Straw Dog Writers has over 200 members!
Straw Dog Writers Guild Members are patrons and advocates of literature, raising the literary profile of Western MA. We are a community of writers, authors, workshop leaders, and literary lovers.
Members are listed in alphabetical order by last name.
Jeannine Atkins writes about women in history. Her books include Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science and Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis (both Simon and Schuster).
Liz Bedell is a freelance editor, writing coach, and writer based in Northampton. A longtime English teacher, she is currently working on a novel set during the Great War and THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A WRITER’S SOUL, a nonfiction book about sustaining one’s writing practice. She also facilitates writing workshops locally and teaches at the Hartsbrook School.
Three books of poetry and fiction available on Amazon, Post-Freudian Dreaming, A General Theory of Desire & All Rise. He Won the Paris Review’s International Fiction Award and has published over 270 works of fiction, poetry, visual poetry, and memoir.
Stephen is the author of seven published science fiction/fantasy novels, including The American Book of the Dead and Quest for the Thirty-Six. From 2006 to 2016, Stephen and his wife Bela Breslau founded and ran the Shintaido Farm, a center for the practice of the Japanese body movement and martial art Shintaido, on River Road in Deerfield. Odeon Press is publishing Stephen’s literary collection of short stories entitled: A Book of Fields: Tales from the Pioneer Valley. www.stephenbillias.com
A poet, community organizer, and former chicken farmer, Lynn is the founding director of Woven Word Young Writers. Now in its 20th year, Woven Word provides a unique community for young writers through weekly workshops and summer programs that include writing on a houseboat on the Connecticut River. Lynn’s poetry has been published in Calyx, Northampton Gallery of Readers, and Equinox. Website -- Facebook/Woven Word Young Writers
Anna Bozena Bowen
A poet, author, and nurse, Anna’s holistic approach to life and connection to spirit is expressed in her awards winning novel HATTIE which she says “is a testament to the multidimensional aspects of our human and spiritual lives.” Bowen lives in Western MA.
Linda M. Rowland-Buckley
Linda M. Rowland-Buckley lives in South Hadley with her family and two dogs. She runs two drop-in writing groups at the South Hadley Public Library and is working on a collection of short stories. She has been published in Stone Walls II Journal and Legends Magazine.
Candace Curran is a writer and founding member of collaborative word and image exhibitions throughout western MA . Multimedia installations include, INTERFACE I-X, Automotive Poetry, Four on the Floor and Three on a Tree, and most recently Exploded View. She is twice named Western Massachusetts Poet's Seat laureate and has judged for the competition as well as for the Massachusetts Book Awards. Publications include, Bone Cages and Playing in Wrecks, ( Haley's Press), Raw Nervz, Meat For Tea, Silkworm and Compass Roads.
Corinne Demas is the author of 32 books including five novels, two short story collections, a memoir, a collection of poetry, and numerous books for children. She is a Professor of English at Mt. Holyoke College and a Fiction Editor of The Massachusetts Review. www.corinnedemas.com Twitter: @corinnedemas
Lori Desrosiers’ poetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter and Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak (both from Salmon Poetry). She edits Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry. http://loridesrosierspoetry.com
My manuscript, A Bestiary Tales from a Wildlife Garden, celebrates trees, birds, butterflies, and other beings inhabiting Flower Hill Farm Retreat. Enjoy 21 acres, forest, gardens, views, quiet? Discount/barter. www.caroldukeflowers.com
After 30 years as a talk show producer with hosts such as Larry King and Tom Snyder, I wrote the memoir Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers, and Losers. My next book helps the writer prep when a guest in media.
Beth Filson is the host of Writers Night Out, a Straw Dog salon. Most recently she won the 2015 Wild Light Poetry Prize from Red Hen Press, and her art was featured on the cover of The Florida Review .
D M Gordon. Book author; Fourth World, and Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible, a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and International Book Award. https://hedgerowbooks.net/books/ Prizewinning poetry and fiction, including Glimmer Train (1st Prize), The Massachusetts Review, and Nimrod. MCC Artist Fellow in Fiction, a finalist in poetry. Editor; multiple genres, at www.dmgordoneditorial.com.
Tzivia Gover, is the author most recently of Joy in Every Moment: Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life, and Learning in Mrs. Towne's House: A Teacher, Her Students, and the Woman Who Inspired Them. As an author and workshop leader, she draws from mindfulness, dreamwork, and writing to empower people to live their best lives. To learn more visit: www.tziviagover.com / Twitter / Facebook
Ellen Evert Hopman
Ellen Evert Hopman writes Celtic fiction and Herbals. She lives in Belchertown. Her latest herbal, “Secret Medicines from Your Garden” (Healing Arts Press), is the winner of the International Herb Association’s Thomas DiBaggio award (2016) and of the Coalition of Visionary Resources award for Health and Healing books (2017). www.elleneverthopman.com / Facebook
Pushcart-nominated, RWH performs and writes short fiction that is spare, rich and sometimes dark. He published Sticks & Bones with MFT Press and is working on a second collection.
Alexis Johnson is co-founder and was Executive Director of International Language Institute for 31 years. Before that, she lived and taught in Barcelona for 9 years. Playing With A Full Deck is a wry look at her experiences. www.ili.edu
Becky Jones leads bereavement writing groups and has an active volunteer life. She has published some poetry and works episodically on a manuscript of stories from her hospital chaplain days. Email
My two books of poetry, All Roads Go Where They Will, 2010 and Migrations, 2013 were both published by Antrim House Press. My third book, Finding Ithaca, was published by Dos Madres Press, 2018. Copies are available from the Norwich Bookstore and at Broadside Bookshop.
Eileen P. Kennedy
Eileen P. Kennedy lives in Amherst, MA. Her chapbook Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015 and awarded Second Prize from the Wordwrite Book Awards in Poetry. She was awarded Second Prize in the Penumbra Haiku Poetry Contest. She was a finalist for the 2018 Concrete Wolf Louis Poetry Prize. She won Honorable Mention from the New England, New York, and London Book Festivals, as well as from the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid/Poetry Contest and the Oregon Poetry Society. More at EileenPKennedy.com.
Winner of the Michael Doherty Award, Amy received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and has, for over 12 years, coached writers of many ages and backgrounds. Her work has appeared in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Canyon Voices, Plum Literary Journal and Write Angles Journal, to name a few. So Nice to Finally Meet You...is her debut novel. www.amylaprade.com
Melanie S. Lewis is an appellate and trial attorney, mediator, and poet. She just published her first book, Haiku to Nurse By, available at BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com. Melanie has had poems published in Wish Women, Even Then, Even Now, Silkworm, and most recently in Compass Roads: A Dispatch from Paradise/Poems about the Pioneer Valley, edited by Jane Yolen and the Straw Dogs Writers Guild, Leveller’s Press. Melanie has led writing workshops for victims/survivors of domestic violence and for teens.
Jan Maher's writing credits include novels, Earth As It Is, and Heaven, Indiana; plays Ismene, Intruders, Widow's Walk, and Most Dangerous Women; and books for educators. More at http://www.janmaher.com.
Karen Malley earned her MFA at UMass Amherst in 1993 and teaches ESL at a public elementary school. Her stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Fiddlehead, Antigonish Review, New Orphic Review, and Sonora Review. Her story "Roof Dog" was awarded first prize in Glimmer Train's New Writers Contest in 2012, and another, "Fragile," won third prize in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open in 2015. She has another story coming out in Glimmer Train's final issue in Fall, 2019, and another story will appear in an upcoming issue of Bayou Magazine.
Libby Maxey, of Conway, MA, is a senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama; she also edits for Amherst College and as a freelancer. She reviews poetry for The Mom Egg Review and Solstice, and her own poems have appeared in Mezzo Cammin, Crannóg, Kestrel, Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Kairos, won Finishing Line Press’s 2018 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. Locally, she has won both the Poet's Seat Poetry Contest and the Robert P. Collén Poetry Contest, and her work was selected for the Northampton Arts Council's 2017 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial. Her nonliterary activities include singing classical repertoire and mothering two sons. libbymaxey.com
J.A. McIntosh spent too many years as an attorney in the child welfare system. She draws on her experience and her imagination to write about her former career. When not writing, she walks in the woods, plays piano, and indulges her addition to chocolate. Her book, Niagara Fontaine, a Meredith, Massachusetts novel was released in 2018. Her next novel in the series, A. B. Hartwell, will be released in 2019. jamcintosh.com
Ellen Meeropol, The author of three novels (Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane Island, House Arrest), Ellen's favorite quote about her work is: "unflinchingly political, unashamedly suspenseful, and, above all, deeply human." Website
RICHARD MICHELSON’s many books for children, teens, and adults have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker; and among the best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com. Michelson hosts Northampton Poetry Radio and served two terms as Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. www.RichardMichelson.com
Linda M. Rhinehart Neas has three books of poetry, Winter of the Soul, and Gogo's Dream: Discovering Swaziland, and Where the Heather Meets the Stone. She, also, wrote and edited an eBook, Returning to the Circle: Inspirational Wisdom from Women for Women, which is a 30-day journey of self-discovery. Linda’s writing can also be found on her website, blog - Words from the Heart, and Facebook.
After writing for radio and films, I published my first novel wth the Harper-Saxton Award. A narrative history followed (my parents’ story), and recently a novel co-authored by Rudy Nelson. riskofreturning.com
Nerissa Nields is a musician, songwriter, novelist, poet, and author. She has released 18 CDs, written five books and is currently at work on her third “Jintucket” novel. She has been running writing workshops and retreats out of her home in Northampton MA since 2003. Writing It Up in the Garden is a mostly generative workshop process that welcomes all genres and levels of writers. She also runs manuscript groups (“Weeding & Pruning”) and maintains a popular blog on her website. Learn more at www.nerissanields.com.
Dori Ostermiller, MFA is the author of Outside the Ordinary World, and founder and director of Writers in Progress, a writing center offering workshops, editing and consulting at our beautiful Florence studio www.doriostermiller.com/writers-in-progress
I’ve taught psychology, primarily counseling and psychotherapy, at Springfield College for 32 years and have been writing for 20. Psychology and writing ask the same question, “What does it mean to be human?” Good writing does a much better job. Long, loopy sentences, stories with no clear resolution, versus the DSM? No contest.
Robert V.S. Redick
Robert V. S. Redick is the author of The Chathrand Voyage Quartet (The Red Wolf Conspiracy and sequels), epic fantasy series. The first book in his new series The Fire Sacraments will be published in 2018. More at www.robertvsredick.com
Lauren Marie Schmidt
Straw Dog Writers Guild board member, and the assistant editor with Jane Yolen on the recent Compass Roads Anthology.
Molly Scott is a poet, singer, and psychologist. She is the recipient of the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award, has published “Up to the Windy Gate: Poems of Grief and Grace” with Finishing Line Press and leads Creative Resonance workshops locally and internationally.
Jacqueline Sheehan, Ph.D., is a New York Times Bestselling author. She is also a psychologist. Her novels include The Comet’s Tale a novel about Sojourner Truth, Lost & Found, Now & Then, and Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. Website / Facebook / Instagram
Jessica B. Sokol
Vati Sreiberg is a founding editor of Stone Walls II, a literary and arts journal of the hilltowns. She is currently the fiction and non-fiction editor. She resides in the hilltowns of western Massachusetts where she practices acupuncture and writes. She has a BA in Education and Comparative Literature and an MA in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She is also on the program committee of Straw Dog Writers Guild.
Joshua Michael Stewart
Joshua Michael Stewart has had poems published in the Massachusetts Review, Salamander, Modern Haiku, Rattle, Brilliant Corners, and many others. His first full-length collection of poems, Break Every String, was published by Hedgerow Books in 2016. Visit him at www.joshuamichaelstewart.com
Susan Stinson is a novelist, coach, and editor. Her most recent novel, Spider in a Tree, is about 18th century Northampton. Fall 2017, she teaches Fiction Writing at Amherst College. www.susanstinson.net
Lisa C. Taylor
The author of four books of poetry (most recently Necessary Silence) and one book of short fiction, Growing a New Tail. A new collection of short fiction is due out in the summer of 2018. Lisa continues to be fascinated by resilient and complicated characters. She’s available for online mentoring and offers writing workshops in the U.S. and in Ireland. She also teaches writing at a small college. www.lisactaylor.com
Gail Thomas has published four books of poetry including Odd Mercy, winner of the Charlotte Mew Prize, and Waving Back, named a Must-Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. www.gailthomaspoet.com/
Sharon Tracey is a poet and editor and the author of the poetry collection What I Remember Most Is Everything (ALL CAPS PUBLISHING, 2017). She is currently working on a series of poems featuring women artists over the past five centuries.
Award-winning author of several novels including 5 Star Reader's Favorites, " Delilah of Sunhats Swans", and YA novel, "Anabelle Lost". Also, "Still, Life: a collection of echoes", "a life undone", "HIDDEN" and the middle-grade fantasy, "The Thirteenth Moon". More info at www.melissavolker.com and FaceBook / Twitter
I live in Northampton and teach at Cambridge College. My new chapbook, AIR-BREATHING LIFE, is now available: Finishing Line Press, Amazon. My essays have appeared in SALON and Huffington Post. For more information, visit my website: www.abigailwarren.org
Ellen Wittlinger is the award-winning author of 15 young adult and middle-grade novels. Two more middle-grades will be published this year and next. She also writes plays and screenplays.
Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over 366 books (actual number), including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. In 2018 you will be able to read a Jane Yolen book a day for a year--even on a leap year.) Learn more: www.janeyolen.com
Nicole M. Young
Nicole M. Young is a performance poet, playwright, theatre instructor and pop culture critic originally from Detroit, MI. Her work has been performed across Western Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan. She self-produced a spoken word album, In/Put: Live from the Valley, which was recorded live and is working on her first memoir. Website