Our Authors

Contest Winners

Sara Etgen-Baker

Sara Etgen-Baker

First Place Winner Prose: Sara Etgen-Baker
“The September Wind”
Sara’s love for words began when, as a young girl, her mother read the dictionary to her every night. A teacher’s unexpected whisper, “You’ve got writing talent,” ignited her writing desire. Although she ignored that whisper, she never forgot her teacher’s words. So after retirement, she began writing memoirs, short stories, and personal narratives.

Her memoirs have appeared in anthologies including My Heroic JourneyThe Santa Claus Project, and Wisdom Has A Voice. Others have appeared inTrue Words Anthology by Story Circle Network, Looking Back MagazineStoryteller Magazine, and WomensMemoirs.com. She’s read some of her memoirs before a live audience at the Starving Artist Café in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently lives in Allen, Texas. Her blog: http://www.saraetgenbaker.blogspot.com/

Joan Annsfire

Joan Annsfire

First Place Winner Poetry: Joan Annsfire
“Under Siege”
Joan Annsfire is a poet, writer, longtime political activist and retired librarian who lives in Berkeley California. Her poetry has appeared in online various places, such as: the Counterpunch web site’s: ”Poet’s Basement, 99 Poems for the 99%, Lavender Review, OccuPoetry, The SoMa Literary Review; in print journals such as The Harrington Lesbian Literary QuarterlySinister Wisdom: (many issues), The 13th Moon, BridgesThe Evergreen Chronicles, and in anthologies such as: The Other side of the Postcard edited by devorah major,  The Queer Collection, 2007, edited by Gregory Kompes, The Cancer Poetry Project Anthology edited by Karin Miller ,The Venomed Kiss, edited by Anita M. Barnard and Michelle Rhea and Milk and Honey, edited by Julie Enszer. Her short stories and memoir pieces have appeared both online, in literary journals as well as anthologies.

Elise Frances Miller

Elise Frances Miller

Second Place Winner Prose: Elise Frances Miller
“My People’s Park”
Elise Frances Miller’s novel, A Time to Cast Away Stones (Sand Hill Review Press, June, 2012), is set in 1968 Berkeley and Paris. With degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA, Elise began writing about arts for the Los Angeles Times, Art News and San Diego Magazine. She taught high school and college humanities, and served as communications director at San Diego State University and Stanford. Her short stories have appeared in The Sand Hill Review (fiction editor, 2008), Fault Zone: Stepping Up to the Edge, and online. Her novel and its historical background are described at www.elisefmiller.com.

Judy Gumbo Albert

Judy Gumbo Albert

Third Place Winner Prose: Judy Gumbo Albert
Judy Gumbo Albert, Ph.D, was an original member of a 1960’s countercultural group called the Yippies. She wrote for the Berkeley Barb and helped found the Berkeley Tribe. Judy visited the former North Viet Nam during the war. She organized demonstrations at People’s Park, the Women’s April 10th March on the Pentagon and Mayday. In 1975, Judy discovered a tracking device on her car and was part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged warrantless wiretapping. Judy has taught Sociology and Women’s Studies at East and West coast colleges, but spent most of her career as an award-winning fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Judy is co- author of The Sixties Papers: Documents of a Rebellious Decade (1984). Bugged”is adapted from Yippie Girl, Judy’s memoir-in-progress about love and conflict among the romantic revolutionaries of the late 1960s. Find Judy at: judygumboalbert@gmail.comwww.yippiegirl.com or on Facebook.

Lucille Lang Day

Lucille Lang Day

First Honorable Mention Prose: Lucille Lang Day
“The Trip”
Lucille Lang Day is the author of a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story. She has also published a children’s book, Chain Letter, and eight poetry collections and chapbooks, most recently The Curvature of Blue. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in such magazines and anthologies as The Cincinnati ReviewThe Hudson Review, and Mother Songs (Norton). She received her M.A. in English and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and her M.A. in zoology and Ph.D. in science and mathematics education at the University of California at Berkeley. Her website is http://lucillelangday.com.

Merimee Moffitt

Merimee Moffitt

First Honorable Mention Poetry: Merimee Moffitt
“ Before the Summer of Love”
Merimée Moffitt arrived in New Mexico in a shiny green Chrysler from Portland in 1970 and fell in love with the land, sun, culture—everything northern New Mexico. She stayed to raise her four children, has four grandkids now, a husband, and two dogs. She is semi-retired and currently co-hosts the only prose open mic in Albuquerque, Duke City Dime Stories (dimestories.org). She performs her poems and teaches workshops and classes in the community. Her poetry appears often in the fabulous reviews and journals in New Mexico such as Malpais Review, Mas Tequila Review, Adobe Walls, and the Santa Fe Literary Review. She received First Honorable Mention in the Times They Were A-Changing anthology for her poem “Before the Summer of Love.” She has published three chapbooks and her first book, a collection of poems, Making Little Edens, is available at your favorite bookseller and on Amazon.

Julie Royce

Julie Royce

Second Honorable Mention Prose: Julie Royce
“Headed North on a Southern Highway”

Julie Royce, attorney, recently published a legal thriller, PILZ, available on Amazon. She is editing her historical fiction novel, Ardent Spirit, about American Indian fur trader Magdelaine LaFramboise and writing a second crime fiction novel, The Mission Murders. Julie has published two travel books, Traveling Michigan’s Thumb and Traveling Michigan’s Sunset Coast. She has written magazine articles and has been included in several anthologies. She also writes a monthly travel column for www.wanderingeducators.com. Her website and blog are at www.jkroyce.com.


Jasmine Belen, 1972

Jasmine Belen

Second Honorable Mention Poetry: Jasmine Belén
“Times Change”

Originally from a small town in New England, I’ve lived in Sonoma County for thirty-eight years. I started writing poems and stories at the age of seven. After the tragic losses of my three children, my creativity seemed frozen in time. To melt my sorrow and to heal my heart I began to create again. I delved first into the healing waters of art before the magic of language lured me home. I joined Suzanne Sherman’s writers’ group, published several pieces in local periodicals, and finished a book length memoir.

Venus Maher

Venus Ann Maher

Third Honorable Mention Prose: Venus Ann Maher
“Tripping on High”
Dr. Venus Ann Maher is a Chiropractor, writer, photographer, songwriter, and artist. She lives with her partner, teenage son and their cats in the hills of Santa Rosa. Dr. Venus is currently working on two books: a memoir about growing up in the hippie communes of the ’60s and ’70’s, and a novel about shape-shifting, time-traveling empaths who look like angels but have problems of their own to solve. She says, “To feel fully alive, I must create.”

Contributing Authors

Dorothy Alexander
“Dispatches from the Heartland”

Dorothy Alexander is a poet, storyteller, and publisher from Cheyenne, Oklahoma. She is co-owner and editor/publisher of Village Books Press, a two-woman independent poetry press that focuses on publishing Oklahoma poets. Alexander finds material for her own poems most often in the ordinary life and history of rural western Oklahoma where she was born and raised. She takes inspiration from the agrarian literary tradition and the populist political movements that began in the 1890s in the rural United States. She writes primarily in the narrative form, what she sometimes calls “narcissistic” narrative.

Rhonda Rae Baker

Rhonda Rae Baker

Rhonda Rae Baker
“Stranger to Myself”

Rhonda Rae Baker has been a technical editor and records manager for an environmental/engineering corporation in the Pacific Northwest since 2004. She’s a voracious reader of memoir, literature, self-improvement, and fiction. After a career metamorphosis in 1995, she aspired to write fiction. When she met her soul mate in 2007, she began writing creative nonfiction to share the legacy of her life through lessons learned. She began developing skills in memoir writing with Jennifer Lauck’s teachings in 2010, and is a member of National Association of Memoir Writers.

Della Barrett

Della Barrett

Della Barrett
“Hold Your Head High”

Della Barrett is a writer and a massage practitioner in B.C., Canada. She has two grown children, one of whom has severe disabilities, and two grandchildren. Della’s writing has been published in various anthologies. In 2013 she won second prize in the anthology Canadian Tales of the Heart, Volume III. She and her husband live in the southern Okanagan Valley, home to fruit orchards and vineyards. When she’s not writing short stories, memoirs or poems, Della enjoys painting, crafts, helping a local theatre company, walking along the river, visiting her son, and spending time with her daughter and grandkids.

Judith Barrington
“To Change the World: London 1972”

Judith Barrington was born in Brighton, England in 1944, and moved to the United States in 1976. Although she has made her home in Oregon since then, she gives readings and workshops each year in Europe. Judith’s Lifesaving: A Memoir won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award; Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art is a best seller. Other awards include the Andrés Berger Award for Creative Nonfiction, and the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life. She has also published five poetry books. Visit her at: www.judithbarrington.com.

June Blumenson
“Story Without End”

June Blumenson’s poetry and stories have appeared in Nimrod International Journal, Adanna Literary Review, The French Literary Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Edge Magazine, Women’s Press, and Open to Interpretation: Intimate Landscape. She was a finalist for the 2012 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She works with women in transition and regularly performs with a women’s tap dance group throughout the Minneapolis metro area.

Katie Glauber Bush
“Woman’s Work”

Katie Glauber Bush worked in public relations and marketing communications for nearly four decades. She authored The Baker’s Dozen, one of two publications for Nabisco Brands honored with the Family Circle/Food Council of America Gold Leaf Award. She also wrote a children’s film for Kellogg’s International that won second place in its category in a French film festival. More recently, Bush won the 2011 Harriett A. Rose Legacies award from the Carnegie Center in Lexington, Kentucky for an essay/memoir piece.

Cathleen Cordova 
“Round Eye in a World of Hurt”

Cathleen Cordova was recruited by Army Special Services for work in Vietnam in 1968. She returned stateside in 1973, to earn a Master’s in International Administration. Cordova worked in Japan, Korea, Europe and New York, before returning to California to begin a second career as a Community Service Officer with the Pleasanton Police Department. She retired in 2008, and devotes her time to veterans’ organizations and causes.

Mary Pacifico Curtis  
“Rice-Jungle War”

Mary Pacifico Curtis received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her poetry and prose has been published by LOST Magazine, The Rumpus, Longstoryshort.net, Clutching at Straws, Los Positas College Literary Anthology, Boston Literary Magazine, Unheard Magazine, Pitkin Review, Naugatuck River Review, and The Crab Orchard Review. When she is not writing, Curtis runs Pacifico Inc., a leading Silicon Valley PR and branding firm.

Katie Daley 
“The Other Side of the Chasm, 1975”

Since 1999, Katie Daley has been on the performance poetry circuit across the United States and Canada. She has won two fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and has published her work in various journals, including: Seneca Review, Slipstream, and After the Bell: Contemporary American Prose about School. She produced Full Blast Alive: Voices from the Ruby Side, a CD of her one-woman show, and Zaggin’ Like a Vagabond, a CD of poemusic by Drifters Inn, a band she formed with her husband. She is currently working on a memoir about the yearlong hitchhiking journey she took across the US when she was eighteen.

Carol Derfner

Carol Derfner

Carol Derfner 
“In the Family Way”

Originally from Southern California, Carol Derfner moved to New York State’s beautiful Hudson River Valley in 2006 to become an author after a lengthy career in non-for-profit management and public service. Previously the owner of an international fundraising firm based in Manhattan, she recently founded The FundRai$ing SchoolTM in order to pass along her skills to others. An active participant with The Memoir Project and The Writers Institute of New York State, the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, and A Room of Her Own Foundation, Carol’s first short story Birds of A Feather was one of the top prize winners in a 2010 statewide Short Fiction contest. She is currently working on a novel about ‘women of a certain age’ as well as a memoir of the years she spent in Alaska as a political activist in the woman’s movement. She can be reached at carolderfner@berk.com.



Darlene Frank 
“The Assertive Woman”

Darlene Frank is a writer, editor, and creativity coach who helps writers gain creative confidence and fulfill their artistic vision and dreams. She works with nonfiction authors especially in the self-help and memoir genres and with writers who have undergone a radical life transformation and want to create art from that experience. Darlene has written two business books and teaches workshops on how to navigate the writer’s journey. Several of her stories about being raised in a Mennonite culture have been published in the literary anthology Fault Zone. Visit her at www.DarleneFrankWriting.com.

Marcia Gaye

Marcia Gaye

Marcia Gaye  
“Two Sisters”

Marcia Gaye writes various types of fiction and non-fiction. Her award-winning poetry and stories have found publication in anthologies. Gaye enjoys writing in different genres and styles, including memoir, western, romance and mystery. Songwriting is her private pleasure. In addition to her own writing, she has judged writing contests and provides editing services. A highlight of 2012 was taking a residency at the Writers’ Colony of Dairy Hollow, where she worked on an in-progress historical western novel. A follower of Christ, a wife and mother, Gaye has lived in fourteen states, coast to coast, North to South.


Marianne Goldsmith

Marianne Goldsmith 
“Marching with Kay Boyle”

Marianne Goldsmith is the pen-name of Marianne Smith. She grew up in Waco, Texas, and studied literature at Pitzer College and in France. After completing an M.A. in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, she moved to Boston, and published short stories in Dark Horse magazine. She has been a writer in residence at the Dorland Mountain Colony, and published film and book reviews, feature articles on the arts, graphic design and education advocacy, together with short fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Currently living in Oakland CA, her recent credits include Poetry Flash, the Jewish Writing Project and Persimmontree Magazine.

Osha Belle Hayden

Osha Belle Hayden

Osha Belle Hayden 
“A Clean Glass Ceiling”

Osha Belle Hayden, M.A., is passionate about empowering people to create positive change. Her experience in psychotherapy, mediation, and health education informs her work as a trainer, coach, and writer. Osha’s work has been published in the 2011 and 2012 volumes of the Vintage Voices Anthology, and in Poems of Joy, a multimedia iBook. She has performed in multiple venues, most recently in The Ticking Clock, a play about women’s reproductive choices, at Sixth Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA.

Patricia Kay Helmetag 
“Fear and Loving”

Patricia Kay Helmetag is a writer and graphic designer. She lives in Annapolis, MD, with R. Garrett Mitchell and their two beagle mixes. Her two daughters and five grandchildren live in Weaverville, NC, and Boulder, CO. She is fulfilling a lifelong dream by bicycling across America for two to three weeks every summer with her childhood pal and University of Wisconsin roommate, Sally Schmidt.

Elizabeth Kerlikowske 
“The Novelty Wears Off”

Elizabeth Kerlikowske came of age under the threat of nuclear war. She grew up in a conservative city that made her wildly radical. Now a professor at a community college, Kerlikowske is a mother of three, author of several books of poetry, and president of a nonprofit.

Nancy Kilgore

Nancy Kilgore

Nancy Kilgore 
“The Revolution and Egg Salad Sandwiches”

Nancy Hayes Kilgore, after graduating in the “alternative” graduation from Columbia University, lived on a commune in Woodstock, New York, a yoga ashram in Tennessee, then went to theological seminary and became a Presbyterian minister. She earned her doctorate in pastoral counseling and has been a psychotherapist for thirty years, as well as a writer. She studied writing at the Radcliffe Writing Seminars and has published in online and print journals. Her first novel Sea Level (RCWMS, 2011) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named a Book of the Year through ForeWord Reviews. Nancy leads workshops and retreats in writing and mindfulness and lives in Vermont with her husband, an architect and painter, and happily near her daughter and granddaughter. She is working on a novel set in small-town Vermont.

Margot Maddison-MacFadyen

Margot Maddison-MacFadyen

Margot Maddison-MacFadyen 
“Going Up the Country”

Originally from the West Coast of British Columbia, Margot Maddison-MacFadyen currently makes Prince Edward Island her home. A Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, she has published articles in both academic, peer-reviewed journals, and cultural journals, among them The Bermuda Journal of Archaeology and Maritime History, Slavery & Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post Slave Studies, and The Newfoundland Quarterly. Recently, a poem appeared in Still Point Arts Quarterly, and another was a finalist in the Winston Collins/Descant Poetry Prize competition for Best Canadian Poem.  Visit her at: www.margotmaddisonmacfadyen.com.

Frances Maher 
“Speaking at the Last SDS Convention”

Frances Maher is Professor Emerita of Education and Women’s Studies at Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center. After ten years as a high school American History teacher, she spent the next three decades training high school teachers and teaching Women’s Studies courses at Wheaton College and elsewhere. She has co-authored and published several books, among them The Feminist Classroom (1994) and Privilege and Diversity in the Academy (2007.) She has been a feminist teacher and scholar for over forty years.

Ana Manwaring 

Ana Manwaring writes, edits, and teaches creative writing. She’s branded cattle in Hollister, out-run gun totin’ maniacs on lonely highways, lived on houseboats, consulted brujos, visited every California mission, worked for a PI, swum with dolphins, and writes about it all. She’s finished her first thriller set in Mexico and is working on a sequel. Follow Ana’s Petaluma Post columns at: www.petalumapost.com. Visit her at: www.anamanwaring.com.

Linda J. Nordquist 
“Fast Forwarding Evolution”

Linda J. Nordquist is a writer, photographer, and lapsed psychotherapist, author of The Andes for Beginners, a memoir/guidebook available in Peru. Her published short stories are: “Puddles” in The Writing Disorder and “Promises” in The Write Place at the Write Time. She is the author of e-books: Molten Murder, Beyond the Tipping Point, and Say Goodbye, Say Hello.

Jeanne Northrup 
“This Girl Who is Me”

Jeanne Northrup is a writer and a writing instructor at a Community College in south Louisiana. She grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania but has been all over the country. She is now semi-retired and working on several novels and collections of short stories and essays. Jeanne is also a teaching consultant with the Southeast Louisiana Writing Project. Somewhere, she has an abandoned dissertation concerning the trickster in American Indian literature. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals.

Jeannette Nowak

Jeannette Nowak

Jeanette M. Nowak 
“The Wild, Wild West”

Jeanette M. Nowak grew up in East LA, the youngest of seven children whose parents were drug addicts and alcoholics. She’s writing a memoir about her childhood; her story in this anthology is an example of the life she lived. As a child, she endured physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. As an adult, she suffered from PTSD and struggled to make sense of it all. She’s hoping her story helps others to heal and forgive.

Helen Ohlson 
“Peyote Sunrise”

Helen Ohlson has been on the Delaware writing scene since she became one of the founders of the Delaware Literary Connection in 1995. In 2006, she was selected by Fleda Brown, Delaware’s Poet Laureate, to attend a state funded Writers’ Retreat. Ohlson has won awards from the Delaware Press Association for her writing, including poetry. Her poetry has appeared in both print and online publications and she enjoys reading her poetry at local venues. Her writing group, which can be found at transcanalwriters.com, will soon be publishing a chapbook of their work.

Kathleen A. O’Shea 
“On Being a Marxist Nun From Kansas”

Kathleen A. O’Shea, a former nun, is a Pulitzer Prize nominee, as well as a teacher, an activist, a social worker, and an independent researcher and lecturer. Her current projects include a novel loosely based on her experiences in Chile during the Allende-Pinochet years and a memoir, Many Mansions, about the beginnings of her thirty-five years as a Catholic nun. O’Shea recently led a memoir writing workshop for the International Women’s Writing Guild entitled “Writing From your Religious Past.”

Julie Ann Schrader

Julie Ann Schrader

Julie Ann Schrader 
“Earth’s Children”

Julie Ann Schrader is a psychotherapist, writer, and teacher. She has been writing poems, songs, and stories since childhood. She performed original songs for many years. She describes herself as a lover of words. Schrader is currently writing a work of historical fiction, memoir pieces, and short stories. She believes that it is vital to share stories of the 1970s, as it was a very influential and magical time. She has chosen one of her favorites for this anthology. She lives in the lovely Valley of the Moon in Northern California. Visit her at: www.Angelics-Spirit.com.

Laura Singh 
“The Magician”

For the past thirty years, Laura Singh has been the fabric designer and owner, along with her husband, of Laura & Kiran, a Berkeley-based, home furnishing fabric company known for its contemporary designs in natural fabrics that are hand-crafted in India. Visit her at: www.laurakiran.com

Lynn Sunday

Lynn Sunday

Lynn Sunday 
“The Day I Met the Suffragette”

Lynn Sunday is an artist and writer who lives near San Francisco with her husband and dogs. Her work has appeared in various anthologies: Passing It On, Lay Practitioners Share Dharma Wisdom, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive, The Magic of Mothers and Daughters, and Think Positive for Great Health. Sunday has appeared in publications such as Common Ground Magazine, and The Noe Valley Voice. Sunday has spoken out for social justice causes from women’s rights to animal rights, all her life.

Jill Taft-Kaufman

Jill Taft-Kaufman

Jill Taft-Kaufman 
“A Berkeley Spring”

Jill Taft-Kaufman went to Mills College in East Oakland and transferred to Berkeley to complete her Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. She is a professor at Central Michigan University in the Department of Communication and Dramatic Arts where she still feels passionate about her teaching. She directs as part of University Theatre and specializes in the scripting and performance of literature not originally written for the stage. She has published in numerous communication and theatre journals and is an associate editor of Text and Performance Quarterly.

Judith Terzi

Judith Terzi

Judith Terzi 
“Berkeley Raga”

Judith Terzi holds an M.A. in French Literature. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in: The Centrifugal Eye; Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai (FutureCycle Press); Myrrh, Mothwing, Smoke: Erotic Poems (Tupelo Press); The Raintown Review; Trivia: Voices of Feminism; and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and Web. Her fourth chapbook, Ghazal for a Chambermaid, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. A former high school French teacher, she also taught ESL and English at California State University, Los Angeles, and in Algiers, Algeria.

Susan Tornga 
“Mrs. Lieutenant”

Susan Tornga was raised in Tucson, an upbringing that fueled her love for the Arizona desert. Her first novel, Seashells in the Desert, is set in Winslow, Arizona, in 1895. She dedicates this mystery to the women who endured countless hardships and risked so much to open the West for others. Tornga is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul and various on-line travel sites. Her stories and articles have won awards from Women on Writing and Writers’ Weekly. She is an active member of Women Writing the West and Arizona Mystery Writers. Visit her at: http://www.susantornga.com, Blog: http://susantornga.wordpress.com.

Dianalee Velie 
“Who Wrote the Book of Love?”

Dianalee Velie lives and writes in Newbury, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and has a Master of Arts in Writing from Manhattanville College, where she has served as faculty advisor of Inkwell: A Literary Magazine. She has taught poetry, memoir, and short story at universities and colleges in New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire and in private workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her award-winning poetry and short stories have been published in hundreds of literary journals and many have been translated into Italian. She is seeking a publisher for her fourth collection of poetry, The Alchemy of Desire.

Patricia A. Vestal 
“Proud Spinster”

After a career in publishing and education, Patricia Vestal has returned to her mountain roots in the culturally and naturally rich Asheville, NC area. Her educational, professional, and creative experience encompasses playwriting, film and game scripting, poetry, prose, and journalism. Vestal has taught all of these genres through nonprofit theater, arts groups, and at the college level. Holding an M.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in Media from SUNY, her writing has been variously published and produced and she recently won first place in a fantasy fiction contest.

Kathryn Wilder 
“White Sugar”

Kathryn Wilder, a former heroin addict, has spent her life in California, Hawaii, and the American Southwest, on horseback, paddling outrigger canoes, running rivers. Today she operates a natural-horsemanship training facility in southwestern Colorado with renowned mustang trainer Ramón Castro, along with family and friends. Her work has appeared in Midway Journal, River Teeth, Southern Indiana Review, Fourth Genre, Sierra, many Hawaiian magazines, What Wildness Is This, the American Nature Writing series, the Walking the Twilight anthologies, and elsewhere. “White Sugar” is from her memoir-in-progress, A Woman Chasing Water.

Marielena Zungia

Marielena Zungia

Marielena Zuniga 
“Catch the Wind”

Marielena Zuniga is an award-winning journalist of thirty-five years, writing for newspapers, magazines, and in the corporate and nonprofit environments. She has been published in The Christian Science Monitor and in 2010, won a prestigious national journalism award for reporting on women’s issues. In 2012, she placed 5th among thousands of entries in the Inspirational Category of the annual Writers Digest Magazine writing competition. It is the third year she has placed in this category. She has a master’s degree in counseling/psychology and enjoys writing about spiritual, psychological and women’s issues.


Kate Farrell 
“Getting It”

Kate Farrell earned a MA from UC Berkeley; taught language arts in high schools, colleges, and universities; founded the Word Weaving storytelling project in collaboration with the California Department of Education with a grant from the Zellerbach Family Fund, and published numerous educational materials. She is founder of Wisdom Has a Voice memoir project and edited Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother (2011). Farrell is president of Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, a board member of Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club, member of Story Circle Network and National Association of Memoir Writers.

Linda Joy Myers  
“Baptist Girl”

Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author of four books: Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness, The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, and a workbook The Journey of Memoir: The Three Stages of Memoir Writing. Her book Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story was a finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. A speaker and award winning author, she co-teaches the program Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and offers editing, coaching, and mentoring for memoir, nonfiction, and fiction. www.namw.org. Blog: http://memoriesandmemoirs.com

Amber Lea Starfire 

Amber Lea Starfire, whose passion is helping others tell their stories, is the author of Week by Week: A Year’s Worth of Journaling Prompts & Meditations (2012) and Not the Mother I Remember, due for release in the fall of 2013. A writing teacher and editor, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from University of San Francisco and is a member of the California Writers Club in Napa and Santa Rosa, the Story Circle Network, National Association of Memoir Writers, and International Association for Journal Writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors. www.writingthroughlife.com.