Old Members

Ainsworth David Ainsworth grew up in the midwest and now lives in St. Helena. He is an attorney in international maritime law (semi-retired) and writer. He is also a volunteer crew member on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a WW II Liberty Ship at Pier 45, San Francisco; former Captain, U S Marine Corps; former superintendent of longshoremen, San Francisco; inventor of BookValet, a hands-free book holder. David is the author of one novel, The Chasm, POD publisher: Author House. Currently David is working on a second novel and some short fiction.
Baird Vicki Baird grew up in Southern California and now lives in Napa where she is a marketing manager. She enjoys writing and is always in search of the quintessential café where she can sit and write in caffeinated bliss. Her hobbies include exploring, day-hikes, bicycling, wine tasting, reading and playing Scrabble with my nemesis Al, the computer. Vicki is also an active member of the NVWC where she currently holds the title of secretary.
Bakalyar Stephen (Steve) Bakalyar grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and currently lives in Sonoma. Steve has had a diverse writing career as a chemist, writing marketing materials as well as research papers in scientific journals. Now retired, he writes poetry, essays and short stories. His most recent publication was an essay on the history of astronomy in the Redwood Coast Review quarterly. Steve has a passion for science, reading and the study of evolution.
Burris Lance Burris is a fifth-generation California who grew up in Napa Valley, has lived in the Pacific and Europe, and is now retired in Napa. Lance has published many business articles and one book of metaphysical philosophy, Know Thyself-The Apollian System, A Life-Space Topology.  Besides writing, he likes to paint, hike and ponder.
Campbell Marilyn Campbell is a native Californian. She was born in Lodi and grew up in Stockton. She earned her BA in English and Journalism and, for a time, wrote features for a weekly newspaper as well as advertising copy for a public relations firm. She switched to a career in social work in Sacramento and in Napa before retirement.  Always an observer of human nature, Marilyn’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Women’s Voices and in eight consecutive issues of Redwood Writer anthologies. In 2015, she published her first novel, Trains to Concordia, an historical young adult novel. She is working on a sequel. A founding member of Napa Valley Writers, Marilyn served as the first branch secretary.
Carl Tim Carl is a Napa Valley native. Currently lives and writes in Calistoga. He has had many careers including being the managing partner of Knights Bridge Winery, a professional chef, U.S. Navy, business consultant and PhD scientist with a fellowship at Harvard. Tim is a columnist for the St. Helena Star. Most of Tim’s published freelance work has been science and business related, but his focus at the moment is a novel based in the Napa Valley and finishing a collection of short stories and poetry. An avid reader, Tim also enjoys photography and sports.
Detwiler Molly Detwiler is a Sonoma writer and editor with more than 30 years of corporate communications experience. She spent most of her career in Silicon Valley, where she held editorial staff and communications management positions at high-technology companies such as Raychem, Oracle, and Adobe. She has been an independent marketing writer since 1998. During her career, she has built brands and developed voices for organizations of all kinds and sizes. Lately she has learned that giving voice to fictional characters isn’t all that different. A native of Indiana, she earned a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management and, in 2010, a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing from California College of the Arts.
Ellwood Linda Moore Ellwood grew up in Virginia and Colorado, but now resides in Yountville. She is retired and now focuses her time on writing, painting and playing. She’s had four poems published, including two in the Jessamyn West anthology, Seasons. When asked to share some trivia, Linda replied, “There is nothing trivial about me!” We agree.
Grove Deborah Puretz Grove grew up in Heidelberg Germany and now lives in Napa. A world traveler and explorer, Deborah was once in charge of making breakfast for orphaned Asian elephants. Besides writing essays and fiction and updating her blog (http://www.debgrove.com/blog/), she likes hiking, traveling, and teaching English as a second language.
Hirsch Lenore Hirsch grew up on the east coast and moved to California after college. After a career as a teacher and school principal, she now writes about travel, food, and the humor of everyday life. You can find links to her blogs, her column in the Napa Valley Register, and other writings and photographs at www.lenorehirsch.com. She has been published in Cynic Magazine, Napa Valley Life, UU World, and Redwood Writers’ anthologies. Her dog’s memoir, My Leash on Life, was released in 2013. She is a founding member and first president of Napa Valley Writers.
Kearns Bo Kearns grew up in Alabama and currently lives in Sonoma. He is an award-winning author that is currently working on a novel set in Indonesia. His awards include: First Prize, Jessaymn West Writing Competition; Finalist, Glimmer Train Fiction Open; Finalist, The Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. He enjoys jogging, travel, wine and, an avid hiker, recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Kesler Sue Kesler grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Napa Valley. She has worked as a copywriter, editor, and freelancer before the pursuit of such luxuries as food and shelter led her to real estate and computer network administration. Currently, well fed and warm, she has returned to writing. In 2013 Jupiter Gardens Press released her first in a series of tongue-in-cheek paranormal novels called, Jakup the Jay, which can be found at Amazon and other book retailers. Besides writing, Sue is a news junkie, walker, avid traveler, a doting Nana, and a blogger
MacDonald Teresa MacDonald grew up outside of Philadelphia and is now is a freelance writer in the Napa Valley whose projects include: a column, catalogue copy, press releases and newsletters. She has also authored a novel and short story collection for which she is currently seeking agent representation. Before jumping off the grid, Teresa spent her days in business and marketing, promoting causes and brands for the travel & tourism, technology consulting, and non-profit arts sectors. She has a deep-seated penchant for back roads, long stories and quirky hole-in-the-wall cafés.
Maire Catherine Maire is a writer from Maryland, where she earned her MFA in creative writing and publishing arts from the University of Baltimore in 2012. Her work has been published in The Urbanite Baltimore, The Light Ekphrastic, and Welter. Her short story collection, Left at the Beginning, is available at the Napa Bookmine in Napa, California. She is currently doing research for what she hopes will be her first novel, or at least a very long short story.
Manwaring Ana Manwaring lives in Napa Valley where she writes, edits, teaches and connects writers with other writers. She’s branded cattle in Hollister, out-run gun totin’ maniacs on lonely highways, rented casas to Canadians in Cuernavaca, slept in ruins, PEMEX stations and beached sailboats, hitchhiked through-out the West, discovered hot springs in Baja, lived on houseboats, learned Spanish, advocated for immigration reform, consulted brujos, prepared hundreds of tax returns, visited every California mission, worked for a PI, and swum with dolphins.
Moore William Carroll Moore grew up in Arkansas and California. Later he lived in Germany and Greece and now lives in Napa. A retired architect, William has written numerous technical reports. He has taught architecture and urban planning at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, and enjoys writing and sailing.
Rankenburg Bernhold Rankenburg grew up on a farm in Southeast Minnesota and now lives in Napa. Bernhold is retired and writes poetry. One of his poems won first prize in the Jessamyn West poetry contest. His interests include gardening, writing, driving too fast and always being on the lookout for his next cheap thrill.
Ryan Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, The Massachusetts Review and The Blue Lake Review. Nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, she has also published a novel, Lost Sister. Her debut collection of short stories, Survival Skills, was published in April 2013 by Ashland Creek Press. Please visit her website at http://jean-ryan.com/
Taylor Patsy Ann Taylor was born in Texas and grew up in LA. She now resides in Napa where she writes for adults and children, preschool to young adult. My prize winning poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals including Main Street Rag, Illya’s Honey, Ojai Center for the Arts: Rivertalk, and Vintage Voices 2010, 2011, and 2012.  I served as board-member of CWC-SFV and SCBWI-LA before moving to Napa, California.
Thomas Kathleen Thomas is President of Napa Valley Writers. Her own writing meanders through prose, poetry, fiction and non-fiction which is why her recent blog was titled: “I Am Not a Genre”. Her short-short essay, based on observations as an RN at Napa State Hospital was published June, 2014 in The Sun magazine. Kathleen’s a painter, genealogist, photographer and frequent traveler. Her interview by famed Author Tony Kilgallin will air during the month of January on Comcast Channel 28, as well as on online at www.napavalleytv.org.
Toboni Barbara Toboni is a writer, blogger, and poet. Her work has appeared in newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies, including Wisdom Has a Voice, Vintage Voices 2011, and Cup of Comfort. Undertow, a chapbook of poetry, was published in 2011. Her next chapbook, Water Over Time, is in the works. www.barbarasmirror.com
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Wilhoit Dr. Jennifer J. Wilhoit is a published author of books and articles focused on her ecological research. Ms. Wilhoit is the owner of TEALarbor stories, a business through which she mentors writers, conducts workshops, and facilitates Story & Nature Guiding© experiences. Jennifer’s current writing focuses on inner and outer landscapes, spirituality, death, the writing life and process, community service and creativity; she writes an informal weekly blog that goes by the same name as her company. Jennifer is also an active hospice volunteer and enjoys being in nature, reading, making visual art and traveling.
Winters Nathaniel Robert “Bob” Winters was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. After serving in the U.S. Navy he settled in California. He has recently retired from teaching high school history and currently lives with his wife, son and dog in Saint Helena. Winters has published 3 Novellas-Rumors about My Father,The Legend of Heath Angelo, No Place for a Wallflower, 1 Young adult novel-Finding Shelter from the Cold, and 2 novels-The Adventures of the Omaha Kid and The Penngrove Ponderosa. Bob has an affinity for nature and animals, especially dogs. He loves to travel and his family has hosted foreign exchange students from France, the Czech Republic and Russia.
Wise Madeline Wise grew up in Washington State and now lives in St. Helena. Madeline is an “at home” writer who has over twenty publications to her name, including being a finalist for the 2013 American Fiction award. Her next story will be published in the in the October 2014 edition of American Fiction.
Wycombe Michael Wycombe grew up in England, trained as a scientist before emigrating to the US to pursue a career in computers and technology. After several startups, senior and executive management positions, he moved to Napa to pursue his writing goals and quit the rat race.