Moonshine Staff

robin fay
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robin fay, is a multimedia artist, web designer, information specialist, and an avid photographer, who started out life with the goal of being a writer. Having strayed from creative writing, her interest has developed into patterns and relationships, which encompasses both her mixed media artwork and computer programming. In addition to her artwork, she writes and teaches on emerging technologies and is eyeing a third degree in Humanities Computing. Her artwork is available at her gallery@flickr, her art journal/blog is located at robinart, and she writes about web2.0 and emerging technologies at contentdivergent



Sandra Babb || Brenda Basham || Dorothy Birch || Drék Davis || Russell Lee Hale II || Gilbert Head || Heather Kline || Hannah Leatherbury || James D McCallister || John S Moon || Amber Moore || Jasmine Rizer || Donna Rosser || Andrew Shuping || Lisa Taylor || Sandy Vanderbleek || Despina Yeargin


Sandra Babb

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Sandra Babb has been actively painting plein air since her acceptance in the Southern Ladies Art Conference in 2003; she has studied plein air painting internationally. Sandra exhibits plein air paintings in a variety of galleries and other locations across the Southeast. Her gallery space “Old Green Eyes” in Ringgold, GA, is a hub for local emerging artists. She keeps an easel, canvases, oil paints and brushes, mosquito spray, and a cooler in the Van. She seeks wide open spaces and her studio, wherever she can find enough room to plant her feet. Her websites are www.sandrababb.com and www.babb.com.




Brenda Basham
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Originally from California, currently working in Mobile, AL, Brenda is an artist, author and full-time student working on a Ph.D. in Psychology. In addition to her artwork and writing, she has experience in the publishing & PR industry. A wearer of many hats, she has served as an instructor for self-esteem workshops, a counselor for sexual assault survivors, a coordinator for a children's planning council, and a member of the board of directors for a children's museum. Her "poetry paintings" blend vivid colors in abstract form; the work being not a literal representation of the subject matter but rather a more complex representation; the colors themselves convey profuse meaning. The poetry and/or motivational prose i.e., words of wisdom is the essence of the art, its breadth, and its life whereas the painting is the vehicle, the means of transport by which to provide the viewer with both the perception and the expression. Her websites are www.artchestra.com; www.fineartamerica.com;www.artwanted.com; and http://spaces.msn.com/members/brenda82125.


Dorothy Birch
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Dorothy Clifford Birch was raised in Virginia, which she still believes to be the very most beautiful state in the Union, but she now travels the country. Although she has a background in public relations, she currently works as photographer and as a environmental educator with degrees from Virginia Tech and Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys joining in the delight of natural discovery with children and adults alike in exploring the relationship between humans and their environment. Her photography serves as a reflection of her love of nature and its inspirations. Her websites are reddirtroad.net and worldofcolorgallery.com.


Mccabe Coolidge
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Mccabe Coolidge is a writer from Virginia who has been featured in the New Orleans Review, Sun Magazine, Rattle, This Old House and a bunch of others including Dairy Goat Journal. He and his wife Karen have started several community projects: empty bowls, healthy snacks for hungry kids and portable produce for elderly and handicapped who have no transportation to town. He enjoys writing narrative non-fiction essays and poems about nature and environment.




Drék Davis
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Drék lives and works in Ruston, LA. As an active arts and community advocate, Drék has worked with many organizations, is a published writer, and a professor of art at Grambling University. A MFA graduate of the esteemed Lamar Dodd School of Art, he works with mixed media, and found object assemblages which are made manifest from subconscious to the tangible. He draws upon childhood, pop culture, and history to reflect things forgotten, and ignored, with the hopes of effecting change. His desire and intention as an artist has been to facilitate something resembling honest dialogue through the works that he presents for display. His work is available at his gallery@flickr.


Russell Lee Hale II
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Russell Lee Hale II is a poet, videographer and band manager, but most importantly, a Gypsy at heart, who has traveled worldwide and feels blessed to witness its wonders and create a few of his own. His production company is Gypsy Dreams Productions and Gypsy Dream Writer is home to his writings.



Gilbert Head
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Gilbert Head, born many moons ago, like Misty, in Chincoteague. Since then, many places called home, and many philosophies scarce dreamed of. Currently pursuing a MFA in Art History, he is a writer and photographer whose works have appeared in Rambles magazine and other publications.


Heather Kline
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Heather Kline recently received her MLIS degree and is a librarian in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her book reviews and essays have also appeared in ARLIS NA Reviews and NMRT Footnotes. Her online portfolio can be found at http://hjkline.weebly.com.


Hannah Leatherbury
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Hannah manages the Southern Arts Federation’s E-services, which include, a free, national, arts classifieds listings - SouthernArtistry.org. Prior to joining SAF, Hannah worked as a grants manager with Hands On Network overseeing relationships with federal and private foundations. She holds a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Goucher College (Baltimore, MD), where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and is a member of the International Webmasters Association. Hannah currently performs modern dance/martial arts with Crossover Movement Arts.



James D McCallister
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James D McCallister, a uniquely Southern writer from Columbia, South Carolina, also serves as a columnist for the Columbia CIty Paper. His coming of age novel, King's Highway was published by Independent Red Letter Press (2007) and is available at amazon. His website is www.jamesdmccallister.com and his writings are available at Columbia City Paper and King's Highway available via Amazon.


John S Moon
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John S Moon is a folk artist and poet from Athens, Georgia. He has exhibited in a variety of regional exhibits, writes children's stories, and has a DVD of his work available at Art TV. His website or at Youtube, as the The Uncanny Artist John S Moon .


Amber Moore
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Amber works with Florence/Lauderdale Tourism in Florence, AL where the arts are her focus. In support of the state tourism board’s push in “The Year of Alabama Arts,” she has began writing a series of articles for various publications, exploring both traditional arts, and those which are not always considered art, such as food. She is a lifetime art lover, married to a graphic artist/cartoonist, Michael Moore, and has a strong writing background.


Jasmine Rizer
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Jasmine Rizer was born in Kentucky and has lived in Georgia for the past 12 years. Her writing has appeared in Stillpoint, Orb, The Blotter, and the Athens Banner-Herald, and her comic strips have appeared in the FLUKE Anthology as well as in the 'zine Home Ec (produced by local freelancer Mary Jessica Hammes). Her artwork can be found at her gallery @flickr.



Donna Rosser aka The Barefoot Photographer
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Donna Rosser is a Fayetteville, Georgia photographer, the founder of the Fayette Photo Club, and photography teacher who enjoys the outdoors, photography, and inspiring others to take better photos. Her website is the the barefoot photographer and she blogs at the The Fayette Front Page.



Andrew Shuping
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Andrew Shuping is writer and librarian with a BA in Art Education and a Minor in Art History, who has exhibited artwork in juried exhibitions. He serves as a book reviewer for moonshine.




Lisa Taylor
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Lisa Taylor is a mysterious world traveler whose works have appeared in Subter and other publications. In addition to writing, she translates Russian language material and has served as a translator.


Sandy Vanderbleek

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Sandy Vanderbleek is a writer and student at Georgia Tech where he maintains an active involvement in poetry, philosophy, and research in computer science. His work has been published in Erato magazine and he writes at i-am-a-hot-sale.livejournal.com.




Despina Yeargin
Articles Despina Yeargin is a poet . She is owner of Alpha Publishing & Communications, a company specializing in writing marketing and communications materials for small business and offering creative solutions for marketing strategies. On the company’s website, www.alphaconnections.net , you can also find downloads of written works, such as poetry, short stories, recipes with stories and instructional cooking videos. In her spare time Despina offers cooking lessons; contributes to her food blog, Food for Thought (with over 57,000+ hits to-date); maintains a wild and crazy blog called Alpha FEmale Mind; and goes to Americana music festivals with her husband Dewey. She is especially fond of getting dirty in her garden and finding new ways of connecting with people.