Contributors

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Jeffrey Anderson grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He is a sophomore at UMW.

Cindy Brooks lives in Caret, Virginia and is originally from Glen Burnie, Maryland. She has been oil painting for about 2 years and continues to be a student of Jim Thomas.  She especially enjoys painting nature scenes.

Bob Carter started painting about six years ago, but only painted for a year. His wife had cancer, so he stopped to spend more time with her. After her death in 2007, he started again in fall of 2008. In total he has been painting a little over 2 years. He is remarried and lives in Laneview, VA. He is 63 years old and he was looking for something to do when he retired. Painting has given him the appreciation of God’s creation. He looks at nature from a different aspect. Bob works at Potomac Supply in Kinsale, VA.

Susannah Clark is a flighty nonfiction writer and journalist who spends way too much time thinking about what to write in these bios.

After serving as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Bullet, Susannah graduated from the University of Mary Washington in December 2009, a semester early. Her weekly humor column, “Susannigans” won a first-place Virginia Press Association award in 2007 and again in 2008. She has published work in many publications and websites, including The Free Lance-Star, CQ magazine and PopMatters.

This summer, Susannah will bike a 2,000-mile loop up and down the East Coast with a group of 100 Eagle Scouts. She will be blogging on fredericksburg.com about the spectacular views and leg cramps.

In the fall, Susannah will attend Emerson College to earn an M.F.A. in creative writing nonfiction. While she is excited to move to Boston and finally move out of her parents’ house in Northern Virginia, she is devastated that she will no longer be able to sincerely sing the lyrics to the Veggie Tales classic, “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.”

Jessica Eadie is an alumna of the University of Mary Washington. She graduated from UMW in December of 2009 with a degree in English, specializing in Creative Writing. She plans on attending UMW’s Graduate School in the Fall and receiving a certificate in English as a Second Language. In Fall 2011, she plans on beginning her studies for an MFA in Poetry and Fiction. Her poetry is mostly centered around relationships, whether it be human to human or nature to human. She truly believes that if you are not doing something you love, you should not be doing it at all, and so she tries to live life in pursuit of her passions.

Jenna Fleming was originally born in Virginia Beach. She has resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia for the majority of her life. She became serious about art once she got into high school and encountered some really inspirational art teachers. She decided not to major in Art because she felt she could help others more with a degree in Sociology. However, Jenna still continues to pursue art in her free time; she would say painting is her niche. After graduation she plans to travel abroad. Joining the Peace Corps has also been a huge dream of hers. She lives her life by a simple quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi ”

Jim Gaines is a bilingual writer who teaches French and other literature courses at the University of Mary Washington.  Recent publications include poems in Xanadu, Tonopah Review, and Modern Review.  He is currently working on a translation of Guillaume Apollinaire’s pre-WWI collection, Alcools.

Donna Hopkins is a pediatric physical therapist by education and training, but took time off from her career to raise her family. During that break, she found time to explore her creative side. Donna began her photography career with a digital SLR camera and a basic photography class, but she is primarily self- taught. Her experience as a physical therapist, appreciating posture and movement, make her uniquely suited to making portraits of people.

Donna is a Fredericksburg native. She lives in Spotsylvania County with her husband and two sons. She loves to sew, and her quilting was the inspiration for her business name, Patchwork Photos. Donna can most often be found at the local library, the park, the farmer’s market, or in any garden, and she will almost certainly have her camera in hand. She searches with patience and persistence, and finds pictures hidden like treasure.

Donna loves photography because it slows her down, and makes her watchful and grateful. She shares her expertise by taking photos that tell a story, help us appreciate the ordinary, or celebrate relationships. She aspires to be kind with her camera, serving the community wherever God leads.

When Ryan Marr was younger, he dreamed of playing basketball in the NBA.  Sometime in the 10th grade, he realized this was a physical impossibility, so he decided to give reading and writing a shot.  If that doesn’t work out, he plans to make a career out of playing Pokemon cards.  He is the proud owner of both a holographic Articuno and a rare, first-edition Electabuzz that was available only in Japan.

Chelsea Newnam is a senior English major who will be graduating this May with a concentration in Creative Writing.  She also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Aubade, UMW’s literary magazine, and hopes to pursue a career that might blend her love of editing and publishing with her deep love of poetry.

Johannah O’Keefe graduated from The University of Mary Washington in 2009 with a degree in English. She misses the poetry classes in college, but tries to keep writing as much as possible in the Real World. In addition to reading and writing, she loves traveling and photography, and combining the two whenever possible. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, but hopefully not forever.

Charlie Ross was born and raised in Fairfax County, Virginia. He is an alumnus of the University of Mary Washington, class of 2007. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration and went to work as part of the grand-opening team for the Newseum’s brand-new Pennsylvania Avenue museum in Washington, D.C. Currently he works for a local government agency as a Radio Telecommunications System Manager. Charlie enjoys tinkering with electronics, learning about local history, photographing and exploring abandoned buildings, and going on camping trips. He believes strongly in community involvement, and he is a member of a local volunteer fire and rescue department in Culpeper County. He also serves as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in a nearby jurisdiction. He resides in rural Culpeper County with his dog, Stella.

Marie Sicola is a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington. She is majoring in Studio Art and English and is hoping to become a photojournalist so she can merge her two passions of photography and writing. She loves taking pictures because it allows her to depict life how she sees it. There are so many different styles of photography to allow for endless possibilities for artistic creations. Photography soothes her mind but is also intellectually stimulating. She hopes her pictures represent this dichotomy as well as her unique perspective on life.

Jim Thomas resides in Tappahannock, VA and has a studio at his home where he teaches oil painting classes and also has a custom sign shop. Jim has been painting for over forty years and studies under nationally known artist, Sidney King. Jim’s works include wildlife, landscapes, portraits, patriotic themes and religious subjects.

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