Member Profiles

Members of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild include writers in all genres at all levels of experience. Profiles of some of our members (in their own words) can be found here, sorted alphabetically by last name. Members may also have included a description of how they participate in — and benefit from — a community of writers.


Jill Adams

Jill Adams is a freelance science journalist who lives in Delmar with her husband and three kids. She writes about health and biomedical research primarily but sometimes strays into other areas of science and other aspects of life. She’s a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times health section, where she writes about the science behind health news. She also writes for several Nature publications, covering trends in research. Her work has also appeared in WebMD, Discover, the Washington Post, Plenty, and Parenting.


Bernie Bourdeau

Bernie Bourdeau is a longtime member of HVWG, serving on its Board of Directors and for several years as Treasurer. He was born and raised in Cohoes where he resided until a recent move to Lakeland, FL. He is the author of a mystery novel set in the Capital District. CAUSED & EFFECT is his debut novel, the first in a planned series featuring a young woman state trooper. For more information on Bernie and his work, visit his website.


Janine De Tillio Cammarata

Janine De Tillio Cammarata holds a B.A. and M.A. in English with a concentration in Medieval Literature. As a child she often wrote poetry and stories. She didn’t seriously start writing novels until she finished graduate school, and her teacher thought she should write novels instead of research papers. Even though Janine enjoyed reading about King Arthur and that time period, her interest in Celtic mythology developed during her last semester in grad school. She was introduced to the fabulous world of Celtic folklore. Janine loved the strong female characters and the connection to nature. Combining her love of fantasy, mythology and martial arts, Janine has written a story of epic magnitude sure to entice young adults and adults to venture into her world.

Warriors Within and Eyes of the Goddess are the first two books in the time travel adventure called the Fianna Cycle. Two women warriors, Michaela Sommers from modern NYC and Maecha Ruadh mac Art of third century Celtic Ireland, connect across time to combine the skills needed to protect their families. Along their quests, they are faced with loss and tragedy. What they do despite their adversity defines them. For more information go

Janine is president of Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation, Inc. This foundation was formed in memory of her son, Nick, who passed away from Leukemia in October 2008. Nick’s Foundation financially and emotionally supports local pediatric blood cancer patients, as well as the young adult cancer community. Partial proceeds from all book sales are donated to Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation, Inc. For more information go to or visit their page on Facebook.


Elaine Doremus

Elaine Doremus is the author of How to be on Time for Everything, published by The Troy Bookmakers. It came out in October of 2008. She gave a class based on the book at Knowledge Network and was interviewed about the book on a local TV channel by Mimi Moriarty.

She is a life-long Capital District resident and has a four year degree from Marist College. Her affiliations include the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Gilda’s Club, Literacy Volunteers and the National Resume Writers’ Association.


Sandra Ebejer

Sandra EbejerSandra Ebejer is a Boston native living in Latham with her husband, son, and two cats who haven’t figured out how to get along. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, The AscentThe StartupP.S. I Love YouWriters Guild, and The Writing Cooperative. For more information, visit


Eugene Garber

Eugene Garber is a Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus from The University at Albany. He has published five books of fiction: Metaphysical Tales (winner of the AWP prize for short fiction, 1981), The Historian (Winner of the William Goyen Prize, 1992), Beasts in Their Wisdom(2004), Vienna øø (1996) and O Amazonas Escuro (2010). His stories have been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize(1976), Best American Short Stories (1977), The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (1988), The Paris Review Anthology (1990), Revelation and Other Fiction from the Sewanee Review: a Centennial Anthology (1992).


Mary Kathryn Jablonski

A visual artist and poet, Mary Kathryn Jablonski freelances in design and PR. She is the author of the chapbook To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met (APD Press, 2008), and her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including the Beloit Poetry Journal, Salmagundi, Home Planet News,and Blueline. She recently completed her first book-length collection of poems and two additional chapbook manuscripts. Her artwork has been widely exhibited throughout the Northeast and is held in private and public collections.


M.E. Kemp

M. E. Kemp is the author of an historical mystery series featuring two nosy Puritans. Her fourth book in the series,Death of a Dancing Master, comes out in November 2010 and as in all her works, is based upon an historical incident. Her current project is the fifth book, Death of a Cape Cod Cavalier. Kemp’s short stories have appeared in many anthologies including Murder New York Style, Deadly Ink and Dying in a Winter Wonderland. She appears regularly as a panelist at mystery conferences: Malice Domestic, Deadly Ink and the Chronicle Book Fair. She lives in Saratoga Springs. (photo by Megan Mumford.)


K.A. Laity

K. A. Laity is the author of Pelzmantel (Immanion Press 2010), Unikirja [DREAMBOOK] (Aino Press 2009), the comic Jane Quiet with artist Elena Steier, and many other stories, essays and plays. A tenured professor of English at the College of Saint Rose, she’s also a weekly columnist for the global women’s lifestyle network, Visit her website or find her on Facebook and Twitter.

“I participate in the community of writers by teaching English at the College of Saint Rose, mentoring students, giving workshops, working on events like Albacon, and blogging and networking with other writers in the area.”


Ray Melnik

Just before college, Ray won first place in the National Pen Women Competition for his fictional short story, “Distinction,” as well as winning second place in the New York Best of City – The Written Word. While attending college, his course on existential literature opened a whole new world for him with the study of writers such as Sartre and Camus. He pursued a musical career as a singer and lyricist in the early 1980s and was the lead singer for One Hand Clap and then Fine Malibus, with Steve Stevens, current guitarist and song writer for Billy Idol. In addition to lyrics, Ray, wrote a monthly column about pro audio for a music trade magazine, American Liverpool. Later moving into the field of technology as a network engineer and then architect, he wrote for the technology panel of a regional newspaper, Times Herald Record, and was the primary writer of articles based on home technology for the website New Technology Home.

His first novel, The Room, was published in 2007, his second novel, To Your Own Self Be True, was published in 2009, and Burnished Bridge, published March 2010 is his first novella. All three are set in the lower Hudson Valley and have an existential tone, written on a canvass of fictional science. Information can be found at Emergent Novels.


Susan Morse

Freelance writer Susan Morse has written for many fascinating organizations over the past 16 years, including the Foundation for Hospices in sub-Saharan Africa, the indigenous Reindeer People of Eastern Mongolia and many arts, nonprofit organizations and health centers in the Capital Region and beyond. She most recently helped 15-LOVE on a project devoted to children’s literacy, highlighted by a literary award based in Albany that is given annually to a nationally prominent children’s writer (the Denise McCoy Legacy Award).

In June, Susan completed author Marion Roach Smith’s memoir master class, and is “that close” to finishing her memoir, Storm Window Day. She has been a featured reader for the HVWG Community of Writers series with her popular essay, “Come Fly With Me: The Night Frank Sinatra Came to Town,” and has read serious and humorous essays before Rotary Clubs and at conventions. Her first poem, about the joy of rocking her baby granddaughter on a frosty winter day, was published in the spring of this year. In addition to HVWG, she belongs to the Delmar Writers Group and to a newly formed writers group of previous students of Ms. Smith.

A lifelong lover of books who relished reading to her four children, grandsons, and now to her granddaughter, she personally cherishes three works in particular: “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote (“you think you can write and then you read this short story!”); the Blood of the Lamb” by Peter DeVries, and “Cider House Rules” by John Irving.


Eric G. Müller

Eric G. Müller studied literature and history at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. After a few years of working at a variety of jobs, performing music, and traveling around Europe, he continued his studies in England and Germany, where he specialized in drama and music education. Together with his family he moved to Eugene, Oregon, where he taught for eight years. Currently he is living in upstate New York, teaching music, drama, English literature and creative writing. He has written two novels, Rites of Rock (Adonis Press 2005) and Meet Me at the Met (Plain View Press, 2010), as well as a collection of poetry, Coffee on the Piano for You (Adonis Press, 2008). Poetry, articles and short stories have appeared in various journals, anthologies and magazines. His website is


Melinda Morris Perrin

Poet Melinda Morris Perrin examines the interconnected web of life and spotlights all aspects of human relationships: the good, the bad, and the funny. She lives along the Mohawk River and draws inspiration from the land and its history and from the people in her life. Winterberries: Poems of Hope, her third volume of poetry published by Ice Cube Press, Iowa, is scheduled for release in January 2011. Earlier books are Prairie Smoke: Writings from the Heartland and Goldenrods: Love Poems for the Old & Foolish. Melinda’s poems can also be found in various anthologies by Skinner House Books, Boston and Berkley Books, New York.


Hollis Seamon

Hollis Seamon is the author of two books, Flesh: A Suzanne LaFleshe Mystery (Avocet Press) and Body Work: Stories (Spring Harbor Press). Her short fiction has appeared in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Chicago Review, Greensboro Review, Calyx, Fiction International, and Emrys, and has been anthologized in The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, A Line of Cutting Women, The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe, Sacred Ground, and Quarry: Crime Stories by New England Writers.Hollis is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose and also teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Fairfield University.


Barbara Shema

Barbara Shema is a photographer, mixed media artist, freelance writer, and poet living in Albany, NY. Her poems have been published in the The Loyalhanna Review, Voices from the Attic Volumes VI & VIII, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and she is a frequent contributor to an online magazine. Click here for Barbara’s profile and published articles.


Carolee Sherwood

Carolee is a painter, mixed-media artist and poet. She is the “almost” poet laureate of Smitty’s Tavern in Voorheesville, New York, placing second in the inaugural contest (April 2010). Her poems have been published in a number of print and online journals. In addition to blogging here about poetry and creativity, she co-manages the online poetry project Big Tent Poetry, contributes to Voice Alpha (a blog about reading poetry out loud) and writes reviews for Poets’ Quarterly.


Henry Tedeschi

Henry Tedeschi has a background in science. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois Medical Center (Chicago) and the State University of New York at Albany. He has written numerous technical articles, several book chapters, a monograph and a textbook in Cell Biology two printed editions (Academic Press and W.C. Brown) and one edition on the web. Born in Italy he was sent to boarding school in Switzerland when Mussolini’s racial laws prevented him from attending school in Italy. He spent several formative years in Argentina. He left at age 17 when he immigrated to the U.S. to attend college at the University of Pittsburgh.

He has written fiction and poetry all his life for his own pleasure. He abandoned his first project, a novel, at age six or seven because he decided he lacked experience, a sensation that still haunts him. He enjoys writing, particularly short stories. He finds writing fiction revealing. It opens a window into observed details of human behavior, times and places that are otherwise ignored. He has published with authorhouse or iUniverse two mysteries (A Day at a Time and Double) and six books of short stories (Three for the Road, Long and Short Stories and More Long and Short Stories, Small Steps, Tales of Past and Present and More Tales of Past and Present ) .


Barbara M. Traynor

Barbara M. Traynor, author of Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to Retirement, is a freelance writer of novels, satirical poems and travel articles. Her unique volunteer retirement lifestyle takes her to various destinations throughout the U.S. at organizations that exchange free room and board for workplaces skills. As an author, a memoir piece “Treasured Pleasure,” was published in the 2010 Oasis Journal. One Op-Ed, “Inject Common Sense into Political Campaigns­,” has been in print during the last three elections and, like most authors, two novels are in the edit stage, ready for a publisher/agent.

When not volunteering from Jan-June, Barbara lives in upstate New York, where she is pleased to present a digital slide show detailing her unique lifestyle at local bookstores and area libraries. She readily agrees that the HVWG is an excellent source for social networking and writing resources.

“Being a single parent of three provided a voracious appetite for travel and adventure, but little in the way of financial resources,” Barbara says. After working for forty-five years as an administrative assistant in health care and education, she wanted to remain active in retirement but with Social Security as her only income, options were nonexistent. A fortuitous email and diligent research provided the answer. (Google ) “My volunteer lifestyle enables me to live within my limited Social Security income without effort, travel to places only dreamed of, and network with an incredible group of people. It does not get better than that!” Feel free to email me at


Dan Wilcox

Dan Wilcox is the President of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Over the years he has been on the Guild Board and serves as the chair of the Program Committee. He is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y., and is a member of the poetry performance group “3 Guys from Albany.” As a photographer, he claims to have the world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He has been a featured reader at all the important poetry venues in the Capital District and throughout the Hudson Valley and is an active member of Veterans for Peace.

He also publishes poetry under the imprint, A.P.D. (albany’s poetic device, another pleasant day, etc.). His own poems have been published in Out of the Catskills, Post Traumatic Press 2007, Chronogram, Poetica and in numerous small press journals and anthologies, on the internet, as broadsides and in self-published chapbooks. His chapbook boundless abodes of Albany is available from Benevolent Bird Press of Delmar, NY. You can read his Blog at


Malcolm Willison

Born in Ossining, in the shadow of Sing-Sing. Spent early childhood in Croton-on-Hudson and Provincetown. After a year in NYC, spent second half of my childhood in WWII Washington DC’s segregated schools, but finished high school in Saratoga County, living in Katherine Anne Porter’s former house. Then Swarthmore College (editor-in-chief of literary mag.), Cornell sociology and anthropology, teaching (Wm & Mary, Princeton, Vassar, Union, RPI, Siena), and in Capital Region social science research partnership. Now in New Orleans for 9 years until retire to Schenectady, Westport, and Key West. Writing, mostly poetry, for 55 years, publishing, now more frequently. Still involved in peace action and civil rights–right now the affordable housing crisis in New Orleans.

As a long-term member of the Stockade/Washout writing group, I’ve benefited from comments, questions, criticisms, suggestions from others writing and reading poetry. Public reading performances are fun, and occasional workshops helpful, especially in meeting new voices, like John Montague’s at Albany; looking forward to Billy Collins’ in Key West). HVWG is very useful, and Dan Wilcox’s emails a great link-up.

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