Moondance Contributors

Donna Cross

Donna Cross grew up in Southern California. After graduating from the University of California at San Diego she moved to the Bay Area. She is now a mom/poet/instructional assistant living in Mountain View with her husband, Tom, and their two children.

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farewell debut

I wrote this recollection while in a holding pattern over Pittsburg. Mostly true except for some condensation of time & overlap of conversation. I saw a man walk down the aisle ahead of me & ask for a napkin to clean up his child's spilled soda. He was wearing a twead jacket with those nasty leather elbow patches. Reminded me of the last time I saw Eddy. On 7th Avenue in front of Penn Station in Manhattan. 16 years ago. Executive Vice President of some electronics firm, said the only thing he remembered about me was my mother's cooking.

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Akua Lezli Hope

Akua Lezli Hope has won a Creative Writing Fellowship from The National Endowment For The Arts, an Artists Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Ragdale U.S.- Africa Fellowship, among other honors. Her collection, EMBOUCHURE, poems on jazz and other musics, was published by ArtFarm Press in 1995, and won the Writer's Digest 1995 Book Award for poetry.

Her work appears in several anthologies including SISTERFIRE, an anthology of Black Womanist Fiction and Poetry, HarperPerennial; EROTIQUE NOIRE, an anthology of Black Erotica, Doubleday/Anchor; and CONFIRMATION, an anthology of Afrikan American Women Writers, Quill/Morrow; as well as numerous literary magazines.

Akua is a third generation New Yorker, firstborn, with degrees from Williams College and Columbia University in psychology, journalism, and business. Born in Manhattan, she grew up in the South Bronx and Queens, and misses Park Slope and the Village. (All donations of brownstones gratefully accepted).

Akua bears an exile's desire for work close to home, and a writer's yearning for a galvanizing mythos. She is at work on her first novel. She sings, organizes, gardens, takes pictures, plays with her saxophone and her cats, reshapes thread, works well, and makes good dreams manifest.

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Loretta Kemsley

Loretta Kemsley is the president of Sandcastle Publications, an award winning journalist, a freelance writer/editor and a coach in the art of writing. Her past credits include editor-in-chief of "The Free Spirit" and "Minority Employment News".

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Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is called one of the twentieth century's greatest artists. Born at Cateau-Cambresis in the north of France, Matisse first studied law before discovering his talent for painting. He studied, unofficially, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His early work was more traditional and it was the turn of the century before he achieved his own style and voice. He was a leading member of the "Fauves"--the wild beasts--a group of avant-garde artists who used bright colors and turbulent brush strokes to compose their paintings. Some of his most important works were created between 1916 and 1930, including some incredibly rich portraits of women. We honor him for his insight into the female person.

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Terrie I. Murray

Terrie Murray is a contributor to "The National Homeschool Journal" and "The Bird Guide", regional and national magazines, and in her spare time likes to teach her niece/nephews the difference between a gull, a warbler and a thrush. The Jury is still out on who is learning more -- Aunt Terrie or the kids.

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Jayne Offenbacker

Jayne Offenbacker was, once upon a time, a therapist working with sex offenders. She now lives as a poet, witch, disabled mother of three sometimes angelic children and assorted beasts. Her work is forthcoming in SAGEWOMAN, EIDOS, and PRAIRIE DYKE.

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Beverley Peden

I am a painter who has lived in Kabale, Uganda for five years during 1989 to 1994. I have lived in East Africa for 15 years, in Uganda and Kenya. I am a 48 year old woman, have all normal appendages, no distinguishing features (except for those I chose to add occasionally), and have a family of four boys and one husband. I have no distinguishing degrees, except that I graduated high school, attended an art college for one year (during stints in Africa), and the occasional workshop. My paintings have been exhibited at the French Cultural Centre in Nairobi, Kenya; The Beatrice Jumptsen Art Gallery in Victoria, Canada; The Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda; the Dutch Consul's Residence in Kampala, the Gallery Cafe, Kampala, and at Tulifanya Gallery, Kampala. The Beatrice Jumpsten Gallery and the Gallery Cafe were commercial galleries, and the exhibition was at their request. The Dutch Consul's exhibition was also an invited exhibition.

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Sue Marquette Poremba

Sue Marquette Poremba is working on a master's degree in political science and women's studies, and has studied Alice Roosevelt Longworth and her father, Theodore Roosevelt, for 15 years. She is a co-owner of WWA-L.

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Elsie Russell

Born in 1956 in Nevers, France of French and American painter parents, mother Andree Descharnes, Beaux Arts trained classical still life painter, father Alfred Russell, professor of art and abstract expressionist "The Club" member. Elsie was raised and schooled in America, France, Spain and Italy and vowed in the sacred groves of Diana to become an artist while living in Italy on the shores of Lake Nemi. This was at a time when art and god were quite dead and the myths, mere shadows. Finding neither instruction nor understanding, but only ridicule and cynical prejudice, Elsie embarked on a course of self- study, learning the way of the old masters through deduction and observation and researching the beliefs of pre-Christian cultures, whom she believes were right all along. She was encouraged by her parents who were both master artists and enlightened philosophically and by Salvador Dali, a good friend of her family's.

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