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 latest book is a memoir, Hiking Naked – A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance (Homebound Publications, 2017). Her essays, profiles, and articles have been published in numerous regional and national journals and magazines. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. 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 fifteen books.
Stephanie Barbé Hammer (she, her, hers)
In 2017, Stephanie Barbé Hammer joined SHARK REEF’s editorial board as managing editor. She is a six-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 realism 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 to talk to. Her novelette RESCUE PLAN will appear in February 2021 with Bamboo Dart Press.
Elder Zamora (he, him, his)
Elder Zamora, co-editor for non-fiction, is a writer and publisher based in Southern California. He is a founder and organizer for the San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival. His work has appeared in numerous journals and publications including Soundings, Left Hook, Miramar, Cadence and more. His chapbook, Seaglass, is available from Arroyo Seco Press. He loses his glasses a lot.
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.
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 Midwest Review, Door Is A Jar, and Open: A Journal of Arts & Letters. His latest new book of poems, At The Grace Cafe, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag.
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.”
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 one of the Village Books poetry groups and a prompt writing group in Bellingham, WA, and is a three-time Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest winner. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Penwood Review, Snapdragon, Plainsongs and Soul-Lit. She is the author of Ordinary Signs, a poetry collection, and has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
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.