GARY E. BULLOCK spent 35 years in Alaska as a fire-fighter and adjunct faculty at UofA. He is a two-time cancer survivor and U.S. Air Force Veteran. In addition to writing, Gary is a serious birder and student of nature. He wood carves, sketches, watercolors, and welds art projects. He lives in a slice of paradise with his wife Lee, and Robin the Wonder Dog. 

STEPHANIE NEAD is a poet, writer & artist who orients to the inward, the mystical, the metaphoric. Nature is her best beloved. Eagles, geese, sea and sky nourish her soul. Her poem “Rebirth” was awarded a prize in the 2017 Oregon Poetry Association contest. A week with Jane Hirshfield, writing poetry, remains a highlight of her life. 

JUDITH DUNCAN found her way from Missouri to Chicago to Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula where she has bloomed as a writer. Her poems have been published in Tidepools Magazine (Peninsula College), Art Inspires Poetry (Craven Arts Council), and in Last Wednesday Poets (an anthology). She and Ruth Marcus founded the Rainshadow Poetry Competition that published two anthologies of poetry chosen by a jury of Peninsula poets. The event was sponsored by Olympic Theatre Arts. Judy looks forward to publishing a collection of short-short stories and a collection of her poems. 

JUDITH COLLINS is a retired English Professor. She raised her family in the Pacific Northwest where she discovered poetry, then made her career in central Kansas teaching students the function of source documents in the Eisenhower Presidential Library. In 2015 she returned to Port Angeles to reconnect with family. She is passionate about birding and nature writing.


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RUTH MARCUS has advanced degrees in psychology and spiritual studies. When moving to the Northwest from Mill Valley, she became a columnist for the Sequim Gazette and Living on the Peninsula. Her essays were also published in Northwest Magazine

     Ruth's poetry has been published in Tidepools, Art Inspires Poetry, Cirque Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, Hummingbird,​​ Frog Pond, Last Wednesday Poets' Anthology,  Inspiration (a collection of daily wisdom), and Haiku & Mandala: A Wedding of Ancient Art. Ruth hosts writing groups and mandala drawing/meditation retreats. She was instrumental in the beginnings of Writers on the Spit, 4th Friday Readings and Spontaneous Writing at the Sequim Library. 


HOWARD CHADWICK made his way from Cleveland to the Pacific Northwest, but along the way, he studied forestry at the University of Idaho and worked as a fire lookout in 1950. His experiences as a smokejumper, a guide for elk hunters in the Idaho backcountry and active army duty  as CO of explosive ordnance disposal in Colorado are recorded in his narrative poems published in FROG LEGS, 2015. In addition, Howard's poems have been published in Tidepools Magazine (Peninsula College).  

     He has bicycled in New Zealand and hiked Scotland and Italy. His poetic eye led him to enjoying watercolor painting in his later years.

TERRY MORE is an author with a treasure chest of experiences. From farm to petroleum refinery, military base to missile silo, laboratory to cattle ranch, aircraft to sailboat, his interests and employments have been varied and challenging. Those experiences are distilled in his short stories and poetry.

     Terry has published a collection of poetry and creative fiction in TRACKS, and will be debuting his lastest book in December of 2016—FICTION, MOSTLY.

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GINA HIETPAS has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. Her farm on the Olympic Peninsula reunites pieces of an old homestead where she records observations of wildlife, plants, trees and seasonal changes. These observations reappear in her poetry. Her work has been published in Minerva Rising, New Plains Review, Rainshadow Anthology, Spindrift and Tidepools.

MICHAEL MEDLER writes because nature wills him to it. He left a dystopian suburb of Seattle and retreated to the kneehills of the Olympic mountains. His words are on-line at Dodging the Rain, Nine Muses Poetry, Whispers, Plum Tree Tavern and other poetry zines and anthologies. He has two recent collections now available on Amazon.