Behind the Scenes

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.


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.


During the summer of 2017, Stephanie Barbé Hammer joined SHARK REEF’s editorial board as managing editor. She writes fiction, poetry and the occasional essay and is the author of the novel The Puppet Turners of Narrow Interior (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2015); a full-length poetry collection, How Formal? (Spout Hill Press, 2014); and the chapbook Sex with Buildings (Dancing Girl Press, 2012).

A college professor for many years in the University of California system, Stephanie now lives most of the year on Whidbey Island, WA where she writes, teaches, walks and searches (in vain) for a department store. She loves writers around the world and right next door, and is honored to work with the members of the SHARK REEF family on supporting literary work that surprises, moves, challenges, pleases, unsettles, and inspires.


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.


Richard Widerkehr, one of our poetry co-editors, earned his M.A. from Columbia University and won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan. He has two book-length collections of poems: The Way Home (Plain View Press) and Her Story of Fire (Egress Studio Press), along with two chapbooks. Tarragon Books published his novel, Sedimental Journey, about a geologist in love with a fictional character. Recent work has appeared in Rattle, Floating Bridge Review, Gravel, Sweet Tree Review, Cirque, Crack The Spine, Jewish Literary Journal, Penumbra, Sediments, Raven Chronicles, Crab Creek Review, Gravel, Evening Street Review and Third Wednesday..

Richard has worked as a writing teacher and, later, as a case manager with the mentally ill. His newest book of poems, In The Presence Of Absence, is published by MoonPath Press. He lives in Bellingham, WA.


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.


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.

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