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.” 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Nelson, Editor – Patricia is a retired attorney and legal editor who worked in the areas of environmental law and government contract law. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her two hyperactive dogs. She first met “Activist” poet-teacher Lawrence Hart when she was 13, and now works with his son John Hart and the current generation of Activist poets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Edward Moore, Editor – Daniel lives in Washington on Whidbey Island, where he works as a Registered Sleep Technologist. His poems have appeared in Western Humanities Review, Rattle, December Magazine, Sugar House Review, Southern Humanities Review and others. His work is forthcoming in Action Spectacle Magazine, The Meadow Journal, The Chiron Review and Delta Poetry Review. His book, Waxing the Dents, was a finalist for the Brick Road Poetry Prize.

 

 

 

 

Matthew McFarlane, Editor – Matt is a writer and editor living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He writes poetry and fiction with an emphasis on image and space, and his work has recently appeared in The Rockvale Review and Sky Island Journal. When he is not writing he enjoys exploring the natural beauty of western Michigan with his fiancé and their dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Sievers, Editor – Kelly Sievers lives in Portland, Oregon where she has been writing since the early 1990’s. Portland is a very supportive community for writers of all genres. Her poetry writing group, The Boughs, has been a mainstay in her writing life. Kelly’s known for her ekphrastic poems, plus narrative lyrics about family and her nursing then nurse anesthesia life caring for patients.

At the Portland Art Museum Kelly volunteers on councils devoted to Native American Art and Graphic Arts. A love of art began with an art history course in high school. She also loves theater, jazz, and the Oregon coast.

Her poetry mentor, Floyd Skloot, helped and encouraged his students to publish in literary magazines. Kelly’s work is published in a number of literary journals and in ten anthologies. Newest publications: North Coast Squid; Rockvale Review; Valley Voices; and The Anthology, RUMORS, SECRETS, and Lies. On-line poetry can easily be found in: PLUME; Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV);THE PERMANENTE JOURNAL; Permanente’s LEAFLET; and SANA, An Annual Publication of The Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, Fairfield University.