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LETTERS MEMBERS

Cindi Carroll : Author & Flash Fiction Committee Chairperson

Cindi Carroll

Author & Flash Fiction Committee Chairperson

Letters Member

Cindi is an Author: her books include "Where Did the Maya Go?" and "My Father's Gift"

cindicarroll12@gmail.com
Diana Alishouse : Letters Member

Diana Alishouse

Letters Member

Diana Alishouse draws inspiration and ideas for her art and writing from nature and her experiences with mood disorder. She has a B.A. in Social Studies and English and took art classes at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. A body of work titled The Ragged Edge was exhibited in the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. Her non-fiction book Depression Visible: The Ragged Edge combines her art and memoir with factual information about the physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual aspects of mood disorders. www.depressionvisible.com

Jacque B. Boyd : Letters Member

Jacque B. Boyd

Letters Member

Aviation writer and researcher specializing in women's issues.
Chairman: Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund, Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots

Margaret Brettschneider : Letters Member

Margaret Brettschneider

Letters Member

Margaret Brettschneider (a.k.a. M.J. Brett) taught literature and journalism for thirty years, twenty-one in Germany and seven on the infamous Cold War Border. As an experienced “people watcher,” Ms. Brett writes stories she feels “need” to be told … of the psychological questions and unending variety of emotion and error inherent in all human relationships, and the events that change history right out from under us. Each of her nine books: Mutti’s War, Shadows on an Iron Curtain, Between Duty and Devotion, Street Smart on a Dead End, Mama Told Me Not to Come, I Think I Can, I Think I Can, Dancing in the Wind, Stand Silent, Stand Free, and Truth Lies Six Foot Under, reflects this historical interest in people. Find her on Facebook or www.mjbrett.com

Linda K. Bridges : Letters Member

Linda K. Bridges

Letters Member

Linda Bridges: Children’s Storybook author and illustrator. Works in watercolor, pastels & oils. Published Book: Sammy’s New Friends: Works Pending: Hildie’s Hat Party; Olivia Can’t Fly www.lindakbridges.com

Virginia Franklin Campbell : Letters & Music Member

Virginia Franklin Campbell

Letters & Music Member

Virginia Franklin Campbell owned and operated her own music studio for 50 years and is a Music and Letters member. Her publications include Make a Memory: Recitals Worth Remembering, and Alfred’s Piano 101, Exercises and Applications for Kawai Digital Pianos and Ensemble Pianos. Among her orchestrations for Keyboard Orchestra are Zum Gali Gali; Goldberg Variations: Number 3, Number 10 and Number 17, by Johann Sebastian Bach. She has written an original solo for soprano and bass: Seasons of Life, and a musical setting of a poem by Anna DiBella, past National President, Dynamic, Time-Tested, We Survive, for and about Pen Women. Currently the Branch President, she previously served as President of the Pikes Peak Branch, 2000-2002, Fourth National Vice President 2002-2004, and First National Vice President 2004-2005. Outstanding Service as Pen Woman serving as National President: 2016-2018

Martha De Ulibarri : Letters Member

Martha De Ulibarri

Letters Member

Martha De Ulibarri: Poet; During 26 years as Vice President of the VNA, my responsibilities included writing newsletters, annual reports, and advertising materials.

Janet Geiz, MA : Letters Member

Janet Geiz, MA

Letters Member

Published books: Educator's Guide to Tutoring, Summer School Kites (by Janet Wright my maiden name), Elf Help for Being a Good Parent, and Parent Promises

Joyce Gregor : Letters Member

Joyce Gregor

Letters Member

Joyce Gregor is a poet and grant writer/nonprofit consultant, living in Westcliffe. A graduate of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, she penned the words of its Alma Mater, and her poems and articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. She recently published a gift book, Flowers of Faith, and aided the Branch  in developing and bringing poetry education and writing to elementary school children. Her current projects include, working with a team of writers and actresses in writing a play, Interruptions, that highlights women’s stories about transcending personal struggles and interruptions in their lives, while also writing a book on the History of old Colorado Church Structures built before 1900.

Diane Hoover : Letters Member

Diane Hoover

Letters Member

Nancy Godbout Jurka : Letters Member

Nancy Godbout Jurka

Letters Member

Writing under the name, Anna Blake Godbout, Nancy Godbout Jurka, a Cold Spring, New York native, is an award winning published poet/writer and photographer. Her poems and have in appeared in Heron Dance, Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue, The Story Circle Journal, Wyoming Poets Anthology Distant Horizons, and Women Writing the West, Mary Jane Farm Magazine and The National League of Pen Women Magazine publications. In addition to leading the Teachers as Writers Statewide Committee affiliated with the Colorado Council Reading Association, Nancy has been a poetry and children’s writing judge for the Colorado Independent Publishing Association, Piles Peak Library District and Women Writing the West. A graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, Nancy is retired from a 35-year career in elementary and special education and now conducts many writing workshops for teachers, students and the public. As President of the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of Pen Women, Nancy has co-authored a book titled The Poetry in the Schools Project. This collection of lessons, poetry, insights from the ongoing Poetry in the Schools Project is published by the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of Pen Women where poetry is taught to elementary school children in Colorado Springs, CO. Her poetry collection Journey On: Beauty and Grit Along the Way (2012) and the award-winning book, 2016 CIPA (Colorado Independent Publishing Association) EVVY award winning book in poetry, Bright Star of Palmer Lake (2015) published by Mountain Tapestry Press, LCC and are available on Amazon, Covered Treasures in Monument, CO and Second Star to the Right in Denver. www.annablakegodbout.com

Beverly Lewis : Letters Member

Beverly Lewis

Letters Member

A Distinguished Alumnus of Evangel University, Lewis has written over 80 books for children, youth, and adults, many of them award-winning. Several of her books have been made into movies.

Website: http://www.beverlylewis.com/

Elizabeth Martin : Letters Member

Elizabeth Martin

Letters Member

Elizabeth Diane Martin writes about how creativity works in both artists and entrepreneurs who bring new ideas and goods to the world. Her work blends writing, art, leadership development, and Internet business development. She is a pioneer in business, by working with artists and vision-directed entrepreneurs, to help people realize and lead with work that is a natural, creative extension of their very being.  She is currently developing an online course for training in purpose-centered leadership, and publishes a free newsletter for owners called “The Art of Perspective: for the way we think.”

Doris A. McCraw : Letters Member

Doris A. McCraw

Letters Member

Gary Olgy : Letters Member

Gary Olgy

Letters Member

Gary Olgy : Author of The Kampei Game: Experience the Joy of Crossing Cultural Barriers Pending: The Isle of My Heart” a middle grade novel, M.A., PhD Candidate, Senior Instructional Designer | Author | Editor/QM Certified Master Reviewer & Online Facilitator

Charlene “Charly” Potts : Letters Member

Charlene “Charly” Potts

Letters Member

Charlene “Sharly” Potts is cofounder, with her husband, John, of an educational nonprofit, Professionals to the World, and with him, has written a textbook, Values and Principles that Can Change the World, which is being taught in the national universities of Honduras. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of William and Mary. She is currently finishing a children’s textbook titled Principles that Make You Strong, and has worked as a contract writer and passage finder for Harcourt/Pearson. Having spent most of her life volunteering with young people, she has lived in England, traveled extensively in Honduras, and visited many other countries.

Sarah Byrn Rickman : Letters Member

Sarah Byrn Rickman

Letters Member

Since she was five, writing has been Sarah Byrn Rickman’s first love. It led to a 20-plus year career in journalism, but meeting her first WWII woman pilot veteran in person set “the rest of her life” in motion. Telling WASP stories was her destiny. Now, eight books later, she has firmly established her reputation as a WASP historian and storyteller. Her latest is BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot, her first book written for the young adult (Y/A) audience. Nancy Love: WASP Pilot, the Y/A biography of the founder and leader of the WASP ferry pilots of WWII is next in line.

Her biography, Finding Dorothy Scott: Letters of a WASP Pilot, won the 2017 Sarton Literary Award from Story Circle Network and the Colorado Independent Publishers Award, the “Evvy,” both for biography. She was a finalist in three other 2017 book awards.

Sarah earned her BA degree in English from Vanderbilt University and her MA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Midwest. She holds a Sport Pilot License and is qualified in vintage tailwheel aircraft — like the WASP flew.

Website: www.sarahbyrnrickman.com

 

 

Brenda Speer : Letters Member

Brenda Speer

Letters Member

Brenda Speer has been practicing law since 1989, emphasizing intellectual property law (patent, trademark and copyright) and providing legal counsel to artists, entertainers, innovators, companies and individuals in the creative, technological, business and real estate arts. A long-time resident of Colorado Springs, she lives with her husband and a collection of books, writing, sewing and needlework supplies. She is actively affiliated with many community organizations, as a member or board director, and one of her favorite creative activities is playing principal French horn with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic. Although she has published numerous articles on legal topics, she aspires to be a novelist.

Cassandra Q. Thomas : Letters Member

Cassandra Q. Thomas

Letters Member

Cassandra Quinn Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Southwest Studies from Colorado College and a BA in English from UCCS.  Cassandra began her writing life as Editor of the high school newspaper, The Lever.  She went on to initiate a company newspaper,  The TRW Transmitter,  while working as a technical writer.  In the course of her writing life she was awarded an El Pomar Scholarship, a Colorado Scholar’s Award, a Golden Key Honor Society Award and Honorable  Mention, Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, San Jose State University.  Most recently her poems were accepted for publication in the Denver Women’s Press Club Contest, By-Line Magazine, NLAPW Pen Woman Magazine and Poetry Salzburg Review, Salzburg, Austria.

Deborah A. Upton : Letters Member

Deborah A. Upton

Letters Member

Deborah A. Upton is a former public school teacher who now lives in Westcliffe with her husband, after returning to the state where her great-uncle and grandfather had homesteaded in 1918 and 1921. She has written two novels and numerous short stories, but to date, none have been published (mainly because they are stored in her closet). She is actively involved in the poetry project in local schools with the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.