Edith Devers Barbaro (“The Goose”) teaches psychiatric, mental-health nursing at the University of Virginia. She attended the Taos Writing Retreat for Health Professionals and writes creative nonfiction. She is currently researching the use of digital storytelling as an intervention for depression in rural women.
Ruth Beery (the Ruth Beery Letters) was principal chief nurse of the 8th Evac Hospital, the Army field hospital organized by the University of Virginia in World War II. A nursing supervisor, instructor, and administrator before the War, she received the Legion of Merit for her wartime service. After the war she was a nursing administrator, private duty nurse, and faculty member at the University of Virginia.
BRASH (“Cruel Unspooling” and other poems) is the pseudonym of a poet known for writing poetry inspired by art, in association with the Washington, D.C., extravaganza Artomatic and by invitation to participate in various gallery events, readings, and performances. BRASH’s latest work includes creating and performing companion poetry to the book Addiction and Art (Johns Hopkins University Press) and the project’s show at Blue Elephant Gallery in Frederick, Maryland (http://www.addictionandart.org/showarchive-02.html).
Mike Casey (“JohnJohn with the Kalashnikov”) published the book Obscenities in the Yale Poetry Series. His latest book, Check Points, is forthcoming from Adastra Press.
Ann Cefola (“Breast Imaging”) is the author of Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press) and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions) and a recipient of the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery. She is a creative strategist (www.jumpstartnow.net) whose clients include two major hospitals in the New York area.
Susan Comninos (“Beached, or dementia”) is a writer and poet in New York. Her arts journalism currently appears in the Christian Science Monitor, Jewish Daily Forward, and Albany Times Union, and her poetry has appeared in Quarterly West, TriQuarterly, and Lilith Magazine, among others. In 2010, she won the Yehuda Halevi Poetry Contest run by Tablet Magazine.
Barbara Daniels (“The Stopped Watch”) is the author of Rose Fever: Poems, published by WordTech Press, and her poetry has appeared in The Louisville Review, Ars Medica, Rougarou, The Literary Review, and other journals. She earned an MFA from Vermont College, received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was granted a Dodge Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.
E. Michael Desilets (“Mother’s Mass Card”), the eldest of seven sons, was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he spent much of his youth in movie theaters. He later taught film history at Rowan University in New Jersey and The University of Judaism in Los Angeles, where he now lives. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including The Boston Herald, California Quarterly, The Prose-Poem Project, and The Rambler.
Wayne Ewing (“Free Fall”), the author of the multi-award winning Tears in God’s Bottle: Reflections on Alzheimer’s Care Giving, earned his doctorate in theological studies at Yale University. He has served as a pastoral psychotherapist, parish priest, journalist, and professor and administrator at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Now semi-retired, he continues to write from his home in Loveland, Colorado.
Kathleen Gallagher (“X-ray Bone Collage”), a Kent State University MFA student in the NEOMFA program and an English Instructor at the University of Akron, won an award for collage work in the 2001 National Collage Society “Wishing You Were Here” competition for a postcard-size work made out of barn wood entitled “Somewhere.” She also received an Honorable Mention for the essay “Cutting Storm,” about her mother’s thirty-year illness and its effects on the family, in the 2007 Annual Writer’s Digest Contest. Much of her writing and art centers around the human body and its trials and tribulations.
Steven C. Hahn (“Palymra and Back”), a native of Nebraska, has lived in Sweden since 2000. His published works poems, prose-poems, and essays in journals in the United States and Great Britain. A collection of prose-poems, A Sky That Is Never the Same, was published in 2008 by Stray Dog Press (Stockholm-Omaha).
Paul Hostovsky (“Hospital Gift Shop”; “That Light”) is the author of three books of poetry, Bending the Notes (2008), Dear Truth (2009), and A Little in Love a Lot (2011). He works in Boston as a sign language interpreter.
Elizabeth Meade Howard (“Dead End”; “The Met”; “Smoke”), of Charlottesville, Virginia, will soon publish her book, Love. Sing. Dance & Save the Planet: Follow Your Role Models for Living Long and Well. She has contributed articles on aging, health, and women to numerous national publications. A former lecturer in the UVa English Department, she also produces documentaries, two of which have aired on Virginia PBS and focus on women who lived past 100. Howard’s photographs have been shown in Charlottesville and elsewhere.
Alexander Y. Kim (“Patient G”) is a medical student at the University of Virginia who is undecided about a medical specialty and enjoys learning about music performance and composition during his free time. He has studied music theory, written a piece for an Indonesian Gamelan performance, and studied the composition and production of electro-acoustic music.
Joan Echtenkamp Klein, (“Introduction to the Ruth Beery Collection”) the Nancy Baird Curator for Historical Collections, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, at the University of Virginia, has created a series of online exhibits on the history of medicine and public health, including the award-winning exhibit and website on Walter Reed and the Yellow Fever Commission.
Mardith Louisell (“Four Containments”) writes fiction, memoir, and essays. Recent publications include “Big Basin, or Two Reasons for Couples Therapy,” in Minnesota Magazine, “Echoes and Shadows, A Walking Tour through a Haunted Town in Austria,” in Redwood Coast Review, “Shadows,” in Lady Jane’s Miscellany, and “Arias,” in r.kv.r.y. Quarterly Literary Journal. She works in the child welfare field in San Francisco, California.
Eve Lyons (“Tourist Tree”) is a poet, fiction writer, and playwright in Boston, Massachusetts. An expressive art therapist and clinician at an outpatient mental health clinic, she has published in Fireweed, Labyrinth, Concho River Review, Barbaric Yawp, Women’s Words, Woven, Sapphic Ink, Texas Observer, Houston Literary Review, Word Riot, protestpoems, and two anthologies.
Janet McCann (“Addenda”) has published Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou’wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, and Poetry Australia. She has won four chapbook contests, sponsored by Pudding Publications, Chimera Connections, Plan B Press, and Franciscan University Press. A 1989 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship winner, she has taught at Texas A & M University since 1969. She has co-edited two anthologies, Odd Angles of Heaven (Howard Shaw, 1994) and Place Of Passage (Story Line, 2000.) Her most recent poetry collection was House (Plan B Press, 2011).
Cynthia N. Malone (“Wait Six Months”) is a professor of English at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, where she teaches and writes about Victorian literature and the evolution of the book. She also writes personal essays on a wide range of subjects.
Paul Many (“On the Hernia Ward”) has published poems and stories in The Kerf, J Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Oyez Review, and others. He teaches English and journalism at the University of Toledao.
Mary Richardson Miller (“Circles”) has published recently in Earth’s Daughters, The Rambler, and Love Over 60: An Anthology of Women’s Poems (Mayapple Press). She is the author/photographer of The Women of Candelaria, published by Pomegranate Artbooks. Her two daughters are devoted to care of the elderly, including hospice care.
Harrison O’Conner (“God Lives on Brown’s Mountain”), is the Grandma Moses of Wyoming cattle ranchers. He said this about the painting of his mother: “the painter’s mother, at 95, recognizes God in ‘those lights on Brown’s Mountain’ outside her window at assisted living.”
Dianne Oberhansly (“A Portrait of the Patient”; “Blossom Houdini”) is the author of the short story collection A Brief History of Male Nudes in America and co-author of Downwinders: An Atomic Tale, which won the Utah Book of the Year award. She lives in rural Utah where she is a hiker, gourmet cook, community supporter, and arts activist.
Rob Reiser (“ER Nurses”) attended Georgetown Medical School in 1988, finished his Emergency Medicine residency in Pittsburgh in 1991, and has been on faculty at the University of Virginia since 1997.
Conor William Shenk (“At Twenty Something”) is a network administrator in Fargo, North Dakota who has an MFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead. When his mother passed away after a long fight with breast cancer in 2003, he devoted much of his MFA thesis to poems describing and exploring that experience.
Paul Shepherd (“Lost Note”) won the Mary McCarthy Award for his novel More Like Not Running Away (Sarabande Books). He is former writer in residence and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University, and his work has been published in many journals including Crazy Horse, Prairie Schooner, and Portland Review.
Marty Silverthorne (“Crippled Math”), who holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University, has published four chapbooks: Dry Skin Messiah, Pot Liquor Promises, No Welfare, No Pension Plan, and Rewinding at 40. A Clinical Addition Specialist in Greenville, North Carolina, his poetry has been published in many literary journals, including Tar River Poetry, North Carolina Literary Review, St. Andrews Review, and Pembroke .
Dan Sklar (“Of Time and Beauty Contest”) teaches writing at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. His work has been published in the Harvard Review, New York Quarterly, The Art of the One-Act, Ibbetson Street Press, and the English Teacher.
Allan Steinberg (“The Tattooed Nurse”) works at SUNY Potsdam. He has published fiction (Cry of the Leopard, St. Martin’s Press; Divided, Aegina Press), poetry (Fathering, Sarasota Poetry Press), and drama (The Road to Corinth, Players Press). His radio play, The Night Before the Morning After, won the national award for radio drama sponsored by the American Radio Theatre.
Janet T. Syverud (“Night Demons”) left the poem with her journal when she died at age 85. Her son, Scott Syverud, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia, found the poem years later.
Jeanie Tomasko (“Want and Supply”; “Watching Bees”), a home health nurse in Madison, Wisconsin, is the author of Sharp as Want (Little Eagle Press), a collaboration of poetry and artworks co-authored with Sharon Auberle, and Tricks of Light, a chapbook forthcoming in 2011 from Parallel Press (University of Wisconsin—Madison Libraries), 2011.
Norm Trigoboff (“Chromosome Crossing”) who calls himself “the funniest bryologist in the world,” is the author of “Moss from Space,” a few short stories, cartoons, poems, and 70 chess problems; and is the creator of strange, twisted ceramics. He says, “my photos are much like my pots; they don’t resemble anything most people see on a daily basis and you can’t eat out of them.”
Susan Volchok (“Faith”) is a New York writer who has published widely in literary journals and anthologies ranging from Kenyon and VQR to Best American Erotica, as well as in mainstream magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times. She is a long-time
Emergency Department advocate working for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
John Voss (“Lightening Storm”; “Waterfall”) is a general internist and professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Murray Whitehill (“Kids_At_Art_3”) is a photographer (as well as a former bookseller, landscaper, and carpenter) from Ivy, Virginia. He is a member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has had solo and group exhibits throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.