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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 12:07 PM
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Chicago Poetry Press is pleased to announce the winners of the the JOMP 15 Awards.

The 2013 Contemporary American Poetry Prizes:
(Click on the name to view a pdf copy of the winning poem.)

Grand Prize: Annie Grizzle, for "America is I" (pg. 31)
Silver Prize: Tamara Tabel, for "Arbeit Macht Frei, Dachau 2012" (pg. 24)
Bronze Prize: Mayi Ojisua, for "Tortured Gray" (pg. 69)

The 2013 CAPP Honorable Mentions:
(Please purchase a copy of JOMP 15 to read these and dozens of other poems.)

Barbara Kreader Skalinder, for "Uncontained" (pg. 139)
Charlotte Hart, for "Quills" (pg. 84)
James Merriner, for "Resurrection" (pg. 57)
Gail Goepfert, for "Beckoning" (pg. 58)
Robin Goldberg, for "Rituals" (pg. 86)

The 2013 Poet Laureate of Rhyme Award:
(Click on the name to view a pdf copy of the winning poem.)

Michael Schwartz, Poet Laureate of Rhyme, for "No One But Me" (pg. 127)

Poet Laureate of Rhyme Honorable Mentions:
(Please purchase a copy of JOMP 15 to read these and dozens of other poems.)

Adam Gottlieb, for "Word-of-the-Day Rhyming Exercise #?" (pg. 125)
Amanda Layman, for "Parallel Outlets" (pg. 130)
Carol Muehleman, for "The Plastic Couch" (pg. 38)
Curtis Vevang, for "Where Have All the Rhymesters Gone" (pg. 117)

JOMP 15 Book Awards:

Jennifer Dotson, for her manuscript "Clever Gretel"
Available now through CleverGretel.net

Donna Pecore, for her manuscript "Bindle Stick"
Available now through BindleStickPoetry.com

The following poets submitted manuscripts that have been chosen as "Runners-Up"
and will receive automatic re-entry into the JOMP 16 Book Contest,
to take place in the fall of 2013:

Annie Grizzle, Beatriz Badikian, Carol Kanter, Itala Langmar with James L. Merriner,
Gail Goepfert, Jasminum McMullen, Sheila A. Donovan, and Terri M. O'Hara.

Click Here to learn about all 77 poets who were selected for inclusion in JOMP 15.

Order your copy of JOMP 15 and get free shipping.

The JOMP 15 Poets

Aaron Waldner (pg. 132) says: "I've been writing for about two years now and find it to be very inspirational and personally relieving. I write a lot about grief, sadness and death but also about perseverance."

Adam Gottlieb (pg. 125) is a poet/emcee, teaching-artist, musician and activist who was featured in the 2009 Siskel and Jacobs documentary Louder Than A Bomb. Adam says: "I have made it my mission to bring poetry into educational settings, and to use spoken word as a tool for self-expression, community building, youth empowerment, and social justice." He is also in a hip hop group called The EyeDealists.

Alejandro Trimarchi (pg. 67) is a chemical engineer pursuing his doctoral degree at UIC. He says: "My line of work revolves mostly around mathematical equations, computational models, and medicine, so that I find my escape in writing poetry and it’s just nice to enjoy a balance between the arts and sciences." He is also a repeat marathoner.

Allen Vaysberg (pg. 111) is a poet who has been writing since the age of 7 in Russian and then in English. He is an author, motivational speaker and intuitive recalibration expert. He hosts a popular nationally syndicated radio program called "Living Your Essence". For more information check out www.AllenVaysberg.com.

Amanda Layman (pg. 130) is a sophomore at Joliet Junior College and will be transferring to Columbia College of Chicago where she plans to study culture, poetry and advertising. She says: "I have a romantic relationship with words and am continuously inspired by my loving and extremely supportive family."

Annie Grizzle (pg. 31) is a young poet living in the Milwaukee area who has had work published in the University of Minnesota’s Parachute Magazine. She says: "I have an unending passion for art in all its forms."

Bakul Banerjee (pgs. 56, 79) received her Ph.D. in computational geophysics from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland and works for various organizations associated with the U.S. Department of Energy. She is the author of Synchronicity: Poems, was a recipient of the Gayatri Memorial Literary Award, serves as the chair of Naperville Writers Group and is an active member of the Illinois State Poetry Society.

Barbara Kreader Skalinder (pg. 139) is the former editor of Clavier and the co-author of a series of piano books for children published by Hal Leonard Corporation. In June, 2011 she completed the Certificate in Writing Program at the Graham School of the University of Chicago and won The Student Writer’s Prize Honorable Mention.

Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Ph.D. (pgs. 63, 105) is a Chicago poet, teacher of writing and literature, multilingual speaker and world traveler. She is the author of Mapmaker Revisited (Gladsome Books) and Akewa is a Woman (MARCH/Abrazo Press), and a novel Old Gloves: A 20th Century Saga (Fractal Edge Press).

Brandon Lee Alley (pg. 129) recently moved to Chicago from North Carolina after receiving a contract to dance professionally with Hubbard Street. He says: "I left my home to study dance at a performing arts high school, and the English teacher there opened my world to a new form of expression. I completely fell in love with the healing architecture of the English language."

Camille Rose Castillo (pg. 66) is originally from Chicago and is currently a full-time student in Utah majoring in Criminal Justice / Philosophy. She has been writing poetry for over twenty years. She says: "Many of my poems reflect my views on current social dilemmas and are essentially an appeal for mankind to finally put an end to global injustice."

Carla Eisenberg (pgs. 118, 121) is a massage therapist, a hypnotist and an office manager for a legal non-profit. She is the author of the chapbook A Moment Changes Everything and is currently putting finishing touches on a collection of poems and essays titled The Long Way Home. In 2004, she was a finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Competition.

Carmen Nguyen (pg. 145) grew up in Seattle and recently found her calling in Chicago. She says: "Music and nature soothes my sores and dance is my remedy. Aesthetics is the ruling of my sign; I cannot help but see mystery, history, and beauty in all things imaginable. I am a dreamer by day and thinker by night, and splashes of artistic colors in between. My thoughts tend to run wild, with no way to control. So, pen to paper and words begin to flow."

Carol Kanter (pg. 48) has been published in and received three International Merit Awards from Atlanta Review. She is the author of two chapbooks published by Finishing Line Press: Out of Southern Africa (2005) and Chronicle of Dog (2006) as well as two collaborations with her husband’s photography from around the world (DualArtsPress.com).

Carol Muehleman, Ph.D. (pg. 38) is an internationally recognized scientist in the area of osteoarthritis research and has been a medical college professor for the past thirty-three years and has published over one hundred scientific abstracts and eighty-six scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She says: "More recently I have delved into poetry as a means of sharing more personal ideas and emotions, something which is disallowed in the scientific environment."

Casey Derengowski (pg. 88) is a native Chicagoan now retired in sunny Southern California. After years of teaching and work as a probation officer he has acquired a wealth of stories which he is now expressing in poetic form.

Charlotte Hart (pg. 84, 85) has been published in Cram 3, Apparatus Magazine, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The Aurorean, Thema, Dot Dot Dash, Poetica, Cahoodaloodaling and the anthology Deep Waters by Outrider Press. She is the author of the chapbook Organic Spirits (2011, Finishing Line Press). Her poem “Clark Street Beach” is incised in concrete in front of the public library in Evanston, IL.

Charu Gandhi (pg. 46) graduated from the Gujarat University of India in 1967. She holds a Bachelor in Economics and Psychology and was employed by the insurance industry for almost thirty-four years before retiring in 2006. She lives with her husband in Illinois.

Chris Reid (pg. 136), long time Chicago area slam poet, refuses to stop writing poetry no matter how many people beg her to desist. She is currently studying Arabic at the University of Chicago and working on a stage play.

Cordell M. Miles Jr. (pg. 75) was born in Louisville, KY, raised in Huntington Beach, CA, and currently lives in Northwest Indiana. He has had poems published in the previous edition of JOMP.

Curt Vevang (pg. 117) is a Chicago native and a semi-retired Industrial Engineer who has been married for nearly 50 years. His hobbies include poetry, woodworking, hiking, computers, crossword puzzles, and travel. He says he writes poetry to amuse himself and many of his poems, in chapbook format, can be found on his website CurtVevang.com.

Dan Weinberg (pg. 115) is a public library cataloger and reference librarian for the Gary Public Library. He has had two letters published in MAD Magazine recently and has had poetry published in scars.tv and the 1999 California Poetry Calendar. He has a YA graphic novel about a ninety-two year old Jewish Holocaust survivor and he is writing a play about a suburban Jewish family. He is currently studying mime and clown lessons.

Dave Marcus (pg. 78) has written several short stories of historical fiction and composes songs for the guitar. He has kept a journal (using fountain pen) for twenty years. Recently he had a book of poems and sketches printed entitled Workshop.

David Nekimken (pg. 71) is a senior citizen living in Qumbya Housing Cooperative in Hyde Park. He is a graduate of Antioch College in Ohio and a member of the Neighborhood Writers Alliance. He says: "For many years I relied upon inspiration from the Muse for my poetry. Poetry occurred in fits and starts. In 2005 I joined Brown Bag Poets of Renaissance Court and with weekly meetings among other poets I committed to write a poem a week."

Deborah Nodler Rosen (pg. 141) is an editor of RHINO and her publications include Where We Find Ourselves and Anwar el-Sadat. Her poems have been published in Third Coast, Out of Line, The Journal of Northwestern University, New Poetry Appreciation (Kunming, China), A Light Breakfast, and she was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Denise C. Buschmann (pg. 41) is a freelance writer and proofreader for two Northwest Indiana magazines and content editor for an upcoming children’s picture book series. She earned her master’s in 2010 both in literacy and mild interventions and has taught elementary and middle school.

Diana Smith (pg. 120) is a former librarian who has been published in BAC Street Journal, After Hours, Point of View, Apocalypse and Tucumcari Literary Review. Her chapbook Slow Tear was published in 2005 and she participates in readings by A Poetry Project.

Diana Solís (cover art) is a Chicago based painter and illustrator whose work has appeared in numerous local and national publications, magazines and academic journals. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums in Chicago, as well as Mexico, Spain and Germany. Solís lives and works in Chicago.

Diann Martin (pg. 76) is an avid reader and writer of nonfiction and poetry. She has studied at StoryStudio and at Ragdale. She lives in Wilmette with her husband and works as a nurse educator.

Donna Pecore (pgs. 50, 113) says she "is going through academic withdrawals after a decade long odyssey culminating in a Masters from UIC" and that "she floats on the winds of chance searching for opportunities to use her education." She says "poetry has changed her world, saved her life, and opened her heart."

Ellen Savage (pgs. 37, 87) is a nurse, musician and nature lover who got serious about writing poetry after her yoga teacher introduced her to many wonderful poets and she found herself with time on her hands when her son left for college.

Erin Danielle Mills (pg. 65) says: "When I 'make art', I feel like a channel for a mysterious, but very human, source. I have shaped my poems, but the essence and the outcome have always surprised me."

Gail Goepfert (pgs. 49, 58) is a Midwest teacher, poet, and nature photographer. She has been published in Avocet, Caesura, Poetry Cram, Off Channel, After Hours and Florida Review. She says: "After many years in the classroom, I happily attend the school of poetry and nature."

GeeGee Anton (pg. 134) moved to Chicago (after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree) from the West Coast where she was a regular storyteller with Litup Writers. She has performed as Silvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona at Theatre Hikes and starred as the lead role at EX-Pats Theatre Company in Uptown

George Korolog's (pgs. 52, 133) writing has been widely published in journals such as Word Riot, Forge, Punchnels, Naugatuck River Review, Blue Fifth Review, Poetry Quarterly, Grey Sparrow Journal and many others. He was awarded 2nd prize in the 2011 Tom Howard / John H. Reid Poetry Contest, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is an active member of The Stanford Writers Studio. He is the author of three books of poetry.

Henry Kranz (pg. 109) is the Marketing Director for the Oak Park - River Forest Community Foundation. He has been published in Rhino, Salamander, Live Writers, Xavier Review, Moraine II, and Cache Review. In the 80s and 90s he published Lucky Star, a Magazine of Poetry and Poetics, as well as Erie Street Press that published sixteen books including work by Jared Smith, Deborah Pintonelli, Jacqui Disler, Carl Watson, Pamela Miller, Maxine Chernoff, Phyllis Janik and others.

Irfanulla Shariff (pg. 70) is a Computer Scientist and Telecommunication Engineer whose poems appear in an audio collection called The Sound of Poetry. He was presented an International Poet of Merit Award by the International Society of Poets in 2002. He has a great passion for writing inspirational poetry.

Itala Langmar (pg. 99) is an Illinois artist who has been painting and writing poetry since she was a girl in Venice, Italy. After gaining proficiency in English, she began writing poetry in English as well as Italian in the 1990s. Itala often informs her paintings with lines from her poems because choosing the right words and the perfect colors for them are mutually creative.

James Aguilar (pg. 26) says: "I was born to a pure spirited songwriter and a bi polar truck driver, in the sad state of New Jersey, on ground hogs day, 1983. I write poorly, make art poorly, and live poorly on the north side of Chicago. I am married and have two children, who are my sun and soil."

James L. Merriner (pg. 57) is a freelance writer / editor and the author of five books about history and politics. He is the past president of the Society of Midland Authors and has taught journalism at the graduate level. As he nears retirement, he is finding joy in rediscovering poetry.

Jarrett A. Steffen (pg. 142) is a current lay student pursuing a MAPS degree at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Formerly in formation as a Carmelite (O.Carm), and currently a member of the Buffalove Diaspora, Jarrett is excited to be living in a big city that isn’t New York.

Jasminum McMullen (pg. 96) is a two time champion of Berwyn Public Library’s series Poetry Idol, a mix of slam poetry and American Idol. Jas released a recording of her poetry in 2011 entitled The Reunification of Destiny and she is the author of the book In My Write Mind. She says she "writes every day and almost always on post-its."

Jennifer Dotson (pg. 97) is the founder and program coordinator for HighlandParkPoetry.org. Her poems have been published in East On Central, After Hours, Poetry Cram and A Midnight Snack from Poetic License Press. She teaches creative writing and memoir for District 113’s Continuing Education Program. Jennifer Dotston is the first recipient of the JOMP Book Award for her manuscript Clever Gretel.

Jesus Randall (pg. 93) is a graduate from Depaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and she has been accepted into a graduate program at North Park University. She says: "I currently work full-time at the American Red Cross and write part-time and for enjoyment."

Jo Stewart's (pg. 18) holds degrees in English literature and social science. As an active Chicago poet, she has been published by the Blue Collar Review, The Osher Northwestern University Journal, The Front Porch Review, Poetry Cram and Modern Bride Magazine. She calls herself "an octogenarian mother of eight and grandmother to five."

John J. Gordon (pg. 122) is a board member Illinois State Poetry Society, a member Poets & Patrons, and is president and founder of a company that designs and builds automation equipment. He lives in La Grange with his wife and has three children and eight grandchildren.

Joseph Kuhn Carey (pg. 20) received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, a M.F.A. (in Creative Writing) from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Boston University. He has had poems selected for the Writer’s Digest 7th Annual Poetry Awards Contest and 80th Annual Writing Competition, the Poetry That Moves Contest and the Jo-Anne Hirschfield Memorial Poetry Awards. He is the author of the chapbook Bulk-Rate, as well as a book on jazz, Big Noise From Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Press).

Kate Koten (pgs. 73, 83) graduated from Linfield College with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy. For three years she was the editor in chief of the college literary arts journal, Camas. She says: "Our mind and emotions are wild and beautiful, so is the earth. We wash the world, waves lapping and crashing—the world does the same. It is a constant conversation.

Kathy Lundy Derengowski (pg. 45) is a California poet who was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards Poetry Chapbook category. She was recently published in the Ekphrasis collection Summation IV of the Escondido Municipal Gallery. She says "when the muse is not pursuing her—she is pursuing the muse."

Kim Berez (pg. 147) is an art therapist whose poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies, and Steppenwolf Theatre's Words on Fire. She appeared with her poetry in the plays Obras and Saloon Poetry and has read with projected images of her photography, but does not consider herself a performance poet.

Laurie Blum (pg. 54) has worked as a registered nurse and is now a computer software specialist and IT project manager for a large Medical Center. Laurie has been writing poetry and prose for several years and finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the human condition.

Linda Bratcher Wlodyka (pg. 77) is a member of the Florence Poet’s Society in Florence, MA and the Berkshire Writer’s Room in Pittsfield MA. She has published three chapbooks and her poems have appeared in several journals. In October 2012 she was chosen Best in the Berkshires, for her poem "Secret Cottage" which she read at the Colonial Theater.

Linda Leedy Schneider (pg. 44) is a psychotherapist in private practice. She was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2012 CAPP Contest by ChicagoPoetry.com. She has written six collections of poetry including Some Days: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press 2011) and has edited two collections of poetry written by poets whom she has mentored.

Marcia J. Pradzinski (pg. 95) is a poet whose work has appeared in RHINO, After Hours, Avocet, Brevity Poetry Review, Ephemera Magazine, and Poetry Cram. She has won awards in the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Contest and the Highland Park Poetry Challenge. "A Scent of Chicken" was recently honored as the Best Modern Poem by Chicago Poetry Press.

Margaret Dubay Mikus (pg. 110) has earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Chicago. She is the author of two books and a CD, Full Blooming: Selections from a Poetic Journal. Her poems, essays, and photographs have appeared in literary journals, newsletters and anthologies and she was the Illinois Featured Author for the 2013 issue of the Willow Review. She publishes a blog at FullBlooming.com.

Marian Kaplun Shapiro (pgs. 28, 108) is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks. She was named Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts four times and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. As a Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often embeds the topics of peace and violence by addressing one within the context of the other.

Marianne Schaefer (pg. 22) is a medical professional and forensic medical specialist who is an ensemble member and poet for the Beast Woman Cabaret. She has created a workshop to teach the art of "Decadence Writing" and has continued to perform her one-woman erotic poetry review at The Erotic Heritage Museum of Las Vegas.

Mary Langer Thompson's (pgs. 91, 92) poetry appears in various journals and anthologies such as Quill and Parchment, J Journal, and Off the Coast. She is a contributor to Women and Poetry: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing by Successful Women Poets (McFarland) and is a proud member of the California Writer’s Club, High Desert Branch.

Mayi D. Ojisua (pg. 69) is a poet, painter, poetic flutist and a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago. He has had writing published in various journals and magazines. He says: "It was and still is my dream to compete with myself; to see, feel and translate my understanding of life."

Michael Schwartz (pg. 127) says: "I started writing when I was about fourteen and haven't stopped since. It's my true passion. You could say my style is unconventional. It doesn't follow any guidelines really. I just love being able to capture certain sounds or feelings."

Nancy J. Heggem (pg. 74) is a retired mathematician and a former Trustee of the Palatine Public Library District. Her work has been published in the Daily Herald, Poetry Cram, Horticulture Garden Verse, William Rainey College Point of View and in nine Outrider Press / TallGrass Writers Guild Anthologies. She received third prize for Automative Poetry from the Towe Auto Museum, Sacramento, CA.

Pamela Borovich (pg. 55) is a freelance writer, substitute teacher and poet who authored the children’s book Sandy the Sharing Seagull which was awarded a coveted spot on the 2010 KART Book List by the South Jersey Children’s Literary Festival.

Pamela Larson (pg. 100) has won several awards from Highland Park Poetry including The Poetry That Moves Contest for June 2012. She coordinated a thirty-two poet Exquisite Corpse with Highland Park Poetry, the reading of which can be found on YouTube. Her most recent award was Second Honorable Mention in the 2012 Illinois State Poetry Society’s Contest for haiku.

Patricia Bass (pg. 40) retired from her job as Art Director in 1992 at age 60 and enrolled in Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies and received the Writing Certificate and a BSGS degree with a major in English and a miner in writing. She currently attends classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) where she has been active in the Writing Workshop.

Peter Rodenby (pg. 23) is a retired engineer and a full time grandfather. He lives in an old cottage by a river with his wife and enjoys travelling, walking, dreaming and writing.

Rebecca Mullen (pg. 143) is a teacher, reading specialist, writer and language thespian. She says: "I’ve been writing poems for as long as I can remember – the rhythms are in my thoughts and blood."

Renée Szostek (pg. 94) studied at Northwestern University and completed graduate studies at the University of Chicago. She was a contributing writer for the Chicago Maroon, a student editor of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, and her poems have been published in Cicatriz, Diverticulum, dotdotdash, Integra, Resist Psychic Death, and Poetry Cram / JOMP.

Robin Goldberg (pg. 86) graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Humanities and specializations in creative writing and dance history. She has served with the AmeriCorps program and volunteered with the nonprofit writing tutoring center, 826Michigan.

Rev. Rod Reinhart (pg. 30) is the rector of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Harvey, Illinois and the vicar of St. Joseph / St. Aidan’s Church in Blue Island. Fr. Reinhart is a graduate of Michigan’s Oakland University and he received his Masters of Divinity from the seminary complex in Rochester NY. He has received many awards, has published several books of poetry, and he has produced a radio program and cable TV show under the name of “Faith on the Front Line.”

Roy Henry (pg. 68) says: "Throughout my life I have sought the expression of poetry as a way to reveal succinct, dense, and emotional meaning through the visual imaging of words. As a painter performs the colors and strokes, or the musician with their combination of tones, I ‘see’ the word’s meaning, juxtaposition, and tonal flow to combine a near visual image of a particular facet of a human experience – my experience. In this, I find a profound connection with the rest of humanity."

S. Michael Kozubek (pg. 17) is an attorney, author and teacher. His haiku have been published in Frogpond, the journal of the Haiku Society of America. He has also been published in the anthology Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals, and in Valentine’s Day Anthology from Inner Child Press.

Sharon F. Warner (pg. 101) is the author of three chapbooks who has also been published in Journal of Ordinary Thought, Garland Court Review, Oyez Review, in the anthologies All the Colors That Are Black; Looking Back on the 60's and It's Never Too Late and in the newspapers Chicago Defender and Amsterdam News. Her work appears online at the NWA/JOT blog, the WBEZ website and Night Out in Rockford. In 2012 she won third prize in the DePaul University poetry competition, Strictly Flow.

Sheila A. Donovan (pg. 21) has had her poetry published in journals, anthologies, chapbooks, newspapers and magazines and her art and poems have been exhibited at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago. She has done readings at schools, coffee houses, galleries, libraries, the Printers Ball, and the Bucktown Arts Fest and she is the originator of the annual Children's Day event for the Beach Poetry reading series.

Stella Vinitchi Radulescu (pg. 107), Ph.D. in French Language & Literature, is the author of several collections of poetry published in the United States, Romania and France, including Insomnia in Flowers (2008), All Seeds & Blues (2011), and I Was Afraid of Vowels (bilingual, Luke Hankins translator, 2011). Her work has appeared in Laurel Review, Seneca Review, Pleiades, Rhino, Louisville Review, Spoon River and in literary magazines in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Québec and Romania.

T. W. Fuller (pg. 47) is a Midwest writer/poet from Arlington Heights, IL. still looking for his big break in the writing world. Much of the children's poetry he writes is similar in style to Shel Silverstein and Dr, Seuss, with some of the same wit and humor, and inspirational and motivational themes.

Tamara Tabel (pg. 24) is a copywriter, marketer and president of Napping Cat Communications. She has a BA in Journalism / Advertising and is a graduate of the Great Books Program, University of Chicago. She is Chair of the Barrington Writers Workshop, serves on the Barrington Cultural Commission and is a founding Board Member of the Barrington Cultural Arts Center.

Terri M. O'Hara (pg. 144) is a writer and visual artist educated at The School of the Art Institute. Her writing has been published in Poetry Cram, F Magazine and The New Art Examiner, among others. She is currently working on a novel and a poetry collection.

Tim Andersen (pg. 135) is the author of Jet Plane. He volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and at the YMCA. He says he is interested in capturing the sound, timbre, rhythm and tempo of his childhood in northwest Iowa.

Tinamarie Penn (pg. 59) is a member of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance and was chosen as their Featured Philosopher for the week of March 2012. She has performed at Quincy University for the hundred year anniversary of Father Augustus Tolton’s ordination and first mass, and she also edited a children’s book about Father Tolton, A Boy Called Gus.

Tobin Fraley (pg. 89) is the author of three books on the history of carousels, one children’s book and a photographic and written exploration of the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve in Long Grove, Illinois titled 36 Acres. He is president and founder of the Long Grove Arts & Music Council, a gallery owner in Long Grove, a member of the Barrington Writers Workshop, a photography teacher at Chicago Botanic Gardens and a product designer.

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