Lois Losyk is Secretary of WGOT for the 2014-2016 term. A Florida transplant, she now resides in Greensboro with her husband of thirty-five years. After retiring from their management consulting business, she took up writing poetry and short fiction. Lois is a member of the daytime poetry group and the short story group. Besides writing, she dabbles in art and enjoys gourmet cooking. Lois volunteers for Reading Connections, teaching literacy to adult learners, and serves on the board of Hadassah, and her homeowners association. Her works have been published in Greensboro’s News & Record, WGOT’s Fire & Chocolate anthology, BeBe and Friends, Your Daily Poem, Fresh Magazine, Medusa’s Kitchen, and others.
Kathe Martin is retired from UNCG where she worked in administration for ten years. Prior to that she had a career in corporate America. But Kathe led a double life. By day she donned business suit and briefcase. At night she takes out Tarot cards and speaks with spirits. Kathe has been a professional Psychic Medium since 1988. Now she divides her time between her private practice and writing her memoir. “A Slice of Lemon Moon” details how she emerged from a difficult childhood with alcoholic parents and an abusive marriage to find her way to the work she cherishes. Her work as a psychic medium not only gives others insight, hope and comfort but also helped heal her life. Far from a ghost story, it is a survivor’s account of perseverance and the healing power of love. She maintains a private practice in Greensboro. Read more at www.kathemartin.com
Caren Masem has written and taught poetry for many years at both university and high school levels, as well as in writing workshops. She earned an MA in English at Iowa State. Her poems appear in several anthologies, including “In the Yard” and “Mountain High” published by Old Mountain Press, and in “Appalachian Writers Guild Anthology MMVII,” “Wild Goose Poetry Review,” and “Dead Mule.” She was a finalist in the South Carolina Poetry Foundation Contest and was published in The State newspaper in Columbia.
Susan Matz – Born and raised in Northwest Pennsylvania, I am one of five siblings. Dappling in poetry from a young age, most often I wrote a piece for one of my family members’ life transitions or achievements. After acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree, my personal choices have led me through a career in professional fundraising for a variety of organizations: a healthcare center, an agency on aging, a historical museum and a children’s museum. I also enjoyed fulfilling employment in the marketing/client relations field for a financial planning company. Writing always took a back seat and has only strongly surfaced when I feel so inclined. More recently, my creativity has been inspired by helping care for and play with my young grandchildren. I joined WGOT to help with guiding me through the next steps. I’m pondering whether now is the time to work through the process and become a published author.
Christine O. McCarthy, a former elementary and pre-school teacher, is the facilitator of the Children’s Writers. She enjoys reading and writing all genres within Children’s Literature, but focuses on Middle Grade and Young Adult writing projects. She is the author of Shalara’s Secret Quest, a middle-grade fantasy novel. Christine has stories and poems in two anthologies, and two of her short stories won first place in writing contests. Her favorite roles in life are as wife, mom, and mom-mom, but she is also a Christian, reader, writer, teacher, gardener, world traveler, and photographer. Her motto? “A big stack of unread books is like a little piece of heaven.” Christine lives in Jamestown with her husband and two fat cats.
Karen McCullough, a former editor for two different trade publishing companies, has had more than a dozen novels published variously by Avalon Books, ImaJinn Books, Cerridwen Press, Five Star/Cengage and Harlequin Worldwide Mysteries. A four-time Eppie finalist, and winner of the 2000 Eppie Award for Fantasy, she has also finaled in the Writers of the Future, the Prism, Dream Realm, Lories, Vixen, and On the Far Side contests. Her novels range in genre from traditional mystery to romantic suspense to fantasy and paranormal. Karen also has an extraordinary web page that introduces you to all of her books: www.kmccullough.com. Karen volunteers as WGOT Webmaster and sponsored the design of the site under Karen’s Web Works.
Tracey Nafekh is the 2014-2016 eBlast Editor and a Board member of WGOT. She was born in Ontario, Canada and has been a resident of North Carolina since 2006. Her travels have informed her writing. A constant poet, she is currently compiling an anthology. Her other project is a memoir on her 70s open-concept high school where she was enrolled in The Bronte Creek Project, two-years of environmental study in a cabin in the woods of Ontario. A former legal assistant and childcare worker, she enjoys pottery, beekeeping, and theatre. She is a member of a number of local Triad writing groups and volunteers on the Board of the Writers’ Group of the Triad. Tracey has a number of poems and a flash fiction piece published with Two Friends Publishing (retired).
Fran Ostasiewski is a former treasurer and member of the board of the Writers’ Group of the Triad. He is a native of Connecticut with a degree in economics. He became a regular participant in the poetry group of WGOT during the past year. He won first place in the Haiku/Senryu category and honorable mention in the Arizona State Poetry Society’s 36th annual contest. His own childhood provided both interest and material for children’s poetry, which remains his favorite. However, through the writers’ group, and instruction at Guilford College, his writing focus has expanded from the writing of children’s poetry to include haiku and free verse forms. Other interests include scuba diving, golf, symphony, theater, and his granddaughter Ashlyn.