Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson

R.J. Nelson (Bob) has published DIRTY WATERS: CONFESSIONS OF CHICAGO’S LAST HARBOR BOSS, University of Chicago Press, 2016, the story of corruption in Chicago’s harbors and government (his last 4 predecessors went to federal prison).

He also has published poetry and stories in various anthologies. Currently his poems appear monthly in The Whiskey Creek News of Ft. Myers—except in the summer months.

He received first prize in the 2019 GCWA writing contest for his non-fiction story, “Unvarnished Truth.” He has finished his second book, STONY ISLAND, from which “Unvarnished Truth” is taken.
He is an honorary member of the Society of Midland Authors.
B.A. degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan, M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. He was a chaplain at Cornell University, Administrative Director of Court Theatre at the Univ. of Chicago, President of the Yacht Sales division of Grebe Shipyard in Chicago, Director of Harbors for the City of Chicago, CEO of the Hammond Indiana Port Authority where he retired in 2005.
Bob is addicted to sailing having sailed across the Atlantic with two biddies following the route taken by Columbus on his first voyage, also from Newfoundland to the Arctic Circle and  throughout the Caribbean, and all the Great Lakes.

Ruth Klingenberger

Ruth Klingenberger

Ruth Klingenberger is a writer of Christian fiction and devotional thoughts. A life-long reader, she has been following the careers of many authors for inspiration in the craft. Because of her love for books, she served as a Trustee on the Board of a New York library, and held the post of Board Secretary. Additionally, she has read on Radio Reading Services in several states for the visually challenged. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Ruth is a retired Registered Nurse, but maintains her current licensure for volunteer opportunities. She and her husband live in Fort Myers but travel to keep up with children and grandchildren spread across the U.S.A.


2019 PoetryFest on WGCU, 90.1 FM, Gulf Coast Live Thursday, April 4, 1:00

The 2019 PoetryFest was featured on 90.1 FM WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live, Thursday, April 4 at 1:00 PM. Poets Joe Pacheco, Robert Hilliard and Dorothy Brooks recited their poetry and discussed the reasons for celebrating poetry as one of our greatest human treasures. Listeners were invited to call in to the station and ask questions of the poets.


Pen AmericaGrants & Fellowships

Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards, Grants, and Fellowships Program has honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s literature, translation, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers distinct grants each year to support writers and works-in-progress in diverse genres including translation, YA and middle grade writing, and oral history. PEN America also offers a robust national program of fellowships for emerging writers and writing for justice. In addition, PEN America provides community engagement funding to Members, writers, and allies to support activity around press freedom defense, the intersections of literature and advocacy, and the defense of free expression more broadly.


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Patricia Wentling

Trish Wentling

I’m a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College at Buffalo, NY. I’ve worked for many years in the banking field in Retail Banking, Corporate Trust, and Personal Trust as an Administrative Assistant. I moved to Florida in 1982 and lived in Jacksonville, FL and years later, Central FL near Orlando. I began writing poetry seventeen years ago and children’s stories eight years ago. Now I concentrate mostly on writing children’s stories for picture books and chapter books.

I’ve published a poetry chapbook with Writer’s Ink Press (Daytona Beach) in 2013 titled, PRUNING. In 2016, I’ve published, LUCKY AND HAPPY, with Kids Imagination Train, an e-zine. In 2017, I’ve published, AN ELM LEAF FACES HIS FEAR, with Bumples Magazine. This year, LUCKY’S VIOLIN, will be published in the May/June issue of Kids Imagination Train, an e-zine.

I’m married to my husband, Stephen. We’ve retired to Fort Myers, FL in June 2018.