Leigh Belanger is a writer and editor based in Jamaica Plain. You can read more of her writing in her weekly newsletter, Care & Feeding (

Elizabeth Bukey is the Minister of First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist. She graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2013, and is about to move to Malden, where she will live with her girlfriend, rambunctious rescue dog, and two brave cats. She loves jogging in the Arnold Arboretum and ordering a “Tower Street” at Brassica Cafe.

Karen DiPrima is a novelist and short story writer. Her work has appeared in Dream Noir, Flash Fiction Magazine, Rock and a Hard Place, Crack the Spine, the Broad River Review, Image OutWrite, and Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices from the Gay Bars. She has written also for The Philadelphia Business Journal, The Philadelphia Lawyer, NJ Lifestyles Magazine, and others.

Nancy Freund writes fiction, poetry, and essays. Her novels ‘Rapeseed’ and ‘Mailbox’ were shortlisted for several prizes. Her writing has been published in numerous countries, online and in print. She earned her BA-Creative Writing at UCLA and is now completing her Masters in England at Cambridge. She lives in Switzerland.

Wendi Grey is a painter and former freelance graphic designer with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art (MassArt).  Her focus and greatest passion right now is to capture everyday life in Roslindale using paint!   She sells her plein air paintings and also teaches art on the side.  You can follow her on Instagram @graywendi

Zenub Kakli (she/her) helps social justice leaders explore the intersection between their personal, professional and spiritual values so that they can lead their organizations and lives differently. Her goal is to help people who serve others to extend the same level of compassion and understanding to themselves. She has written and taught on the subject of race and education. She is a wife and a mother of three children.

Mark Harvey Levine has had over 1,750 productions of his plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London.  His plays have won over 45 awards and have been published in over two dozen anthologies by Smith & Kraus, Applause, Routledge and Vintage.  You can contact Mark at

Corrine Hatton has been writing since she was a child, but only recently decided to make writing more than a hobby.  She hopes to make a career out of it, but for the time being is enjoying submitting works where she can and writing screenplays and novellas for fun.

Jane Karp is an art historian, artist, and New York City public school teacher. She has been collecting random ephemera for as long as she can remember. In this work, “No Place Like Home/Shelter In” she “altered” an image from a 1950’s carpeting brochure. 

Alta McDonald is a native of Machiasport, Maine who has lived in both Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, Massachusetts since 1996. Alta is a retired clinical social worder who also retired from Curry College as an associate professor in the department of sociology. She has participated in writing courses at Grub Street in Boston. A portion of her memoir is published in an anthology titled ‘Sometimes They Sang with Us’. She has published essays as well in ‘Seniority’, published by the City of Boston.

Carol Palmer Brilliant is an artist, illustrator, and photographer based in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.  Her work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, and other publications.  She is inspired by her JP neighborhood: its people, places, summer concerts, spring celebrations, warm weather walks, and families sledding in the snow.

Rani Pan is a Kindergarten teacher in the Boston Public Schools. She was born and raised in Boston, grew up in the BPS school system, and later attended Boston University for undergrad and graduate school. From tutoring programs to running summer camps in BPS schools, at the Franklin Park Zoo, and even Alaska, Rani loves working with children and providing enriching learning experiences through play and curiosity. She currently resides in Hyde Park, teaching Kindergarten remotely!

Leslie Slape is a playwright, storyteller and retired journalist living in a small town in Oregon. She stays positive during the pandemic by playing the ukulele and cuddling her baby grandson. You can contact her at

Seanan Palmero Waugh is originally from San Francisco but now lives in Pittsburgh, PA after receiving her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Another short play of hers, Crock Of, was a finalist for the Heideman Award in the National Ten-Minute Play Contest at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and is included in playwriting curriculum at Dartmouth.

Yves Mary Jean is a poet, novelist, and political activist.  Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1981, he earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from Suffolk University.  His poetry has been published in both French and Haitian-Creole and his first novel, Tout Chen Pa Chen Nan Pòtoprens (Edisyon Lank Zetwal, 2020), has just been published.