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, Natalie Diaz, Camille Dungy, 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 – Southeast Texas native Laurie Kolp served as President of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and Treasurer for her local chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas. Her poems have appeared in Stirring, Whale Road Review, concis, Rust + Moth, Bracken, Up the Staircase, PITH, and many more print and online publications. Laurie has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Orison Anthology of spiritually engaged writing; and her poem, Hurricane Hubbub, won 2nd place in the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her full-length poetry collection, Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing) and chapbook Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press) were published before she returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus. She is now pursuing her master’s degree while working, writing, editing, and mothering three children. Keep up with her on Twitter (@KolpLaurie) or at http://lauriekolp.com.
Favorite poets include, but are not limited to, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kim Addonizio, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Charles Bukowski, Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, and Emily Dickinson.