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Melinda Morris Perrin
Poet Melinda Morris Perrin examines the interconnected web of life and spotlights all aspects of human relationships: the good, the bad, and the funny. She lives along the Mohawk River and draws inspiration from the land and its history and from the people in her life. Winterberries: Poems of Hope, her third volume of poetry published by Ice Cube Press, Iowa, is scheduled for release in January 2011. Earlier books are Prairie Smoke: Writings from the Heartland and Goldenrods: Love Poems for the Old & Foolish. Melinda’s poems can also be found in various anthologies by Skinner House Books, Boston and Berkley Books, New York.


Hollis Seamon
Hollis Seamon is the author of two books, Flesh: A Suzanne LaFleshe Mystery (Avocet Press) and Body Work: Stories (Spring Harbor Press). Her short fiction has appeared in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Chicago Review, Greensboro Review, Calyx, Fiction International, and Emrys, and has been anthologized in The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, A Line of Cutting Women, The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe, Sacred Ground, and Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers. Hollis is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose and also teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Fairfield University.


Barbara Shema
Barbara Shema is a photographer, mixed media artist, freelance writer, and poet living in Albany, NY. Her poems have been published in the The Loyalhanna Review, Voices from the Attic Volumes VI & VIII, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and she is a frequent contributor to an online magazine. Click here for Barbara’s profile and published articles.


Carolee Sherwood
Carolee is a painter, mixed-media artist and poet. She is the “almost” poet laureate of Smitty’s Tavern in Voorheesville, New York, placing second in the inaugural contest (April 2010). Her poems have been published in a number of print and online journals. In addition to blogging here about poetry and creativity, she co-manages the online poetry project Big Tent Poetry, contributes to Voice Alpha (a blog about reading poetry out loud) and writes reviews for Poets’ Quarterly.


Henry Tedeschi
Henry Tedeschi has a background in science. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois Medical Center (Chicago) and the State University of New York at Albany. He has written numerous technical articles, several book chapters, a monograph and a textbook in Cell Biology two printed editions (Academic Press and W.C. Brown) and one edition on the web. Born in Italy he was sent to boarding school in Switzerland when Mussolini’s racial laws prevented him from attending school in Italy. He spent several formative years in Argentina. He left at age 17 when he immigrated to the U.S. to attend college at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has written fiction and poetry all his life for his own pleasure. He abandoned his first project, a novel, at age six or seven because he decided he lacked experience, a sensation that still haunts him. He enjoys writing, particularly short stories. He finds writing fiction revealing. It opens a window into observed details of human behavior, times and places that are otherwise ignored. He has published with authorhouse or iUniverse two mysteries (A Day at a Time and Double) and six books of short stories (Three for the Road, Long and Short Stories and More Long and Short Stories, Small Steps, Tales of Past and Present and More Tales of Past and Present ) .


Barbara M. Traynor
Barbara M. Traynor, author of Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to Retirement, is a freelance writer of novels, satirical poems and travel articles. Her unique volunteer retirement lifestyle takes her to various destinations throughout the U.S. at organizations that exchange free room and board for workplaces skills. As an author, a memoir piece “Treasured Pleasure,” was published in the 2010 Oasis Journal. One Op-Ed, “Inject Common Sense into Political Campaigns­,” has been in print during the last three elections and, like most authors, two novels are in the edit stage, ready for a publisher/agent.

When not volunteering from Jan-June, Barbara lives in upstate New York, where she is pleased to present a digital slide show detailing her unique lifestyle at local bookstores and area libraries. She readily agrees that the HVWG is an excellent source for social networking and writing resources.

“Being a single parent of three provided a voracious appetite for travel and adventure, but little in the way of financial resources,” Barbara says. After working for forty-five years as an administrative assistant in health care and education, she wanted to remain active in retirement but with Social Security as her only income, options were nonexistent. A fortuitous email and diligent research provided the answer. (Google secondcareervolunteer.com ) “My volunteer lifestyle enables me to live within my limited Social Security income without effort, travel to places only dreamed of, and network with an incredible group of people. It does not get better than that!” Feel free to email me at volinretirement@yahoo.com.


Dan Wilcox
Dan Wilcox is the President of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Over the years he has been on the Guild Board and serves as the chair of the Program Committee. He is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y., and is a member of the poetry performance group “3 Guys from Albany.” As a photographer, he claims to have the world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He has been a featured reader at all the important poetry venues in the Capital District and throughout the Hudson Valley and is an active member of Veterans for Peace.

He also publishes poetry under the imprint, A.P.D. (albany’s poetic device, another pleasant day, etc.). His own poems have been published in Out of the Catskills, Post Traumatic Press 2007, Chronogram, Poetica and in numerous small press journals and anthologies, on the internet, as broadsides and in self-published chapbooks. His chapbook boundless abodes of Albany is available from Benevolent Bird Press of Delmar, NY. You can read his Blog at dwlcx.blogspot.com.


Malcolm Willison
Born in Ossining, in the shadow of Sing-Sing. Spent early childhood in Croton-on-Hudson and Provincetown. After a year in NYC, spent second half of my childhood in WWII Washington DC’s segregated schools, but finished high school in Saratoga County, living in Katherine Anne Porter’s former house. Then Swarthmore College (editor-in-chief of literary mag.), Cornell sociology and anthropology, teaching (Wm & Mary, Princeton, Vassar, Union, RPI, Siena), and in Capital Region social science research partnership. Now in New Orleans for 9 years until retire to Schenectady, Westport, and Key West. Writing, mostly poetry, for 55 years, publishing, now more frequently. Still involved in peace action and civil rights–right now the affordable housing crisis in New Orleans.

As a long-term member of the Stockade/Washout writing group, I’ve benefited from comments, questions, criticisms, suggestions from others writing and reading poetry. Public reading performances are fun, and occasional workshops helpful, especially in meeting new voices, like John Montague’s at Albany; looking forward to Billy Collins’ in Key West). HVWG is very useful, and Dan Wilcox’s emails a great link-up.


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