Behind the Scenes

Iris Graville (she, her, hers)
SHARK REEF publisher Iris Graville is the author of Hands at Work—Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands (Heron Moon Press, 2009). Her profiles, combined with Summer Moon Scriver’s photographs, garnered the 2009 Independent Publisher Award for Outstanding Book, and a 2010 Nautilus Book Award. Iris and Summer collaborated again in 2016 on BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community (Lopez Community Land Trust). Both Summer and Iris are past contributors to SHARK REEF.

Iris’s essays, profiles, and articles have been published in numerous regional and national journals and magazines, and she holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her latest book is a memoir, Hiking Naked – A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance (Homebound Publications, 2017). A resident of Lopez Island, WA, Iris is  at work on a new essay collection about the Salish Sea.

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Lorna Reese
Now “managing editor emerita,” Lorna Reese is a founder and was managing editor of SHARK REEF for most of its first eighteen years. She worked with different co-editors for each issue of the magazine, loving the collaboration with other writers. Lorna lives on Lopez Island, WA and continues at SHARK REEF, working mostly behind the scenes. Her memoir essays and fiction have been published in SHARK REEF, The Sun Magazine and The Islands Weekly. She delights in acting as a sort of midwife for other writers and has made the acknowledgements page of at least twelve books.

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Stephanie Barbé Hammer (she, her, hers)
In 2017, Stephanie Barbé Hammer joined SHARK REEF’s editorial board as managing editor. She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has published short stories, poems and lyric essays in the Bellevue Literary Review, GRAVEL, Birds We Piled Loosely, Pearl, and the Hayden’s Ferry Review among other places. She is the author of the magical realist novel, The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior (Urban Farmhouse Press), the prose poem chapbook Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press), the poetry collection How Formal? (Spout Hill Press) and most recently, a how-to-write magical realism manual, Delicious Strangeness (Spout Hill Press). Originally from Manhattan, Stephanie now lives on Whidbey Island, where she walks amongst the trees, looking for a dry cleaner, a taco truck and someone talk to. She is working on a new poetry collection/audio project entitled CITY SLICKER as well as a novella about two confused young people searching for a missing senior citizen aboard a luxury train bound for Quebec.

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Noel Pabillo Mariano (they, their, theirs)
Guest co-editor Noel Pabillo Mariano is a storyteller & community arts activist. They’re the editor of the anthology Press Start & Game On: Voices On Gaming and the author of the chapbooks, A Girl Named Hemingway (Eight Point Star Press) and Dispatches from the Mushroom Kingdom (Hyacinth Girl Press). Their work has been anthologized in Kuwento for Lost Things (Carayan Press), Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press) and Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press). When not writing, Noel works as the assistant producer for the Milwaukee chapter of The Moth, the storytelling competition and podcast.

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Katie Marach (she, her, hers)
Katie Marach, Assistant Prose Editor, is a writer, storyteller and lover of words, books, good conversations and the occasional glass of wine. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in English Rhetoric, Writing and Literature and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Professionally, she is a writer and project manager for a Milwaukee-based ghost writing and content marketing company. In her spare time, she enjoys working as an assistant storySLAM producer for the Milwaukee chapter of The Moth podcast, and working on her own collection of adventurous short stories of a 20-something city girl.

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Richard Widerkehr
One of our poetry co-editors, Richard Widerkehr has two books of poems, In The Presence Of Absence (MoonPath Press) and The Way Home (Plain View Press), along with three chapbooks and a novel. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University, won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan, and first prize for a short story at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. Recent work has appeared in Rattle, Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, Blueline, Chiron Review, Crab Creek Review, Arts & Letters, Atlanta Review, Natural Bridge, Raven Chronicles, and others.

Widerkehr has taught at the University of Hawaii and in the Upward Bound Program at Western Washington University. He’s worked as a case manager with the mentally ill and, later, taught workshops at the Port Townsend Writers Conference. He has reviewed poems for SHARK REEF Literary Magazine for some years now.

He says, “Some of my favorite poets are Patricia Hooper, Erin Belieu, Gayle Kaune, and Joe Stroud. In the past, a few favorites have been Roethke and James Wright. Usually, I like poems that give me something on a first reading and make me want to go back to them again.”

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Linda Conroy (she, her, hers)
When poetry co-editor Linda Conroy retired from a long career as a Child Protective Services worker, manager, meeting facilitator and advocate for people with unique needs, she knew she needed to write about the complicated and gratifying human behaviors she had been privileged to witness. In the past five years, she has written fiction and creative non-fiction as well as poetry, which quickly became her favorite genre.

Linda hosts the Village Books poetry groups in Bellingham, WA  and is a three-time Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winner. Her poetry has recently appeared in Clover: A Literary Rag, Cirque, Snapdragon, SHARK REEF, and Ponder as well as local anthologies. in 2018, her work was included in Washington 129+,  a collection of poems plus four poetry chapbooks by poets from around Washington State.

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Judith Connor
Art editor Judith Connor began her career as an artist at age five when she realized that people could actually earn a living by “coloring.” Connor has been an independent graphic designer and art director for several decades, working with companies and organizations including American Cancer Society, US Fish & Wildlife Services, National Park Service, Northwest Airlines and many others. Most recently, her “coloring” has led to the practice of Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy, mosaics and sketching the villages of England. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.