Contributors, Martha Andrews Donovan

Martha Andrews Donovan

Martha Andrews Donovan, author of the chapbook Dress Her in Silk (Finishing Line Press 2009), is a writer and teacher who lived in New Hampshire for a good many years and recently moved to an island in Maine. Her writing explores the intersections between memory, image, and narrative, and the ways in which the things we unearth—photographs, artifacts, ephemera, and other fragmentary evidence—can help narrate a life. You can view Martha’s work at her blog One Writer’s Excavation: Narrating a Life, Piece by Piece.

View Martha’s photography on New England Memories:

Contributors, J.C. Elkin

J.C. Elkin

J.C. Elkin, an M.F.A. candidate at Bennington Writing Seminars, is the author of World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom and other works appearing in such journals as Kestrel, The Delmarva Review, and Steam Ticket. Her work is inspired by the music of languages, a long memory for minutiae, and a probing spirituality, with feminism as the whack-a-mole of her works. To learn more, visit

View J.C.’s writing on New England Memories:

Contributors, Yvona Fast

Yvona Fast

Inspired by PoemCity in Montpelier, Vermont, Yvona Fast (a frequent visitor to Vermont) brought PoemVillage to Saranac Lake, New York. Her poems have appeared in Farming Magazine, The Poeteer, Oswego Alumni magazine, and the Weekend Poets anthology for 2015, 2016 and 2017 (published in Maine). The author of three books, a weekly food column running continuously since 2005, and over 200 magazine articles, she lives in the Adirondacks where she is a member of the Adirondack Center for Writing and The Poetry Group. Learn more at

View Yvona’s work on New England Memories:

Contributors, Irma Haggerty

Irma Haggerty

Irma Haggerty was born and raised in the greater Boston, MA, area and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. She is a retired public school teacher living in Franconia, New Hampshire. Her poetry has appeared in several publications including Stone Soup, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts; Sitting Frog: Poetry of Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado; Love and Trouble, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire; and The Leaflet: Journal of the New England Association of Teachers of English, Assonet, Massachusetts.

View Irma’s poetry on New England Memories:

Contributors, Martha Deborah Hall

Martha Deborah Hall

Martha Deborah Hall’s poems appear in numerous journals including, Bellowing Ark, Common Ground Review, Las Cruces, Old Red Kimono, Tale Spinners, Tapestries, The Poets’ Touchstone, and Watch the Eye. She was the winner of the 2005 John and Miriam Morris Memorial Chapbook contest for her collection Abandoned Gardens and a semi-finalist in the 2007 Concrete Wolf Chapbook contest. Martha has published numerous poetry books through Plain View Press and WordTech Communications, including: Inside Out, published and nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2011, and The Closing, the Opening, a semi-finalist in the 2012 Word Works Washington Prize. Her most recent books include Tears, Tunnels to Up-Country, and In My Cottage. Hall holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Columbia University, and lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

View Martha’s poetry on New England Memories:


Contributors, Margaret Hawthorn

Margaret Hawthorn

Margaret Hawthorn and her husband, Bruce MacDougall, met in New York City, where they worked for American Youth Hostels. In the summer of 1976 they led a group of eight teenagers on bicycles, pedaling over 3,000 miles from New York to San Francisco in two months. Two years later they moved to Winchendon, Massachusetts to take over Camelot Farm, a home for mentally disabled veterans. They spent the next 34 years at Camelot, raising their three daughters and providing a home for the men in their care. Margaret holds a Master of Divinity with a focus on ministry in writing from Earlham School of Religion. She and Bruce live in Rindge, New Hampshire.

View Margaret’s writing on New England Memories: