Women Speak: Judges and Winners

Women Speak Judges

Anne Anthony’s poetry has been published in Glass Mountain, Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine, Poetry South and elsewhere. Blue Heron Review nominated her poem, She Wants, for a 2018 Pushcart Award.  In 2018, she released The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory, an anthology of stories selected for memory-impaired adults. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network. For more about Anne and her writing, check out anneanthony.weebly.com.

Mary Lambeth Moore is a novelist (Sleeping with Patty Hearst), former fiction editor (Carolina Wren Press, now Blair) and senior writer for Self-Help, a non-profit network of credit unions. Mary’s work includes executive speeches, Congressional testimony and short documentaries. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Bill Gowan, with frequent visits from their singer-songwriter son, Max. Mary loves North Carolina’s stories, music and open spaces. www.marylambethmoore.com

Leah Silverman writes memoir and fiction, which certain members of her family say are the same thing. Her nonfiction has appeared in Lunch Ticket, River Teeth, and is forthcoming in The Southeast Review. Her fiction has appeared in JewishFiction.net and, under the name Leah Silverman Gales, in The Carolina Quarterly, Web del Sol, and Meridian. She lives in Durham, NC, where she also makes abstract paintings. Contact her at leah.joy.silverman@gmail.com.

Caren Stuart is a lifelong North Carolinian currently living in the wilds of Chatham County. She’s passionate about the arts and has been creating poetry, stories, art, and craft since she was six years old. Her writings have won numerous awards and have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. She loves connecting with art and writing enthusiasts and can be reached through her artsy craftsy online shop at www.convolutednotions.etsy.com.

Women Speak Winners

Sara Barnard is from the UK, has lived in Spain and Canada, and is now based on a boat travelling with her husband, child, and laptop. Since obtaining a PhD in Hispanic Studies, she has focused on sailing, parenting, and freelance writing (travel, music, culture). She has had poems published by Bone & Ink Press, Glass Poetry Resists, Hypertrophic Literary, The Slag Review, and Okay Donkey, among others. Contact her on Twitter: @Sara_Barnard or www.sarabarnard.wordpress.com

Michelle Beauchamp is a proud Canadian residing in the beautiful province of Ontario. She is a wife, mother and registered early childhood educator. She is inspired by dVerse Poets Pub where she regularly writes and tends bar as an online host for poetic prompts. Her work is featured in Chiaroscuro-Darkness and Light, dVerse Anthology, 2017 and on her blog, mishunderstood.wordpress.com. Michelle finds her muse in the simplicities of nature and the complexities of life.

Suzanne Cottrell lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in Granville County, NC.  An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she enjoys experimenting with poetry, flash fiction, and personal narratives that focus on nature encounters. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, Pilates, and yoga. Her poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies such as NC’s Best Emerging Poets, The Avocet, Burningword Literary Journal, and The Remembered Arts Journal. Contact her at cottrell_suzanne@yahoo.com

Lauren Cutrone is a writer and publishing professional living in New Jersey. She is currently a contributing writer for The Mighty where she writes about mental illness in media and has also recently contributed to the book Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes: The Little Women Legacy. Lauren enjoys visiting museums, going to the theater or the opera, and baking. Lauren can be reached at lecutrone@gmail.com.

Sylvia Freeman loves this project because of her background in visual art. Her poems are published in Story South, The Lake, Galway Review, and other anthologies. She is the 2018 winner of the Randall Jarrell poetry prize from NCWN and best overall writing award for FCAC. She is also a photographer, and singer/songwriter for Fleur-de-Lisa, a women’s quartet who use poetry as lyrics. She lives in Durham, NC and can be reached at sylvia.freeman@gmail.com.

Jo Ann Steger Hoffman’s publications include a children’s book, short fiction and poems in literary journals, including The Merton Quarterly, Persimmon Tree, Pinesong, Ground Fresh Thursday and Flying South, among others. She has received contest awards from the Carteret Writers, Pamlico Writers and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.  Her non-fiction book, Angels Wear Black, recounts the only technology executive kidnapping to occur in California’s Silicon Valley. She and her husband live in Cary and Beaufort, North Carolina. Contact: jhoffman410@nc.rr.com.

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Trish Hopkinson has always loved words—in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. She is author of three poetry chapbooks and her work has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Tinderbox, Pretty Owl Poetry, and The Penn Review. She resides in Utah with her handsome husband and their two outstanding children. You can follow Hopkinson on her blog where she shares information on how to write, publish, and participate in the greater poetry community at http://trishhopkinson.com/.

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Virginia Ewing Hudson won the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize in 2017, and in 2018, placed in the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. Other writings have appeared in Wildflower Muse, the Raleigh News and Observer, Firefly Ridge Magazine, Vision and Voice, and the Colton Review. Virginia teaches cello at Meredith College and performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. She recently created a writing perch on a mesa in New Mexico gazing across arroyos toward mountains. http://virginiaewinghudson.com/

Rebecca Lanning grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including Salon, The Washington Post, Creative Nonfiction, Brain Child Magazine, Salt Magazine, and Literary Mama. Rebecca works as a manuscript reader at The Sun magazine in Chapel Hill, NC.  She enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two grown sons and reside in Chapel Hill. Contact her at rebeccalanningwriter.com

Joan Leotta, of Calabash, NC, has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Lake, Writing Map, Silver Birch, Algebra of Owls, Ekphrastic Review, Visual Verse, and others. Her poetry received a bronze medal in the 2017 NC Silver Arts. Her first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon came out in 2017 from Finishing Line Press. She also writes and is published in short stories, essays, novels, and children’s books. Contact her at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com and Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer on Facebook.

Pennsylvanian Lisa Lepovetsky earned her MFA from Penn State, and has taught writing and literature classes and seminars for many years. She specializes in poetry, dark fantasy, mysteries, and theater under the title IT’S A MYSTERY! and has published hundreds of stories, poems and plays in various magazines and anthologies. Her latest book is a volume of dark poetry, VOICES FROM EMPTY ROOMS. She can be reached on Facebook or by email at lepo@windstream.net.

A writer and photographer, Claire Loader was born in New Zealand and spent several years in China before moving to County Galway, Ireland. Recently published in Pidgeonholes, The Bangor Literary Journal and Crossways, she spends her days seeking enchantment in ruins.  You can find her work here: www.allthefallingstones.com

Bernadine Lortis has lived in the same old house in St. Paul, MN, with her husband for 48 years. Since first submitting in 2016, fiction, creative nonfiction and over 20 poems have been published in online journals and print anthologies. Subject matter includes her rural background, nature in various forms, relationships and family. A voracious reader, she enjoys gardening, dabbling in watercolor, volunteering and, lately, feels the need to become involved in politics. Contact her at ideagardener1@gmail.com

V.C. McCabe is an Appalachian poet and music journalist. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in over 50 literary journals, including Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, The Minnesota Review, Tar River Poetry, Spillway, Appalachian Heritage, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Entropy, Southword, The Galway Review, and the Kurt Vonnegut Library & Museum’s So It Goes journal. She has lived in Ireland, England, and West Virginia, her birthplace and current home. Contact her at vcmccabe.com.

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Jennifer Maloney lives and writes in Rochester, NY. Her work can be read in the Spring 2018 edition of Aaduna.org, edited by William Berry, Jr., volumes 4 and 5 of the Poets Speak, While We Still Can anthology series edited by John Roche and Jules Nyquist, A Flash of Dark, volume 2, edited by Scott W. Williams, and ImageOutWrite, volume 7, edited by Jessica Heatly. Jennifer is the current president of Just Poets, Inc., a literary organization based in Rochester, and is thrilled to have found her voice after many years of silence. Jennifer loves to sing and perform, but the thing she has found the most joy in (besides writing) over the last four years is weightlifting!

Jennifer Met lives in a small town in North Idaho. Recent work is published or forthcoming in Gravel, Gulf Stream, Harpur Palate, Juked, Kestrel, Moon City Review, Nimrod, Sleet Magazine, Tinderbox, and Zone 3, among other journals. She is the author of the chapbook Gallery Withheld (Glass Poetry Press, 2017). She suffers from an obscene love of pizza and also enjoys nature, spending time with her children, and collecting antique picture buttons. Find more at http://jennifermet.com.

Iris Orpi is a Filipina poet, novelist, and screenwriter currently living in Chicago, Illinois. She is the author of the illustrated novel The Espresso Effect and four books of compiled poetry, including Rampant and Golden. She also wrote the original story and screenplay for the award-winning film Sons and Brothers. She was a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee and a 2014 Honorable Mention for the Contemporary American Poetry Prize. Contact her at http://sheisiris.wordpress.com, facebook.com/irisorpi, twitter.com/irisorpi, and purchase her books at http://bit.ly/IrisOrpi.

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Aleta Payne is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, and she is currently a community columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer. In her spare time, Aleta reads everything from entertainment magazines to histories, and works hard at spending more time with her girlfriends, her yoga mat, and her dogs, Phoebe and Ella. She lives in Cary, NC.  Contact her at ajpuva@att.net.

Paula Schulz lives and writes in Slinger, Wisconsin and loves spending time with family.  She is a member of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and has been involved in several ekphrastic projects. Nominated for a Pushcart, she has poetry forthcoming in The Anglican Review.  Contact her at paulakayschulz@gmail.com.

Kendall Vanderwouw discovered a connection with poetry at the age of nine, when she received her first publication in an online journal. Since then, Kendall has been published eight times for both writing and photography, and she has won four Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In her free time, Kendall is a travel addict who writes journalism. She attends high school in Northern California, and is greeted at home each day by a hyperactive goldendoodle puppy named Ara. Learn more at: https://anchalastudios.weebly.com/kendall.html.

Laura Grace Weldon lives with vast optimism on a small farm in Litchfield, Ohio where she’d get more done if she didn’t spend so much time reading library books, cooking weird things, and walking with friends. She works as a book editor and is the author of the poetry collections Tending and Blackbird as well as a handbook of alternative education titled Free Range Learning. Connect with her on FB or at lauragraceweldon.com.

Patricia Williams resides in Wisconsin where she enjoys both symphonic and bluegrass music and does readings of her work. A Professor Emerita of Design at UW Stevens Point, her poems appear in anthologies, literary journals, online and in print. Her books, The Port Side of Shadows: Poems of Travel (Finishing Line Press), and Midwest Medley: Places & People, Wild Things & Weather (Kelsay Books), are available from Amazon (search by book title). Contact ninegables.studio@gmail.com