The Ipswich Public Library has loaned a range of samples about Ipswich and from Ipswich writers for the exhibit hall
The Children's Room has graciously loaned a range of Emberley books as well as a special, one of a kind, Ed Emberley display.
Sarah Vickery facilitates the Ipswich Poetry Group and hosts Zumi's Open Mic. A fundraiser by day, she has deep roots in activist and artistic communities in Boston and the North Shore.
At Infinite Recording, we specialize in creating inspiring music and are dedicated to helping every artist that walks through our doors reach their full potential. Worship music is a specialty! Additionally, with a strong emphasis on collaboration, we firmly believe that a new music community can emerge from Boston, and we are completely committed to being a part of that growth.
Ed Shankman's entire life has been one long creative project. In addition to publishing 14 children's books (and counting), Ed is a musician and painter and spent his career as a creative director in the advertising industry. He recently relocated to Ipswich with his wife (and best friend) Miriam. As of this writing, Ed has sold approximately 200,000 books.
Timothy Gager has published 18 books of fiction and poetry, which includes his latest novel, Joe the Salamander. He has had over 1000 works of fiction and poetry published, 17 nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has been nominated for a Massachusetts Book Award, The Best of the Web, The Best Small Fictions Anthology and has been read on National Public Radio. In 2023, Big Table Publishing published an anthology of twenty years of his selected work, with 150 pages of new material
Nancy Crochiere chronicled the ups and downs of family life—including her obsession with George Clooney—in her humorous newspaper column, “The Mother Load.” Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe and Writer’s Digest, and on WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog.
A local Boston writer, Jack Holder writes fantasy comics and novels. He earned a Master's Degree in Church and the Arts from Boston University School of Theology. When not writing, he is a stay-at-home father to a lovely toddler, finding faerie mounds deep in the woods on wandering walks.
Ariana Cane is an Amazon bestselling multi-genre author. She lives in Boston and loves to write stories about strong heroines and swoony heroes. She wishes to move to Maine though, where her favorite fictional town Little Hope is located. Along with Frank the moose, the bear, Ghost, and Bird the Snitch.
I am a stay at home mom who has always had a passion for reading and art. I wanted to build something so I could be a full time parent but also have a career. That's when I decided to start making book nooks.
When she’s not traveling, riding her bike, or working on the next book in the Fatechanger series, L. M. Poplin can be found teaching classes in writing and literature at Berklee College of Music. Born and raised in California, she earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she now lives with her husband, son, and cat.
Ian M. Rogers is a writer from New Hampshire who believes reading and writing should be fun. He is the author of MFA Thesis Novel (Vine Leaves Press), and a graduate of Bennington College in Vermont and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he learned to write short bios like this one.
A Best of the Net nominee, Carolyn R. Russell’s essays and short stories have been featured in numerous publications. She has also authored four books, including a flash fiction collection called “Death and Other Survival Strategies” (Vine Leaves Press, 2023). Carolyn lives on and writes from Boston’s North Shore. More at http://carolynrrussell.com/
Gina Troisi's work has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Fourth Genre, The Gettysburg Review, Fugue, and elsewhere. Her stories and essays have been recognized as finalists in several national contests, including the 2020 Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta Award in Fiction, the 2018 New Letters Publication Award in Fiction, American Literary Review's Creative Nonfiction Contest, 2018, and others. She has taught classes and workshops in both traditional and nontraditional settings, including writing workshops for female adult survivors of sexual assault. She lives in coastal Maine. Find out more about her at gina-troisi.com
I write memoir and fiction.
I am inspired by the human condition.
Carla Panciera’s newest book is Barnflower: A Rhode Island Farm Memoir. Her collection of short stories, Bewildered, received AWP’s 2013 Grace Paley Short Fiction Award. She has also published two collections of poetry: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press Book Award) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera Poetry Award). A recipient of a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in creative nonfiction, Panciera is recently retired from teaching high school English at Ipswich High School.
A 1997 graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, Karen worked as an elementary art school teacher before transitioning into her full-time career as a freelance artist. She currently lives in Swampscott with her two children, her husband Brandon and their three pets, Ani, Goose and Obi.
Jennifer Drummond lives in Asbury Grove, contemplates nature through photography and poetry, and reads voraciously by the fireplace. Her writing appears in the recent book The Courage to Write and the forthcoming devotional Feed Your Soul. Her book of Poems and Prayers for the Seasons will be available in 2024. You can find her online at www.jadrummond.com
Brittany Jacobs curates book looks for homes and retail spaces using pre-owned modern and vintage books. Follow her on Instagram @styledwithbooks for home styling inspiration.
M.G. Barlow is the author of a memoir, Home, My Story of House and Personal Restoration, which was published by Black Rose Writing in November 2021. A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, M.G. earned her bachelor's degree in communications with the honor, magna cum laude. She now writes short fiction. M.G. is Mom to two grown gentlemen. She lives north of Boston with a mischievous apricot poodle inappropriately named Sage.
Matt Cost is an author of histories and mysteries. He lives in Maine and spends his days writing. Write on.
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord, Newburyport, MA
Susan’s involvement in the arts includes roles as artist, teacher, speaker, writer, designer, and publisher. She works in multiple media with a focus on calligraphy and sculptural bookmaking.
E.A. Neeves is the author of After You Vanished. She grew up in New England, where she spent many summers lifeguarding at an idyllic lake, and occasionally catching snapping turtles. She enjoys tea, swimming, and board games that take entire evenings to play. When she's not writing, she can usually be found spending time with her family at their (probably not haunted) home in Salem, MA.
BJ Magnani's fascination with toxicology led her to a career in pathology and laboratory medicine. She is Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Emerita at Tufts University School of Medicine and the author of the Dr. Lily Robinson thriller series (The Queen of All Poisons, The Power of Poison, A Message in Poison) about a Boston physician recruited by the U.S. government as a covert assassin. A portion of the proceeds from her novels helps women receive free breast and cervical cancer screening through the CAP Foundation.
Dale T. Phillips has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 80 short stories. Stephen King was Dale's college writing teacher, and since then, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, radio, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy (losing in a spectacular fashion).
Joan Wilking's novella, Mycology, won the 2016 Wild Onion Novella Prize. It was published in 2017. Her short story, Clutter, received Special Mention in the 2017 Pushcarts. Her short fiction and non-fiction has been published extensively online and in print in The Atlantic, Ascent, Elm Leaves Journal, Hobart, Other Voices, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere over the years.
Since an early age Linda has been centered on the creative process. Starting in the 2D arena (painting, photography) over time she moved into creativity in her professional life as a goldsmith and an acupuncturist. This breadth of experience contributes to her present vision. An off and on engagement with photography over 50 years, she's recently found new inspiration integrating diverse perspectives with new tools.
Christopher J DeStefano is an award winning chef and food writer who has been cooking professionally for over 16 years. In 2008 DeStefano opened his celebrated prepared food shop and restaurant, Christopher’s Table on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to running the day to day operation of his food shop, he has written food articles for local publications, led culinary tours through Paris, and hosted hundreds of guests at elaborate dinners in bucolic farm fields as part of the Dinner on the Farm series.
Heather McConley has been a StoryMaker with PaperPie for 17+ years. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Studies and also loves math, but her first love was always reading. When she stumbled upon PaperPie one day, she found a flexible business that helped her own children in addition to feeding her soul. She loves sharing children's books with kids of all ages, and with their "big people" too.
Katherine DeSilva, an Ipswich native is an artist, author, and educator. She is a dedicated single mother battling Multiple Sclerosis. Katherine, with a BFA from MassArt and a Masters in Special Education, authored 3 children's books and continues to creates for all ages.
As a certified Permaculture Designer, Natural Foods Chef, mother of 2 and grandmother of 3 I believe that inspiring young people to embrace ecologically sound environmental practices is the key to saving our precious planet Earth.
During the 1960s, I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts with a large Irish-Hungarian family.
Fortunately for me, I followed my passion for writing.
In the 1970s, I completed my studies at the Northeastern University School of Radiologic Technology. From there, I spent the next several years working in Medical Imaging.
Ana Laguarda is a full time mother, wife, and daughter and a part time school psychologist, friend, poet, aspiring cellist, runner, sleeper, and lover of the world.
I was born in the Truman Administration and I'm still here.
My name is Ari Massos, and I grew up right here in New England. I Didn’t always resonate with the community around me growing up as gay, but it was through writing that I could feel a connection to other people that I might not have had the courage to reach out otherwise. As well as being able to express myself in ways that helped me through challenging aspects of my life. These poems are what eventually helped me in coming back here to re-fall in love with a place that I had almost forgotten how beautiful it was all along.
John Burciaga's career includes journalism and poetry. He has recently begun a local initiative in Newburyport called Poetry In Public Places and his poems have been displayed in various businesses and will be shown at the Firehouse performance Center in the coming year. Currently he leads a monthly Poetry class at the Senior/Community Center.
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