Here is an alphabetical listing of the contributors. Aren’t they amazing?

DIANA ABU-JABER. Diana is the award-winning author of Origins, The Language of Baklava, Crescent, and Arabian Jazz. She teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and Miami. Her website is

KATIE ARNOLD is a freelance writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico whose stories have appeared in Outside, Travel + Leisure, ESPN, The New York Times, and Sunset, among others.

N. AHERN has written for magazines including Elle, Men’s Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, Health, American Way, Child, Yankee and Fit Pregnancy. She is currently at work on her first novel.

SARA BENINCASA is a comedian, writer and talk show host on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. She’s written for, The Onion News Network, the Travel Channel, and other places. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she created award-winning original web video content for the Huffington Post’s humor site, 23/6 (, and look for her one-woman show AGORAFABULOUS! (and the accompanying book) to come to a town near you.

V. CALDER is a Massachusetts-based freelance writer who specializes in writing about health, nutrition and mind/body issues. She has written for magazines such as Men’s Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting and Walking, where she was associate editor (and learned how to stride like a pro).

CELENA CIPRIASO is currently a writer’s assistant at All My Children. Her theatre and spoken word pieces have been performed in various places throughout the east coast. She has been published in the Harper Collins anthology Yell-Oh! Girls, Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian-American, and is currently working on her first memoir, tenatively titled Last Drunk Standing, and she blogs at

JEAN COPELAND is a Connecticut writer and poet whose fiction has appeared in Off the Rocks, Best Lesbian Love Stories 2009, Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, The First Line,, and

ANNA COX is an assistant professor and director of the photography program at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Her writing has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

SOPHIA DEMBLING is a writer in Dallas, Texas. She is author of The Yankee Chick’s Survival Guide to Texas. Her work has been included in Cat Women: Female Writers on their Feline Friends (Seal Press, 2007), The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2006 and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009, and she blogs at, as well as at her own website,

MARY EMERICK is a kayak ranger and wildland firefighter who recently moved from Sitka, Alaska to Oregon. In previous lives, she has worked as a wilderness ranger, tree planter, cave-tour guide, and panther capture assistant. Her articles and short stories have appeared in The International Journal of Wilderness, Wildland Firefighter, Chicken Soup for the Nature Lover’s Soul, Passages North and other publications. She is currently working on a memoir, and blogs at

KARRIE GAVIN is a freelance writer who lives with her husband Damian and their dog Dottie in Philadelphia. She is the author of Moon Philadelphia and has written for USAirways magazine, AAA World, Philadelphia magazine, Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits, and numerous wedding and shelter publications. She is currently working on a memoir.

MICHELLE GOODMAN is author of My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube, both published by Seal Press. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, BUST, Bitch, The Bark,,, and The Seattle Times. She lives in Seattle and blogs about the freelance life at

JANE HODGES is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her fiction has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, and she has published essays in Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Seal Press, 2007), and The Seattle Weekly. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business 2.0,, The Seattle Times, and many others. Visit her at

LORI HORVITZ’s writing has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies including The Southeast Review, The Broome Review, The Salt River Review, Hotel Amerika, The Coe Review, Thirteenth Moon, The Mochila Review, Dos Passos Review, and Quarter After Eight. She is an associate professor of Literature and Language at University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she teaches courses in Creative Writing, Literature, and Women’s Studies.

SUSAN JOHNSTON is a Boston-based freelance writer. Her essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Getting Into College, and The Christian Science Monitor. She also writes about career and lifestyle topics for publications including,,, SELF magazine,, and many other places. Visit her website at or read about her writing adventures at

ALICE LESCH KELLY has written for publications such as More, Woman’s Day, Shape, Fit Pregnancy, Viv, Triumph, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. She has co-authored four books, including Be Happy Without Being Perfect, published by Crown. She lives in Newton, Mass., with her husband, Dave, and two sons, Steven and Scott. Her website is

MARGARET LITTMAN is a freelance journalist who splits her time between Nashville and Chicago and wherever else her assignments take her. She is the author of The Dog Lover’s Companion to Chicago, VegOut Vegetarian Guide to Chicago and the editor of several other guidebooks. Her articles have been published in magazines ranging from Wine Enthusiast to Art & Antiques. She is at work on two book proposals, including Dog-Friendly Life, a Guide for Those Who Want to Live With Their Dogs, Not For Their

DIMITY MCDOWELL started her magazine career in New York City, where she was on staff at (the now defunct) Women’s Sports + Fitness, SELF, ESPN: The Magazine and (also defunct) Sports Illustrated Women. A freelancer since 2000, Dimity, who currently lives in Denver with her two kids, two dogs and one husband, is a contributing editor at Women’s Health and Runner’s World magazines. She is also at work on her first book, an account of the intersection of running and mothering co-written with Sarah Bowen Shea, another PS contributor.

JACQUELYN MITCHARD is the author of the number-one New York Times bestselling novel, The Deep End of the Ocean — chosen as the first book for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. She has subsequently written seven other bestselling novels, The Most Wanted (1998), A Theory of Relativity (2001), Twelve Times Blessed (2003), Christmas, Present (2004), The Breakdown Lane (2004), Cage of Stars (2005), and Still Summer (2007). The film version of The Deep End of the Ocean, starring Michelle Pfeiffer was released in March 1999. Still Summer, from Grand Central Books, now is in development for a Lifetime original film and Cage of Stars for an independent film by EMO Pictures. Mitchard lives in Wisconsin with her husband Christopher Brent, and their seven children. Her website is

CLAIRE MURPHY is the pseudonym of a writer who lives in the west. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, from The New York Times to O.

JILL ROTHENBERG is a managing editor at the Geological Society of America in Boulder and online instructor for Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Urban Moto Magazine, and Woman’s Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives (Seal Press, 2006).

JOSHUNDA SANDERS is a writer, journalist and aspiring librarian. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Bitch, Vibe and Suede magazines, the Houston and San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Dallas Morning News, and her poems have been published in Quiet Storm: Voices of Young Black Poets (1998) and Dialogue magazine.

JEN KARUZA SCHILE’s personal essays were included in the anthologies A Matter of Choice: 25 People Who Transformed Their Lives and Steady as She Goes: Women’s Adventures at Sea. Jen received an honorable mention in the memoir category of the Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, and can be reached at her website, or at her blog, , which celebrates the life of commercial fishing families.

DENISE SCHIPANI is a former editor for such magazines as Bridal Guide, American Baby, Child, All Woman, and Zest in the U.K., and is now a freelance writer and editor. She’s written features, columns and essays for American Baby, Parents, Parenting, Parent & Child, Redbook, Real Simple, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Women’s Health, and the Washington Post, among others. She and her husband, Robert, are raising two sons, Daniel and James, in Huntington, New York. Read more of her work at and her blog is

JENNA SCHNUER is a NYC-based freelance writer who spends her days writing about travel, food, and random bits of this and that (some interesting, some not so much). Her magazine credits include American Way, the American Airlines magazine, Continental, National Geographic Traveler, and many others. Along with fellow PS contributor Sophia Dembling, Jenna blogs at Want more? Visit her online at

SARAH BOWEN SHEA writes for Runner’s World, SELF, Health, The New York Times, and Fit Pregnancy, and is the athletic footwear editor for Shape. Her book The Essential Breastfeeding Log: A Feedings Tracker and Baby-Care Organizer for Nursing Moms came out in February (, and she blogs at Her next book, Run Like a Mother and co-authored with Dimity McDowell, is due out in spring 2010. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three children.

ROBIN SILBERGLEID is assistant professor of English at Michigan State University, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She is the author of the chapbook Pas de Deux: Prose and Other Poems (Basilisk Press, 2006), and her poems and essays have appeared in journals including The Truth About the Fact, River Oak Review, Crab Orchard Review, and the Cream City Review, for which she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

MAGGIE LAMOND SIMONE Maggie Lamond Simone is an award-winning columnist and author. Her humor and observational essays have appeared for six years in Family Times, a monthly parenting magazine in Syracuse, NY, and The Advertiser, a weekly newspaper in East Aurora, NY. Her first children’s picture book, Sophie’s Sounds (Journey Stone Creations), was released in May 2007, and she is awaiting release of two picture books, Losing Decker and Timmy and the Timepiece (Journey Stone, 2009). She is also an adjunct instructor of English at Bryant & Stratton College, in Clay, N.Y and she lives in Central New York with her husband and two children. Her website is

GABRIELLE STUDENMUND has written for SELF, Shape, Fitness and Glamour magazines. She is a former fitness editor at SELF, and previously was an editor at and American Health magazines. After a serious bike accident in 2002, she now earns disability and lives in Southern Pines, NC with her cat Lucy. She plans to one day write a memoir about becoming disabled and her journey to recovery.

SHANNON HYLAND-TASSAVA is a writer, clinical psychologist, and mother to two young daughters in a small rural college town in southern Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in Motherwords magazine, The Mothers Movement Online, Macalester Today magazine, Work it, Mom!, Girlfriends magazine, and MotherVerse online. She writes daily about her adventures in modern motherhood at

JUDY SUTTON TAYLOR lives with her family in Chicago, where she’s the Kids editor at Time Out Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Cooking Light, Self, Good Housekeeping and Chicago magazine, and she’s contributed to guidebooks for Fodor’s, Mobil, Gault Millau and Little Black Book.

TRACY TEARE’s work has been published in a number of magazines, such as Real Simple, Health, Prevention, Fit Pregnancy, Wondertime, and Family Fun. She is also a regular contributor to Disney’s, where (much to her girls’ dismay) she records many of her parenting adventures as well as tips on favorite New England destinations. Tracy has contributed to two books—Walking Through Pregnancy and Pedometer Walking (both from Lyons Press). She lives with her husband and three daughters in Maine.

ROBIN TROY is a professor of fiction writing and director of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of the novel Floating, and a forthcoming novel, Liberty Lanes. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Montana in Missoula, where she was also a staff writer for the Missoula Independent newspaper. She lives in New Haven, CT, with her husband, daughter, pound dog and two turtles.

BEVIN WALLACE spent stints as a book publicist, bookseller, nonprofit event coordinator, and PR gal in cities like New York, San Francisco and Denver, before rediscovering her love of outdoor adventure. She’s a former editor at Skiing magazine and editor-in-chief of Warren Miller’s SnoWorld. Today she works as a copywriter and continues to write for Skiing, SKI, National Geographic Adventure, Delicious Living, Elevation Outdoors, and others. She lives in Denver with her husband, David, and her son and daughter.

KRISTINA WRIGHT ( has been calling herself a writer since Miss Gilmore gave her an A+ on her first short story in the first grade. In the thirty-five years since, she has traded in wide-rule paper and fat pencils for a PowerBook laptop and managed to rack up hundreds of writing credits in everything from greeting cards to book reviews. Her first novel was published by Silhouette Books in 1999 and her short fiction has appeared in over seventy anthologies. She teaches both English and Humanities at her local community college, and she lives in Virginia with her husband Jay and a menagerie of pets.

One response to “Contributors

  1. Impressive list, makes one proud to be a woman.

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