Contributors

  • Kimberly Parry

    Kimberly Parry received her BA and MA in English from BYU and has taught religion and English courses at BYU and UVU. Currently, she spends her time writing and being a stay-at-home mom.

  • Krista Clement

    Krista Clement worries that her life mirrors her favorite childhood novel, Little Women. While pursuing an English literature degree she met and fell in love with a German man who now makes his career as a professor at BYU. And, like Jo, she has literary aspirations. Her short fiction has appeared in several online literary journals and she has also done nonfiction and creative freelance writing assignments. After moving back and forth between Germany and the United States the past eight years, she is finally ready to feather a permanent nest and spend most of her time homeschooling her five boisterous children in Santaquin, Utah.

  • Kristen Carson

    Kristen Carson is in the middle of moving from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to Indianapolis. Her work has appeared in Indianapolis Monthly, Fourth Genre, Gettysburg Review, and Dialogue.

  • Kristen Hogan

    Kristen Ott Hogan lives in Syracuse, Utah with her husband, Wade, and their four children. She received her BA in English from Brigham Young University and served a mission in Manchester, England. She loves to read more than anything—her favorite novel remains Jane Eyre. She wrestles to write every day despite plenty of interruptions. Her children ground her in the moment so she won’t spend too much time in her head. Her husband is waiting (patiently) for her to write a bestseller so he can quit his job.

  • Kristen Ridge

  • Lani Axman

    Lani Axman received her BA in English (with an emphasis in editing) from Brigham Young University in April 2003. She now resides just outside of Phoenix, Arizona, where her life is filled with mothering her two daughters, teaching a preschool co-op one week a month, distributing and tracking Primary attendance rolls, blogging in too many virtual spaces, trying to grow food in the desert, cheering her husband as he pursues his running goals, and preparing for the home birth of their first son. She still hasn’t given up on that doula dream.

  • Lani B. Whitney

    LANI WHITNEY lives with her husband Lance and their five children in Twin Falls, Idaho. She earned an English degree from BYU, and is currently a busy and happy full-time mother. She loves waterskiing (between pregnancies!), journal writing, learning about healthy eating, trying to parent better, and walking for exercise.

  • Laura Hilton Craner

    Laura Hilton Craner is wife to Jeremy and mommy to four kids. She is a blogger at A Motley Vision and Depressed (but not unhappy) Mormon Mommy, and a lover of Mormon literature. In her “spare” time she writes, reads, and occasionally sleeps. She currently lives in Colorado and was delighted to discover there is a smaller version of the Christus at the Denver temple.

  • Laura Lefgren Banks

    Laura, her husband, Jared, and their three sons continue their journeys and are now in Warsaw, Poland. While she loves writing, yoga, real food, and friends, her most favorite thing of all is to hang out with Jared after the kids are in bed and the dishes are done.

  • Laura Sheffield Dutson

    Laura Sheffield Dutson lives—and loves living—with her husband, Jason, in the Oak Hills neighborhood in Provo, Utah, a few blocks from where she spent her teenage years. Currently an MFA student in Brigham Young University’s creative writing program, she wishes she could pursue degrees forever and spend months at a time traveling abroad. Even more than she loves writing, Laura loves to dirty a clean kitchen with good food.

  • Lauren Elkins

    Lauren is a doodler and a soccer-playing mom. She cherishes her children’s nap times as moments where she can sip Dr. Pepper, eat chocolate, and write. She is a published author in a range of genres and subjects including poetry, finance, blogs, social media content, book reviews, and even book illustrations. One day, she hopes to finish her memoir, but nap times are only so long.

  • Lauren Wake

  • Laurie Andrews

    Laurie Andrews earned a bachelor’s degree from BYU in marriage, family, and human development. A recent transplant to Butte, Montana, she returned to the Mountain West by way of Iowa City, Iowa, and Columbus, Ohio. Having grown up in Hawaii, she spends her time seeking out sunshine, often in the form of loving her sweet husband and four little “bugs,” making pictures, riding her horse Ty, nurturing friends, and finding new things to do with Italian cheese and vanilla beans.

  • Leah Anderson

    Leah lives in Ashton, Idaho, where she fully appreciates the beautiful colors of every season there at the base of the Tetons. She is attending BYU-Idaho and majoring in English education. She has arranged to fly to Guatemala in January to teach English. She plans on writing her heart out while she is there.

  • Lee Ann Setzer

    Lee Ann has published fiction for adults and children, and nonfiction for children in the LDS market. Her motto, borrowed from a hot dog stand in Provo, is “famous by noon tomorrow.” She lives in Utah with her husband, three children, and two cats.

  • Leslie Lords Robbins

    Leslie Lords Robbins is a professor of English and teaches writing and literature in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is married to her kindergarten sweetheart and they have three daughters who take their breath away every day. With twenty marathons behind her, including two Boston Marathons, she now finds new energy as she competes in team triathlons with her daughters. Every decade she discovers something new about living life in the gospel and believing in Jesus Christ.

  • Lila King

    Lila King lives in Texas with her husband and three children. Her days consist of helping with homework, feeding the dogs, doing the laundry, and loving her family. She considers herself to be the luckiest girl in the world.

  • Lily Carpenter

    Lily Carpenter is trying to figure out her fancy sewing machine with too many bells and whistles. She enjoys travel and looks forward to spending more time with family in the Southwest. She has a particular interest in gardens of the Middle East and likes to surround herself with blooming things.

  • Linda Eldridge

    After nearly forty years of marriage, Linda Lay Eldridge (along with “Mr. Right”) is now settled in Utah. They have lived across the country, being spiritually led to gather their five birth children and six neglected/abused adopted children. As a sheltered only child, she was naive about what this motherhood thing would involve. Changing children’s names to protect the innocent and disguise the guilty, she writes about the strong currents of family life. She’s a bit wrinkled from the water, but manages to stay afloat.

  • Lisa Ficlek

    Lysa Ficlek wrangles three girls and one boy in the Wild West of central California. She spends most days with her trusted steed, Toyota Sienna, herding those children around. When she’s not out on the range, she can often be found typing with a small child in her lap. Lysa patiently awaits the day when she can retire from child herding and buy a Prius.

  • Lisa Ottesen Fillerup

    Lisa Ottesen Fillerup lives in Heber Valley, Utah, where she is best known for speeding while delivering hot cinnamon rolls to friends and neighbors. Though she handles a mean red KitchenAid mixer, she also loves to hike, read the funnies, write poems, and find treasures at the local thrift store. She and her sculptor husband, Peter, are the parents of six children.

  • Lisa Rumsey Harris

    Lisa R. Harris holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from BYU. Since Fall 2000, she has taught both honors and advanced writing classes at BYU, in addition to teaching BYU’s ACT prep course. In her spare time (what is that?), she writes short stories, personal essays, and novels. In 2006, her essay “Honor in the Ordinary” won the Heather Campbell essay contest, and was published in Segullah. In November 2012, her first novel, The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume was released by Cedar Fort. Right now she is working on her new middle-grade novel about funeral singers, time-travel, and thrift stores.

    In November 2012, her first novel, The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume was released by Cedar Fort. In 2013, she wrote the titular essay for the beauty anthology Why I Don’t Hide My Freckles Anymore released by Deseret Book. Right now (in between raising children and teaching classes) she is polishing her YA fantasy novel, The Phoenix Sisters, and working on her new middle-grade novel about funeral singers, time-travel, and thrift stores.

  • Lisa Valantine

    Lisa Renee Valantine is wife to Dan and mother to Brett and Carrisa. She has a degree in English literature and a master’s in education. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications. When this California native is not hiking in the local hills, practicing a yoga stretch, or foraging at a farmer’s market, she is working in the art department of her family business.

  • Liz Busby

    Liz Busby and her husband George usually live in Provo, Utah, but will be residing in Seattle this summer. They are expecting their first child in October. Liz graduated in April with a BA in English from Brigham Young University. In her spare time, Liz enjoys knitting, blogging, and collecting random facts from educational television.

  • Lori Nawyn

    Lori Nawyn is a mother of four and has two granddaughters. Following the example of her preemie daughter—who, despite challenges, excelled in life, served a mission, and married last summer—she looks for the silver lining in every cloud. Lori blogs at heartsandhands.blogspot.com.

  • Lorraine Jeffery

    Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and has managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over fifty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street, and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in Elsewhere, War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications. Her first mystery novel, Death is Always a Resident, was published by Cedar Fort in 2015. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

  • Luisa Perkins

    Luisa Perkins loves abandoned houses, ancient trees, and graveyards. Reading a great novel while eating homemade cookies is her idea of heaven. She and her family live in a small town in Southern California. Her latest book, Prayers in Bath, was released in 2017.

  • Madison Beckstead Bowman

  • Margaret Blair Young

    Margaret Blair Young teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. Her ancestors Ira and Angeline Noble Hinckley were in Jane Manning James’s ward (the First Ward) in Salt Lake City.

  • Margaret Everton

    Margaret Everton is a freelance writer who received her MA and BA in English from BYU. When she mentioned this essay to her husband, he asked if she was including the part about her family busting a SpongeBob piñata on Easter. When she said no, he asked, “Are you including you in it? As in, the definition of ‘irreverence’?” Apparently she personifies the word. There are worse things.

  • Marie Brian

    Marie Brian lives in Woodland Hills, Utah; is married to a bespectacled redhead; plays the guitar badly; suffers from nose-in-a-book syndrome; and wishes that her three children had British accents.

  • Marilyn Bushman-Carlton

    Marilyn Bushman-Carlton has five children and ten
    grandchildren. She has two poetry books — Cheat Grass
    and on keeping things small. A third book, Her Side
    of It, is forthcoming. Marilyn is working on a research/
    writing project analyzing quotes by President David O.
    McKay. He was the prophet of her youth and, as a seeker
    of the “virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy,”
    is a primary source of personal strength and testimony.

  • Marilyn Nelson Nielsen

    Marilyn Nelson Nielson graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in music and home economics, and a minor in English. As a pianist, she has performed throughout Utah, and currently accompanies the Utah Children’s Choir. She has also played percussion in the Timpanogos Chamber Orchestra. Her poetry and personal essays have appeared in Inscape, BYU Magazine, and BYU Studies. Marilyn lives in Utah with her husband, Sam, and their five children.

  • Markay Brown

    Markay Brown, St George, Utah, was born an addict to the written word. A graduate of BYU, she began writing poetry at an age well beyond precociousness. How about 60? She won first place for her manuscript, Eve’s Child, in the 2014 Utah Original Writing Competition, Book-length Collection of Poetry, judged by Richard Howard of Columbia University. Markay and her poet husband collaborated on a book of poems titled, Blended. She serves as president of Redrock Writers, a chapter of the Utah State Poetry Society. Family, friends, reading, writing, music, and long walks in the red rocks make her happy.

  • Martha Petersen

  • Mary Joanne Bell

    Mary Joanne Bell lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their seven children. She received a bachelor of science degree from BYU. She loves to laugh with family, friends, and sometimes, random strangers. Singing, dancing, writing, learning, reading, serving, cooking, and fiddling around in her room for improvement brings her joy. Dream opportunity she might not turn down? Guest chef on the Food Network.

  • Mary Leah Hedengren

    Mary Leah Hedengren is five foot two and 3/4 inches tall. A native of Provo, Utah, she is currently serving in the Russia Saint Petersburg Mission. When she returns, she will continue studies at Brigham Young University, where she is involved in the April Literary Group, Inscape Magazine, and Divine Comedy.

  • Meg Conley

    Meg Conley is a writer, speaker, wife and mother. She mostly procrastinates, except for when she just falls through. Connect with Meg on Twitter, Facebook ), Huffington Post page and MegConley.com.

  • Meg Gibson Singley

    Meg Gibson Singley is not a runner or a morning person, but aspires to be both. She has a BA in film studies from Brigham Young University and likes finding patterns, collecting beautiful things, working on artistic projects with her husband, singing Beatles music with her three young children, baking goodies she shouldn’t eat, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family.

  • Meghan Flinders

  • Melanie Jex

    Melanie and her husband, Rob, live in Utah with their four daughters. She loves the magnificence of the sunrise and the beauty of daisies.

  • Melinda Morley

    Melinda Morley is the mother of five beautiful, talented, and too-smart-for-their-own-good children. She has tried to trick them into believing that her laptop is a permanent attachment, as she is an avid writer, blogger, student, and reader, and really can’t help it if dinner is late. Melinda is pursuing her BGS degree through BYU and has finally reached senior status. On snowy days she is walked by her dog, a large Samoyed, through the icy streets of Kaysville, Utah.

  • Melissa Leilani Larson

    Melissa Leilani Larson’s plays include THE EDIBLE COMPLEX (seen by 15,000 children in 40+ Utah schools), PILOT PROGRAM (Plan-B Theatre), LITTLE HAPPY SECRETS (Salt Lake Acting Company Fearless Fringe), MARTYRS’ CROSSING (Edinburgh Fringe), and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Miami University Ohio; first commissioned by Brigham Young University), among others. FREETOWN won the 2015 Ghana Movie Award for Best Screenplay and the Utah Film Award for Best Picture. Mel’s current work-in-progress, SWEETHEART COME, was a 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist. Mel is the Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Utah, a member of the Plan-B Playwrights Lab, and a 3-time Association for Mormon Letters Drama Award winner. She holds a BA in English from BYU and an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

  • Mendy Waits

    Mendy Waits has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a background in child welfare. She is a wannabe writer, knitter, baker, and photographer. Mendy lives in Pittsburgh (the nation’s most livable city) with her three crazy kids, her husband, and a very loose grip on her sanity. Need to know more? 5waits.com.

  • Merrijane Rice

    Merrijane Rice received a BA in English from Brigham Young University, and then served in the Washington D.C. North Mission. After returning, she married Jason Rice and together they are raising a family of four boys in Kaysville, Utah. She currently works for Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators as a technical writer and editor. In her spare time, she likes to write, sing, arrange music, cook, read, and occasionally sew.

  • Mette Ivie Harrison

    Mette Ivie Harrison was an Ezra Taft Benson scholar in 1988. She graduated from BYU with a BA and MA in German in 1990 and went on to earn a PhD at Princeton University in 1995. She has published seven young adult novels, including The Princess and the Hound, and has an adult mystery set in Draper with a Mormon bishop’s wife as the amateur detective coming out with Soho Press in December of 2014. She is a nationally ranked triathlete and published a nonfiction memoir Ironmom in 2013. She lives with her husband and the younger end of her five children in Layton, Utah.

  • Michaela Stephens

    Michaela Stephens is a Cub Scout den leader, choir pianist, and ward organist who loves to organize and likes playing pool and ping pong. She blogs about the scriptures at Scriptorium Blogorium and wants to save the world, but if that doesn’t work out, she will settle for becoming a seminary teacher. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her best friend and husband, Devon.

  • Michele H. Mirabile

    Michele H. Mirabile enjoys a stunning view of Mount Timpanogos from her home in Utah County. A grandmother and veteran of the United States Army, she loves Stephen King, Elton John, and visiting exotic ports. She has authored many short stories, travel articles, and a nonfiction book entitled Your Mother Wears Combat Boots: Humorous, Harrowing, and Heartwarming Stories of Military Women. Her greatest source of joy is the unwavering love and support of her husband, Lou, and her beautiful children, John and Vanessa.

  • Michelle Owens

    Michelle Gifford Owens earned her Masters of Art in English from Weber State University, and recently had her first child, a baby boy. Still unsure of what she wants to do when she grows up, she looks forward to practicing the art of parenting, along with the continued practices of speaking French, running, and playing the piano.

  • Nancy Soper

    Nancy and her husband Don are the parents of four children and thirteen grandchildren, with another grandchild soon to arrive. Nancy has been teaching school since 1985, third through sixth grade. This will be her last year teaching as she is planning on serving a mission with her husband. She enjoys painting, sewing, and walking early in the morning.

  • Nanette Rasband Hilton

    Nanette Rasband Hilton is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, seminary teacher, cyclist, and artist believing that her greatest role and work is to affect the quality of the day. Nanette Hilton’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Decorative Painter, Gardening, Taste of Home, Ensign, and Artist’s Journal. She holds a degree in Writing from Brigham Young University and currently lives in the splendorous Mojave Desert.

  • Naomi White

    Naomi White is a junior at Southern Utah University majoring in English with an Emphasis in Creative and Technical Writing and a minor in Spanish. She was born and raised in Utah, the oldest of four children. Aside from spending time with family and friends, she love movies, country music, and firmly believes ice cream is always a good idea.

  • Natalie

    Natalie was born in the summer of her twenty-seventh year, coming home to a place she’d never been before. When she realized she was married and had two kids, she drowned herself in genealogy and never looked back. Having given birth to three more children (but still ignorant about “what causes that”), she finds herself a blogger… Natalie lives in the Northwest and loves her husband’s hot legs, baking anything with “chocolate” in its name, and the occasional blue sky.

  • Natalie Johansen

    Natalie is a graduate of BYU’s Creative Writing MFA program and has left the cold of Northern Utah to happily reside among the red rocks and sagebrush of Southern Utah. She teaches writing at Southern Utah University.

  • Natasha Helfer Parker

    Natasha Helfer Parker, MS, LCMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in practice for thirteen years. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from BYU and her master’s degree in family therapy from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She began her career working in a drug addiction treatment center in Detroit, then contracted with the Chicago chapter of LDS Family Services while living in the Milwaukee area. She has been in private practice for the last seven years. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She started her blog, The Mormon Therapist, in February of 2009 as a way to reach out to LDS members in an “advice column” format. Her blog visitors are representative of all fifty states and eighty countries. She has been married for fourteen years and has four children.

  • Neylan McBaine

    Born and raised in Manhattan, Neylan McBaine studied solo piano at the Juilliard School and then at Yale University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English literature. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and two daughters (with a third on the way). Her writing has been published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Newsweek, and Busted Halo, among others. She is the author of How to be a Twenty-first Century Pioneer Woman (forthcoming).

  • Nicole Trone

    Nichole Trone is a native Oregonian who grew up in the suburbs of Portland. She has traveled from St. Petersburg to Paris, but she always loves coming home. A recent graduate from Brigham Young University, she received her bachelor’s degree in Russian with a minor in editing. Nichole’s interests include cooking, reading, writing, hiking, quilting, gardening, and playing with her dog, Mollie. Someday she would like to renovate a farmhouse and have a large family, but for now she is content to blog about it.

  • Noelle Carter

    Noelle Carter works as an instructional designer for an educational software company and teaches English for the University of Alaska. She spends her time at home divided between chasing a small, red-haired girl and homeschooling her two nearly teenaged boys. When her kind husband, Stephen, takes pity on her, she can be seen glued to her Kindle. She has an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in cross-cultural education.

  • Patricia Merkley

    Patricia Merkley received her MSW from the University of Utah and has been a longtime therapist working in domestic violence, substance abuse, and trauma. Pat became enamored with classical literature while obtaining her BA from BYU. She experiences poetry as a thirsty need, pulling off on the side of the road to furiously scratch out her view from the trenches. Pat is the mother of six children and celebrates life with them, friends, hiking, tennis, and traveling.

  • Patricia Rushton

    Patricia Rushton is a full-time faculty member at Brigham Young University College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Utah and her Master of Science in Nursing and PhD in higher education at Brigham Young University. She is interested in history, specifically American history, and the historical aspects of medicine and nursing. She is currently researching the history of nursing during wartime, interviewing nurses who have served in the military during times of war in order to preserve these important historical accounts. She is also researching cancer pain management and aspects of end-of-life and palliative care.

  • Penny Fritzler

    Penny lives in Santaquin, Utah, with her three teenagers, her husband of almost twenty years, two dogs, and a cat. She has almost completed her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at UVSC, and hopes to graduate from college before her children do. She has many hobbies, but writing is the one she is most passionate about.

  • Precy Larkins

    Precy Larkins is a writer and freelance editor who lives in Utah with her husband and three children. She’s had several short stories included in anthologies published by Elephant’s Bookshelf Press.

  • R. Angela Zecca

    Angela and her husband (an audiologist and first counselor in their ward bishopric) reside in Boise, Idaho. She is currently serving in her seventh year as a ward family history consultant and as a part of the stake family history library staff. Her greatest joys are service, teaching genealogy and computer skills, recording family history in words and pictures, helping other women find strength through trials, and serving in the community with the Red Cross— plus writing, painting, and traveling.

  • Rachel Lewis

    Rachel Lewis finds a home in teaching, whether it’s writing, piano, or aerobics–or teaching her toddler the joys of living. She loves the creative process and is particularly experimental with recipes, much to the delight and chagrin of her husband’s taste buds.

  • Rebecca Lee Jensen Ogden

    Rebecca Lee Jensen Ogden met her husband in 2006 and (after several failed attempts) married him in 2009. She earned a master’s degree in British literature at BYU and now pursues a master of fine arts degree in creative fiction, also at BYU. She had her first child in August 2010 and so spends most of her time singing him songs and reading him books while the dishes pile up. Then while the baby sleeps and her husband does the dishes, Becca works hard on her young adult novel and reads plenty of excellent food blogs.

  • Rebecca Rice Birkin

    While in school, Rebecca contemplated being a writer, a lawyer, or a dentist. Her BA in English and JD from the University of Utah has given her the chance to dabble in the first two. Her only dentistry experience came while accidentally extracting her son’s loose incisor with a toothbrush. She feels grateful she can stay home with her four children, two boys and two girls, and just wishes someone would invent a self-cleaning house.

  • Rebecca Walker Clarke

    Rebecca earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from BYU and has worked as a therapist for adolescents and couples. She currently teaches writing at BYU. Rebecca enjoys reading, gardening, and sharing family moments with her husband Sam and their two daughters.

  • Rena Lesue-Smithey

    Rena Lesue-Smithey is an English and creative writing teacher. Before she began her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing from Cedar Crest College, she was a correspondent for The Daily Herald.

  • Rose E. Hadden

    Rose is an undergraduate at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she studies English, French, editing, and how to cook for herself without starting inadvertent fires. She dances barefoot on the first warm night of every spring.

  • Ruth Swaner

    Ruth graduated with a BFA in art education from Utah State University. She and Roger Swaner are parents of four sons. She teaches classes in creative writing and is a book author, journalist, and magazine writer. Ruth has won numerous awards for her writing. She is the author of Portraits From An Unfinished Woman (Covenant Communications), and the co-author of Hard-Won Wisdom (Deseret Book).

  • Rynell Lewis

    Rynell Lewis feels her life is a friendly rough draft. Though she is mostly a mom, she occasionally works from home editing and writing. She resides in Utah with her four young children and husband.

  • Sali Kai

    (Guest, January 17, 2007) asks: “I have a question: Who are we anyway?”

  • Sandra Tayler

    Sandra Tayler is a writer of essays, speculative fiction, and blog entries (onecobble.com). She spends much of her time as the publication and distribution half of her husband’s cartooning business. Sandra’s writing and publication work are frequently preempted by the needs of her four kids, who alternate between being incredibly helpful and incredibly distracting. Some day in the future Sandra hopes to experience this free time that she has heard so much about.

  • Sara Elizabeth Jensen

    Sarah graduated from BYU with a BA in history and a minor in communications. She then went on to attend Harvard University where she earned an EdM in management and policy. Sarah now lives in Washington D.C. where she works as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. She served in the Wisconsin, Milwaukee mission from May 2001-November 2002.

  • Sarah Colby

    Sarah Colby was born in northern New Mexico and raised in the Rocky Mountains. She is married to an active-duty LDS Chaplain in the U.S Army and mother to a son in the Navy. Originally from Northern New Mexico, she has spent many years following her husband, an LDS Chaplain in the U.S. Army, all over the globe, a task she undertakes willingly as she cannot resist this particular man in uniform. Sarah’s war-time experiences have motivated her to be a voice for the mostly untold stories of families and loved ones during these years of protracted conflict. Sarah recently graduated from Sierra Nevada College with an MFA in Creative Writing. Publication credits include the Segullah Journal, the Sierra Nevada MFA Creative Writing blog, Honorable Mention in the Gemini Magazine Poetry Open, and New Millennium Writings. She and her husband are currently stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Sarah Dunster

    Sarah Dunster has published poetry in many online and print journals. She has won local, statewide, and national awards for her writing. She keeps busy driving around her nine children, gardening in her attached greenhouse, collecting and raising butterflies, singing in all the local musicals, and cleaning up all the messes those things entail. She is preparing to launch two novel series independently in the summer of 2017. 

  • Sarah Plummer

    Sarah Plummer is the youngest of ten children, has five of her own, and has been an aunt since she was four. She knows things about mothering, and being mothered. But also, she knows about writing and art. She studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Utah, and graduated in 2004. She belongs to a remarkable writing group, a rowdy book club, and is a volunteer art teacher for 2nd and 5th graders. She’s married to Sam. They dated in high school and are still good at kissing.

  • Saundra Hall

  • Sheryl Garner

  • Stephanie Wright

    Stephanie Wright grew up on the East Coast and maintains that it’s the obvious location of the Garden of Eden. She loves to write prose and hates writing poetry (but does it anyway). But, above all, she likes to eat chocolate cake and pretend to meditate while ignoring unwanted responsibilities. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho with a degree in Creative Writing.

  • Sue Marchant

  • Susan Easton Black

    For a historical sketch of Jane’s life, read Becky Cardon Smith’s article, Remembering Jane Manning James, published online in Meridian Magazine.

  • Susan Elizabeth Howe

    Susan Elizabeth Howe’s second poetry collection, Salt, was published by Signature Books in 2013. Her first collection, Stone Spirits, won the publication award of the Redd Center for Western Studies. Her poems have recently appeared in Poetry, Pleiades, Atlanta Review, Western Humanities Review, and other journals. She received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for Mormon Letters. She is a reviewer and contributing editor of Tar River Poetry, and a member of the arts and sciences editorial board of BYU Studies. In the past she has served as poetry editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; poetry editor of Literature and Belief; managing editor of the Denver Quarterly; the editor of Exponent II, and a board member of the Utah Humanities Council. She recently retired from the Brigham Young University English Department and lives with her husband Cless Young in Ephraim, Utah.

  • Susan Jeffers

    Susan Jeffers received her B.A. in English from BYU and her M.A. in English from Abilene Christian University. She spends her time writing and teaching in southern Maryland with her husband, their little boy, and a succession of ill-tempered betta fish.

  • Susan Stock Thomas

    Susan Stock Thomas runs a household of four children (in three schools) in Turlock, California. She reads and writes poetry in the car (but not while driving). Her work can be found in Penumbra, Song of the San Joaquin, publications of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, and elsewhere. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Brigham Young University.

  • Sylvia Newman

    Sylvia Newman has been a mom for 30 years, a teacher for 24 years, a wife for 11 years (well, 22 if you count both marriages), an empty-nester for five years, and a lover of all things literary since her parents began reading her books as a child. It is a thrill and a privilege to be included in the Segullah community.

  • Tara Badstubner

  • Tarasine Buck

    Tarasine Buck gave birth to her first child just weeks after defending her master’s thesis, but she’s still not sure which process was more grueling. She spends most of her time waging war on the lord of entropy, trying to scrape together nutritious meals both temporal and spiritual, dancing on the edge of sanity, and explaining how to spell and/or pronounce her first name. (Hint: it rhymes with ballerina and hyena). She takes pleasure in homeschooling her children, creating beautiful and enduring things with both yarn and words, and owning far too many books for the available shelf space in her home. She currently resides in Caldwell, Idaho, with her husband and soon-to-be four children.

  • Tessa Hauglid

    Tessa Hauglid is a secretary at BYU by day and a wanna-be creative writer by night. Her youngest two daughters are serving missions and the nest is empty, so of course she decided to go back to school to pursue a master’s degree. She is currently exploring the limits of her sanity.

  • Tessa Joy Greenwall

    Tessa Joy McMillan married her sweetheart, Glenn, in the Nauvoo Temple last December. Both are attending Brigham Young University. Tessa is obtaining her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in editing. She loves being a wife and a homemaker. Even though life isn’t pain-free, she is incredibly happy developing her own ordinary world with someone who is willing to make it with her. Her goals for the future include being a mother, an editor, a children’s author, and returning to Kansas to raise her kids.

  • Tessa Meyer Santiago

    Tessa Meyer Santiago is Kevin’s wife and Julia, Christian, Seth, and Adam’s mother. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa, and is still surprised her children speak with American accents. In previous lives, she has practiced law, taught English and legal writing, edited magazines, and ghostwritten books and articles. She coaches soccer in the fall and spring. She prefers zinnias to pansies, white chocolate to milk.

  • Thalia Pope

    Thalia is a Houstonian attending Brigham Young University, where she studies English, Design, and Digital Humanities & Technology. She loves jiu jitsu, jigsaw puzzles, jangly ear cuffs, and feeding oatmeal to the local ducks. Thalia will be certified after graduation as an international ESL instructor.

  • Tricia Kc Buel Wheeldon

    Trisha Kc Buel Wheeldon is a west coast native, and currently living in Eglin AFB, Florida with her husband, son, and daughter. She studied creative writing at BYU-Idaho. She writes both poetry and creative nonfiction. Her other love is yoga, and she usually gets poetic inspiration when she should be clearing her mind and focusing on her breath.

  • Trisha Coffman

    Trisha Coffman writes for print and web publications and lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters. She doesn’t think she will ever call Phoenix “home,” but she has been pleased to notice that the plants do indeed change, however subtly, with the seasons. If she ever does have the opportunity to move, she will definitely miss the hiking.

  • Valerie Nielson Williams

    Valerie inherited her love of writing form her father, who could write a poem on the spur of the moment for a sacrament meeting talk. Valerie holds a BS in secondary education and a BA in English with a theater minor from Indiana University South Bend. Her hobbies include family history, gardening, traveling and camping. She lives in Mishawaka, Indiana with her two sons, Philip and Christopher. She was widowed in 2002 when her sweetheart, Thomas Dean Williams, died unexpectedly.

  • Valerie Owens

    Valerie Owens is a native of St. George, Utah. She graduated summa cum laude from Southern Utah University with a degree in English, emphasizing in Creative Writing. Valerie is currently pursuing a master’s degree, also in Creative Writing. She enjoys exploring the back roads of Southern Utah, drinking chocolate milk, and reading memoirs.

  • Veronica Kingston

    Veronica Kingston is a mother of four, but sometimes she feels like she has twice that many. In addition to her favorite job—her work at home—Veronica works part time in communications and volunteers when she can in her community. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, but not so much arithmetic.

  • Victoria Holt

    Victoria Holt lives with her husband and four children in South Bend, Indiana. She loves to read, write, and scrapbook, but loves playing Mommy Monster with the kids the best. Tessa walks unaided now, and is learning to pedal a tricycle. Though hearing, she uses sign language to communicate with her family, and is also beginning to say many multi-syllable words out loud.

  • Wendy Ulrich

    Wendy Ulrich, PhD, is the founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth in Alpine, Utah (sixteenstones.net), which offers seminar-retreats on topics such as forgiveness, abundant life, spirituality, and loss. A psychologist for twenty years, she is the author of Forgiving Ourselves: Getting Back Up When We Let Ourselves Down.