June 20, 2017
Featured authors and artist
Rebecca Durham is a poet, botanist, and artist. Originally from New England, she now lives in Montana with her daughter and their two cats. She holds a BA in Biology from Colby College and a MS in Botany from Oregon State University. For the last six years she has been researching vascular plants and lichens at the MPG Ranch, a conservation property in western Montana. Rebecca’s writing has appeared in Orion Magazine, Superstition Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, and is forthcoming in the Riverfeet Press Anthology, Meniscus, and Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Poetry. Her botanical art has been featured at the Montana Natural History Center. She is a MFA candidate in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry at the University of Montana. You may find more of her work at rebeccadurham.net.
Emily Alice Katz lives in Durham, North Carolina. Her first fiction publication recently appeared in Kindred, and her short story, “Cannula,” was awarded an Honorable Mention by Glimmer Train in fall 2016. She is also the author of Bringing Zion Home: Israel in American Jewish Culture, 1948-1967 (SUNY Press, 2015).
Abi Newhouse is a recent graduate from Utah State University. Her work has appeared in multiple magazines, most recently Sediments Literary Magazine, Coup D’Etat, and Crab Fat Magazine. She will be attending George Mason University to get her MFA in nonfiction this upcoming school year.
Monica Stewart is a mixed media artist and painter. She received her B.F.A. from Murray State University and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Studio Art & Design at the University of Louisville. Her work in painting often explores the world of small objects, particularly from nature. When painted, these objects take on a form of suspended animation, which allows for speculation about their respective past lives, making them more like relics or artifacts.
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William C. Crawford is a writer and photographer based in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a combat photojournalist in Vietnam. He has published extensively in various formats including fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, book reviews, and essays. His new book is highlighted on this site. He had a parallel career as a social worker and community organizer. There, he wrote biting editorials on behalf of the powerless such as abused children, the frail elderly, and victims of enforced state sterilizations. He is known as Crawdaddy to his yellow Lab, Scout.
David Sapp is a visual artist and writer living along the southern shore of Lake Erie in North America. His graphite drawings have been exhibited widely in solo, group and juried exhibitions, nationally and internationally, in the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toyohashi City Museum, Japan, and illustrated in a book of poetry titled Ultrasound. A professor of art, he teaches studio art and art history and is director of the Little Gallery. His artwork may be viewed at https://davidsappdrawings.viewbook.com/.
Jeanie Tomanek draws upon themes that first developed in her poetry, exploring various feminine archetypes from myths, folk-tales, fairy tales, and her own experiences. The natural world as she experienced it growing up on a farm in the Genesee Valley region of New York also strongly influences her work. Trees, flowers, birds, and snow are symbols for emotional states or story elements. She has been called a mythic artist, telling ancient stories that never grow old. Tomanek’s work is held in many private and public collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. She is also a published poet and her paintings have appeared as cover art for literary journals and poetry collections. She lives in Marietta, Georgia with her husband Dennis and two rescue dogs. Her work can be seen at www.jeanietomanek.com.