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    A.J. Huffman

    A.J. Huffman has published eleven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her new poetry collection, Another Blood Jet, is now available from Eldritch Press.  She has three more poetry collections forthcoming: A Few Bullets Short of Home from mgv2>publishing, Degeneration from Pink Girl Ink, and A Bizarre Burning of Bees from Transcendent Zero Press.  She is a Multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, and has published over 2200 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. Follow her on Twitter @Poetess222.

    Alexandra Hamer

    Alexandra Hamer is a woman of many talents and interests including drawing and painting. She incorporates in her art her focus on the human body based on years of study and practice in bodywork therapies. She practices Aikido and is currently building a studio in which to have space to make art. She is based in Durham, North Carolina, but is originally from England.

    Andrea Hennings

    Andrea Hennings was born in Koblenz, Germany in 1963 and currently lives and work in Greensboro, NC. Mostly self-taught, but inspired and supported by her likewise artistically talented father, she developed her realistic style, preferably expressed through acrylic on canvas.

    Anne-Karine “Karine” Thoresen

    Anne-Karine “Karine” Thoresen is a Nationally and Internationally recognized oil painter specializing in animals. Born and raised in Norway, she came to the US after high-school and studied art with the Hicks Art Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Almost 25 years would pass before making art her full time career. She started out painting canines because they have always occupied positions in the animal world that were closest to our affections and they continue to play roles that mirror the activities and needs of the humans they live with. Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, her focus has shifted to birds, fearing great loss in the Gulf. This intensified her passion and interest in depicting and intimately portraying animals as ambassadors for their species. Her goal is to raise awareness of these animals through her art. Karine’s paintings are present in private collections all over the US and Europe. Karine makes her home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Betty Stanton

    Betty Stanton is a poet and fiction writer from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. Her work has appeared in Outside the Lines, Limbo, and Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetryand is forthcoming in several journals

    Bonnie Bailey Korta

    Bonnie Bailey Korta is a native of Pleasant View, Virginia, a rural community outside of Lynchburg but her family’s roots run deep in Granville County, North Carolina. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, Korta studied creative writing at George Mason University, Radford University, the Hindman Settlement School, and recently received a creative writing certificate from Central Carolina Community College. She writes poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction. In 2013, two of her poems won awards in competitions held by the North Carolina Poetry Council and the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her work has appeared in Bay Leaves, Pinesong, Imagining Heaven, Alca Lines, and Solstice 2013.   

    Diane Z. DeBella

    As a writer, teacher, and speaker Diane DeBella has spent over twenty years examining women’s issues. She is the author of the collective memoir I Am Subject: Sharing Our Truths to Reclaim Our Selves, and editor of the anthology I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening. As a long time faculty member at the University of Colorado, she received the CU Women Who Make a Difference Award and the CU-LEAD Alliance Faculty Appreciation Award.

    Through her organization I Am Subject, Diane helps us understand how we—as women—are impacted by the society in which we live. By claiming ourselves as subjects of our own lives, we become empowered and also provide strong role models for other women and girls. In healing ourselves we help others—a beautiful way for women to create nurturing, supportive communities.

    Jane Wilson-Howarth

    Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth self-published her novel Snowfed Waters which is based on her experiences of working as a family physician / GP in Cambridgeshire and of living and working in Nepal for six years. Early next year the book will also be published in the subcontinent by a Delhi based publishing house. Jane has written five non-fiction titles including her memoir set in Nepal called A Glimpse of Eternal Snows which has now appeared in three editions in four continents. She is a keen cyclist and conservationist.

    Jasmine Kang

    Jasmine Kang finds passion in art and writing and inspiration in music and nature.  Her creative work has been published in anthologies and other publications as well as a debut collection of prose, poetry and artwork titled “River of Light”. You can read more about Jasmine, her art and expressions on her website You can also check out her Twitter @moonshinegarden and Facebook page MoonShineGarden.

    Katya Abazajian

    Katya Abazajian graduated from college in May 2014 and moved to Washington, DC to pursue policy research in community development, urban planning, and affordable housing. Katya is working on a number of short stories and a novel called Coming Up, Getting Out, a story about a young woman and travel. Katya loves spending time in nature, learning about space, and discovering people.

    Kimberly T. Hawks

    Kimberly T. Hawks is a photographer whose work is on display at The Joyful Jewel in historic downtown Pittsboro, North Carolina.

    Her statement: My photographic journey focuses on things I care most about; subjects I’m interested in & passionate about: landscapes in nature, macro plant portraits, special events, music photography, informal portraits, children & pets.

    Photographers…like writers, painters & musicians….work in solitude at their craft. Photography is a personal journey of the heart. It is my canvas, my instrument. It provides a creative, emotional & artistic expression.

    As a photographer, I aim to:
    Transport viewers to another place, view or awareness
    Evoke an emotional response
    Bring a new appreciation into the viewer’s awareness
    Stir the soul

    Laurie Kolp

    Laurie Kolp is the author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, October 2015) serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and belongs to the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in more than four dozen publications worldwide including the 2015 Poet’s Market, The Crafty Poet, Scissors & Spackle, North Dakota Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain. An avid runner and lover of nature, Laurie lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children and two dogs.

    Leea Glasheen

    Leea Glasheen writes on the shores of Lake Michigan; you are as likely to catch sight of her on, in, or biking next to the lake as you are to spy her in the corner of a coffee shop tapping, tapping, tapping her thoughts into existence. Leea packs a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Mount Mary University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Leslie Waugh

    Leslie Waugh is a yoga teacher and plays with words. She edits for money and writes for fun. She also enjoys the meditative power of photography and hopes that Antonio Machado was right when he said that we make a path by walking it. She lives in Clayton, N.C., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @lesliekwaugh


    Lisa Rizzo

    Lisa Rizzo is the author of the chapbook In the Poem an Ocean (Big Table Publishing, 2011). Her work has also appeared in such journals as The Lucid Stone13th Moon, Calyx Journal and When Women Waken. Two of her poems won 1st and 2nd prizes in the 2011 Bay Area Poets Coalition Maggie H. Meyer Poetry Contest. Rizzo also blogs at Poet Teacher Seeks World. By day she works as an instructional coach for middle school teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter at @rizzo_lisa.

    Mali Warshofsky

    Mali Warshofsky was born in Poland, lived her youth in Israel, and arrived in the NY  before she was 20. There she met her husband, and raised two sons. They happily retired (rewired) in North Carolina in 2014.

    Moira Kowalczyk

    Moira Kowalczyk works privately in Stockton New Jersey as an integrative occupational therapist. Her primary interest lies in ordinary awakenings. Her professional intention is to inspire and empower others to untangle that which binds them so that they can truly flourish as free and creative human beings. She teaches meditation/mindfulness in the community, practices Yoga, and feels a strong connection to the natural world around her.

    Nancy L. Smith

    Nancy Smith is a mixed media artist from North Carolina, USA who draws inspiration from internal experience and the external world. Her work is symbolic of being at peace with one’s self within the stream of Life and often includes found objects from nature. She develops each piece using collage and acrylic paint in numerous layers with a variety of techniques.

    Paulette Clair Turcotte

    Paulette Turcotte has been involved in the arts as a painter and poet for more than 40 years. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and magazines in print and online. Her work was discovered by a patron of the arts who purchased over 200 pieces, from 1981-1988. In the early 90’s she managed a center for women where she mentored and taught courses in dream work, healing art, and therapeutic and creative studies. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript and writing and creating online courses and workshops based on her books. All of her work has a strong Jungian background. Her art and book covers are exhibited privately and online.

    Sandra Anfang

    Sandra Anfang is a poet, teacher, and visual artist. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetalk, San Francisco Peace and HopeWest Trestle ReviewHealdsburg Literary Guild’s 2015 chapbook,The Tower Journal, Mothers Always Write, Corvus, and Unbroken Literary Journal. She teaches in the California Poets in the Schools program and hosts a monthly poetry series in Petaluma, CA.

    Sarah Ghoshal

    Sarah Ghoshals poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Arsenic Lobster, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Empty Mirror, Red Savina Review and Broad! Magazine, among others. Her chapbook, Changing the Grid, is available through Finishing Line Press. She teaches at Montclair State University and lives in New Jersey with her husband, her newborn daughter and her dog Comet, who flies through the air with the greatest of ease. She has a blog called Beyond Poetics, and can be contacted on Twitter @sarahghoshal

    Susan Windle

    Deeply rooted in her Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood, Susan Windle uses her craft to explore and share the wonders and mysteries of everyday life, to inspire and strengthen community and to challenge the forces of injustice. Relishing the resonances between voices, she collaborates frequently with musicians, visual artists, progressive leaders and activists. Susan is a self-published and collaboratively published poet. In addition to four books, Susan has published fine art poem-prints with visual artists Sara Steele and Alana Lea and three texts for choral compositions with composer Andrea Clearfield. She leads on-going writing circles and coaches individual writers around questions of clarity and purpose. Since 1991 she formed Voices of a Different Dream to experiment with song and poetry in an on-going creative partnership. As two poets and one a capella singer, they have been supporting and mentoring one another since. She offers her poems and her voice in a wide variety of contexts, including liberal religious settings, as well as workshops and gatherings to inspire those who desire fundamental social change. Follow her on Twitter at @SusanWindle.

    Terri Kirby Erickson

    Terri Kirby Erickson is the award-winning author of four collections of poetry: Thread Count (2006); Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009), which was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010; In the Palms of Angels, (Press 53, 2011), which won a 2012 Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry, the Gold Medal for Poetry in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards; and A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014).

    Tiare Snow

    Tiare Snow is a passionate writer residing in the hot and dusty desert of Western Australia. Tiare breathes through her writing. While her many roles in life tear at her limbs she stays balanced with pencil in hand, expressing both the highs and lows of womanhood. Follow her on Twitter at @FlyInMyWine13

    Tiffany Teoh

    Tiffany Teoh is a Malaysian in her twenties living in Australia. She works in real estate and meets a lot of people and it’s a privilege to be able to observe their behaviours. I believe humans are beautiful however, I think society today does not use enough words to express themselves and lack empathy. I write so I can reach out to people and hopefully create that awareness in them so the next time they have a thought, I hope they also bear in mind the other person’s thoughts too. Follow her on Instagram at @tiffanytpoetry.  She also has an Etsy Shop.

    Organizations to Recognize

    Coalition of Artists for the Recognition of Endangered species – CARE

    Generous artists with extraordinary talents, Anne-Karine Thoresen and Andi Henning have shared their work painted for CARE to help spread the word about endangered species. Please read about this Greensboro, North Carolina initiative and the inspired artists whose work is moving many while it raises funds for the Greensboro Science Center’s work.

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