November/December 2014
     
updated December 04th 2014
       
A bi-monthly internet magazine of the arts. Each issue is written largely but not exclusively by Willard Manus. Such outside contributors as Richmond Shepard, Alan Bodian, Joseph Kierland, Harriet Robbins, Dorothy Sinclair and Mavis Manus are featured regularly, but submissions to the magazine are BY INVITATION ONLY.
      
The magazine seeks to present a generous but selective overview of the contemporary cultural scene in the USA and abroad.
     
The focus of the magazine is on contemporary Movies, Theatre, Music (Classical and Blues & Jazz), Travel, Books (reviews), Fiction (short stories & novels), Opera, Dance, and Human Interest. For further details, see below.
      
Publisher WILLARD MANUS is a Los Angeles-based novelist, playwright and journalist. He published two books recently: THIS WAY TO PARADISE--DANCING ON THE TABLES, a memoir of time spent in the Greek islands; and THE PIGSKIN RABBI, a comic novel about pro football. His other novels are THE FIXERS, THE FIGHTING MEN, CONNUBIAL BLISS and MOTT THE HOOPLE, the book from which the 70s British rock band took its name.
      
Manus' latest play, THE PENIS MONOLOGUES, just concluded a five-month run in Los Angeles and is being translated into German and French. He has had fifteen other plays produced in the USA, Europe and Australia.
    
He is also a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and has written on film for SIGHT & SOUND, FILMS IN REVIEW, DAILY VARIETY and ATHENIAN MAGAZINE. His freelance articles have appeared in such journals as NEW YORK TIMES, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, WASHINGTON POST, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, BOSTON GLOBE, HOLIDAY MAGAZINE, THE OBSERVER (U.K.), SUNDAY TIMES (U.K.), FINANCIAL POST (Canada), DIVE MAGAZINE, SCUBA WORLD and many others. His short stories have been published in NEW LETTERS, CONFRONTATION, MEN ONLY and ARGOSY, among others.             
      
Manus served for four years as the southern California correspondent for PLAYBILL.COM
      
      
      

      
Assistant publisher Mavis Manus co-wrote the successful cookbook, THE ART OF RUSSIAN CUISINE (Macmillan Co.) She writes a monthly human interest column for the HELLENIC JOURNAL.
      
CONTENTS:
       
MOVIES: News & reviews; book reviews; occasional features & interviews.
     
THEATRE: Reviews and news from Los Angeles, New York and other cities; book reviews; occasional features and interviews.
     
MUSIC: Classical news & reviews; Blues & Jazz news and reviews. Occasional features and interviews.
     
TRAVEL: Articles on travel spots around the world. Special interests: Greece & the Mediterranean; Europe; Caribbean & South America; Freediving & Spearfishing; Jewish travel destinations.
     
BOOKS: News and reviews of new titles; occasional interviews and features.
      
FICTION: Original contemporary short stories.
      
OPERA: News and reviews; occasional interviews and features.
      
DANCE: News and reviews.
      
HUMAN INTEREST: Features, interviews and profiles.
       
MARKETPLACE: Books, videos and audio tapes by Willard Manus.
       
Contributors to recent issues of Lively Arts:
        
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2014 issue:
                 
Mavis Manus (see Dance)
Dalia Miller, Kip Miller (see Travel)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2014 issue:
                 
Mavis Manus (see Theatre, Dance)
Ben Maddow (see Travel)
Robert Gardner (see Fiction)
Norm Levine (see Human Interest)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2014 issue:
                 
Dalia Miller, Kip Miller (see Travel)
Jim Inman (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2014 issue:
                 
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2014 issue:
                 
Robert Riche (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2014 issue:
                 
Dalia Miller, Kip Miller (see Travel)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2013 issue:
                 
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Dalia Miller (see Travel)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2013 issue:
                 
Martin Tucker (see Books)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2013 issue:
                 
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Calliope Snodgrass (see Opera)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2013 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Dalia Miller (see Travel)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2013 issue:
                 
Basia Gordon (see Human Interest)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Dalia Miller (see Travel)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2012 issue:
                 
Basia Gordon (see Travel)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Dorothy Sinclair (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2012 issue:
                 
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2012 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Jarret Liotta (see Fiction)
Dalia Miller (see Travel)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2012 issue:
                 
Dalia Miller (see Travel)
Evelyn Duboff (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2012 issue:
                 
Katherine Clark (see Human Interest)
Dalia R. Miller (see Travel)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2012 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Mavis Manus (see Travel)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2011 issue:
                 
Peter Broadbent & Robert Burns (see Human Interest)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2011 issue:
                 
Peter Broadbent & Robert Burns (see Human Interest)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2011 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Bonnie Weiss (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2011 issue:
                 
Guy Prevost (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2011 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Mavis Manus (see Books)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Yale Udoff (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2011 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Yale Udoff (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2010 issue:
                 
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Mavis Manus (see Dance)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2010 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July August 2010 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Mavis Manus (see Human Interest )
David Scott Milton (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2010 issue:
                 
George Constantin (see Fiction)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2010 issue:
                 
George Constantin (see Fiction)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2010 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
J.S. Kierland (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2009 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Sharon Rosner (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2009 issue:
                 
Maxwell D. Epstein (see Books)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
George Constantin (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2009 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Sharon Rosner (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2009 issue:
                 
Akrivoe Emmanouilides (see Fiction)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2009 issue:
                 
Evelyn Duboff (see Fiction)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2009 issue:
                 
Maxwell D. Epstein (see Books)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2008 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2008 issue:
                 
Alan Bodian (see Human Interest)
Jarret Liotta (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2008 issue:
                 
Alan Bodian (see Human Interest)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Marc Lengfield (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies & Books)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2008 issue:
                 
Martin Tucker (See Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2008 issue:
                 
Arnold Charitan (see Fiction)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Mavis Manus (see Human Interest)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2008 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Michael N. Kalafatas (see Human Interest)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Dorothy Sinclair (see Book Reviews)
Martin Tucker (See Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2007 issue:
                 
Janey Bennett (see Fiction)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2007 issue:
                 
Philip Daugherty (see Fiction)
Maxwell Epstein (see Books)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2007 issue:
                 
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Elaine Olsen Thompson (see Fiction)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2007 issue:
                 
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Joseph Scott Kierland (see Fiction)
Ross Manus (see Human Interest)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2007 issue:
                 
Louis Fantasia (see Opera)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Robert Riche (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Martin Tucker (see Books)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2007 issue:
                 
Phillip Daughtry (see Fiction)
George Edwards (see Travel)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2006 issue:
                 
Nancy Bisberg-Rothstein (see Human Interest)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2006 issue:
                 
Armina Shepard Hansen (see Las Vegas Theatre)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Irving Kronenberg (see Fiction)
Sherman Pearl (see Books)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2006 issue:
                 
Armina Hansen (see Las Vegas Theatre)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2006 issue:
                 
Ross Manus (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2006 issue:
                 
Alan Bodian (see Human Interest)
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Joseph Scott Kierland (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2006 issue:
                 
Alan Bodian (see Human Interest)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Elaine Olsen Thompson (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2005 issue:
                 
Polly Hope (see Opera)
Gilbert Horobin (see Human Interest)
Ross Manus (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2005 issue:
                 
John W.K. Fillmed (see Travel)
Joseph Scott Kierland (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2005 issue:
                 
Jeffrey Carson (see Book Reviews)
Maxwell Epstein (see Fiction)
Irving Kronenberg (see Human Interest )
David Ray (see Book Reviews)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Dorothy Sinclair (see Theatre Book Reviews)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTOR to May/June 2005 issue:
    
Barry Fitton (see Books)
Laurel Johnson (see Books)
Diana Farr Louis (see Travel)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
Elaine Olsen Thompson (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTOR to March/April 2005 issue:
    
Maxwell Epstein (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2005 issue:
    
Frank Colley (see Human Interest)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies)
George Dillon Slater (see Travel)
Elaine Olsen Thompson (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
                 
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2004 issue:
    
Joseph Scott Kierland (see Fiction)
Gail Newman (see Human Interest)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
          
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2004 issue:
    
Harriet Robbins (see Human Interest)
Joseph Scott Kierland (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
          
CONTRIBUTORS to July/August 2004 issue:
    
Kelly Ferjutz (see Music)
Harriet Robbins (see Movies Reviews)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Dorothy Sinclair (see Book Reviews)
Elaine Olsen Thompson (see Fiction)
Malvin Wald (see Human Interest)
Yannis Zervos (see Human Interest)
          
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2004 issue:
    
Shermon Pearl (see Book Reviews)
David Ray (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Human Interest)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
          
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2004 issue:
    
Alan Bodian (see Human Interest)
Joseph Scott Kierland (see Fiction)
Bob Riche (see Fiction)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre, News & Reviews From New York)
Harriet Robbins (see Movie Reviews)
          
CONTRIBUTORS to January/February 2004 issue:

Vladimir Orlov (see Fiction)
Harriet Robbins (see Book Reviews)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
Dorothy Sinclair (see Book Reviews)
       
CONTRIBUTOR to November/December 2003 issue:

Alan Bodian (see Human Interest)
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
       
CONTRIBUTORS to September/October 2003 issue:

Louis Fantasia (see Theatre Features),
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre),
Dorothy Sinclair
(see Book Reviews),
Martin Tucker (see Ficition)
       
CONTRIBUTORS to July/Agust 2003 issue:

Alan Bodian (see Human Interest),
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre),
Martin Tucker (see Ficition)
       
CONTRIBUTORS to May/June 2003 issue:

Louis Fantasia (see Theatre Features),
Joseph Scott Kierland
(see Fiction),
Harriet Robbins
(see Movie Features & Human Interest),
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
       
CONTRIBUTORS to March/April 2003 issue:

Harriet Robbins (see Human Interest),
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre)
       
CONTRIBUTORS to November/December 2002 issue:

Maxwell Epstein (see Book Review),
Harriet Robbins (see Human Interest),
Richmond Shepard (see Theatre),
Martin Tucker (See Fiction)
CONTRIBUTOR to September/October 2002 & March 2002 issues:

Joseph Scott Kierland

      
CONTRIBUTOR to April 2002 issue:

Craig Pettigrew

      
CONTRIBUTORS to February 2002 issue:

Louis Fantasia,
Robert Riche
     
About the contibutors:          
       
Janey Bennett
Research for THE PALE SURFACE OF THINGS led Janey Bennett into the study of classical Greek, Byzantine icon painting, geology, botany, the vernacular architecture and sociology of Greek villages, Minoan culture and art, the science of archaeology, World War II on Crete, and criminal law in Greece. A cellist, freelance editor, and author, Bennett divides her time between Bellingham, WA and Hornby Island, BC.

The Pale Surface of Things is available through Partners/West distribution); Amazon.com; barnesandnoble.com; greeceinprint.com; or from the publisher, Hopeace Press at www.hopeace.ca or www.palesurfaceofthings.com.

       
      
     

(Alan Bodian with friend Muhammid Ali)
       
Alan Bodian is a New York-based journalist and screenwriter.

One of the founding contributors to the Village Voice, he has written for many other newspapers and magazines as well. His script for Jim Jacobs' 90-minute documentary Jack Johnson won a gold medal at the 1970 Atlanta Film Festival and was nominated in 1971 for an Academy Award. With his painter wife Betty, Bodian is a longtime summer resident of Provincetown, MA.

       
Arnold Charitan
Community activist and author of the prize-winning espionage thriller, THE HITTER, Arnold Charitan is a retired corporate executive, investment guru, part-time college professor, sometime actor, producer and writer.
       
Katherine Clark
Katherine Clark is a writer, editor and translator of German and Greek. She first encountered Orthodoxy while teaching in Greece, following completion of her MA at the University of Michigan. After some years of study and discussion with Orthodox monks, priests and laypersons, she converted to Greek Orthodoxy in 1987. She has studied Byzantine chant and has written and translated articles about Orthodoxy and Orthodox Churches. She has also taught languages and literature at universities and schools in the USA, Greece and Germany, where she was director of Schiller International University Heidelberg. She then served as the Greenpeace International liaison to Greenpeace Athens. She now lives with her husband in Germany and Greece.
       
   

   
George Constantin is a professional writer and editor born in Los Angeles. George also lived and wrote in Fresno, California and in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. George is a part-time English professor at Los Angeles Pierce College. "Zandy" (Lively Arts March/April 2010) and "Impossible Places" (Lively Arts September/October 2009) are from his story-novel "The Autobiography of California".
       
Akrivoe Emmanouilides was born in Philadelphia and has lived in Los Angeles since 1961. She began writing in the 70's, her poetry, articles and fiction have been published in Greek-American magazines and newspapers. She also wrote a cookbook, The Greek Kitchen, and demonstrates Greek cooking at two local Greek festivals.
       
Maxwell Epstein grew up in Colorado. He earned a degree in sociology from the University of Colorado, and his career was devoted to working with international students at Iowa State University, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. He was motivated by the idea that the interchange between American and foreign students would contribute to international understanding. Ten years ago he retired as Dean Emeritus, International Students and Scholars, UCLA. Since then he has become a serious woodworker, and is now devoting much of his time writing, both fiction and non-fiction. He lives with his wife Judith Carr, a painter, in Santa Monica Canyon.
       
       

      

Louis Fantasia's theatre reviews for National Public Radio can be found at www.kcrw.com. He is also the director of Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at, the Shakespeare Globe Centre's teacher training institute.

      
John W.K. Fillmed
Born on the island of Yap Micronesia: Occupation: Manager of the Pathways Hotel: Education: High school graduate and attended Hawaii Pacific University: for half of his full time. Hobbies: Scuba Diving, Cultural experiences, Traditional sailing and Celestial navigation, water skiing, Building and developing Pathways, and fishing.
Loves to: meet and make new friends, show visitors the culture and the island, and help others.
Age: 34 years old. Born and raised as an island boy, will grow old as an island boy and will die as an island boy
      

Robert Gardner
FILMMAKER: Clarence and Angel (2nd prize and Humanity Award)...
SCREENWRITER: Clarence and Angel, King James Version, Wedding Palace
(1st prize: Chinese Film
Festival and Paramount CineGear Film Fest)
CREATED: LA Playwrights Lab

      
Polly Hope is an artist and writer who lives between London and Greece. Albeit it travelling to many other places for her work.
She has had exhibitions on every continent in the world except Greenland. She has made artworks for many public buildings including murals for the Barbican Art Centre, London, The High Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London and many others. This Autumn there is a show of her sculpture and paintings about South West Asia in London.

She works with composers, several of them Greek, and has recorded many of her song cycles. Her opera 'THE BIRD GARDEN' for which she wrote the book, the libretto and did the design for the sets and costumes, was produced by the Oper Am Rhein in Dusseldorf during the 2002- 2003 season. She has just completed a new libretto.

In 2006 she will be designing the sets and costumes for KISS ME KATE again for the Oper Am Rhein. A new cantata, which she has written the text for, will also be premiered in summer 2006.

A new exhibition of paintings is being planed for late 2006.

Polly Hope's website is: www.HopeArt.com

      
Basia Gordon lives mostly in Glasgow, Scotland. From time to time she hankers after warmer climes to take the blue off her skin and fill her head with exotic memories which she is happy to share with others. She also teaches French and Spanish in a high school and imports and sells organic cosmetics from Morrocco. She loves spending her summers in her home in France.
      
Gilbert Horobin is a playwright, poet, novelist and travel writer. Born in Glasgow, educated there and in London. He served in North Africa and Crete during the Second World War, and after the fall of Crete became a prisoner of war in Germany. With a partner he now lives in Southern Greece among olive trees.
      
Laurel Johnson is the author of three books. She is Review Editor for New Works Review; Senior Reviewer for Midwest Book Review; Staff Reviewer for Quill Quarterly Poetry Review; and Submitting Reviewer for Irish American News and Entertainment.
She lives in Fairbury, NE.
      
Diana Farr Louis left the Big Apple (NYC) for the Big Olive (Athens)
more than thirty years ago. A food and travel writer, she is the author of two Greek cookbooks, Prospero's Kitchen and Feasting and Fasting in Crete, and a regular contributor to the Athens News. Her most recent publication is Athens and Beyond, 30 Day Trips and Weekends, but she occasionally leaps the Adriatic to write about Italy.
      
David Scott Milton is a Broadway playwright as well as a screenwriter. Ben Gazzara's performance in Milton's play Duet earned him a Tony nomination. His films include Born to Win. He has also published several novels including Kabbalah and The Fat Lady Sings. His newest novel, Iron City, is due out in the fall.
      
Michael N. Kalafatas is author of The Bellstone: The Greek Sponge Divers of the Aegean, One American’s Journey Home and executive producer of the documentary film “Pushing the Limits: The Story of Greek Sponge Diving,” released in 2008 by Immersion Presents. Michael lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, and regularly flies out of Logan Airport over Winthrop Bay, scanning the mudflats for starlings.
      

Joseph Scott Kierland is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Yale Drama School, and has been playwright-in-residence at New York's Lincoln Center, Brandeis University, and Los Angeles Actor's Theatre. His plays have been produced around the country and in Europe, and he has been published in Short Story International, Sgrafitto, and Arizona Literary Review. Mr. Kierland was the founder of the successful Los Angeles Playwright's Group and editor of their books, BEST ONE ACT PLAYS and SEX IN THE AFTERNOON. He continues working in film and television and has received awards from Cornell University, Chicago University, University of Iowa and Yale University.

      

Ben Maddow
The late distinguished novelist, screenwriter, painter, photographer.

      

Ross Manus is a filmmaker/editor, actor and creator/host of the AhabTV reality series. He grew up on a Greek island and was educated at Humboldt State University, California, where he was an all-star soccer player.

      

Irving Kronenberg
After a 47-year career in Health Care Management, Planning & Education, it was time to write the stories I have accumulated: Stories even the uninsured could read and appreciate. If I knew writing was so much fun, I would have started earlier.

      

Dalia R. Miller
Dalia Miller is the former editor of Laografia: A Journal of the International Greek Folklore Society. She has made nearly 30 trips to Greece since her first visit in 1969.

      

Craig Pettigrew was born in Miami, Florida. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University. His plays include "Brutal Mandate", "The Bed", and "The Lark Ascending." This selection from "About The Author" is the opening chapter of a novel-in-progress.. Craig lives in La Crescenta with his wife Judith and his boys Gordon and Aaron.

      

Guy Prevost's eclectic career spans both sides of the literary desk in TV and film. He recently co-wrote the screenplay for Dinoshark, a highly successful film for the SyFy Channel which aired last March. He has also written episodes for the acclaimed Showtime anthology series Dead Man's Gun and CBS' Walker Texas Ranger. His background includes work in feature film development, teaching for Ithaca College, and his fiction will be appearing in the next issue of The North Atlantic Review. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs

      
Robert Riche has published the novel "What Are We Doing in Latin America? (A Novel About Connecticut)". His short stories have appeared in Commentary and a number of literary magazines. His plays have been performed off-off Broadway in New York, and in regional theaters in Berkeley, Washington, Atlanta, and in Bristol, England. He has co-authored one self-help book entitled "The Ten Most Troublesome Teen-Age Problems (And How to Solve Them)", and he has had numerous comedy television assignments. He writes periodically on food, wine and travel subjects. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Connecticut Foundation for the Arts grant, Advanced Drama Research grant; and is a winner of the prestigious Stanley Drama Award. He has also been a Breadloaf Writers Conference scholar. He currently is finishing a new novel.
      
David Ray - DAVID RAY’s most recent publications are One Thousand Years: Poems About the Holocaust (Timberline Press, 2004) and The Endless Search: A Memoir (Soft Skull Press, 2003). Ray has received many awards for his writing, including the William Carlos Williams Award (twice) from the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Tucson, travels for readings and workshops, and can be reached at www.davidraypoet.com
       
Harriet Robbins is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Film Teachers Association. She is Entertainment Editor for BRAZZIL, contributes articles for LA OPINION, a Spanish language daily in Los Angeles, and has a monthly column for the KOREA TIMES for which she writes theater, film and book reviews.
       
Sharon Rosner lived in Athens, Greece since 1999, where she taught actors and film directors, wrote investigative journalism, rescued and rehabilitated trafficked women, and developed programs for Roma children. A native New Yorker, Sharon has performed extensively in off-Broadway and regional theatre, film, television, voiceover and commercials. She is extremely proud to be a performing arts and writing mentor for at-risk youth with the Virginia Ave. Project and a literacy mentor for SAG BookPALs. Sharon holds a M.S. in Communicative Disorders, is a classically trained pianist, and has listings in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. She is currently in Los Angeles, working on a book about her experiences as an immigrant in Greece.
       

Richmond Shepard, New York correspondent for Lively-Arts.com, is co-publisher of Performing Arts INSIDER, a professional newsletter that tells everything coming into New York up to a year in advance. For more info on PAI, contact totalpost@totaltheater.com.

       
      

      

Dorothy Sinclair was associate editor of "The West Coast Review of Books" for over ten years. Her column, "The Feminist Front", was one of the first to deal exclusively with books on women's issues. Formerly head of the publicity department at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, she is now focusing on a career as a television producer.

       

George Dillon Slater: "I have spent nearly three quarters of the last forty years living in Europe. Old Europe. I find writing there more enjoyable because the people of Europe have very cherished languages, in high states of evolution, as opposed to the creationist view of my compatriots. Also, because I begat there once. Publisher David Hay Jones is bringing out my latest book of poetry, The Silver Labyrinth in Spring of 2005.
E-mail dhayjones@yahoo.com on how to obtain a copy of the book."

       
Elaine Olsen Thompson is a student of human behaviour. She travels frequently to immerse herself in other cultures. When at home, in Prescott, Arizona, she writes, paints and hikes in the nearby mountains.
Martin Tucker is editor-in-chief of the prize-winning literary journal CONFRONTATION. He has published two collections of poetry, ATTENTION SPANS and HOMES OF LOCKS AND MYSTERIES as well as several literary critical studies, among them the highly praised LITERARY EXILE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. He is the editor of more than 20 volumes of literary encyclopedia and has published reviews and essays in THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, THE NATION, THE COMMONWEAL, THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE SATURDAY REVIEW, CHICAGO REVIEW, EPOCH and elsewhere. He is also a playwright; four of his one-act plays were recently produced in London.
Vladimir Orlov: "I am 29, born on October 29, 1973, in Volgograd, Russia. In 1996, I graduated from Volgograd Pedagogical University, the Foreign Languages Department.
Since 1992, my work has appeared in more than 50 US, UK and Australian literary magazines and US Christian periodicals."
Yale Udoff

Mr. Udoff is a playwright and screenwriter. The NY Times said of his A GUN PLAY, "Mr. Udoff is a discovery. It is clear he has a comic vision, verbal facility and a contemporary consciousness." He has twice been selected to participate in the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and honored with The Stanley Drama Award for his first play, THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN; he is also the recipient of a Charles MacArthur Playwrighting Award.

Among his screen credits are EVE OF DESTRUCTION with Gregory Hines and the renowned Dutch actress, Renee Soutdenijk, THIRD DEGREE BURN for HBO with Virginia Madsen and Treat Williams directed by Roger Spottiswoode. He wrote the screenplay for Nicolas Roeg's greatly admired BAD TIMING/A SENSUAL OBSSESSON, starring Harvey Keitel, Theresa Russell and Art Garfunkel. He is a member of the WGA, the Dramatists Guild and the Playwrights Unit of the Actors Studio. Additional credits include his adaptation VERA, based on a Chekhov story, which starred Peter Weller and Madeline Stowe and received the short film fiction prize @ The Huston Film Festival. He has written fiction, both novels and short stories, of which A CITY PAST, A CITY PRESENT and SAGGITARIUS belong to a group, 'BEFORE IT CHANGED: STORIES FROM THE 50s"
Bonnie Weiss has been an elementary school teacher.    She is now a performer and teacher of modern dance.  And as a composer and arranger of original music, she produced an album  for the piano called "French Carousel." She also enjoys writing.  Her first book,  "With My Other Hand," came out in 2008.  This story is part of her new book, "Writing in the Shower."
Malvin Wald

Malvin Wald has writing credits on 200 productions for screen, stage, radio and television. He received an Oscar nomination for The Naked City which ended with the now-famous phrase, "There are eight million stories in the naked city."
Yannis Zervos has been involved in putting on cultural events and organizing cultural and academic programs since 1969 at the Athens Centre and The Aegina Arts Centre.
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