Ron Heacock, his wife, Karen Walasek, and her loyal service dog, Finn, split their time between the farm, HillHouse Writer’s Retreat, and their home in Portland, Oregon. Ron spent years as a performing songwriter and has shared the stage with notable artists like Alan Ginsberg and Pete Seeger. His work is published in Connotation, PaperTape, LIMN Literary & Arts Journal, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Far Enough East, Cease Cows, and The Pitkin Review. He is completing his MFA at the Goddard College.
(On Leave of Absence 2014)
Trisha Winn is the founding Publisher and Editor in Chief of Rawboned, a literary magazine dedicated to short form literature. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and editor for Better Write Now, providing writing and editing services to activist organizations and authors focused on social justice, sustainable small farming, disability rights, sexual assault/abuse, and environmental issues.
Ms. Winn earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Her creative nonfiction, vignettes, scholarly articles, and poetry have been published by TOSKA, Elohi Gadugi, Peninsula College Press, and The Pitkin Review. She recently won the runner-up prize in Hippocampus Magazine’s Remember in November contest. She has been a homeschool educator and tutor for students with autism. She lives and writes in Michigan while raising four children and advocating for women with disabilities.
Academic interests include Native American literature, literature of the American West, environmental literature, ecocriticism, and ecofeminism.
Eric J. Wallace is a writer, journalist, teacher of Composition and Literature, and occasional spiritual provocateur living in Hampton, Virginia. Studying under the irascible and fiercely intelligent Ryan Boudinot, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College. He believes in brave, daring, and, above all, ecstatic writing. He loathes all forms of oppression, including, foremost, ignorance and its abominable spawn: stupidity. His passions are the most intense known to man: Zen and Poetry—although he chooses to interpret the latter as designating more-so an ontological state of spontaneous expression than the product of some insidious linguistic reduction.
Karen Walasek (midwife, poet, painter, novelist, essayist, and biodynamic farmer) received her MFA & BA in creative writing from Goddard College. A current graduate student at Portland State University, her scholarly work includes an interesting nexus between women, culture, social justice, sustainability, conflict resolution, indigenous studies and the arts. She is the cofounder of Hillhouse writers and fiction editor of Elohi Gadugi Journal. A former weekly journalist, painter of people, and a sporadic blogger she is currently working on a revisionist fiction novel set on a biodynamic farm.
Jeff Eisenbrey lives in a characterless suburb of Seattle where he has been teaching writing, history and its fictions for two decades. Poetry has pursued him tirelessly for so long that he has finally begun submitting -to which he says, “This feels right.” Between frequent bouts of poetry he writes YA historical fiction and memoir. Jeff’s novel, Blade and Chain hits the shelves in the summer of 2014. His poetry and nonfiction work have been published by The Write Room, Limn Literary Arts, The Pitkin Review, and is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly. Jeff earned his MFA in fiction at Goddard College. This, he tells us, also felt right.
Susan Lynch walks a peripatetic path and has been called a serious word freak. Her songs have been recorded by Joan Jett and ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog. Cadence, lyricism and the incantatory power of words pervade her scribblings; straddling natural worlds and multiverses provide inspiration and direction. She holds a BA in English from Reed College, where she studied with poets including Katie Ford, Crystal Williams, Ilya Kaminsky, Carolyn Forché, Tess Gallagher, Ross Gay, Nick Flynn, Patricia Smith, Mary Szybist and Nicky Finney. Susan spent junior year at Oxford studying Yeats, English Literature, French Medieval Literature, Celtic Mythology and Early Irish Metrics in the Sarah Lawrence Exchange Programme. She is the author of Ethics for Invisible Worlds, a creative thesis followed by Into the All Empty, her full-length collection for Goddard’s West Coast low-residency MFA program. Poems are published in the US and UK. Associate Editor of The Conium Review, she lives on Vashon Island and rarely boards the ferry.
Jonathan Dittman received his MFA from Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. His creative work has been published with The Pitkin Review, his essay on language and identity theory has been published in the book collection Perspectives on Percival Everett, and he is the founding editor of The Rejected Writer, an online literary journal aimed at publishing and promoting the under-represented writer. His academic background also includes an MA in English from the University of St. Thomas – though he in no way subscribes to institutionalized religion – it is just a really good graduate program in Minnesota. He has taught English Literature and Composition at the college level for the past three years but has recently turned his sights toward mentoring in creative writing. Authors he admires include, but are not limited to, Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Dostoyevsky, Borges, George Saunders, Dante, Flannery O’Connor, Percival Everett, Nabokov, Joyce, and the list goes on.