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(You can read more about Kristine on her website Kristine Simelda)
Bio: Kristine Jacobs Simelda, 2018
Born in Dayton, Ohio, Kristine Jacobs Simelda has resided on the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica for the past twenty-five years. Although she has worn many caps during her lifetime—daughter, wife, mother, artist, florist, horse trainer, gallery manager, and restaurateur—she currently lives on a smallholding on the edge of the rainforest where she writes and raises large dogs. While living in “paradise,” Kristine has written three adult novels, a novella, and two novels and a collection of stories for young adults as well as numerous works of short fiction. Both her debut novel, A Face in the River, and the sequel, River of Fire, are available from www.amazon.com as eBooks or in paperback. Nobody Owns the Rainbow will be officially launched later in 2018, and Rise Up Sister is her novel in progress.
Cathy Weisman Topal, Bio
Cathy Weisman Topal began her career as a middle school art teacher in Newton, MA. For over thirty years she has been a lecturer in Visual Arts Education in the Department of Education and Child Study at Smith College in Northampton, MA, as well as a studio art teacher at the Smith College Campus School, an elementary laboratory school for Smith College, and at the Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE), also at Smith College.
Cathy is the author of six books that have grown from her explorations and exchanges with children, classroom teachers, visual arts educators, and in-service and pre-service teachers. Cathy lectures nationally and internationally and conducts a variety of professional development workshops. Current research interests include the centrality of the arts in education, the wonder of clay, design education, the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, the work of Fredrich Froebel, and recycling and the arts. Inquiries about presentations and workshops can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and Printmaking: Thinking and Creating with a Line
Dan Wolfe, Bio
If you had asked young Captain Wolfe back in 1972 if he enjoyed writing line-of-duty investigations, unfit/unsuit discharges, reports of survey and army reg revisions, I’ll guess his answer would not have been appropriate reading for this space. It wasn’t until the mid-‘70s, freed of the restrictions of the military mind-set, that the tables turned and all of a sudden, writing with a humorous bent became a powerful method of expression. I found that as a producer of conventions, I could use exactingly crafted questions and get correctly interpreted answers and make my job not only easy, but fun. Talk about eating your cake, too. Now in retirement, I write for my own pleasure and if I can tell a story of common interest and make people laugh and cry at the same time, it’s a good day. Irish cream anyone?