We are pleased to announce the SF Chapter members who have generously agreed to serve on the Board of Directors this coming year. Please join in welcoming them! We look forward to an exciting year of programming with these dynamic members at the helm. Their official term of office begins June 1, 2015.
Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter
Board of Directors, 2015-16
President, Kate Farrell
Kate Farrell (MLS, UC Berkeley), librarian, storyteller, author, and educator, taught language arts in high schools, colleges and published numerous educational materials. Recently, she edited the anthology, Wisdom Has a Voice: Every Daughter’s Memories of Mother (2011); co-edited Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s &’70s (2013)—Finalist, 2014 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award and 2014 Indie Excellence Award; and co-edited Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence—Finalist, 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Farrell is President of Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, member of California Writers Club-Redwood Branch. She is currently working on a YA/NA project: Woman Wonder Tales.
Vice President, Vicki DeArmon, Chair, Pitch-O-Rama, March
Vicki DeArmon works as the Events & Marketing Director for Copperfield’s Books in San Francisco’s North Bay, booking authors for events. In the wee hours, she writes. Her passion is reading and writing fiction. Right now she’s working on a collection of short stories, She Let Go Their Hands, depicting families riding the roller coaster of addiction. Her story from this collection entitled “Hydroplaning” placed second in the 2015 Women’s National Book Association annual writing contest. And there’s a comic novel brewing called Tilting: The Nearly True Story of a Small Book Publishing Empire that draws from the years she spent running Foghorn Press in San Francisco in the 1990s. This year, she’s been honored to read at Litquake, to attend Lit Camp 2015, and to be chosen as one of a cast of 13 selected to read pieces at this year’s Listen to Your Mother event in San Francisco. Her blog (onemothersedge.com) is a humorous attempt to consolidate three aspects of her being: writing, motherhood, and co-dependence.
Vice President, Sherry Nadworny, Chair, Nat’l Reading Group Month, October
Sherry Nadworny is a recent transplant to California from her native Boston via a short stint in Charlotte, NC. She began her career as a news writer for television and radio. For the past twenty years, she has been a public relations professional and freelance writer for healthcare and arts organizations, writing feature stories, press releases, video scripts, grants, brochures and almost anything that requires a “writer for hire.” In her free time, and to keep her out of the mall, she writes fiction.
Secretary, Julaina Kleist-Corwin
Julaina Kleist-Corwin published an anthology in 2014 called Written Across the Genres. She is an award-winning writer and her short stories are published in the California Writers Club Literary Review, Harlequin’s Christmas books, and other anthologies. She teaches creative writing in Dublin and Pleasanton California. Visit her at www.timetowritenow.com
Past President, Linda Lee, Webmaster
Linda Lee is online expert like no other. She is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer who demystifies the online experience. Whether you are a novice or veteran Internet user, Linda can help you optimize and monetize your website. She specializes in WordPress design, WordPress Websites, instruction, and problem shooting. Linda and her team have built over 200 websites for clients on the WordPress platform. Linda is the founder of Smart Women Stupid Computers and Askmepc-Webdesign andWordPress Total Training, a full WordPress training course and support membership site for WordPress.
Membership Chair, MacKenzie Davis
MacKenzie Davis (MKNZ) bounced around the US for quite some time before graduating rather belatedly from Mills College in 1998, receiving in the process a BFA, a variety of awards for painting and book arts, and a never-ending student loan payment that keeps her perpetually on the lookout for additional sources of income. Currently she is finishing up artwork for her two recently completed children’s books Miss Chiff and The Odd Old House, fleshing out further adventures for Penny Wyse, and working on discovering the secrets to getting a book published before it becomes a posthumous matter. In the meantime, she clings desperately to her day job as a contractor for the library division of Alibris.com. More information about her writing can be found at: www.MKNZbooks.com, and examples of her artwork are available at: www.MKNZart.com http://mackenzie-davis.com
Chair, Mary Knippel, WNBA National Board Meeting Committee, June 10-13, 2016
Mary E. Knippel, Writer Unleashed at YourWritingMentor.com, transformational author and inspirational speaker, is fiercely committed to guiding women entrepreneurs and aspiring authors and speakers to leverage their impact through writing. Using the power of storytelling, she helps them gain clarity and confidence in the words and the way they connect with the world, to unleash from the stories that are have kept them silent, to reclaim their voices and share their unique message. As a journal writer since the age of 11, Mary knows the enormous power and healing capabilities of the written word. A two-time breast cancer survivor she used writing and other creative tools in her recovery and chronicles the results in her upcoming book, The Secret Artist, where she shares what she has learned to help you move from survive to thrive. http://yourwritingmentor.com.
Member at Large, Catharine Bramkamp, Editor, Featured Member Interview, Chair, Pitch-O-Rama Coaching Team
Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, Future Girls (Eternal Press) and the poetry chapbook Ammonia Sunrise (Finishing Line Press). She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct professor for two Universities.
A California native, she divides her time between the Wine Country and the Gold Country. She and her husband have parented two boys past the age of self-destruction and into the age of annoying two word text missives.
Member at Large, Glenda Carroll
If you want to find Glenda Carroll, she’ll be in, on, or under water—and writing about it. She understands water sports on a very personal level since she swims, surfs and sails. Glenda wrote a weekly sailing column for the Marin Independent Journal for 19 years. During that time, she also wrote for local, national and international sailing publications. She branched into travel writing and her features have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel & Leisure, Ford Times, Chevron USA, Defenders of Wildlife, and Bay & Delta Yachtsman. PacificWaverider.com, a surfing website, asked her to write a twice-weekly column, which she did for more than three years.
Member at Large Martha Conway, Bookwoman Correspondent\
Martha Conway’s historical novel, THIEVING FOREST, has been called “extraordinary” by the Akron Beacon Journal and “hypnotic” by Kirkus Reviews. Her first novel 12 BLISS STREET was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Folio, Puerto del Sol, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing. Martha teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and lives in San Francisco.
Member at Large, KJ Landis
KJ Landis is her first success story. She lost 50 pounds in 60 days and has kept it off for years. Daily research and coaching has fueled her to help others dive into their own better existences. KJ Landis is an educator, former model, health and life coach, photographer, and role model. She has inspired many with her holistic approach to health and wellness. Her ability to communicate effectively, compassionately, and with patience has helped build the self-esteem and attainment of others’ life goals. She developed a guide based upon her post weight and fat loss journey called Superior Self’s Guide to Wellness from Within. It is simple and effective in energy rejuvenation and fat loss. The guide provides a guide to overall wellness and vitality. She teaches wellness workshops all over the San Francisco area based upon the guide. http://www.superiorselfwithkjlandis.com
Member at Large, Cathy Turney
Cathy Turney captures the humor in coping with technology and social media, her left/brain right brain marriage to My Husband, The Engineer, dogs, and real estate. A life-long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Cathy was in the first graduating class of the University of California, Santa Cruz, but she’s not that old. Cathy writes a humor column for The Concordian and for Emmy Award-winning Judd McIlvain’s TroubleShooter Judd.com Website and has had stories published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Catharsis Journal, the Healey Marque national magazine, and Moss Motors Magazine. She has won finalist and semi-finalist awards from Humor Press. Her first book, Dog Stories, Hilarious Tales of a Codependent Pet Owner, was published in 2012. She is at work on her next book, a humorous take on her thirty years in real estate. Cathy is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch. She loves networking with other writers on Facebook (Cathy Turney) and on her blog at www.ALittleBitOff.net.
Member at Large, Joan Gelfand, National WNBA Chair, New Chapter Development
Joan Gelfand’s work has been published in national and international publications, including Kalliope, Levure Litteraire, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Chaffin Journal. Readings include Bowery Poetry Club, Southern Festival of Books, Litquake, The Oakland Museum and the NY Public Library. She has been featured on KPIX, NBC, cable TV and over 20 radio stations. Joan’s forthcoming novel, “Fear to Shred,” is set in a Silicon Valley startup. The debut book is due out with Incanto Press in January, 2015. Poetry collections: “The Long Blue Room,” Benicia Literary Arts, 2014, “A Dreamer’s Guide to Cities and Streams,” and “Seeking Center.” “Here and Abroad,” is an award winning chapbook of short fiction. “Transported,” can be found on iTunes. Joan blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and coaches writers. Joan is the Poetry Editor for the “J,” the Development Chair of the Women’s National Book Association and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. http://joangelfand.com