Tara C. Allred
Sep30

Tara C. Allred

Tara C. Allred is an award-winning author, instructional designer, and educator. She has been recognized as a California Scholar of the Arts for Creative Writing and is a recipient of the Howey awards for Best Adult Book and Best Adult Author. Her published works include Sanders’ Starfish, Unauthored Letters, and The Other Side of Quiet. She is also the founder of the Other Side of Quiet online creative writing group at www.othersideofquiet.net. She lives in Utah with her...

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Li Yun Alvarado
Sep30

Li Yun Alvarado

Li Yun Alvarado is a Puerto Rican poet, writer, and educator. Her work has been published in several journals and anthologies including Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education, PMS Poemmemoirstory, The Acentos Review, PALABRA, and Modern Haiku. She is currently a doctoral candidate in English at Fordham University and she teaches at Long Beach City College. Li Yun has had the pleasure of teaching middle school, high school, and college students in New Haven, Boston, New York City, Long Beach, and the Dominican Republic. She is a native New Yorker living in Long Beach, California, who takes frequent trips to Salinas, Puerto Rico to visit la familia. http://www.liyunalvarado.com/ Studio Hour...

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Laura Alvarez
Sep30

Laura Alvarez

I’m a writer, poet, traveler, seeker, and sustainability advocate, whose preferred method of communication has always been to write. For a few years I spent some time writing as an academic and completed an M.A. in Human Geography from Indiana University. As part of my Master’s, I wrote the thesis Space, Place, and Hegemony among Young Adults in Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico, which addresses the role socio-economic identity plays in the choices a young adult makes to use public and private spaces in a Latin American city. These days I am trying to find balance between working at an energy efficiency consulting firm and writing more poetry, a memoir, or whatever is inside of me that needs to be written and shared. 2015 Retreat...

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Jessica Ankeny
Sep30

Jessica Ankeny

Jessica Ankeny’s chapbook, One Simple Step to Keeping a Clean Gun, can be found at Dancing Girl Press, and individual poems found in Broke, Spillway, Menacing Hedge, The Boiler and elsewhere. Her work was Editor’s Choice in Relief Magazine 7.1 and appeared in the Menacing Hedge Anthology for AWP 2014. Originally from Albuquerque, Jessica currently lives in Brooklyn with her cat Joni Mitchell, and is working on a collection of poems about her grandparents’ childhoods in rural New Mexico. Jessica reading at the AD Reading Series. New Mexico Woman Writer...

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Laura Austin
Sep30

Laura Austin

Laura Austin experienced her first taste of writing in elementary school when her story The Giant Mouse, a tragic tale about a rodent who ate too much cheese, lost a second-grade writing contest. She recently completed her first middle grade novel while enrolled in StoryStudio’s Kid Lit in a Year program with fellow 2015 AROHO participant, Lisa Sukenic. Under the tutelage of Juliet Bond, Laura discovered her passion for witty dialogue and unique characters. It is her dream that The Life and Love of Toulouse LaTortue: An American Turtle in Paris will be read and loved by children other than her own. Currently, Laura resides in Chicago with her husband and two children whose energy is limitless and inspiring. Eager to listen and eager to learn, Laura is forever grateful to have this opportunity. Oh, and she likes photography, the color green and polka dots,...

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Lauren Baldwin
Sep30

Lauren Baldwin

Lauren Baldwin completed her MFA in Fiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2010 and her JD at the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1992. She is a Judicial Hearing Officer in the Family Court division of the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lauren is the author of Pull the Lever, AROHO’s theme poem (alternative to a theme song), written in the middle of the night at Ghost Ranch during an AROHO retreat, and can be heard reading the poem here. Lauren has attended every AROHO retreat since its inception and is the retreat’s hospitality coordinator (the woman with wine and duct tape). She is a legal internet writer for Nolo, a legal publishing company. a maniacal knitter, is working on a novel, and also writes creative non-fiction and poetry. Sponsor of the Tillie Olsen Fellowship; Desert Delight...

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Gillian Barlow
Sep30

Gillian Barlow

Gillian Barlow ‘s writing self is gathering strength, but she continues to work as an architect specialising in housing in Aboriginal communities and for people with disability. Since attending the AROHO Retreat in 2013, she has been awarded her PhD through the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Group. Her exegesis is to be published by Saddle Road Press. She completed The Haiku Room’s challenge of a haiku a day, had two short stories published in an anthology, and is working at the University of Sydney’s “National Centre for Cultural Competency.” Her work explores dwelling and place (the Japanese idea of ‘ma’) and draws on her mixed cultural background and life in Australia. Her writing is ficto-critical – an experimental feminist writing form, merging non-fiction, memoir and fiction. She is thrilled to be attending the 2015 Retreat, meeting up with old friends and meeting many...

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Liz Bedell
Sep30

Liz Bedell

Liz Bedell is a writer, teacher and editor living in Western Massachusetts. She spent 20 satisfying years teaching literature and writing in an artsy, rigorous secondary school and doing her own writing in the margins. An intangible “what’s next, Mrs. Landingham?” prompted her to uproot that settled existence, and the past several years have been fruitful and terrifying as she’s put writing at the center of her life. She is at work on a novel set during the Great War and a collection of essays about the writing...

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Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts
Sep30

Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts

Literary agent Soumeya Bendimerad Roberts  (Writers House LLC) began her career at an independent literary publishing house, where she fell in love with the editorial process and developed a lifelong commitment to shepherding quality fiction and nonfiction to publication. After a short and very fun stint as a literary scout for foreign publishing houses, she was the director of foreign rights at the Susan Golomb Literary Agency, where she handled translation rights for award-winning authors such as Jonathan Franzen, Rachel Kushner, William T. Vollmann, as well as representing her own clients. Soumeya joined Writers House in 2015, where she is focusing on building a list of fresh, vital, diverse fiction and non-fiction and nurturing lasting relationships with her authors. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Group Consult Leader; Waves Discussion Series Contributor; Master Class...

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Michele Berger
Sep30

Michele Berger

Michele Tracy Berger is a professor, a blogger, a creativity expert and a pug-lover. She’s passionate about all of these ways of being in the world and plays with the order that she avidly pursues them. She is associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has several academic books on subjects that range from HIV/AIDS activism to the value of a women’s and gender studies education. Her creative writing has appeared in The Chapel Hill News, Glint, Carolina Woman, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Ms., The Feminist Wire, various zines, and Western North Carolina Woman. In 2013 she became a “My View” monthly columnist for The Chapel Hill News and is at work on short story collection of speculative fiction. She also has a coaching practice called The Creative Tickle® and is on a mission to tickle your genius awake. Come visit her: http://creativetickle.com/. Studio Hour...

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Rachel Bergman
Sep30

Rachel Bergman

Rachel Bergman is a writer and editor for New Haven Magazine, a blogger whose blog, Blogaholics Anonyblog, is mostly to make fun of her husband and family, and has also written two books and many short stories. She taught Developmental Writing at The University of Bridgeport, a writer’s workshop at The Program for Torture Victims while receiving her MFA in Creative Writing and is running a writer’s workshop at the VA hospital in West Haven, CT this summer through the Giant Steps outpatient program for combat vets. Rachel serves as a literacy mentor to children with incarcerated parents and prepares and serves meals at her local community kitchen, all in the event that Heaven is real and whomever is in charge knows how much she makes fun of her family and people at the mall. If she wasn’t married, Rachel would be an animal...

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Ginny Bitting
Sep30

Ginny Bitting

A three-time veteran of AROHO at Ghost Ranch, Ginny Bitting has always loved both music and the written word. A singer, sailor, mother, and retired teacher, she is currently thrashing out her memoir, Through the Cut, a story of navigation on the water and through the soul. She fell in love with her husband and the sea on a weekend sail to Long Island on his 20-foot boat. Over the next ten years, on bigger boats with their daughter Adrienne, and one cat or another, they sailed the East Coast, eventually spending a year voyaging through the Bahamas. Her work has been published in This is College Writing and Confluencia in the Valley, an anthology of work from poets and writers connected with Naugatuck Valley Community College. She has participated in the Connecticut Writing Project and taught in Stonington Public Schools for 34 years. Ginny lives, writes and sails in eastern...

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Alaina Bixon
Sep30

Alaina Bixon

Alaina Bixon is a freelance writer, editor and teacher who leads writing workshops and helps clients take their work from first draft to book. She is publishing a client’s book of his grandfather’s journals from WWI, Irish Yankee: An Irish Immigrant’s Journals of Service in the U.S. Military, 1916-1919. She has written essays on pseudoscience, travel, food history, and hippie-era San Francisco gurus. Currently she is writing about her college years at MIT in the 1960s. While visiting Palm Springs in 2002, Ms. Bixon and her husband became enchanted with the desert landscape and soon afterwards transplanted themselves from San Francisco. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at UC-Riverside, Palm Desert, with a focus on creative nonfiction. Palm trees still make her...

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Luke Dani Blue
Sep30

Luke Dani Blue

Luke Dani Blue’s short stories have appeared in a variety of digital venues, including Midnight Breakfast, Slush Pile Magazine, Bluestem Magazine and The Tusk, where she is a regular contributor. She has received Honorable Mentions from the Fourteen Hills Michael Rubin Book Award and the Academy of American Poets’ Harold C. Taylor Award. She currently lives in Oakland, CA where she leads private writing workshops and astrologizes professionally.  http://lukedaniblue.wordpress.com/ Laura Award Fellow; Waves Discussion Series...

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Lois Bradley
Sep30

Lois Bradley

Lois is an author, illustrator, and visual  artist, holding a BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. An active member of SCBWI (The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), her writing and photography has been published in Highlights for Children Magazine as well as serving as the illustrator for Blind Tom: The Horse Who Helped Build the Great Railroad, by Shirley Raye Redmond (Mountain Press Publishing). Lois has been involved in illustration, book design and/or production work for eight books. In addition to children’s literature, Lois’s prose has been published in Conceptions Southwest (Fine Arts and Literary Magazine for the University of New Mexico)...

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Lynn S. Brandon
Sep30

Lynn S. Brandon

Lynn S. Brandon received her MFA in Playwriting and has trained with Ellen McLaughlin, Stephen Adly Gurgis, Sarah Ruhl, Arthur Giron, Sinan Ünel, Shirley Kaplan, Kate Aspengren. Full-length play include: Bare Chested, At the Line (semi-finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2014), Mad Cow, Tops (semi-finalist, O’Neill NPC 2012), The Naked C Prompt. Short plays: Isosceles, A Grand Bargain, Sexism in Theatre, Not So Simple. Script reader: Hartford Stage, Boston Theatre Marathon, New Repertory Theatre, ATHE Jane Chambers Prize. Residencies: Southampton Arts, Southampton, NY, 2012, 2013; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2012, 2014; The Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Provincetown, MA, 2011. Member: The Dramatists Guild, International Centre for Women Playwrights, StageSource (Boston). Publications: Program Notes, Tongue of A Bird, New Repertory Theatre, 2014; “Moving On” from At The Line, Scenes from a Diverse World, ICWP, 2013....

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Sarah Hahn Brooks
Sep30

Sarah Hahn Brooks

Sarah Hahn Brooks is a lesbian writer, a middle school social studies teacher, and a single mother who lives in Boulder. She’s almost finished with her MFA at Naropa University. Her essays and stories have been published in Room, Sinister Wisdom, The Iris Brown Lit Mag, Adoptive Families, The Juneau Empire, notenoughnight, and The New Mexico Mercury. Her one-woman play, “Translation”, was produced at Juneau, Alaska’s Phoenix Theater in 2006. Her novella,The Beginning of Us, was published by Riptide in January 2014. When she’s put her daughter to bed and finished planning lessons each night, she writes. Currently, she’s working on a new novel and a set of essays about lesbian history. Find her at her blog, theboulderlesbian.blogspot.com. Tillie Olsen...

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Cindy Lynn Brown
Sep30

Cindy Lynn Brown

Cindy Lynn Brown (1973) is Danish poet and novelist. She has published five collections of poetry and one novel.  The novel is co-written with Anders Vægter Nielsen. She holds a degree in Litterature and creative writing from the University of Southern Denmark. She is translated into English, French and Croatian. In 2013 she received a literary award from the Danish Agricultural-Cultural Foundation. She is the organizer of an international poetry festival in the city of Odense, in Denmark. Read more at www.cindylynnbrown.com. Honorary...

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Laurie Cannady
Sep30

Laurie Cannady

Laurie Jean Cannady has published an array of articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women’s issues. She has also spoken against sexual assault in the military at West Point. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul, will be published November 2015 with Etruscan Press. Dr. Cannady currently resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, Chico Cannady, and their three children. She currently teaches English at Lock Haven University of...

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Kathryne Carey
Sep30

Kathryne Carey

Kathryne Carey got writer’s block writing this bio. If that doesn’t speak volumes… Kate is a lost 24 year old trying to figure out what exactly she wants in life. All she knows is she wants a job she doesn’t entirely hate, one that vaguely pays enough bills. Also she wants to write. Even if it never gets published (although that would be the coolest). She wants to mold her eclectic pieces into a whole person. She wants to write...

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