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Michael D'Alessandro

Co-Founder, Editor

After a 12-year career in Architecture, Michael left the profession to pursue a second career in the arts. A writer, publisher, teacher and nonprofit manager, Michael moved to Washington in 2014 from Portland, Oregon where he was the Community Resource Coordinator for an arts nonprofit, the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). He has worked at the Froelick Gallery in Portland, and has taught creative writing and publishing at Marylhurst University and the IPRC. He has an MFA from Naropa University and is the publisher and editor of bedouin books, a small press specializing in new literature. Michael sometimes teaches a poetry workshop at the Writers’ Workshoppe and is the Executive Director of Northwind Arts Center, both in Port Townsend, WA where he lives with his partner and three children.

 
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Corinne Elysse Adams

Co-Founder, Editor

Corinne Elysse Adams is a storycollector, writer, editor, folk musician, and teacher. She holds a BA from Sophia University in Tokyo and an MSc in poetry from the University of Edinburgh. Her poetry has appeared in literary magazines such as Confrontation and the Asia Literary Review, and as the chapbook No More in Darkness: Routes to Alexandra David-Neel with Dancing Girl Press. No More in Darkness has also been adapted into a libretto for composer Tony Solitro's No More in Darkness: Meditations on the Life of Alexandra David-Neel. Together with her creative partner, Shivani Gupta, Corinne also created and continues to work on the multimedia storytelling project thread whispers.

She has worked as a secondary school teacher in Austin TX, taught creative writing with Badgerdog, worked as a reader for various literary journals, and does educational editing and content writing. When not assaulting the keys of her typewriter, she plays Irish fiddle, studies Japanese folk singing, and performs with traditional music projects.

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Bill Mawhinney

Editor

William Mawhinney was born in Avalon, Pennsylvania, in 1939. He earned an English degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1963 and moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he worked various gigs as proofreader, preparatory school master and construction estimator. After 20 years at Raytheon as facilities engineer, technical writer, newsletter editor and corporate trainer, he and his wife, Wanda, an abstract painter, retired to the forest west of Show Low, Arizona. While there, he led monthly poetry circles at a local library, volunteered as a poet in elementary school classrooms and offered poetry workshops and readings throughout the Southwest. Chased from the woods by a wildfire, he now lives in Port Ludlow, Washington, and talks with herons while combing the Olympic Peninsula beaches. He organizes and hosts Northwind Reading Series in Port Townsend and has performed poetry in local retirement homes through an Arts to Elders program. His first book, Songs In My Begging Bowl, appeared in 2002 and Cairns Along The Road, his second collection, in 2011. He was elected Angel of the Arts by the Port Townsend Arts Commission in 2011.