Jennifer Christiansen

jennifer_christiansen-250Jennifer Christiansen, Ed.S. is an instructor of psychology and English, holding an MS degree in Psychology and an Ed.S. degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning. Her academic research focused on senior citizens and pet therapy. Jennifer is the author of a picture book entitled Saucy’s Taste of Paris and a young adult novel called Lyla’s Song. In addition, she is the co-writer of an adult book entitled, Secrets Men Share: When You Run Your Fingers Through Their Hair. An active volunteer at facilities of Lee Memorial Health System, she and Heidi, one of her two miniature schnauzers, serve with Therapy Dogs, Inc. In addition to writing, teaching, and volunteering, she owns a Cruise Planners travel agency. In her free time, Jennifer reads, travels through America and Europe, enjoys film, theatre, photography, fine dining, running, agility training with her dog, and paranormal investigation. And yet, living by the beaches of Fort Myers, Florida, she finds time for breathing the sea air and taking sandy walks with her husband and pets at sunset.

Visit her website at: http://Cruiseplannersfortmyers.com

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Mary Clista Dahl

mary_clista_dahl_250Mary Clista Dahl discovered her passion for pouring out her heart and soul on paper at age four when she journaled about true-life preschool drama in a miniature diary. Her desire to promote joy, love and compassion through the written word, combined with her perpetual wish to help others, have become the foundation for her life’s work, Capture Life Writing. She has been published in Reader’s Digest, Wall Street Journal College Journal, National Business Employment Weekly, and The Buffalo News. Mary, an avid nature advocate, is also a frequent contributor to the online journal, Naturewriting.com.

Her first book, Giddy as Charged, The Happy Manual, is available now at Amazon.com. Her one and only work of fiction produced the self-proclaimed worst romance novel ever written, the never published, “From the Moment You Said Good Morning.”

Mary earned her B.S. degree in Cultural Studies with a communication concentration from SUNY Empire State College and a certificate in Public Relations and Advertising from the University at Buffalo, where she has spent over thirty years on an enthusiastic journey assisting students on their academic and career paths.

She is a past winner of the UB Literary Guild Writing Contest and the most gratifying award ever, a lifelong listener of, “Have Mary do it, she likes to write.”

Visit her website at: http://capturelifewriting.com

Michael Cole

michael-coleMichael Cole is Assistant Professor of History at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Senior Editor of FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians, a peer-reviewed academic journal.  His principal field is colonial Latin American history.  He is the author of several history articles, book reviews, and articles in specialized history encyclopedias.  His most recent article is entitled “A Spanish Entrepreneur in Early Colonial Mexico,” and is available electronically in volume 24 (at no cost) here: .

Anita Katherine Dennis

anitaDennisAnita Dennis received her BA in sociology, with a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1973. She was not only accepted into her husband’s Mende tribe in 1972, but she lived in his village for a year in 1983-84 as a lay missionary. She is the co-author of Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia, 2009. In 2014 she published Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief.

Visit for a movie of the tribal masked being, color photos, and her blog.
Watch her video at http://youtu.be/LRCCSyILJec

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Rebecca Elam

notavailJoined GCWA about nine years ago. I am a former Membership Chairman.
I have a children’s series that I work on when I have the time, but I mainly write for my husband who is a storyteller. He performs at least three times a month both locally and state-wide. That takes up a majority of my writing time. I enjoy this form of writing as I see my work come alive. I see what works and what doesn’t then go back and edit one more time. I am an original member of the Hurricane Critique Group. Without them, I would be lost. All my work receives a professional going over, no word left unturned, no comma ignored.

Diane Fowler

Diane FowlerWent into the real estate business in 1977 in Illinois. Moved to Cape Coral, FL in January 1993 and got licensed here. After so many years, SO MANY people have asked me “What’s it really like to be a Realtor?”
So, I am writing a book, “Easy Money…… and 6 other real estate myths”.

Learned to sail in my 30’s and bought our first sailboat in 1994 after moving to FL. Started racing her and after 4 boats, I now skipper my own 32′ Catalina, Windy City in SW FL. From 2000-2015, I have written and sold many articles about sailing and racing to local sailing magazines, as well as international ones.

Just joined a Writer’s Critique Group in the fall of 2014, and have learned so much! Hoping to get my real estate book done and start marketing fall 2015.

In August 2009, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. After six months of chemo, things got back to semi-normal. Then, it returned in June 2011. Another six months of chemo. June 2012, breast cancer decided to pay me a little visit… all along, I maintained a Caringbridge account online to keep friends and family updated. Many folks like my writing style and encouraged me to “write a book”. That can be a future project, “How to talk to a person who has cancer”… or something like that.

The GCWA is such a wonderful forum of fascinating people! Although I cannot attend many meetings (racing seems to conflict on most Saturdays), I leave each meeting feeling inspired and having learned something new.

 

Richard Fox

Live-at-Speak-UP-medRichard H. Fox was born and bred in Worcester MA. He attended Webster University, as much artist colony as college, in the early 1970’s. These diverse cultures shaped his world view and love of words. He is a former President of Poetry Oasis, Inc., a non-profit poetry association dedicated to education and promoting local poets, and was Managing Editor of its journal Diner. Richard’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including Above Place, Boston Literary Magazine, OVS, Poetry Quarterly, Midstream Magazine, and Worcester Review. “Time Bomb”, his first collection of poetry, was published in 2013. Forthcoming in 2015 from Big Table Publishing is a new collection titled “wandering in puzzle boxes”. A cancer survivor, many of Richard’s poems focus on cancer from the patient’s point of view drawing on hope, humor, and unforeseen gifts. He seconds Stanley Kunitz’ motion that people in Worcester are “provoked to poetry.”

Visit his website at: http://smallpoetatlarge.com

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Richard Fox

WORD SONG INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD FOX

AT GEORGE AND WENDY’S , SANIBEL ISLAND, FLORIDA

BY GARY McLOUTH, January 19, 2016

Richard Fox come from Worcester, Massachusetts, the town where people are “provoked to write,” according to American poetry icon, Stanley Kunitz. I’m not really sure what that means, but when Richard tells me he’s “compelled to write,” and that Elizabeth Bishop and Frank O’Hara also hale from Worchester, I get it.

And, just to make sure I’m focused, Richard explains that Worcester is a hot-bed of poets in the blue-collar-SLAM tradition, compared to Boston where a lot of academic poets are “working hard to write obscurely.” I’m reminded of something someone said once about T.S. Eliot, but Richard brings me back. “I started as a page poet, but I’ve squarely been into performance poetry the past three years, the SLAM poets seek the page and the page poets seek the stage—we end up in a similar place.” We quickly discover our admiration of Joe Pacheco’s page to presentation ability is mutual.

I’ve read a few of Richard’s poems written about his Uncle Louie, a man Richard knew as a child knows an adult uncle. Lots of husk, little seed. Richard tells me that he likes to “smash archetypes,” and the way he does that with Uncle Louie poems is to recreate the Uncle Archetype. “Reverse Engineering,” he calls it. “You have a  chance meeting with someone. You don’t know them, so you fill in their life story with pieces of other people’s stories. That’s what I’m doing with Uncle Louie, recreating him with stories I’ve heard over the years from my family. Each one of them knew different things about Uncle Louie, or even things that would describe Uncle Louie.”

In the process, Richard finds out that his Uncle Louie and his cohorts pulled some rather outrageous pranks in their time, especially when drinking was involved. Passing off Ex-Lax as chocolate on unsuspecting relatives, was one. Pissing into the gas tank of a disliked neighbor’s car was another. He’s not sure what to do with these vignettes of cruel fun, and how Richard continues with the Uncle Louie Poems is anyone’s guess. “It’s like potato chips,” he says, “you can’t stop at one or two.”

We turn to personal writing trivia and shop talk cherished by most writers. Richard has been winning his battle with oral cancer and I’m assuming that his experience has taught him multitudes about overcoming writers block. “You know what the definition of writers block is,” he asks. I’m ready for explanations of gnomic influences on writing practices, diet supplements and their side-effects, the writer’s mother’s relationship with God…

“Lazy.”

Richard Fox began writing over 50 years ago, and he hasn’t really stopped. The only thing that can stop him from writing is himself, and that is not going to happen, certainly not as a result of writers block. “When what you are writing doesn’t seem to be working, it doesn’t mean you’ve got writers block. It means you’ve decided to quit on that piece at that point. Okay, go onto something else.”  Richard doesn’t mean to sound unsympathetic to those of us who feel stuck with a piece of writing, rather he believes that like an athlete on a long running course, the writer may have to change speeds, alter the pace, pause for breath but never give up writing.

“I’ve found that being part of writing groups is essential, being in the company of other writers, building editing skills on other writers’ work, applying those skills to your own [work]. One project may peter out, but you need to pick up another one. Writing is all kinds of things. Hemingway is said to have said that drafting is best done drunk and editing sober. Whatever works, I say.”

Richard joined GCWA recently, and claims that although he likes being in different places, SW Florida is feeling pretty good to him. “Life slows down; people listen to you here. I’m one of the younger poets, whereas up north, I’m seen as an older poet, a voice of experience.”

Mike Fuller

face-on-dark-sweaterMike Fuller Author
After writing professional documents for many years, Mike has finally devoted time to his true passion, writing fiction where the story and characters come alive in the reader’s mind. While his days were filled with authoring hundreds of detailed crime reports, arrest affidavits, search warrants and grand jury presentments, he took some of his own time and devoured books by the dozens. Reading not only was a rewarding diversion, it provided him with the added education he needed to function at a high level in his profession.
This has led to the creation of Mike’s crime/suspense/detective novels SINK RATE and the follow up, ROPE BREAK, the first two in the Sam Deland Crime Novel series. Both are expected to be published in 2015 by: http://www.roguephoenixpress.com/ More recently, CAPTAIN’S CROSS, a historical land and sea adventure novel set in colonial America has also been accepted for publication.
Mike writes with the real life experience that many years of law enforcement shaped and influenced. The stories may be fiction but are based on how things happen in the real world. His books are honest and captivating novels written with a unique voice that will both chill and charm.
Mike is a veteran police detective. He did it all from rookie patrolman to Senior Special Agent. His life has been enriched by a wonderful marriage, parenting, work, flying, sailing and good books. Mike is a lifelong outdoorsman, an experienced tactical firearms instructor, champion sailplane pilot and the captain of his own sailboat. All of these skills have made his novels vivid, exciting and real. Now retired after a career with three law enforcement agencies, Mike enjoys winters writing in Naples, Florida and summers sailing, writing and researching the next novel at his rural Pennsylvania home.

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