable Mention by Glimmer Train in August (after being nominated for Sundress Publications Best of the Net), and she was a finalist in 2014 for a Non-Fiction Short Works award at Burlington Book Festival. She received the Jeanne B. Krochalis award to attend the Wesleyan Writers Conference. She was awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Wisdom House in 2015, where she edited The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick and Jani, which book was long-listed for the UK Mslexia prize. She was honored to read excerpts of the book at St. Mark's Poetry Marathon and as part of The Resister Project at Kraine Theater in NYC in January 2017. Founding Artistic Director of Apocryphal Theatre in London from 2004-11, she was awarded a practice-as-research PhD at University of Northampton, UK and a BA from Wesleyan University in 1986 with High Honors in Theater. She teaches writing as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University (and has taught both writing and theater at universities in the UK and US); she writes about life, writing, theater, art, politics, philosophy, etc. at Somewhere in TransitionShe can be commissioned for writing, coaching, development, and editing projects large and small through Barclay-Morton Editorial & Design.

Carol L. Covin is a recovering techie, whose career has ranged from programming room-sized mainframes to marketing wearable computers 20 years before smart phones. She has taught programming in Petersburg, Virginia and programming instructors in Katmandhu, Nepal. She is the author of six job guides for technical professionals and, most recently, a guide for new grandmas called Who Gets to Name Grandma? She has a degree in Chinese Studies from George Washington University (B.A., 1972) and a private pilot's license. She worked in the computer industry for more than 25 years before turning to writing full-time. She is currently working on a book about her breast cancer journey called Cancer Should Come with a Secretary and a stand-up comedy routine called Let's Talk About Nipples.

Rachael Crosby is from Arkansas, a grown-up White River Suggin' who spends most days wondering what grown-up means. She aspires to be a fiction writer but real life, guts, tears and the generational DNA of addiction keep being what flows from her pen. Her story "Baby's Home" was published in The Rumpus.

Carmel McMahon grew up in Ireland. She moved to New York City in 1993. She earned a BA from CCNY. Her fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005-2015, The Irish Independent, The Australian-Irish Heritage Journal, i-94 Magazine, Le Sofa, La Review and other places. She was short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award in 2012. Carmel has just finished writing her first book, a memoir about intergenerational alcoholism, codes of silence, repression, and other ancestral wounds.

Robin Bell Schmidt lives in Brunswick, Maine, where she makes contemporary quilts, studies Buddhism, and makes her voice heard for social justice. She has lived in many places throughout her life, but has called Maine her home since 1993. She was also Director of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts, an active Quaker, organic gardener, and participant in many other arts and civil rights organizations.

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JoBeth McDaniel is a journalist and author living in Southern California.

 

Alicia Bay Laurel is an author/visual artist/singer-songwriter/guitarist, best known for her 1970 sustainable living guide, Living on the Earth.  She has illustrated nine published books, seven of which she designed, and six of which she wrote. She recorded, released and toured seven albums of songs, tours her autobiographical comedy storytelling show, has gallery shows of her drawings and licenses her drawings for reproduction on clothing and other merchandise, and in books and magazines.

 

Anne Fernald is a a Virginia Woolf scholar who teaches English and Women's Studies at Fordham University.

 

Sylvia Finzi was born in London, UK in 1948 and has lived in Europe and the UK.  She is an artist and human rights activist.

Holly Lebowitz Rossi is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Massachusetts. Her website is http://hollyrossi.com

Patricia Carroll grew up in Cambridge, MA. She was married at 22, and has 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She volunteers, works part time, loves to read, and loves to write. Life is good!

 
 
 
 

Jill Nierman is a writer, photographer and nurse practitioner based in San Francisco.

 
 

Diane Sapp Parker is a retired public relations officer for the City and County of San Francisco. A couple of years ago she relocated to Manhattan to become a famous writer. She considers it her good fortune to live near a group of other soon-to-be famous writers and to have been asked to contribute to this site.