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.


Now “managing editor emerita,” Lorna Reese is a founder and was managing editor of SHARK REEF for most of its years. She worked with different co-editors for each issue of the magazine, loving the collaboration with other writers. 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.


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, 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 Heather Durham holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Environmental Biology, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Her essays have recently appeared in Minerva Rising, Blue Lyra Review, Bacopa Literary Review, Proximity Magazine, Tahoma Literary Review, Portland Review, and SHARK REEF. Her manuscript, a memoir in essays examining her lifelong connection with the natural world, is currently seeking a home.

Though hailing from New England, Heather currently lives and writes in a feral river valley in the foothills northeast of Seattle. When not writing or working in the office of Wilderness Awareness School, you are likely to find her outside with a journal, a field guide, and a pair of binoculars, hunting birdsong.


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 newest book of poems, In The Presence Of Absence, is published by MoonPath Press. Richard lives in Bellingham, Washington.


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 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 and will appear in the Washington 129 digital edition.


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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