F.I. Goldhaber's words capture people, places, and politics with a photographer's eye and a poet's soul. As a reporter, editor, business writer, and marketing communications consultant, they produced news stories, feature articles, editorial columns, and reviews for newspapers, corporations, governments, and non-profits in five states. Now paper, plastic, electronic, and audio magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, broadsides, and street signs display their poetry, fiction, and essays.
John Harn was raised in Michigan and lived his adult life in Oregon. His first full-length collection, Physics for Beginners, won the 2017 Blue Light Book Award and was published that year in San Francisco. His second collection, Witness (Kelsay Books), appeared in 2019. Now retired, he worked with international students for three decades in the US and abroad as a teacher and administrator. He’s taught poetry workshops at the University of Oregon, Pacific University and the Oregon State Penitentiary and was a Teaching Artist at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Married to Etsuko Matsunaga, he is the father of three grown daughters.
Following a long career as a professional gardener and a decade as director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University, Charles now writes and gardens at his home near the confluence of the Marys and Willamette Rivers in Corvallis, Oregon, within the traditional lands of the Ampinefu band of the Kalapuya tribe. More information at charlesgoodrich.com
“I’ve been a brickyard worker, paint and wallpaper salesman, cashier, musician, storyteller, information clerk, sales manager, English as a Second Language teacher, middle school teacher, janitor, grocery store clerk, delivery man, police and ambulance dispatcher, temp on construction projects, and park ranger, which also included doing educational programs, library work, law enforcement, fire fighting, and emergency medicine. I’ve done light construction and worked on a farm helping raise chickens, ducks, geese, Guinea fowl, goats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and medicinal herbs..."
Barbara Parchim is a poet, gardener, nature enthusiast, visual artist, and frequent wildlife rehabber. She has worked variously as a landscaper, nursery worker, apple picker, library assistant, travel agent, social worker and volunteered for several years at a wildlife rehab and education center caring for resident raptors and wolves. She owns and works an organic farm in Oregon that was originally homesteaded in the late 1800s. Learn more about her poetry at BarbaraParchim.com.
Tom Ball holds a B.A. in archaeology and a B.S. in geography. He has travelled to 35 countries and lived in six. His favorite country is Taiwan. He works as an online English teacher and volunteers as co-founder for fleasonthedog.com, a literary e-zine. He has written 32 books, most of which have been published, at least in part. He now resides in Ontario, Canada.
Lorrie Ness was born in Indiana and currently lives in Virginia with her husband and a menagerie of pets. She completed her doctorate in psychology from the University of Tennessee and her writing is deeply influenced by the complexities of human relationships and our connections to the natural world. When she is not writing, she can be found hiking, photographing insects, and playing in the dirt.
Deborah Ann Dawson grew up in Oregon’s Rogue Valley and majored in Art at what is now Southern Oregon University. In 1978, she was the first woman to receive the Outstanding Senior of the Art Department Award. For three years, Deborah was an Artist in Residence for the Southern Oregon Arts Council, teaching drawing and watercolors to thousands of elementary school children. Learn more at deborahanndawson.com.