With a background in social work, psychology, and health care, Connie Goodman-Milone has become a valued member of the medical writing community. She started as a freelance writer in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1987, and moved to New York City in 1989. She now lends her knowledge to freelance pieces in Miami, Fla., and to “The Bereavement Poetry Project,” which she has co-authored since 2016. Some of her other recent publications include “Healthy Stories,” “Vitas Vital Signs,” “The Grief Observer,” and “Today’s Caregiver.” She was a contributing writer for the Miami Herald from 2002 to 2017, and in 2017, she served as the director of community relations for the South Florida Writers Association.
Ms. Goodman-Milone prepared for her endeavors by earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The George Washington University in 1985 and a Master of Social Work from Barry University in 1999. She also garnered experience as a social work intern in the Miami Veterans Healthcare System through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. To connect with her peers, Ms. Goodman-Milone joined prominent organizations like the National Writers Union, the Florida State Poets Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the National Association for Poetry Therapy.
EDUCATION | Writing
Fueled by her love for language and literature, Barbara Mujica spent more than five decades writing, teaching, and sharing her passion. She started as an instructor of French at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1963, but left after a year to become an associate editor of modern languages for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In 1973, Dr. Mujica joined The City University of New York as an assistant professor of romance languages and as an instructor, and in 1974, she joined Georgetown University as a professor of Spanish. She initiated the Student Veterans Association at the latter school, and retired in 2017 happy to leave with the security that the program will be there for veterans.
When Dr. Mujica wasn’t teaching, she was writing. She is most proud of authoring “Sister Teresa,” which was published in Spanish in 2017 and which was adapted for the stage in 2013, and “Frida: A Novel,” which was published in 18 languages. Some other notable publications include “I am Venus: A Novel,” “Teresa de Avila: Lettered Woman,” “Far From My Mother’s Home: Short Stories,” and “Sanchez Across the Street: Short Stories.” She also edited books like “Shakespeare and the Spanish Comedia,” “El Texto Puesto en Escena,” “Premio Nobel,” “Looking at the Comedia in the Year of the Quincentennial,” and “Texto y Vida: Introduccion a la Literatura Hispano-Americana.” She was both the author an editor of “A New Anthology of Early & Modern Spanish Theater,” “Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia's Daughters,” “Milenio,” and “Siglos XVII y XIX.” She continues to write to this day, and is currently finishing a novel.
Art | WRITINg
In Gene K. Garrison’s eyes, one of the biggest thrills in life is getting published. She entered the literary field after moving to Cave Creek, Ariz., to work on the New Dick Van Dyke Show, finding a fascinating bar full of cowboys, and writing an article on it. She sent it to The Arizona Republic, the state's largest newspaper, and they accepted it immediately. This experience really encouraged her writing, and led her to her next position at a magazine called Carefree Enterprise. Ms. Garrison loved that the job gave her the opportunity to interview and meet a wide variety of people. She produced feature articles for the magazine for 20 years, during which time she started freelancing articles and photographs and writing books.
Besides writing, Ms. Garrison is also passionate about art, dating back to her early twenties. She started with drawing and perspective, watercolor, architectural drawing, and ceramics, and then developed into mediums such as painting, life drawing, art history, sculpture, photography, and cinematography. She exhibited her photographic art at Es Posible Gallery and at Imagine Gallery. Ms. Garrison also displayed her work at Desert Artists, Inc., an artist cooperative she founded, between 1983 and 1999. She attributes her success to her mentors, Jason Williamson, A.W.S., a well-known watercolorist, William Ahrendt, an art instructor and artist extraordinaire, and Jan Sitts and Joella Jean Mahoney, both outstanding abstractionists. Ms. Garrison considers her own style to be independent and experimental, and feels that is conveyed through both her writing and her art.
Writing | Education
Well-rounded and passionate, Emily Mitchell Wallace has worn many hats over the course of her career: writer, editor, educator, and scholar. She started out as a history and literature tutor at the Curtis Institute of Music and as a teacher of literature at the Shipley School at Bryn Mawr College, and continued on to become an instructor and assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College. Dr. Wallace returned to the Curtis Institute of Music as the chair of the English Department from 1976 to 1978 and from 1979 to 1983, taking a brief interlude in the middle to serve as a leader in the Interdisciplinary Seminar at Yale University. Since 2001, she has maintained a position as a research associate in the Center of Visual Culture at Bryn Mawr College.
In her community, Dr. Wallace currently works as a member of the advisory committee at the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the sponsoring committee of the Marianne Moore Fund for Poetry at Bryn Mawr College, a lifetime member of the Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library, and a shareholder of The Library Company of Philadelphia. Prior positions include interdisciplinary research scholar in poetry and visual arts curriculum consultant at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, member of Yale Library Associates at the Yale University Library, and member of the board of directors of The American Foundation and Bok Tower Gardens in Florida.
Health Care | Writing
Believing in a mission greater than herself, Deborah Reese Potts set out to make the world a better place as a mental health therapist and a school counseling coordinator. She specialized in guiding adolescents, and is particularly proud of having individuals come back to her and tell her that they are doing well and following their dreams. Her most recent role was that of mental health therapist for Baylor Scott & White Health, which she held from 2010 until her retirement in 2016.
In addition to her health endeavors, Ms. Potts also connected with others through writing. She authored the children’s book, “Ocean Surprises,” in 2009, and is currently working on a more adult book, “Three Forks.” The former uses “a raging storm as a metaphor for the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity,” and the latter is about growing up in South Texas, blending ethnic groups, and navigating the blurry line between good and evil. She attributes her longevity and success to her parents, who taught her the importance of working hard, education, and giving back. Her professional designations include a Master of Science in educational counseling from Baylor University. If Ms. Potts could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to do a lot of research, be in the know, listen, and care deeply.
Library Science | Writing
In love with books and reading for as long as she can remember, Valerie J. Morehouse has never regretted pursuing library science. She started by obtaining an Associate of Arts from Taft College in 1966, a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968, and a Master of Science in library science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Science in 1977, and continued on to become a certified professional librarian in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Degrees in hand, Ms. Morehouse joined Plymouth Public Librarians as an assistant librarian and director, and she advanced rapidly from there. Other positions include assistant executive director of the Southeastern Librarians Cooperative, librarian automation consultant for the North Dakota State Library, district librarian and media director for the Bismarck Public School District, and systems administrator for MARINet. Her most recent role was librarian for Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County and the Temple Isaiah of Contra Costa County Day School.
One of the highlights of Ms. Morehouse’s career was being a columnist for the American Library Association Booklist. She was also proud to author “Pleasanton Poetry” in 2008 and “Anthology: A Collection of Cape Cod Poets” in 1974, and to serve as an editor and writer for “A Word to the Wise.” Looking to the future, she hopes to publish another book of her poetry.
Inspired by the legendary playwright Eugene O’Neill, Christine Frederickson decided at a young age to follow in his footsteps and pursue her love for reading and writing. Her journey to reach that goal began at Kalamazoo College, where she completed coursework from 1964 to 1966, and continued at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in 1968. While at the latter school, she obtained her first job in the field as a college board member of Mademoiselle. She proceeded to further her education in 1974, when she received a Master of Education from Boston College.
After decades of professional experience in roles like staff writer for Computerworld Weekly, radio events editor for Antique Radio Classified through Vintage Radio Publishing LLC, and court reporter in Los Angeles, Ms. Frederickson can honestly say that she has enjoyed every part of her career. Some of the highlights include traveling to Rome, Italy, to conduct research in the archive library about the Cassini-Huygens mission and seeing the play she authored, “Doña Victoria-First Lady of San Gabriel,” performed at the Old Southwest Museum. She is also proud of her positions as a new script reader for The Fountain Theatre, as a docent of Las Angelitas del Pueblo, and as a bulletin editor for the Caltech Women’s Club. She is currently lending her services to the San Gabriel Mission, where she has been a docent since 2009.
On a journey 25 years in the making, Joy Rainey King has become renowned for her expert poetry and songwriting skills. She currently uses her talents to write songs for The Songs of Love Foundation, which serves sick children in hospitals in America, England, and Canada. The foundation sends her a biography of a child, including the names of their friends, pets, toys, and hobbies, and she takes the information and turns it into lyrics. The lyrics are then sent to musicians to be set to music, and the final product is given to the child free of cost. Ms. Rainey King is also involved with her community as a member of the International Society of Poets, the Poets Guild, the International Poetry Hall of Fame, the Top Recorders Songwriters Association, Metverse Muse in India, and the World Poets Society in Greece, among others.
Over the years, Ms. Rainey King has authored pieces like “From the Gazebo, Wonder of Words,” “America’s New Hero,” and “Our Constitution.” All in all, she is credited with releasing 25 poetry books and even more poems. She was flattered when “Our Constitution” was translated to Korean and used to celebrate their constitution day. Another professional highlight came when Ms. Rainey King was contacted by a poet friend in Mongolia, who wanted her to be published in a book about American poets at their universities. The book contains approximately 20 poets, including Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson, and she considers it an honor to be listed among their ranks. Cementing Ms. Rainey King’s position among the greats is her three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is also the recipient of the International Book of Gold Prize, the International Peace Prize from the United Cultural Convention, and the President’s Recognition of Literary Excellence from the National Author’s Registry. In 1999, she was named Author of the Year by Edizoni University in Trento, Italy.
Combining her passion for books with her interest in science and artificial intelligence, Pamela McCorduck has made a name for herself as an expert in her field. She believes that artificial intelligence is unique but not something to be frightened of, and that if it is treated with respect, it can change everything. To spread her views and research, she authored nonfiction pieces like, “Machines Who Think: A Personal Inquiry into the History and Prospects of Artificial Intelligence,” “The Universal Machine: Confessions of a Technological Optimist,” and “The Fifth Generation: Artificial Intelligence and Japan's Computer Challenge to the World.” The highlight of Mrs. McCorduck’s career was receiving a highly positive review for “Machines Who Think.” She was thrilled that all of her hard work and contributions to the industry were appreciated.
Over the years, Mrs. McCorduck enhanced her knowledge with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Columbia University in the City of New York, and connected with her peers by lecturing at her graduate alma mater for 10 years. It was also there that she wrote and published her first novel, “Familiar Relations.” Some of her later fiction books include “The Edge of Chaos,” and “Bounded Rationality.”
Passionate about literature, Elizabeth Carroll Foster has long worked to make her mark on the field. She started as a feature writer and editor for Southern Maryland newspapers, like The Maryland Independent and The St. Mary’s Beacon. She really loved the opportunity journalism brought to produce articles of importance. Ms. Foster also wrote for regional magazines like Chesapeake and Maryland Magazine, where she wrote profile articles and met a variety of interesting people. She is most proud of this accomplishment.
After her journalistic endeavors, Ms. Foster turned to focus more on books and novels. Notably, she authored “Southern Winds A’ Changing” in 2008, “Follow Me: The Life and Adventures of a Military Family,” in 2010, and “Musings, Mutterings, and Aw Shucks: A Collection of Short Stories, Essays, and Features,” in 2011. Further, she produced works like “North Carolina Carrolls, 1600s-1850” and “Virginia Carrolls and Their Neighbors 1618-1800s.”