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Jenny Ward Angyal lives on a small organic farm in Guilford County, with her husband and one Abyssinian cat. She grew up wandering woods and fields in Connecticut and wrote her first poem at the age of five. After attending a one-room schoolhouse, she spent a number of years studying and writing about biology, and a number more teaching nonverbal children how to communicate. In recent years she has concentrated on writing Japanese short form poetry known as tanka. Her poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals and may be found on her blog, The Grass Minstrel: http://grassminstrel.blogspot.com/
Judith Behar has been a practicing lawyer, chiefly in the area of family law since 1975. She became a member of the Writers’ Group of the Triad and the mystery writers’ subgroup about a year and a half ago, but she has written poetry and fiction sporadically for years. Her poetry has been published in North Carolina publications and she has placed in two contests, second place in the Crucible poetry contest and honorable mention in the Robert Ruark fiction competition. She is a contributor to and an editor of the forthcoming anthology, Lines from a Near Country, a publication of the New Garden Friends Meeting, and her poetry also appears in the anthology, Wordworks.
Jenan Jones Benson participates in the WGOT non-fiction writers’ groups. She writes agricultural and horticultural features for several publications including Country Folks Grower, Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle, The Fruit Growers’ News and The Vegetable Growers’ News. She’s contributed travel stories to Our State: Down Home In North Carolina and the [Greensboro, NC] News & Record. She reviews audio books and writes features for AudioFile magazine. Her work also has appeared in Farmer’s Digest, Hard Hat News and Georgia Backroads. Jenan also provides editing services, technical writing, grant writing and web copywriting. Visit her web site: www.awriterforent.com
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 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.
As the current facilitator for Poetry Writers, Diana Engel celebrates and encourages the diverse voices in this critique group. In addition to keeping these poets abreast of readings, workshops, and conferences available, she is beginning to add occasional information sharing/workshop sessions to the regular critique meeting agenda. The intent is to speak to practical concerns such as successful publication as well as 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.