April 2017 contributors

Anna M. Alkin holds an M.A. in religion from Yale Divinity School. Her interest in spirituality, social justice, and the natural world has led her to work in Congress, spend four months on silent retreat in the Tucson desert, accompany a death row inmate to the end of his life, lead college students on multi-day pilgrimage experiences on the streets to learn from the homeless, and found LunaSol Farm on 14 acres just outside of Eugene, Oregon, where she and her family raise chickens, berries, and locally-adapted honeybees. She discovered shamanism more than a decade after leaving church and a career in ministry. In addition to beekeeping, boy-raising, and writing, Anna also serves as a shamanic spiritual guide for clients both near and far: www.gaiashamanism.com.

Tom Bont is a United States Navy veteran, has a degree in computer science from Louisiana Tech University, and lives in north Texas with his family. Even after 25 years of marriage, he still spends as many hours as he can on the dance floor with his wife. His work can be found in Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers from Eakin Press. In addition, he has two self-published credits: Howlers: Lupus Rex (as Tom Sutherland) and Transplanted Yankee: Lest All My Balderdash Be Forgotten (as Thomas Lee Bont, Jr.). His numerous essays and articles have appeared in various online magazines. This is his first publication on The MOON.

Joe Cottonwood has worked as a carpenter, plumber, and electrician for most of his life.  Nights, he writes. His most recent book is 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses. He lives in a house he built in La Honda, California, just a stone’s throw from Ken Kesey’s old cabin. joecottonwood.com

Robin DiAngelo is a former associate professor of education and a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and just completed the 2nd edition of her book, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Sarah Ghoshal, poet, professor, mother, runner and feminist, earned her MFA from Long Island University in Brooklyn and has published two poetry chapbooks. Her work has been published in Red Savina Review, Cream City Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review and Whale Road Review, among others. @sarahghoshal.

Leslee Goodman is the publisher and editor of The MOON.

Debby Irving is a racial justice writer and educator and the author of  Waking up white, and finding myself in the story of race (Elephant Room Press, January 9, 2014), which was a finalist for half-a-dozen book awards, including two 2014 USA Best Book Awards (Current Events and Non-fiction Narrative). She holds a B.A. in history from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College, and was a classroom teacher for 25 years, following a five-year career in arts administration. www.debbyirving.com

Wendy Kennar was a public school teacher for twelve years. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, Beyond the Diaper Bag, L.A. Parent, and Lessons From My Parents, to name a few. She is also a regular contributor at MomsLA.com and writes a weekly personal blog: http://wendykennar.blogspot.com. This is her third contribution to The MOON.

Yana Kunichoff is an investigative journalist and producer based in Chicago. Her work focuses on policing, immigration, and education.

Sarah Macaraeg is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Asian American Journalists Association’s Criminal Justice Project. Follow her on Twitter @seramak.

John C. Mannone has over 550 works published in venues such as Peacock Journal, Gyroscope Review, New England Journal of MedicineInscape Literary Journal, WindhoverBaltimore Review. He’s been awarded a 2016 Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities writing residency and has two literary poetry collections, including one on disability, Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press, Dec 2015) featured at the 28th Southern Festival of Books. He edits poetry for Silver Blade and Abyss & Apex and he’s a college professor of physics in east Tennessee. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart three times. Visit http://jcmannone.wordpress.com

Katherine Morganpoetry has been published recently in Piscataqua Poems, Poet’s Showcase,Verse Osmosis and The Avocet. Coming of age in the 1960s, she has been active in anti-war and social justice movements. A lifelong teacher, she taught high school English, including women’s lit, American studies and peace studies. She is a co-editor and contributing essayist to Beyond the Notches:  Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country and Writing Process Revisited: Sharing Our Stories. The University of Iowa Press published her book My Ever Dear Daughter, My Own Dear Mother, a collection of 19th-Century letters. She lives and writes in the Seacoast of New Hampshire.

Toni Morrison is an American novelist, playwright, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. She is also a Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author of many bestselling books, including Beloved, Sula, The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Tar Baby. 

Beate Sigriddaughter lives and writes in New Mexico, USA, the Land of Enchantment. Her work has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and poetry awards. In 2018 FutureCycle Press will publish her poetry collection Xanthippe and Her Friends, and in 2019 Červená Barva Press will publish her chapbook Dancing in Santa Fe and Other Poems.


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