Masthead – River River – Winter 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 seranam.com.

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 MendaCity Review and is forthcoming in Atticus Review. She also has nonfiction forthcoming in 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.

Sarah Golin

Sarah Golin was raised in Pittsburgh, a city built on the shores of three powerful rivers. She caught her first fish at the age of six with a hand line lowered into the Monongahela, and spent summers on a boat docked along a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Many years later, she worked in a salmon cannery on the shores of Cook Inlet in Alaska. Today, she is a journalist, essayist and fiction writer, and she trolls for stories along the banks of the Hudson River, on both the New Jersey and New York sides. She recently earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, and previously received an MA in journalism from NYU.

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.

Olivia Thompson

Olivia Thompson - MastheadOlivia Thompson, an Arizona native, is a fiction fanatic. She is currently writing and studying to complete her MFA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College. She entered into the world of fiction at Concordia College and received a BA degree in English, Writing. During her undergraduate years, Olivia was the Editor and Chief of Concordia’s e-newspaper, The Clippings. While working for The Clippings, she read fiction works written by her peers and created a writing community on campus. She idolizes Flannery O’Connor for mastering the “mystery and manners” and desires to be pulled in by the emotional world of the protagonist.