Become an Emerge Author

Writers and artists work in the loneliest of all professions, inside our heads. Those daring enough to create and reveal something of their inner natures, are to be lauded. The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow salutes your courage and thanks you for your submissions.

Submission period is open from August 1st until October 1st.

Submissions will be considered for inclusion in next year's issues of eMerge and submitters will be notified prior to publication.

Submission Form

Currently Featured Authors


Fred Yu
Fred Yu writes fiction in the Asian Fantasy Martial Arts epic genre. He is a filmmaker, chef, Feng Shui practitioner, martial artist, and for over a decade was a risk manager in Citigroup. Yu’s first publication, The Legend of Snow Wolf, was published by China Books in 2012, followed by a cookbook in 2017, Haute Tea Cuisine. A martial arts instructional book on his knife system, Yin Yang Blades, was recently released in May 2018. His next novel, The Orchid Farmer’s Sacrifice, is pending publication in January of 2021. Yu is currently a full-time writer and lives in New York City.

Posts in this issue: 4

Peggy Kjelgaard
Peggy Kjelgaard has served as a global consultant in the field of Knowledge Management in the private sector, a teacher educator in the university setting, and as a regular elementary and special education teacher. In 2004, Peggy retired and moved to Eureka Springs to focus on writing. She published her first novel, Birthmark of Evil, in 2013. She served as Executive Director for the Eureka Springs School of the Arts in 2006. She's served on various governing boards, including the Eureka Springs Arts Council, Equity Bank Advisory Board, local school boards, and the Writer’s Colony.

Posts in this issue: 3

Pedro Henrique da Silva Lino
Pedro Lino is a true logophile: someone who loves words. After publishing his first poetry book, nowadays he basically wanders. And keeps writing poems too, for the record.

Posts in this issue: 2

Anna Gall
Anna Gall with her husband, Dean live in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Anna and Dean love domestic travel, and enjoy nature, the arts, and history. Anna gardens, cooks, antiques, reads, and writes two blogs on topics she is most passionate about, organic gardening, home life, and wholeness as a woman. In the near future, more of her time will be devoted to writing, culinary adventures, the gardens at her 1930’s cottage home in town, and the remote greenhouse situated in the wine country of St. Charles County.

Posts in this issue: 2

Sheryl Loeffler
Sheryl Loeffler is a Canadian writer and musician. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines in Canada, the USA, the UK, Austria, and Japan. In 2005, she moved to the Mediterranean island of Malta, returning to Canada in 2006. In May 2014, A Land in the Storytelling Sea, her book of poems, prose poems, and photographs born in and about Malta, was published by FARAXA Publishing, Rabat, Malta. She was elected to membership in the League of Canadian Poets in 2015.She was resident at the colony for two months in 2017. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019.

Posts in this issue: 2

Zhenya Yevtushenko
Zhenya Yevtushenko is one of the sons of the late poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. He is a published translator, a former substitute teacher and funeral home consultant. Currently, Zhenya has resumed pursuing his undergraduate degrees in Political Science, History and English. Zhenya aspires to become a Foreign Service Officer and a literary translator. He resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma and owes his inspiration to his brothers, his mother, and to the love of his life, Olivia.

Posts in this issue: 2

Anchal Singh
Anchal Singh is a blogger, writer and poet who reflects different aspects of life through her writings. She was born and brought up in India in a joint family. She believes that be it anything, either you should give it all, or you shouldn't care at all. There's nothing in between. She says you cannot change your life but you can change the way you live and that will surely change your life. Her motto is to do something for the mankind and humanity. In free time, she likes to cook, make paintings and find new hobbies and skills to learn. She wants to express her feelings through her words.

Posts in this issue: 2

Belinda Bruner
Dr. Belinda Bruner reaches into her communities with offerings of her writing, her enrichment curriculum for young people, and with interactive lectures. She comes from the forests of Southeastern Oklahoma where she was reared in a family of singers and story-tellers. She is currently seeking representation for her novel based on her great-grandmother's time with Pancho Villa's militia. She was conceived under a chinaberry tree during the Perseids meteor shower in the 60s. In addition to her skill as a writer, Belinda holds an undergraduate degree in vocal music.

Posts in this issue: 1

Mary Lewis
A native of Chicago’s South Side, Mary Lewis’s career began in 1977 as editorial assistant of Ebony Jr!, Johnson Publishing’s magazine for children. Six months later she became managing editor and in 1980 became a fulltime freelancer. Articles for children and adults followed, as did editing and proofreading projects. She’s been published in American Visions and Black Enterprise magazines. She’s the author of Herstory, about Black teenage girls. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Sleeping with One Eye Open, a Chicago Tribune critic’s choice; In Praise of Our Teachers; and Under Her Skin.

Posts in this issue: 1

Joan Roberts
I am a beginning author, writer and poet exploring the worlds of poetry, nature and photography. I love to capture ordinary moments and reflect upon our natural world and its intersection with our daily life. In 2006, I co-founded the Shadowleaves Company and started my blog, Shadowleaves. In 2015, I started a local writer’s group in Bella Vista, AR, Village Lake Writers & Poets, sponsored by The Artist Retreat Center and Bella Vista Public Library. Our mission is to share the joy of writing and the importance of writing and telling stories for all ages by connecting with each other.

Posts in this issue: 1

Tim Hackler
Tim Hackler, a freelance writer, served as press secretary for two Democratic senators in the 1980s and was a resident fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Va.

Posts in this issue: 1

Adrian Frost
Adrian Frost is a sculptor, installation artist, performance/recording artist, poet/filmmaker, and writer. He was born in Cornwall, England and attended St. Martin’s in London. He was a visiting professor at London University, Reading University, Kingston College in the UK and the Art Institute in Bergen, Norway. His U.S. teaching credits include visiting artist/professor at UC Davis, University of Chicago Midwest, Warwick CC, Rhode Island, and Poughkeepsie CC, NY. His paintings and sculpture have been exhibited in Britain, Australia and the U.S. He currently resides in Eureka Springs, AR.

Posts in this issue: 1

Ruth Nasrullah
Ruth Nasrullah is a freelance journalist who has written for the Houston Chronicle, Azizah, Islamic Horizons, Juicy, The Lily, Toastmaster, The Trek, MuslimMatters, and Religion News Service. She has a masters degree in journalism from Emerson College and a MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. Currently, she is working on a book on religion in America while focusing on activism and volunteering. She is a New Jersey native who has lived in Houston since 2003 and is an alumna of Dairy Hollow, having stayed there in 2017 and 2019.

Posts in this issue: 1

Laurence Foshee
Laurence Foshee is a Tulsa, Oklahoman with poetry and prose in Dragon Poet Review, The Drabble, The Tulsa Review, and a forthcoming Oklahoma anthology honoring the memory of The Greenwood District. When not reading and writing poetry, his work in patient transport during the entire first year of the Covid-19 pandemic has driven him to resume pre-health studies and pursue osteopathic medicine. He hopes to find commonalities in helping others within these disparate, higher callings.

Posts in this issue: 1

Wendy Taylor Carlisle
Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of four books, including, The Mercy of Traffic, winner of the Phillip H. McMath 2020 Post-Publication Award and five chapbooks. Her work appears in Atlanta Review, Mom Egg Review, pacificREVIEW and this spring Doubleback Books reprinted her 2008 book, Discount Fireworks as a free download.

Posts in this issue: 1

Morris McCorvey
Morris McCorvey served as an artist-in-residence schools for the Oklahoma Arts Council for almost 9 years; Program Coordinator for the Westside Community Center here in Bartlesville for a decade; and, Executive director of the Westside Community Center 15 yrs.; Dad, Coach and Papa 30+ years now.

Posts in this issue: 1

Bill McCloud
Bill McCloud’s poetry book, The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969 (Balkan Press), reached #1 on the "Oklahoma Best-Sellers" List (The Oklahoman). Most recently his poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma English Journal, NOVUS Literary and Arts Journal, Tejascovido, and The Coronameron. He has a poem in the new anthology Bull Buffalo and Indian Paintbrush: The Poetry of Oklahoma (TJMF Publishing), edited by Ron Wallace. Counted among the fans of his poetry are songwriters Graham Nash and Jimmy Webb.

Posts in this issue: 1

Matilda Pinto
Among some of Matilda’s favorite things are the sight, taste, and feel of freshwater, the splendor of verdant vegetation, the innocence of young children, and the playfulness of fledgling animals. The one thing she spurns is social discrimination. Matilda is a self-published novelist and a short story writer. One of her short stories made it to the Honorable Mentions list of 2019-2020 International Short Story Contest organized by Twist & Twain. A collection of her short stories is on the anvil for future publication.

Posts in this issue: 1

Ann Privateer
Ann Privateer is a poet, artist, and photographer. Some of her recent work has appeared in Third Wednesday and Entering. She grew up in the Midwest surrounded by maple trees.

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Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of 24 books, including How Time Moves: New & Selected Poems; Miriam's Well, a novel; Needle in the Bone, a non-fiction book on the Holocaust; The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to the Body. Founder of Transformative Language Arts, she leads writing workshops widely, coaches people on writing and right livelihood, and consults on creativity.

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Melissa Milton
Melissa Milton was born in the Southern U.S. (Arkansas) during the turbulent 1960’s and came of age in the groovy 1970’s. The colorful clothing, interior décor, and art of those decades influences her artistic expression. The family of colors and designs associated with those eras frequently find their way into her artwork, especially in tertiary colors. She tends to use curved, relaxed, flowing shapes expressing an object in new ways which people may have not seen before. Melissa took up artwork late in life, after physical disabilities required her to retire from law.

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Kenneth Weene
Ken Weene’s stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. His novels and other books, most published by ATTM Press, can be found on Amazon. Ken’s novella "The Stylite " was written while he was in residence at the Writers’ Colony. It is one of three pieces in his Broody New Englander.

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Ray Shermer
Ray spent 21 years in radio broadcasting followed by 27 years as a real estate appraiser. He taught real estate appraisal at the University of Missouri, Ozarks Technical Community College and St. Charles Community College. Ray loves writing and always has. After Ray retired he attained the Certificate in Higher Education in Creative Writing from Oxford University. Writing short stories for the Certificate was exciting especially since he was in his seventies. Since then the genre has become his obsession and he loves to write them often. His email is shermerray90@gmail.com

Posts in this issue: 1

Elaine Blanchard
Elaine is a playwright, storyteller and memoir writer in Memphis, Tennessee. She has written and performed three plays: “For Goodness Sake,” “Skin and Bones” and “Good People.” She has written three children’s books: Help Me Remember: Bible Stories for Children, published by Pilgrim Press 2003, Maggie Scott’s Head Got Stuck, self-published by Archway Publishing and Honey Comb, also self-published by Archway. She teaches creative writing workshops. She is the pastor of First Christian Church in Union City, Tennessee. She lives with her wife, Anna Neal, and their cat, Alex.

Posts in this issue: 1

Gale Acuff
Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Reed, Poet Lore, Chiron Review, Cardiff Review, Poem, Adirondack Review, Florida Review, Slant, Nebo, Arkansas Review, South Dakota Review, Roanoke Review and many other journals in a dozen countries. He has authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel, The Weight of the World, and The Story of My Lives. Gale has taught university English courses in the US, China, and Palestine. Thank you for looking at his work.

Posts in this issue: 1

John L. Swainston
Currently residing in Gardner, Kansas. Retired Finance Executive, College Adjunct Professor, and Army Veteran. A Writer Colony Alumni and member of the Kansas City Mystic Poet Society.

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Anna Robertson
Anna is a writer and an online college student at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. While she is earning her degree in Professional and Technical Writing, she writes poetry, short stories, and memoirs. She is also working on a dark fantasy book trilogy, involving dragons and magic. Anna lives in Northwest Arkansas with her family and her cat, and she always enjoys a good fantasy or sci-fi story.

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Sangeetha Amarnath Kamath
Sangeetha Amarnath Kamath is a B.Com graduate from St. Agnes College, Mangalore in India. She currently resides in Singapore with her family. She is passionate about reading and writing fiction as well as non-fiction. Although she dabbles in fables once in a while, her forte is writing memoirs. She has also published her work with Borderless Journal, Twist&Twain and Wordweavers. She was also the Third Prize winner in a Short story contest 2020 held by Wordweavers.

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Lauren Ferebee
Lauren Ferebee is an award-winning author whose plays have been developed and produced across the US. Most recently, she was named an Arkansas Arts Council Fellow in Screenwriting for her screenplay Brilliance, and she premiered an online interactive play A Collective Noise with Less Than Three Theatre in May/June 2020. Her fiction has been published in Flash Fiction Online. She is a third-year MFA candidate in playwriting at the University of Arkansas.

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Charles Templeton
Charles Templeton is the author of the award winning, bestselling novel, Boot: A Sorta Novel of Vietnam. When Charles isn’t busy working on his next historical fiction novel, he serves on the Board of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, a writers’ retreat in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Charles also serves as the Acquisitions Editor for the Colony’s online literary magazine, eMerge.

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