Ruth is a lifelong resident of Nutley, New Jersey. Art has been her avocation and passion since childhood. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from Montclair State University and a degree in graphic design from Kean University. Ruth has won numerous awards for her art and photography and is a member of the Enamel Guild North East USA.
Hummingbird Tales: The Beginning is Ruth’s first children’s book. She continues to write, illustrate, and is currently working on her second.
Born in Trieste, Italy, a graduate of the Medical School at the University of Padua, Margaret Brisco was one of the first women doctors to be in residence at Martland Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.
Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Clara Maas Hospital, where she championed women’s health issues, Dr. Brisco drew upon her experiences to write her first book, Childbirth: A Unique Experience.
Margaret’s enthusiasm for writing has led her to publish two other books, Women in Transition and Metamorphoses.
She is a founder of the The Write Group in Montclair, New Jersey.
Forest F. White of Pacifica, California, is a 2001 graduate of University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Literature.
The only child of a pair of park rangers, Forest grew up in the wilderness of California when it was still unspoiled. He is married to the artist Ashli Sisk, who designed the cover of Gospels Of Rage. Forest, who writes software manuals and leads training courses in his day job, explained that for him, “Poetry is art on your own time.”
He also writes fiction. His science fiction story, “Starchaser,” was short-listed for the Aeon Award in 2010.
His very short story “Purgatory” received an honorable mention from the L. Ron Hubbard Writer’s of the Future Contest and was published in the Cyclamen’s and Swords e-zine in the same year.
Forest records his stories and poems on his online program, The Pious Paradox, which is free to listen to and download.
He is a former military police officer with the Army Reserve and active participant in veterans’ support groups, most recently with the Combat Paper Project of New Jersey.
He explains the Combat Paper Project “utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture.”
In the workshops, military uniforms are cut up, beaten to a pulp, and formed into sheets of paper to be used in various art forms.
When Nancy-Jo Taiani was in elementary school she was terrified whenever a teacher assigned an essay that might reveal any of her feelings.
So, she majored in Math.
Later, working in technology, she wrote for and edited an in-house newsletter while working on several stories for children—still not showing any private feelings.
But, what’s more personal than a memoir?
Perhaps the influence of The Montclair Write Group helped Nancy-Jo overcome terror to write Healing Father John.
Maybe it was her determination to introduce others to Father Nickas, or his personal goal to teach her to have more self-confidence, or all three things working together.
Nancy-Jo lives in New Jersey with her husband of thirty-three years and two very opinionated cats, Peter and Mish Mish. The latter has a website at Mish-Mish Spy Cat. Nancy-Jo enjoys painting, gardening, and hiking in the spare time left her from her activism for social justice.
With thirty years of worldwide experience under her belt, Gloria Tausk Glickman knows the many and varied challenges of the corporate world. The California resident has worked in the United States, Singapore, and Austria for major companies in finance, insurance, medical products, telecommunications, and publishing. Her extensive education–degrees from The City College of New York (B.S.- Mathematics), Northwestern University (M.A.- Mathematics Education), and Fairleigh Dickinson University (M.B.A.- Information Systems Management)–reflects her transition from teaching college mathematics to a fast-paced, globe-trotting corporate career in finance and computers.
Since her retirement, Glickman continues with her passion for helping others use their inner strengths to succeed in their personal and professional lives. The corporate exec turned coach now presents inspiring career seminars to college students, alumni, and professionals, using instructive “lessons learned” from her decades of business experience.
Arlene McCarren describes herself as a mature Italian American woman who raised five children in her early years and who spent her later years taking care of her desperately ill husband, Jim. After forty-eight years of marriage, Arlene became Jim’s primary caregiver in the final year of his life.
Holding many and varied jobs before and after marriage, Arlene grew and gained experiences, some that prepared her for her final job, some that did not.
George Hickman was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. He is a self-proclaimed graduate of the school of “Hard Knocks,” a parent who believes people need to express their love for their children at every opportunity because “we never know what tomorrow might bring.”