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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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).
twitter: @Jeannineatkins


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.


 Visit Dick's website at www.dickbentley.com


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.

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.        


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

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. 


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 

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

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

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.  Copies are available from the Norwich Bookstore and at Broadside Bookshop.  


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.


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


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 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

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 

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

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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  



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 
twitter: Reardon33

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 

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

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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.
www.mollyscott.com/ www.creativeresonance.com


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

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.


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/

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.



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


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.

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. 



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





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Send us your info Members!

To be added to the Straw Dog Members Page - Send one image, and a link to your work (Website, Facebook, Twitter, etc… ) -Include your name & up to 30 words describing your work. Email to: Admin@strawdogwriters.org