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CSPS Board of Directors

President – John Forrest Harrell (acting)
Vice President/Communications Director – Keith Van Vliet
Vice President/Membership – Richard M. Deets
Secretary/Historian – Margaret Saine
Treasurer – John Forrest Harrell

California Quarterly (CQ) Board of Editors

Editorial Chair – Pearl Karrer
Issue Editors – Nancy Cavers Dougherty,
John Forrest Harrell, Maura Harvey,
Pearl Karrer, Margaret Saine

Monthly Contest Chair – Keith Van Vliet
Annual Contest Chair – Joyce Snyder

Managing Editors
John Forrest Harrell and Pearl Karrer

Proofreaders
Nancy Cavers Dougherty, John Forrest Harrell
Pearl Karrer, Margaret Saine

Art Panel – Maura Harvey, Pearl Karrer, Margaret Saine

CSPS Poetry Letter Editor – Margaret Saine

  

Richard DeetsAfter a career as a mathematics teacher, Richard Deets became the Vice President – Membership of the CSPS in the fall of 2012. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Livermore Valley Opera and the City of Dublin’s Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission. His poems have appeared online in a variety of milieus. They include “Christina’s Courage,” “I Desire You,” “We Sailed on with Happy Hearts”, “I Want to Cuddle You,” and many others. Still effectively serving as a teacher, Richard’s published articles on poetry include The Elements of Poetry online at FamilyFriendPoems.com.

Nancy DoughertyNancy Cavers Dougherty recently joined the CSPS Editorial Board; she is the editor of the second issue of 2014. Originally from Massachusetts, her interest in the arts has led her to watercolors, ceramics, snow sculptures, and most recently poetry and collage. She is the author of three chapbooks; Tape Recorder On, Memory In Salt, Levee Town and a collaborative work, Silk. Her poetry has appeared in descant, Language and Culture, Compass Rose, Westview, Big Scream, The Pinch and other journals as well as several anthologies. She has served on the Sonoma County Poet Laureate Committee as the 5th District representative. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Sonoma State University and works as an advocate and supporter of several local organizations, with a focus on mental health and art therapy programs.

John HarrellJohn Forrest Harrell first published poetry as a sophomore at Harvey Mudd College and has occasionally done so over the decades since. A retired program manager and engineering executive, he continues to feed his interests as an Austrian School economist, a Celtic Catholic theologian and an information scientist. Dr. Harrell’s poems have occasionally appeared in the CQ over the better part of the last three decades. He has served as the Treasurer of the CSPS for more than twenty-five years, as an editor, a proofreader and as Managing Editor (with Pearl Karrer) of the CQ. Since June of 2012 he has also served as the acting CSPS President. Most recently, he edited the fourth issue for 2014 (Vol. 40, No. 4).

Maura HarveyMaura Harvey is a bilingual poet, author and artist who has lived in California since 1950. She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from UC Irvine and has taught Spanish for over 35 years. Her poetry in both Spanish and English has appeared widely, including the bilingual collection Poemas in 1993, in San Dieguito Heritage, and in anthologies such as Tidepools, Into the Deep, and Magee Park Poets, as well as in many issues of the CQ. Her poems in Spanish and English have garnered prizes from the Georgia State Poetry Society and Mira Costa College. Dr. Harvey is a founder of Taller del mar, a monthly poetry workshop with members from Tijuana and San Diego. She joined the editorial board of the CQ in 1999, editing many issues and serving for years also as Secretary of the CSPS and as the CQ Annual Contest Chair.

Pearl KarrerAfter a background/career in microbiology and music, augmented with creative writing and two-dimensional art, Pearl Karrer teaches piano, exhibits art in juried shows and writes poetry. Her poems appear in many journals such as Slant, Visions-International and The Comstock Review. They are featured in many anthologies, most recently the coffee table book, Room to Breathe, The Wild Heart of the San Francisco Peninsula and No, Achilles. Her collections include Weathering, The Thorn Fence and Balanced Between Water and Sky. Joining the editorial board of the CSPS in 2002, Pearl has edited a number of issues of the CQ, as well as serving as a proof reader and maintaining the cover art library for the CQ. As of 2013, Pearl has served with John Harrell as the Managing Editor of the CQ. Most recently, she is the editor of the second issue of the CQ in 2015, Vol. 41, No. 2.

Margaret SaineUte Margaret Saine was born in Germany. After a Yale Ph.D. in French and Spanish, she taught languages, literature, and culture in California and Arizona, as well as writing and translating poetry in five languages. Since 1991, she has been a board member of the CSPS and a CQ editor since 1994. She also edits the CSPS Poetry Letter included in each CQ mailing and served formerly as the CSPS Annual Contest Chair. Her poems have appeared in many journals here and abroad. She has published three books of poetry in English – BodyscapesWords of Art and Lit Angels – as well as six haiku chapbooks in five languages. Three books of poems and a Postwar childhood memoir have just been published in Germany – Das Flüchtige bleibt (The Ephemeral Remains), Das Weite suchen (A Yen to Travel), Atem der Stille (The Breath of Silence), and Das ungeschickte Kind (Awkward Child). Searching for Bridges is a bilingual English-Arabic book of her poems edited by poet and critic Nizar Sartawi. Saine’s poems in Italian are being published in 2017. She has edited many CQ issues, most recently Vol. 40 No. 1, Vol 41 No. 3 and Vol. 43, No. 1.

Ken Solomon 2Throughout his agricultural engineering career, Ken Solomon specialized in irrigation and water management, preaching water conservation in places from common to strange. He began writing poetry to capture the sounds and smells of foreign markets, the colors and textures of new crops and the remarkable characters that peopled his agricultural adventures. Having retired as Professor and Head of the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Dr. Solomon now pursues creative writing, photography, travel, and cooking at his home in Canyon Lake. His work has appeared in many publications, including ZYZZYVA, the California Quarterly, High Desert Journal, Matrix, Caduceus, and others. He served CSPS as the Monthly Contest Chair 2011-2013.

Keith Van VlietA retired builder and developer, Keith Van Vliet is a long time member of the CSPS, serving for several decades as an Editor and as Vice President of the CSPS. Keith and his wife Eileen have also hosted a number of CSPS Board meetings at their home in Glendora over the past several decades. For the past thirty years – since 1983 – Keith has sponsored a group of area writers known as The Valley Poets, meeting for many years in his office and later in the Van Vliet home. He has published two books of poetry in recent years, Amber Eyeshades in 2004 and Painted Edges in 2008, as well as a book of photography and poetry, Perception’s Journey in 2006. Keith has edited a number of CQ issues, the most recent of which is the first double issue of 2012 (Vol. 38, Nos. 1 & 2).