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Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.7

Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.7


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

 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 (

Paul C. Mann is a stand-up comic- “The Recovering Workaholic”- based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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)

Dr. K. V. Dominic (Born 1956), 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), Editor of the international refereed biannual, International Journal on Multicultural Literature (IJML) and Editor-in-Chief of the Guild’s refereed biannual journal, Writers Editors Critics (WEC). He has authored nineteen books. Kindly visit him at:

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:

Elaine Elinson was the communications director of the ACLU of Northern California for two decades.  Her latest book, “Wherever There’s a Fight” coauthored with Stan Yogi, won a Gold Medal in the 2010 California Book Awards and is the basis of a bilingual touring exhibit sponsored by Cal Humanities.

Larry Francis is a retired teacher who has lived in Southern Oregon for most of the past thirty-some years. Larry got his first taste of teaching at the Hulega School with Gordon Williamson in Delano in the early 1970s and worked with and for LeRoy Chatfield on the “No on 22” campaign and a few others. 

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]

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.

J. H. Johns has lived a life “sandwiched” in between a two-room schoolhouse in a place called Erieau, Ontario, and being in NYC on 9-11.  In said life there have been successes and failures, wonders and disappointments, loves and betrayals – life and death.

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

 Trevor Jones is a retired Firefighter who lives in Scotland, Great Britain and is currently taking time out of the ‘Rat race’ to indulge his passions for writing inspirational Poetry and Hill walking. He has just completed the 500 mile Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and now turns his energy to getting some poetry published. Contact: [email protected]  or

 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-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.

Judy LewLoose is a watercolor pointillism painter for the homeless, and is creating a new technique and art movement for watercolors.

Donal Mahoney, a native of Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His poetry and fiction have appeared in print and online publications in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his earliest work can be found at:

 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).

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.

Dariusz Pacak, living in Vienna-Austria, poet and traveler, a member of several literary 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.

Paul Pera began writing for Syndic under the mentorship of  LeRoy Chatfield (then known by his religious name: Brother Gilbert) during his high school years in San Francisco and has since been published in Phoenix (Moraga), Transfer (San Francisco), Poetry Northwest (Seattle), and Choice (Chicago). After a brief respite of 45 years circumnavigating various arts and life experiences, Paul has again taken up the quill and keyboard  and returned to his original love: Poetry.

Jan Peterson lives in Richmond, California.  She is the proud mother of four children and four grandchildren!

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

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:

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.

Catherine Sevenau happily resides in Sonoma, California. She’s written a family memoir, six books on her family genealogy, and entered nearly 5,000 ancestors on So many dead, so little time. Two of her genealogy books are on-line: and

 E. W. Shaffer was born in Cumberland, Maryland and educated at the University of Maryland and Southern Illinois University. Trained in the sciences, he maintained a dual career working in various fields of chemistry and in the fine arts and literature as a painter, sculptor, conceptual artist and poet. 

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)

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)

Allen Qing Yuan, born in Canada and aged 17, currently attends high school in Vancouver and, encouraged by his poet father Changming Yuan, has developed a keen interest in poetry. Thus far Allen has had poems published or forthcoming in literary journals across ten countries, which include Cannon’s Mouth, Cirque, Contemporary American Voices, Istanbul Literary Review, MOBIUS, Ottawa Arts Review, Paris/Atlantic, Spillway and Taj Mahal Review.

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 USHIKU 110 miles from the center of Fukushima nuclear powers, although 15 months after 3/11  radiation level of her area is 60000bq-600000bq/㎡one of hot spots. Ushiku City has started to check for quantity of radiation in the each body of all children from 4 years old to 18 years old. She 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 and etc.






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