Our Writers S – Z


Elizabeth Solazzo enjoys writing about family and relationships. She has been published at Bride and Groom Magazine, back2college.com, womanofacertainage.com, The Saturday Evening Post and the Times News.She has two books of essay and memoir, A Little Book of Stories and Saxapahaw Girl, available through Amazon.com.



Costa Rican-American Mark Smith-Soto is professor of Romance MarkSmithSotoLanguages and Director of the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he edits International Poetry Review. Winner of a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in creative writing, he’s had poetry in Antioch Review, Callaloo, Chattahoochee Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Quarterly West, The Sun, and many other literary magazines. His chapbook Green Mango Collage won the North Carolina Writers’ Network Year 2000 Persephone Competition. Another chapbook, Shafts, won the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2001 Randall Jarrell-Harperprints Poetry Competition. His first full-length book of poetry, Our Lives Are Rivers [University Press of Florida, 2003], was runner-up for the Best N.C. Poetry Book of the Year award offered by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. His 2006 collection, Any Second Now [Main Street Rag Publishing Company], was selected as a Notable Finalist for the 2007 Brockman-Campbell Award of the NC Poetry Society. In 2008, his Waiting Room was published by Red Mountain Review as the winner of their annual chapbook competition. An avid amateur playwright, he’s had fourteen ten-minute plays locally produced, and one, Trio, inspired by a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, was published by Dramatic Publishing of Chicago in 2005.


Soniat.KatherineKatherine Soniat is a poet, professor, and editor. She teaches at the University of North Carolina in Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program and currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has published poems in such journals as the Iowa Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Womens’Review of Books, Poetry, and Denver Quarterly.  Katherine’s book The Swing Girl was selected as Best Collection of 2011 by the Poetry Commission of North Carolina (A.O.Young Award). Of her earlier books, A Shared Life earned her The Iowa Prize from the University of Iowa Press and was selected by poet Mary Oliver for a Virginia Prize in Poetry, Alluvial was a finalist for the Library of Virginia Center for the Book Award, and Notes of Departure was selected by Sonia Sanchez for the Camden Poetry Prize of the Walt Whitman Center for the Arts and Humanities. With her recent collection The Goodbye Animals, Katherine Soniat won the 2014 Turtle Island Poetry Award; and her seventh collection of poetry, Bright Stranger, will be released by Louisiana State University Press in the spring of 2016.  Other published collections of Katherine Soniat’s poems not mentioned above are: A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge (Aptos:  Dream Horse Press, 2012); The Fire Setters (Madison:  The Literary Review/Web del Sol On-line Chapbook Series, 2003 [re-issued 2012]); Cracking Eggs (Orlando:  The University of Central Florida Press, 1990); and Winter Toys (Maryville:  The Green Tower Press, 1989 [chapbook]).
Website: http://www.katherinesoniat.com/



Janice Sullivan is currently President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina and member-at-large on the board of the NC Poetry Society. She is active in the WGOT poetry groups and in regional poetry organizations. She has been published in several journals and collections, including Coastal Carolina Poetry, Bay Leaves (for second place in James Larkin Pearson Contest), International Icarus, Flying Machines (2000), Pembroke, and Turn in Time…. She received first place for the Poetry of Love Award in 2002, and appears in NC Poetry Society Award Winning Poems.


kathryn_troxlerKathryn Beam Troxler grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, graduated from UC Berkeley and obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Sonoma State College Humanistic Psychology Program.  She practiced psychotherapy and clinical hypnotherapy for over twenty years in Greensboro.  She is a co-founder of the New Garden Poetry group which published its collection, Lines from a Near Country, in 2003.  A member of The Writers Group of the Triad, and the NC Writers Network, her poems have been published in several anthologies and magazines.  In October 2016 she published her first book of poetry, Tuning.


Originally from Washington, D.C, Maura Way has lived in North Carolina since 2004. Her poems have appeared in many publications including DIAGRAM, Verse, The Chattahooche Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, and O. Henry Magazine. Maura has been teacher for over twenty years, most recently at Summit School and New Garden Friends. Her debut collection of poetry, Another Bungalow is available from Press 53.  Maura lives in a yellow brick bungalow in Greensboro with her husband Mark.



Bob Webb, a current resident of Detroit, Michigan, was President and webmaster of WGOT and originated the WGOT website (www.triadwriters.org). Bob was regional workshop coordinator (Greensboro branch) of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, a member of the Greensboro Playrights Forum, and wrote within the WGOT nonfiction and children’s writers groups. He was executive editor for Car Biz magazine in Detroit, Candid Viewer magazine in Chicago, and his color photography has been on the covers of Xpressions magazine, an automotive aftermarket publication. Born in Arizona, he has lived in New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami Beach and Greensboro. Bob has a short story and children’s song in the anthology Candle In The Attic (2001), an article in the veterans’ anthology Freedom’s Heroes (2002), and contributed photography and coordinated illustrations for the biography Silent Like a Lion (2003).



Stephen G. Wessells, a native of Richmond, Virginia, attended Guilford College and moved to Greensboro in 1975. He has written poetry for over forty years, and is dedicated to restoring formalism to respectability. Major influences include Ezra Pound and the Romantic poets.