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MIDGE GOLDBERG, a graduate of Yale University, was the winner of the 2015 Richard Wilbur Award for her book of poems, Snowman's Code. She is also the author of the poetry collection Flume Ride (2006). Her poems have appeared in Measure, Light, the teenage poetry anthology Poetry Speaks: Who I Am, and on Garrison Keillor's A Writer's Almanac. She is a long-time member of the Powow River Poets and has an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Chester, New Hampshire, with her family, two cats, and an ever-changing number of chickens.
VALORI HERZLICH Valori Herzlich was born in Latvia and raised & educated in New York City. Her lengthy graphic arts career focused on retail advertising and has included stints as a fashion illustrator, designer, and Creative/Art Director for major department and specialty store chains. She has also worked with Boston, MA, ad agencies as story board illustrator on numerous national campaigns, including assignments for McDonald’s, Ocean Spray and Reebok.
Mother of four, grandmother of four, and former Staff Assistant to assorted felines, Valori presently divides her time between the ocean-menaced New England shore and drought-threatened Santa Fe; quilting, gardening, walking beaches, or exploring arroyos when she’s not drawing.
Illustrator of I have a Grandma who....
CATHERINE KIRKWOOD Catherine Kirkwood was born in New York and spent most of her childhood in Stamford, Connecticut. Knowing she wanted to be an artist from age 5, she studied art at Syracuse University, California College of the Arts and the University of New Mexico where she got a Master’s Degree in Painting. She has continued to illustrate and paint over the years and has shown her work nationally. She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Craig Anderson, and their two rescue dogs, Rahki and Tula. Author and illustrator of Looking for Tula.
PAIGE GRANT Paige Grant put in a full career as a hydrologist, based mostly out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She takes particular pride in having founded the Santa Fe Watershed Association and led it for its first seven years. Along with her profession, she has pursued her lifelong avocations of singing old songs – currently as co-director of the group “Melismata” – and creative writing, encouraged by her children who demanded bedtime songs and stories. When the kids took wing, she and her husband filled their empty nest by volunteering with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, fostering adult animals that needed some loving-kindness to get over their fear of people, and puppies and kittens that needed a safe, happy place to grow until they got big enough to be spayed or neutered and adopted into a forever home. A confessed pun-aholic, the title “Kitten Caboodle” popped into her mind in thinking about the work of the Shelter, and this story wrote itself from there. Author of Kitten Caboodle.
LISA WILLIAMS Lisa Williams grew up in the Southwest but has spent the majority of her adult life living on the east coast. Her artwork demonstrates a love for the rich, vivid colors of her roots. Williams began her academic study at the University of Texas majoring in art history with a minor in studio art (BFA 1985). She earned a master’s degree in art history from the University of Virginia (MA 1990) and worked at the College of William and Mary's art museum as their curator of education. She taught modern and survey art history courses at the community college level before eventually settling into a career of teaching high school visual arts. She taught a variety of studio art courses: painting, drawing, 3-D animation, photography and communication design. Williams continues to create art and exhibit her art work, earning recognition and awards in regional shows. She moves freely between oil on canvas and the endless pallet of computer graphics. She also runs a web- and print-design business. Kitten Caboodle is Williams’ first published book with Azro Press. She divides her time between Virginia and Maine with her partner and two college-age daughters. Illustrator of Kitten Caboodle www.IndigoArtDesign.com
NICOLE BLAU Nicole lived in Europe for many years, most recently Denmark and Italy. Recently, she returned to the States where she was born. Her first memories of TV are Soupy Sales and the McCarthy hearings. When she was 3 years old, someone asked her what she was going to be when she grew up. She promptly answered, "I'm going to be an artist." And so she is. She's particularly fond of rabbits as you will see when you read the book she illustrated, Whatcha Doing?
Her most recent book is Cute As A Button. The illustrations are of Florence, Italy.
BARBARA MAYFIELD Barbara Mayfield was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a professional actress, comedienne, puppeteer, and artist. Miss Mayfield loves to dance the two-step, waltz, and polka, and is taking ukulele lessons. The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me is her first novel.
JODY ALPERS and CELESTE JOHNSON have lived in Roswell, New Mexico for many years. They have collaborated on several books. T is for Tortilla is a new edition of a book they published a while ago. Jody taught with the Roswell Independent School District for 28 years. Fifteen of the years were in kindergarten with the other years being various grade levels at the elementary level. The majority of her teaching was at Washington Avenue elementary school. That is where she was teaching kindergarten when she wrote the book. She was also the director of the RISD Parkview Preschool my last 3 years. She has her Masters in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Eastern New Mexico University. The book has done well in grades K-4 especially lending itself to the New Mexico history classes required in some fourth grades. Most elementary teachers do some type of New Mexico unit each year.
SID HAUSMAN has lived in New Mexico for more than 35 years. An illustrator and western music performer, Sid has been a resident artist with the New Mexico Arts Division teaching songwriting at Navajo and pueblo schools. He currently gives workshops in public and private schools throughout the Southwest and will usually have the kids illustrate their
visual interpretations of the songs they write.
One Bullfrog was written during Sid´s residency at the Beklabito Day School on the Navajo reservation near Shiprock, New Mexico. Sid asked these first graders to choose their favorite animal from the area where they lived. The animals were written down and organized by size. They decided to see how many they could get on a log and came up with fifty before the log broke. Aside from being a fun project, ONE BULLFROG has become one of Sid´s most requested children´s song.
His newly published book is Cactus Critter Bash.
December 5, 1963 - April 5, 2011
A ballet dancer, film maker, and author and illustrator. In her very early years, she wrote very small stories and plays, which she and her sisters would perform using hand puppets. Jaenet personally knew both HERMAN and POPPY. She wrote this story for her younger sister. After many years attending many different colleges, she graduated Cum Laude from USC in 2008.
Books by Jaenet published by Azro Press
Herman and Poppy Go Singing in the Hills
Grow Grow Grow
Next Week When I'm Big
Future books by Jaenet:
The Triassic Hall release date 2012
Look, Roger, It's Florence to be released soon on www.jaenet.net
The Fussy Butterfly to be released soon on www.jaenet.net
Her movie, Great Danes, will be released in a year or two
SUANA VERELST was born in Antwerp (Belgium) and grew up in a town called
Kortrijk, close to the French border in Belgium. She is the eldest of four. In 1984, she emigrated to Montreal, Quebec in Canada. After receiving degrees at Concordia University in fine arts and art history and a degree in graphic design at Dawson College in Montreal and receiving some awards for her work, she realized that she wanted to combine her love for drawing, painting, sculpting, etching, bookmaking and experimenting with materials and textures into one.
Since 2001, she works as an illustrator and graphic designer. She has been working with children's book related publishers in Quebec, Belgium, and Switzerland.
Next Week When I'm Big is her first US based published work.
ALAN ARKIN and JON RICHARDS
Best known for his work in film and television, Alan Arkin has found time to write several books for children - Cosmo - A Cautionary Tale is the latest. The Lemming Condition - published in 1976 - was chosen by the Booksellers of America to be placed in The White House Library. His works have been translated into many languages and read all over the world. Other children's books by Alan Arkin:
The Lemming Condition
Cassie Loves Beethoven
Tony's Hard Work Day
Some Fine Grampa
One Present from Flekman's
JON RICHARDS has been doing editorial cartoons and movie reviews in Santa Fe, NM, since the late 1980s. He has published half a dozen novels, and has also worked as a journalist, screenwriter, film translator, illustrator, and actor. His illustrations have brought Cosmo to life in all his quirky humanity.
One of the first Azro Press author/illustrators, Terry lived in the Rocky Mountain Southwest for 44 years.
While she was staying at Chaco Canyon, she looked up at the full moon and was amazed to see not the Man in the Moon but a Rabbit in the Moon and not just a cute little bunny rabbit but a lanky jackrabbit with long, wind-swept ears who was the inspiration for her first book, Moon Rabbit Builds A Fine House.
She completed a second book Who Will Save Mr Squeaky? and was working on a third Wendell, the Out of Work Coyote with an ASCAP Card when she died. She is missed by all of us.
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