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.

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Currently Featured Authors


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

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

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.

Posts in this issue: 2

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: 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

Patsy Creedy
Patsy Creedy lives in San Francisco, California. She has published poetry and creative nonfiction in several publications including Transfer Magazine, Dragon’s Leap, Inlandia, RCVRY Quarterly and Your Golden Sun Still Shines, an anthology of San Francisco stories. She has a memoir coming out in early 2021, ‘Without Her, Memoir of a Family,’ by Atmosphere Press. She was a resident at Dairy Hollow in the fall of 2019.

Posts in this issue: 2

Pedro Henrique da Silva Lino
Pedro Lino is one of those "nefelibata" kids: that person who lives introverted within their own imagination. Mostly, a polyglot who doesn't speak all that often. In the end, he's nothing but a writer. Still, he occasionally tries to stop writing, but just can't. You may find him daydreaming all along.

Posts in this issue: 2

Bill McCloud
Bill McCloud is a poetry editor for the Right Hand Pointing literary journal and is the poetry reviewer for Vietnam Veterans of America. His poetry book, The Smell of the Light, reached #1 on The Oklahoman’s “Oklahoma Bestsellers List." His poems have appeared in Oklahoma Today and the Oklahoma English Journal. He is a faculty member of William Bernhardt’s annual WriterCon, presenting sessions on writing and publishing poetry.

Posts in this issue: 2

Fred Yu
Fred Yu writes fiction in the Asian Historical Fantasy genre. He is a filmmaker, chef, Feng Shui practitioner, martial artist, and for over a decade was a risk manager in Citigroup. He graduated from New York University majoring in film and television, and has directed a number of documentaries and short films while working in the financial services industry. Yu is currently a full-time writer and lives in New York City.

Posts in this issue: 2

Anna Gall
Anna Gall with her husband, Dean live in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Anna travels, gardens, cooks, teaches culinary classes at the local community college, antiques, reads, and writes two blogs on topics she is most passionate about, organic gardening, kitchen creations, home life, and wholeness as a woman. During her summer 2021 residency at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, Anna started her first book, a series of short stories with a culinary theme. Its publication should be in 2022.

Posts in this issue: 2

Al Larson
Albert Larson is a long term Eureka Springs resident and definitely not a writer by training or inclination. Occasionally, however, certain experiences demand documenting so they can be entered into his own memory properly. Albert and his wife Lynn live at the literal edge of Eureka Springs where they have raised two remarkable children.

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

Judy Nickles
Judy Nickles is a multi-published writer (indie and traditional) who retired in 2011 and decided it was time to put up or shut up when it came to taking her writing hobby one step farther. She writes vintage romance, romantic suspense, cozy mysteries, and short stories in other genres. Traveling and doing genealogical research to find story ideas and settings is her passion. She shares writing tips on her Facebook Author Page and works (plays) on her website.

Posts in this issue: 1

Natalie Reid
Always preferring Oz to Aunt Em’s home, Natalie has always made her living on the road, first teaching English in Japan and the Pacific, and now in northern Europe and Russia. Author of The Spiritual Alchemist: Working with the Voice of Your Soul, Getting Published in International Journals, and a variety of short pieces, she also teaches writing in the mythological voice and other writing workshops at the confluence of creativity and spirituality.

Posts in this issue: 1

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.

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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.

Posts in this issue: 1

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.

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

Brianne Grothe
Brianne Grothe is pursuing her MFA in poetry at Oklahoma State University, where she got her B.A. in English. Besides by eMerge Magazine, her poetry is published by OSU's undergraduate literary journal Frontier Mosaic, The Allegheny Review, and Royal Rose Magazine, and focuses on coming-of-age themes, recovery from mental illness, and feminist work. Last but not least, she can't seem to figure out how to make mac and cheese from the box and somehow made it into grad school.

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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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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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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Alison Schuh Hawsey
Over twenty years ago, I began to study and practice Reiki, Mindfulness, and Intuition, leading from working in marketing and communications in corporate American to becoming an Energy Worker, Intuitive Coach/Mentor, Podcaster, and Writer. I live each day with purpose by trusting my vibes to uncover the next adventure. One being working through my insecurities to transform my writing into published work. It is my hope that these shared experiences, aha moments, and funny stories can help you connect to your own whispers of wisdom.

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Deirdre Fagan
Deirdre Fagan is a widow, wife, mother of two, and associate professor and coordinator of creative writing in the English, Literature, and World Languages Department at Ferris State University. Fagan is the author of the forthcoming memoir, Find a Place for Me, Pact Press (2022), a collection of short stories, The Grief Eater, Adelaide Books (2020), a chapbook of poetry, Have Love, Finishing Line Press (2019), and a reference book, Critical Companion to Robert Frost, Facts on File (2007). She has also written academic essays on poetry, memoir, and pedagogy.

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Deepa Davy
Deepa Thomas Davy has served many years as an educator. Her academic credentials include 3 undergraduate degrees. After several years of enriching work experience in the field of education, she was inspired to further her own studies and succeeded in earning her postgraduate degree in English Language and Literature. Deepa finds freedom in writing and creating her own work. Her main inspiration comes from nature and she is drawn to its raw energy and ethereal beauty. She believes in appreciating the simple joys of life, living in the present and cherishing each moment.

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Ellaraine Lockie
Ellaraine Lockie is widely published and awarded as a poet, nonfiction book author and essayist. Her fourteenth chapbook, Sex and Other Slapsticks, was recently released from Presa Press. Earlier collections have won Poetry Forum’s Chapbook Contest Prize, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Chapbook Competition, Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest, Best Individual Poetry Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, and The Aurorean’s Chapbook Choice Award. She also teaches writing workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, LILIPOH.

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Darren Chase
Darren teaches English at New Design High, a public school in his Lower East Side neighborhood. An accomplished opera singer, he has released several recordings of classical art songs, winning The American Prize for his album, The Young Debussy. He is the author of Singing from the Inside, a manual of vocal technique and Mindfulness for Teens, a course in meditation and mindfulness for high school students. His translation of Wilhelm Müller’s Die Winterreise is used for English-language performances of Schubert’s song cycle all over the world. He studies writing with Bruce Benderson.

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Joy Clark
Joy Clark received her MFA from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR in 2020. She works for the local nonprofits Art Ventures and The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, and is the new 2022 editor for eMerge. Her work can be read in places such as The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades Magazine, and Bayou Magazine.

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