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SPECIAL EVENT GUEST AUTHORS

Ann Hood
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novelist

Ann Hood's most recent book, Comfort:: A Journey Through Grief,  was released in 2008.  Ann is the acclaimed author of several other books including The Knitting Circle, Places to Stay the Night, The Properties of Water, and Somewhere off the Coast of Maine. She has also written a memoir, Do No Go Gentle: My Search for Miracles in a Cynical Time, and An Orthnithologist's Guide for Life, a collection of short stories.  Ann Hood has won a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, The Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes.

Robert Leuci, novelist

Robert Leuci is the author of All The Centurions, Fence Jumpers, and Odessa Beach, among many others. The book, Prince of the City, based on his life as an undercover detective, was made into a movie starring Treat Williams. Currently he is working with Rob Holcomb, director and producer of ER and Lost, adapting his novels into films for TV.  Robert is an adjunct professor of English and Political Science at URI, and lectures at universities, police departments, and the FBI Academy in Virginia.

Christine Palamidessi, novelist

Christine Palamidessi is a writing teacher at Boston University, author of The Virgin Knows and The Fiddler Case.  Her writing is included in the anthology Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana.
LOFT chapbook authors                                                                                                                


Available at the Cranston Public Library and various RI libraries and bookstores 

Kim Baker's poems have been published online and in print, and her essays have been broadcast on NPR. Three short plays have been stage read at Culture Park in New Bedford, MA. Kim's first chapbook of poetry, Under the Influence: Musings about poems and paintings, is available from Finishing Line Press. Kim is currently working on a book of ekphrastic poems about the stories of women in the paintings of female artists.

Andrew Browder is a reformed mathematician residing in Providence, RI.

James Celenza's work has been published in Syncopated City, Hudson Review, Radio Void, 247 Quarterly, Ariel, Writers Circle Anthology, The Loft Anthology 2012, and Hudson Review's Poetry Digest. His play "Analgesia" was published in Ars Medica, Spring, 2012. His plays have been performed in Culture Park Short Marathon, Theatre Of Bewilderment, Barplays Festival, Perishable Theatre's Think Tank Festival, and Providence's New Plays Festival.

James Cronin: After a four decade career in the law, James has returned to his first loves, literary studies and writing. He lives in Westport, MA.

Diane Dolphin's chapbook collection, No Longer Always, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in the RI Writers Circle 2010 Anthology, Talking River Review, Naugatuck River Review, the "Poetic License" column of the Providence Journal, and the Origami Poems Project. Diane teaches communications at several local universities.

Joan Fishbein's work has appeared in The New Verse News, Origami Poems Project of RI, Poetry Super Highway, The Frequency Anthology, The Southern Poetry Anthology: Vol. One, The Kennesaw Review, Helicon Nine, Poetica, The Devil's Millhopper, The Reach of Song, and The Best of Sand Hills, among others.

Maureen Lapre's poetry has been published in the inaugural Frequency Anthology 2013. She has poems forthcoming in Hope Street, a chapbook of Poetry Loft poets published by Main Street Rag. She can be found at Providence's own Farmacy Herbs sharing the healing benefits of medicinal herbs.

Mary Mueller is a psychotherapist who specializes in expressive writing in her practice. She writes poetry and maintains a humor blog, Corgi Confidential, both on an irregular basis. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by New Verse News. She is currently interviewing RI Poets Laureate for the Origami Poetry Project's newsletter. 

Kara Provost has published two chapbooks, Topless and Nests, as well as five microchapbooks with the Origami Poems Project. Her poetry has appeared in a number of journals as well as the 2012 Loft Anthology, and the anthology In Praise of Pedogogy: Poetry, Flash Fiction and Essays in Composing. She teaches at Curry College and leads community creative writing workshops.  


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