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LeafIn alphabetical order, we are:

Bonnie Abraham, after twenty-five plus years of writing letters disqualifying people from Unemployment Benefits, retired in order to write something more pleasant. In between knitting shawls and socks, she writes short stories (many with Biblical themes), poetry and devotionals and is currently working on a fantasy novel. She now resides in Corydon with her mother’s ghost.

Jan Wolanin Alexander is a retired science teacher married to a biology professor; mother to one horse and an ever changing number of dogs and cats; custom horsehair jewelry maker; part-time dog kennel worker; writer of horse tales; trail rider.

Marian Allen has had poetry and short stories published in small anthologies, in on-line magazines, print magazines, in ebooks, on the labels of coffee cans and on the wall of an Indian restaurant. Her novels include the fantasy trilogy SAGE; science fiction “comedy of bad manners” SIDESHOW IN THE CENTER RING; and YA/NA paranormal suspense A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE. She is part-owner and Editorial Manager of Per Bastet Publications LLC. Free stories, surrealist poetry, recipes and food history columns can be viewed at Marian Allen’s Fiction Site, MarianAllen.com.

Jeannine Baumgartle writes poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in publications such as Literally, the newsletter for Writers’ Center of Indianapolis, The Flying Island, Studio, a journal of Christians Writing (an Australian publication), Alive Magazine, and several volumes of Southern Indiana Writers’ Indian Creek Anthology. She was twice selected to read at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and received a weekend residency at Mary Anderson Center for the Arts for her poetry.

Sara Deurell is a writer and freelance editor living in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her first novel, THE LIFE AND DEATH (BUT MOSTLY THE DEATH) OF ERIKA FLYNN was published in 2014. She has written numerous short stories. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in a few of SIW’s anthologies. She blogs at Sara D vs Reality. She is a freelance editor, as well; her freelance editing web site is — wait for it — Sara Deurell, Freelance Editor

Brenda Drexler was a high school, middle school, GED and college English teacher in a past life. After some major life changes and a root canal, she returned to school to become a psychotherapist. She is an avid reader of a variety of genres. The work she is most proud of includes three articles published in a local newspaper and an anonymous letter to a senior officer on an Army post. Her short stories can be found at Lulu.com and Amazon.com She is currently writing her first novel, with some absolutely zany characters. Brenda is thankful for the feedback of her husband, sisters and friends after they proofread her works in progress. She’s indebted to the good people of SIW for their keen eyes in perusing the written word and their blunt honesty. (She plans to use that last sentence when she wins an Oscar or Emmy, or something).

Ginny Fleming considers herself to be foremost a screenwriter, as this is her favorite media. Because nobody thought to tell her she couldn’t, after optioning three scripts for the unsold ensemble sitcom “Tia” for Lighthorse Productions, Fleming dived head-first into the shark-infested mulligan stew that is Hollywood scriptwriting (How’s that for mixing metaphors?). Besides her annual contribution to the SIW anthology and a very brief appearance in the Louisville Courier Journal Scene Magazine, Fleming hopes to soon release “Keys of Illusion” for a second printing. A Romantic/Suspense novel filled with magic, scuba, fantasy, a bunch of lavender stuff, mermen and little bit of sex, “Keys of Illusion” will make you long for the salt-tinged sea breezes of Key West and the unique and magical people found there. Her comedy scripts can be viewed by sending a request (and WGAe approved release form) to: ginny.willwriteforfood.fleming@gmail.com. To date, her proudest honor was to be included in the five person crew responsible for publishing the “Written In Our Hearts” Cookbook. Compiled with love by friends, family, and fans of the late Monkees star, Davy Jones — this is a vegetarian/vegan cookbook that includes recipes, photos, and stories. Proceeds benefit the Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation. The DJEMF was founded by Davy’s four daughters after their father’s passing in 2012. Find the Written In Our Hearts Cookbook here. Fleming lives in New Albany, Indiana in what was once a tiny and peaceful woods. Now, not only is her home a tenth of a mile from a strip mall, she even has her own stoplight at the end of that once peaceful woods. She shares this bucolic paradise with her husband and one very fat and sweetly dimwitted cat.

Joanna Foreman was thrilled to see her memoir, THE KNOW-IT-ALL GIRL, a story about growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, published in 2013. Alone with her memories, she lived in the past nearly three years while writing it. Thirteen spooky ghost stories can be found in GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS OF INTERSTATE-65. Joanna continued her ghost story theme when Ghost Taxi, Lady of the Wigwam, and Vicarious Christmas were published by Melange Books. Visit her website: Joanna Foreman and her Facebook Author Page: Joanna Foreman, Author Anti-Blog.

Dirk Griffin, also known as The Invisible Man. Dirk is seldom among us in reality, but reality has never been our strong suit, anyway. His contributions are always appreciated, and his presence is unflaggingly sought by the group, his family, a passel of friends, a gaggle of enemies, creditors, and a plethora of nodding acquaintances. He has written theatre reviews for Arts Kentuckiana, had a script produced for Public Access Television, and has written music/lyrics and/or scripts for several musicals. Bunbury Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky, selected one of Griffin’s plays to include in their 2001 15th Anniversary 15 Minute Play Festival, where Rick Mattingly of LEO Magazine called it “one of the strongest plays in the festival.”

T Lee Harris is a scribbler of the lowest order. Not only does she pen lies about people who don’t exist, but she draws pictures of them as well. Harris has also been known to aid and abet others by putting their scribblings into book form and even going so far as to devise covers for these publications. She claims she went to school to learn these things, but that shouldn’t be held against anyone. Harris is, in turn, aided and abetted by others in her assaults against literature. Among these accomplices are Per Bastet Publications, who have shamelessly published her untruths about an ancient Egyptian scribe and a magic temple cat and most recently spread her prevarications about a former football player and a 200 year-old vampire turned international law enforcement agents. Also implicated are Untreed Reads, who have promulgated her lies about a retired spy who keeps getting mixed up in other people’s business, and the Southern Indiana Writers’ Group — possibly the worst offenders of all — who have repeatedly permitted her to commit her acts of literary vandalism with their Indian Creek Anthology Series. There are suspicions that Harris is committing another novel or two, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Joy Kirchgessner is a business woman, illustrator and writer. Her paintings were recently on tour with the Kentucky National Art and Wildlife Exhibition. She shares her home with her husband and two horses.

George Lopez is a practicing architect, a construction specifications writer, and figurative sculptor. His profession obliges him to travel extensively, exposing him to a diversity of people and circumstances. George draws upon these experiences for his fiction writing. He is currently marketing several short stories, and is marketing a novel while working on his next. His next what, he hesitates to say.

Samantha Lopez graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Illinois and is now in the Louisville area. When not fighting her two cats for the computer, she browses bookstores, practices various musical instruments, volunteers at sci-fi conventions, and attends Renaissance festivals. She writes science fiction, fantasy, mainstream, and poetry. Her short stories have appeared in the Southern Indiana Writers Group’s Indian Creek anthologies, and her poetry has been published in Nightlife. She is currently working on several novels.

Glenda Mills resides with her husband, three children, four dogs, a cat, various hamsters, turtles, frogs and fish in Floyd County, IN. When she is not busy being a “stay-at-home” mom, which is seldom, she enjoys writing poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Her work crosses genres and presently includes short stories, poems, a finished manuscript on an introspective look at the miscarriage of her child, and an unfinished manuscript of a “slightly” psychotic female serial killer. She firmly believes that variety is the spice of life.    

Brett Alan Sanders is a writer, translator, and recently retired teacher living in Tell City, Indiana. He earned a BA in Spanish (with an English minor) at Indiana University and an MALS at the University of Southern Indiana. He has been a contributing writer at Tertulia Magazine, where for “Tertullian’s Blog” he wrote the occasional column “Arte Retórica,” and a former columnist for the Perry County (IN) News. In addition he served a brief stint as managing editor at New Works Review and has translated for the literary-arts website suelta. He has published original essays, fiction, and literary translations in a variety of journals including Hunger Mountain, Artful Dodge, The Antigonish Review, Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, and Rosebud. He has also published a YA novella (A Bride Called Freedom, Ediciones Nuevo Espacio, 2003) and two book-length translations from the work of Buenos Aires writer María Rosa Lojo (Awaiting the Green Morning, Host Publications, 2008; Passionate Nomads, Aliform Publications, 2011). He may be contacted via his website / blog at Brett Alan Sanders.

 

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8 Responses to About

  1. Teri Baskett/Beth Gains says:

    I am a new writer, with 2 books accepted to be published later this year. Is it possible to join your group or be on an email list for yoru events/schedule?

    PS—my name is Teri, I write under the pen name Beth Gains.

  2. Gail E.Trout says:

    I’m writing a non-fiction book that uncovers the extremely profitable world of non-profit mail fraud that targets older folks. My mom was a target and in the year I monitored her mail she received 823 pieces of mail from 120 different organizations. Mostly trying to make her think she was going to lose her social security for one reson or another.

    I have 90% of the research completed and have started to pull it together into chapters, but I need feedback and approach ideas. I have worked as an instructional designer for 25 years, but this writing cannot be technical, so I am pushing the edge of my comfort envelope.

    Since I’m back in Bloomington I’d like to explore local writing groups. I was part of a group in Englewood, Florida and their guidance was wonderful.

    Would you share your meeting time and venue? Thanks. Gail

    • admin says:

      Gail, your book sounds excellent and much-needed! You’re so right–technical writing and non-technical writing are very different animals.

      Our group is a couple of hours from Bloomington, so you’ll probably want to look for something closer. I know there’s a writers’ center in Bloomington, or used to be.

      Best of luck with the project!

  3. Janet Manger says:

    This is most interesting! Since moving here (Floyds Knobs, In) 8 yrs ago when I remarried, I have been lost, in a sense. A busy musician/singer/actor all my life, I have found very little to do now as I have no connections anymore. I have taken up writing instead, and am working on a self-look book at my life or one might call it ‘reflections’ of self. I have written Christmas musicals for children in the past, won’t mind doing some other musicals for the theaters or even churches. Would I be a good candidate for your group? I do believe if I had some contact with others like myself, I could get a better handle on my creative side and a better understanding of what is available for me to do. Would love to visit and see what this is all about. Please let me know if this is available to me. 812 923-9740
    Thanks, Janet Manger

  4. Nancy Bittner says:

    I am just thinking about writing and don’t know where to start. It seems as if your group may be too advanced for me. Any suggestions where I should begin? I have been in real estate for 26 years and have met a lot of different people. I think I would write short, maybe humorous articles.

    • riTerz r1tn says:

      Nancy, I don’t know where you’re located, but I know there’s a more fluid, feeling-our-way group that meets at the Harrison County (Indiana) library. It’s called Quills and Quibbles, and Sue Haake at Harrison County Library is the contact person. I think your starting point would be to read a lot of the kind of article you’re thinking about: by Dave Barry, Erma Bombeck, David Sedaris. You can get their books at the library. You might want to read some James Herriot; some of his stories were VERY funny, and they were based on real incidents and people. Study those, to see how they’re put together and why they work. You must have a WEALTH of material, from working in real estate! Hope this helps! — Marian Allen, Author Lady

  5. Eva Zarley says:

    I stumbled upon this site and was SO delighted to see my old friends! Where do you all meet these days? I feel on the edge of China, here in Charlestown, so far from my Corydon ties. Sadly, I don’t know if I can attend meetings, or be involved in many activities or projects, but what fun memories I have of the times when I could! I keep my grandchildren by day and serve my daughter and hubby by night. I can barely make time to write, but I persevere. I have several books I am currently working on. I miss you guys and I’m sending you my love! Hugs!

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