Paul Briggs

Paul Briggs

Paul Briggs learned to read and write when he was two, the same time he was learning to talk. He spent the next twenty years learning that nobody talks the same way they write, or vice versa.

He lives in Easton, Maryland; has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park; and is the author of two middle-grade science fiction novels, Locksmith’s Closet and Locksmith’s Journeys. He has also written several short plays, two of which (The Worst Super Power Ever and The Picture of Health) have won awards.


Kenneth E. Brigham

Kenneth E. Brigham

Ken Brigham is emeritus professor of medicine at Emory University. He is widely published in the scientific literature and has authored or coauthored two previous novels and two nonfiction books. He lives with his wife, Arlene Stecenko, in midtown Atlanta. For more information see www.kenbrigham.com.

Gilbert Byron

Gilbert Byron

Gilbert Byron (1903-1991) grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a waterman’s son like his young fictional protagonist, Noah Marlin. A schoolteacher for twenty-eight years, he began writing full time in 1957 and was the author of eleven books. His beloved classic, The Lord’s Oysters, and its poignant sequel, Done Crabbin': Noah Leaves the River, are available in paperback from Johns Hopkins and as e-books from Secant Publishing.


Helen Chappell

Helen Chappell lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she tries to keep a low profile and stay out of the line of fire. She was written about the area for forty years. In addition to her fiction and non-fiction, she has also written a produced play and a novel about Oysterback, A Whole World of Trouble. Her Sam and Hollis mystery series garners positive attention. Her journalism and articles have appeared in the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, in addition to many magazines. She is currently a columnist for Tidewater Times and at work on a new book.


Ann Hymes

Ann Hymes

Ann Hymes is a retired real estate broker and mother of two grown daughters.  She has a B.A. in English from Mills College and an M.A. in English from Washington College.  Her published work includes creative non-fiction.  An active international volunteer, including service in the Peace Corps in the 1960s, Ann lives in St. Michaels, Maryland. 

Bruce Ingram

Bruce Ingram

Born in the cradle between two historic watersheds – the James and New Rivers in Southwest Virginia - Bruce Ingram has spent a lifetime exploring their woods and waterways. He is a devoted float fisherman, birder, hunter, and paddler, sharing his love of the outdoors in five books and more than 2,000 magazine articles. A high school English teacher by day, Ingram lives with his wife Elaine in Troutville, Virginia. They have two children and two grandchildren.

He has also written two novels reflecting his career as a high school English teacher, Ninth Grade Blues and Tenth Grade Angst.

Bruce and Elaine were named Landsavers of the Year in 2014 by the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy for the couple placing 412 acres under conservation easements and for Bruce's magazine articles on conservation and the environment.  The Oudoor Writers Association of America has honored Bruce six times for writing excellence, and the Virginia Department of Forestry, the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Virginia Trapper's Association all have honored Ingram for his conservation work. Bruce is a Field Editor for OUTDOOR AMERICA and a Staff Writer for WHITETAIL TIMES. He and Elaine are cooking columnists for WHITETAIL TIMES and the Quality Deer Management Association.

 


 

Biography

Ross Jones

Ross Jones

Ross Jones retired as Vice President and Secretary of Johns Hopkins University in 2003, after more than four decades in the administration. He was a close associate of six of the university's presidents and five chairmen of the Board of Trustees. An alumnus of Johns Hopkins, he went on to earn a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University. He worked briefly as a reporter on newspapers in Pennsylvania and New York before returning to his alma mater. He served three years in the U.S. Army.

Karen Karydes

Karen Karydes

Karen Huston Karydes had a twenty-four-year career at the Arlington County, Virginia Department of Libraries, focusing on adult acquisitions and reference. She then ran the library for inmates inside the Arlington County Detention Center for five years.  She has master’s degrees in English from New York University and Library Science from the University of Maryland.  At sixty, she pursued her interest in literary biography by entering the University of Maryland’s Ph.D. program in English Language and Literature.  After receiving her degree in 2010, she returned to full-time public library work as the Acquisitions Librarian for the Talbot County Free Library in Maryland. Her book, Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and Their Detectives, is based on her dissertation.


Mike King

For nearly four decades Mike King worked as a reporter, Washington correspondent, science and medicine editor, and opinion writer for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Georgia. He and his wife live in Atlanta.

Barbara Lockhart

Barbara Lockhart

A native of New York City, Barbara Lockhart lives on a nature preserve on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  She is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Vermont College and has authored and co-authored four children’s books and a nationwide program for the teaching of children’s literature, Read to me, Talk with me.  Her short stories have appeared in such venues as Indiana Review, The Greensboro Review and Pleiades.

Charles McRaven

Charles McRaven

Charles McRaven is an expert stonemason, blacksmith, and restorer of historic buildings, with five published books on these heritage crafts. A native of Arkansas, he now lives near Charlottesville, Virginia. Build Me a Tower is his first novel.


Don Parks

Don Parks

Except for four years in the military, Don Parks has lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland his entire life. The son of a waterman, Parks began to seriously explore the Chesapeake Bay and its people following his retirement. The Chesapeake has always been one of his passions.

Renee Robertson

Renee Robertson

Renée Robertson is the founder and CEO of Trilogy Development, a boutique learning and consulting firm with a proven track record in designing and implementing internal coaching programs, sales force performance initiatives, and talent development solutions. A veteran Fortune 500 executive, she has served as a trusted advisor and coach to many top business leaders. She is a two-time winner of the International Coach Federation’s prestigious Prism Award.

Hal Roth

Hal Roth was born in Cementon, a small manufacturing town in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. After serving with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he attended Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University, moving to Maryland in 1957 to pursue a career in public education. In 1972, he purchased a small farm in Dorchester County, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he raised trees and authored many popular books of Eastern Shore history and folklore. In recent years he has devoted his time to the avocation of photography.

William A. Schiemann

William A. Schiemann

William A. Schiemann, PhD, is the CEO of Metrus Group. He is a thought leader and popular keynote speaker in the areas of human resources, employee engagement, and fulfillment, having authored or coauthored scores of articles and numerous previous books.

Bill is a thought leader in the human resources field, having authored scores of articles and multiple books on talent management, including The Rise of HR, co-edited with Dave Ulrich and Libby Sartain and sponsored by HRCI in 2015; Hidden Drivers of Success: Leveraging Employee Insights for Strategic Advantage, published by SHRM in 2013; The ACE Advantage: How Smart Companies Unleash Talent for Optimal Performance, published by SHRM in 2012; Reinventing Talent Management: How to Maximize Performance in the New Marketplace, published by Wiley and SHRM in 2009; and Bullseye! Hitting Your Strategic Targets Through High-Impact Measurement, published by The Free Press in 1999.

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Whitey Schmidt

Whitey Schmidt

Whitey Schmidt was the author of eleven books dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay’s unique cuisine. He also starred in Maryland Public Television’s award-winning documentary Eatin’ Crabs Chesapeake Style which can be seen at http://video.mpt.tv/video/1182496752/. Whitey was once described by a writer for The Capital newspaper in Annapolis as “undoubtedly one of the great characters in the best sense of the word who make the Chesapeake Bay such a special place to live.” He personally cooked and sampled all recipes in his test kitchen before sharing them with readers. Whitey passed away peacefully in his home art studio on July 18, 2014. He was 75. For more information about Whitey and his lifelong enjoyment of the Chesapeake Bay and its seafood treasures see http://www.crablab.com/.

Susan Yaruta-Young

Susan Yaruta-Young

Susan Yaruta-Young's roots in Maryland soil are deep. In 1634 her ancestor, Richard Nevitte, sailed into St. Mary's on the Ark and the Dove. The family moved to the Eastern Shore, and Susan's mom, Louise Truitt, grew up on a dairy farm known as Money Make in Trappe. Susan lived on a small farm in Baltimore County until 1996 when she and her husband, Luther Young, moved their family to Downeast Maine. A published poet and short story crafter, Susan was a Maryland State Arts Council Poet in the Schools from 1974-1996, often conducting workshops in Talbot, Dorchester, and Wicomico counties. She is a retired pastor who enjoys writing for all ages in all genres. 


William Peak

William Peak

William Peak is communications manager for the Talbot County Free Library on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A graduate of Washington & Lee University and the creative writing program at Hollins University, he spent ten years researching and writing The Oblate’s Confession, his debut novel.
Author image credit Tom McCall.