Ryan Anderson is a businessman and SCUBA instructor living in Greensboro, North Carolina. First published in Domain Science Fiction he writes speculative fiction as a hobby when he has time. He has a wife and two small kids.
Gail Barger began writing stories and poetry at a young age as a way of expressing her feelings and observations. It was after her retirement from NCA&TSU in 2002 that she began to examine her work with a new eye and started attending poetry workshops and critique groups. Gail has been published in the Greensboro News and Record, an on-line publication The Menagerie, and the WGOT anthology Fire and Chocolate. She presides as Vice-President of WGOT for the 2014-2016 term.
Gail is also an avid preservationist and has worked with Preservation Greensboro on several projects. She was a member of the Bicentennial Commission and a board member of Greensboro Neighborhood Congress. Gail currently serves on the board of Westerwood Neighborhood Association and Tomorrow’s Place, and is a volunteer mediator with One Step Further.
Judith Behar, a retired lawyer, writes fiction and award-winning poetry. Her poems have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Crucible, Main Street Rag, Fire and Chocolate, Pine Song, and Voices from the Porch. Her short stories have been published by the Charlotte Writers Group and the Writers Group of the Triad. Before becoming a civil rights and family law attorney, she taught English at Guilford College. She has led poetry workshops for HopeWell Cancer Support in Baltimore and for the New Garden Friends poetry group in Greensboro. Judith sits on the board of WGOT and is the Publicity Director for the 2014-2016 term.
Born and raised in the Greensboro, NC area, John Blackard has four books of poetry available at www.johnablackard.com, Amazon, IndieBound, and Malaprops Books in Asheville.
Poet Lynne Martin Bowman has been a member of WGOT for more than 15 years. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green St. U. (Ohio) and PhD in English from UNC-Greensboro. Her poetry has appeared in the Georgetown Review, the Southern Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, International Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review among a long list of other publications. In 2009, she won the Comstock Review’s national chapbook contest with “Water Never Sleeps,” (due out in winter, 2010). The same manuscript was also honored by NC Writers’ Network in the 2002 Mary Belle Campbell Award contest with a Second Place (no publication). She also has been honored with the 1998 Sonora Review Poetry Prize, and has been twice finalist for the Emily Dickinson Award, and has had honorable mentions in the Icarus and the Randall Jarrell Poetry competitions. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, four rescued dogs, and one rescued cat. One dog is an unusual rescue for the suburbs: a Treeing Walker Coonhound, who does find some racoons in their backyard!
Jennifer Bean Bower is a native Tar Heel and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bower is the author of North Carolina Aviatrix Viola Gentry: The Flying Cashier; Animal Adventures in North Carolina; Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem and Moravians in North Carolina. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband Larry and their pet rabbit Isabelle. To learn more about Bower and her writing projects, please visit: http://www.jenniferbeanbower.com/
Marcia M. Cham graduated from OhioUniversity and taught science and mathematics for five years. She designed and carved Christmas ornaments during the years her three children were young. At the age of forty she began graduate school and graduated seven years later with her Masters of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. The United Church of Christ ordained her in 1991. She served two churches and is now retired and lives in North Carolina. For the past six years she has worked as an on-call chaplain at the local hospital and has completed two books. Her first, You Mean I Have to Look at the Body?! Stories of Dying and Living, has been well received; Her second, Tarnished Pulpit, is now available. Over many years she has studied and presented seminars on Finding More in the Writings of Dr. Seuss and The Enneagram. She and her husband enjoy travel and time with family including six grandchildren. She is presently working on a family saga.
Jeanne Curtin is a middle child who was born in the Big Apple but raised in upstate NY, often adventuring through the woods, climbing up trees, and jumping over streams, finding her way into the creative realm. Today she transports herself into the creative realm via zip-lining, free-falling, mountain biking, kayaking and more. Though she has a love-hate relationship with writing, she fancies juggling words. And at the end of the day, with hair pulled in every contortion, she finds a sense of satisfaction if she’s created something that a reader says, “I want to know what happens next.”
You can find Jeanne at her blog: curtincorner.blogspot.com
Diana Engel is a past President of WGOT and facilitated a WGOT poetry group where she celebrated and encouraged the critique group’s diverse voices. In addition to keeping those poets abreast of readings, workshops, and conferences available, she added occasional information sharing/workshop sessions. These spoke to practical concerns such as successful publication and writing development topics unique to poetry: voice, purposely metered poetry versus free verse, syntax and music, etc. Most recently, Diana served as the bibliographic instruction librarian in the Hege Library of Guilford College from 1998-2006. Her poetry has appeared in The Shagbark Review and the WGOT anthology Wordworks.