JAIMIE A. BARCHUS was born in Nevada in 1984, and developed a passion for art and wildlife at a very young age. Growing up in an artistically creative family, Jaimie’s inspiration was never lacking.
As a young child, Jaimie remembers visiting a family friend’s animal “farm” in the desert. Jaimie’s most treasured memory was getting to touch the back of a mountain lion. At the age of 12, Jaimie relocated to
Washington state. Acrylic is Jaimie’s favorite medium to work with.
JENNIE CASTLE is a photographic artist exploring the correlations between history, identity, and place. She works at Lower Columbia College as the Gallery and Programs Director for the Rose Center
for the Arts. Find her on Instagram at @jenniejcastle.
RACHEL CHANTHAVISAY was born on the front porch of her family home in Castle Rock. She is an avid writer, artist, traveler, and tea snob.
JOHN CIMINELLO continues to play music for the Tarantella, write stories and poems to his beloved wife, take care of the animals, and perform magic tricks for children. He is the author of two
books: Shrine Above High Tide (2009) and Magnolias, Mockingbirds and Sweet Potato Pies (2017). He meditates on his grandfather’s favorite state of being: “La dolce fore niente” [the sweetness of doing
CHAROLETTE CONKLIN travels and writes. Both activities take her away. Having been on the staff of the first volume of The Salal Review, she loves poring over each new magazine.
CHALINA CUTTS is a former editor and published author and artist of The Salal Review.
NATASHA DAHLKE lives in Cowlitz County with her husband and three boys. They spend their
time exploring the Pacific Northwest as a family. She enjoys using her camera to capture moments and remember the most beautiful times of her life.
NICOLE DAVIS has lived in Longview for a lifetime and is currently attending Lower Columbia College to earn a transfer degree.
C. EUGENE DEROSIER is an English student and staff member at Lower Columbia College. He is a 2009 graduate of Kelso High School.
JOE FISCHER has an extensive history in the education of art. After his military service in the US Air Force from 1951-1955 as Air Traffic Controller and Graphic Artist, Joe graduated from the University
of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in 1960 and then with a Master of Fine Arts in 1963. He has been featured in 13 exhibitions in both the Pacific Northwest and various places in New York. His teaching
lasted from 1970-1994, working at both Empire State College and University of Buffalo. After teaching, he pursued a career as a professional artist and continues to create today. Joe’s work is featured in various areas on LCC’s campus, including the Rose Center, the Foundation, and a mural in Head Start for our youngest students.
RJ HERVEY is native to the Pacific Northwest and has lived in Cowlitz County for five years. RJ has always had a passion for creative writing and has written several short stories published in journals in the Seattle area. His best days are spent at the keyboard, and his best nights are spent curled up with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book.
CHERYL HICKS has been published in a variety of local and international publications. She has been a featured poet at C/Oasis, is a previous recipient of the Paddock Poetry Award and presented poems from her series titled Conversations with the Virgin at the 2006 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Hicks’ art has been shown across Texas and in New York, and her collages have appeared in CELLA’s Round Trip, Anti-, Blue Print Review, Atticus Review, and Creative Soup. Her mixed media work was featured at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Museum in July 2008.
MALLORY HOBSON is an alum of Lower Columbia College, whose work has appeared in such venues as The Salal Review, Hex Magazine, Bohemia Journal, and Dark Lane Anthology Volume 3. Her poem
“City Dweller” was also recently nominated for Best of the Net 2018.
LORI HOLLIDAY is a silk artist living in Kelso, Washington. She is inspired by nature’s diversity in this region.
SPRING JAMES was born and raised in Kelso, and has recently returned to the area after a 20 year absence. Spring is “consumed by the natural beauty of the region” because it inspires her art. In Spring’s
own words, “I am either a contemporary impressionist or a realist with rain in my eyes.” You can follow Spring on Instagram at @springjamesart.
RAYMOND KING was born in Kelso, Washington, but has lived and worked on a farm in Castle Rock since he was very young. Raymond works from his studio at home. You can find more of his work on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/mildlyhungryartist.
ASHLEY LARSON is a student at Lower Columbia College and is planning to pursue a career in art. Ashley’s been drawing her entire life and is excited to further her education in art. You can find Ashley on Facebook and Instagram at @ashllart.
SIDNI LAYNE is currently a student at Lower Columbia College. She hopes to become a graphic designer in the future. Find her on Instagram at @sidandstac.
MOLLY MAHONEY is an amateur visual artist pursuing a transfer degree at Lower Columbia College. She has lived in the Lower Columbia region her whole life and loves it. You can find more of her
work at @inkycryptid on Instagram.
EMILY MAUCK’s own words about college: “I’ve somehow made it into my second year at LCC. It’d probably be easier if I could decide what I want to major in.”
MISSY MAXWELL originally came to the Pacific Northwest to attend college but stayed for the atmosphere and environment that continues to inspire her. Her work includes a variety of mediums such as acrylic, watercolor, pen & ink, printmaking, and photography. Find her on these various platforms:
www.missymaxwellart.com / Instagram: @projectparlor / www.etsy.com/shop/missysprojectparlor / www.
RYAN MCKAY-BEACH is a running start student at LCC who frequently writes as a hobby, and wishes he had a knack for comedy.
TRISTA MILLER lives in Longview, Washington, and has loved to paint all her life. She also sells her paintings and does commission artwork. Currently, she is attending LCC to get her transfer degree
and will then pursue a bachelors in nutrition. View her art Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TristaMillerArts/.
ALINA MIRGORODSKAYA is an LCC Running Start student from Kelso High School.
HARI MYERS is a previously published author of The Salal Review who writes from his home in Kalama where he, in his own words, “continues to dispense, in written word, the illusions, delusions, and
mental ramblings of my semi-secluded life.”
CHALAYN NAGUNST has a small dog, a big husband, and a love for our little community. She spends her days painting, occasionally hiking, and sometimes substitute teaching. You can see what Chalayn is up to on Instagram @chalayn, and on her Facebook: Chalayn Noelle - Art.
HUNTER NELSON has friends who live in this region, so he visits regularly to explore. His Instagram is @hunternelsonphoto.
ALEX RUSHMER is a senior in high school who is working towards her Associates Degree. Art is what Alex is passionate about, and she plans to transfer to an art school after graduation. You can find her
art on her Instagram page: @alexmakaela.
FLORENCE SAGE is from Astoria, Oregon, and has been an organizer of local poetry mics, a poetry editor, and a co-producer of the annual FisherPoets Gathering. She reads at Ric’s Poetry Mic every first Tuesday in Astoria, as well as other literary events. Her 2014 collection is Nevertheless: Poems from the Gray Area, Hipfish Publications. She is completing two new poetry manuscripts: The Man Who Whistled, The Woman Who Wished, and Menagerie.
JARED SNIDER attended LCC in intervals between 1998 to 2009, participating as a literary editor his last year. He received his AA with his capstone in creative writing. His work calls back to his experiences of being a traveling construction worker across the USA.
SCOTT T. STARBUCK is a resident of Battle Ground, Washington, who mainly writes poems about the Pacific Northwest and climate change. His book Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems (Fomite, 2017) was
selected from over 1,500 entries as a Montaigne Medal Finalist at Eric Hoffer Awards for “the most thought-provoking books.” His book Carbonfish Blues (Fomite, 2018) features art by Guy Denning, whose
works of activism, human vulnerability, and realism are known throughout Europe. He also has a blog about fishing/climate named Trees, Fish, and Dreams, which has over 39,000 views. You can find his work “Manifesto from Poet on a Dying Planet” online at https://www.splitrockreview.org/news/2014/9/1/
KRYSTEN STEWART has resided in Longview, Washington, for just over a decade now and is currently enrolled at Lower Columbia College. Over the next few years, she desires to earn her Bachelor’s in English, travel the world teaching English, and publish the novel she is currently working on.
ROSE TAYLOR graduated from LCC in 2016. She is now finishing up her Bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University in Studio Art. Review her work on Instagram at @the_crooked_crow.
PEIPEI WALLACE is a ceramics instructor at Lower Columbia College. Peipei was born and raised in Taiwan. Studying art in the U.S. helped Peipei discover her cultural identity. The work conveyed through her brushwork in ink drawings allowed Peipei to fully express herself. Her drawings are created in layers of ink, watercolors, and printmaking so the viewers can visually see the depth of colors.