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Many of these writers were workshop presenters at the 2007 Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat or The St. George Island Writers' Retreat for Women, and may have a page on this site and as well as their own web sites.

Margaret Bartley
Margaret Bartley, has a Master's of Creative Writing degree from Johns Hopkins University and is a freelance writer living in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Her book GRISHA: The Story of Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky won the 2005 Adirondack Literary Award. She is the editor of Otis Mountain Press. She was a presenter at the 2007 Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat.

Adrian Fogelin
Adrian Fogelin is the award-winning author of seven books for young adults, including Crossing Jordan, Anna Casey's Place in the World, The Big Question, and, most recent, The Sorta Sisters. They are all published by Peachtree Press. She is an immensely popular presenter of writing programs for kids, and has become a beloved fixture at the St. George Island Writers' Retreat, teaching fiction writing and memoir.

Betsy Folwell
Elizabeth ("Betsy") Folwell is creative director at Adirondack Life. She has won half a dozen awards for writing from the International Regional Magazine Association, most recently the silver for columns published in 2005. Her work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, the Helen Keller Foundation anthology, Rooted in Rock (Adirondack Museum/Paul Smith's College) and numerous travel publications. She is the author of two travel guides to the Adirondacks, including The Adirondack Book (Countryman Press, five editions). She is working on a memoir about losing her sight. She was a presenter at the 2007 Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat.

Mark Frost
Mark Frost has been writing professionally since the age of 14, starting as a junior high school correspondent writing sports articles at 12 cents an inch for The Glens Falls Times. In 1978 he self-published a book, Scattered Frost, compiling some of his best radio commentaries and weekly columns he'd written for The Post-Star. The success of the book, which went into a second printing, set the stage for him in September 1980 to launch The Chronicle newspaper, now in its 27th year and employing 18 people, plus a delivery crew. Mark also self-published PermaFrost, a compilation of some of his early work from The Chronicle. The Chronicle - officially Lone Oak Publishing Co., Inc. - intends to publish two new books later this year (2007).

Persis Granger
Perky Granger is the editor/co-author of Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace, (iUniverse 2002; iUniverse Star, 2004) and a young adult novel and accompanying teacher's guide, Adirondack Gold, Beaver Meadow Publishing, 2003, and its sequel, Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers. She freelances (Adirondack Life--see March '07 article on Toad Hill Maple Farm), Adirondack Family, BackRoads, Ecolocal Guide, Adirondack Guest Informer, Adirondack Family, area newspapers and, and writes for and edits the Quarterly, published by the John Thurman Historical Society. The sequel is expected to be released July 1, 2008. She presents programs for youth and adults, and organizes The Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat and the St. George Island Writers' Retreat for Women.

Gloria Kenmare Grant

A native of Moblie, Alabama, Gloria Kenmare Grant is the author of “Can You Hear me? Miss Sarah’s Civil War Journals” "The Condemnation of Claymore Manor" and "Living Dolls," published with PublishAmerica. She later lived in Waveland, Ms., until Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home and belongings. The mother of two and grandmother of three, Gloria has always been an avid story teller, and presents programs for groups and libraries

After retirement from a diversified career, Gloria began to write mystery novels, and has her sixth on the way. She just finished a 254 page cook book, which deals with cooking wild game. She has also written a history of St. Mark's Methodist Church in Indialantic. Gloria’s novels can be purchased at her site above, at any major book store and on line at her website. The cook book is only available at: See her blog,

Judith E. Harper
Judith E. Harper is a freelance historian and author, veteran blogger, seasoned internet researcher, and, as she says, "a novelist who wishes that one day soon her fiction writing will become more than a hobby." She has written two adult works of history as well as six children's bios and histories. Her latest book, Women during the Civil War: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2004) was designated an "Outstanding Academic Title of 2004" by the American Library Association publication, /Choice/ magazine, a publication for college and university librarians. It was also nominated for an award by the Pennsylvania School Library Association.

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi's eclectic mix of tales allows her to tell stories to all manner of audiences, both young and old, in libraries, churches, retirement homes, schools, conferences and festivals.She conducts storytelling and writing workshops for adults and teachers and, through her school residency programs, helps children to tell and write their own stories. Her new book, Wisdom in the Telling: Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold, has helped her envision story and the spoken word in new and exciting ways. She lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

Gloria Waldron Hukle
Author, Gloria Waldron Hukle was born in Schenectady New York, but grew up in a multi-cultural neighborhood in inner city Albany, the second daughter of her widowed mother.

"Although we lived within a city populated by many thousands, everything I knew or needed was within walking distance of our apartment. In the fifties and early sixties your city neighborhood was really very much its own small town.

Often readers will ask where I came up with a storyline, or the idea for a character. Surely a few sprouted from the cobblestone streets of downtown Albany long before I began researching the life of old Resolved Waldron of New Amsterdam (the ancestral grandfather to thousands) for my first novel, MANHATTAN SEEDS OF THE BIG APPLE. It seems that I've always been fascinated by American Colonial life. I remember stories forming underneath my Davy Crockett raccoon hat while cruising those great American Indian exhibits of the New York State Museum in Albany."

Author, Gloria Waldron Hukle resides in Averill Park, New York with her husband, and two sister dogs, Bertie and Lou. An 11th generation Waldron and direct descendent of Resolved Waldron, the l7th century sheriff to the Dutch Governor, Peter Stuyvesant of New Amsterdam, who is the central character in Hukle's novel, MANHATTAN SEEDS OF THE BIG APPLE.

October 2007 saw the release of a second novel, THE DIARY OF A NORTHERN MOON, a 20th century mystery set within the Adirondack town of North Creek.

NEW! NEW! NEW! Watch for the release of Gloria's new novel, THREADS: AN AMERICAN TAPESTRY, planned for spring, 2009.

For press releases, reviews, events, visit www.authorgloriawaldronhukle . Speaking engagements/signings or interviews can be arranged by contacting Mr. Andrew Perreault at
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Maureen Jones
Maureen Jones is nothing, if not versatile and energetic. Her resume begins in high school, when she tried her hand at being an Avon lady. She has worked as a freelance writer, and served as managing editor of an entertainment weekly. After a detour into diner ownership, she became an educator in public school and community college. She continues in education parttime and is a licensed guide, and, at times, has worked for a time as a whitewater rafting guide on the Upper Hudson. Click link to read about her innovative workshop.

Bil Lepp
Bil Lepp,
of Charleston, West Virginia, made his first appearance before Adirondack audiences at Veterans' Memorial Field. He is a five-time winner of West Virginia Liars' Contest (earning a gold-plated shovel for his mantle each time). He tells original, hilarious, tales that will bring a smile to the face of even the most ill-humored person, and has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, several times, and at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Bil is the author of three books of tales, four audio collections, and he has had stories published in several national magazines.

Laurie Loveman
Laurie Loveman is an author, fire department officer, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities. She has a degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati and is a consultant on fire safety in equine facilities. With more than forty years experience in the horse industry, Laurie has written many articles for equine and fire service publications, and her novels, set in the 1930s, reflect her interest not just in horses, but also on topics relevant to firefighting today, such as firefighter stress, medical ethics, and arson. You can learn more about Laurie's FIREHOUSE FAMILY SERIES: MEMORIES, THE QUARRY, and THE FARM FIRES, by visiting her website at

Elizabeth Lyon
Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to The Writer and Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and writing teacher. The author of The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anyone Can Write, A Writer’s Guide to Nonfiction, and National Directory of Editors & Writers, she lives in Springfield, Oregon. As owner of Editing International, Elizabeth works as an independent book editor, and has over 20 years of experience. She lives in Springfield, Oregon. See her list of client successes on:
Cheryl MacNeil
Cheryl MacNeil
is a writer living in Scotia, New York. She focuses on the small moments and stories in our lives that become sacred. The stories of her life reflect what she holds most dear…faith, family and friends. Cheryl says, "In my work with Hospice over the past 7 years, I have learned that there is a power in telling our stories and listening to the stories of others. Each time two or more people sit down and begin to tell the stories that are deepest in their hearts, healing takes place. It is important, not only to share your own story but to listen to the stories of others."

Amanda Magee
Amanda Magee - A west coast transplant living in Glens Falls, Amanda began an odyssey of freelance writing and exploration of the blogosphere after her husband opened an advertising agency and began using her for all his copy needs. Three blogs, two kids and several writing gigs later she is happy to call herself a freelance writer and certifiable internet junkie. Visit her blogs:
The Wink
Tumble Dry
Adk Chamber

Richard Edward Noble
Richard Noble is a writer from the Eastpoint, Florida region. With his wife, Carol, he joined a panel presenting the workshop Getting Published: Taking your Baby from Desktop to Bookshop," November 5, 2008, at Trinity Church, Apalachicola, FL. He is the author of numerous books, including "Travels with Charlie," "Honor Thy Father and They Monther," and "The Eastpointer." Read more about Richard by clicking the link above.

Karen Pillsworth
Karen Pillsworth: Storyteller, Teacher, Storyteller Laureate, Kingston, New York. Karen has presented workshops in the past on topics such as "Discovering the Stories with Us: The Power of Personal Storytelling", "Math and Science: Making the Connection", and "Storyteller Laureate: Make it Happen in Your Community." Her storytelling has been featured in The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum. Her stories are immensely entertaining.
Marty Podskoch
Read about books & programs by Marty Podskoch, author of Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Northern Districts; Adirondack Fire Towers: Their History and Lore, the Southern Districts; and Adirondack Stories: Historical Sketches. Marty will be featured at many programs in the Adirondacks throughout the summer. Check his calendar to see when he'll be appearing near you, or find out when he can present a program for your group..

Dawn Radford
Dawn Evans Radford, raised in Apalachicola, Florida, holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 1993, she received the Sherwood Anderson Foundation Award for a short story set in Apalachicola. Other honors include an Emerging Artist grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. Published in a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction, and scholarly research, she teaches and performs in educational, literary, volunteer and professional arenas. Her first novel, Oyster Flats, was released October 2007. She has been a presenter at the St. George Island Writers' Retreat, and has many appearances coming up, both in the South and the Northeast. Click the link to see a list.

Bob Reiser
Called "a force of nature," by Brother Blue, Bob Reiser tells tales in schools, libraries and festivals around the world. Bob's books include Carry it On and Everybody Says Freedom, written with Pete Seeger, and a children's book, David Gets His Drum, with jazz drummer Panama Francis.

Jame Richards
Jame Richards, a young mother from Connecticut, is currently revising Three Rivers Rising, a young adult novel in verse, due out April 2010 with Alfred A. Knopf. It's the winner of the PEN New England Children's Book Caucus 2008 Susan P. Bloom Award. Curious? Jame gives us the following synopsis:
Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania; 1888-1889
Three Rivers Rising includes a forbidden cross-class romance between a guest and a hired boy at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, site of the dam that burst in 1889, flooding the valley below. The main characters are in the city of Johnstown when the wave hits and piles debris at the Old Stone Bridge, damming up the water once again. The city of Johnstown is under water and the debris at the bridge is on fire. Each thinks the other is dead.
Will they find each other? Survive? Endure being disowned by their families?
Jame has two more young adult novels in progress, one of them tentatively set in the Adirondacks. As for nonfiction, she is also tinkering with a memoir and a collection of humorous essays---she has a short humor piece in the next issue of "Brain, Child: the Magazine for Thinking Mothers." Watch this space for news of her publication, and be sure to visit her blog,

Pat Richards
A fiber artist, author, veteran blogger, and genealogist, Pat lives with her husband in Kingston, New York and Sarasota, Florida. Her nonfiction book: sassy pat knitting: a memoir made its debut at the Chronicle Book Fair in Glens Falls in October, 2008. Pat teaches a workshop titled: "Blog to Book." With a young adult novel: White Plague in the works and a collection of monologues, Irish Muses, in the hopper, 2009 should prove to be busy year. Visit her at

Mary Lois Sanders
Mary Lois is a musician/writer living in The Villages, FL. Read more by clicking the link above.

Cassie Selleck
Cassie Selleck, a native Floridian, makes her home along the banks of the Suwannee River in North Florida. She has extensive experience developing and presenting programs for children of all ages and adults. She is active in the storytelling community and coaches a group of youthful performers as well. Cassie, who has several completed short stories and screenplays, has an adult novel, "The Pecan Man" in the works. We are thrilled to announce that Chapter One of "The Pecan Man" just topped 104 other entries in a Florida State Writing Competition, co-sponsored by CNW Publishing and the Florida Freelance Writers Association, to be named first place winner in the "Novel Chapter-Unpublished" category. Cassie cofounded the Fiction Among Friends Writers' Retreats.

Mary Sanders Shartle
Mary Sanders Shartle won the only short fiction prize for Blueline, an Adirondack small press, and had a poem in the Spring, 2005, edition. She has been a semifinalist for a New York State Council of the Arts grant in fiction. She is a member of "The Three Poets" with colleagues Marilyn McCabe and Elaine Handley. Their chapbook, Notes from the Firetower--Three Poets on the Adirondacks, won the first ever prize for Best Book of Poetry, 2004-2005, awarded by the Adirondack Center for Writing, and have just been named winners again for Glacial Erratica. She presents much-sought-after memoir workshops.

Irene Sherlock
Irene Sherlock is a regular workshop presenter at the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat at Beaver Meadow Lodge, Thurman, August.. Irene is associate director of publications and design at Western Connecticut State University and an adjunct lecturer in the English department where she teaches undergraduate and graduate writing classes. She holds an M.A. in English from WCSU, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. Her screenplay, "Fox's Hardware," was optioned by Hearst Entertainment. Her one-act play, "Wayne's Learn-to-Drive," was recently published by World Audience, Inc. at Be sure to click on her link above to read feedback from former MFA grad students, Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat participants, and learn about her Foodchild workshop and upcoming book.

Roeland Suylen
Roeland Suylen
is proud to announce publication of his newest book: “Mach deine Träume wahr” (the German version of his Dutch book “Make Your Dreams Come True”) in Germany. The pre-launching is set for April 14, 2009. Buy the German book "Mach deine Träume wahr" at Amazon ( or Verlag Via Nova ( and the Dutch book via, soon also:, and AND via
Roeland Suylen works as a holistic coach, therapist and healer. As a coach, he mainly works with the 3G-method written about in his two books and two poetry albums. His newest book 'Make Your Dreams Come True' is about the 3G-method and will appear in April 2009 in Germany and before the end of 2009, also in the Netherlands. He is now looking for a publisher in England and/or America. "Make Your Dreams Come True," ISBN: 978-3-86616-127-6; 160 pages, hardcover; 16,95 Euros: In this book Roeland Suylen explains the 3G-method (an abbreviation of the Dutch words gedachten, gevoelens and gedragingen, meaning thoughts, feelings and behaviours). After many years of investigation, Suylen came to the conclusion that you can realize ANYTHING you wish for, whenever your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are attuned to each other ànd to your goal. Reading this book brings you closer to the realization of what you REALLY want in your life. Books and films like "The Secret" focus mainly on the power of our thoughts and their influence on our feelings and behaviours (linear creation). The 3G-method also shows the major influence of our feelings on our thoughts and behaviours and vice versa in all directions (circular creation). The 3G-method is an innovative method that is easy to read and understand andcompatible with Quantumfysics, Psycho-Neuro-Immunology and modern Psychology.

Bibi Wein
Bibi Wein has experience in writing and publishing in many genres—The Way Home: A Wilderness Odyssey (memoir, Tupelo Press, 2004); The Runaway Generation (nonfiction, David McKay, l970 Tower, l972); Yes (novel, Harcourt, l969); Bamboo in Japan by Nancy Moore Bess with Bibi Wein (Kodansha International, 2001). Her essays, profiles and short fiction have graced the pages of regional and national magazines, and she has written for and produced TV shows, as well as serving as and editor and editorial consultant. She has honed her teaching skills in numerous workshop settings, and brought them to the Adirondack Mountain Writers' Retreat.

Eliza T. Williamson
Eliza Williamson describes herself in these words: "I write to breathe. I have written forever. I am currently working on a collection of short stories based on my life experience. Under the wise tutelage of my teacher and mentor, poet Patricia Lee Lewis, I am living the model I try to emulate in the workshops I lead. My work can be seen in the current issue of Peregrine." Eliza teaches utilizing the Amherst method.

Susan L. Womble
Susan Womble is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with a career of teaching grades K-12th in the areas of Reading, Special Education, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and the Profoundly Handicapped. She is a Fellow with Florida State University and is active with the FSU Writing Project. She has just had her first book of a series published, "Newt's World: Beginnings." She was able to put the finishing touches on this middle grade juvenile fiction at the St. George Island Writers' Retreat arranged by Perky Granger. "Newt's World: Beginnings" has a complete workbook associated with it to help teachers teach about bullying, disabilities, science, vocabulary, main idea, benchmarks, etc. She is now coordinating her time between presenting workshops and book signings as well as still teaching and finishing the second in the series, " Newt's World: Internal Byte." (to be released soon) Information on her schedule or arranging speaking engagements as well as information on her books is on her website: or contact her at