Writer Profiles S–V

Writer Profiles listed alphabetically by last name

Mahbubat Salahudeen

Mahbubat Kanyinsola Salahudeen is a writer, poet and spoken words artist. Her works have featured or forthcoming at several places including Spillwords magazine, Brittle Paper, Ice Flow press, Ninshar Arts, Ice Lolly, Arts Lounge, SprinNG journal, Litround journal, Down in the Dirt, Aayo Magazine, Nanty Greens, Cathartic Review, Northern Otter Press, Konya Shamsrumi, Lothlorien Poetry Journal and elsewhere. When she is not writing, she’s either reading works by contemporary writers or hanging out by herself. Her friends call her Raven.

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Kristin H. Sample

Kristin H. Sample’s short fiction has appeared in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Sand Hills, Mawth, Running Wild, Brief Wilderness, The Airgonaut and more. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Parents Magazine. She has two published novels: North Shore South Shore and STAGECRAFT. Kristin lives in Dallas, TX. Visit her website www.kristinsample.com.

Gerard Sarnat

Gerard Sarnat MD’s won San Francisco Poetry’s Contest, Poetry in Arts First Place Award/Dorfman Prizes. Nominated for Pushcarts/Best of Net Awards, Gerry’s published in Hong Kong Review, Tokyo Journal, Buddhist Review, Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, Arkansas Review, Hamilton-Stone Review, New Haven Institute, Texas Review, Vonnegut Journal, Brooklyn Review, SF Magazine, LA Review, NY Times, plus by Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Penn, Chicago, Columbia presses. He’s authored collections Homeless Chronicles, Disputes, 17s, Melting the Ice King. Stanford professor/healthcare CEO, Gerry’s built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, devoted energy/resources toward climate justice on Climate-Action-Now’s board. Married since 1969, Gerry’s nine grand/kids.

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Thea Schiller

Thea Schiller, a New York poet and psychotherapist facilitates a poetry workshop at the Somers Library in Somers, New York and practices psychotherapy in Connecticut. Her poem, “Sarah,” was the Orchard Poetry Prize winner in Furrow, University of Wisconsin.  Recently, she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her poems have appeared in The San Diego Annual Poetry Review 2017-2018, Edify Fiction, The Ravens Perch, 4th & Sycamore, Hevria, Lucent Dreaming, and The Tenth Muse as well as numerous other literary journals.

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Katharine Schulz


Katharine Schulz is indescribable: stunning, talented, breathtaking, exquisite, completely unique, and most of all modest. Katharine is a friend to all vermin, as she was one in a previous life. She’s deeply interesting and complex, however she’s handicapped by the fact that she cannot stop breaking the first rule of F**** C***. She would like to point fingers at her 2nd grade teacher for allowing her to write 50 poems in one day instead of doing school work, and thank Martin Scorsese for casting Harvey Keitel in Mean Streets.

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Gabriel Sebastian, Futurist

Capricious vagabond, time-displaced Viking. Gabriel Sebastian has been pretending to write verse and doggerel since Nixon met Mao. Dubious credentials will not be bill-boarded here. Chronic sufferer of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) – political and cultural variant. Suffice it to say, Sebastian’s endeavors include surrealist poetry and contemporary fictions.

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Sunil Sharma

     Sunil Sharma is India-born and currently Toronto-based author-academic-editor-poet who has published 23 creative and critical books—joint and solo. His works have appeared in literary journals majorly from UK, USA, Canada, India, Australia and France, among others.
     He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award—2012 and other recognitions.
     His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015.
     Sunil edits Setu, a monthly published from Pittsburgh, USA: www.setumag.com.
     For details, please visit sunil-sharma.com.

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John Sheirer

John Sheirer lives in Western Massachusetts and is in his 30th year of teaching at Asnuntuck Community College in Northern Connecticut. His latest book is Stumbling Through Adulthood: Linked Stories. Find him at www.johnsheirer.com.

Pat St. Pierre

Pat St. Pierre is a freelance writer and amateur photographer who has been writing since her high school days after which she was captivated by the written word. She has had adult and children’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction published in a variety of magazines. Her fourth poetry chapbook “Not As it Seems” was published in 2021. Some of her poems have been published in Three Line Poetry, Ephrastic Review, Jellyfish Whispers, Pangolin Review, Scarlet Leaf River, and Highland Park Poetry. Her fiction and nonfiction have also been published in Mountain Tales Press, Minute Magazine, Poetry Pacific, Touch Journal, Plants and Flowers, and Smoky Quartz. Her blog is www.pstpierre.wordpress.com.

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Adam Strassberg

Adam Strassberg is a retired psychiatrist living in Portland, Oregon. (He was born and raised in Rockland County, New York.) His work uses the intersection of psychology, religion, mythology and magical realism to explore the human condition. When he’s not writing or napping, he often can be found updating his website at www.doctorstrassberg.com.

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Linda Tancs

Linda Tancs writes both fiction and nonfiction for adults and children. In addition to books, blogs, short stories and other fare, she writes plays, lyrics and movie scripts. Her animated short script, THE BEST WORDS EVER, entered the quarterfinals in the 2021 ScreenCraft animation writing competition. Visit her website at ltancs.com and her Facebook page at facebook.com/writerlindatancs.

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Daniel Tarker

Daniel Tarker is a Seattle based writer and educator. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Oregon State University. His plays have been produced by 14/48, Pacific Play Company, Seattle Playwrights Collective, Actors Theatre Santa Cruz, The Western Stage, Phoenix Theatre, and Spokane Radio Theatre. He has also published his research on leadership in multiple academic publications. You can find more at his website danieltarker.com.

Leon Taylor

Leon Taylor teaches economics at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a post-Soviet nation in Central Asia.  A Hoosier, he was a newspaper reporter before becoming an economist.  He has written fiction for Schlock!, Space and Time, 96th of October, 365tomorrows, kaidankai, Sanitarium, Mono blog, Spotlong Review, The Quiet Reader, The Unpleasantville Anthology, Samjoko, Made of Rust and Glass Anthology, HalfHourToKill, and other publications.

William Teets

William Teets is a writer born in Peekskill, New York, who has recently relocated to Waterford, Michigan. His poetry and prose work has been published in Chronogram, Drunk Monkeys, Ariel Chart, Down in the Dirt, The Rye Whiskey Review, Impspired, Cajun Mutt Press, Literary Yard, Abandoned Mine, The Deadly Writers Patrol, Art and Life, as well as in numerous anthologies. He has also released a memoir, Upside Down (One on the House) (2014) and a novel, Reverend Went Walking (2016). After the Fall, a poetry collection of Teets’ work, is scheduled to be released early in 2023 by Cajun Mutt Press.

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Dana Trick

Born a first-generation Mexican-Canadian-American autistic demisexual with ADHD, Dana Trick lives in Southern California where it is clearly foolish to wear black any day, but she does it anyway. Besides writing, she spends/wastes her day by either reading weird books and comics; researching history because she is an historian with a degree to prove it; drawing crappy art and comics which she posts on deviantART under Silencedbook9; and/or watching an unhealthy amount of cartoons, anime, and YouTube videos. She wishes the reader a nice day.

Westchester Writers Workshop member

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Judy Voss

Raised in Illinois, Judy attended several universities in Colorado and the Chicago suburbs earning her bachelor’s degree in communications. Early work included commercial writing and marketing communications. She moved to New York in the late 80s where her last job was a director of professional development in the public relations field. Now retired, she focuses on short story fiction. She likes to include humor, sarcasm and farce in many stories but occasionally spends time on more serious topics. Outside interests include gardening, gardening and more gardening.

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