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I am a writer and poet; former adult ed. teacher in IL and ME; many readings in ME, including National Poetry Day at governor's mansion; Longfellow Days in Brunswick; Boothbay Heritage Days in Boothbay Harbor. In 2013 I won a MORE Award for reporting excellence from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. I specialize in fitness, health and outdoor topics, but take on anything that interests me. I've been publishing my nonfiction and poetry for 30 years and have lived in MA, CT, IL, ME, now OR.
Melanie Jennings’ short stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Redwood Coast Review, Crab Creek Review, and Oregon Literary Review, among others. Her story, “The Pool at Chualteca,” published in The Adirondack Review, earned a recommended reading citation for best of the literary web from Dark Sky Magazine. She has taught composition and creative writing, and been awarded fiction residencies at Jentel, The Espy Literary Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College and a doctorate in American Literature from UC San Diego.
Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet. Her kinship with urban wildlife includes tree hugging; tending butterfly, native plant, herb and vegetable gardens, and work as a Master Gardener. She lives on a heavily culverted urban creek. She is working to provide habitat to reintroduce native tree frogs. She routinely speaks to crows who ignore her – and was once bitten on the neck by a captive coyote. Website: triciaknoll.com She has degrees in literature from Stanford University (BA) and Yale University (MAT.) Her poetry and haiku appear in numerous journals and several anthologies. Urban Wild (Finishing Line Press 2014) highlights intereactions between humans and wildlife in urban habitat. Ocean's Laughter (Aldrich Press, 2016) combines lyric and eco-poetry to explore change over time in a small town on Oregon's northern coast, Manzanita.