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 http://www.jcelkin.net/.

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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 http://www.wordsaremyworld.com.

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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.

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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 Poet’s 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.

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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.

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Contributors, Theresa Hickey

Theresa Hickey

A native Bostonian, Theresa Hickey has written two chapbooks of poems, Raising the Child and Sighs of a Gracious Nature. Her third book of poems, To Life, is nearing completion. Her poetry and essays have received favorable reviews by the Italian-American Press. One of her poems, “Words” received an honorable mention in an event sponsored by Ave Maria University and Notre Dame’s Faith ND published another. “Golden Days” received a Naples Magazine “Enny” writers award (FL). The Sextant and other journals have published her work.

Many of Theresa’s poems reflect her love for the coastal, woodland and mountainous regions of New England—places that broaden her perspectives and inspire the sacred. Married for fifty-three years, the mother of four children and grandmother of five, she is retired from Salem State University in Massachusetts where she was an administrator, promoting hundreds of productions sponsored by the Center for Creative and Performing Arts.

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