Debra Gingerich is the author of Where We Start, a collection of poems published by Cascadia Publishing House. She completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University and received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her poems and essays have appeared in Mochila Review, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Whiskey Island Magazine, The Writer's Chronicle and others. She was awarded a John Ringling Towers Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007. She lives in Sarasota, FL where she works as the Web communications and publications manager for Manatee Community College. She is a
co-editor of the recent Wising Up Anthology, SHIFTING BALANCE
SHEETS: Women's Stories of
Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment.More about Debra can be found at her Web site www.debragingerich.com.
Besides being a poet,
Kathleen L. Housley is an independent writer and researcher with strong
interdisciplinary knowledge spanning American history, art, music, science,
medicine and theology. She doesn't try to keep her interests separate because
she finds cross-fertilization to be essential to creativity. For example, in
her book of poetry Firmament
(Higganum Hill Books, 2007), she explores the borderlands between science and
religion. A poem titled "Driving the Ambulance with Robert Frost"
published in the Winter 2009 issue of the journal Ars Medica combines her experience as a volunteer emergency
medical technician with her knowledge of Robert Frost's poetry. An essay in The
Global Spiral, the online journal of
the Metanexus Institute (Dec. 2009) is titled "Seeing the Thunder: Insight
and Intuition in Science, Mathematics and Religion." It is always in the borderlands between
disciplines that Housley finds her most intriguing ideas. She is also the
author of three biographies of uniquely creative women: the Smith sisters,
abolitionists, suffragists and Bible translators; Emily Hall Tremaine, a
well-known collector of 20th century art; and Perle Fine, a
brilliant but underappreciated abstract expressionist painter. Her book Keys to the Kingdom: Reflections on Music and the Mind was recently published by the Wising Up Press Writers Collective.
Megan Liller Krivchenia is a retired family therapist and currently works as a mediator with people who are parenting separately. She resides in Williamstown, WV. She is the mother of five children and sixteen grandchildren. She did her undergraduate studies at Case University in Cleveland, OH and at Marietta College in Marietta, OH. She received her graduate degree from Ohio University in Athens, OH. She co-edited the Wising Up Press Anthology Love After 70.
Kerry Langan, the Chair of the Collective Editorial Board, is a fiction writer who loves reading and writing short stories. She notes, "I read Guy de Maussapant's 'The Necklace' in seventh grade and was hooked.'" Her most pleasurable hobby is reading award-winning short fiction anthologies and collections authored by her favorite writers (of which there are many!) Her own short fiction has appeared in more than 40 literary journals published in the United States, Canada, and Asia. She is grateful to have been published in Other Voices, StoryQuarterly, American Literary Review, The Antigonish Review, Rosebud, Thema, The Seattle Review, The Cimarron Review, Fireweed, Yuan Yang, and the many other small presses working tirelessly to promote literature as an essential element of contemporary life. Kerry is also delighted with the accessibility of online journals and their power to encourage both writing and reading. She has been published in several, including Literary Mama and JMWW. Kerry's non-fiction has appeared in Working Mother. Her book, Only Beautiful & Other Stories, was the first book published by the Wising Up Writers Collective and she will be publishing another short story collection, Live Your Life & Other Stories with the Collective in 2012. She is a co-editor of the recent Wising Up Anthology, SHIFTING BALANCE SHEETS:Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment. (www.oberlin.net/~langan)
Kat Meads has published books of poetry and prose, including Little Pockets of Alarm, Not Waving, The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan and Born Southern and Restless. Her fifth novel, For You, Madam Lenin, was published in October 2012 by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama. She has received writing awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Silicon Valley Arts Council and writing residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, Millay Colony, and the Montalvo Center for the Arts. Her short story “The End of Something (Maybe Love)” won Chelsea magazine’s national fiction competition, and her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles and New York. She teaches in Oklahoma City University’s low-residency Red Earth MFA program. (www.katmeads.com)
Shahidah Muhammad lives in
Atlanta. A Muslim, she is a thoughtful and tireless advocate for positive
interfaith relations and is active in numerous interfaith groups.She is the mother of seven accomplished
adults, the grandmother of eight. Over the past few years, she accompanied her
husband Sherif as he struggled with the many serious complications of diabetes
- kidney failure, open heart surgery, and amputations - a faith journey that
has expanded her interest in energy healing and spiritual companioning through
illness for caretakers as well as people with fatal disease.
Poet Maria Nazos was
raised by a sea captain and speech pathologist in Athens, Greece and Joliet,
Illinois. She received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her
chapbook, Trailer Park Heart, was
selected by Marge Piercy as runner-up for the 2010 Providence Athenaeum
Philbrick Poetry Project Award. She has received scholarships from The
Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and
a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Her work won the Fall 2009 Poetry
Competition held by The Alabama State Poetry Society. She attended the Iowa
Writers' Workshop. Her work is published or forthcoming in Inkwell, The
Saranac Review, The anthology Wait
a Minute, I Have to Take off My Bra,The Neuropsychiatry of Poetry,The
Boxcar Poetry Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, The New York
Quarterly, Harpur Palate, The New Plains Review, The Sycamore Review, Main
Street Rag, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Tar River Poetry, and the anthology Double Lives, Reinvention & Those We Leave Behind. She lives
and writes in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her first poetry book, A Hymn that Meanders, has just been published through the Wising Up Writers Collective.www.marianazos.com.
Anna Steegmann, a native of Germany, has lived in New York City since 1980. She worked as an actress and psychotherapist until making writing her priority. Her English texts have been published in The New York Times, Promethean, Epiphany, sic, Dimension2, 138 journal.com, The Wising Up Press Anthologies Through A Glass Darkly, Families:The Frontline of Pluralism, Love After 70, and Double Lives, Reinvention & Those We Leave Behind, and in Absinthe, guernicamag.com, and ezratranslation.com. Her German texts have appeared in Salbader, Rheinische Post, TextArt, and Taz. She translated three books from German to English for W.W. Norton. Her essay Mein Harlem was selected Notable Essay of 2007 for The Best American Essays 2008.
Anna lives in New York City, teaches Writing at City College New York and at the International Summer Academy in Venice, Italy. Currently she is working on a screenplay for German film director Rosa von Praunheim. http://annasteegmann2worlds.blogspot.com/
Phyllis Langton, Professor Emerita, George Washington University, is the author of more than 25 books and articles. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and is an active registered nurse, licensed from California for over 50 years. She enjoys volunteer work as a nurse with ALS patients. Her interest in creative non-fiction began in 2000 when her husband was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) and given six months to live. She kept a journal of their three-year journey until his death in 2003, which she has used to write the memoir, Last Flight Out: Living, Loving & Leaving. Three chapters of this memoir have been published in two anthologies: Illness & Grace, Terror & Transformation, and Love After 70. She is working on a second memoir, Sweet Abandon, the story of her childhood born in a Salvation Army Home and life in an orphanage. One chapter has been published in FAMILIES: The Front Line of Pluralism. She is a co-editor on the recent Wising Up Anthology, View from the Bed: View from the Bedside.Her memoir LAST FLIGHT OUT: LIVING, LOVING & LEAVING was published through the Collective in 2011.