Linda Hunter Adams (President) has spent the past 45 years editing journals and books for national and international publishers and 30 years teaching at Brigham Young University, where she was an associate professor, teaching editing and publishing. She helped students start up over 30 student journals. Linda was the founder of the BYU College of Humanities Publications Center and 15 years its director. For 10 years, Linda co-directed the Educational Publishing Institute for McGraw-Hill, one of eight national publishing institutes. Linda is now a part-time editor for the Joseph Smith Papers, a documentary editing series that will be about 30 volumes.
Except for short periods in Massachusetts and Louisiana, Steve Cantwell (Vice President) has lived all his life in the West—Oregon, New Mexico, and Utah, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Maura, and their two young boys, along with an excessively energetic lab/border collie. His non-fiction narratives, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Short Story Review, Dialogue, and other publications. He has also been a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Tobias Woolf Award for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Strangers and Travelers, is complete and in search of a publisher. He’s currently at work on a book-length narrative, One Boy’s Way of Knowing, about his family’s day-to-day experience with autism. To see new work in progress, you can visit his blog site at www.oneboyswayofknowing.com
Dana Craig has a bachelors degree in mathematics from East Carolina University and has spent nearly the last two decades in the technology industry. She has held a variety of roles including product and project management roles that seek to bridge the gap between the technical aspects of software and the needs of the end-user. Dana currently is partner and co-founder in Quickstone Software, LLC, a start-up firm out of Park City, UT, that focuses on developing and implementing mobile strategies for businesses of all sizes.
Klancy de Nevers (Treasurer) edited,with Lucy Hart, Cohassett Beach Chronicles: World War II in the Pacific Northwest by Kathy Hogan, a book of Hogan’s columns from the wartime pages of the Grays Harbor Post. de Nevers’ poem “Curator” won first place in the City Weekly literary competition in September 2000. Her latest book is The Colonel and the Pacifist: Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, published in 2004.
Katharine English (Secretary) received her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009, where she served as non-fiction editor of the Pitkin Review. Prior to that she earned a JD from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law and was a lawyer and a judge in Oregon for twenty-one years. Her current completed, but not-yet-published book is Salvation: A Judge’s Memoir of a Mormon Childhood. She grew up in, and has now returned to, Salt Lake City, where she tutors and substitutes at Rowland Hall.
David Kranes is a widely-produced and published playwright and fiction-writer. He founded the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and has mentored many writers–both in and out of university settings. In another life, he consults in the gaming industry.
Rachel Marston (Vice President) received her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah in 2011. Her current book-length project, which explores nuclear testing in the American West, received 2nd prize in the Utah Arts Council Original Writing novel contest in 2011. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the anthology American Fiction, Volume 12: The Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Authors, Sidebrow, Puerto del Sol, DIAGRAM, and other journals. She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently resides in Salt Lake City.
Erin Rogers earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Utah in 2010. She likes her text on the page and screen, sometimes simultaneously. She recently performed her piece “Black Lagoon” at the 2011 &Now conference in San Diego as part of their Innovation in a Box series. Her work has most recently appeared in Quarterly West and A Bad Penny Review. She has lived and worked in places as diverse as California, France, and Utah. She currently lives in Salt Lake City.
Laura Stott earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University in 2004, at which time she was managing editor of Willow Springs. Laura spent nearly a decade of summers living in Skagway, Alaska, setting a migration pattern between her northerly home and various western states. She now teaches at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Her poems have been published in several journals, such as Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellingham Review, Crab Creek Review, and our local Sugar House Review. Laura is seeking a publisher for her completed poetry manuscript, The Dreaming Youths, which explores both migration and myth. She is now working on a second book, designed as a poetry and painting collaboration with her sister, Katheryn Stott Buxton, a visual artist.
Natalie Taylor has written for most the local rags in town, was an associate editor of Salt Lake magazine and their varied publications, and a senior copywriter in an in-house ad agency for a health care technology company. For several years, she wrote a book review column for City Weekly and has a story included in New Genesis, an anthology. Taylor’s poem “Last Day of July”, published in Ellipsis, Literature and Art, Spring 2000, won the 2000 Academy of American Poets Contest. In 1998, she won second place for creative nonfiction in the Utah Arts Council Creative Writing Competition. She earned a BFA in English with a creative writing emphasis from the University of Utah.
Jennifer Atwood, Writers at Work Program Administrator, is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has spent many years working in various nonprofits in Utah.