Who We Are

Sandy Coomer, Founding Editor – Sandy is a poet, artist, Ironman triathlete, and social entrepreneur from Nashville, Tennessee. She loves words, books, creating, planning adventures, nature (especially trees, birds, and rivers), mentoring other writers, wine, and ice cream. Sandy’s poems and art have been published in numerous online and print journals. She 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), Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press) – and two full-length collections, Available Light (Iris Press) and The Broken Places (Saddle Road Press). She is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee and her poem, “Calligraphy” was a 2019 Best of the Net finalist. Sandy is the founder and director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony, a non-profit organization in middle Tennessee (www.rockvalewriterscolony.org) that supports writers of all genres and backgrounds by providing safe, inspiring writer-in-residence opportunities and themed weekend retreats. She is a teacher, a dreamer, and an explorer. Her favorite word is “believe.” www.sandycoomer.com

 

 

 

Elizabeth Marrero, Editor – Elizabeth is a registered nurse who is board certified in Infection Prevention. She has published in peer reviewed journals in her field and has been a speaker at national and international conferences. She has an addiction to words and images and has had her poetry and photographs published. Elizabeth has been a finalist in a number of international short story competitions. She currently lives just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas and focuses on writing short stories and poetry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Orr, Editor – Mark, whose ever-increasing number of grandchildren call Papa Mark, decided many years ago that, if he wanted to read the kinds of stories he liked, he’d have to write them himself. Fortunately, other folks have also found those yarns amusing, and have even paid Mark money to publish them! Two novels, a few dozen short stories, light verse, critiques, essays, and an on-going biweekly Historian of Horror blog post at HorrorAddicts.net later, Mark is just about able to wedge his writing time in between the myriad honey-dos assigned by his wife of forty years and his frequent babysitting duties. Life is good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhonda Danette Owen, Editor – Rhonda is an editor, writer, artist, and photographer. For more than 30 years, she was a stalwart of Arkansas journalism, writing and editing for newspapers and magazines, plus winning regional awards for feature and human interest writing. She has taught nonfiction writing at the university and professional levels. Owen considers herself first and foremost to be a storyteller. She believes we live our lives in stories, real or imagined, and those stories must be shared or we die. Owen lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she spends every moment she can bringing stories into the world. She’s currently captivated by and absorbed in the practice of melding words with images in paper collage and abstract art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roseann St. Aubin, Editor – Roseann is a former journalist who worked as a reporter, producer, and later, a shrewd managing editor for her busy newsroom. After retirement from journalism and communication management, she applied her skills to freelance writing and creative writing. She has published poems in journals such as Oyster River Pages, is the author of the heavily-researched book Preserving History; The Story of the Cedarburg Landmark Preservation Society, and recently completed her first novella. She is a voracious reader and writes daily. Roseann St. Aubin is a Wisconsin native living near the shore of Lake Michigan, which she considers a frequent and unpredictable muse.