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Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.5

Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.5

Dr. Ada Aharoni is a poet, writer and sociologist, who has published twenty-six books, her two latest poetry collections are: YOU AND I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, and PEACE POEMS. She is the recipient of several awards including the “British Council Poetry Award,” believing  that Bridges of Culture can help to create a world beyond war and violence, she has founded IFLAC: The International Forum for the Literature and Culture of Peace (1999): Sites: and

Victor Aleman is a multi-media artist. As a photographer he documents the human conditions that he encounters, and worked as the official photographer of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (1980-1990). (e-mail) [email protected] (website)

Ronald Blubaugh is a volunteer attorney at the Tommy Clinkenbeard Legal Clinic in Sacramento and a member of the Board of Directors of Sacramento Loaves & Fishes.  You may contact him at [email protected]

Terence Cannon was a SNCC Field Secretary, editor of “THE MOVEMENT” and anti-war leader in the Sixties, a journalist in the Seventies, a college teacher in the Eighties, and a fiction writer ever since. He lives in Santa Monica.

LeRoy Chatfield, publisher of Syndic Literary Journal, lives in Sacramento CA. In recent years he has published “Farmworker Movement Documentation Project”(; “Easy Essays” & “Dialogue” (

Richard Baldwin Cook lives in Baltimore County, MD and can be reached at [email protected]

Judy Darling is a native Californian and former teacher of creative writing,  American history, and literature She has been writing secretly most of her life and is now having fun with poetry, prose and the theatrical thrill of performing original Raps for friends
and family.

Don Edwards (1935-2011) lived in Ajijic, Mexico on Lake Chapala near Guadalajara. He wrote fiction, some published monthly for the Chapala Review.

Leslie Edwards is a translator and writer living in Ajijic, Mexico.

Jacquelin Aubin Ewing, raised and schooled in northern California, writes of yesterdays and a gentler time. She is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who counts among life’s necessities:  books, theatre and jazz.

Chris Giovacchini is a landscape gardener and designer in Sonoma, Ca. In 2003 he was given the “Poet as Community Leader Award” for extraordinary contribution in supporting poetry in Sonoma. He has a few self-published chapbooks. Contact: [email protected]

Abe Henselyn is a holocaust survivor from, Holland. Most of his working years were spent in the import-export business, since 1954 in San Francisco. His writing skills were honed in classes he attended in two senior facilities over the last eight years.

Harvey Hunt describes himself as a recovering bureaucrat from 30 years of public service and life in the suburbs. After much soul searching, he decided a big city was the place for him but not just any big city, and after a decade in “Bagdad by the Bay” San Francisco stills seems fresh and new to him.

Lena Jurikowa, painter and sculptor, born in Afrikanda North Russia, lives in Marne, Germany. A freelance artist in Poland since 1990 and in Germany since 1998, she works in stone, bronze and wood and has exhibited in Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Austria, Germany and Bulgaria; her work can be found in museums and private collections.

John A. Kouns grew up in San Jose, California and became a U.S. Navy photographer during the Korean War and later worked for a time with United Press International in San Francisco. Mr. Kouns freelanced for 30 years for food, and photographed the Civil Rights Movement and the Farmworker Movement for the soul.

John-Juan Lara is a second generation San Franciscan of Mexican American descent and a first generation college graduate and PHD. His teaching career includes serving the Christian Brothers of CA for 8 years, and UCLA and UC Irvine for 35 years where he holds the position of Emeritus Assistant Vice Chancellor.

Anna Sophie Loewenberg, a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz, is a Beijing filmmaker and the producer of a video series entitled, “Sexy Beijing”.

Dick Meister, former Labor Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, is co-author of “A Long Time Coming: The Struggle to Unionize America’s Farm Workers” (Macmillan).

Anna Maria Mickiewicz, Polish poet and author, lives in London. Her publications include a book of poetry, Dziewanna (1984), a selection of short stories and articles Okruchy z Okrągłego Stołu (Crumbs from the Round Table) (2000) by Norbertinum. She is a member of The Union of Polish Writers Abroad and edits its annual literary magazine, Pamiętnik Literacki.

Bruce C. Mitchell – dancing with time in Mendocino and Seattle.

Kate Mullikin is a public middle school English and art teacher, also an artist, writer and singer. She lives and works in Santa Cruz, Ca., and encourages her students to think, not parrot, and to make the world a better place through art, poetry and positive, creative actions.

Rudolph Najar lives with his wife Margaret in Littleton, CO.  Retired after 33 years teaching: Fresno State, U. Wisconsin-Whitewater, St. Mary’s College of California.  email address:  [email protected]

Gilbert Ortiz lives in Los Angeles, Calif. He works as a freelance photographer and consults on various art projects.

Dariusz Pacak, living in Vienna-Austria, poet and traveler, a member of several literary arts arts associations has visited 48 countries and received an Honorary Doctorate of Literature, 2011 (WAAC). Translated in eight languages and widely published, he is an active ambassador for poetry between East and West in his search for truth and meaning through culture’s interior-readings in Poland, China, Taiwan, Austria, Korea, USA, Mongolia, Sweden, Czech Republic.

Artist Susan Due Pearcy lives and works out of Barnesville, MD. Her work is in numerous private and public collections throughout the country and abroad.

Paul T. Pera wanted to be a renaissance contemplative, became a dancer, ditch digger, and facilitator of the Shadow.  Email contact: [email protected]

 Charles Rammelkamp lives in Baltimore, Maryland. He edits the online journal, The Potomac, In 2012, Time Being Books is publishing his poetry collection, “Fusen Bakudan”, about missionaries in a leper colony in Vietnam during the war.

Paul Richards lives in Oakland, California where he runs the Harvey Richards Media Archive ( He has worked as a carpenter, facilities manager, professor of history and is now retired.

Alfredo Santos c/s was born in Stockton, California and grew up in Uvalde, Texas. He is the editor and publisher of La Voz Newspapers and lives in Austin, Texas.

Terry Scott is a former UFW volunteer (1973-1988) and mother of four who lives in Hermosa Beach, California. Her current passions are photography, songwriting, and traveling.

Paul Sequeira was a Chicago-based photojournalist and free lance documentarian for more than twenty years – late 60s to early 90s. Now retired in Pioneer in his home state of California, Paul is publishing his extensive portfolio to make it accessible to the interested public.

Nina Serrano is a widely anthologized poet, voted “best local poet” by Oakland magazine in 2010. She produces a monthly literature radio program as well as a weekly Latino public affairs program for KPFA fm <>.

Catherine Sevenau resides in Sonoma, California. She’s written a family memoir, six books on her family genealogy, and entered nearly 4,000 ancestors on So many dead, so little time. Her genealogy books will be on-line, the first is at:

Ram Krishna Singh, a poet and university professor, was born and raised in Varanasi, India. Author of more than 150 research articles, 160 book reviews and 36 books, his haiku, tanka and other poems have been translated into Chinese, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, German, Romanian and many other languages. www.

Mel Solomon, a professional photographer, has lived in San Francisco’s North Beach since 2004, and focuses primarily on landscape and architecture photography. In years prior, his work took him to many countries within the African Continent, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia where his photographs have been displayed in galleries and museums. Mr. Solomon can be reached at 650-302-4766 or contacted by email at: [email protected] or via his website at:

David Spener is a sociologist who works principally on Latino and Latin American issues at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  A singer/songwriter in his younger years, he currently is studying the role played by song in movements for social justice in the Americas in the final decades of the twentieth century.

Indian Photographer Mukesh Srivastava made a successful foray into the digital arena, embarked on a new journey a little less that half a decade back and this journey has seen him win critical acclaim and accolade from across over the globe. A true craftsman of the lens, Mukesh feels that “Photography involves seeing through the lens of the camera, but truly seeing has many different dimensions. We see with the inner eye, the eye of the artist that is innate in each individual.” (email) [email protected] (website)

Elaine Whitman is a collage artist, photographer, and haiku poet. She also plays the Native American flute for hospice patients and their families.

Neal Whitman lives in Pacific Grove, California, and in nearby Carmel is a volunteer docent at poet Robinson Jeffers Tor House. He splits his time between Western form and haiku poetry.

Adrienne Wolfert Lovovits, now retired, lives in San Francisco, California. She was a graduate of Barnard College and Vermont College, served as poetry editor for Poet Lore,  short story editor for At Home & Abroad, taught writing at Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University and was a columnist for the Connecticut Ledger.

Stan Yogi is the co-author of Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. (Heyday, 2009)

Dr. Maurus Young has served as president of the U.S. World Academy of Arts and Culture and the World Congress of Poets since 2008. Born 1933 in Wuhan China and now living in Paris, Dr. Young is a poet, writer, journalist, and historian who has published nineteen books, including seven  books of poetry. 

TAKI Yuriko was born in Tokyo Japan and now lives in IBARAKI 110 miles from the center of Fukushima nuclear powers, although 8 months after 3/11  radiation level of her area is 60000bq-600000bq/㎡ – one of hot spots. She has received many awards for her poetry work, the Honorary Degree of Doctor in Literature from World Academy of Arts and Culture, Poet Laureate from World Conference of Poets, etc.

Andy Zermeno, a graduate of the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, has been a graphic artist for more than fifty years and worked many years as a project engineer for Hughes Aircraft. Zermeno resides in Tarzana with his wife, Anita, the proud father of Claire, Andrea and Gregory.



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