Kathleen L. Housley, a core member of the Wising Up Editorial Group, is an independent writer and researcher with strong interdisciplinary knowledge spanning American history, art, music, science, medicine and theology as well as a poet. She doesn't try to keep her interests separate because she finds cross-fertilization to be essential to creativity. It is always in the borderlands between disciplines that Housley finds her most intriguing ideas. She is also the author of three biographies of uniquely creative women: the Smith sisters, abolitionists, suffragists and Bible translators; Emily Hall Tremaine, a well-known collector of 20th century art; and Perle Fine, a brilliant but underappreciated abstract expressionist painter. Her most recent book is The Scientific World of Karl-Friedrich Bonhoeffer: The Entanglement of Science, Religion and Politics in Nazi Germany (Palgrave, 2019). Her book of essays Keys to the Kingdom: Reflections on Music and the Mind was published by the Wising Up Press Writers Collective in 2010 and her book of poetry, Epiphanies, in 2013.
Kerry Langan, a core member of the Wising Up Editorial Group, is a fiction writer who loves reading and writing short stories. She is grateful to have been published by Other Voices, StoryQuarterly, American Literary Review, The Antigonish Review, Rosebud, Thema, The Seattle Review, The Cimarron Review, Fireweed, Yuan Yang, and many other small presses working tirelessly to promote literature as an essential element of contemporary life. Kerry's non-fiction has appeared in Working Mother. Her book, Only Beautiful & Other Stories, was the first book published by the Wising Up Writers Collective and she published her second short story collection, Live Your Life & Other Stories with the Collective in 2012. Her third short story collection, My Name Is Your Name & Other Stories was published with the Collective in 2017. She is a co-editor of the Wising Up Anthology, Shifting Balance Sheets:Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment. (www.oberlin.net/~langan)
Michele Markarian, a core member of the Wising Up Editorial Group, is a writer and actor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her short plays have been presented by the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, YAT in South-West London, the Fine Arts Association of Ohio, American Globe Theatre in Manhattan, Brooklyn College, and the Minnesota Shorts Festival of Plays, among others. Her ten-minute play Old Friends was a finalist for a 2006 Heideman Award from Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. Her plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Heuer Publishing, and six of her plays are collected in her recent book, Unborn Children of America and Other Family Procedures. Her short fiction can be found in the Wising Up anthologies Families: the Frontline of Pluralism, View From the Bed; View from the Bedside, Daring to Repair, and Creativity & Constraint. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
William Cass published his first collection of short stories, Something Like Hope & Other Stories, with the Wising Up Writers Collective in 2020. He has had over 200 short stories published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. He was a finalist in short fiction and novella competitions at Glimmer Train and Black Hill Press, has received three Pushcart Prize nominations, and won writing contests at Terrain.org and The Examined Life Journal. A recently retired educator, he lives in San Diego, California. His work has also appeared in the Wising Up anthologies Connected: What Remains as We All Change and The Kindness of Strangers.
Stephanie Hart teaches writing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is a guest lecturer at Parsons the New School for Design, where students read excerpts from her most recent book, Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories. Stephanie worked as Children’s Editor for the online webzine ducts.org, featuring the work of elementary, middle school, and high school students from many parts of the United States and the world. She is the author of the young adult fiction novel, Is There Any Way Out of Sixth Grade? Her short stories and personal essays have appeared in the Wising Up anthologies Connected: What Remains as We all Change and The Kindness of Strangers as well as literary magazines The Sun, Jewish Currents, And Then, and ducts.org. She is currently at work on a novel about the McCarthy era.
LORETTA DIANE WALKER
Loretta Diane Walker, a musician—tenor saxophonist, a daughter navigating a new world, a teacher who still likes her students, a breast cancer survivor, and an artist who has been humbled and inspired by a collection of remarkable people and poets. She won the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Poetry for her collection, In This House. She has published five collections of poetry. Her most recent collection is Ode to my Mother's Voice and Other Poems. Her manuscript Word Ghetto won the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award. Loretta received a BME from Texas Tech University and earned a MA from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She teaches elementary music at Reagan Magnet School, Odessa, Texas. Her poems have appeared in several Wising Up Anthologies, including Siblings: Our First Macrocosm and Re-Creating Our Common Chord.
Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press, Grolier Poetry Peace Prize winner, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. He was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including Someday I'd Write This Down and Earth-blood & Star-shine. His work has appeared in several Wising Up Anthologies, including The Kindness of Strangers, Surprised by Joy, Crossing Class, and Goodness.
MARY KAY RUMMEL
Mary Kay Rummel’s ninth poetry book, Nocturnes: Between Flesh and Stone, has just been published by Blue Light Press of San Francisco. Her first book, This Body She’s Entered, won a Minnesota Voices Award from New Rivers Press. She is co-editor of Psalms of Cinder & Silt, poems about experiences with fires in California. Her nonfiction books include Teachers’ Reading/Teachers’ Lives and American Voices: Webs of Diversity. Professor emerita from the University of MN and retired from California State University, Channel Islands, she and her husband, Tim, divide their time between Minneapolis and Ventura, CA where she is a former Poet Laureate of Ventura County. She is a founding member of the nonprofit, Ventura County Poetry Project. Her poetry has appeared in various Wising Up anthologies, including Goodness, Crossing Class, and Surprised by Joy.
Michael Konik is the author of thirteen books of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, most recently The Unexpected Guest. He has contributed to the Wising Up anthologies The Kindness of Strangersand Goodness.
Johnny Townsend has published stories and essays in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Salt Lake Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, The Humanist, The Progressive, and in many other publications, including the Wising Up Press Anthologies The Kindness of Strangers, Goodness, and Flip Sides,. His books include The Tyranny of Silence, Lying for the Lord, and Human Compassion for Beginners. He wrote the first book on the Upstairs Lounge fire, an arson at a French Quarter gay bar which killed 32 people on Gay Pride weekend in 1973, and he was an associate producer for the documentary Upstairs Inferno. His books have been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. His latest projects are Am I My Planet’s Keeper? Cooperating in the Midst of a Mass Extinction and Racism by Proxy.
J.O. Haselhoef is the author of Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti. She has also written for literary journals such as Storm Cellar, San Fedele Press, and Fiction Southeast. She has published essays in the Wising Up anthologies Goodness, Re-Creating Our Common Chord, and Surprised by Joy.
Patricia Barone bases much of her work on her teaching, nursing and visual arts experience. She feels that the affective demands of geriatric nursing made her emotionally stronger. Patients and families have taught her much about resilience and compassion. Her most recent book is The Scent of Water, a collection of poetry. The Wind, a novella and Handmade Paper, poetry, were Minnesota Voices Award winners from New Rivers Press. She has received a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction and a Lake Superior Contemporary Writers Award. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in several Wising Up Anthologies, including Siblings: Our First Macrocosm, Creativity and Constraint, Daring to Repair, and View from the Bed: View from the Bedside. Having survived 63 years with clinical depression (she is 73), she is now open about her hidden disease in the hopes that she can help decrease the stigma attached to mental illness.
Geanie Jones is a National Certified Counselor with over 12 years of experience in the field of community programs and community health. Since 2007, she has led strategic initiatives to address violence, child abuse prevention, parent education, and mental wellness working with several local community groups and school systems in Georgia. Before entering community health, she worked diligently to deliver programs and services to families in DeKalb County, particularly in the city of Clarkston with one of the most diverse communities in the United States. A graduate of Agnes Scott College; she has a MS in Professional Counseling from Mercer University.
Shahidah Muhammad lives in
Atlanta. A Muslim, she is a thoughtful and tireless advocate for positive
interfaith relations and is active in numerous interfaith groups.She is the mother of seven accomplished
adults, the grandmother of eight. Over the past few years, she accompanied her
husband Sherif as he struggled with the many serious complications of diabetes
- kidney failure, open heart surgery, and amputations - a faith journey that
has expanded her interest in energy healing and spiritual companioning through
illness for caretakers as well as people with fatal disease.
LILIA TRÁPAGA TENNEY
Lilia is the founder and director of the theater group El Caldero (The Cauldron) whose goal is to make poetry and literature accesible for younger Mexicans. Born in Mexico City, she has been a resident of San Miguel de Allende for 25 years. She has a degree in Political Science from Universidad Iberoamericana, and a post graduate specialization in Rural Development from the Public Administration Institute in Paris, France. She also studied drama at the University Centre of Theater, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Her main interest is the Spanish language. As well as being a playwright, she is a translator, and a Spanish teacher, and has given a number of talks about literature for the Cervantes Everywhere Festival. El Caldero, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, has received two grants from the Culture Institute of Guanajuato State.
WISING UP EDITORIAL GROUP 2021
Kerry Langan, Michele Markarian, Murali Kamma, William Cass, Stephanie Hart