Dr. Cecilia Dintino is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in New York City. She is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center, The Women’s Program and faculty at New York University’s graduate program in Drama Therapy. She is co-founder of Twisting The Plot: Solutions for Women over 50.
Elif Armbruster, PhD, is a professor of English at Suffolk University in Boston where she focuses her teaching and research on American Women's Writing and Literature. She has published a book, edited two classic novels, and written a number of essays on women writers from Willa Cather to Laura Ingalls Wilder. She is inspired by rebel girls and nasty women writers across the centuries, from Harriet Jacobs and Phillis Wheatley to Louisa May Alcott and Edith Wharton to Maxine Hong Kingston and Toni Morrison. She attributes her own particular brand of nastiness to the legacy of indomitable women in her family from her great aunt, Elizabeth, who was a Lieutenant Colonel in World War II and earned a doctorate in education, to her mother who raised three children on her own while working 60 hours a week at Yale Medical School. In recent years, Elif has been working on inspiring her own daughter, Mea, to embrace her rebel girl self by bringing her to her classes on "Nasty Women in American Literature," among others. Elif lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughter, and puppy, Cooper, a miniature poodle, who keeps her company while she is writing.
Karin Peschau, artist, writer and activist, currently resides in both Germany and Italy. She is the creator of the MagnaMaterProject.
Karin writes: I was born in the Harz mountains, close to the Brocken, considered the place where the witches have been meeting since remote times. Goethe set his oeuvre, The Faust, there.
I studied Political Science, women’s studies, and romanistic languages in Berlin, in Paris, and then painting at the Art Academy of Verona, learning also ancient techniques from Maestro Federico Bellomi, a fresco painter.
The main issue of my life, apart from “Awakening,” being a born feminist, is the liberation of humanity from patriarchal oppression. I am offering courses and workshops with the intent to liberate the archaic and sacred feminine energy through art and meditation and I love painting portraits, a face for me reveals the inner life of a person, going back some generations, sometimes…
Learn more about Karin and her art here. Contact Karin at: magnamaterproject at gmx.com
Maria Dintino has worked in higher education for twenty-six years, the first twenty-three at Keene State College in Keene, NH and the past few years at Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida. While in graduate school, Maria became enamored with the Transcendentalists, especially Henry David Thoreau. Although introduced to Margaret Fuller then, she did not comprehend her undeniable significance until another encounter many years later. It is now clear to Maria that Margaret is destined to claim her rightful place in American herstory and one of Maria’s goals is to help her do so. Maria’s first work of creative nonfiction, The Light Above: A Memoir with Margaret Fuller has been recently published and she is at work on her second book. Contact Maria at mdintino477 at aol.com.
Mia Szarvas was born in Vermont to an Israeli father and Italian-American mother, raised in California, and currently lives in Bremen, Germany. Her grandmother escaped from Poland in August of 1939 with her parents and sister, with whom she set up a new life in Palestine, while the family they left behind perished in the Holocaust. Mia has a degree in Political Ecology from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an MBA, and works in tech to create empowerment in unexpected places. She is curious about multiculturalism, languages, feminism, and how our intertwined histories inform the present.
Michelle Barthel Kratts has written, edited or contributed to several books of local interest including: The Missed, tales of spirit and tragic end at Niagara ; Haunted, true tales of Niagara; Anna Edson Taylor, the Queen of Oakwood; Angels on the Battlefield, Niagara’s Civil War Past; The Italians of Niagara Falls (Vols. I , II and III); Buon Appetito, Niagara’s early Italian-American culinary traditions ; From the Mouth of the Lower Niagara River and most recently Niagara Falls in World War II. Her poetry has been published in several issues of Slipstream. She holds degrees from Niagara University, the University of Toronto and the University of New York at Buffalo and is presently a librarian at the Lewiston Public Library. Michelle lives in Niagara Falls with her husband and three children in a very old home by the edge of a creek.She is contributing writer on The Journal of the Dead Beats Society and Kratt’s Korner, Oakwood Cemetery Association
Some people paint pictures with words and others create art with language. Miss Carr designs word play to help heal the reader. She’s an author, poet, spoken word artist, ghostwriter, lgbtqia activist and warrior of words. Recently she has completed her first book of poetry titled Who Molested My Elephant. The collection of poems takes readers on a journey to identify who it was that caused pain, so that there can be healing in moving forward. Her 2nd book published this year is a compilation of stories from the people who she worships with, titled Christian Terrorism. This book is an awakening of how Christianity can become twisted when those who claim they love Christ use their words and attitudes as weapons
Theresa C. Dintino is the author of Membranes of Hope: A Guide to Attending to the Spiritual Boundaries that Keep Lifesystems Healthy from the Personal to the Cosmic, The Tree Medicine Trilogy which includes: The Amazon Pattern: A Message from Ancient Women Diviners of Trees and Time, Notes From a Diviner in the Postmodern World: A Handbook for Spirit Workers, and Teachings from the Trees: Spiritual Mentoring from the Standing Ones.
She is also the author of The Strega and the Dreamer, a work of historical fiction based in the true story of her great-grandparents, Ode to Minoa and Stories They Told Me, two novels exploring the life of a snake priestess in Bronze Age Crete, and Welcoming Lilith: Awakening and Welcoming Pure Female Power. Find out more about Theresa at ritualgoddess.com