Listee Features — Writing

Delores Dudley

DELORES DUDLEY

Delores Dudley truly saw her profession as a calling. With a strong desire to help others and the community in the pursuit of knowledge, she graduated from Norfolk State University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1971. While completing postgraduate coursework at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville between 1981 and 1984, she began her career as an English teacher with Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1982. After earning a Master of Arts in communications from Norfolk State University, Ms. Dudley joined Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth as an English and public speaking teacher in 1992. Furthermore, she progressed to an English teacher with the aforementioned institution from 1994 until her retirement in

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Mona Lisa Saloy

MONA LISA SALOY

Since 1991, Mona Lisa Saloy, PhD, has been a professor at Dillard University, as well as the Conrad N. Hilton endowed professor and coordinator of English since 2014. Prior to these appointments, she was a visiting associate professor of American ethnic studies from 2005 to 2007, a research assistant at Louisiana State University from 1986 to 1991, an instructor in the Upward Bound program at the University of California Berkeley in 1985, and a National Endowment for the Arts poet in residence and director of the writing program for the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society from 1983 to 1985. Additionally, Dr. Saloy was an instructor of writing at San Francisco State University from 1983 to 1985, at

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Josephine Hendin

JOSEPHINE GATTUSO HENDIN

Josephine Gattuso Hendin, PhD, is a tenured professor at New York University (NYU), who has been teaching on campus since 1979. An expert in American literature, American modernism, and contemporary and postmodern literature, her areas of interest also include psychology and literature, ethnicity and literature, and creative writing. During her tenure at NYU, she served as the Tiro A. Segno professor of Italian American studies between 2001 and 2010, chaired the English department between 1995 and 1999, and was director of the expository writing program during 1983. Considering her chairman role to be one of her greatest accomplishments, Dr. Hendin was able to create a curriculum for students, which was an honor. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, she was

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Carol Booth

CAROL M. BOOTH

A talented writer of both songs and freelance features, Carol M. Booth has garnered a laudable reputation alongside many of the most notable luminaries in the fields of art and entertainment. Born in Tennessee, she came of age in Louisiana, and eventually relocated to Texas and Tennessee. During the 1970s and through the mid-1980s, Ms. Booth served as a public relations coordinator for McDonald’s and maintained activity in advertising management and marketing for Liberty Vindicator. Between 1985 and 1989, she owned and operated Carol Marie’s Music, for whom she wrote and published many of her songs, and between 1988 and 1991 worked as country singer Tim McGraw’s talent manager in Nashville, TN. Upon returning to Louisiana, she created her own

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Wendy Weiner

WENDY L. WEINER

Now retired, Wendy L. Weiner excelled as a teacher with Milwaukee Public Schools for 25 years until 2012. Working in a primarily poverty-stricken community, she dedicated her life to the children of the inner city by not only providing them with an effective education, but also with a safe and loving environment. Additionally, Ms. Weiner established her own business in 1990 as the owner of W.L.W. Presentations. Ms. Weiner became involved in her profession because at first, she did not know she would be an educator, but she did know from the experiences she had as a student that she wanted to make a better educational system for children. Although she did not have the best educational experience with the

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Patricia Smith

PATRICIA J. SMITH

Growing up in a very small Swiss/German-speaking Mennonite community in Kansas, Patricia J. Smith, PhD, was always interested in things abroad that she did not have access to. She was a debater in high school, and her school had one of the best debate teams in the state. Debate was one of the things that triggered her interest in foreign things. Since 2009, Dr. Smith has been the sole photographer of her own business, Patricia Smith Photography, in Seattle. Many of the photographs in her galleries come from Ocean Shores, Washington, a small beach community with six miles of beach on northwest Washington’s Pacific coast. A passionate traveler and student of cultures and places, she has lived and worked in

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Zema Jordan

ZEMA L. JORDAN

Ever since she was young, Dr. Zema L. Jordan has loved English, writing and language. She was driven to help others find that same passion, and found education to be the perfect way to do so. She understood everything the teacher was talking about through writing notes to be sure she would remember what the teacher said. She always knew she wanted to teach, and thinks that sometimes your elementary teachers inspire you in some way. Although you’re only 5 or 6 years old, they leave an impression on you for life. The youngest of eight children, Dr. Jordan grew up in a private school that was a part of a college, and she was always on campus with students

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Bonnie Zindel

BONNIE ZINDEL

After attending a professional children’s school and studying dance, Bonnie Zindel decided to move into something else. She worked in public relations at the Cleveland Playhouse as the public relations director from 1969 to 1972. Following this, she had her own radio show titled the “Intermission Feature” on Station WCLV-FM in Cleveland from 1970 to 1972, where she would interview people in the arts such as the Boston Symphony. She met her husband Paul Zindel, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and began to write plays, including one where she had a reading with actress Julie Harris as the lead. Ms. Zindel found that her direction was going toward the arts, so she continued writing books and plays. She then decided she

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JANICE LYNN BENNETT

Motivated by creativity and a deep appreciation for aesthetics, Janice Lynn Bennett has dedicated her life to making beautiful things. She had always loved drawing, so she decided to channel her talent into a career as a graphic artist. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design with a minor in journalism from Northern Illinois University in 1973, and started as a graphic artist at Montgomery Ward in Illinois later that year. Ms. Bennett advanced rapidly; after giving birth to her son Scott in 1974, she became the assistant production manager and art director of Crow Publications in 1977, and the owner, graphic artist and typographer of several Colorado-based companies between 1980 and 1989. Around this time,

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