About Us

Who are the Straw Dogs?

Steering Committee

Board of Directors

Alexis Johnson
Rick Paar
Mary Ann Scognamiglio
Stephanie Shafran

Board Officers

President: Christopher J. Sparks
Clerk: Macci Schmidt
Treasurer (ex officio): Becky Jones


Liz Bedell
Beth Filson
Ellen Meeropol
Jacqueline Sheehan

Finance Committee

Macci Schmidt
Mary Ann Scognamiglio

Program Committee

The Program Committee seeks out and schedules programming for Straw Dogs members and the greater writing community. We strive to provide a wide variety of presentations and discussions regarding craft, navigating the profession, inspiration and the writing life. The program committee particularly encourages presenters from groups that have been underrepresented in writing and publishing communities. Propose a program here

Sally Bellerose
Michael Goldman – Chair
Becky Jones
Judy McIntosh
Rick Paar
Anna Smith
Vati Sreiberg

Social Justice Committee

The social justice writing committee initiates, plans and carries out projects that address the inequities of our world and seek to illuminate and change them through writing, reading, and literary connection.

Liz Bedell
Sally Bellerose
Beth Filson
Mary Warren Foulk
Ellen Meeropol
Macci Schmidt
Christopher J. Sparks


Writers Night Out

Rick Paar
Jacqueline Sheehan

 Writers Read/Hilltowns

Jane Roy Brown

Publicity Committee

Tzivia Gover
Nerissa Nields
Macci Schmidt

Advisory Board

Carol Connare

Patricia Lee Lewis

Richard Michelson

Bill Newman

Jane Yolen

Leslea Newman


Arianna Alexsandra Collins, Administrative Director

Robin Glenn, newsletter


Jamie Haines (Spring semester 2018)

Marisa Mizzoni – (Summer/Fall 2019)

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