Alex Emerson ...
Alex Makaela Rushmer is a former Running Start student currently pursuing further education at LCC in the arts. Her goal with all forms of art is to bring awareness to mental health and battle against the societal stigma surrounding it. Eventually, she would like to get her Bachelor's of Fine Arts, possibly with a Minor in Psychology.
Alkaid Tsuki is a former student of Lower Columbia College. She aims to become an editor.
Bethany Fischer is a recent LCC graduate, and she has lived in Kelso since she was 15. She has been to different countries up and down the west coast, and a few places on the east coast. She still has not found a place as pretty as the Pacific North West.
Carolyn Caines is a third-generation resident of the Longview/Kelso area and a retired teacher. She has long been a writer, having written nearly 5,000 poems, published nine books, and sold hundreds of poems to various magazines and journals. A weekly email, Poems For You, has gone out for twenty years. And still, she can't quit writing!
Charolette Conklin loves Salal! She has had short stories and poetry published in The Salal Review, The Rambunctious Review, and the Wordfest anthology, That Holiday Feeling.
Cheryl Coast (Fox) is a Longview native who took a few Lower Columbia College courses more than 30 years ago. She has since read that continued mental challenge and physical activity may keep aging brains healthier longer, so now, in her senior years, she is putting that theory to the test. She recently took Creative Writing 231 and remains on the lookout for other LCC classes that may capture her interest and imagination.
Christopher “Chris” Tower’s first comic book was about Batman. He likes to put the FUN in FUNKY in teaching courses on writing at various schools around the country, including Lower Columbia College, which he is now proud to call home. Chris has a Master’s in Literature and a Master’s of Fine Arts in fiction. He plays Ultimate Frisbee, likes sushi and fruit pie, and wishes more people would pronounce “caramel” correctly. After living in Michigan until 2017, Chris now lives in Woodland with two amazing dogs and an equally amazing wife.
David Bjorling's family first visited the Lower Columbia College Region of Washington in the Summer of 2017. They fell in love with the area and have been members of the community since July 2018. He is currently attending a class at Lower Columbia College in creative writing.
Elizabeth Brown is a second year at Lower Columbia College. She is a Running Start student currently pursuing her General Transfer to an undecided university. The written word is her native tongue; she takes great joy in expressing it through stories and prose and sharing it with others who also appreciate the value and power of words.
Halley Ware has lived in Kelso, Washington, her entire life. She graduated from Lower Columbia College in 2018 with her Associates in Arts and is now pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in English and Creative Writing Minor at Washington State University, Vancouver.
Hari Myers was local to the Columbia Valley region and considered by many as a local folk artist for both his writing and carving. He loved using poetry and stories to play with words and meaning. One of his last works, Misty Vapes, was completed prior to his passing in March of 2019, and his family wished to submit it for consideration. His family wishes that his works will continue to be enjoyed and perhaps even inspire other artists.
Hiedi Bauer’s work has been published in The Humanities Review, Crosscurrents, The Moment, Riggwelter, and The Salal Review. She teaches American literature, contemporary poetry, and composition at Lower Columbia College. When not writing, she hikes the PCT, endures hot yoga and the solitude of an empty nest, and climbs on mostly dormant Northwest volcanoes. While she has broken her toe while boxing and broken her arm while kicking, she has neither fallen off a cliff nor drowned.
Jessica Myers, a local resident, has been submitted and been previously published in The Salal Review alongside her father, Hari Myers. Growing up in Kalama, she took to reading and writing at a young age with a passion for the literary arts. This last year has been a tough one, with the loss of people very close to her, but she wanted to share some of her thoughts of those special people and hopefully let others get to know them just a little through her words.
Joseph Green retired from teaching at Lower Columbia College in 2010. His most recent collection of poems is What Water Does at a Time Like This (MoonPath Press, 2015).
Klint Hull is an instructor of English composition, literature, film, and creative writing at Lower Columbia College. He enjoys writing poetry, science fiction, and the occasional starts to novels that he never finishes.
Sarah L. Simmerhill lives in Southwest Washington and attends Washington State University in Vancouver. She helps run a club which promotes creative writing opportunities in the greater Southwest Washington area, including: Kelso, Longview, and Vancouver.
Syavash SABET is a bilingual writer who lives and works in the lower Columbia region. For him writing is not a profession, just a responsibility of high importance he feels towards people. To him, his writings are like the air he breathes. He considers his writings his flesh and blood, and a very personal diary: “ Getting the writings published is not important, to have them understood and to make a difference is the goal."
Tiffany Dickinson writes in multiple genres and has won awards for her short stories and poetry. She is a contributing writer to the Columbia River Reader and a student at the Institute of Children's Literature. She is currently working on her first novel. Many of the ideas for her stories are born as she walks the paths around Lake Sacajawea.