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 ( The award-winning 144-page hardcover, written by Graville with photographs by Summer Moon Scriver, has been called “deep, meaningful and profound” by Matthew Fox, author of The Reinvention of Work. Hands at Work received the 2009 Independent Publisher Award for Outstanding Book, a 2010 Nautilus Book Award. Both Scriver and Graville are past contributors to SHARK REEF. Graville’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 memoir, Hiking Naked – A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance, is scheduled for publication in Autumn 2017 by Homebound Publications.

Lorna Reese is a founder and has been managing editor of SHARK REEF for most of its years. For several of them, she worked with a different co-editor for each issue of the magazine, loving the collaboration with other writers. Her co-editor for the past few years has been Jeremiah O’Hagan, whom she considers to be brilliant. Her memoirs and fiction 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 eight books.

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.

Jeremiah O’Hagan, co-editor for prose for the past several years, teaches English at a small alternative high school in Washington state. He also writes for the city’s weekly newspaper. The school is staffed by dedicated teachers and attended by testy tempestuous gorgeous teenagers. The newspaper is dying, people keep telling him.

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, and Sediments. Other poems are forthcoming in Arts And Letters, West Trade Literary Review, Measure, Naugatuck River Review, and Mud Season Review.

He’s worked as a writing teacher and, later, as a case manager with the mentally ill. His new book of poems, In The Presence Of Absence, is forthcoming from MoonPath Press. Richard lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Poetry co-editor, Gayle Kaune, has been published widely in literary magazines including Poet and Critic, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Milkweed Editions, South Florida Poetry Review, and Centennial Review. She has won several Washington Poets Awards, a Ben Hur Lampmann award, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her book, Still Life in the Physical World, was published by Blue Begonia Press; her latest, All the Birds Awake, is available from Tebot Bach. She also has two chapbooks: N’Sid-Sen-Star and Concentric Circles, which won the Flume Press Award. Her recent manuscript, Noise From Stars, is looking for a home.

Gayle has worked as a junior high and high school teacher as well as a psychotherapist. She is a licensed clinical social worker. A co-founder of the Rattlesnake Mountain Writers’ Workshop, she has taught at the Centrum. Writer’s Conference and other statewide conferences. After spending more than twenty-five years in the Eastern Washington desert and raising two daughters there, she moved, with her husband and their big white dog, to Port Townsend, Washington, where they live alongside an old-growth forest.

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