Registrar: Baerbel Miller
Membership Chair: Kathryn Takara (Letters)
co-chair: Sabra Feldstein (Art)
Letters Chair: Susan Killeen (Letters)
Visual Art Activites: Anita Benson (Art), Mary Farkash (Art) Kris Barry (Art), Sabra Feldstein (Art)
Music Activities: Roslyn Catracchia (Letters)
Website/Social Media Editor: Rebecca Woodland (Letters)
Lorin Tarr Gill: Susan Killeen (Letters)
2016-2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Co-President: Marcia Zina Mager (Letters)
Co-President: Rebecca Woodland (Letters)
Vice President: Carol Egan (Letters)
Treasurer: Ann Becker Gommers (Art)
Recording & Correspondence Secretary: Leilani Madison
SUSIE Y. ANDERSON (Art)
Susie is a devoted oil painter, passionate about painting outdoors “en plein air”. She is a Signature Member of the “Plein Air Painters of Hawaii” and a juried member of “Oil Painters of America”—one of only seven artists selected from Hawaii.
Susie's paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide, and in the permanent collections of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the City & County of Honolulu. She has won many honors for her work in juried shows including six Best-of-Show/First Place awards, has shown at the "Artists of Hawaii" show at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and was a regular guest artist at the Academy’s “Showcase 2003-2007” exhibitions.
Susie has lived in Hawaii since 1969 and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Gallery at Ward Centre, and currently represented by Nohea Gallery, Fine Art Associates, Maui Hands, and Kaukini Gallery on Maui, as well as District Gallery in Park City, Utah. Susie has been a member of NLAPW since the mid 1970’s and is a past President of our Honolulu Branch.
MARY BELL (Letters)
MARY BELL is the author of the book, Of the Demons.
"Delicious and diabolical. A great read." ~ Margaret South
"Wit and elegance with dapple-and-slash. Don't take too many at once." ~ Dennis Carroll
Mary says: "What I love doing best is writing comedy and satire. I used to paint landscapes, but stopped about ten years ago because I liked writing better and it's hard to do both."
ANITA BRADLEY BENSON (Art)
Anita Benson is a fine artist, living on Oahu. She specializes in watercolor and acrylic painting. With a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in both Art History and Painting, her work is educated and skilled, with a great degree of imagination thrown in.
Her awards include work being chosen for the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and The Arts collection, Hawaii State Museum exhibit, 2009, purchase awards in the Commitment to Excellence exhibit, Linekona, Honolulu,, first place in the Oahu Pen Women biennial,, several awards in the annual Aloha Show, Honolulu Hale,, the Puahi Tower annual contemporary exhibit, and numerous awards on the Mainland.
Anita taught Figure Drawing, Drawing and Composition, Watercolor, and Art Appreciation courses at Monterey Peninsula College, Ca., for 18 years plus art courses for Pacific Groce art Center, California.
She is an avid snorkeler, a volunteer marine ecology educator at Hanauma Bay, and has published two books: "Mermaid Rhymes and Tails" and "Watercolor Fish of Hawaii". She has done marine life illustration for Hanauma Bay and Malama Na Honu. Anita was a visiting artist on the island of Ko'olawe, doing plein air paintings for the reserve, .
Her favorite quote: "You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus" Mark Twain
ELSHA BOHNERT (Art & Letters)
Elsha Bohnert is an award-winning artist in mixed media and assemblage. She is known for her Trash Art and Trash2Fashion Shows for the City & County of Honolulu Recycling Department. She has exhibited in Hawai`i, the continental USA, and Europe. Her art work can be found in private collections worldwide.
Born and raised in Indonesia, with English as her third language, Elsha's writings have been published in Bamboo Ridge, Hawai`i Review, Rain Bird, and Hawai`i Pacific Review. In 1998 she was chosen one of 16 poets nationwide to work with then-New York State Poet Laureate, Sharon Olds. Two years later she had the pleasure of being the Featured Artist in Hawai`i Review. She also had the honor to have her poems included in Hawai`i Pacific Review Best of the Decade 1997-2007. And in 2011 she was the grateful recipient of the distinguished James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry.
Elsha has served multiple terms on various executive boards, including the O`ahu Arts Center and the National League of American Pen Women – Honolulu Branch. She has also taught workshops in Art & Creativity in Hawaii and on the Mainland, always with deep interest in using the arts for healing.
Elsha is the author of Don't Trip over the Garden Hose & Other Blood Sacrifices (Deuxmers 2013), a book of poems. She has attended Mark Travis' annual "Write Your Life" workshops since 2004 and took part in the inaugural "Write Your Life On Your Feet" performance workshop in 2013. She is currently teaching the Mark Travis' writing techniques and working on a book of short stories and drawings.
CAROL CATANZARITI (Letters)
Carol Catanzariti writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She co-authored a poetry chapbook entitled Seeking an Answer, published by Finishing Line Press. Several of her works have appeared in various reviews such as Evergreen Magazine, Colorado Woman, Hawaii Review, HAPA, Hawaii Pacific Review, Honolulu Magazine, New You Magazine, among others. Her name appears in Poets and Writers list of published writers. She is the co-editor of Sunset Inn: Tales from the North Shore.
Her poem, "Keep the Earth Green," was on display at the Smithsonian from the Peace Ribbon event at the Pentagon and her poetry was selected for Honolulu Poetry on the Bus. Two of her awards include First Place in Poetry in the National League of American Pen Women - Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Contest and First Place in the Honolulu Advertiser's Children's Christmas Short Story contest. Hawaii Pacific Review included one of her poems in their "Best of the Decade" issue 1997-2007. She says, "I'll always believe that a writer's job is to share hope and possibility."
Carol holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. She is a Federal Mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in Honolulu and has lived in Honolulu for 35 years.
Carol Catanzariti is a federal mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a registered nurse with a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Hawaii, School of Law, and a freelance writer and poet. Her life's blood is her writing her work has appeared in Hawaii Review, Evergreen, Hapa, Honolulu Magazine, Honolulu Advertiser, Colorado Woman and others.
She won the 1996 NLAPW First Place Poetry Award and has had her poem-peace ribbon, "Keep the Earth Green," displayed at the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, her poetry was selected for Honolulu Poetry on the Bus.
BARBARA CLEMENS (Letters)
Barbara Clemens, former university English instructor and software product manager, is a writer and developmental editor of computer textbooks for the college and university market.
Her recent titles include Microsoft Windows 8—Illustrated Brief and Microsoft Office 2013 Fundamentals, published by Cengage Learning.
A producer of instructional videos, she also writes and teaches online courses for the online learning company Ed2Go, and has published magazine and newspaper articles. She has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Hawai`i Vocal Arts Ensemble.
E. SHAN CORREA (Letters)
Shan is a former university instructor (English/ journalism) and a professional freelance writer, writing for both children and adults - fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Published in regional and national books, magazines and literary journals. Honored with many awards, among them national First Place awards in the Adult Fiction Category of the NLAPW Biennial Letters Competition 1996, 1998 and 2000. Most recent fiction sales to Japanophile, Cricket Magazine and Cicada; poetry to American Poets & Poetry, A Time for Singing and the Rain Bird; articles to Trade Winds, Honolulu Magazine, and ByLine Magazine.
Shan’s food features and columns appeared in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for over two years, but she is currently concentrating on writing fiction and poetry for children. She has penned a musical (writing music as well as lyrics and book) for Hawaii’s children, and her first children’s novel was published April 1st, 2010, to good national reviews.
Gaff (Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta) is set on a farm in Hawaii where the narrator’s father raises fighting cocks for a living. Paul Silva, “almost thirteen,” tells of his growing doubts about the family’s role in the “sport” of cockfighting, and what he finds that he must do to become a man.
CAROL EGAN (Letters)
Carol Egan began dance training at an early age in California and pursued professional studies at the Juilliard School in New York. Since then she has danced, taught, and choreographed throughout the U.S. and Europe; managed several small companies, most notably the Jazz Tap Ensemble (1980-84); written for numerous magazines and newspapers and contributed articles to the International Ballet Encyclopedia.
She also served as consultant to many small non-profit organizations; served as a panelist and site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, and the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts (Honolulu); and acted as one of four national Dance Committee members for the CIES, Fulbright Committee.
Ms. Egan began writing about dance in 1976 when she became the San Francisco Bay Area News correspondent for Dance Magazine. She has since written articles for Ballet Review, Dance Horizons, the Berkeley Voice and several other East Bay publications, Diablo Magazine in Walnut Creek, The Honolulu Advertiser (where she served as dance writer from 2001-2010), Malamalama, HI Luxury and Halekulani Living magazine.
JODI ENDICOTT (Art)
The stock market holds many metaphors for life's universal emotions – those of faith, hope, despair, and greed. This series of paintings is an interpretation of the drama, fluidity, and power of the market’s essence.
The lines, figures, and patterns are scraped into the gesso. I throw or trowel the paint, often completely covering what was there before. I dig into canvas to find the image. The past movements show through. This additive and subtractive process results in a thick and highly-energetic surface.
In some of the works, the paint flows like water – so that it reads like an ocean and follows the movement of a stock chart. What is initially seen changes upon deeper reflection and speaks of our time.
MARY FARKASH (Art)
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mary moved to Hawaii from NYC in 1978. Married with five children, she has lived on the Windward side of Oahu more than 30 years.
Mary received her formal education in NJ receiving her Bachelor of Arts in English Liberal Arts. She pursued her love of art in Hawaii at the University of Hawaii – Manoa campus' photography and printmaking department and informally through the Honolulu Academy of Art. Her work is a blend of photography, encaustics, painting, printmaking and mixed media. Although her medium varies her subjects are often based upon organic abstracts found in nature. Mary is finely tuned to color and that sensitivity strikes a harmonious note in the work.
Mary's work has been exhibited in Honolulu at Mark's Garage, Pauahi Tower, UH Manoa Sinclair Library, Linekona of the Honolulu Museum of Art, Ho`omaluhia Gallery, the Balcony Gallery in Kailua and many Hawaii juried art shows. Her photographs have been published in Island Magazine and Dance magazine, and exhibited in the Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY.
SABRA RAE FELDSTEIN (Art)
Graphic designer and clay artist, Sabra Rae Feldstein, turned to painting in 1995, taking classes with Timothy Ojile and participating in Playworks, an open studio with Nan Holmes.
She has taught furniture painting classes at the Volcano Art Center on the Big Island and on Hornby Island, Canada. For two years she ran the art program for the children of war in Croatia with Global Children's Organization. In 2002, she ran the GCO art program for children of violence in LA.
Her paintings have been exhibited at the Artists of Hawaii at the Academy of Arts, Hawaii Pacific Gallery, Koa Gallery and the City & County of Honolulu Recycle Art Shows, her art work is on sale at The Honolulu Museum of Art, Spalding House campus.
VICTORIA GAIL-WHITE (Letters)
Victoria has written art columns for The Honolulu Advertiser since 2001. She is a textile artist and teacher and has exhibited her marbled fabric and paper works in local galleries and juried exhibits here and on the mainland. For five years she owned and operated The Art Plantation Gallery in Haleiwa and was formerly Vice President of the Honolulu Chapter of NLAPW.
Trained at The Culinary Institute of America in Rhinebeck, New York, she spent twelve years working as a professional chef. Her original recipes for organic baked goods keep her busy with special orders when she’s not writing, snorkeling, traveling or kayaking.
She has been acting on Hawaii’s community theater stages since 2002 in both leading and supporting roles and was awarded a Po’okela for leading female in The Actors Group’s 2006 production of Edward Albee’s, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?---which also received an Ensemble award.
She has been in television commercials, an extra in movies, and read both stories and plays for Hawaii Public Radio. She had the pleasure of directing the very talented Pen Woman, Jan McGrath, in a performance of “The Belle of Amherst” in the spring of 2010. Victoria has been an interpretive guide at Doris Duke’s magical Shangri La since 2005. Basically, she lives and enjoys a very creative life.
JOAN GENCARELLI (Letters)
After thirty years as systems analyst, designer of software products and technical writer, Joan now concentrates her writing to her passion for words of fun and feelings as well as meanings. Several of her short stories have been published by Rainbird Literary Journal , and Bamboo Ridge Magazine.
Joan is the proud recipient of the 2006 Lorin Tarr Gill Honorary Mention award for non-fiction and the 2006 Kolekolea award from the staff of the literary journal, Rainbird. She is currently writing her second novel, and marketing her first.
CAROL GOLD (Letters)
Carol Gold is a historian, teacher, writer, mother, feminist, New Yorker who lives sometimes in Alaska, sometimes in Hawaii and sometimes in Copenhagen. She has taught European and women’s history at universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Denmark and Alaska. In 2011, she retired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks after having taught there for 35 years. While there, she was the first coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program and founded and managed the campus Women’s Center. In 2004, the Alaska Women’s Lobby named her “Feminist of the Year.” She has written three books on Danish women -- Educating Middle Class Daughters (Copenhagen, 1996), Danish Cookbooks (Seattle, WA & Copenhagen, 2007), and Women in Business in Early Modern Copenhagen (Copenhagen, forthcoming). She has been active in the women’s movement since before she knew the meaning of the word “feminist.”
JOY GOLD (Letters)
Born and raised near the piko of Oahu, Wahiawa, Joy Gold has been writing since small kid time. Her poem, "Sansei" was published in RicePaper, a Canadian-Asian Literary magazine, and "Po-Ho, Waste Time" was published in the Hawaii Review. Her sweetheart, The Viking, keeps after her to submit more of her writing to publications.
ANNIE BECKER GOMMERS (Art)
Annie Becker Gommers is a painter, writer and fiber artist, who is actively involved in the process of learning and evolving in each of the artistic disciplines she loves. Most recently she is pursuing screenplay writing. With a BFA from the University of Denver, she completed further studies in the arts at the University of Copenhagen, and at Rhode Island School of Design. Annie has both painted and written short stories since a child, having been raised and inspired by a mother who was both a painter and poet and a father who loved and supported the arts.
Ann works in mixed media, painting primarily in acrylic or oil and often integrating fiber into her pieces. Most recently, in 2015, she was honored with a one-person exhibit of her paintings at the University of Maine.
Ann is a former President of the National League of American Pen Women—Honolulu Branch, and serves on several civic Boards such as the Historic Hawaii Foundation, Association of Hawaiian Artists, and the North Shore Outdoor Circle.
LIZBETH HARTZ (Letters)
Lizbeth Hartz graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of California at Riverside in the early 70’s. After moving to Hawaii a few years later, she freelanced as a writer part time, resulting in nearly 150 nonfiction magazine articles published in local and regional magazines. Lizbeth spent 14 of her 36 years with federal civil service employed as a dispatcher for two military fire departments on Oahu. Her romance/murder memoir (names changed to protect the innocent, including hers, hence the pen name Lizbeth Hartz) Angel Hero, Murder in Hawaii, A True Story, grew out of that experience. (Check out her trailer at her new publisher, Kwill Books, website at http://www.kwillbooks.com/lizbeth-hartz/. Lizbeth's song Angel Hero, genre: power ballad/contemporary adult, was released in February 2017 on iTunes, Google play, Pandora, etc. A screenplay is in the works, slated to be completed by April, 2017. Her mystery short story Palm it Off on Murder will be published in the anthology Dark Paradise, Mysteries in the Land of Aloha, tentatively in May, 2017 (all proceeds to support children's literacy). Her Facebook identity is Lizbeth Hartz, her Twitter account is Lizbeth Hartz@lizbethhartz.
LESLIE ANN HAYASHI (Letters)
Leslie Ann Hayashi is an award-winning author and recently retired judge. She’s a graduate of Stanford University and the Georgetown University Law Center. Writing is her passion and she has published 9 books: 4 in the Fables series: Fables from the Garden, Fables from the Sea, Fables from the Deep, and Fables Beneath the Rainbow. Other books include: A Fishy Alphabet in Hawai`i, Celebrating Holidays in Hawai`i, Aloha `Oe: The Song Heard Around the World, Baby Dinosaur’s First Lu`au and His Majesty’s Goldfish. She is currently the Assistant Regional Advisor for the Hawai`i chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
In addition to writing, Leslie is also an artist and educator. She has produced a wide variety of materials - videos, books, brochures, newspaper articles - on various legal topics.
Leslie is the current Vice Chair of the Disciplinary Board of the Hawai`i Supreme Court and is the current President the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards. For twenty years, she has taught at the National Judicial College training judges in the areas of decision making, diversity, and handling self-represented litigants.-
She has received numerous awards for her work as a district court judge as well as various awards for her writing. In 2003 she received the American Bar Association’s Franklin N. Flaschner award given to the nation’s most outstanding judge in a court of special jurisdiction. In 2012 she received the Judicial Achievement Award from Hawaii Women Lawyers. She also won the Honolulu Magazine’s fiction contest which “launched” her writing career and led to several Po`okela Awards from the Hawai`i Publishing Association for her children’s books.
ROSANNA HSI (Letters)
Rosanna Hsi is a native of Hong Kong. After furthering her education at a liberal arts college in California and in Durham, England, she taught English in Hong Kong and in Belmont, California. In 1975, she moved to Hawaii to make her new home with her husband Peter.
Rosanna enjoys writing about inspiring topics such as music, tai chi, and Buddhism that uplift and encourage the reader. Her articles have been published by Integral Yoga Magazine, Tai Chi Magazine, USA Tzu Chi Buddhist Journal, and the Aloha Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
Travelling is Rosanna’s main source of inspiration and learning. An avid traveler, she has visited exotic locales such as the Iguazu Falls, the Taj Mahal, Kathmandu, Angkor Wat, and the Great Wall of China.
In her pastime, she volunteers at Leahi Hospital to promote music therapy, dances the salsa to keep fit, and learns French to challenge her mind.
KAETHE KAUFFMAN, Ph.D. (Art & Letters)
Kaethe Kauffman received her MFA in Studio Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, having previously studied at Universities in England (University of London,) Yugoslavia (University of Belgrade,) Spain, (Instituto de Bellas Artes) including one year of graduate study at the Instituto Allende (Universidad de Guanajuato) in Mexico.
Her paintings, drawings and murals are in many private and corporate collections and have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Berkeley, San Francisco, Australia, and Europe with a one-person exhibit at the CZECH MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS in Prague, the Czech Republic and a recent group exhibit at Hofstra University in New York.
Dr. Kauffman won the ELIZABETH MORSE GENIUS FOUNDATION Award and the Dr. Wu and ELSIE JECT-KEY MEMORIAL Award in New York City for her art.
She is featured in the national reference books WHO’S WHO of AMERICAN WOMEN, VIDEO DIRECTORY of BEST AMERICAN PAINTERS,THE CALIFORNIA ART REVIEW, THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO of INTELLECTUALS, THE WORLD WHO’S WHO of WOMEN, 2000 OUTSTANDING INTELLECTUALS of the 21ST CENTURY.
Exhibiting artist of multi-media paintings, drawings and photographs with a recent one-person exhibit at the Czech Museum of Fine Arts in Prague. Ph.D. in Art History and Women's Studies, teaching Studio Art and Art History at Chaminade University.
RIA KELTZ-REMENAR (Art)
Ria Keltz-Remenar has made Hawai'i her home in 1963. Her sustained commitment to her art is based on the personal pleasure that her art provides. Ms. Remenar's abstract watercolor, acrylic and mixed media work are enriched by her creative application of vivid color and innovative use of texture. These techniques are applies with equal success to her large multi-canvas work, as well as her smaller paintings on D'Arches paper and layeristic assemblages.
Ms. Remenar has six large paintings at the Honolulu International Airport; her work is also in numerous private and corporate collections in Hawai'i, the US mainland, Canada, Australia and in Europe.
SUSAN KILLEEN (Letters)
Educated in New York, Susan Killeen writes fiction and co-wrote the screenplay for Goodbye Paradise. She has over twelve years experience as a writer-producer in the television industry, working on educational television and documentary video production, including script-writing for the Department of Education.
She has served as executive broadcast producer of Travelago.com and as the executive director of the Hawaii Consortium for the Arts, a non-profit arts service and advocacy organization. Susan was also special projects manager for The Big Read Hawaii, a statewide initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.
She has received a number of awards for her writing, including the Lorin Tarr Gill Award for fiction, a Telly Award for video writing, and several Myrle Clark awards. Susan has taught creative writing in a number of schools and community programs in Honolulu. She currently works as an interpretive guide at Doris Duke's Shangri La Museum. She is a past president of the Honolulu Pen Women.
ELISABETH KNOKE DIECKVOSS (Art)
Internationally exhibiting artist, featured in Dreams 1900-2000: Science, Art and the Unconscious Mind, a comprehensive overview of artists of the century, published by Cornell University in 1999; One Source Sacred Journeys (1997), and Artists of Hawaii (1995).
First Place winner of 1999 AMI National Convention Juried Art Competition, and winner of two Association of Hawaii Artists Juror's Awards in 1996. Served as Chair of Docent Council and Artists Research at the Contemporary Museum. Director/producer for "Olelo" grant of the Contemporary Museum in 1992.
MARCIA ZINA MAGER (Letters)
Marcia Zina Mager is an author, journalist, poet, award-winning mixed-media artist, as well as performance artist. Her books have been translated into ten languages. Her international best-seller, BELIEVING IN FAERIES: A Manual for Grown-ups, is now available as an e-book, along with her trendy 31 Words to Create an Organized Life.
Recent awards include first prize in NLAPW’s 2015 Art Show, first prize for fiction in the 2010 Lorin Tarr Gill Writing Competition, and the People’s Choice Award for the NLAPW’s 2011 Art Show. Marcia regularly entertains audiences in Chinatown as a wild improviser with HomeWreckers, and also performs her original slam poetry. Her latest achievements include the award-winning two-woman musical MONEY TALKS, But What the Hell is it Saying?! and it's companion book WHAT'S MY WORTH? Discovering the Priceless Treasure of You!, with Lucie Lynch.
LUANNA H. MEYER (Letters)
Luanna Hazel Meyer, PhD, is Professor Emerita at Victoria University in New Zealand, spending 17 years there before returning to Honolulu where she and her husband both held their first faculty positions at the University of Hawaii. She is a history graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received her graduate degrees in Education from Indiana University, and has also taught at the University of Minnesota and Syracuse University in educational psychology and special education.
Luanna’s publications include 13 books and nearly 200 research journal articles and chapters on children’s social relationships, severe disabilities, secondary student motivation and achievement, and inclusive education to support diversity in schools. She has been invited to speak in 30 US states and 9 countries.
Currently, Luanna is writing a series of short stories based on the social histories of extraordinary women leading ordinary lives. Her other activities include service on several editorial boards, editing Oxford Bibliographies Online in Education, chairing the Education Panel for New Zealand’s 2018 Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation, and helping to educate the public about our endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles as a Malama Na Honu volunteer guardian at Laniakea Beach on the North Shore.
ROSEMARY MILD (Letters)
A graduate of Smith College, Rosemary is an award-winning writer of both nonfiction and fiction (which she writes with her husband, Larry). Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover's Soul, the Petaluma (Calif.) Readers Theatre, and elsewhere. Her newest books are Love! Laugh! Panic! Life with My Mother (2014) and Miriam's World−and Mine, her second memoir of their daughter Miriam Wolfe, whom they lost in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Rosemary and Larry are cheerful partners in crime, coauthoring mystery and suspense novels and stories. They keep out of trouble by keeping their characters in trouble. Among their novels: Cry Ohana, Adventure and Suspense in Hawaii; Death Goes Postal, A Dan & Rivka Sherman Mystery; Death Takes a Mistress (coming soon); and the Paco & Molly Mysteries: Locks and Cream Cheese, Hot Grudge Sunday, and Boston Scream Pie. Their most recent stories appear in anthologies: Mystery in Paradise: 13 Tales of Suspense; and Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays.
Rosemary has won essay prizes from the Lorin Tarr Gill competitions, the Maryland Writers' Association, and The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, NC. Her favorite non-writing pastimes are birdwatching and Jazzercise, which satisfies her suppressed desire to be a Rockette. The Milds now live and write in Honolulu, where they are close (but not too close) to their delightful children and grandchildren. All their books are on Amazon, Kindle, and Nook. Rosemary says, "When readers tell us how much they enjoyed one of our books, it makes our day! We're looking to draw more happy readers into our fold."
NANCY ALPERT MOWER (Letters)
Freelance writer/editor. Former Instructor of writing and literature in the English Department of the University of Hawaii and former director of the Conference on Literature and Hawai'i's Children. She has published seven books for children, articles, essays, poetry, and short stories for children and adults. She is currently working on novels for children.
CLAIRE RIVERO (Music)
A Dean's Scholar Graduate in Music and Theater from California State University in Dominguez Hills, Claire Karst Rivero has created scores for numerous theater productions, music for radio and TV commercials, plus music ranging from classical to jazz, vocal and instrumental. Claire has written over sixty works for individual artists and for choirs, three of which she founded and conducted. She is currently the choir conductor at Aiea United Methodist Church. Claire is a member of the American Choral Director's Association and the National Association of Composers.
Claire's composition credits include music for the Los Angeles Variety Arts Theater, the sound track for the documentary film Soul of the Steel, music for the TV series Hawaii's Reel Stories and the What Really Happened radio show.
Claire's fine arts compositions, "Lord Make me an Instrument of Thy Peace", based on the prayer of St. Francis, has been performed by the Schola Cantorum of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco and the First Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Claire's work, "Place Your Mind in the Mirror of Eternity", based on the prayer by St. Clare of Assisi , has been premiered by the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Claire is co-owner of Home Baked Entertainment, a commercial production company. Her fine arts compositions are published by Fred Bock Music. Back when the International Space Station launched, Claire mailed a copy of her album "Isle of Sanctuary" to the appropriate office at the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston. Claire's name was one of those selected to be etched in a microchip placed aboard NASA's STARDUST mission!
PAMELA ROTNER SAKAMOTO (Letters)
Pamela is the author of the narrative nonfiction book Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds (Harper 2016) and the academic work Japanese Diplomats and Jewish Refugees: A World War II Dilemma (Praeger 1998).
A historian, she is fluent in Japanese and lived in Kyoto and Tokyo for seventeen years. She works offsite as an expert consultant on Japan-related projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and has taught in the University of Hawaii System. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College, Pamela holds a doctorate from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She teaches history at Punahou School in Honolulu.
SUSAN SCOTT (Letters)
Susan Scott shares her marine biology experiences in a weekly column, "Oceanwatch", published each Friday in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She has written numerous books about Hawaii's plants and animals and is currently working on a novel. She recently published her memoir Call Me Captain.
KATHRYN WADDELL TAKARA, PH.D. (Letters)
Kathryn is a 2010 winner of the American Book Award (Before Columbus Foundation). She retired as an Associate Professor from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Dr. Takara was also a recipient of the Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher Award at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, a two-time Fulbright Fellow, and the recent recipient of a lifetime achievement award for her contributions in education and research on Blacks in Hawai`i.
Dr. Takara is a performance poet, lecturer, workshop facilitator, adviser, healer, and consultant whose travels and readings in Africa, Europe, Central America, Tahiti, China, the Hawaiian Islands and in cities throughout the USA. Her numerous poems and scholarly articles have also been published in scholarly and literary journals through the years. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of her poems about women.
Takara holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai`i, an MA in French from UC Berkeley, and a BA in French from Tufts U. She taught and mentored thousands of students in French, Ethnic, and Black Studies over a period of 31 years. Takara has also appeared on a variety of television shows, in national and international interviews and documentaries. She is the daughter of pioneer black veterinarian, author, and world famous Buffalo Soldier, Dr. William H. Waddell, VMD (1908-2007)
ELIZABETH DAVIS TRAIN (Art)
Fiber artist (M.F.A. University of Hawaii), working in paper making, batik, weaving & mixed media. Museum educator at the Contemporary Museum.
Liz teaches classes in paper making & batik to students of all ages at Iolani School, Temari, and the Artists in Schools program. Hawaii Craftsmen Board member and long time chairperson of Fiber Hawai`i juried exhibits.
Liz received the Handweavers Guild of America award for her “Ocean Wave Shawl” at the “For the Joy of Weaving!” 60th Hawai'i Handweavers' Hui Anniversary Exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu. Juror Val Krohn-Ching called Liz Train's long blue-green felted hanging, “a mystery, woven and interwoven.”
For the Star Advertiser review, see: http://www.hawaiihandweavers.org/exhibit_joy13.htm
DARLENE E. WEINGAND (Art & Letters)
Darlene E. Weingand, PhD is Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. In that role, she published more than a dozen books and numerous journal articles.
She has been an internationally-recognized speaker and has taught workshops in many countries. When she retired and moved to Hawaii in 1999, she served as Adjunct and Affiliate Professor for six years at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
As an artist, her earliest efforts were in pastel. She then moved into using oils and eventually tired of both the odors and the clean-up! Watercolor became her next love and provided a real challenge since the technique is so different from using oils.
She eventually revisited the oils approach, but found clean-up easier with acrylics, and experimented once again with pastels. Watercolor continues to be her primary medium and she enjoys participating in shows, both juried and non-juried. The two paintings featured here appeared in the Hawai’i Watercolor Society Open Show 2010. She paints under the name “Kalene.”
Darlene and her husband, Roger Couture, have a blended family with six children and ten grandchildren scattered in Wisconsin, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Germany. Both are docents at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and enjoy cruising the world.
VERA S. WILLIAMS (Letters)
Writer, producer, director of award-winning educational films and videos. Author of WASPs: Women's Airforce Service Pilots and WACs: Women's Army Corps. Currently working on two screen plays.
DOROTHY WINSLOW WRIGHT (Letters)
Internationally published poet and writer whose work has appeared in a variety of mainland publications, such as Blue Unicorn, The Writer and Chesapeake Bay Magazine . Locally, Dorothy is a columnist for East Oahu Sun.
REBECCA WOODLAND (Letters)
Born in California and raised in Canada, Rebecca graduated from the University of Victoria (Canada) and Living Light Culinary Arts Institute (California). She has also studied culinary arts in Vietnam, and intaglio print-making and creative writing in Greece. Rebecca taught elementary school in Canada and middle school in Hawaii, before establishing Hawaii Tutoring Services which she directed for nearly two decades.
Health issues provided the impetus for her book The Blonde Vegetarian. The personal chef to the late Pope John Paul ll has a copy of this book. Rebecca co-authored and edited Hawai'i Regional Cuisine ~ Celebrating Today's Chefs of Aloha, and she recently completed Kicking Cancer: Resources and recipes to help reduce your risk of cancer, support recovery, and restore your quality of life. In addition to cookbooks, Rebecca writes short stories based on her own experiences. She teaches vegetarian cooking classes, officiates weddings, and leads Food and Friendship Tours to Southeast Asia and Mexico.
FELICITY YOST (Letters)
Felicity was raised in fifteen countries on four continents. After working as a Look magazine photo researcher, she joined the United Nations where she worked for thirty-seven years as a graphic designer. She illustrated the UN’s first children’s book, Marie: In the Shadow of the Lion, and served as President of the United Nations Art Organization. She also served as a UN electoral observer in Africa and Central America. Felicity was a design consultant to several New York architectural firms, and taught portrait painting at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
Since retiring from the UN, Felicity has turned to writing. She is working on a biography of her father, Troubleshooter - Charles W. Yost: The Only Brave One in the Room. Excerpts from her book have been published in a Palgrave Macmillan life of Adlai Stevenson, in the Foreign Service Journal, and in American Diplomacy. She has been the recipient of a Norman Mailer Writers Colony Scholarship for biography writing, as well as their scholarship on Self Editing. She is a member of the Biographers International Organization.