Sharon Abra Hanen is a food-fascinated writer, artist and creativity coach based in Concord, MA. "Green Eggs & Glam", her exploration of the celebratory value of good eggs, appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Sashay Magazine. Her passions for food writing, poetry & other creative projects connect at http://wellfedpoet.wordpress.com/.
Terry Dugan is a poet, novelist, medical researcher and documentary film producer. After a stint as a field anthropologist in Oaxaca, her pursuit of authentic Mexican food in the United States was relentless.
Giovanni Franceschini lives in a Mediterranean city somewhat noted for it’s tiramisu desserts, one or two dilapidated stone constructions, exemplary, ah, work ethic and most recently for it’s prime minister’s enthusiastic embrace of foreign…culture. He’s been a fan of Alimentum for the past few years. “Sonnet 29” is sort of an excerpt from The Complete, Abridged Recipes of Shakespeare.
Jen Karetnick works as the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; a columnist for Biscayne Times; and a food-travel contributor to magazines including Florida Travel & Life, Southern Living and Vegas Player. She is also the Creative Writing Director for grades 6-12 for Miami Arts Charter, a performing and visual arts middle and high school. Her poetry has appeared in Adirondack Review, Carpe Articulum, Gastronomica, North American Review, Pearl, River Styx and more. She is currently writing Romancing the Mango: Recipes for the Obsessed for University Press of Florida.
When she’s not closely tracking behind her baby girl Briar, Katie King tutors students in Language Arts and Spanish. Her thesis, published in the summer of 2010, was born from a passion for Young Adult Literature, and explores how to teach students to exercise critical thinking skills through YAL themes. Her time living in Ireland, Spain, Boston and Sausalito, CA, paired with her adventures in education, have inspired much of her creative writing which she currently pursues in her spare time. Katie lives in Nashville, TN.
Pam Kress-Dunn lives in Dubuque, Iowa, where she works as a medical librarian in a community hospital. She has masters degrees in library science and English, and an MFA in poetry writing. She also writes plays and a biweekly column for a local arts and entertainment paper, 365Ink. And she loves to eat really good food and read cookbooks, preferably simultaneously.
Sriram Krishnan works for the City of Atlanta, GA. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Georgia State and Emory University, Sriram recently took baby steps towards writing fiction and poetry. His first crop of summer and fall vegetables from the last growing season has motivated him to take on kitchen gardening with a zest that he hopes will bear fruit. In a few years he would like to retire as a gentleman farmer puttering about his two-acre lot in a John Deere.
Mark Kurlansky's writing has appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Partisan Review, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Apetit and Parade.
In addition to lectures at Columbia, Yale, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton and various other schools, he has taught a two week creative writing class in Assisi, Italy, a one week intensive non-fiction workshop in Devon, England for the Arvon Foundation, and has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. His 19 books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he often illustrates them himself. For more information, visit his webpage.
Jackie Regales teaches English at Roland Park Country School, an all-girls school in Baltimore, Maryland, where she lives with her family. Her poetry has previously been featured in the audio tour for the permanent collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Carly Sachs' first book of poems, the steam sequence won the 2006 Washington Writers’ Publishing House first book prize. She is the editor of the why and later, an anthology of poems that women have written about rape and sexual assault (Deep Cleveland Press, 2007). When not writing, she can be found making homemade granola, kale chips, or behind the bar crafting cocktails or teaching yoga.
Sue Staats lives, writes, and cooks in a cottage shaded by the Curtis Park sycamore trees in Sacramento, California. She recently earned her MFA in Fiction at Pacific University. She's been a featured reader of both poetry and fiction at the Sacramento Poetry Center and has been known, if her arm is twisted, to bake a pie or two.
Patricia Staino, a former New Yorker, is a freelance writer now writing and eating in Apex, North Carolina. In addition to writing about travel, food, art, and history, she blogs at http://theaccidentalmuse.wordpress.com about the oddball people, places and things that somehow inspire intermittent bursts of creativity.
Nancy Vienneau is a recovered caterer, food writer and activist living in Nashville Tennessee. You’ll find her poetry and prose in Alimentum, articles in Relish, Nashville Arts Magazine, restaurant reviews in The Tennessean, and stories with recipes in her blog, Good Food Matters.