Monika Wilbanks

Monikas-profileI was born in Schwenningen, Germany. After my fathers died in Stalingrad, Russia, my mother moved back to her hometown in Breitenfeld, Kreis Waldshut. She remarried and toke me with her to Grimmelshofen( Blackforest).

I became the oldest of 7 girls. After High School I moved to Mannheim Germany. There I meet my husband Jerry Wilbanks. He was a Soldier in the U.S, Army. We married in Mannheim. my first daughter was born in Heidelberg.

After 2 years we moved to Benton, Arkansas. There I had 2 more children, Donna Wilbanks and Scott Wilbanks. After the Children were teenagers we moved to Dallas, Texas. I worked at the Holiday Inn as manager for 14 years.

As my retirement came around I moved to Naples, Florida, later Cape Coral, Florida. My husband died in 2002, followed by my daughter Donna. Since I went to Africa 5 times for missionary work, I finally settled down to write books .My 5th book called Rise Brother Rise became a Bestseller in November 2004. That is why I ended up at the Gulf Coast Writers Meetings.

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Monika Wilbanks’ books

Lorraine Walker Williams

20140120_083733_4-my-pic copyLorraine Walker Williams: Author of Split Poems, Fire in the Grass, Paradise Found and Near Water was nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. She has received First Place Awards for her poetry from The National League of American Pen Women, Gulf Coast Writers, Sanibel Writers Conference, Artists Embassy International and numerous literary magazines. Lorraine has read at the Library of Congress and the Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco and NPR. Creator of ArtPoems and named Literary Artist of the Year, she writes “Poetry Place” for and teaches poetry at BIG ARTS, Sanibel.

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Lorraine Walker Williams’ books

Joan Heller Winokur

IMG_0309-1Joan Heller Winokur graduated from Connecticut College as an art major and has been involved in the arts throughout her life. She discovered the joy of writing poetry in her mature years and it has been her passion ever since. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals. In June, 2014, Aldrich Press published her chapbook, “The Sand Recognizes My Footprints.” It is available on

In addition to belonging to GCWA, Joan is also a member of the Poetry Alliance
and the SWFL poets. A sampling of her poetry can be read on her website

When not writing, she can be found ballroom dancing and riding her bike.

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Joan Heller Winokur’s books

Al York

Al York

A five year Florida resident I spent much of my adult life near Seattle, Washington. I’ve lived and worked in Panama, Kenya and Rwanda, traveling to 52 countries. After a career in the nonprofit sector, international humanitarian aid and community development, I spent the last 12 years as a consultant. A large part of my work is technical writing: grants, proposals, reports, evaluations, and program descriptions.

This past year I tried my hand at creative writing and I am in the editing stage of a crime novel.

Terrie Farley Moran won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel for her traditional cozy mystery, Well Read, Then Dead, the first in the Read ’Em and Eat series published by Berkley Prime Crime.

February 2014

  • Delores Burton will have a book signing and talk about “What is Mathematics and the Common Core?” at the Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island, FL, March 11, 2014, 5:30 to 7:00PM.
  • Lorraine Walker Williams will be celebrating the release of her new book, Split Poems, with a Selected Reading at the Sanibel Library, Wednesday, March 12, 3:00 p.m. [invitation]
  • Jeri Magg has sold 3000 books. Ninety-three people attended her presentation at Seven Lakes.
  • Cheryl Abney has published a sequel to “Belle of the Glades.”
  • Bob McCarthy published an eBook on “Collaborative Blogging.”
  • Don Kahrmann published “Haiku.”
  • Jane Sweeney published “Caregiver: My Love Story.”
  • Laura Nonemaker’s new “Secret Garden” book has been released.
  • Jeanne Meeks‘s mystery/adventure for women, RIM to RIM-Death in the Grand Canyon, has been nominated for a Lovey Award for Best First Novel. The nomination entitle her to speak and participate in author panels at the Love is Murder Writer’s Convention in Chicago.
  • Mary Guay is speaking on Climate Change at a class at FGCU, Thursday,  March 13. She is available to speak locally on Climate Change and actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Jennifer FitzGerald is offering Business Integration Services like Social Networking classes and tutorials about online marketing.
  • Geva Salerno is having a book launch party at The Edison Restaurant on February 26, 6PM, to celebrate her new book Center of Gravity.
  • Tom Miller published a new book, Irish Short Stories: The Druids. The cover is by Doug MacGregor.
  • The Punta Gorda Herald published a full-page writeup by reporter Al Hemingway about Writers Read on Feb. 15. 2014.
  • Lorraine Walker Williams won First Place Poem, Artists Embassy International and did a reading at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. She won Third Place and 1st Honorable Mention in NLAPW Portland Branch in January, 2014. Women’s Voices of the 21st Century published 3 of her poems and National League of American Pen Women Press: Spirit, Peace and Joy Anthology published one poem in December, 3013.
  • Read the article about Jeri Magg and her book, Historic Sanibel & Captiva Islands: Tales of Paradise, written by Tim Jacobs in the Santiva Chronicle.
  • Nita DeWeese has published her first book, Stories Through Stained Glass.
  • Joe Pacheco’s Poem, NRA Sermon on the Mount, was published online at The New Verse News.

March 2014

  • Marco Island Writer Betsy Perdichizzi appeared as Dr. Mary Olds from her book Into the Florida Wilderness, a Journey with Doctors Mary and Louis Olds at the Collier County Museum, Naples, FL, April 2, 2014, 2PM.
  • Lorraine Walker Williams’s poem Bird in Flight can be read on
  • Carol Kennedy will be speaking at Women of Grace Community Center in North Fort Myers, Saturday May 10, 2014, 10AM.
  • Gary McLouth’s poem Starstruck is published on
  • Mary Guay had an interview, March 25, 2014, on WELW Radio from Cleveland about her book Climate Change: Our Children Are in Danger.
  • Cyndi Anthony will be the featured author at the Punta Gorda Library on April 22, 2014. She has just published her sixteenth children’s book.
  • Joyce (jd) Daniels first novel, Through Pelican Eyes, was published in March by Savvy Press. Her launch party was March 14 at Bert’s Pine Bay Gallery, Matlacha, FL. Join her for a reading at Olde Fishe House Marina in Matlacha, March 24, 2014, 5:30PM.
  • Lorraine Walker Williams is writing a column for the Santiva Chronicle called Poetry Place.
  • Mary Guay‘s article “Fifty Shades of Green to Save Your Life and the Planet” will be in the April e-newsletter of T. Colin Campbell, PhD.’s Nutritional Studies at Cornell University.

April 2014

  • GCWA’s Tim Jacobs and MIW’s Lisa Wroble appeared on CSPAN’s Book-TV on April 19, 2014, 11:45AM.
  • Rev. Benny E. Anthony has published a new book Through the Eyes of a Rooster.
  • Meet the author Joe Pacheco at the South County Library in Estero, April 17, 2014, 2PM.
  • Tim Jacobs’s article about the small cable hut on Sanibel was published in the Santiva Chronicle.
  • Rev. Benny E. Anthony will be the featured author at the Punta Gorda Library, May 27, 2014, 10AM.

May 2014

  • Karen Auriti’s novel LEARNING TO WALTZ (published under her pen name, Kerryn Reid) received an excellent review from the Historical Novel Society.
  • Tim Jacobs is this weeks guest interview on Writing Under Fire, Joanne Tailele’s blog. Check it out.
  • The Buffalo Irish Times published two of Joe Martin’s articles and the first installment of a third piece in their last two editions – A Bunch of Squatters, My Father’s Boots, and The Senator’s Place (part I).
  • John and Nancy Petralia‘s book, Not in a Tuscan Villa, is now an Amazon BESTSELLER.
  • Carol Kennedy will be keynote speaker at the annual Women of Grace Luncheon in North Fort Myers, FL, May 10, 2014, 10AM.
  • Lorraine Walker Williams’s new book Split Poems was reviewed by The National League of American Pen Women
  • Judy Loose will be featured author at the new Fort Myers Downtown Library, South Building, talking about her book The Janus Code (by JC Ferguson) May 5, 2014, 6PM.
  • Tim Jacobs has a new article in the Santiva Chronicle about the Santiva Mail Boat.
  • PRCW’s Douglas Houck has published a new book, Energy & Light in Nineteenth-Century Western New York.