Behind the Press

Behind the Press


CoCo Harris  is a mother of three daughters and a native of Atlanta, GA. She has lived with her family in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Seattle, WA, the coast of Georgia, the Susquehanna Valley in central PA, and now Upstate SC. She attended Howard University for undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering and graduate studies in African Studies. After receiving her BSEE from Howard, she became a patent law professional working for the U. S. Patent Office granting patents in laser surgery & biomedical devices. After entering the United States National Patent Bar she began practice as a Patent Law Professional representing individuals, firms, and corporations, nationally and internationally.

On the other side of her life and brain, dubbing herself a lifetime diarist, she has taught the art and craft of creative journal writing since 1999. She has been a contributing writer and columnist for various magazines and has authored several creative journaling guidebooks for her writing and memoir projects. She was the host of the SOULTALK Journal Chat radio segment airing in the Nation’s Capital. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Writing in Fiction from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. CoCo's photography is showcased in exhibits and literary journals as she shares globetrotting images from her photodiary.

CoCo Harris is constantly exploring the notion of how we tell the stories of our lives across genres and art forms. 


Nancy Prothro Arbuthnot  is a poet and Professor Emerita of English at the United States Naval Academy.  Her publications include Guiding Lights:  United States Naval Academy Monuments and Memorials (Naval Institute Press); Wild Washington:  Animal Sculptures A to Z (The Annapolis Publishing Company), with Cathy Abramson; and From Where the Wind Blows (Vietnamese International Poetry Society), with Le Pham Le. She has recently completed a manuscript of spiritual meditations, and is currently at work on a series of poems about being the wife of a police officer in Washington, DC.  


Gloria Nixon-John holds a B.S. and M.A. from Wayne State University as well as a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  She has published academic articles, essays, poems, and short fiction in both small, mainstream presses and e-zines. Among them, Clover, Dunes Review, Gemini, The Language Arts Journal of Michigan, The Prose Poetry Journal, Telling Our Stories Press, Wayne Review, Women on Writing, and The English Journal.  She has chapters in Those Who Can Do, Teachers Writing, Writers Teaching, Writers in The Classroom. The Women of Country Music, and upcoming in To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press).  Her longer work includes a literary biography of Canadian poet Bronwen Wallace and a novel entitled The Killing Jar, based on the true story of one of the youngest Americans to have served on death row. Her Memoir, Learning from Lady Chatterley, will be published in 2015 (a excerpt of which has appeared in Turns.) Gloria lives in Oxford Michigan with her husband, Michael, her horses, dogs and cats and is occasionally visited by deer, coyote, wild turkey, red tailed hawks, and sand hill cranes. Gloria loves to spend time in her flower and vegetable gardens.  Her Italian heritage remains important to her and shows up in her cooking and her love for the arts.  

Carrza DuBose, PhD  is an Associate Professor at Austin Community College in Austin, TX. He holds a B.A. from Fisk University in Chemistry, an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky; and a PhD from Morgan State University. His areas include 20th Century African American Literature, psychoanalytic literary theory, gender, queer, and masculinist studies. Carrza is an award winning short fiction writer and has published several critical works.  


Kalenda Eaton, PhD., loves the written word. Since she was a young child, Kalenda has viewed writing and the creative arts as the ultimate forms of expression. She grew up in Northern California in a household where poetry, songwriting, and performance were encouraged and often squeezed in between the responsibilities of daily life. After graduating from high school, she further enriched her life experiences by attending Dillard University in New Orleans, LA where she majored in English and Spanish, wrote a trunk full of poetry, and performed a few pieces with her more esteemed peers. Her studies took her to graduate school in Ohio, where she received a Master’s and Ph.D. in English with specializations in African American Literature. She has held faculty positions in the Midwest, South, and North with her most current position being that of Director of the Master's Program in English and professor of English/African American Literature at Arcadia University in metropolitan Philadelphia. She has published a scholarly text, Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980 (Routledge, 2008), along with several shorter essays. Every now and then, Kalenda returns to her cultural roots through telling a story and pens a poem, memoiristic narrative, or piece of creative non-fiction. Daily, she extols the virtues of writers (known and unknown) who write without looking over their shoulders and has found peace and pleasure in her life’s work.  

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist.  He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).  He is a board member of The Writer's Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine.  Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University.  Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He is the author of two memoirs (Fathering Words, and The Fifth Inning; several books of poetry and anthologies. He has won numerous awards and is very widely published. He is the author of the following books: Andromeda (1974); The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles (1974); Migrant Worker (1978); Season of Hunger/Cry of Rain (1982); Where are the Love Poems for Dictators? (1986, reprinted in 2001); First Light (1994); Whispers, Secrets and Promises (1998); Fathering Words: The Making of An African American Writer (2000); Buddha Weeping In Winter (2001); How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004); and The 5th Inning (2009). He is the editor of the following anthologies: Synergy: An Anthology of Washington, D.C. Black Poetry (1975); Women Surviving Massacres and Men (1977); In Search of Color Everywhere (1994); and Beyond the Frontier (2002).

Clayton Scott was the recipient of the Governer's Arts Award in Education, and honored as the Poet Laureate of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and recently the is the author and performer of the one-person play, “Down in Littletown.” He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing in Poetry and is the author of volumes of poetry, including Mind Your Head, and Sex, and Other Matters of Regard. He has ranked in the top ten percent of slam poets in the world and represented Arkansas in the National Poetry Slams. He has won numerous awards for his poetry. He was chosen as a poetry ambassador with the Arkansas Arts in Education program and is the founder of Student Poetry Movement, a creative awakening public school presentation with which he has inspired thousands of students in America and England. Clayton worked as a comedian for more than 20 years; and he taught school in Oklahoma before becoming a television producer for a local and nationally syndicated TV talk show. Clayton serves as a part of three Arkansas Arts Council programs. He is an avid photographer with an eye for unusual and common images.

Lisa Dale Norton authored the critically acclaimed memoir Hawk Flies Above: Journey to the Heart of the Sandhills (Picador USA/St. Martin’s Press) and the popular writing book Shimmering Images: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir (Griffin/St. Martin’s Press). She works internationally as a developmental story consultant with writers completing book manuscripts and businesses developing brand storytelling. Lisa blogs for The Huffington Post as Story Expert and teaches memoir writing through The Santa Fe Writing Institute. She lives in Santa Fe.

Sue Meyn, L.P.C. has been in the Counseling field for thirty years and is devoted to helping others learn about the power and “magic” they carry within. Her experience is well utilized as she offers classes in journaling in the Phoenix College Creative Writing Program, does presentations about the therapeutic value of writing, and facilitates groups for The Wellness Community, an organization that offers services to cancer patients. Sue provides retreats, online journal classes, and is the author of the book, Journal Magic! Lessons in Therapeutic Writing, and the famed “JournalCards” as well. She is married, the mother of two and grandmother of five, and enjoys all aspects of her varied life.

Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN is an award-winning author of eight books of nonfiction and poetry including, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal, Healing With Words and Dear Anais: My Life and Poems for You. She is editor of Writers and Their Notebooks winner of the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award for academic presses and finalist in the Best Books 2010 Awards by USA News. She considers herself a journaling advocate. She has been journaling since the age of ten when her mother gave her her first journal to help her cope with the death of her grandmother, her caretaker. She loves sharing her passion with others and teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and in conferences around the country. Her work has been published in over 300 publications, including, Rattle, Rosebud, Litchfield Review, Tonopah Review, The Writer, Writers’ Journal, Common Ground Review, The Smoking Poet, A Café in Space, The Toronto Quarterly, Snail Mail Review, New Mirage Journal, Lucidity, Blood and Thunder, Jet Fuel Review, Ascent and others. WEBSITE:               BLOG:    www.DianaRaab/blog

Marj Hahne considers herself first a teacher, then a poet, having taught poetry writing, high-school mathematics, English-as-a-Second-Language, Business English, and arts and crafts. A freelance editor and writer, Marj has performed and taught poetry at over 100 venues around the country, as well as been featured on public radio and television programs. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and several art exhibits, and have been incorporated in the work of visual artists and dancers. She has a poetry CD titled notspeak.


Anika Klix lives and works in Seattle, is a mother of three beautiful children, and enjoys creative writing, modern dance, and theater. Anika has a BA in Sociology from Washington State University and a Master's in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. While her "day job" is in human resources, she spends much of her free time expressing herself artistically doing ghost writing, editing and photography.  See more about ANIKA

Celia Cordon Tovar is our Spanish translator and currently lives in Amsterdam working as a translator. Read more about CELIA

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