Our Team

Heidi Nightengale

Publisher & Editor


Heidi has been writing and publishing in local, regional and national literary magazines for over 25 years.  Her chapbook, Bird Vision, was published by Pudding House Press in 2008.  Heidi has won numerous awards for her writing and her volunteer civic and community work.  Heidi is currently on the faculty of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Empire State College where she teaches courses in writing, reading and writing poetry along with courses in human services.  In 2014, Heidi published her first children’s picture book, What Fragrance is the Moon?  She has been a writer in the schools for her work as a poet and children’s writer in three states and over 80 preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms.  She has also conducted local poetry workshops for the public at Cayuga Community College and the Finger Lakes Arts Council.  She has been a featured reader of  her poetry in libraries,  bookstores and coffee house settings throughout Central New York for over 15 years.  When Heidi is not writing or teaching, she spends her time gardening and coaxing faeries to her cottage gardens.

Laura Williams French

Publisher & Director of Publishing Operations


Laura has a M.A. in Literature from SUNY Empire State College and twenty years experience in graphic arts, printing, and small business management.  Laura is a seasoned and expert graphic designer whose projects have included regional promotions and not-for-profit fundraisers.  An avid reader since childhood, Laura boasts a personal library of several thousand volumes.  When not reading and working, she enjoys gardening, writing, sewing, quilting, and a variety of artisan crafts.


Brianna Walsh

Director of Marketing and Social Media


Brianna has a B.S. from SUNY Empire State College in Business Management.  Her focus is in public relations and arts management.  Brianna has held marketing and promotions positions ranging from a notable theatrical house in Syracuse to promoting local bands.  Brianna has had a deep and abiding interest in the arts since an early age.  She is active in both the literary and music community.


Rachael Z. Ikins
Associate Editor
Rachael Ikins is a graduate of Syracuse University and winner of the 2018 Independent Book Award for poetry for her collection Just Two Girls.  She is a multiple prize-winning poet/novelist/artist having written seven chapbooks, a full length poetry collection and a novel.  Her artwork has hung from Cooperstown to the NYS Fair and in galleries from Albany to Syracuse and points between. Her favorite subject is the faces and eyes of animals.  She lives in a small house with her animal family surrounded by nature and an enormous vegetable garden, fruits of which sustain her through winter. Besides drawing and writing, Rachael enjoys hiking with her dogs, biking on the lake, mushroom hunting and cooking.  She is never without a book in hand.

Michele Ridgeway

Independent Illustrator


Michele has been drawing, painting, and creating art since she was a young child.  She has an MFA in Studio Arts from the Maine College of Art and has had her work shown in Boston, Brooklyn, Providence, and Dalton, Massachusetts.  As a teacher of young children fro 30 years, Michele is excited to bring her passion for children's literature to her illustration work.  When not creating art in her studio or teaching, Michele can be found outdoors!




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