SHR Contributors 2014

Artists, Poets and Writers

Kristen Abate

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Kristen AbateKristen Abate, originally from small-town Idaho, currently resides in Singapore where she teaches a children’s reading program, writes for a local review magazine, and feeds her wanderlust by travelling South East Asia. During her time at the University of Idaho from 2008-2012, she wrote features for UI Athletics Media and was a regular contributor to the school newspaperShe is pleased to have her fiction first published in The Sand Hill Review.


Dan Bellm


Dan Bellm , PracticeDan Bellm is a poet and translator living in Berkeley, California. The most recent of his three books of poetry, Practice (Sixteen Rivers Press), won a 2009 California Book Award, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. He translates poetry and fiction from Spanish and French, and teaches literary translation in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles.



Jens Birk

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Jens Birk.jpgJens Birk is a Danish writer living in New York City. He has a master’s degree in French and marketing from the University of Southern Denmark, and also studied French language and culture at the Sorbonne in Paris where he lived for 17 years before moving to New York in 2004. Jens has always been passionate about writing and has taken fiction writing classes at New York University and studied in a private writing workshop with Susie Mee, a writer and NYU writing instructor. He has also taken writing classes with the Danish writers Lars Rudolf Stadil and Carsten Grolin.
Jens started writing when he published his first magazine as a ten year old, forcing his entire family to buy it every other week for over a year….
His work has appeared in The Alembic, Crate Literary Magazine, The Lindenwood Review, The Oklahoma Review, Prick Of The Spindle, and Sanskrit.


Richard Bostrum

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Richard Bostrum: All the wood used in the sculptures is from reclaimed sources, tree trimmers, and scrap piles. The sculpture are free carved and evolve over time into the finished pieces that are oiled and waxed and installed on bases when needed. They are fun to make and always a surprise. My sculpture and new paintings can be seen at Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California
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Jennifer Swanton Brown


Jennifer Swanton Brown published her first poem in the Palo Alto Times when she was in the fifth grade. She has degrees in Linguistics and Nursing, and completed her Master of Liberal Arts at Stanford University in 2012, with a thesis on the domestic poetry of Eavan Boland. Jennifer has been a poet/teacher with California Poets in the Schools since 2001 and joined their Board of Directors in March 2013. Her poems have been published in multiple local journals, including Caesura and The DQM Review. In October 2013, Jennifer became the second Poet Laureate of the City of Cupertino. You can follow her poet laureate Poem-A-Day project “A Lane of Yellow” on Tumblr ( and other Cupertino Poet Laureate news at Currently the Area Coordinator for Santa Clara County, and an occasional working poet/teacher, Jennifer also manages regulatory education for clinical researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine. Follow CPitS Santa Clara County news at The Santa Clara County Poets in the Schools blog (


Caroline Bruckner

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Caroline BrucknerCaroline Bruckner is a screenwriter and short story writer from Stockholm, Sweden. 2011 her short film The Confession was nominated for an Academy Award (category: Live Action Short, credit: Writer). After years living in both the US and the UK, she now residexs in Vienna, Austria.


Peter Neil Carroll


Peter Neil Carroll’s third book of poetry, Fracking Dakota, will be published in 2015. Previous volumes include, A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places (Press Americana, 2012) which won the Prize Americana from the Institute for American Popular Culture and Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem.  His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, HeART Journal, About Place Journal, and The Sand Hill Review.


Christine Holland Cummings


Christine Holland Cummings' poems have appeared in several publications including Blueline, Hamilton Stone Review, Isotope, and Manzanita Quarterly. Her poem "The Koi at the Gaylord Palms Resort" won the Pennsylvania Poetry Society’s Charles Ferguson award for an environmental poem. She has an MFA from Bennington College.


E. Branden Hart

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Branden HartE. Branden Hart is Executive Editor of  He lives and works in San Antonio.  His fiction has been published in Toasted Cheese Literary Magazine, Down in the Dirt Literary Magazine, and Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology, which is available on Kindle and in paperback by XChyler Publishing.  



Karen Hartley

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Karen HartleyKaren writes stories, poetry and memoir. Her story, "Beach House," is published in the July 2012 issue of the Sand Hill Review, “Graveside Angel” appears in Carry the Light, the 2013 Anthology of the San Mateo County Fair. Her story, “Resurrection” is also published in Fault Zone: Shift, 2014. A dual member of South Bay Writers, Karen’s stories and poems appear regularly in their Writers Talk Newsletter. She facilitates a mixed genre critique group twice a month. Contact her at:



Tim Hunt


Tim Hunt's publications include the collections Fault Lines and The Tao of Twang.  He is also the editor of The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers and has published several critical studies on the Beat novelist Jack Kerouac.  As a child Calistoga and Sebastopol were home.  He and his wife Susan live in Normal, IL, surrounded by vistas of corn and soy beans.


Esther Kamkar


Esther Kamkar, Hum of BeesEsther Kamkar's Hum of Bees was published in 2011. She lives and works in Palo Alto, California, USA. Connect with her at




Marianne Lettieri

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Marianne Lettieri: WispMarianne Lettieri creates art with everyday objects that reveal the passage of time through repetitive use and daily routines. Her mixed media constructions explore the preoccupations of life and investigate value systems associated with materials and artifacts. Her work is in the collections of Oracle Corporation, City of Palo Alto, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. She has an M.F.A. degree in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University and B.F.A. in Drawing and Printmaking degree from University of Florida. Marianne lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. More of her work can be seen at


Bonnie Henkels-Luntz

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Bonnie Henkels-Luntz: Mushroom LadyBonnie Henkels-Luntz is a Palo Alto artist whose art, after many years of working in psychology with people and their relationships, is drawn to the human figure and portraits. She sketches in oil, charcoal, ink and pastel and paints in oil, acrylic and mixed media. She has a studio at her home in Palo Alto and one with the Linden Street Warehouse in Redwood City. “Sometimes I start to sketch or paint when I see an interaction among people on the street, or a person moving in an evocative way, and sometimes I begin with no thought but to work on certain skills, such as drawing the eyes and nose in proportion to each other, catching the shape of the mouth…and suddenly I am intrigued by the expression on the person’s face: a sense of hope or of bitterness, a pout , a look of resignation or a sense of peace and I wonder, ‘can I capture that?’ I hope my paintings evoke something in the viewer…maybe speak to a feeling, an experience, a sense of quiet.. .” Bonnie can be contacted about her work at


Kathleen Zamboni McCormick

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Kathleen McCormickKathleen McCormick’s work has been widely published in such journals as CAYLX, Crack the Spine, Northwest Review, poemmemoirstory, The Rambler, A River and Sound Review, South Carolina Review, Superstition Review, and Witness, among others. Her memoir, Why is God in Daddy’s Slippers, on growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s as an Italian-Irish Catholic girl with a vivid imagination and a confused sense of selfhood, is currently in circulation. In 2009, “I Always Felt Like I Was On Good Terms With The Virgin Mary, Even Though I Hadn’t Gotten Pregnant In High School,” won first prize from Tiny Lights; a staged reading was performed in California in 2012. She’s negotiating with a New York-based theater company to adapt other work for the stage. A professor of literature and writing at Purchase College, State University of New York, she has written/edited seven academic books, including The Culture of Reading and the Teaching of English, which won the MLA’s Mina Shaughnessy Award. 


Diane Lee Moomey


Diane MoomeyDiane 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, the Willow Glen Poetry Project anthologies 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


David Perez

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David PerezDavid Perez currently serves as the 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. He is a recipient of the Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship for Literary Art, a repeat guest on the NPR storytelling series "Snap Judgment," and author of the poetry collection, "Love in a Time of Robot Apocalypse" from Write Bloody Publishing. In 2012, he was voted "Best Author in the Bay" by the SF Bay Guardian. He lives in San Jose, California.




 Ann Plasso


 Ann Plasso lives in Quincy, Massachusetts and has spent most of the recent very cold and snowy winter wishing she was in California.  She has worked as an event coordinator, a legal secretary, a medical writer, and now as an administrative coordinator in a hospital.  She is also a long-time volunteer at a local animal shelter and an advocate for animal welfare issues.  Writing poetry has been a long time avocation for her.  She gets inspiration from nature and animals and gets many ideas for poems during long outdoor walks.  She admires simplicity in both life and poems.  Ann was published in the Charles River Review many years ago and is interested in starting to submit some of her more recent work.


Douglas Sovern

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Doug SovernDouglas Sovern is a prize winning political and investigative reporter for KCBS Radio, San Francisco. He has also written for the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He wrote the groundbreaking Twitter novel “TweetHeart.”
His short fiction has appeared in Gemini, Black & White and Narrative Magazine, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Doug is also a songwriter and bassist. He is a graduate of Brown University and lives in Oakland.


Robert Sweeten

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Robert SweetenRobert Sweeten grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the Oklahoma University School of Medicine in 1979. Board-certified in internal medicine, he has practiced medicine for over thirty years. He lives with his wife in rural Missouri.



Dominic Viti

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Dominic VitiDominic Viti is a copywriter at Zimmerman Advertising and an editor at the Jack London Society. His writing has appeared in Chorus (Simon & Schuster), USA TODAY and Beloit Fiction Journal. 




Nanci Lee Woody

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In my past life, I was a teacher, an author of textbooks in math and accounting, and Dean of Business at American River College.  In my present life, I am the writer of a novel, “Tears and Trombones”, to be published this year by The Sand Hill Review Press.  I also write poetry and have published in anthologies and online.  I write short stories for adults and for kids, too, and wrote the book and lyrics for a musical, Hello to Life!” produced in Sacramento.


W. David Wright

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Macintosh HD:Users:wendy:Desktop:sand_hill:for 2014:bios-picts:72ppiPicts:3DavidWright72.jpgW. David Wright is a native Californian and has lived in the Golden State most of his life.  He is widely traveled and began writing after a diversified background including bar owner, long shoreman and later a newspaper and magazine writer/photographer.  His life experiences form a foundation for his fiction and poetry, he says.  “You have to live it first before you can write about it.”  He is also actively involved in live theater productions as an actor in the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura areas.  David currently lives in the quaint, coastal city of Ventura, California with wife, Aileen and dog, Cody.


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