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BIOS for Authors/Artists Syndic No.6

Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.6


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

Bev Ainscow is a native Brit who sailed into SF Bay on a freighter in the turbulent 60s and stayed for good. Besides gardening, racquetball, and keeping a journal, she loves to write family limericks, short stories, and poems with a nice cuppa tea on her desk

A.J. Amherst is the front man and synth player for the band The Whiskey Reverb.  He also creates sound recordings and instrumentals for On The Edge Productions and Silverback Status Ent. Contact: [email protected]

Yolanda Barrera graduated from college with a B.A. in English and minors in Spanish and Latin American History.  She taught high school English in San Jose California before attending UCLA School of Law and graduating in 1979.  She has been a federal criminal defense attorney for 31 years in the Los Angeles area.

Siobhán Ó Mócháin Breathnach is a writer and performer. She also makes art in The Corridor Studio, Big Bear City, CA with her artist/partner Séamus Ó Dubsláine. and

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

Richard Baldwin Cook is the author of SPLENDID LIVES AND OTHERWISE: Sonnets of Remembrance, (Nativa LLC, 2011), available at; and the following books, available at and elsewhere: THAT’s WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT – Collected Essays, literary criticism (Nativa LLC, 2006) – ALL OF THE ABOVE I and ALL OF THE ABOVE II – genealogy and family history (Nativa LLC, 2007, 2009); MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT – attorney punished for complaining about the misconduct of a federal judge (Nativa LLC, 2010)

Sarah Taylor Cook has been singing professionally for the last 10 years and possesses a repertoire that spans Mexican folk to classical to jazz standards. She lives in Mexico City. 

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.

Dr. K. V. Dominic, English poet, critic, editor and short story writer is a retired professor of the PG & Research Department of English, Newman College, Thodupuzha, Kerala, India. He serves as Secretary of the Guild of Indian English Writers, Editors and Critics (GIEWEC), Chief Editor of the refereed biannual, International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) and editor of the Guild’s refereed biannual journal, Writers Editors Critics (WEC) and the editor of New Fiction Journal (NFJ).

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

Dr. Robert Garmston, retired educator and co-developer of two international professional development programs lives in El Dorado Hills, CA with his wife Sue and cat, Bella.

Susan Garmston graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Cornell University, a California teaching credential from CSU Northridge, and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from San Francisco State.  She was a home demonstration agent in New York state, a middle and high school home economics teacher, a consultant in the development of  TA for TOTS, and a consultant with the California Department of Education in Professional Development for nearly 20 years.  Sue can be reached at [email protected].

Chris Giovacchini Ramirez is a landscape gardener and designer in Sonoma California.. 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 and his work has been published in regional anthologies and other collections. Contact information: [email protected]

Rafael Jesús González, Prof. Emeritus of Creative Writing & Literature, Laney College, Oakland where he founded the Mexican & Latin American Studies Dept., Poet in residence at Oakland Museum of California and Oakland Public Library on award from Poets & Writers 1996, he has thrice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was honored by the National Council of Teachers of English for his writing 2003. Widely published and recipient of the 2012 Dragonfly Press Award for Outstanding Literary Achievement, his La musa lunática/The Lunatic Muse was published in 2009.

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.

Michael Lee Johnson, a poet from Itasca, Illinois, who lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era, is published in 23 countries,  runs four poetry sites, including his website: His published poetry books are available through his site, Amazon.Com, Borders Books, and

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.

Gene Lock is from Loose Creek, MO, now retired in Sacramento and Mendocino from day jobs as an ad/PR copywriter, USAF Public Affairs Officer and B52 navigator. He writes to amuse himself, with occasional success. [email protected]

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.

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]

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.

Glen Pearcy was nominated for an Academy Award in 1975 for his third film, “Fighting For Our Lives”, a feature-length documentary film about the United Farm Worker’s grape strike. Since then he has written, produced and directed dozens of films, including documentaries for PBS and Turner Network Television; films and video programs for labor unions, consumer organizations, environmental groups, government agencies and political organizations; and television and radio spots for public interest groups, foundations, political candidates and commercial clients.

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 is a social worker for Sisyphus, herdsman for Jack Russells, a wannabe Fool to a pretender of the throne. [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.

John Richmond has been published in Forge Journal, Slow Trains, and is forthcoming in Lalitamba and The Potomac.  When he is not writing, John spends a good portion of his time discussing the state of the world with his coonhound, Roma. [email protected]

Dr. Nandini Sahu, Associate Professor of English, IGNOU, in New Delhi India, is a poet and literary critic who has authored/edited eight books.  Her areas of research are critical theory, American Literature, new literature, folklore and culture studies and children’s literature. For further reading, please access:

Dr. Rati Saxena, Indian poet, translator, editor & director of the poetry festival: Kritya, and chief editor of a bilingual web journal for poetry ( has published six poetry collections in English & Hindi, two critical studies on Atharva Veda & Malayalam poet, Balamani Amma. She is a founding member and representative from Asia for World Poetry Movement – Medellin.

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 happily resides in Sonoma, California. She’s written a family memoir, six books on her family genealogy, and entered over 4,000 ancestors on So many dead, so little time. Two of her genealogy books are on-line: and

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:

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)

Justin Wandro works with the poor and impoverished in Sacramento California. He writes about the logistics of helping at He can be contacted at [email protected]

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.

Changming Yuan, co-author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Three Poets (2011) as well as a four-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China and published several monographs before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan teaches independently in Vancouver and has had poetry appearing in nearly 450 literary publications across 18 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine, Poetry Kanto and Poetry Salzburg. Contact: [email protected]

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

Andrena Zawinski is a poet, teacher of writing, and an avid shutterbug. Her photographs have appeared widely in print and online in many literary magazines and digizines. Many years ago she won a travel photo contest and was given a round trip ticket to San Francisco, but not surprising, she never used the return trip ticket.


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