SHR Contributors 2016
Artists, Poets and Writers
Terry Adams has poems in Poetry, Red Wolf, Ealain, The Sun, Witness, The Painted Bride Quarterly, Silver Birch, The Sand Hill Review, Quarry West, and elsewhere. He MCs poetry events at the Beat Museum in San Francisco, and in La Honda. He is currently fixing up a used school bus and planning a trip around the country.
Henri Bensussen serves on the board of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference (mcwc.org) and manages its blog, as well as writing regular posts for it (blog.mcwc.org). She has published poems and prose in a variety of journals; a chapbook of poems, Earning Colors, was published by Finishing Line Press in early 2015. She earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, although it took a long time.
Arlene Biala is an award winning Filipino American poet and performance artist who has been participating in poetry performances and workshops in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She is currently Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for 2016-17. Her poetry has been described as "grounded in ritual object and ritual practice, mantras that resonate within the body, and plant the body firmly in the world." She feels very fortunate to be able to collaborate with other writers, musicians, dancers and artists in creating work to share with the community. Born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Clara, she is a long-time resident of Santa Clara County. She is the author of several collections of poetry: bone, (Helmut Press, 1993), continental drift (West End Press, 1999), and her latest book, her beckoning hands (Word Poetry Press, 2014), which just won the 2015 American Book Award. Her poems have also appeared in anthologies and journals such as Caesura, Red Wheelbarrow, REED Magazine, and Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets. She received her MFA in Poetics & Writing from New College of CA, and was the recipient of an artist residency at Montalvo. She lives in Sunnyvale with husband Carl, and their three children: Kai, Joshua, and Kiana. Ms. Biala is an arts program manager with the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, serving the community for nearly 20 years through provision of arts education, professional development and funding support programs for local arts organizations, artists and arts-based businesses.
Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher—a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying. New work is forthcoming in Broken Tooth Press and the Mandala Journal katarinaboudreaux.com.
Beverly Burch’s second poetry collection, How A Mirage Works (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2014), won the Sixteen Rivers Press competition and was a finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Her first, Sweet to Burn (Gival Press, 2004), won the Gival Poetry Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry has appeared in New England Review, North American Review, Antioch Review, Willow Springs, Southern Humanities Review and Poetry Northwest. She is a psychotherapist in Berkeley.
Rolando Castellon "I feel like a tree", says Rolando Castellon, and in order to describe himself, he makes a gesture of a plant that expands— in conversation with Paulo Herkenhoff, curator and museum director.
Anne Cheilek is a writer, editor, and musician living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing is influenced by philology and music—in particular, by her training as a classical violinist. Poetry, she feels, shares powerful qualities with music. Both use rhythm and consonance as bearers of meaning. And each can induce a wordless reverberation that persists long after one has finished the work and wandered away.
Denise Emanuel Clemen’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Georgetown Review (including an honorable mention for their prize), Two Hawks Quarterly, Literary Mama, The Rattling Wall, Fiction Fix, Knee-Jerk, Chagrin River Review, Delmarva Review, New Plains Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, and Serving House Journal. She’s received fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale Foundation, and was an Auvillar fellow in France in 2009. Her memoir, “Birth Mother,” was published by Shebooks in 2014. You can follow her on Twitter:@demanuelclemen. leavingdivorceville.blogspot.com and deniseemanuelclemen.com are where she blogs.
Andrés Cruciani, a Cornell alum and former math teacher, earned an MFA in fiction from The New School. There he served as a journal editor and was awarded the TNS creative writing scholarship. Since then, he has taught writing at FIT and the Hispanic Center for Excellence at Albert Einstein College. Andrés’ writing has appeared in University of Baltimore's Welter and in Brooklyn Aikikai Journal. He has completed a novel Milos, for which he is currently seeking representation.
Christine Holland Cummings lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing or enjoying the native plant garden in her back yard, she’s working at her marketing job in Silicon Valley. Christine has an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and her poems have appeared in Bellowing Ark, Blueline, Hamilton Stone Review, Manzanita Quarterly, The Sand Hill Review, and Blue Arc, an anthology of California poets from Tebot Bach Press.
Janice Dabney, Poetry Editor
Janice Dabney is the Poetry Editor for The Sand Hill Review and enjoys introducing new and favorite voices to the reading public each year. She has published her own work in numerous journals, including Poet Lore, Santa Clara Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Poetry Northwest.
Patrick Daly writes poetry and prose on his lunch hours. His poem “Words” was a 2015 poem of the year in the New Statesman (London). He has published poetry in many little magazines, most recently in Ekphrasis, and poems of his have appeared recently in the anthologies The Place that Inhabits Us, A Bird Black as the Sun, and Transfer 100 . His poem “Tiananmen Square” received honorable mention in the Pushcart Prizes, and his chapbook Playing with Fire won the Abby Niebauer Memorial Prize. He has published articles and book reviews in the London Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Palo Alto Weekly, and Nicholas Kristof published an excerpt from his poem “The War” in his column in The New York Times. He and his wife, Charlotte Muse, were founders and co-hosts of Out of Our Minds, a prime-time poetry show still running on KKUP radio in Cupertino, California.
Mary Dederer was born in St. Louis and at thirteen moved to Stockton, California, where she went to high school. After getting scholarships to Stanford and graduating from there with her B.A. and M.A., she never left the Bay Area, teaching at the old Mountain View High School, at Los Altos High School, and at the new Mountain View High School. In 1986, she began teaching writing at San Jose State and also worked with Poets in the Schools, having the pleasure of teaching young writers from the second to twelfth grades. In 2003, she retired from teaching and worked part-time as a rater of online essay tests. Around 2004, she was invited to be part of a poetry group and has been enjoying their company and their poetry ever since. They have encouraged her and her writing, and through them and other poets and friends, she has “grown steadier and more open, learning the richness of E. M. Forster's words, ‘Only connect.’”
Peter Foley is an artist who works in a variety of media. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, he presents everyday objects as well as references to texts, painting and architecture. Pompous writings and Utopian constructivist designs are juxtaposed with trivial objects. Categories are subtly reversed. His artworks feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image. With the use of appropriated materials which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages. His works question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas normally function. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, he wants to amplify the astonishment of the spectator by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, Lisbon and Escazu,Costa Rica. peterfoley.com.
Tina Gibson, Fiction Editor
Tina Gibson, to the shock of her High School English teachers, always rebelled against the required books and chose to read the dark works of Edgar Allan Poe, Helter Skelter, and The Complete History of Jack the Ripper. Other books such as Warriors Don’t Cry, My Sergei, The Color Purple, and The Education of Little Tree have left a permanent stain of dried tears that will forever remain encrusted in the pages of her youth. Tina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently works in banking and served as Fiction Editor for the Sand Hill Review. She is a member of the California Writer’s Club-SF Peninsula Branch. You can find her work on Fault Zone, Fastpencil, and Quaci Press. Some of her guilty pleasures include; antiquing, vintage vinyl shopping, and singing 80’s karaoke songs with her friends. Her upcoming book Misfit Island will be published by Quaci Press in fall 2016.
Marisa Mangani, born and raised in Hawaii, lives in Sarasota, Florida where she designs commercial kitchens and bars. She has a degree in Restaurant Management and as Executive Chef won a silver medal at the Florida Restaurant Show’s 1993 Mystery Box competition. Her culinary adventures took her to New Orleans, Vancouver and Australia and now she writes and open mics about food and life. Her essays have been published in Hippocampus, Skirt! Expound Magazine and South 85. Blog: misenplacememoir.wordpress.com, Twitter: @MarisaMingo77 and thrillist.com.
Beverly Acuff Momoi has written many forms of poetry and has a particular interest in Japanese short forms. Her poems have been published widely in print and online journals, including Contemporary Haibun Online, DailyHaiku, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Ribbons, River Styx, The Sand Hill Review, Spillway and tinywords, among others, and they have been featured in such anthologies as A New Resonance 9: Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku (Red Moon Press), Haiku 2015 (Modern Haiku Press), and Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry (New Rivers Press). Her haibun collection, Lifting the Towhee’s Song, was a Snapshot Press 2011 eChapbook Award winner, and one of her haibun was recognized in the Haiku Society of America's 2015 Best Unpublished Haibun Contest.
Jean Morrow returned to writing after a career in the technical and financial services industries. She has been a Pushcart nominee and is currently writing her third novel, a mystery set in Hawaii.
John Nimmo has published poetry in journals including Rattle, Stirring, The Sand Hill Review, Caesura, The Midwest Quarterly, and DMQ Review. His chapbook Out of Mud came out in 2015 from Finishing Line Press. After growing up in southern California, he went to Wisconsin for six years of graduate school, and has lived on the San Francisco Peninsula with his wife Elsa since the early 1980s. Besides poetry, he finds excitement pursuing his career as an environmental physicist. His poetry website is at rubydoor.org/jnpoet.
Jason Francis O’Keane is a former rocket scientist and biomedical engineer, and holds an MFA degree from Hamline University. He is a past winner of the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series and has served as an assistant fiction editor for Water~Stone Review. His short fiction has previously appeared in Reunion: The Dallas Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Word Riot. Jason lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three daughters and is currently at work on a short story collection.
Robert S. Pesich is the editor and publisher of Swan Scythe Press, President of Poetry Center San José and coordinator for The Well-RED Reading Series, also in San José. He has received poetry fellowships from Arts Council Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and was thrice a Djerassi Resident Artist Fellow. Winner of the Littoral Press Poetry Prize and nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, his recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Right Hand Pointing, Porter Gulch Review, The Redwood Coast Review, and Arsenic Lobster. Author of Burned Kilim (Dragonfly Press) his collection of poetry Night Sutures is in submission. He works as a research associate for Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education and for Stanford University, Department of Infectious Diseases. For more about him, visit http://www.robertpesich.com.
Nils Peterson is Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University where he taught in the English and Humanities Departments. He has published poetry, science fiction, and articles on subjects as varying as golf and Shakespeare. A chapbook of poems entitled Here Is No Ordinary Rejoicing was published by No Deadlines Press in 1976; a collection of poems entitled The Comedy of Desire with an introduction by Robert Bly was published in 1994 by the Blue Sofa Press; a collection of poems entitled Driving a Herd of Moose to Durango appeared in 2005; For This Day in 2008; A Walk to the Center of Things in 2010; a memoir entitled Talk in the Reading Room in 2014; and a collection of poems with watercolors by Loraine Chaparral entitled Earth Fire, Water, Air in 2015.
In 2009, he was chosen to be the first Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County.
Jhon Sanchez is a Colombian-born writer. His prose has been featured in Midway Journal (2016), Letting Go, an Anthology of Attempts (2016), Breakwater Review (2015), Startling Sci-Fi (2015), among others. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2015). He holds an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University, JD and LLM from Indiana University. Awarded the Edward Albee Foundation and the New York Mills Art Cultural Center residences. Mr. Sanchez expresses his gratitude to Sam Ferry, Nan Frydland, Yani Perez, Martha Hughes, Orlando Ferrand, and Tina Gibson for their editorial comments, as well as the editors of The Sand Hill Review.
Joyce Savre, Art Editor
Joyce Savre continues to work at Stanford Hospital as a psychiatric RN besides her work as an artist and poet. She came to painting by way of poetry and in return, poetry and her love of words, and belief in the importance of "using our words" inform most of her art. "Poetry is the heartbeat of my work." joycesavreart.com.
Martin F. Sorensen, SHR Publisher
Martin F. Sorensen’s novel Window on Pike Place was published in 2014. He’s finished editing the audio version and he’s now awaiting publication of Searching for Julia.
Wendy Walter, Editor
Wendy Walter is currently working on a Masters in Creative Writing at Notre Dame de Namur University. She was nominated for a Pushcart in 2013. She is currently at work on a novel set in San Francisco's Legion of Honor Museum about a tapestry. She has also written and illustrated two fantasy books and created several book covers. A former Interior Architect she lives in her beloved San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughters, cat and ball-obsessed border collie.
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