Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award winner), Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist), and Sometimes You Sense the Difference (poetry chapbook). She was a founding editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She has received a Scholarship from Bread Loaf, a Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, four Pushcart nominations, and prizes from the Allen Ginsberg Awards and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals and anthologies. www.donnabaierstein.com
Donna Baier Stein
Founder & Publisher
Adele Kenny is the author of 24 books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals here and abroad, as well as in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. Her awards include two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, and a first place Merit Book Award, among others. Her most recent poetry collection, What Matters (Welcome Rain Publishers, 2011), received the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. One of her poems appeared on the marquee of the rialto West Theater in NYC as part of the 42nd Street Art Project, and her antiques reference books have been cited by Home and Garden Television. A former creative writing professor in the College of New Rochelle’s Graduate School, Adele is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and has been poetry editor of TIFERET since 2006. Adele is active in readings and conducts both agency-sponsored and private poetry workshops.
Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Two books are forthcoming in 2017, a memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis and a collection of poetry, The Selfless Bliss of the Body. She was named a Writer Who Makes a Difference by The Writer Magazine and served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014. Gayle currently lives in North Lake Tahoe and teaches at Sierra Nevada College and the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Director of Development
Rachel Dacus is a poet and writer whose works include the poetry books Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau, as well the recent Gods of Water and Air, a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. She has written on a variety of subjects, from travel in Italy to growing up a rocket scientist’s daughter during the race-to-space Cold War era. Her poems, stories, essays, reviews, plays, and interviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, and many other anthologies and journals. Read more at http://racheldacus.net.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Jeremy spent a year teaching English in South Korea. The exploration of the countryside invigorated his writing, and upon his return to the States, he began seeking out a graduate program. Jeremy is currently a graduate student at Emerson College, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing. His work has appeared in The Criterion and Life and Legend. When he is not reading or writing, Jeremy practices Tae Kwon Do. He is currently ranked as a 4th degree master black belt.
After graduating with a B.A in journalism in 1978 and a long career as a reporter and public relations specialist, Ryder finally decided to get her MFA in creative nonfiction in 2016 from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is currently working on a memoir entitled, Cedar Ridge Farm: The Life, The Death and The Restoration, about living on and restoring her family’s 18th century homestead. Ryder’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Brevity, N Magazine, and The Writers Circle, and in blogs, newspapers and online journals and blogs. Her home and gardens are listed with the Smithsonian Institute of American Gardens and you can often find her covered in compost when not at her writing desk, or on Nantucket Island in MA., volunteering her time as a committee member with the Nantucket Book Festival. Ryder lives in Central New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and their three West highland terriers, George, Petal and Atticus Finch.
Donna Baier Stein
Director of Development
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Mary Garhart is a graduate student at Emerson College in Boston and is working towards a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. She has received a BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and a BS in Business Management at University of Maryland, College Park. Mary hopes to one day work in digital production in either educational or children’s book publishing.
Kelly Ian Hobkirk is a writer, graphic designer, publication designer, and type designer, currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. His custom type and packaging design work have featured in Time Magazine and books published by Rockport and Rotovision. After 30 years in design and a transmogrifying bachelor’s degree trip through Antioch University Seattle, he discovered his truest self, greatest joys, and most valuable learning manifest whist writing books. He is currently writing his second novel, and teetering on the release of his narrative medicine memoir. His poetry has appeared in Licton Springs Review and in his fourth grade school newspaper. When not writing or reading, he rides his bicycle.