Meet our Members

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.
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Members are listed in alphabetical order by last name. 


Janet Aalfs

Janet E. Aalfs, poet laureate emeritus of Northampton and founder/director of Lotus Peace Arts at VWMA, enjoys helping to facilitate sites for revelation. Her books include Bird of a Thousand Eyes.  www.vwma.org / facebook


Jeannine Atkins

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).
www.Jeannineatkins.com.
twitter: @Jeannineatkins

 


Joy Baglio

JOY BAGLIO is Founder/Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, a Williamsburg-based writing school offering a range of classes, literary events, and editing services. Her short fiction has appeared recently in Tin House, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, New Ohio Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, PANK, and elsewhere. She's the recipient of scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The Speculative Literature Foundation and is at work on a collection of short stories and her first novel. Find her online at www.joybaglio.com

 

Liz Bedell

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.

 


Dick Bentley

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.

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Lynn Bowmaster

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.
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Jane Roy Brown

  Jane is an award-winning journalist, editor, and the co-author, with Susan Haltom, of One Writer's Garden: Eudora Welty's Home Place. She is a workshop leader, helping other people write their life stories.  Learn more: Website


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

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.

 


Grant Carrington

Grant Carrington.  Short stories, novels, plays, nonfiction, songs. 

 


Gail Cleare

Gail Cleare has written for magazines, newspapers, Fortune 50 companies, and AOL. Her new novel, The Taste of Air (2016, Red Adept Publishing) is a USA Today Bestseller. She lives on an 18th-century farm in Western Massachusetts with her family and dogs, cats, chickens, black bears, blue herons, rushing streams and wide, windy skies. Follow her at Facebook/GailCleareAuthor or on Twitter @gcleare, or visit her website at www.gailcleare.com.        

 

 

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Corinne Demas

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

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

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Carol Duke


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

 


Bernadette Duncan

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. 

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Beth Filson

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 .

Michael Goldman

Poet and translator of classic contemporary Danish authors, Michael Goldman’s work has appeared in dozens of literary journals. He is also a guest speaker in classrooms and at literary events. www.hammerandhorn.net -/ Facebook 

Diana Gordon

D.M. Gordon

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

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

Jamie Haines

I am a recent Westfield State University graduate with a Bachelors of Art in English and writing. My dream is to work for a publishing company by day and write my novel by night. I came to Straw Dog Writer's Guild as an intern and now I have gained an amazing community to be a part of.

 

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Andrea Hairston

Poetry, novels, essays, and plays are what I do. Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith.  The author of WILL DO MAGIC FOR SMALL CHANGE and REDWOOD AND WILDFIRE  published by Aqueduct Press

website: http://www.andreahairston.com 

 


 

Kathryn Holzman

Kathryn Holzman has had short stories published in numerous literary magazines including the Adirondack Review and the Atticus Review. She recently published a chapbook of her short stories entitled "Migrations."  www.picaflorpress.weebly.com   www.facebook.com/picaflorpress


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

 

Richard Horton

Richard Horton

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

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

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

 

Phyllis Katz

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.  

www.phyllisbeckkatz.com 

Eileen P. Kennedy

Eileen P. Kennedy’s Banshees (Flutter Press, 2015) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won Second Prize by the Wordwrite Poetry Book Awards and Honorable Mention from the London Book Festival. More at EileenPKennedy.com.

 

Amy Laprade

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

Susan LaRosa

Susan LaRosa has a BS in Computer Science. She has published two sci-fi novels and one short story and is working on a third novel (a ghost story). 

 

Melanie Lewis

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 WomenEven Then, Even NowSilkworm, 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.

Patricia Lee Lewis

Patricia Lee Lewis (aka Pat Sackrey) MFA, offers writing workshops & accommodations locally at Patchwork Farm Retreat; writing & yoga retreats internationally. Award-winning poet. Founding member, Straw Dog Writers Guild.    Author of  A Kind of Yellow, and High Lonesome.  Website  

Jan Maher

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

Ellen Meeropol

Ellen Meeropol, The author of three novels (Kinship of Clover, On Hurricane IslandHouse Arrest), Ellen's favorite quote about her work is: "unflinchingly political, unashamedly suspenseful, and, above all, deeply human."  Website

 

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Richard Michelson

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 Neas

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.

Shirley Nelson

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

Lesléa Newman

Lesléa Newman’s 70 books include Heather Has Two Mommies and October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. A past poet laureate of Northampton, her newest poetry collection I Carry My Mother was a 2016 Massachusetts “Must Read” title.    www.lesleanewman.com / Twitter: @lesleanewman / Facebook

Nerissa Nields

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.


Chris O’Carroll

Chris O’Carroll has been Light magazine’s featured poet and has appeared in AngleLiterary ReviewMeasureRotary DialSnakeskin, and Best of the Barefoot Muse, among other journals and anthologies. Light Poetry Magazine 

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Rebecca Hart Olander

Rebecca is a poet, a writing teacher, and is the editor/director of Perugia Press. Find Rebecca’s writing at rebeccahartolander.com, and find info on Perugia Press at perugiapress.com or on Facebook.

 


Ed Orzechowski

Ed Orzechowski, author of You’ll like it here (Levellers Press 2016) is a retired teacher and journalist. He lives with his wife Gail in Florence, Massachusetts. www.edorze.com    /  www.facebook.com/edworzechowski

 

Dori Ostermiller

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  

 

 

Rick Paar

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.

Elaine Reardon 

Elaine is a poet, herbalist, educator, and member of SCWBI.  Her chapbook, The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, recently won honors from Flutter Press. For more info, visit her website. www.elainereardon.wordpress.com 
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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 


Patricia Riggs

Patricia Riggs is a writer disguised as a hospice social worker. She is at work on a memoir about food, longing, and loss but spends more time developing cookie recipes. Website is patriciariggslicsw.com 

Chivas Sandage

Chivas Sandage is a writing coach/consultant and offers women’s writing workshops in Easthampton. A digital columnist for Ms. Magazine, she is the author of Hidden Drive, a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in poetry. https://www.csandage.com

Lauren Marie Schmidt

Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of three collections of poetry: Two Black Eyes and a Patch of Hair Missing; The Voodoo Doll Parade, selected for the Main Street Rag Author’s Choice Chapbook Series; and Psalms of The Dining Room, a sequence of poems about her volunteer experience at a soup kitchen in Eugene, Oregon.  Filthy Labors, was released 2017 by Northwestern University Press.  Schmidt is currently at work on a Young Adult novel. Website


Macci Schmidt

Macci Schmidt is a geologist and science librarian with a murder mystery in the works. She is also pleased to be the Personal Librarian to many writers and enjoys helping with their research.  Email


MaryAnn Scognamiglio

Straw Dog Writers Guild board member, and the assistant editor with Jane Yolen on the recent Compass Roads Anthology.

Molly Scott

Molly Scott

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.
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Jacqueline Sheehan

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 

 
Jessica B. Sokol is the author of For Better And Worse, a raw and in-depth collection of stories about men and sexual relations in these ever-changing times. Her book has received more than a dozen five-star reviews on Amazon and is also available at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton. Her writing focuses on real-life experiences with men, women, and relationships in the new millennium.   AMAZON     FACEBOOK


Vati Sreiberg

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

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

 


Laura Stone

 I love being the Admin. Director of Straw Dog Writers Guild. I look forward to meeting all our members! Feel free to reach out to me at admin@strawdogwriters.org

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

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/

 

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Sharon Tracey

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.

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Melissa Volker

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

 

Abigail Warren

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

 


Tom Weiner

Tom Weiner, retired school teacher, is the author of two works of non-fiction, CALLED TO SERVE: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War (adapted into the play entitled “THE DRAFT” by Peter Snoad) and PHOTOGRAPHED LETTERS ON WINGS: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War II.  He is currently writing a book about men’s and women’s support groups.


Ellen Wittlinger

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.
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Sandra Worsham

Sandra Worsham's new memoir, Going to Wings, published by Third Lung Press, is the story of the struggle to reconcile sexuality, religion, family, and self. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, with her wife and two dogs. 

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Jane Yolen

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   

 

 

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