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Alie Wiegersma Smaalders - 7 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.
Alya Bohr - 1 post
is a guinea pig enthusiast and unpublished writer from Sebastopol, CA, currently attending school at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she is studying politics and creative writing.
Amalia Driscoll - 1 post
“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.”
Amanda Brooks Eldridge - 1 post
spent hours in high school watching all her drama-club friends rehearse and perform in school plays. “I'd know all their lines,” she said, but she never acted in the productions.
Her first play, Sophie, was produced at the San Juan Community Theatre in 2002. At twenty she was the youngest playwright in the history of the Dan Weber Memorial Playwrights' Festival. Extracurricular Activities was chosen for the March, 2003 Monologue Madness production at the San Juan Community Theatre.
Eldridge loves the process and evolution of a play, the deeper understanding of what's going on and the relationships between the characters.
She says, “I love being in a theater when it's empty...the smell, the sensations...”
Amanda Laughtland - 1 post
lives in Seattle, Washington and teaches English at Edmonds Community College. She is the author of Postcards to Box 464 and the editor of Teeny Tiny Press (teenytiny.org).
Amanda Leahy - 1 post
teaches American history/literature and creative writing at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, a day/boarding school, grades 9-12, in Carbondale, Colorado. She has been at CRMS for thirteen years and holds a Master's Degree in American Western history. In 2012 she was a participant at the Aspen Summer Words and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She tends to write about the resonance of place and its impact on a person's sense of self.
Amanda McCauley - 1 post
uses flowers and other natural materials to represent everyday objects and modern, pop-culture iconography. Her subject matter draws from her background as a graphic designer, her love of nature, and the world around her. The images are interpreted through petals, seeds, stems, moss and other natural materials she sources each summer around her seasonal barn-studio on Lopez Island, Washington. The works are sealed in encaustic wax for preservation and U.V. protection. McCauley’s work represents a new direction for pressed flowers/botanicals, normally a more traditional art form used to preserve flowers in their natural state. McCauley partners with former film director Thom Higgins to help produce her work and exhibitions. Higgins, who has extensive experience directing commercials shot around the world, produces each of her exhibitions with the keen eye of a seasoned director. Each show is a unique experience, aimed to reflect the location and McCauley’s inspiration for the work. Higgins, a true craftsman, also builds handmade frames from cardboard for the artworks.
is a painter and fabric artist whose unique shapes create their own fantastic worlds. Amy’s decades as a master quilter inform her painting style, translating from fabric into paint and collage the artful play of papers that she uses to define space with light and dark. Her paintings and collages have been exhibited at the Whatcom Museum, Cascadia Art Museum, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle City Hall, Anacortes Art Festival, and numerous other local galleries and juried shows. Amy upcycles old and used atlases selecting the papers based on their color or printed texture. She paints and/or applies handmade papers to create unique landscapes, abstract pieces, and images of birds and flowers. Her website is amyferron.com
Ande Finley - 9 posts
is euphoric to see her life-long dream of writing full time manifesting here in her remote Lopez forest. Her English major in college morphed somehow into a professional life of crunching numbers and she guiltily filed her writing life away until all her kids had left home. Now, she mainly composes for herself, but her work has appeared in Uncapped, Satsang, and previously in SHARK REEF. With the help of her brilliantly-creative family, she produced her first chapbook, Simply Love, to commemorate her mother’s 75th birthday. She offers heartfelt thanks to her husband Scott for all the years of unwavering support.