Write before you disappear.
Marie was a writer long before she became a registered nurse. Although she worked in health care for more than 30 years, she returned to writing through her own experience with cancer. She began writing with Lawrence Spann and Sutterwriters in 2003 and knows first-hand the healing power of writing in community. She is an Affiliate with Amherst Writers and Artists. Marie is also a practicing poet and a regular participant in poetry workshops. Her work has appeared in the anthology Late Peaches, Poems by Sacramento Poets, as well as a number of journals including Ars Medica, Tule Review, Poetry Now, Rattlesnake Review, Cosumnes River Journal, Ekphrasis, and Prairie Schooner.
John Crandall was born July 2, 1953, in the hospital (converted from a pig farm) at the Clovis Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. As an Air Force brat, he lived in New Mexico, South Carolina, Northern and Southern Michigan, Oregon and Japan. As the eldest child of six in a military family, he assumed responsibility for his brother and sisters, as well as his mother, when his father was stationed elsewhere.
John has spent time as a surgical nurse, fire systems engineer, mason, electronics technician in the Air Force, refrigeration engineer, teacher, and executive director of a non-profit counseling agency that he founded. His education includes a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, and Doctorate-level Psychology courses. He has also attended additional classes and workshops in art, pottery, blacksmithing, foundry techniques, domestic violence, fire suppression, and writing.
Semi-retired, John is focusing on artistic endeavors. His interest in art has extended to metal casting (bronze, aluminum and iron) and blacksmithing. He is most happy when combining different media in his sculpture or learning new techniques. John continues adding to his repertoire through constant experimentation and education. New to writing, he has discovered a penchant for it and enjoys poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.
John currently lives in Sacramento with his wife Denise, their dog Molly and the kitty Herman.