Steven Pody


Steven P. Pody has been writing (and singing!) between latitudes and longitudes since 1969.  He has published a 137-page volume of verse, entitled “The Panoptikon” (Dec 2008), and his poetic work is additionally represented in anthologies in Arizona, California, Maryland,  Ol’ Virginny, and the internet.  Steven was a citizen of Alaska for ten years.  He also lived for 1 1/2 years in the Middle East, and 4 1/2 years in Africa.  Africa time was mostly covered by two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps.  His current tally stands at 53 countries and 48 U.S. states visited, including multiple Arctic Circle crossings — all of which have provided colorful fodder for his work  Steven met his German wife, Beate, at an archaeological dig in the Golan Heights of Israel.  They have three adult children, and their life together is a loverly long-running poem

Bronwen Chisholm


Bronwen Chisholm always enjoyed reading and even dabbled in writing, but didn’t consider it as a career until she reached her forties. With her family growing up, she decided to allow her creativity to flourish. In 2015, following the deaths of her parents, she was inspired to publish three Pride and Prejudice Variations. Since then she has released five more including her new release, As a Proper Lady Would, the first in the Defying Propriety Series. In the meanwhile, she has held the position of vice president of the Riverside Writers and organizes the Riverside Young Writers.

William Tang


Long Tang is a China Historian. He is fluent in three dialects of Chinese and Spanish. He wrote the Tales of the Dragon column for He has published five books and numerous articles on the history and culture of China. His most recent book is The Chinese Slant – Rising to Dominate, History Publishing Co. LLC, 2021, a history of China presented from the Chinese point of view.

Carol Thomas Horton

Recording Secretary

Carol grew up in an extended family of front-porch story-sharers near Fredericksburg. She is a former national award-winning journalist for Media General, where she wrote for multiple periodicals, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Free Lance-Star. Carol also holds a doctorate focusing on education, and has authored several education documents and curriculums while serving as a school teacher and later, as a principal. She currently lives and gardens with her family on a portion of her late great grandparents’ farm, where she continues to write about people and places, including co-authoring the book, A History of Round Oak Baptist Church.

Nate Hoffelder

Program Director, Webmaster

Nate has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He turns broken down WordPress sites into sites which convert visitors into superfans, also builds sites from scratch, and helps authors with their social media and newsletters.
Nate is on the board of the Florida Writers Foundation​, and helps writer groups with their websites.​When he is not volunteering, he writes bad jokes on Twitter and creates memes and graphics.​ In his spare time, Nate maintains ​three Little Free Libraries.