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The Millrock Writers Collective

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Dahlia Bartz Cabe
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Author of  "Lovely Timeless Nameless Now:  Guided Meditation" and proprietor of DragonflyMoon.

Dahlia holds a Bachelor of Science from SUNY-Empire State College in Interdisciplinary studies with focus on Evolution of the Mind. She is trained in Polarity Therapy and has extensive experience in Deep-Feeling Work.  She has distilled her spiritual outlook from Eastern and Western philosophies, her abiding love of nature, and direct experience of the mystery and wonder that creates and sustains life.

Mihai Grünfeld



Professor of Hispanic Studies at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.

The experience of growing up in Romania and emigrating at the age of eighteen is central to my creative writing. The first part of my autobiography entitled “Leaving - Memories of Romania” has been published in the fall of 2008 by Millrock Writers Collective.

I am an Associate Professor at Vassar College where I teach courses in Spanish language and Latin American culture and literature. My current research is on Mexican muralism and on modern Latin American culture, especially the Avant-Garde, as an intersection between literature and arts. My newest seminar, to be taught in the Fall semester of 2008, will be on Contemporary Latin American poetry.

I published an anthology of Latin American Avant-Garde poetry, Antología de la poesía latinoamericana de vanguardia (Hiperión,1996), articles on modernismo and the Avant-Garde, and creative short stories."   -- Mihai 

Writings:   "Raw Potato"

Tracy Leavitt
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Tracy Leavitt works as a visiting artist, writer and storyteller at schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences around the world (, really -- she told stories to children in Haiti recently through two translators!) Her art, whether verbal, visual or cerebral, focuses on exploring and celebrating the mysteries of everyday life! Her stories and articles have appeared in Storytelling Magazine, and Listening and her audio publications include Whispers of Light: Stories of Transformation and Imagination is Transportation: Stories for Kids Who Like to Fly. She is a contributing author of Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling, and Activities for Peace, Justice and the Environment. Through a writing fellowship awarded by the New York Council on the Arts, Tracy wrote, produced and toured a one-woman show of original stories entitled, Fine Silk Threads: Women with Texture. She is currently a member of a shadow theater troupe called Cave Dogs, which presents their multimedia productions from behind the screen. Contact Tracy at: 16 Lawrence Road; Accord, New York; 12404. Phone 845-626-2546

Steve Lewis
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Author, father, grandfather, freelance writer, workshop leader, speaker and mentor Steve Lewis is a master wordsmith whose gift for insightful critique and unflagging encouragement is unsurpassed. He is a kind, funny, and truly humble human being. Steve has the amazing ability to give helpful writing advice without interfering with the writer's "voice".

His  works include:  Complete Guide for the Anxious Groom: How to Avoid Everything that Could Go Wrong on Her Big Day, The ABC's of Real Family Values: The Simple Things that Make Families Work and Zen and the Art of Fatherhood: Lessons from a Master Dad

Tom Nolan
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An avowed generalist, Tom explored various disciplines including Chemical Engineering, English Literature, Philosophy, Psychology and Secondary Education before receiving a B.A. in Mathematics from Bard. Recently retired from Empire State College, Tom uses his time in his two favorite pursuits, writing and photography.

Tom's fiction has been published in the Empire State College literary magazine Many Waters, and one of his poems appears in Mohonk Mountain Stage's 2007 journal Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley. His photographs are on display in homes and offices around the country and on the web. More on this talented writer/photographer can be found on his website

Stephanie Benedetto Padovani
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Stephanie and her husband, Jeff, operate a disc jockey entertainment service specializing in weddings and featuring live acoustic guitar performances.

Her primary joys in life evolve from helping others; using her voice, both in the vocal and literary sense, she hopes to connect with her audience and support them in the wholehearted pursuit of their dreams.

Helise Winters
Since the age of five, Helise has been a devoted reader of mysteries and adventure books and still dreams of going on safari or to the Galapagos Islands to see the giant tortoises. She’s also a voracious reader of books on ancient Egypt, medieval Europe, and myths of every kind. There’s a kind of magic in those worlds,” says Helise. “Reading about them takes me there, if even for just a few moments. And writing feeds my creative impulses and my desire to travel.”

A member of the Millrock Writing Group for over ten years, Helise has written several memoir pieces about both the hilarity and sadness of growing up, and was invited to read one of them on the air for a National Public Radio affiliate, WAMC in Albany, NY. Her first novel, “Caged” introduces two urbane, witty, and adventurous birds on a quest. Along the way, they make discoveries about their relationship, develop their sleuthing skills, and demonstrate both their courage and compassion.

Larry Winters


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* The website includes information on his book, "The Making and Un-making of a Marine", and his poetry and prose, with vocal readings by the author.

Born and raised in New Paltz, NY, Larry Winters entered the United States Marine Corps after high school and served in Vietnam 1969-1970. Twenty-five years later, by then a licensed mental health counselor at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, he returned to Vietnam with other heath care professionals to study Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Vietnamese people and to make peace with his past. Larry is a widely published poet, men's group leader and group psychotherapist.

He recently published his book titled "The Making and Un-making of a Marine".


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