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Selected Members for our April 2009 TWIO

Brian Biggs graduated from the University of Washington in 1964, where he majored in theatre and played football.  He spent four years in the Marines, including a tour in Vietnam, where he ran a motor pool and worked with the Vietnamese people as a Civic Action Officer. He taught theatre at Jefferson Performing Arts High School in Portland and was  Executive Director of YMA, a resident Visual and Performing Arts summer program held at Willamette University. Brian returned to Vietnam on three occasions to visit friends from 1966 and will read from his memoir, Prove My Soul.


Dena Blatt was born in a small town in Ontario, Canada, one of seven children of immigrant Russian Jews. “Berny” is a chapter in her memoir book So Who Told You to Listen?! now seeking a publisher. Another chapter “‘Eat’ She Said,’” was a finalist in a 2006 contest. In 2007, Dena won an award for her feature story interview of an SS man “From ‘Ordinary’ Man to Beast and Back Again,” and published her first book The Artist and the Alien. She has four more books in progress on various subjects. Dena is a grandmother living in Anacortes, Washington.


Jeff Greene

Kayak …  Alone  Aware  Astonished

Sense  Feel  Interpret

Husband  Father  Architect

60  On  Rocky Bay

J Greene is an architect.  For architects, the world has meaning and moral content.  J Greene has spent his career learning to “see” his world, then to interpret it through his work.  His poetry reflects that mindset.  Some of his poems “see” a different world, either physical or emotional.  Some of his poems provide fresh interpretations of the world that we all see.  Like modern architecture, each word is carefully considered and minimally used to “construct” his imagery. You may e-mail him at 

Chellis Jensen is a native Tacoman and a graduate of WSU in Speech, Drama, Music with a teaching certificate. For 25 years she entertained people throughout the U.S. as Rhinestone Rosie. This story was created for her 7 year old granddaughter, and includes a song, plus discussion suggestions for parents and teachers.  Chellis has already read to hundreds of elementary school children. The self- published book will be out in September 2009.  Now meet one of this year's most interesting characters to charge through the pages of a children's book: MRS. ANNATHENA GILLY GULLY FROM PUDDLE RUMPLE TILLY WILLY. 

Debra Kraft is a family physician from Federal Way.  She has been a member of PWNA for the past year.  She is a published author in American Family Physician and received the Great Basin History of Medicine Award for her paper on The Rise and Fall of Women's Medical Colleges. She is actively writing her first novel and has plans for a second.  She will be reading her short story, A Swallow's Tale.


Sue Pace has been writing personal essays for almost forty years and has met with some success (with an article in the My Turn column of Newsweek) and a First Place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest a couple years back. The essay from that literary contest went on to help her sister-in-law gain full disability benefits, as a dependent, through the Veteran's Administration.  Sue has also had about forty short stories published over the years along with one science fiction novel. In the distant past, her plays were produced in Seattle, Everett, Portland, and Hollywood.


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