A Reader for Women and Men
Edited by Margo LaGattuta
John Milam, Bethany Schryburt, Mike Jones, Linda K. Sienkiewicz, Mary-Jo
Lord, Lori Solymosi, Karen Renaud, Anita Page, Linda Anger, David Sabbagh,
"An anthology of human challenge and healing."
"Detroit Metropolitan Woman" 3/97
"Even in a chat room full of people, intimate communication is not that
easily uncovered; nor is it any simpler to turn back the layers necessary
to distill the biological act of sex into one of making love. But, one
dozen brave souls have dared to dangle their fingertips over that terrifying
ledge, reaching over the abyss through their poetry and essays, in an
amazing anthology called 'Almost Touching.'"
America OnLine, Writer's Club Review, 4/97
"This anthology of poetry, short stores, art work and essays is as remarkable
for its origin as it is in its execution . . . Each writer contributed
works on the theme of the personal meaning of being a man or a woman .
. . The poems are as crisp as fresh apples in autumn, soft as the first
snowfall in winter, as clear and precise as the seasons of the year .
. . The poems in this book do not scream or sign, but sigh and whisper,
longingly and similarly. Some weep a little, some bite quite a bit, most
capture images and metaphors of moments we've all lived through and lost
touch of, sights and sounds in our hometown we've never noticed before."
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Margo LaGattuta, editor, is a poet with four puhlished books: "Embracing
the Fall" (Plain View Press), "The Dream Givers" (Lake Shore Publishing),
"No Edge Lines" (Earhart Press) and "Diversion Road" (State Street Press).
This is the second Plain View Press anthology she has edited. The first,
"Variations on the Ordinary," was puhlished in 1995. She has an MFA from
Vermont College, teaches writing at Oakland Community College, and hosts
a weekly radio interview program. Her poems and essays have appeared in
many literary magazines and presses.
John Milam is a writer and health care worker dealing with Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI) and other life challenges. He has heen writing professionally
since 1994, and he is presently working on a book about life after Traumatic
Brain Injury. His writing has appeared in "Touchstone Journal."
Bethany Irene Schryburt, a Rochester, Michigan, school bus driver,
earned her BA in English at Wayne State University (Detroit) in 1995 and
will soon complete an MA in Creative Writing. She is editor of "Van Dyke
Quarterly," a Ford Motor Company publication. While living in Canada, she
wrote and directed "Yarns to Spin," winning an Ontario Bicentennial Award
in 1984. She has won Tompkins Awards for both fiction and drama from Wayne
Poems by Mike Jones have appeared in "HalfTones to Jubilee," "Mohius,"
"Zuzu's Petals Quarterly," "The Cathartic," and other journals. He is a
real estate broker, appraiser and consultant by profession, also a business
owner, teacher, and father of three. He has an MA in English Literature
from Oakland University and a BA in Communications and English from University
Linda K. Sienkiewicz has exhibited artwork and taught calligraphy
in Cleveland, Ohio and in Michigan, where she now lives. She designs and
sews clothing and accessories. Her poems have appeared in "Muddy River Poetry
Review," "Kumquat Meringue," "The Poetic Soul."
Mary-Jo Lord has a Master's degree in counseling and works at Oakland
Community College as an Academic Support Coordinator. Her writing has been
printed in publications by The National Library of Poetry and The National
Federation of the Blind, Writers Division. She uses the pen name M.J. Lord.
Lori Solymosi, visual artist and poet, graduated from Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts, where she received the Emlen Cresson Traveling Award.
The former director and founding member of The North Penn Arts Alliance
in Pennsylvania, she also graduated from the University of Massachusetts
Arts Extension Services in Arts Management. She teaches art to children
and adults at the Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Association and exhibits in
Karen Renaud is a mom, writer, teacher, perpetual student and local
zoning official. She and her husband Jim have four children and two daughters-in-law.
She owns an accounting proprietorship and co-owns Ace Controls, Inc. A
member of the Clicking Bones Writer's Group, she also edits newsletters
and has spent fifteen years as secretary of various boards of directors.
Her writing has been published in "Speakeasy Journal," "The Blues Review" and "The Eccentric" newspapers.
Anita Elaine Page is a retired elementary school principal living
in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She started writing in 1991 and has been
published in "The Mature American," "Abbey," "Womenwise" and "Parnassus Literary Journal." She
is a member of the United Amateur Press Association of America and has
served as U.A.P.A.A. Critic for three years.
Linda Anger attended Oakland Community College and Western Michigan
University, majoring in creative writing. She was editor of "Living the
HAlfLife", a newsletter for the Human Awareness Institute of Michigan. She's
had a love affair with poetry all her life, and her work has appeared in
"la Journal Francais d'Amerique," "PhenomeNEWS," "Touchstone Journal," "Freedom
Writer's Unite" and others. A member of the Clicking Bones Writer's Group,
she lives with her son Ethan Flick in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
David Sabbagh has always had a predisposition for words, but it
wasn't until 1992 that he started seriously writing. His prose has been
published in "MetroTimes" and "Touchstone Journal." He is currently employed
in the computer services field.
Polly Opsahl is a letter carrier and union activist. She began taking
creative writing classes again almost twenty years after attending Michigan
State University and discovered a love of poetry. She writes regularly
for "New Vision," a union newsletter, and is currently serving as its editor.