Maria S. Picone /수영 is a Korean American adoptee who won Cream City Review’s 2020 Summer Poetry Prize. She has been published in Tahoma Literary Review, The Seventh Wave, Fractured Lit and more including Best Small Fictions 2021. Her work has been supported by Lighthouse Writers Workshop, GrubStreet, Kenyon Review, and Tin House. She is a 2022 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Kundiman Fellow and a 2022 Juniper Institute Fellow. Additional editorial work includes being Chestnut Review’s managing editor, the poetry editor at Hanok Review and associate editor at Uncharted Mag. Maria has an MFA in fiction from Goddard College. Her website is mariaspicone.com, Twitter @mspicone.
Maria is the managing editor and is also in charge of TPR’s fiction submissions.
Yvette R. Murray received her B.A. in English from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been published in Emrys Journal, The Petigru Review, Catfish Stew, A Gathering Together, Call and Response Journal and others. She is a 2021 Best New Poet selection, a 2021 Watering Hole Fellow, and a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. Ms. Murray lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Find her on Twitter @MissYvettewrites.
Yvette is the poetry and nonfiction editor for TPR.
Janice Canty is a writer, educator, and tutors online college writing. She is a life-long learner and avid reader. Janice considers herself a late bloomer, having graduated in 2016 with a Masters in Written Communication; she was also awarded a scholarship to Paris for a writers’ workshop. Currently, she is putting the finishing touches on her first fiction short story for the middle grade genre.
She loves the outdoors and her favorite things to do are gardening, biking, and walking. Janice is proudest of her two lovely granddaughters, one a recent college graduate and the other in her sophomore year.
Peter M. Coan is the award-winning author of Toward A Better Life, the critically acclaimed biography; Taxi: The Harry Chapin Story, the generational novel; The Last Baby Boomer; and the bestselling Ellis Island Interviews: In Their Own Words – the definitive work about Ellis Island and the immigrants who passed through it. He is also the author of Finding Martha, his own story of adoption, redemption and Christian faith, and the third book in his testimony trilogy, The Angel School – Book of Wisdom. His work has appeared in Time, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and many other publications. He was the executive editor of World Tennis magazine and Boating Industry magazine. He lives in New York and Myrtle Beach, S.C. He has two daughters.
Sue Cryer is a former news correspondent for The Newburyport Daily News (MA), The Chatham Courier (Chatham, NY), The Register Star (Hudson, NY), and contributor for several local SC publications (including The State Newspaper). She is a former member of the South Carolina Writers Association Board of Directors for whom she served as Blog Writer, The Quill Editor, and Co-Editor for both Catfish Stew and the first digital edition of The Petigru Review. Maintaining her connection to news and current events, Sue serves as a member of the State Newspaper Community Advisory Board. She continues to serve as a SCWA BOD Advisor and is a member of the SCWA Chapin/Irmo Chapter. She resides in Chapin, South Carolina, where she has raised her family while continuing manuscript work, editing, and managing a home business.
Mary Louise Hudson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University. After more than 30 years as a Human Resources Director, she retired and enjoys, among other things, reading and writing poetry. She joined the Poetry Society of South Carolina in 1996 and over the years, some of her poems have achieved recognition and appear in the Society’s yearbook publications. She was the alternate winner of the 2021 Susan Laughter Meyers Summer Scholarship, has attended a number of poetry workshops and actively participates in both a writers’ group and a poetry critique group.
Brad Land received his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and also studied at Western Michigan University, where he served as nonfiction editor of the school’s Third Coast literary magazine. His 2004 memoir, Goat, about his experience with fraternity culture and hazing, was made into a motion picture in 2016. His first work of fiction was a novel entitled Pilgrims Upon the Earth. He currently lives in South Carolina.
Terri McCord is a 2022 Pushcart nominee and a 2022 McCray Nickens Fellowship (sponsored by the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the South Carolina Writers Association) finalist. She has been published in Cream City Review, Seneca Review, Bluestem, Southeast Review, Kakalak, Jasper Writes!, and others. McCord is a 2001-2002 recipient of a South Carolina Arts Commission juried artist literary fellowship. Her latest poetry collection is The Beauts from Finishing Line Press. She earned her M.F.A. from Queens University in Charlotte. McCord loves visual art and photography as well.
Sharon Clemmons Thomas is an aspiring author working on her first memoir and considers herself beyond blessed by the opportunity to join the SC Writer’s Association Board of Directors. A Palmetto native, Thomas has served the S.C. nonprofit community for nearly 30 years as a program manager, executive director, board member and for the past five years as an organizational/governance consultant. She lives in rural Berkeley County with her husband, Bill Thomas, and together they have five children, 10 grandchildren and two very spoiled pups.
Arthur Turfa is a Midlands-based poet/writer with several books under his belt. He draws inspiration from his careers, life experiences, and places where he has lived, especially his native Pennsylvania and Germany, to name but two. His most recent poetry book is Saluda Reflections from Finishing Line Press. His first novel, The Botleys of Beaumont County is from Blurb. His poems have appeared in many US and international journals, and he is active in several poetry groups.
Susan Zurenda taught English for 33 years on the college level and at the high school level to AP students. Her debut novel, Bells for Eli (Mercer University Press, March 2020; paperback edition March 2021), has been selected the Gold Medal (first place) winner for Best First Book—Fiction in the 2021 IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Awards), a Foreword Indie Book Award finalist, a Winter 2020 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a 2020 Notable Indie on Shelf Unbound, a 2020 finalist for American Book Fest Best Book Awards, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2021. She has won numerous regional awards for her short fiction. She lives in Spartanburg, SC.