Anne Batterson, author of The Black Swan: Memory, Midlife, and Migration (Scribner 2001) has just completed a novel, Sounding, which her agent is marketing. She describes herself as a writer, adventurer, teacher, student, wife, mother of two adult children, grandmother of four. She has balanced these passions over the last thirty years by leading treks in Nepal; teaching humanities, literature, and writing courses; searching for reclining Buddhas in South East Asia and China, and tracking wild animals through Connecticut’s hills and forests. Most recently, she and her husband David sailed from Tierra del Fuego to Antarctica on a 56-foot sailboat with four other adults and two children, a 32-day adventure that has set them dreaming and scheming about sailing from Alaska to Greenland via the Northwest Passage.
Ann Sheybani is the author of How to Eat the Elephant: Build Your Book in Bite-Sized Steps. She received her Masters in Creative Writing and Literature from Harvard University. Her first publication, Not Without My Mother, appeared in The Charles River Review in the fall of 2002. You can find her blog, Things Mama Never Taught Me, by clicking the link. She is currently working on a memoir about her impetuous decision to win over a man, and the resultant five years she spent living with him in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A frequent participant at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, an Artist in Residency at Hambidge, founder of Haraji English School in Shiraz, Iran, certified as a secondary school English Teacher, Sheybani loves words and languages and the writerly life. She is an expert on aimlessness, bi-cultural marriage, the expatriot life, and finding one’s voice.
Sherry Horton spent over twenty years at the University of Hartford where she taught writing and was director of the Center for Reading and Writing. During that time, she integrated the workshop model of writing into composition courses. She co-authored a writing program textbook entitled Reading Our Histories, Understanding Our Cultures (Allyn and Bacon 1999, Longman 2003). She and her artist husband Chris were directors of Cummington Community of the Arts for four years. She is completing a memoir, A Double Vision, about the complexities of marriage, love, and death. Despite her academic resume, Horton is a poet at heart. She draws inspiration from the natural world, especially the rugged coast of Maine, where she spends time every summer with her two sons and grandchildren.
Chivas Sandage’s first book, Hidden Drive (Antrim House, 2012), was a finalist for the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards in Poetry and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She speaks in an MSNBC Originals documentary about her current work on a nonfiction book about the 2012 double shooting of a young lesbian couple in south Texas. Two poems from her second poetry collection received national awards in the 2014 Provincetown Outermost Poetry Contest judged by Marge Piercy. Her work has appeared in Hampshire Life Magazine, Hartford Courant, Ms. Magazine, and many literary journals and anthologies. As an Assistant Professor at Westfield State University, she taught Composition, World Literature, and Contemporary Cross-Cultural Literature. She earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA from Bennington College. Chivas lives with her wife on the Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut. Her website is http://www.csandage.com.