Albert E. Bouffard: I taught philosophy for years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When I retired, I moved to the Northwest because my two sons live here. I cared for my first grandchild one day a week until he started school full time. Then, as if on call, my second grandchild arrived, and I cared for her on the same schedule. I took 10 years of piano lessons after retirement for the simple fun of it. And then a creative writing class – equally for the fun of it. Retirement has also brought some time to play golf. I hover around a 20-25 handicap with not much hope of bettering that average. But, hey, it’s fun not work.
George W. Coffer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1946. He graduated from high school in Adelaide, Australia, received a BA in English from the University of Colorado, and an MA from the University of Denver. He once owned a used bookstore and has worked as a cashier, a teacher and a mental health counselor. He likes to look at birds, talk to people, paddle a canoe, play the saxophone, and study creative writing at Clark College. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife, Pam, and his cat, Tabby. His daughter, Dot, is a doctor doing her residency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Charlotte Rains Dixon is a novelist, writing teacher, and coach. Her novel, Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior, was published in 2013, and her second, The Bonne Chance Bakery, will be out soon. She teaches at Write (Middle Tennessee State University’s certificate in writing program), leads writing workshops in France, and also teaches privately. A lover of travel, her family, knitting, popcorn, wine, kitties and pugs (not necessarily in that order), she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two very fat cats. Visit her at charlotterainsdixon.com.
Jenni Gainsborough: Born in 1947 in London, England; now living in the great Pacific Northwest. An Anglophile when in the US and an Americanophile when in the UK — it’s something about the grass on the other side of the fence! Retired from paid work; volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care; unpublished writer.
Bonnie Long: Bonnie lives an idyllic post-employment life in Vancouver, Washington. When she’s not indulging Charlie or other family members, she’s inching her way through her first novel.
Renee Soasey (SO-see) is a native Oregonian and full-time college student pursuing her lifelong dream of an English Lit degree. She is the recipient of the 2013 Edda McCordic Creative Writing Talent Award and has been published in the Clark Art and Literary Journal, Phoenix. She and her husband are building an off-the-grid alternative energy home in the high desert of central Oregon.
Herb Stokes: Upon retirement Herb and his artist wife Marianne moved from New York to the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. They did the boat and beach thing for a number of years but after a wonderful summer trip to Portland they decided the Northwest would be their new home. A while later Herb took the great Creative Writing course at the Mature Learning class at Clark College and kept going back for fourteen years! He hasn’t stopped writing since.
Dorothy Dee Workman: I was born 87 years ago on the plains of South Dakota, was married for 53 years to a farmer who became a minister, had 4 children, and have been a widow – and a writer for 10 or so years. My main writing has been a Daily Haiku Journal.