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Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.8

Bios for Authors/Artists Syndic No.8


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 (

Dr. Shruti Das,  an associate professor in English at Berhampur University in Odisha, India, has been teaching for 23 years. She is the author of “From Margin to the Centre: A Tony Morrison Reader” (2009) and “Contemporary Communicative English” (2010). Email: [email protected]

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.

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]

Eric D. Goodman is author of Tracks: A Novel in Stories, (Atticus Books, 2011), winner of the 2012 Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards. He’s also author of, Flightless Goose, a storybook for children. Eric’s on Facebook, Twitter, and

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

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

Morgan Ray loves art and words. For her, poetry combines the best of both worlds. She began writing poetry five years ago and has honed her skills in workshops taught by some of the finest poets in America. She is about to publish her first collection of poems. Morgan lives and works in Sonoma, CA.

Dr.Nandini Sahu is an Associate Professor of English in IGNOU, New Delhi, India. She is a poet, literary critic; is the author/editor of eight books and more than thirty research papers published in India, U.S.A., U.K. and Pakistan. She is a double gold medalist in English literature and the award winner of All India Poetry Contest and Shiksha Rattan Purashkar.

Jesus Sanchez grew up in the 1960s listening to music on his transistor radio while walking the farmworker union pickets lines  in the Central Valley of California with his parents.  Out of this experience grew his life-long love of music and his fascination with musicology.  Jesus Sanchez lives in Parlier CA.

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 over 5,000 ancestors on So many dead, so little time. Two of her genealogy books are on-line:  and
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:

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)

Asha Viswas,  Professor of English,  is a poet, critic and reviewer and has published three collections of poetry. Her poems have been published in a number of European magazines and journals and some of these have been translated into French.

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.

Richard Ybarra is Regional Director of the Braille Institute of America, San Diego Center and a part time resident of Tehachapi.   He spent four years as Cesar Chavez’ personal assistant, traveling press secretary, speech writer, head of security, humorist and dog training intern.  A long time friend of Cesar Chavez, he is a son-in-law.

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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