BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tara A. Elliott’s poems have appeared in TAOS Journal of International Poetry & Art, The American Journal of Poetry, and Stirring, among others. A middle-grades English teacher, she has been honored for her work in education and community service with the Chrsitine D. Sarbanes award and the Wicomico County Public Libraries Light of Literacy Awards. The founder and director of Salisbury Poetry Week, a past poet-in-residence for the Freeman Arts Pavilion, and a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she has been awarded grants by The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, MD Humanities, and Maryland State Arts Council, For more information, visit www.taraaelliott.com
Emily Rich, Executive Editor & Member at Large, Bay to Ocean Anthology
Emily Rich is managing editor of ESWA’s Bay to Ocean anthology. Previously, she was editor of the Delmarva Review and nonfiction editor. Emily has taught memoir writing at the Bethesda Writer’s Center and through the Lighthouse Guild at Salisbury University. Her work has been published in The Pinch, Cutbank, Hippocampus, Delmarva Review, and Little Patuxent Review, among others.
Dylan Roche, Secretary
Leslie Walker is a journalist who spent 16 years writing and editing news for The Washington Post and 12 years teaching multimedia journalism at the University of Maryland's journalism school. She has presented at a wide variety of writing conferences around the country and is the author of Sudden Fury, a New York Times bestselling nonfiction book that was made into an NBC TV movie. Besides writing, her favorite activities are making jewelry at her home in Easton, MD and walking Lucy, her West Highland Terrier.
Wes Davis, Member at Large
Wes Davis is a musician, composer, lyricist, poet, educator, public speaker, former member of the clergy and self-described “gonzo anthropologist.” His Master of Divinity degree is from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, where he also studied at the Catholic University of America and Howard University School of Divinity. Though he no longer identifies with any religion, he appreciates wisdom wherever it is found, and seeks to follow an inclusive path of compassion and justice. He has taught as an adjunct at Salisbury University. Wes has performed originals and classic rock covers at many popular music venues in Delaware and Maryland and in other parts of the US. Also he did two brief musical tours in South Asia. He has written speeches to introduce dignitaries, including Nobel laureates. Wes lives with his wife, Jackie, in Salisbury, MD and has five children, two step daughters and some super cute grand dogs.
David Healey, Member at Large
Chesapeake City resident David Healey has written more than 20 novels and nonfiction books. He spent 21 years as a journalist and now teaches full-time for an online university. He is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, monthly magazine for the International Thriller Writers. He enjoys Delmarva history and looks forward to connecting with other regional writers at Bay to Ocean and other ESWA events. Visit him online at https://davidhealeyauthor.com
Caroline Kalfas, Member at Large
Caroline Kalfas is a former newspaper journalist who lives in Woolwich Township, New Jersey. Her poetry has received honorable mention from the Pennsylvania Poetry Society, and her haiku appears in the spring/summer 2020 edition of Frogpond, published by the Haiku Society of America. Her essays also are included in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Bay to Ocean. Most recently, Salisbury University Art Galleries included her ekphrastic poem “Book” in their volume Here Not Here: Art and Poetry of Place. She is a graduate of N.C. State University in Raleigh. To read more of her work visit carolinechatter.wordpress.com
Christy Manning, Member at Large
Christy Manning started writing creatively in high school when an English teacher gave a journal writing assignment in class; Christy made up an adventure, and that was her discovery of the wonderfully exciting world of creative writing. Christy has recently written a children’s book, has ventured into poetry but her first love is women’s fiction with two completed pieces. She is a multidisciplinary artist and considers herself a creative entrepreneur. Christy is also a member of the Salisbury Wicomico Art Council, The Lower Shore Writer’s group and Maryland State Arts Council. Christy is an Eastern Shore native; she is a lifelong resident of Fruitland, where she lives with her husband, David. They have five children, five grandchildren, and two dogs—Dumpling, a Pitbull that doesn’t know she’s a dog, and Charlie, a Great Dane living his best life after rescue.
Willie Schatz, Member at Large
Willie Schatz grew up in Woodmere, Long Island where he graduated from the same high school as Louise Gluck, though she preceded him by four years and is slightly more recognizable. He moved to the District to attend Georgetown Law School, and practiced for three years before moving to Miami to be a sportswriter. He eventually returned to the District. He's been a business writer for The Washington Post and a freelancer for The New York Daily News, and The Allentown Morning Call. He taught English for two decades at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to working with ESWA, he is also a member of Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild and the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his spouse Molly split their time between the District and Lewes where they think about letting the dog drive, but don't because doing so would piss off the three cats.