Masthead – River River – Fall 2015 Edition

A. Anupama

A. Anupama portraits 2010 - Poet - MastheadA. Anupama is an Indian-American poet, graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and organizer of Seranam Literary Arts and Nyack Lit Meetup. Her poetry has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Monkeybicycle, The Bitter Oleander, decomP magazinE, Bayou Magazine, ellipsis, CutBank, Green Hills Literary Lantern, St. Ann’s Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Tulane Review, The Alembic, Permafrost Magazine, and other publications. Find essays, reviews, translations, and more poems at Numéro Cinq Magazine, where she is a contributing writer. Check out her recent profile in Nyack News and Views Local Arts Index and her poetry blog at

Donna Lee Miele

2014-10-23 profile hat - MastheadDonna Lee Miele writes fiction and nonfiction, teaches for Writopia Lab in Rockland and Westchester Counties, New York, and is an owner-manager of Cuppa Pulp Writers’ Space in Nanuet, New York. Her fiction has been published in Red Fez, Atticus Review, and MendaCity Review. She also reviews fiction for Atticus Review, and blogs occasionally for Magnificent Nose. Donna enjoys leading River River writing salons and workshops and, along with her River River cohorts, generally stirring the local writing soup. She received her MFA in 2014 from Manhattanville College. She seeks stories that celebrate human relationship, puzzle over its whimsies and traumas, and mourn its catastrophes.


Ellyn Joyce Rabinowitz

Ellyn photo - Poet - MastheadEllyn Joyce Rabinowitz wears many creative hats as a poet, writer, teacher, and exhibiting artist. She devotes her time as a licensed psychotherapist and mediator in Nyack, NY, and New York City. She has a BA in English from Binghamton University, where she studied with poet Milton Kessler and writer John Gardner. Additional mentors, workshops, and inspirers include Kathleen Fraser from San Francisco State University, Philip Levine, Adrienne Rich, David Ignatow (Cranbrook Workshop, Michigan), and Barbara Hammer. Her poetry chapbook, Instinct for Survival, was published by Four Zoas Press, and her poems have been published by various literary magazines and small presses. She was a former editor and contributor at Moving Out, a feminist literary magazine based in Michigan, and a coordinator of poetry readings at First Majority, an art gallery in Berkeley, California. She has worked as a copy editor for professional journals and books. Nonfiction work includes Surviving Loss (PP Press, 2001). Ellyn has been part of several writers groups in the Rockland County area and appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the Hudson Valley’s arts.

David e. Bell

David Bell with Camera 1Our photography editor, David e. Bell, is a wordsmith, photographer, engineer, sailor. His home port is Nyack, New York, on the great Hudson River, just below Hook Mountain.


Julie M. Goldberg

10649098_10203828091056165_5835053622400992885_oJulie M. Goldberg is a writer, librarian, and teacher. She completed her first novel in 2013 and is working on a second. Julie lives in the Lower Hudson Valley with her husband and their two children. She is an obsessive reader, an occasional jazz singer, and an enthusiastic baker.


Rosemary Farrell

Rosemary Farrell writes short fiction and has been published in Fiction and Promethean. She was the Managing Editor of Fiction while completing her Masters in Creative Writing at City College, CUNY. She has lived in a number of places but was born in New York City and has resided in Nyack, New York, since 2003 with her family and animal menagerie.


Rebecca Watkins

Rebecca Watkins received an MFA in Poetry from the City College of New York and has taught poetry, writing and English as a Second Language at the college level for eight years in the greater New York area. She was awarded a poetry residency in Honduras for the month of January 2015. Her poetry has been published in The Promethean, The Red Mesa Review, Poetry and Performance, Anderbo and the SNReview, among other literary journals. Rebecca is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor, has lived and volunteered on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, and has worked on two organic farms.

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