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Clever Contributors: H-M

Kip Hanson
Jim Harrington
Meredith Hardwick
Richard Hartwell
Anita Hess
Amy Hetland
Lori Hicks
Jonell Hoffman

Ann K. Howley
Lucille Joyner
Johnna Kaplan

Karen Karlitz
Katie Jane
Larry Keith

Michael Keith
Pamela June Kimmell
Dianne Kochenburg

MaryAnne Kolton
Jackie Kriese


 


Jessica Lawson
Vivienne Ledlie
Cheryl Levinson
Cassandra Lidgerding
Nomi Liron
Charles Lord
Barbara Markley
David MacDonald
John MacDonald

Timothy Martin
Dennis McDougle
Anita McKay
Peter McMillan
P. M. Merlot
Paul Michelson
Deanna Morris
Jezebel Myschka


Kip Hanson
Essay:
Love, Barbeque and Food Safety

Biography: Kip lives in sunny Phoenix, where his wife makes him watch Poltergeist while insisting clowns are not scary. You can find his work scattered about the Internet, at Foundling Review, Inkspill, Monkey Bicycle, Absinthe Revival, and a few other places, proving that a blind squirrel does occasionally find a nut. When not telling lies, he makes a few bucks cobbling together boring manufacturing articles for technical magazines.

Meredith Hardwick
Essay:
Snug Chaps and Meditation Mats
Biography:
Meredith studies Geography, which suits her on the road lifestyle. Originally from West Texas, Meredith has worked as a horse wrangler and trainer as well as a recreational mountaineer. Currently, she lives in Lander, Wyoming where she writes for NOLS Alumni Magazine.

Jim Harrington
Fiction:
Killer Storm, The Treadmill
Biography: Jim lives in Huntersville, NC, with his wife and two cats. His stories have appeared in Every Day Fiction, Long Story Short, Static Movement and others. He currently serves as a flash fiction editor for Apollo’s Lyre. You can read more of his stories at www.jimharringtononline.net.

Richard Hartwell
Essay:
Then There Were Ten...cats, My Pet Project - Tax Time, Ghosts, Good-bye Bug, Her Majesty, Compulsion
Biography: Rick is a retired middle school teacher who lives in Moreno Valley, California, with his wife of almost thirty-five years (poor soul, her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife (?) and two children, Rick and Sallys grandchildren, and ten cats! Yes, ten. Don't ask. Rick has had many articles, stories, poetry, or memoirs published.

Anita Hess
Fiction:
The Karotid Kid
Biography:
Anita, too, is 73, an artist living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, currently finishing up her Mother's memoir of the early 1900's in up-North Wisconsin titled "How Come You Never Smile?"

Amy Hetland
Essay:
Chocolate
Biography:
Amy is a freelance writer who hails from the land of sky-blue waters: Minnesota. She also loves to volunteer teaching English as a Second Language, advocate for animals, and travel the globe. 

Lori Hicks
Essay:
Manifesto of a Militant
Biography: Lori has written a collection of short stories, essays, and poetry. She recently completed her first screenplay and is now working on a novel. She is a member of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. A Realtor by trade for the past 16 years. Undaunted by any subject, Lori has a sense of social responsibility and devotion to community that is expressed in her writing. Lori was born in New Mexico, moved to Phoenix twenty-seven years ago, where she lives with her partner of twenty-five years. Lori can be contacted at Lori@LoriHicks.com.

Christina Hoag
Travel Essay:
PhnomPenh: where anything goes
Biography: Christina is a reporter for The Associated Press in Los Angeles and former correspondent in Latin America where she wrote for The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The Financial Times, Business Week, Time, and many other news publications. Her fiction and creative non-fiction have been published by Straitjackets Magazine, The Oddville Press and Liquid Silver eBooks.

Jonell Hoffman
Fiction:
What about Yesterday?, An Idaho Morning
Biography: Jonell Hoffman is retired and lives in Tyler, Texas, with her husband Ray. She was editor of her high school newspaper and wrote a column for her hometown newspaper. In the past she has typed medical textbooks and a personal novel for a doctor, but now she has a new novel in the works, “For The Love Of Annabel”, published by Infinity Publishing. She has written several short stories, and really enjoys writing stories about her childhood in the country. It may be noted that she has very low vision, and yet she continues to write. She does this to encourage others with handicaps.

Ann K. Howley
Essay:
Beauty School Drop Out

Biography:  I am a freelance writer in Bethel Park, PA.  My work has previously appeared in Skirt! Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, LA Reader, Writers News Weekly and other publications. I also just finished writing a humorous coming-of-age memoir called Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad.

Lucille Joyner
Essay:
Jakey, Robin's Mysterious Disappearance
Biography:
Lucille Joyner pursued a jazz career in New York City until she married and started a family. Her writing was launched when a mayor asked her to ghostwrite and the local editor offered a column. Her stories are published in the Piano Technicians Guild Journal, a Volvo dealer’s newsletter, and at special times in the local newspaper. She is currently working on several books.  While she began as a Musician who enjoyed writing, she is now a Writer who enjoys music.

Johnna Kaplan
Travel article:
Driving the Infamous I-95
Biography:
Johnna is a freelance writer and compulsive traveler. Born in New York, she currently lives in St. Louis, MO, and has no idea where she may end up next.

Karen Karlitz
Fiction:
Last to Know
Biography:
Karen's work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Miranda Literary Journal, Long Story Short, The Miami Herald, Beverly Hills 90210, Brentwood News, and the recent anthology, Freckles to Wrinkles, among others. One of her stories was a finalist for the Third Glass Woman Prize, and another included in the 2007-2008 edition of The Best of the Foliate Oak. Currently she is submitting her first novel for publication, and working on a short fiction collection.

Jackie Kriese
Essay:
Look what the cat dragged in, Taped Turmoil
Biography:
Jackie says:  I am a native Virginian who bounced around the country and landed in the middle of Texas.  Along the way, I found my husband on a battleship in California where we both worked at a shipyard.  Currently, I try to amuse myself and others on my website, whatjackiewrote.com.

Katie Jane
Essay:
Confessions from a Poor Reader
Biography:
Katie says: I'm a fourteen year old freshman from Wisconsin who doesn't have much published but is trying hard. I have a love for tea and baking, and a large dream of someday graduating from The University of Oxford.

Larry Keith
Essay:
Secret Transcript, Rear Vision, Grounded, The Book Whisperer, His Inexplicables
Biography:
Larry Keith is happily retired after a long career as a writer and editor at Sports Illustrated. He is a former adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is currently a member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Keith
Fiction:
Mozart's Marrow, Ever Ready

Biography: Michael is the author of numerous books, articles, and stories.  He teaches communication at Boston College.

Pamela June Kimmell
Fiction: The Box
Biography: Pamela June Kimmell is a writer and artist living in Warrenton, Virginia. Her first novel, "The Mystery of David's Bridge", will be published in 2004 by Hillilard & Harris.  When not working on her novels, she keeps busy writing poetry and short stories for a variety of venues.

Dianne Kochenburg
Essays, et cetera:
The Editor's Page
Biography: Editor of Clever Magazine since its inception since 1998.

MaryAnne Kolton
Fiction:
Bed Rest
Biography:
MaryAnne is the Interview Editor at THIS Literary Magazine. Most recently her fiction has been chosen to appear in the Lost Children Charity Anthology, the first print Anthology of Pure Slush - Slut, The Toucan Magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review, Anatomy, Larks Fiction Magazine, and Connotations among others.  You can contact her at Attn: MAK thiszine@gmail.com or via her blog site Echos & Visions. She can also be found on Facebook.  

Jessica Lawson
Essay: Urban Hiking
Biography: Jessica holds a Masters degree in Recreation and Park Administration, and has worked for the National Recreation Foundation and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Writing credits include the online
magazines Stories For Children and The Chick Lit Review.

Vivienne Ledlie
Essay:
The Koala: a wildlife wonder
Biography: One of our Australian friends.

Cheryl Levinson
Essay:
Gorilla Vegetarian
Travel Essay: Zimbabwe Adventure 2000
Pet Pages: Cheetah, the rescued greyhound
Biography: Cheryl Smith Levinson is a writer by night. Her poetry, and a short story have appeared in Small Press magazines and in the San Jose Mercury News. Two essays have been published in Clevermag, an online magazine.
By day, Ms. Levinson is a Marriage, Family Therapist. She has written numerous workbooks on the topics of  self-esteem, couple’s communication, and toxic love relationships. In addition, she has written a self-published book called Love At Last: Finding Your Right Mate.

Cassandra Lidgerding
Essay:
Amsterdam
Biography:
I am a freelance technical writer from St. Paul, Minnesota who genuinely loves writing technical material. It's such a challenge to create materials that help people use technology to better their lives. I've written all my life and recently decided to delve into the world of personal essay and article writing. When I'm not writing, you can find me out at clubs seeing live music, traveling, chatting online, playing online games, or just playing with my husband, dog, and three cats.

Nomi Liron
Fiction:
If Words could Kill
Biography:
Nomi lives in the Bay Area of California. She mainly writes flash fiction but is also working on a novel. Her work has appeared in Dew on the Kudzu, Powder Burn Flash, Breadcrumb Sins, Flashshot, The Linnet's Wings, Soft Whispers, The Bicycle Review, and Shoots and Vines.

Charles Lord
Movie essay:
Casino Royale
Biography: Charles says: While I grew up in Montreal Canada I have been unable to extricate myself from Ann Arbor Michigan. Largely this has been the fault of my graduate studies (and a related pig-headedness). To date I have masters degrees in cultural anthropology and social work and at present I am working on a Phd. in Higher Education. That said, of recent I have begun to direct my energies instead to freelance writing. Movie essays are a particular favorite. Anthropologically minded travel essays are yet another passion. I expect to do quite a bit of the latter as soon we are off to Bombay India for a year, at least. I have two daughters, ages two and five, who are nothing less than this father’s sun and moon.

David MacDonald
Travel Essay:
Inside Siberia
Biography:
I'm an engineer in my late fifties and have traveled extensively in the course of my work and also as a child because my father did a similar job to the one I do now. I love to write and have written a couple of humorous novels which I am revising at the moment. I intend writing a series of novels and maybe try to get them published one day.

John MacDonald
Travel essay:
South to Malaga
Biography:
I am 52 and live in East Devon, UK. I am a electronics design engineer and part time archaeologist, also a qualified photographer. I was brought up in Australia, lived and worked in New Zealand, South Africa, Germany and Saudi Arabia, and did a 7 year stint in the Army. I have ambitions to be a full time travel writer.

Barbara Markley
Essay:
Irrational Fears
Biography:
Barbara is a practicing family law attorney and mediator in Fort Lauderdale where she finds plenty of material for her writing in the quirky people she meets everyday. She is the author of “I’m Not Talking About You, Of Course,” a collection of humorous essays, and “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s book. Both of these e-books are available on Amazon.  

Timothy Martin
Essay:
Never Sing the Blues in Starbucks
Biography:
Tim is the author of There's Nothing Funny About Running, The Legend of Boomer Jack, Why Run If No One Is Chasing You? and Wimps Like Me. He has three novels due out this year: Scout’s Oaf (Cedar Grove Books), Summer With Dad (Eternal Press) and Third Rate Romance (Whispers Publishing). Tim has also completed nine screenplays, co-authored a TV reality show, Homes Left Behind (in development at 100% Terry Cloth), and is a contributing author to over a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books and literary journals

Dennis McDougle
Fiction:
Going in Circles
Biography: Dennis has worked as a therapist in a mental hospital, taught courses on human relations, and written self-help articles for Hearst Publications. He says most of what he knows, though, comes from his early days as a milkman and like Mark Twain, he tries to never let his schooling get in the way of his education.

Anita McKay
Travel Essay:
The Man from Cammarata
Biography:
Anita is an avid traveler who enjoys seeing new places, learning the history firsthand, enjoying the food and meeting people. The most significant part of travel for her is the encounters with people, including herself! Her work has appeared in Women'Synergy, Medulla Times, and the Albany, NY, Times Union.

Peter McMillan
Fiction:
Late
Biography:
Peter is a freelance writer and ESL instructor who lives on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario with his wife and two flat-coated retrievers. In 2012, he published his first book, Flash! Fiction.

P. M. Merlot
Essay:
She Calls me Dude
Biography:
P.M. Merlot is an Adjunct Professor for Arcadia University. She has an MS in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University. When not engaged in the technical, she is a street photographer in Southern New Jersey and occasionally ventures into other genres.  Her cat, Dude, continues to enjoy his new life with her. 

Paul Michelson
Essay:
My Prostate Exam
Biography:
A retired teacher and state employee living in Davis, California, Paul was working on several articles, mostly travel-related, when his son was born. So much for his writing. Now that his son is in college, he’s doing some writing again.

Deanna Morris
Fiction:
Connections
Biography:
Deanna is a second year MFA student at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her story "Charlie" was published at Subtle Fiction, "Orchard" was published at A Small, Good Magazine and "Birthday House" is being published in the February issue of Scissors and Spackle literary magazine.  Her poem "Sewing Room" was published in IUPUI's genesis [sic] literary magazine as Best in Poetry.

Jezebel Myschka
Essay:
The Tracker, My Lovebirds' Adventure
Biography:
Writing under a pen name, the authoress is a semi-retired Accountant from Northamptonshire, England, who now has more time to devote to her hobby of writing. Over the years, Jezebel has written many poems and humorous anecdotes, including some about her numerous pets, and some about her holidays in Great Britain to accompany her photos. Having recently started writing fiction, she now belongs to a local Creative Writing Group in U3A (University of the Third Age) and hopes to improve her writing techniques with a view to publishing some novelty books in the near future.