Contributors to the September 2017 issue

Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology and Native American Studies, serving appointments in the departments of physics, astronomy, sociology and anthropology at Colgate University, where he has taught since 1963. Dr. Aveni helped develop the field of archaeoastronomy and now is considered one of the founders of Mesoamerican archaeoastronomy, in particular for his research in the astronomical history of the Maya Indians of ancient Mexico. He is a lecturer, speaker, and editor/author of three dozen books on ancient astronomy.

Ariana Barrett is an internationally known psychological astrologer whose dedication and commitment to her own personal growth led her to discover the evolutionary vehicle of astrology as it relates to cultivating human potential. Ariana has been a student of astrology for over two decades, writes, conducts workshops, offers life coaching as well as private readings. Contact her at She is donating 50% of her session fees to the Hurricane Harvey animal rescue and relief effort.
Her cashtag is 805-637-9242.

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 100 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; 11 chapbooks of poetry, including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and her new collection, Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017); and 18 anthologies. She has also authored a dozen travel guidebooks. In March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose her verse as poem of the month. Caputo has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. For the past decade, she has been traveling through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels at:

Leslee Goodman is the publisher/editor of The MOON.

Michael Lee Johnson lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, amateur photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois. Published in more than 989 publications, his poems have appeared in 33 countries. He also edits and publishes 10 different poetry sites, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes for poetry in 2015 and twice for Best of the Net 2016 and 2017. He also has 134 poetry videos on YouTube: He is the editor-in-chief of the anthology, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, and of a second poetry anthology, Dandelion in a Vase of Roses.

John C. Mannone has work in Blue Fifth Review, New England Journal of Medicine, Peacock Journal, Gyroscope ReviewBaltimore Review, Pedestal, Pirene’s Fountain, Event Horizon, Eye To The Telescope and others. He’s the winner of the 2017 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature and the recipient of two Weymouth writing residencies. He has three poetry collections: Apocalypse (Alban Lake Publishing), nominated for the 2017 Elgin Book Award; Disabled Monsters (The Linnet’s Wings Press) featured at the 2016 Southern Festival of Books; and Flux Lines (Celtic Cat Publishing). He’s been awarded two Joy Margrave Awards for Nonfiction and nominated for several Pushcart, Rhysling, and Best of the Net awards. He edits poetry for Abyss & Apex and other venues. He’s professor of physics near Knoxville, TN.

Madeline McEwen is an ex-pat from the UK, bi-focaled and technically challenged. She and her Significant Other manage their four offspring, one major and three minors, two autistic, two neurotypical, plus a time-share with Alzheimer’s. She is a member of the California Writers Club and Sisters in Crime, Norcal. She maintains a blog with a loyal following. Her platform is associated with the Autism Hub [UK], as well as the usual Facebook and Twitter accounts, predominantly in the realm of disabilities.

Aju Mukhopadhyay is a bilingual award-winning poet, critic and author of more than 34 books. He has published 10 books of poems in English and two in Bangla and has readers worldwide. His works are widely anthologized and translated in several languages.

Steve Price is descended from a Cherokee medicine woman and lives on a small homestead near the town of Tignall, Georgia, with two cats, a blue-eyed horse named Libby, and a very lazy dog named Buster. His days are spent enjoying the quiet of nature and letting his imagination find the stories that exist all around him in the wild. Contact him at

Elaine Reardon is a poet, herbalist, educator, and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her chapbook, The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, published September 2016, recently won first honors from Flutter Press. Most recently Elaine’s poetry has been published by Three Drops from a Cauldron Journal, MA Poet of the Moment  and She lives in the forest in western Massachusetts.

Margarita Serafimova has been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize 2017. She has two collections in Bulgarian, Animals and Other Gods (2016) and Demons and World (2017). Her work is forthcoming in Agenda, Trafika Europe, The Journal, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Futures Trading, Poetic Diversity, TAYO, The Punch, Aaduna, Three Drops from a Cauldron, Sea Foam Mag, Plum Tree Tavern, SurVision, and appears in London Grip New Poetry, A-Minor, Minor Literatures, Noble/ Gas, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Obra/ Artifact, Ginosko, Dark Matter, Window Quarterly/ Patient Sounds, Peacock Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Wild Word, In Between Hangovers, MockingHeart Review, Renegade Rant and Rave, Tales From The Forest, Misty Mountain Review, Outsider Poetry, Heavy Athletics, The Voices Project, and Cent.  Visit her on Facebook.

Maya Shaw Gale has had a deep love affair with nature since childhood and was naturally drawn to the wisdom ways of indigenous cultures that support living in harmony with the Earth. She has been passionately immersed in the field of mind/body/spirit wellness for over 40 years. Her private practice and workshops are grounded in eco-psychology, embodied mindfulness and energy medicine and she respectfully integrates the ceremonial and shamanic practices she learned from her Wampanoag, Cherokee, Lakota, and Piute teachers to support people in healing themselves and their relationship to nature. She is the founder of Write from the Heart and Inner Nature/Outer Nature Retreats and Power with Heart, a feminine-principled leadership training program. She is also a published poet and playwright. (The Last Wild Place, available on

Dana Visalli is a naturalist living in Twisp, Washington. He produces a quarterly magazine, The Methow Naturalist, and keeps his earnings intentionally low so as to avoid sending money to international war criminals. Read more of his writings here.

PLUS, a very special shout-out to The MOON’s patrons on Patreon: John Brier, Jonathan Woolson, Anna Alkin, Ellen McKenzie, Hudson Hornick, Noah Hornick, Ron Goodman, Barbara Savage, Gerald Stanek, and Liz Huston! You inspire us!

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