Our elected Board of Directors meets quarterly and recruits the guest speakers, manages the membership and the monthly newsletter Quill, and coordinates the writing contests, service and outreach.
Jesseca Timmons – President
Rodger Martin – Vice President
Carl Mabbs-Zeno – Treasurer
S.M. Stevens - Secretary
Deni Dickler – Public Relations
Maura MacNeil – Member-at-large
Mary Marchese – Member-at-large
Ron McIntire – Member-at-large
Tori Haring-Smith – Member-at-large
Ann Day – Emeritus
Jesseca Timmons is a freelance writer and editor, blogger, content writer, storyteller and as-of-yet unpublished novelist. Her essay Sisterly Love was one of 20 winners of the inaugural Nickie’s Prize for Humor Writing at the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop at the University of Dayton and will be published in an upcoming essay collection. She lives in Greenfield, NH with her husband, two sons, and five animals.
Rodger Martin’s new book, For All The Tea in Zhōngguó, 2019, follows The Battlefield Guide, (Hobblebush Books: 2010, 2013) and the selection of The Blue Moon Series, (Hobblebush Books: 2007) by Small Press Review which was one of its bi-monthly picks of the year. He is a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts in Education roster artist and also a touring artist for the New England States Touring Foundation administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. He has also received an Appalachia award for poetry, a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts award for fiction, fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities to study T.S. Eliot and Thomas Hardy at Oxford University and John Milton at Duquesne University. His work has been published in literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States and China where he also wrote a series of essays on American poetry for The Yangtze River Journal.
Carl Mabbs-Zeno is retired from a career as an economist for the Federal Government. He has lived in Peterborough since 2014 and serves on several town committees. He is writing novels when he is not hiking the New England woodlands.
S.M. Stevens is a business writer who branched out into fiction when back-to-back health crises provided the time and opportunity. Her novels include Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, and the forthcoming Beautiful and Terrible Things. Her short stories have appeared in Monadnock Underground and Smoky Quartz, and her articles in publications including The Boston Sunday Globe, Bay State Parent, and Guitar & Bass magazine. The Wallace House of Pain—a script based on characters from Beautiful and Terrible Things—will be published soon by Chloeofpleirn Press. Susan lives in Washington, NH.
Deni Dickler writes and lives in Rindge, NH with her husband and their four-legged companion, Willy Waggins. Her short stories have appeared in Ripples in Space and Underwood Press. Her poems are displayed at Cathedral of the Pines. She is an editor of Smoky Quartz and founded Rindge Writers Group. When not writing, she serves on town boards, is a NH Master Gardener, and enjoys quilting, cooking and being outdoors.
Maura MacNeil is the author of the poetry collections: A History of Water (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Lost Houses (Aldrich Press, 2016). She is founder of off the margins (offthemargins.com), a website that features writing and reflection on the life of an artist from women who “fearlessly tell the truth and risk vulnerability to give voice to their experience.” Her poetry, prose, and critical writing has been published and anthologized in numerous publications over the past three decades including Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets; Voices from the Frost Place Volume II; On Our Own, and Shadow and Light: An Anthology of Memory. Maura is a professor of creative writing at New England College in Henniker, NH.
Mary Marchese holds a degree in English Literature and has worked as a feature writer for a newspaper, as a technical writer at IBM, and as an editor for a community newsletter. She self-published a historical mystery What Really Happened to Steve Nathan and a children's book Moxie Cinnamon Creampuff, The Nose Knows. You can learn more about the books at her website, marymarchese.com. Mary moved to New Hampshire in 2013 and recently moved to Harrisville.
Ron McIntire grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduation he joined the United States Peace Corps and served in Iran as an ELS instructor from 1969 to 1971. After two subsequent sojourns in Iran, he settled stateside and began a teaching career, at first in private and then in public schools. In 2008 he retired from teaching.
A Peterborough resident, Ron is a former Peterborough Town Library trustee and a current member of the town Budget Committee. He is married to Sandra Bibace, and they have two grown children. Ron is currently chair of the 1833 Society and serves on the board of the Friends of the Peterborough Town Library. He enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and listening to music.
Tori Haring-Smith has been a professor, theatre director and dramaturge, and a college president. She has written twelve books and lots of articles—all in service to her profession(s). Now she is retired and writing the kind of books she wants to write—creative non-fiction. Her current project is a history of Washington & Jefferson College, and future projects include a study of the mothers who tried to reclaim their grievously wounded sons after Pearl Harbor, and stories of growing up German in the New York city area during World War II. If she gets really brave, she may try some short stories or a novel as well. She lives in Peterborough with her husband and lots of cats (all rescues).
Ann B. Day
Ann B. Day writes poetry and is a photo journalist and nature columnist for several papers and magazines. She has been writing a weekly column titled “The Nature of Things” for The Valley Reporter in The Mad River Valley since 1971. The Valley Reporter published a book of Day’s selected Nature Articles in 2014. Her poems, stories and photographs have appeared in Time Magazine, Burlington Free Press, Vermont Life, and many anthologies and collections. She belongs to the Poetry Societies of Vermont and New Hampshire and is on the Board of the Monadnock Writers’ Group. Day operated a farm in Mad River Valley for 60 years until she moved to RiverMead in Peterborough in 2013, where she serves on the RiverMeadia Committee. She has an exhibition of her photographs in the RiverMead Gallery.