We are building our library with stories, reflections, musings, samples of published books and lists of published novels, novellas and many more items from our distinguished authors and writers from the Class of 65. Please, if you have any items you would like to share, leave a comment so we can contact you. As each new item arrives, we will provide a link to the entire piece.
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?
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Kristine Jacobs Simelda, Bio
I am an American who has been a citizen of the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica for the past twenty-two years. While living on the island, I have written three novels (A Face in the River, River of Fire, and Nobody Owns the Rainbow); a novella (The Pursuit of Paradise); two novels for Young Adults (Back to the River and Rainforest Rescue); and a collection of short stories for dog lovers (Mutant Mongrels). My published short fiction includes: Rocky, St. Somewhere Journal, April, 2013 and Island Time, July, 2013; Oracle of the Zemi: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness: Issue 8, 2013; Brother, “Jewels of the Caribbean,” Potbake Productions, 2014; Truth be Told and Letters from Paradise, Poui: Creative Writing Journal of Cave Hill, Vol. XVI, 2015; Everything for a Time, Caribbean American Heritage Month Literary Magazine, 2015.
In August, 2015, I was proud to be a featured presenter at the Nature Island Literary Festival where I launched my first novel, A Face in the River, self-published by River Ridge Press.