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Clever Contributors: A thru C


Maryetta Ackenbom
Timmie Sue Akerson

Jane Al Salem
Maggie Aungst
James Bagwell
Chaitali Banerjee
Tom Beall
Stacy Beard

Justine Blank
Roy Blokker
Kevin Boekhoff
David Breitkopf
Jackie Brooks
Bernie Brown
Daniel Burke



Arthur Carey
Earl Carrender
Barbara Carrington
Madonna Dries Christensen
Carrol Chrys
Tony Conaway
Ashley Council
Patricia Crandall


Maryetta Ackenbom
Flash Fiction:
Goddess of The Hearth, In the Shoe, Yellow Rose

Humor: Bill Disturbs the Peace
Biography: I've been writing short fiction for several years, usually the light-hearted kind, but I hope that the reader of my stories can find something valuable in them. I also mentor an on-line creative writing class. My favorite quote is, "I like myself best when I'm writing."

Timmie Sue Akerson
Travel essay:
Boating on the Volga, My Travel Obsession
Biography: Timmie says: A bio! I read some of your others. Everyone seems to have done very interesting things in their lives. So I am not sure how to make homemaking a passion. I have had and still do have a great life. I didn't like school, I would never have finished college. I like life lessons when I have figured out they are lessons. My Siberian Huskies, next to the grand kids, are my joy.

Jane Al Salem
Travel essay:
South Dakota Adventure, A Pilgrim's Journey: walking Spain's El Camino
Biography: Jane Al Salem, psychologist-writer, resides in the California Bay Area when she isn't traveling the world.

Maggie Aungst
Essay:
Biography:
I live just outside Buffalo, New York and I'm currently studying as a high school student. I'm certainly new to publishing my work, however I've been writing for a while now, along with running track and I've quickly realized I have no notable hobbies.

James D. Bagwell
Essay:
The Little Red Helicpoter
Biography:
I am a retired NASA engineer with no writing experience other than technical papers at work. I thought this experience was a little humorous so I wrote it as a story. 

Chaitali Banerjee
Travel essay:
Holy Cow: Images of eastern India
Biogrpahy:
Chaitali lives in upstate New York. She writes travel essays, fiction and short poems.

Thomas Beall
Travel essay:
Trying out the new Truck, Mountain Ghosts
Traveling in Spain & France,
Tom and Lanna's Cruise Adventure
Fiction: Fire!
Biography: Tom Beall is a manager in the computer and telecommunications industry. He has spent many years in the Pacific Rim for business and pleasure. During his travels he has recorded some of the interesting sights and experiences from that area, some of which will be shared in Clever. He currently lives with his wife and two Rhodesian Ridgebacks in the mountains of Colorado and works for MCI.

Stacy Beard
Photo essays:
Salisbury, England, New Zealand

Scott Beavin
Photo essay:
The Lions of Florence
Biography: Drawing inspiration from daily life, Scott’s photographs focus on what others may miss. His eclectic vision has led to the creation of an introspective body of work that observes the randomness as well as the order of the world around him. Scott’s photographs, although varied in subject matter, all share similar qualities. They exude quiet elegance. They are sensuous and peaceful. They are deeply considered observations emphasizing the ever present beauty of daily existence.

Carly Berg
Essay:
My Twelve Step Program Process
Biography:
Carly is an editor, kinda, and a writer, sorta. Her work has appeared in PANK, Dogzplot, Defenestration, and elsewhere. She wants to know what you think of this piece. Really.
 

Justine Blank
Essay:
I am a Writer

Biography: My name is Justine, and I am a writer in the good company of so many others who write for love and hope for validation. 

Roy Blokker
Essay:
I Love Airports, Scariest Creature in Yellowstone, Spring Thaw Miracle
Biography: Roy was born in the Netherlands. His parents immigrated when he was two.  He and his wife have raised four children to adulthood. He is author of a definitive book on Dmitri Shostakovich and numerous articles, poems and stories. His novel, AMBER WAVES, is available on Amazon Kindle. Roy and Diane live in Lakeside, Montana.

Kevin Boekhoff
Essay:
A Tall Hunting Tale, I can Depend Upon Nobody
Biography:
I reside in Sioux Falls, SD with Katie, my wife of 32 years, our Yorkshire Terrier, T-Bone Dickens. I have had several humorous stories published in The Motor Market magazine , Clever Magazine – “Tall Hunting Tale”, The Storyteller Magazine and write a column for the PASD Newsletter called “Wanderings through My Ponderings.” I also serve on the board for the Parkinson Association of South Dakota.

David Breitkopf
Fiction:
Reform School
Biography:
David recently had short stories published in The Cynic and in Metazen. 

Jackie Brooks
Essay:
Caruso's Amazing Adventure
Biography: I have always wanted to write, ever since I was a child. It is only in recent months, now that I am retired, that I have started writing in earnest, poetry, short stories and articles. I had a story called 'King of the Road' about a persian cat, Caruso, who travelled across the USA with my husband and I, published some years ago in a UK cat magazine. This Fall one of my poems is to be published in an Anthology called 'Eternal Portraits' by Poetry.com  I am also working on two novels at present.

Bernie Brown
Fiction:
Dinner at Les Deux Magots

Biography: Bernie is a retiree from Raleigh, North Carolina with a B.A. and an M.A. in English literature. Writing is her primary activity, but she also finds time to read, sew, watch movies, travel, cook and eat good food. She has had stories published in several small circulation print magazines and e-zines including Punkin House Digest, The Armchair Aesthete, All Things Girl, Still Crazy, Death Head Grin, and others.

Daniel Burke
Fiction:
The Killer and the Angel
Biography:
Daniel is a resident of Cumming, Georgia. He's a project manager for a large transportation company, and he writes as a hobby.

David Calleja
Essay:
I Like my English Grilled,Coconuts, Coffee and Close Calls on the Mekong Delta

Biography: David is an Australian-based freelance writer for Foreign Policy Journal. He has a Bachelor of Social Science (International Relations) and Master of Social Science (International Development) from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and has taught English in China, Thailand, South Korea, Cambodia and to Internally Displaced Persons fleeing the genocide in Burma.

Earl Carrender
Fiction:
4th Arrondissement, Petals, Freddie, Venus Doesn't Glitter
Biography:
Earl is currently a graduate student in the M.F.A. program at Butler University in Indianapolis. His work has appeared in The Fioretti, BENt and on the Bilerico Project.

Arthur Carey
Essay:
In Defense of Deceit
Biography: Arthur is a former newspaper reporter and journalism instructor who lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He is a member of the California Writers Club. His fiction has appeared in print and Internet publications, including Funny Times, Future Mysteries Anthology Magazine, Writers’ Journal, Golden Visions Magazine and Still Crazy. He is the author of “The Gender War,” a humor novel.

Barbara A. Carrington
Essay:
PT (Post-Technology)
Biography: Barbara has put down her scientific pen after a long, diversified career in nursing for a creative writing pen. She hopes to become a late bloomer in the literary world. She lives in Houston, Texas where she is enjoying this transition.

Jared Carter
Garden Essay:
The Neighbor 
Biography: Jared’s stories appear online at Bohème Magazine, Melic Review, Aurora Review, Poetic Diversity, and Animal Liberation Front, and also on his web site at Jared Carter Poetry. His most recent collection of poems, *Cross this Bridge at a Walk,* is available from Wind Publications in Kentucky. He lives in Indianapolis.

Madonna Dries Christensen
Essay:
Underneath it all, Something Rotten in Norway, Oh, Auntie Em, The Fame of the Name, It's Good for You, My Fantasy Moment, No-Barriers Friendship, The Things We Did last Summer

Biography: Madonna is Editor of Doorways Memoirs; Contributing Editor to Yesterday's Magazette and The Perspiring Writer; and a columnist for Extra Innings. Her published books are: Swinging Sisters; Masquerade: The Swindler Who Conned J. Edgar Hoover; The Quiet WarriorDolls Remembered, and Toys Remembered (Dec 2010). Also, e-books: Rogue Writers, Reprise: An Update To Swinging Sisters, and co-author of A Mix Of Holiday Memories, and Here's Looking At You, Kid.

Carrol Chrys
Travel Essay:
Tanzania Journal
Biography: Carrol travels extensively, reads widely and occasionally contributes articles and reviews for Clever. She took all the accompanying photos for the Tanzania article. She makes her home in the California Bay Area.

Tony Conaway
Fiction:
The Jane Austen Death-Match
Biography:

I have been writing since 1990 and have published many articles.  In the humor arena, I have been a stand-up comic and have sold jokes to other comics, including to "The Tonight Show."

Ashley Council
Essay:
A Defense Attorney's words of (Dis)Comfort
Biography:
I am a wife, mother and defense attorney in the state of North Carolina. I am also trying very hard to dip into the arena of humor writing because I greatly prefer to make people laugh rather than make them cry with the job that I currently have.

Patricia Crandall
Essay: A Witch Link to Salem, Mass, Window Bird Watching, Christmas Reflections
Fiction: Three Strange Short Stories, A Catty Arrangement, A Pinch of Spice, The Wedding Reception, The Heirloom
Biography:
I live at Babcock Lake in the Grafton Mountains near Petersburgh, New York. I devote time to my family, writing and community work. I enjoy reading, skiing, golfing, swimming, exercising and traveling. I have a vast number of poetry/haiku, numerous articles and short stories published in many small press magazines and a variety of newspapers. I published an adventure/thriller novel with Publish/America last November ('08). It is doing well and can be purchased at Amazon.com. The Dog Men draws the reader into a tempest of animal abuse, lawlessness, and kidnapping within the confines of small-town happenings. A chilling plot and a peerless relationship between kids, adults and pets.