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Alaya Battalia - 2 posts

wrote Songs of the World and Good Verse Survival when she was 16 years old. She was born in a little shack on Lopez and therefore describes herself as “an Island girl for life.” Alaya says she “loves life, all aspects of it, even the parts that are supposed to ‘make you stronger.’ ” She considers traveling a necessity in her life, and she travels whenever possible.

Alex. M. Frankel - 1 post

's work has appeared in Amarillo Bay, The Antioch Review, Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets, Bloom, Blue Lake Review, Cider Press Review, The Comstock Review, Cottonwood, Faultline, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, The Pinch, Sanskrit, Talking River, The Temple, and Wordriver, among others. It has also been featured on KPCC radio and at Beyond Baroque. His chapbook, My Father’s Lady, Wearing Black, has recently appeared with Conflux Press, and his book, Birth Mother Mercy, came out at the end of 2013.

Alie Wiegersma Smaalders - 6 posts

was born in 1923 in Fryslan, a northern province of the Netherlands, and came of age during World War Two, when the country was under German occupation for five years. Her first published work—at age fourteen—appeared in a national Dutch newspaper. It was a story on the occasion of the birth of Princess (now Queen) Beatrix in 1938. Alie received a Fulbright award to study at Carnegie-Mellon University, and went on to study at UCLA on an Alpha Xi Delta scholarship. She worked as a reference librarian in Amsterdam and, after emigrating to the U.S. in 1954, at the Unversity of Southern California. Alie has written a book of historical fiction, The Judgement Tree, and was the recipient of a Jack Straw Writers Award 2001. She was also selected by Jack Straw in 2004 for a matching grant that allowed her to record a collage of her stories about living under German occupation in World War II. The Sky Was a Brilliant Blue is the title of the CD of some of these stories. She has lived on Lopez Island since 1982 with her husband Oscar. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Allison Collins - 1 post

is a wife and mother of two, as well as a lover of cats, ballet and chocolate. Holding a degree in English Literature from Hartwick College, Allison is currently a staff writer/reporter/editor at the Tri-Town News of Sidney, NY, as well as a freelance writer for Oneonta NY’s The Daily Star. Blast Furnace Press and Havok Magazine by Splickety have recently published her poetry and flash fiction. She resides in an old farmhouse in Upstate NY.

Amalia Driscoll - 2 posts

“I am an old lady with a complicated history that includes six children and a couple of husbands. I worked as a teacher, counselor, lawyer, secretary and farm manager. I lived in urban and rural settings in eight different states in the U.S. and traveled a bit abroad as I got older.”

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