Larry Brooks – After a 17-year stint in the marketing and training business, Larry Brooks became a full time writer of screen plays and novels. His first thriller, Darkness Bound spent three weeks on the USA Today best seller list. He followed up with Pressure Points, Serpent’s Dance and the Edgar-nominated Bait and Switch. Brooks teaches extensively for the Oregon Writers Colony and at conferences around the country.
Jessica Bryan is a professional, freelance book editor. In 2005, three of the books she edited for the American Academy of Neurology's patient series were nominated for the Foreword Award. Jessica is also the editor of several spiritual titles published by Beyond Words of Portland. She is the author of Psychic Surgery & Faith Healing: In the Lowlands of Pangasinan (2008) and Love is Ageless: Stories About Alzheimer's Disease (2002).
Ann Cameron's 15 children's books have sold 4 million copies. She's best known for her The Stories Julian Tells, the first of nine books about African-American characters. Her novel The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods, about an eleven-year old growing up in rural Wisconsin, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Her stories center on strong families and child characters with imagination, daring, and perseverance. Ann is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied with the poet Robert Lowell. She received her M.F.A. in English from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She lived 22 years in Guatemala, moving to Portland in 2005.
Jim Coffee is a long time web designer, computer instructor, photographer and co-author of over 80 websites. His passion for the web and its power to connect people with people, ideas, and markets worldwide is infectious.
Se-ah-dom Edmo was born and raised in the Portland-Metro area and has strong ties with local and regional Native communities. She coordinates the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program for Lewis & Clark College. She was active as a descendent of the Celilo community in preparations for the commemoration of 50 years since the inundation of Celilo Falls (March 10, 2007).
Dan Frechette, a Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter, has written more than 1,300 songs and been signed to a major song writing contract. He has busked for a living on street corners and in subways all over North America and Europe. He’s played solo at the Suwannee Spring Fest, Winnipeg Folk Festival and is the man who penned the first hit for The Duhks. His first full-length solo recording, Lucky Day, brims with his unabashed enthusiasm and crackles with the sound of a writer clearly discovering the top of his game.
Jayel Gibson is the author of the Ancient Mirrors fantasy series. The first two books in her series were self published, but have been re-released as part of her multi- book deal with Synergy Books. In 2007 her titles captured two USA Book News Finalist Awards and a 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Book Awards Honorable Mention. Her newest release, Damselflies, is an Amazon Celtic Mythology bestseller. In addition, she is the moderator for Realms of Fantasy magazine’s online book club and author of numerous non-fiction articles ranging from video gaming to living with exotic pets.
Phil Hahn has written over 600 TV shows, including sitcoms and musical-variety shows. He also wrote the first world-wide hunger telethon, LIVE AID. He has won one Emmy and lost four others. Hahn has had 8 books published, including 3 humor books, four books of children's humor, and one book of children's humorous verse. In 2004, Henrietta the Homely Duckling was released, and he has just completed a memoir, Thank You for Flying American-A Cold War Love Story. He and his Writing Group have self-published two anthologies, Naked Wednesdays and Naked Wednesdays, Too.
Sally Harrold holds an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas Christian University. She has taught writing for over twenty years to students at different levels--community college students to graduate students. A student of memoir herself, she has taught memoir writing for the past ten years. Sally currently teaches autobiography classes at SOCC, both in the classroom and online.
Sue Fagalde Lick spent many years as reporter, photographer and editor for newspapers in California and Oregon before moving into full-time freelance writing. She has written for the Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Bay Area Parent, Oregon Coast, Oregon Business, Northwest Senior News, and many other publications. Her fourth book, Freelancing for Newspapers, came out in June. She has also published two non-fiction books and a novel about Portuguese Americans.
Rory Miller has been studying martial arts since 1981. He is a veteran corrections officer and with hundreds of unarmed encounters has thoroughly examined the gulf that exists between training and application. In addition to jujutsu and self-defense, Sgt. Miller teaches and designs courses in Use of Force Policy and Decision Making; Police Defensive Tactics; Confrontational Simulations; and leads and trains his agency’s Corrections Tactical Team. His articles have appeared in national magazines. Rory’s first book, Meditations on Violence will be available from YMAA publishers in June 2008.
Sylvia Tohill is a fiction writer whose extensive writing and teaching experience have won her numerous awards including: a Fellowship sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and National Endowment of the Arts, a Seaton Award from Kansas Quarterly, and a Pacific Northwest Writers Award for literary/mainstream fiction. Her short fiction appears in various literary journals and magazines, including Many Mountains Moving, Zyzzyva, The Sun and North American Review. Along with writing the short-short, she is also at work on a very long story.
David Oliver Relin is the author of the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time. He is a graduate of Vassar and was awarded the prestigious Teaching/Writing Fellowship at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. After Iowa, he received a Michener Fellowship to support his groundbreaking 1992 bicycle trip the length of Vietnam. He spent two further years reporting about Vietnam opening to the world, while he was based in Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital. In addition to Vietnam and Pakistan, he has traveled to, and/or reported from, much of East Asia. For two decades, Relin has focused on reporting about social issues and their effect on children. He is currently a Contributing Editor for Parade.