The strength of any collection is due largely to the contributors whose works appear within its pages. Across each of the anthologies we’ve published since 2017, DPP has been fortunate to have received submissions from many talented authors from across the globe. Here are a few of the brilliant writers whose works have graced the pages of our books…
Monte R. Anderson has published several e-books on Smashwords and Amazon. He also writes a humorous blog. He served as an Army officer in the Infantry for 22 years. He is a Vietnam veteran and a disabled veteran. After the service, he was a financial adviser for 2 years and then became a facility maintenance manager from 1993 until his retirement in 2011. Anderson holds a BS from the Military Academy at West Point and an MS from Indiana University at Bloomington. He resides in Elmira, NY, with his wife, Kathryn, and between them they have six children and eleven grandchildren. Anderson’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers. More at
Tom Barlow is an Ohio-based author whose works straddle the literary, crime, and science fiction markets. Over 80 stories of his may be found in anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories 2013, Best of Ohio Short Stories #2, and Best New Writing 2011, and many periodicals including Hobart, Temenos, Redivider, The Intergalactic Medicine Show, Crossed Genres, Mystery Weekly, Red Room, and Switchblade. He is also the author of the science fiction novel I’ll Meet You Yesterday. Barlow’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Sharon Berg writes poetry, story, and nonfiction focused on First Nations history and education. Her stories have appeared in Fiddlehead, Quarry, Big Pond Rumours, Eunoia Review, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Naming the Shadows, a collection of short fiction, will be published by Porcupine’s Quill in Fall 2019. Her poetry has appeared in periodicals across Canada and in the UK, The Netherlands, the United States, and Australia. Her poetry books were released in 1979 (Borealis Press) and 1984 (Coach House Press); she had two audio cassette releases (Gallery 101, 1985) and (Public Energies, 1986) and she has three chapbooks with Big Pond Rumours. She won second-prize for Poetry in the 2016 GritLit Contest and her work appears in several 2018 poetry anthologies.
In academic writing, her chapter on Wandering Spirit Survival School is in Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2017). Berg is the founder of Big Pond Rumours, an International Literary E-Zine & Micro-Press, which has focused on publishing chapbooks of Canadian authors since 2006. Berg’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Linda B. Callan is a member of the Florida Writers Association and has been a member of the Arcadia Writers Group since 2007. She is the author of four published books, numerous short stories, and several poems. A former antique shop owner and manager of a retirement community, Callan began her writing hobby after retiring and says each day can be as adventurous as she wants it to be, which is the advantage of being a writer.
William F. Crandell returned home from the Vietnam War with a taste for adventure, a skeptic’s eye, and a hundred thousand stories. Completing a doctorate in history at Ohio State University, he was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2004 for his mystery novel, Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl. Crandell has published numerous short stories, book reviews, and political analyses. He was awarded the PRIZM’s Mark Twain Award for Humor/Social Commentary 2012 and resides in Milton with his wife, Judith. Crandell’s work has appeared in the DPP anthologies SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
David W. Dutton is a semi-retired residential designer who was born and raised in Milton, DE. He has written two novels, several short stories, and eleven plays. His musical comedy, oh! Maggie, in collaboration with Martin Dusbiber, was produced by the Possum Point Players and the Lake Forest Drama Club. He wrote two musical reviews for the Possum Point Players: An Evening With Cole Porter, in collaboration with Marcia Faulkner, and With a Song in My Heart. He also wrote the one-act play, Why the Chicken Crossed the Road, commissioned and produced by the Delmarva Chicken Festival.
In 1997, Dutton was awarded a fellowship as an established writer by the Delaware Arts Council. In 1998, he received a first-place award for his creative nonfiction by the Delaware Literary Connection. His piece, “Who is Nahnu Dugeye?” was subsequently published in the literary anthology, Terrains. Dutton has contributed short fiction for the DPP anthologies HALLOWEEN PARTY, SOLSTICE (for which he also wrote the Preface), EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. Dutton’s third novel, ONE OF THE MADDING CROWD, was published in October by DPP and is available for purchase now on the DPP store, Amazon, and via other book sellers. In October 2018 Dutton was a featured guest on WBOC-TV’s Delmarva Life.
Dutton, his wife, Marilyn, and their Rottweiler, Molly, currently reside in Milton.
Kari Ann Ebert is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Dover, DE. Her work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, cahoodaloodaling, and Gargoyle. She writes poetry because it squeezes out the real parts of her that she may not even know exist. She tries to sculpt the poem so that it resonates with the reader and creates a much-needed connection in the world. Ebert believes poetry is a world changer that starts in one’s inmost worlds. She is currently gathering her poems into a first collection entitled Alphabet of Mo(u)rning.
Tara A. Elliott’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in MER, The TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, Wildness, Triggerfish Critical Review, and The American Journal of Poetry. Elliott has been a driving force in bringing poetry to the Eastern Shore of Maryland community, where she lives with her son and husband and teaches English.
As founder and director of Salisbury, Maryland’s Poetry Week, her community outreach includes her service as a facilitator for Salisbury University’s Lighthouse Literary Guild and her co-chairmanship for the 2019 Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association. As the recipient of The Light of Literacy Award, and The Maryland Humanities’ Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award, she has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to education. Elliott’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthology AURORA, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at taraaelliott.com
The circuitous path of Linda Federman’s life has led her from a career as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor; through marriage, raising two sons, and full domestic immersion; into the floral business; and back again to writing. She will soon be fully retired in coastal Delaware with her husband Evan. Federman is a proud member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild. Federman’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthology AURORA, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Lisa Fox is a pharmaceutical market research consultant by day and fiction writer by night. She recently returned to creative writing after a long hiatus and hasn’t stopped since. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellipsis Zine, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and at UbiquitousBooks.com. Fox resides in northern New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and an oversized dog. She relishes the chaos of everyday suburban life. Fox’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers. Find her on FACEBOOK.
Aurelio Grisanty has won numerous awards for his stage and cos-tume design and individual artwork. Notable career achievements include winning the Special Jury Prize at the Santo Domingo Art Biennial in 1976. He was granted US citizenship as an “Exceptional Individual of International Renown” in 1997. Grisanty is the owner of beachtownposters.com. Grisanty’s work can be found in the DPP anthology AURORA, (he contributed both the cover art as well as an original prose story) available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Scottish-American author and poet, Robert Lewis Heron, is an architect and accomplished artist (traditional and digital) living in Maryland. His unique voice for storytelling captivates his readers by twisting and tormenting their imagination. By sprinkling a dry sense of humor throughout his writing, he makes any harshness a wee bit more palatable. Expect the unexpected on entering his world of woe and wonderment. His writing has been compared to Tartan Noir author, Christopher Brookmyre. Heron’s publications include Artful Deception, an 80,000-word work of fiction (available in print and electronic formats on Amazon and Kindle) and the poetry collection, Poetry Rhymes Sometimes (available on Amazon). Forthcoming from Heron are two works: Montmartre Vignettes (a short story collection) and The Typewriter Murders (a novel). Heron’s work can also be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Heidi J. Hewett writes mysteries and romance. Her Sherlock Holmes novella, THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CLOCKWORK DOLL, was published in a contest by 18th Wall Productions. She has self-published two works, THE ADULTERIES OF RACHEL, and a children’s book, CRAZY GRANDMA GENIUS BABY & ME, available on Amazon. LEXI, a sci-fi romance, was published in November 2018 by Soul Mate Publishing. In 2019, the romantic comedies, FLY AWAY HOME and NO FOOL are scheduled to be published.
Hewett’s short story, “Puzzle Box No. 1,” was awarded first-prize in the SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY anthology competition. A nail biter in the purest sense of the word, this fast-paced futuristic drama will keep you breathless until the very end.
Hewett is a member of Romance Writers of America.
More at www.heidijhewett.com.
Storyteller Phyllis Humby resides in rural Ontario where she indulges her passion for creating wicked suspense. Though obsessed with writing crime novels, it is her short stories, often scheming, twisted, or spooky, that have received the most attention, appearing in anthologies and journals in Canada, the United States, and the UK. A 2018 anthology publication entitled Our Plan to Save the World, featuring Canadian and US authors, includes four of Humby’s stories. In addition, for the past 7 years she has penned a humorous monthly opinion column, “Up Close and Personal,” for First Monday magazine. Humby’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at phyllishumby.blogspot.com.
TJ Lewes hails from Cherry Valley, Pennsylvania, with degrees from Lebanon Valley College, El Colegio de España, and Delaware State University in Spanish, Philosophy of Religion, and Education. Before writing, Lewes pursued a seventeen-year teaching career in High School, College, and Medical Spanish, English Literature and Effective Communications, English as a Second Language, Aquatic Fitness, and Immigrant Citizenship. She was honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Biltmore’s Who’s Who, and Covington’s Who’s Who. An adventurer at heart, Lewes has traveled extensively through Central and South America studying pre-Colombian civilizations. She has taught and traveled in China, is certified under the AFF in skydiving, is resort-certified in Scuba, and is now embracing her biggest adventure: raising her two children in Sussex County.
More at tjlewes.com
Following a successful career in the insurance industry, Bayne Northern transitioned from business writing to penning works of nonfiction and fiction. She is currently completing her first novel, THE BITCH SEAT, situated in the financial services industry. An avid short story author, Northern is also an active volunteer with the Village Improvement Association and a resident of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Northern has contributed to the DPP anthologies HALLOWEEN PARTY, SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.
When not writing, Mark Alan Polo works as an interior designer. He is President and Owner of The Urban Dweller/Polo M.A. Inc., with offices in Northern New Jersey and a satellite office in Delaware. Mark has resided in Delaware since 2014.
Polo’s published stories include “Fifty-Five” (Beach Nights, Cat and Mouse Press). He has contributed to the DPP anthologies HALLOWEEN PARTY, SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY. His debut novel, MOSQUITOES AND MEN, is slated for publication in 2019. Polo is presently at work on a second novel.
Patsy Pratt-Herzog is an emerging freelance writer from Southwestern Ohio. Her favorite genres to write are sci-fi and fantasy. When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting and riding roller coasters. She shares her house in the burbs with her husband, Tim, and three chunky cats. Pratt-Herzog’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at patsyprattherzog.wordpress.com.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is a musician who went to law school. He practices as an entertainment attorney in Philadelphia, PA. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale/Hubbell; a “Pennsylvania Superlawyer” by Thompson/Reuters; and has been named one of Main Line Today’s “Top Lawyers.” His law firm, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., has earned over 100 gold, platinum, Billboard #1 and other music industry awards for deals negotiated and drafted on behalf of the firm’s clients, representing sales of over 170 million records.
He plays double bass in the Main Line Symphony Orchestra, teaches Entertainment Law at Villanova Law School, and votes for the Grammy Awards. He plays a little poker and runs a few 5k races every year. As an author, Resnick has written numerous academic papers and has contributed chapters to several textbooks, and he has published the nonfiction disaster-planning book The Big List. He occasionally writes pop, heavy metal, and rap songs. Resnick’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Born in the Philippines and raised on Guam, Roberto Sabas imbues his literary and visual art works with the color and vibrant imagery of the tropics. A trained illustrator, he cites his father’s influence in art and poetry. Roberto’s art is published by Human Kinetics, Digital Graphics, the YMCA, and the USTA. His short fiction and poems have appeared in The Alchemist Review and in a previous incarnation of the Weird Tales social media page. His wife and children share in his passion for creativity and truth. Sabas’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthologies AURORA and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Following service in the US Marines, Michael Sarabia attained degrees
in Political Science and Education from Cal State Los Angeles. Sarabia
also holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from USC, and
has taught English and History at Garfield High School in East Los
Angeles. Currently retired, he and his wife live in Guadalupe, CA. Sarabia’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Judith Speizer Crandell is an award-winning writer and teacher of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. She’s received residencies at Yaddo, AROHO (A Room of One’s Own), and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship for her novel, The Resurrection of Hundreds Feldman. She has performed readings at the New York State Writers Institute, the New York State Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Washington, DC, and Cleveland Public Libraries. A journalist and Washington, DC, speechwriter for nearly twenty years, she moved to Milton, DE, in July to be near the ocean and write. Speizer Crandell’s work has appeared in the DPP anthologies SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Carrie Sz Keane studied journalism and English at the University of Maryland. She later apprenticed as a midwife in rural Appalachia in Kentucky before studying nurse-midwifery at Yale University. While at Yale, Keane was awarded a humanities honor in creative writing for her piece entitled “Modern Nurse Nancy,” a story about working night shifts as a new nurse on a postpartum unit, which was later published in a Canadian nursing textbook. Upon graduating in 2004, Keane began journaling and writing the stories of her work as a midwife. She is actively writing a journalistic memoir of her career. Keane works at an active obstetrics and gynecology practice in Delaware as a sexual health clinician providing prenatal care, contraception, annual examinations, STD screenings, and birth support for females. Her stories and essays, which have been published in anthologies by Devil’s Party Press, focus on maternal health in America and her role as a witness on the front lines of female healthcare. Keane’s work has appeared in the DPP anthologies SOLSTICE, EQUINOX, AURORA, and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
Paulene Turner is an Australian writer of novels, short stories, and short plays. A former Sydney journalist, she wrote her first novel as a nanowrimo exercise. Since then, she has drafted three more books with the same characters and is now planning the fifth, and final, installment in her YA series. Her love of writing began with screenplays. Space Cadet, her animation feature, was nominated by the Australian Writers Guild as best unproduced feature nationally. But as the film industry is tough to crack, she eventually crossed over to the “dark side”–writing narrative fiction. Her writing style still features a lot of dialogue and quite “filmic” visual scenes.
Her short stories have appeared in anthologies in the US and Australia. Turner also writes ten-minute theatre plays, many of which she has directed for Short and Sweet, Sydney–the biggest little play festival in the world. Turner’s fiction can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at pauleneturnerwrites.com.
Liliana Widocks is a Romanian living in UK. She describes herself as “a writer, when that doesn’t bother anyone, and a blogger, when I feel suddenly opinionated.” Most of her work, which can be found at her website, is in Romanian. Some of her articles and stories are published on two popular Romanians online platforms/sites: Republica.ro and catchy.ro. She recently started a blog written in English, which she describes as “just few poems now, tiny baby steps.” She is planning to publish a book of poems in her hometown, Suceava, in Romania in 2019. Widocks adds: “I am somebody exactly like yourself; when today is too lazy to come up with a story, I write down one of my own. We were given life, we just need to love.” Widocks ‘s short fiction can be found in the DPP anthologies AURORA and SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.
More at lilianawidocks.com
Wendel Young grew up in Philadelphia, one of four children. He graduated from West Philly High in 1978 and joined the United States Marine Corps. During his eight years in the Corps, Young was deployed twice. After his military service, he worked in the aerospace industry. Young began writing poetry as a teenager after being inspired by Langston Hughes. His poetry often reflects on his military service. Young moved to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 2016. Young’s poetry can be found in the DPP anthology SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, available at Amazon and other booksellers.