SHR Contributors 2013

Artists, Poets and Writers

Terry Adams

poetry-button Adams’ poems have appeared in Poetry, Ironwood, The Sun, Witness, College English, Bellowing Ark, The Sand Hill Review, Quarry West, The Best of Writers at Work, and other journals.   He lives with his wife in La Honda, California in Ken Kesey’s infamous 1960’s cabin.  His first collection, Adam’s Ribs, came out from Off The Grid Press in 2008.  He is working on a second collection now. He is active in the Waverley Writers of Palo Alto, and the La Honda writers’ group.  He MCs a monthly Literary Night in La Honda, and a yearly Poetry Festival at the Beat Museum in San Francisco.  He has an MA in English Literature, with a Creative Thesis in poetry from Miami University, Ohio, and has taught privately in the Bay Area. Adam’s Ribs is available from Off the Grid Press.

Stephen Browning

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Stephen Browning, Artist and Poet Stephen Browning lives in Menlo Park, California, where he has worked as a painter, printmaker, and poet for many years. Of his two pictures represented here, "Daniel in the Lion's Den" is a very large sumi ink drawing on paper, colored with acrylic, and is part of a series of Old Testament subjects interpreted rather freely. The other picture, acrylic on canvas, is a depiction of the nursery rhyme "Hey Diddle Diddle," where the cat and the fiddle and all the rest make their appearances, the cow here taking the form of a rocket, for how else is she to jump over the moon? And it should be obvious what constitutes the dish. Mr Browning's poetry has appeared most recently in the literary journal Ploughshares and a book of his poetry, Hunger for Light, is available from Amazon. At age 81, he is perhaps Sand Hill Review's oldest contributor.

Kelly Cressio-Moeller


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Kelly Cressio-Moeller’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Rattle, Gargoyle, Boxcar Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, Pirene’s Fountain, and Pearlamong others. She lives and writes in Northern California and is working on her first book of poems.

Janice Dabney


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Janice Dabney is the Poetry Editor for The Sand Hill Review and has published her work in various journals including Poetry Northwest, Santa Clara Review, and Poet Lore.

David Denny

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SHRAuthor-David DennyDavid Denny is the author of Plebeian on the Front Porch (Finishing Line Press) and the forthcoming Fool in the Attic (Aldrich Press). His short stories and poems have recently appeared in Stone Voices, Pearl, Main Street Rag, and Dappled Things. Denny is the recipient of a 2013 Artist Laureate award from the Arts Council of Silicon Valley, and he is currently completing a two-year term as inaugural Poet Laureate of Cupertino. He is Professor of English at De Anza College. When not writing or teaching, he can often be found watching classic movies from the balcony of the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto.

Timothy B. Dodd

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Timothy B. Dodd is from Mink Shoals, WV.  His writing has appeared in Yemassee, Main Street Rag, The William & Mary Review, and elsewhere.  He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Texas El Paso.  In addition to writing he enjoys oil painting and “forgotten places.”


Gisella Faggi

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Gisella FaggiIn addition to being a short story writer, Gisella Faggi is also a screenwriter, folk fiddler, and English as a Second/Foreign Language instructor. Half American, half Italian, she was born in Philadelphia, attended Columbia College in Chicago, and is currently based in Rome, Italy. Her fiction has recently been published online at Menacing Hedge and she has work forthcoming in Emerge Literary Journal. She occasionally blogs at

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Theresa Freeman

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Theresa Freeman Theresa was raised in upstate New York but it wasn't cold enough there, so she moved to Vermont for 25 years. There she raised two incredible children, grew and canned food for her family, and shoveled lots and lots of snow. She had a career as a social worker, a non-profit environmental activist, and is presently an ordained minister in the Bay area. She would never have come to California, had her children not moved here first.

 Beth Houston

poetry-button Beth Houston has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at ten universities and colleges in California and Florida. She has published six poetry books, nearly three hundred works in literary and professional journals, and most recently two books on Deism, Born-Again Deist and Natural God: Deism in the Age of Intelligent Design.

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Audrey Kalman

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Audrey KalmanAudrey Kalman has been writing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for more than 30 years. Her circuitous career path led her from editorial assistant at a textbook publishing company to marketing director at a Silicon Valley startup. She now divides her time between working as a marketing communications consultant and as a birth doula. Through it all, she has continued to write. In 2011 she published Dance of Souls, a literary novel that explores the longing we all share to find meaning in our lives. She has published short stories and poems in two of the Fault Zone anthologies and currently serves as editor of Fault Zone: Shift, the fourth edition of the annual anthology. Her flash fiction has appeared on the site Every Day Fiction. She lives in northern California with her husband, two children, and two cats and is at work on another novel.

Muriel Karr


Muriel Karr has two books of poetry, Shape of Pear and Toward Dawn, as well as a chapbook, Membrane.  In olden days, her work appeared in about 60 magazines. She is happy to resurface in The Sand Hill Review.

Libbie Katsev


Libbie Katsev is a recent graduate of Los Altos High School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, creative director of the literary magazine, and co-president of the poetry club. Libbie is a 2013 YoungArts Winner, a NCTE award winner for Superior Writing, a 2012 Kenyon Review Young Writer, and has been honored by the National League of American Pen Women. Her work has been published in the Postscript Journal. Libbie lives in Mountain View, California, and will be attending Yale University in the fall.

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Jack King

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Jack KingJack King  has worked in the Information Technology industry for more than fifteen years and still remembers when floppy drives were new and cool. While building data centers and server farms, he discovered the beauty of well-crafted fiction by practicing the underappreciated art of business proposals. When not fixing his wife's laptop, he works as a cloud computing engineer for a large consulting firm in the Baltimore/Washington area. He is still recovering from the tragic reality that cartoon physics isn’t real.
Jack’s fiction has appeared in the anthology Home of the Brave from Press 53 as well as Gemini, Epiphany, Forge, and the Oklahoma Review. His nonfiction has featured in Info World, ISSA, and other IT journals nobody reads for fun. He is a Gold winner in the MWA Short Fiction contest in 2012, and first place in the MWA Novel contest in 2006.

Janet Krauss


Article imageJanet Krauss, a widely published poet, has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has two books of poetry published, Borrowed Scenery, 2005 (Yuganta Press), and Through the Trees of Autumn, 2007 (Spartina Press and the Faculty Development Fund of Saint Basil College). She teaches literature and writing at Fairfield University and is a mentor to students in the Bridgeport, Connecticut public schools.

Tom Larsen

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SHR2013-Larsen-book Tom Larsen has been a fiction writer for twenty years and his work has appeared in Newsday, Best American Mystery Stories, Philadelphia Stories Magazine, and the LA review. His novel FLAWED was released in 2010.

James Lee

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James Lee is an artist working at the Linden Street Warehouse in Redwood City. His work incorporates a wide variety of media, and explores diverse themes such as islands (inhabited and uninhabited), tribute to Smokey Robinson, the four seasons, twilight language, and the atmosphere of places and experiences. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, fairs, other public venues and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Joyce Barron Leopardo

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Joyce Barron Leopardo

Joyce Barron Leopardo grew up in Michigan and now lives in Northern California.  She has worked with watercolor, acrylic and mixed media for many years loving the representational as well as abstract approach.  Joyce has volunteered teaching art at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital/Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto and the Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park for over 20 years. She has explored the Mozart Effect, which is a Healing Arts Program. She has also taught Art From the Heart classes at Avenidas Center and workshops at various locations and private classes. Joyce has been a juror for regional professional art shows as well as the Modern Museum of Art  and the Academy of Arts in San Francisco.  Last year her work was selected to be shown in the Triton Museum's statewide Watercolor Competition and Exhibition.  She is currently represented by Art Liaisons an art representative in the Bay Area at  She can also be reached at JL7@
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” - Picasso 

Vic Lovell


Vic Lovell lives in Menlo Park, where he has been for forty years.  He is a psychologist, now retired, who once did psychotherapy and psychodrama.  Back when, he was an organizer and teacher for the Midpeninsula Free University.

Alice Anne Martineau


Alice Anne Martineau likes to make music, speak different languages and play with words. She finds our natural and human worlds endlessly fascinating. Having spent a great deal of time around plants, she now moves about as quickly as a tree. However, when lines of poetry start sounding inside of her, she can still transform into a human again and dash off to grab pad and pen.

Diane Lee Moomey

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Moomey.jpgDiane Lee Moomey has lived and wandered around the US and Canada, and now dips her gardener’s hands in California dirt.  A regular reader at Waverley Writers, Willow Glen Poetry, Florey's in Pacifica, and other Bay Area venues, she has published prose and poetry, most recently in The Sand Hill Review  and FaultZone, and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. She has also published three books under her own imprint, DaysEye Press and Studios.  To read more, please visit Diane is also a watercolorist and collage artist, an experience that both seeds and is seeded by, her poetic imagery. To view her artwork, please visit

Jean Morrow

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Jean Morrow wife, mother, entrepreneur, writer and now grandmother and writer.  Having returned to writing after decades in the business world, Jean is now working on her second novel, a mystery set in Hawaii.  She uses her background in technology and finance in creating characters for her short stories and books.

Beth Newcomer

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Beth NewcomerBeth Newcomer grew up in Normal, Illinois, and dropped out of Illinois State University just before completing her journalism degree. She headed to Chicago where she and a friend established The Clybourn Salon, a theater in a storefront in an as-yet un-gentrified neighborhood on the near North Side. There, she wrote, produced, and collaborated on many avant-garde theater events, many of which were favorably reviewed in The Chicago Tribune, as well as The Drama Review.

In the mid-’80s, She lived briefly on 13th street near Avenue A in New York, New York but the Big Apple spit her out and sent her west. To her surprise, Los Angeles was kind and welcoming, and provided her with all the opportunity a creative person could ever need. She is now a resident of Fallbrook, California. In addition to writing, Newcomer manages her Southern California-based graphic design firm, Escott Associates, and helps promote her husband’s cacti and succulent nursery. While pursuing her other passions such as hiking, cooking, and entertaining, two little white dogs follow her everywhere.

Beth Newcomer's short stories have appeared in Wednesday Writing, Coyotes Howl in Fallbrook, Diverse Voices and Tulane Review and is forthcoming in Bluestem, and Paterson Literary Review. Her nonfiction work has been featured in Whole Life Times.

John Nimmo


John Nimmo has loved words, language, and writing since childhood. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals such as Rattle, Stirring, Wisconsin Review, Convergence, The Sand Hill Review, Stickman Review, and others. He works as an environmental physicist specializing in water issues, and lives with his wife Elsa in Menlo Park, California.

Rita Mae Reese

poetry-button Mae Reese has received a Paumanok Poetry Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Stegner fellowship, and a “Discovery”/The Nation award. Her poems and stories have appeared in dozens of journals. Her first book, The Alphabet Conspiracy, was published by Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press. She is currently working on a book of poetry about Flannery O’Connor entitled The Book of Hulga. You can visit her online at

Harlan Suits


Harlan Suits lives in Belmont, California. After attending a 10-week poetry class with Beth Houston, he organized a group sometimes called the Nita Street Poets that met in Mountain View in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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Max Tomlinson

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Max Tomlinson I live in San Francisco, a city with its share of faults (seismic and otherwise) but I wouldn’t live anywhere else. When I’m not writing I work as a software architect, which is a euphemism for a middle-aged computer programmer. When I’m not writing or working I’m hopefully traveling, somewhere in South America if I have my choice. Living in San Francisco is as close to travelling to foreign places that I know of. Kirkus listed my debut novel SENDERO, a literary thriller set in modern-day Peru, as one of the top 100 Indie novels of 2012. WHO SINGS TO THE DEAD, the second in the SENDERO series, was released in January 2013. I’m currently working on a third SENDERO thriller, out sometime in 2014, as well as a YA mystery novel set in Argentina. I also have a collection of short *dark* fiction titled Out by the Trees.

JC Watson

poetry-button has been writing poetry and prose since the age of twelve.  Her first novel, Current Wisdom, was published by LBF Books, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in August, 2005.  This spring, a chapbook titled the Journey of Lost Things appeared.  She’s proud and flabbergasted that she has published 300 poems, but sad, nevertheless, that her full length manuscript, The God of Pittsburgh, is still waiting to be born.  She grew up on the east coast fighting to survive her roots of anhedonic Catholicism and the four foot high ceiling of poverty.  She did.  Her books encompass an unusual amalgam of spirituality and pragmatism.  

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Wendy Walter

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Wendy D. Walter Wendy Walter has just stepped back into the adult fiction world, having spent years writing her young, YA fantasy series, Ambril’s Tale. Her stories often focus on individuals on the cusp of change or at a time of crisis. In the story, A Fine Blue Line, she uses her background in Art, and her many years spent in the desert to enrich the story, and bring it to life. As a kid, Wendy wrote lots of stories about magic. But because she was shy, they usually ended up under her mattress. When she finally set out to tell Ambril’s Tale, her young YA fantasy series, she decided not towrite just a story, but to write a world. Riding the Cursed Shoots, due out in 2013, follows Book One, Return of the Dullaith. Wendy, a former Interior Architect and Art Teacher now lives in her beloved San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughters, cat and ball-obsessed border collie. She practices web design when she isn’t writing and illustrating. Wendy also designed The Sand Hill Review website. For more about Wendy:


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