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Contributor Bios – November 2020

Christine Green is a freelance writer, teaching artist, writing coach, and speaker. She is a freelance journalist and currently writes a literary arts column for Rochester’s (585) Magazine. Christine was the founder and host of the popular reading salon, Words on the Verge. Read her work and learn more at christinejgreen.com

Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. Her work has appeared invarious academic and creative publications, including having her poetry featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She is also a co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project. Michele can be found on Instagram @ShaktiEnergy.

Nicole K. Ostrowski lives in Suburbia, MD, with her husband, 3-year-old daughter, and 2-year-old carnival goldfish. She enjoys all types of art but has mostly moved to digital art because it’s one less mess to clean up on a daily basis. Her digital mediums and themes frequently change, based on her mood and a carousel of online art prompts. Nicole’s art experiments can be viewed at instagram.com/creatingnicole.

Derek Roper has dedicated his creativity and ingenuity to the cosmic mythos.  The Mad Artist focuses much of his work on the mysteries of comic horror.  Some of his favorite classic cosmic horror stories include The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and The King in Yellow. Of course, there are many more! His passion for these stories and the mythos drive his creative processes. Derek primarily works with digital art, but also has a passion for clay work and wood burning. He is always working with new mediums to portray his art.

JC Sulzenko’s poems appeared on Arc’s Poem of the Year shortlist, in Vallum, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and Oratorealis, in anthologies and online, either under her name or as A. Garnett Weiss. The Light Ekphrastic and Silver Birch Press publish her. In early 2020, her work was selected for the Poetry Leaves exhibition and anthology and appeared in Vallum: Contemporary Poetry and in the Naugatuck River Review. In 2019, she won the Wind and Water Writing Contest and the WrEN award (Children’s Poetry) and judged poetry for the National Capital Writing Contest. In 2018, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology (Mansfield Press), The Poet’s Pathway and County CollAboRaTive projects featured her work. Point Petre Publishing released JC’s South Shore Suite…POEMSin 2017. Her centos took top honours inThe Bannister Anthology (2016, 2013.) JC has presented workshops for the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Canadian Authors Association, the Griffin Trio, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Ottawa Public Library, and a number of Alzheimer societies, among others. She has written six books for children and co-authored poetry chapbooks, Slant of Light and Breathing Mutable Air, with Carol A. Stephen. JC curates the Glebe Report’s“Poetry Quarter” and serves as a selector for bywords.ca. www.jcsulzenko.com

Ron Tobey grew up in north New Hampshire, USA, and attended the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where he published his first poem in an independent student journal. He has lived in Ithaca NY, Pittsburgh PA, Riverside CA, Berkley CA, and London UK. After professional careers in Southern California, he and his wife now live in West Virginia, where they raise cattle and keep goats and horses. Ron writes, reflecting personal experience, imagistic poetry of places, moods, and the worlds of work.

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