Hayden Saunier is the author of several books of poetry, and her work has been awarded the Pablo Neruda Prize, Rattle Poetry Prize and Gell Poetry Award and the Keystone Prize. Her most recent book, A Cartography of Home, was published in 2021. More at www.haydensaunier.com.
Dawn Ruggie has been married to her husband Matt for twenty years, and is the mother to six beautiful children and grandmother to one little blessing. She is lucky enough to say that three of her children came to her and her husband through the foster care system. Dawn has worked most of her adult life in the healthcare setting. In 2017, she became a Real Estate agent and absolutely loves it.
"If I knew then what I know now". A classic refrain acknowledging the experiences we gain as we age. Things we would have done differently, negative situations we would have avoided and how much we would have savored the times of joy and happiness. Now in my 60's, after much research and listening to the viewpoints of those I greatly admire, "Life Lessons" has come to fruition with additional titles coming shortly.
Carol Franks-Randall began her professional journey as a special education teacher, and became a Special Education Administrator, Elementary Principal and School Superintendent.
After retirement, she works in Mid-Atlantic states as an educational consultant, workshop presenter, college professor and community volunteer. In November 2017, she published her first children’s book, Jamal and Me. Carol conducts author visits in elementary schools, libraries and children’s hospitals. She has designed and conducted professional development workshops and conference presentations for teachers, library-media specialists and fellow authors, and holds book signing events at independent bookstores. She has recently established a YouTube channel which showcases read-alouds of her books, and she has been interviewed on the radio and by local newspapers in her area. She also writes a monthly column for the Bay Times/Record Observer newspaper entitled “Dr. Toughlove’s Book Club”, where she reviews children’s picture books.
If you want to learn more about her books and author activities, please go to her website
Julee Balko has been a Creative Director, brand builder, and content creator for years – while mothering and lassoing her three crazy daughters in her spare time. But she’s always wanted to be a “real” writer – the kind who has a book with her name on it. The Things We Keep is her first novel. Julee started writing The Things We Keep after her mother passed away because she was thrust into a world of grief that no one talks about. Julee has always been drawn to writing about interesting characters and complex relationships. She wanted to create characters that go way beyond your “let’s go shopping” kind of mothers. This book was especially written for women and men who are a part of the sandwich generation – those who are trying to take care of their aging parents while balancing parenting, a job, and multiple glasses of wine.
Lauren Magaziner is the auther of the Case closed series, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes fulltime. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective - but don't blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at www.laurenmagaziner.com.
Michelle Gaudet Sharer
Michelle has lived in Bucks County, PA her entire life. She's married with three adult, married children and one grandchild. She is very passionate about FOLA's(Friends of Lake Afton) commitment to resotring, improving, protecting and maintainting the lake for the sake of the public and all of the wildlife that live in and depend on the lake for food, water and shelter. After Alfalfa, her duck, came into her life, she would talk about him, show pictures of him to friends and even newly met friends. Friends and relatives encouraged her to write a book. Alfalfa's book was written from her heart.
Susan Charkes, a resident of southeast Pennsylvania, is a hike leader with AMC's Delaware Valley Chapter and a trail maintainer with Batona Hiking Club of Philadelphia. She works in land conservation and has served on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Stewardhip Council. Her other books include Outdoors with Kids: Philadelphia (AMC Books) and The Wild Here and Now, a collection of nature essays.
Katherine Cartwright is a poet and writer. She earned a degree in Journalism from Indiana University, where she also studied creative writing and literature, and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She develops and leads workshops, including Anthropology for the Soul: Unearthing Story for Healing, Growth, and Transformation and Thirteen Moons: Tracking the Wild Mare. Her poetry and education page, Awakened Spirit, explores the landscape of poetry, myth, and the fractured-expanding-healing self. She lives in Bucks County, PA.
Jolene Hart, CHC is a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and founder of the pioneering beauty coaching practice Beauty Is Wellness. She is a former magazine beauty editor and the bestselling author of five wellness books, including Eat Pretty, which helps readers support their beauty and health with seasonal nutrition, and the newly released Ignite Your Light and its companion journal Shine On, guides to your personal energy’s role in beauty, healing, and joy. At the heart of Jolene’s work is her desire to empower her readers with the ability to shape their lifelong beauty and health with simple tools and habits. Her private coaching looks at many areas of life, from stress and hormones to diet, digestion, and safe personal care products, to help her clients build a lifestyle that enables them to look and feel their best from the inside.
James Betz grew up in the small town of Pennington, New Jersey, but migrated to the West Coast to attend the University of Oregon. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Geography, James returned to his hometown in late 2014 aspiring to become a horror novelist. Pursuing his passion for storytelling, historic preservation, and cinema, james has written two detailed manuscripts over the past few years. Ralston Heights is his first published book. He plans to release his second publication later this year.
Neil Kennedy is a poet and librarian. He holds an AA in Liberal Arts, a BA in English Literature, an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MS in Library Science. He lives outside Philadelphia.
K. L. Walther
K.L. Walther was born and raised in the rolling hills of Bucks County, Pennsylvania surrounded by family, dogs, and books. Her childhood was spent traveling the northeastern seaboard to play ice hockey. She attended a boarding school in New Jersey and went on to earn a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She is happiest on the beach with a book, cheering for the New York Rangers, or enjoying a rom-com while digging into a big bowl of popcorn and M&Ms. Visit her online at klwalther.com.
Margaret Montet's narratives of place are combined with memoir, research, and culture. She's a librarian and professor at Bucks County Community College who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Pan-European Program at Cedar Crest College. Her creative nonfiction has been published in The Bangalore Review, Clever Magazine, Dragon Poet Review, Pink Pangea, Flying South, and other fine periodicals and anthologies. Margaret speaks frequently on colorful and quirky places, music, news literacy, and information-seeking. Her collection of travel essays, Nerd Traveler (published by Read Furiously), is expected to be born in July 2021. Visit Margaret’s website at www.MargaretMontet.com and her blog at https://margaretmontet.blogspot.com.
Michael Garry is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner and a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors and the Financial Planning Association with over 20 years of experience as a Free-Only Financial Advisor.
He worked as an attorney at two successful Philadephia law firms and as a Financial Advisor for two firms before forming his own advisory firm, Yardley Wealth Management, and a law firm, Yardley estate Planning, LLC.
He is regularly featured in publications such as the Wall St. Journal, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Money magazine, and Kiplinger's, among others, and he is the author of Independent Financial Planning: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Choosing the Right Financial Planner.
Marc Dickerson is a writer/filmmaker and Bucks County native. He writes short stories, graphic novels, screenplays, and has recently completed his first novel, ART FARM. His work has appeared online and in publications such as Thimble and Culture Cult Magazine. Born in Philadelphia, he currently lives in Yardley, PA with his wife and daughter.
Lisa DeAngelis lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband, youngest daughter, dogs and a cat. When not stealing time to write, she can be found at an adjudicated facility, teaching English, writing, film, and crocheting to male sex offenders.
In the 1930s coal mining town of Galen, Pennsylvania, Darcy Willickers lives with her two sisters and her mother, Jewel; together, they own and operate the dilapidated Hospitality Inn—a failing hotel that accommodates a succession of non-paying misfits and wanderers, including a drunken poet, an AWOL sailor, and an itinerant hangman. With escalating costs of upkeep, a conservative town suspicious of their enterprise, and the persistent attentions of Aaron—the local minister’s son, who seems to have dark designs of his own—Darcy has challenges enough to sustain her. When the handsome and engaging Luca D’Angeli arrives with his father, fresh off the boat from Naples, Darcy and Luca find themselves drawn to one another. But Darcy harbors old secrets of murder, violence and retribution which will lead to a tumultuous chain of events that will upend her life and the lives of those she loves the most.
Patrick Lombardi was born and raised in New Jersey and currently resides in HIllsborough, Somerset County. He graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, Mercer County with a degree in English. He is a full-time employee of the state and contributes to the BestofNJ.com. He has also been published on outlets such as
NJ.com, The Times of Trenton, MyCentralJersey.com, Courier News, Home News Tribune, Odyssey Online, Buzzfeed, Patch.com, the New Hub and the Hillsborough Beacon. Lombardi writes in a similar vein to comedy greats like David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut, and Stephen Colbert. His humor is often cheerful and clever, but he is not afraid to be blunt or caustic when the situation calls for it.
In Junk Sale, readers get 16 short stories and nonfiction essays. The tales come from the mind and experiences of a local journalist/photographer, who has spent years meeting interesting characters, working in dynamic settings, and chronicling all different sides of the Garden State. The fictional stories in Junk Sale are clever and concise, leading readers through brief, though well-developed, scenes filled with pure humor and amusement. The book's essays depict some of Lombardi's most animated encounters with the same amount of hilarity and wit.
From his first vacation as a boy in Stone Harbor, R.C. Staab has returned to the Jersey Shore often, as a homeowner in Brigantine to the south and now in Sea Bright to the north. For more than 40 years, he has written for, been quoted by and had his photos published in numerous Philadelphia publications, USA Today, the New York Times and the LA Times. With Mario Lopez, he recently co-authored a children’s picture book, I’m My Own Dog. I’m Jack about his forever dog. In the past decade, he has written musicals that have been produced in New York, San Francisco and England. On the weekends, you can find him biking, running, paddle boarding, swimming and falling off a surfboard on the Jersey Shore. He hopes you'll join him - except for the falling-off-the-board part.
Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran Bontempo
Kristin Smedley and Mary Fran Bontempo are TEDx speakers, authors, virtual presenters, program creators/facilitators, media hosts and advocates in the blindness and recovery communities. They created Brilliantly Resilient to be the resource they wish they had when dealing with their own train wrecks and sucker punches. Get ready to laugh out loud, as these two amazing women share their journeys, tools, and stumbled upon secrets, taking you on the Brilliantly Resilient ride of a lifetime!
Olivia Campbell is a journalist and author specializing in women in medicine. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Her first book, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine, is out March 2, 2021 from Harper Collins. She lives in Levittown with her husband, three sons and cat.
Deanie Yasner writes stories that children love to read - over, and over, and over.
A children's author of extraordinary depth and sensitivity, she draws inspiration from her early years as a member of the only Jewish family in a small Mississippi town in the Jim Crow South.
After a successsful career as a special education teacher and behavior consultant, Deanie began pouring the insights she gained into stories for children. Deanie Yasner commented, “The main message my story conveys is the importance of practicing kindness, even during the most difficult of situations. During these divisive times, this message is especially vital to heal our hearts and offer encouragement to children and adults.”
Susan, a psychologist in private practice in Yardley for thirty plus years, specializes in treating those who are in need of healing grief, trauma and life- threatening medical issues.
Given that all of us grieve, to some extent, our pre-pandemic life, as well as our identity, and we live with multiple challenges, often fueled by anxiety, fear and a lack of hope, Susan’s stories of the extraordinary are perfect for these extraordinary times. Helping us recognize the remarkable healing power of the energy of love – and that as energetic beings, we are eternal, Susan offers us that precious and needed sense of hope and inspiration.
To learn more about the author, visit her websites :
www.TouchedbytheExtraordinary.com and www.AnInsideJobforHealingCancer.com
Bill D'Anjolell is the president of the Bucks County Antiques Dealers Association, a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appreaisers Association, and a member of the Washington Crossing Card Collectors Club. When he sells at shows, look for the moniker "Imagine Antiques and Appraisals" and stop by and say hello!
For as long as anyone has known him, Nick has always been the storyteller of the group. His childhood friends would say that his best stories were told when they were children playing in the backwoods of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Nick got his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, where he double majored in Government and Law and International Affairs. He then went on to get his Master of Science in Education from Saint Joseph’s University. Nick managed to find his passion for teaching and coaching students. This led him to his current career where he teaches U.S. History, World History, Economics and coaches Cross Country and Track and Field. What he cherishes most is spending time with the loving and supportive family that he is blessed with, his warm and nurturing fiancé, a group of potentially certifiably insane friends, and the most adorable doggy son you could picture.
To learn more about Nick and his book Those We Knew in Summer, visit his website at www.nicholasderosa.com
Vicki Seiler was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where art, music, writing, and dance were an integral part of her life. These interests, combined with her love of children, led her to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Education degree in Special Education.
"There is no greater joy than seeing the smiles and hearing the giggles while children of all ages listen to my stories." As a teacher of 31 years, Vicki has shared her love of learning and self-expression with students ranging from ages 18 months to 13 years. The loves of her life include her wonderful husband, children, and grandchildren.
Author of Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor
Dr. Lise Deguire is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She is the lone surviving child of gifted, unsettled and iconoclastic parents. After being severely burned in a fire, she spent most of her childhood in the hospital, undergoing countless surgical procedures. She is married to Douglas Behan, her happily-ever-after husband, and has two amazing daughters, Julia and Anna Sismour, and one very cute dog. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
To learn more about the author, visit her website at www.lisedeguire.com
Matt Lydon is a product of Bucks County, having grown up in Bensalem, wandered around the sections of Levittown, and made special trips to New Hope and Peddler's Village to see various wondrous things not found in his end of lower Bucks. Now living in Bristol with his wife, Liz, Matt writes stories when he's not teaching high school English or mowing the unruly postage-stamp-sized lawn in the back of his house.
Poetry often arises from an unconventional inner landscape. What's seen as wild lives in the heart of the beholder. Love's Wild Journey - Poems from an Untamed Heart is a raw, no frills exploration of love. Wild Fire - Poetic Prisms, the second book, touches on shadow, light and nature. Wild & Free - Poetry of Living, Loving, & Letting Go completes the "Wild" trilogy, coming full circle to the essence of love.
Sherry Sadoff Hanck moved to Bucks County 18 years ago from Manhattan, where she earned her BFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School and MA in Media Studies from the The New School (though her real education came from living in NYC for nearly two decades). City mouse and country mouse, both, Sherry enjoys bucolic Bucks County with her husband, three daughters, two cats and two dogs.
James Carter has been wtiting and teaching the history of China for more than 20 years, focusing on the connections between China and the West through lives of individuals. Since 1999, he has lived in Ewing Township, NJ, enjoying runnning and biking on the D&R Canal. He is currently Chair of History Dept at Saint Joseph's University in Philly, and you can learn more about him and his work at www.jayjamescarter.com.
Amanda Rowe lives in New Jersey with her two beloved children. She is a freelance writer, an academic administrator, an amateur chef, a travel enthusiast, and a book hoarder. Amanda loves anything with peanut butter as an ingredient and is determined to make the world a better place. Visit her at www.amandarowewrites.com.
"Sometimes life is just like paper wings. Fragile, easily torn apart, and often there are too many pieces to pick up."In the tradition of the best Southern fiction - Where the Crawdads Sing - Sherry Parnell's Let the Willows Weep is a heart-wrenching portrait of hardscrabble, humble lives in rural America. A keenly-observed and unflinching look at the life of Birddog Harlin as she grows up in a dysfunctional family, this novel explores the line between destruction and redemption.
Tenaz Purdy and Michael Zisa
Pennsbury educators Tenaz Purdy and Michael Zisa have published 3 great "how to" books for ambitious young people.
Three families settled in Bristol, Pennsylvania in 1868. Times were sometimes prosperous, sometimes not. They lived with the same issues we do in the twenty-first century; immigration, contagious disease, substance abuse and the emerging role of women in society.
Take a look back and enjoy the characters.
Eighty-year-old Mimi hasn’t lost her marbles, she just can’t tell you where they are. Having gradually lost the ability to speak, Mimi now can only say, “No.” Even when she means ‘yes.’ She’s happy enough to spend her remaining days with her daughter Lily and her teenage grandson Todd. After all, who else could understand her? When a forgotten lunch results in a fire, Mimi’s family is at odds with how to care for her. Will the Shady Acres nursing home be her last stop, or will another solution be found? Click here to learn more about the book!
Alexandra Villasante has always loved telling stories - though not always with words. She has a BFA in painting and a MA in combined media(that's art school speak for making work out of anything). Alex has the privelgio of dreaming in both English and Spanish. When she is not writing, painting, or chasing chickens around the yard, Alex plans conferences and fund-raisers for nonprofits. She lives with her family in Yardley, PA. You can find Alex on Twitter and Instagram @magpies or on her website alexandravillasante.com
Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia, where they are ruled by their feline overlords and their addiciton to chai lattes. They write about that which they cannot do: ballet, time travel, and magic. They not-so-secretly believe most stories are fairy tales in disguise. The Girl with the Red Balloon was their young adult debut. You can visit Locke at www.katherinelockebooks.com
A Yardley resident, Becky Libourel Diamond is a food writer and research librarian. Her second book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner tells the unique story of a 19th century culinary challenge between Philadelphia restaurateur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of New York. She is also the author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America's First Cooking School. Both books were published by Westholme Publishing, also based in Yardley. Her current projects include Process: The History of Processed Food (Westholme) and Celebrations: Entertaining the Delmonico Way (Rizzoli) in partnership with fellow epicurean Max Tucci.
With a background as patchwork as his musical influences, Rich spent a few years in college (Pennsylvania State University, Ogontz/Abington Campus 1985-86), toiled in the massive mills of United States Steel Corporation’s, Fairless Works not too far from Trenton or Philadelphia, and when the majority of the plant was shuttered, he went through a series of changes leading him back into music, activism and a never-ending stream of writing.
Rich resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his four fiery but equally kind-hearted daughters, his funny, gregarious son and a wife who has actively supported his writings, his music; even though their musical tastes are worlds apart, and still manages to forgive his teenage stupidities like jumping headfirst and happily into mosh pits at an advanced age.