Sandy Coomer, Founding Editor – A native Tennessean, Sandy Coomer is a poet, mixed media artist and endurance athlete. She divides her time between these three passions and her family. She loves words, books, creating, planning new adventures, nature (trees, birds, and rivers), mentoring other writers, wine, and ice cream. She is a self-professed “Idea” person. She fills up her cell phone storage with photos of flowers, rocks, lichen, seedpods, anything natural and textured so she can draw them later. One of her biggest thrills is to gather the blackberries and raspberries she grows in her backyard in the summer. Sandy has published over 100 poems in journals and magazines and is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Continuum (Finishing Line Press), The Presence of Absence (Winner of the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry), and Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press). www.sandycoomer.com
Favorite poets so far: Mary Oliver, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kim Addonizio, Natasha Trethewey, Paisley Rekdal, Louise Gluck, Adrian Matejka, Cecilia Woloch, and Rumi.
Nancy Posey, Editor – Nancy Posey was born in Alabama but recently moved to the Nashville area from North Carolina and has decided to live like a tourist, not a native. She can be spotted at local music venues whenever possible. She has taught English at high school and college level for more than 25 years. A voracious reader, she is a member of two book clubs and blogs about the books she reads at discriminatingreader.com. She considers herself a dabbler and enjoys cooking, photography, playing mandolin, print-making, scrapbooking, hand-sewing, and collage. Her first chapbook, Let the Lady Speak, won the 2009 Poetic Asides November Chapbook Challenge. Her great joy is living close to her three grandchildren.
She has some favorite North Carolina poets, including Kathryn Stripling Byer, Joseph Bathanti, Robert Morgan, and Ron Rash. Other favorites include Ted Kooser, Ron Koertge, Miller Williams, Robert Frost, and Linda Pastan.
Roseann St. Aubin, Editor – Roseann St. Aubin has had distinguished careers in broadcast journalism, city government and school public relations, all of which involved a great deal of writing facts, figures, active verbs, short, declarative sentences and few adjectives. She is now a freelance writer and poet who spends her time creating what pleases her. She lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin, just a stroll from the beautiful and inspirational Lake Michigan. Roseann was a 2016 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Triad Winner and has received acclaim for her work from the Lakefly Writers Conference. She is also a recent inductee into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame.
Her favorite poets are Mary Oliver, Ted Kooser, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Seamus Heaney.
Christine Fraser, Editor – Christine grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She started writing poetry in high school. She spent many years in Chicago as a student and an editor of an elementary mathematics curriculum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from University of Chicago and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University Chicago. Christine now lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. She has published several poems in a local poetry project collection. Currently working as a stay-at-home parent and freelance editor as well as a poet, she is learning to speak Spanish and spends much of her free time playing with her family, baking, reading fiction, and hiking and camping in beautiful places.
Some of her favorite poets are Gerard Manley Hopkins, Lucille Clifton, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Billy Collins, Elizabeth Alexander, Joyce Sutphen, Elizabeth Weir, and Dan Chelotti.
Laurie Kolp, Editor – Laurie lives in Texas, but not on a farm. You might spot her trying to catch up with her daughter on the University of Texas Austin campus, but she’s a Texas A&M University alum—Gig ‘Em Aggies. One thing’s for sure, though: Laurie loves poetry. She especially enjoys the summer because she isn’t having to wrangle 1st graders, and her teenage boys sleep so late she has time to catch up on her writing. Published widely, Laurie’s poems have appeared in Whale Road Review, concis, Rust + Moth, Bracken, Up the Staircase, PITH, Writer’s Digest, and many more. She has given presentations on found poetry during the Poetry Society of Texas’ Summer Conference, and as a featured guest for Poetry Northwest group in Spring and Bayou Writer’s Group in Lake Charles, LA. Lover of running, almonds, and key lime pie, Laurie is forever in search of the best word. She is author of the poetry collection Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing) and chapbook Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press). Learn more about Laurie at www.lauriekolp.com.
Favorite poets include, but are not limited to, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kim Addonizio, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Charles Bukowski, Maya Angelou, and Emily Dickinson.