about us

Mary Greene of  Narrowsburg, NY is Special Sections Editor for The River Reporter and a published poet. She is founder and director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective. She enjoys yoga¸ cooking with whole foods, walking, swimming and gardening. She has slowly decorated the home she has lived in for two decades to her liking.

Lori (LM) Malone of  Barryville, NY is Creative Director of Literary Gazette, Our Country Home and Upper Delaware magazines. She is a graphic designer, daydreamer, organic foodie, reluctant renovator, music lover, over-thinker, trend junkie and web voyeur.

Contributing Writers’ Biographies

BARBARA ADAMS has published two books of poetry, “Hapax Legomena” and “The Ordinary Living,” a book of literary criticism, “The Enemy Self: Poetry & Criticism of Laura Riding” and a memoir,“The Stone Man and the Poet.”Her poems, stories and essays have been published widely in literary magazines.

SHERRI BEDINGFIELD, a licensed psychotherapist and family therapist, has published in journals including Caduceus, Journal of Poetry Therapy and Connecticut River Review. She has presented her poetry at venues around Connecticut and her poem “Love Struck” was performed by the East Haddam Stage Company. Antrim House published her collection “Transitions and Transformations” in 2010.

MARIANNA BONCEK is a local high school teacher and author of “The Spooky Hudson Valley.” She holds a B.A. from Vermont College in Writing and an M.A. from Goddard College in Secondary Education. She is a member of the Woodstock Poetry Society, The Goat Hill Poets and Delta Kappa Gamma.

ROBERT CARNEVALE’S  poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Alaska Quarterly and other magazines and anthologies. He teaches writing and literature at Drew University and Kean University.

ALAN CATLIN has published over 60 chapbooks and full length collections of prose and poetry. His more recent chapbook is “Deep Water Horizon” from Pygmy Forest Press.

TRACEY GASS RANZE is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and the Milanville Poets UnLtd.  She performs her poetry in a variety of venues in the Northeast, where she lives in the inspiring mountains cut through by the Delaware River.

LEE GOULD lives in the Hudson Valley where she teaches and writes. Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Quarterly West, The Berkshire Review, Passager, Bridges, Women and the Environment, Magma, Phoebe, Chronogram and others. Her chapbook “Weeds” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010.

CAROL GRASER lives in the Adirondacks. Her collection “The Wild Twist of Their Stems” was published by Foothills Publishing in 2007. She runs poetry workshops for teens and at risk youth and hosts a long-running reading series at Saratoga’s legendary Caffè Lena. She has performed her work around New York State and been published in many literary journals.

LOIS MARIE HARROD won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State University) contest with her manuscript “Cosmogony.” Her 11th book, “Brief Term,” a collection of poems about teachers and teaching, was published by Black Buzzard Press (Visions International) in March 2011.

Saratoga Springs visual artist and poet MARY KATHRYN JABLONSKI freelances in design and PR. She is the author of the chapbook “To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met,” and her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Salmagundi and Blueline.

PATRICIA KETT is a retired nurse for whom writing has been love, obsession, play and escape for many years. As a nurse she published health-related articles and poetry.  A member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective, she has participated in poetry readings in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

MARKA KNIGHT is an opera and jazz singer who has recently moved to Sullivan County, NY.  She is a regular contributor to Classical Singer Magazine and has published accounts of her travels and anthropological research in journals worldwide.

DAN STEPHEN KRAUSS currently lives in Saratoga Springs, NY, often longs for Brooklyn, his native soil, and for real love to come into his life again.

ARLENE GAY LEVINE’s poetry and prose have found a home in The New York Times, literary journals, an off Broadway show, radio, magazines and numerous anthologies. A new poetry chapbook, “MOVIE LIFE,” is available from Finishing Line Press. Visit http://www.arlenegaylevine.com.

ARLENE L. MANDELL, a retired English professor, was a writer/editor at Good Housekeeping magazine. She has published over 400 poems, essays and short stories in publications such as The New York Times, Wild Violet and Women’s Voices. A recent publication, “Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street: A Brooklyn Memoir,” is available at http://www.echapbook.com/memoir/mandell.

PATRICIA MARKERT lives and works in New York City. Her poetry has been published in “To Genesis,” an anthology of midrash poetry, which, along with her chapbook, “Watched You Disappear,” were published by Five Spice Poetry.  Her work has also appeared in many poetry magazines.

JOAN McNERNEY’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, 63 channels, Spectrum, and three Bright Spring Press anthologies. Four of her books have been published by fine small literary presses.

THOMAS NICOTERA has been a factory worker, street performer, mime, water/sewer repairman, copy editor, library cataloger and teacher, while keeping poetry as the one constant in his life. He lives in Connecticut where he co-hosts a library poetry series.

IRENE O’GARDEN’S writing has found its way to the Off-Broadway stage (“Women On Fire,”) into hardcover (“Fat Girl”), children’s books, literary journals and anthologies. She has received awards, fellowships and residencies, and listings in “Who’s Who in the World, in America and in American Women.” Visit ireneogarden.com.

RICHARD PARISIO has worked as an interpretive naturalist for over 30 years. He is currently NYS Coordinator for River of Words, a national contest of children’s poetry and art on the theme of watersheds. His own poetry has been published in Hard Row to Hoe, the Woodstock Journal and three regional anthologies.

TAD RICHARDS is artistic director of Opus 40 in Saugerties, NY. His poetry collection, “My Night With the Language Thieves,” and his novel in verse, “Situations,” were published by Ye Olde Font Shoppe Press, Waterbury, CT.

ALANA SHERMAN, poet and teacher, lives in Woodbourne, NY with her husband and dogs in an 1834 farmhouse. She is a member of the Alchemy Poets in Sullivan County, NY. In addition to her writing, she is a community developer, working to preserve The Old Stone House of Hasbrouck.

EMMA GABRIELLE SILVERMAN lives in Ithaca, NY where she is employed as a yoga instructor at Cornell University. In her non-working hours, she enjoys hiking, growing food and the Sunday New York Times.

MATTHEW J. SPIRENG’S full-length book, “Out of Body,” won the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award. He is also the author of five chapbooks. His collection “What Focus Is” is due out in July from Word Press. He lives in Lomontville, Ulster County, NY.

CHARLOTTE SKINNER TILSON has published her work in Aurorean, Hard Roe to Hoe, Poets from the Center and other journals. She is a native of New Jersey. She lives in the woods in Sussex County with her husband and two cats. Her poetry comes from nature and place, the heart of life, where spirit is rooted.

A retired airline pilot, CHUCK TRIPI is founder of The Paulinskill Poetry Project, a small press dedicated to the poetry of the Upper Delaware River tri-state region. Recent poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Poet Lore.

GLENN WERNER is a graphic designer who has been writing poetry for 15 years. His writing seeks to find revelations in commonplace moments and unconscious behavior.  He features at many local venues and has work published in publications including  Chronogram Magazine, The Waywayanda Review, 4th Street and Snow Monkey.

Blog Exclusive Biographies

CASSIA BERMAN, author of Divine Mother Within Me, has published poems, essays and articles in many anthologies, magazines and newspapers nationally and internationally for more than 40 years.  She lives in Woodstock, NY where she teaches Qigong, T’ai Chi, does energy healing, and continues to write. Contact her at info@cassiaberman.com.

DENNIS WAYNE BRESSACK, from Woodstock, NY has been a writer for more than 45 years. He has been a featured reader at many venues and his work has appeared in a variety of publications. He has self-published seven books of poetry and produced two music CDs. His poetry website, www.dennisbressack.com, contains samples of his writing and music.

BILLY INTERNICOLA is school teacher and drama club director originally from Brooklyn, NY. He has had plays produced across the country and have published poetry in a few small journals. He is married to illustrator Annie Dywer Internicola and they are raising three children in Kingston, NY

THERESA MORRIS is a teacher of philosophy and a writer of both poetry and philosophy.  She divides her time between New York City and High Falls, NY where she hikes, kayaks, and bikes.   She’s also a dedicated organic gardener who loves to cook and eat what she grows.

ERIKA ALEXIA TSOUKANELIS is a writer, yoga teacher and psychotherapist, who lives in Connecticut. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various publications, including the Utne Reader.

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