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Rebecca Fish Ewan

Creative Nonfiction Writer
Tempe, AZ

I draw cartoons, write nonfiction/poetry/YA fiction, and love to work in blended genres/media. My work explores the bond and struggles between people and all else around them. Publications include the nonfiction book A Land Between (Johns Hopkins U Press, 2000), brief essays in Brevity and The New Nature, and the poem "Night Dive Off San Miguel Island,” anthologized in No Place Else But Here. I've written a four-book YA series (not yet published) about how far love can fling us through time and space. These stories unfold in alternative universe versions of the Bay Area, Sedona and Phoenix between 1961 and 2050. WIP: a pometoon memoir of friendship cut short by murder. I have an MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University and degrees in mathematics and landscape architecture from UC Berkeley. I’m an associate professor of landscape architecture in The Design School within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU.

Valerie Foster

Creative Nonfiction Writer
Gilbert, AZ

Joan Fox

Fiction Writer, Poet

Founding and Current Editor, Three Coyotes literary and visual arts magazine

Diane Furtney

Chandler, AZ

After her Tulsa upbringing and with a psychology degree from Vassar College, Diane Furtney worked a year in Israel (1967), then took an assortment of jobs, sometimes in clinical psychology, in several U.S. cities. Besides nonfiction ghostwriting, she has authored two prize-winning poetry chapbooks (DESTINATION ROOMS and IT WAS A GAME) and two comic mystery novels (MURDER AT THE MLA and MURDER IN THE NEW AGE, pseudonym D.J.H. Jones). Her poems and translations (French, Japanese) are in numerous journals in the U.S. and England, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry International, The Kenyon Review and Stand. A full-length collection of science-based poems, SCIENCE AND, was published in 2014 by FutureCycle Press: see www.amazon.com/author/dianefurtneybooks for details, including a statement of aesthetics. Diane Furtney lives now near Phoenix, and will be giving several readings at science conferences in 2014/2015.

Michael Gessner

Fiction Writer, Poet
Tucson, AZ

Michael Gessner received his undergraduate degree in English literature from Wayne State University in Detroit; master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder; an appointment as an Andrew Mellon Professor to the University of Arizona, and directed the Honors Program at Central Arizona College. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has been a finalist and semi-finalist in various competitions including "Discovery"/The Nation, and the Pablo Neruda Award, and has given readings and presentations at state poetry societies and organizations; to chapters of the AAUW, nursing facilities, Casa Libre en la Solana, colleges and universities in PA, NY, CO, CA, AZ, University College Dublin, the American-Irish Historical Society, (NYC), and Cambridge University. Foreign publications include poems in The French Literary Review, ("Place des Vosges," "Le Moulin de la Vierge,") and Rue des Beaux-Arts (Paris, "Wilde's Tomb.") His reviews and articles have been published by Allyn & Bacon, C.V. Mosby, Times-Mirror, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, The English Journal, Gray's Sporting Journal, Jacket2 and The Kappan. He served as creative writing judge for the National Council Teachers of English, and for La Roca, Florence State Penitentiary; assisted in establishing writing programs for the gifted and talented at the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Ganado, AZ. His work has been called "Structurally ingenious," Jonathan Galassi, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and poems from BEAST BOOK were found to be "Lively and smart and musical," (Robert Pinsky.) Michael lives in Tucson with his wife, son Chris, and family dog, "Irish."

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