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Fiction Writer, Poet
Ksenia Rychtycka is a Ukrainian-American fiction writer and poet. She has a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago and worked as an editor in Ukraine during the early years of the post-Soviet era. Her fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals, anthologies and periodicals. She was a finalist in the 2010 Blue Mesa Review Fiction Contest and a Featured Poet in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of River Poets Journal. She has participated in literary presentations of her work at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City and Ukrainian-American Writers: A New Generation of Literary Voices at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.
Suzanne Scarfone has produced two music and poetry compact discs, The Poetry Harmonium and Arts at an Exhibition, in collaboration with composer Christian Kreipke. She is working on the completion of a song cycle with composer Karen DiChiera of the Detroit Opera House entitled “Wild and Wordless.”
Grand Rapids, MI
Linda Leedy Schneider is a poetry and writing mentor and psychotherapist in private practice. She has been a faculty member at Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design. Linda received the 2012 Contemporary American Poetry Prize, a Readers’ Choice Award from The Pedestal Magazine, and was honored by the Dyer-Ives Poetry Competition. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She leads workshops nationally at venues including the Manhattan Writing Workshop and The International Women's Writing Guild’s weeklong Annual Conference at Yale University. Her work has been published in hundreds of literary magazines including The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, and The Sow’s Ear. She has written six collections of poetry including Some Days: Poetry of a Psychotherapist (Plain View Press 2011) and has edited two collections of poetry written by poets whom she has mentored: Mentor’s Bouquet (Finishing Line Press 2010) and Poems From 84th Street (Pudding House Publications 2010). Linda gives readings often and was recently featured at The Saturn Poetry Series, East Village NYC, The Back Fence, NYC, The Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, and Peter Chelnick's Prairie Fire Series, NYC.