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 B.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 graphic designer whose projects have included regional promotions and not-for-profit fundraisers, sports team logos, corporate design and graphic illustrations.  An avid reader since childhood, Laura boasts a diverse personal library of hundreds of books.  Laura published her first book of poetry, The Weight of a Box, in 2018 about the life and loss of her sister from a drug overdose.  She will be releasing her book of humorous short stories Wigs, Cars, and Sectional Sofas: Surviving Childhood in the 70's in 2019.   When not working, Laura enjoys spending time in her garden, redecorating her house, beating her husband at Scrabble, or enjoying the company of family, friends, and fur-babies (especially her rescue kitty, Penelope).

 

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 for 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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