Megan Frazer Blakemore, Kennebunk | Chelsea Conaboy, Portland | Deborah Cummins, Deer Isle | Celia Johnson, Dayton | Candace Karu, Cape Elizabeth | Melissa Kim, Cape Elizabeth | Thomas Kroon, Portland | Gayle Lynds, Westbrook | Sandell Morse, York | Catherine Schmitt, Orono

Board Officers

Deborah Cummins | President
Celia Johnson | Vice President
Thomas Kroon | Treasurer
Catherine Schmitt | Secretary


Blakemore_MeganFrazerWebMegan Frazer Blakemore

Megan Frazer Blakemore is a school librarian and award-winning author for children and young adults. Megan’s books have been honored with inclusion on state lists, as Junior Library Guild selections, and as best books from Kirkus, Bank Street College, and Amazon. She lives with her husband, children, cat, and gecko. Visit: www.meganfrazerblakemore.com


Chelsea Conaboy

Chelsea Conaboy is a freelance journalist with strong investigative skills and an eye for the details that bring meaning to the everyday. She was a health reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Boston Globe before becoming a features editor at the Portland Press Herald. Visit: www.linkedin.com/in/chelsea-conaboy-b4654116/


DeborahDeborah Cummins

Deborah Cummins is the author of three poetry collections. Her essay collection, Here and Away, was a finalist for the 2013 Maine Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, more than 60 journals and on “Writers’ Almanac” multiple times. She lives in Portland and Deer Isle. Visit: www.deborahcummins.com


Celia-150x150 copyCelia Johnson

Celia Johnson is the Creative Director of the New York-based nonprofit Slice Literary. She’s also a writer. She is the author of two essay collections, Odd Type Writers and Dancing With Mrs. Dalloway, and is currently at work on a novel. Visit: www.celiablue.com


CPKHeadshot2018Candace Karu

Candace Karu is a social media strategist and journalist who writes about food, fitness, travel, and design. She lives in Cape Elizabeth and shares an old farmhouse with three ill-behaved dogs and two hard-working barn cats. Visit: candacekaru.com


MelissaKimMelissa Kim

Currently the editorial director at Islandport Press, Melissa Kim has worked on newspapers, magazines, books, educational products, websites, and museum exhibits in New York, London, and Maine. The author of ten children’s books and one guidebook for adults, she believes words have the power to change a child’s life. Visit: www.melissakim.com


ThomasThomas Kroon

Thomas Kroon has been married to Mari for 47 years. They have a son and daughter and three grandchildren; two of whom live in Portland. That is why they live here. He is a retired financial planner. The focus of his career was to guide families toward a life empowered by their finances, not driven by them. 


Gayle - new photoGayle Lynds

Gayle Lynds is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 10 spy novels.  Library Journal calls her “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” Her books have been published in 30 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series. The first book, The Hades Factor, was a CBS miniseries. With David Morrell, she founded International Thriller Writers and ThrillerFest. She blogs at www.RogueWomenWriters.com Visit: www.GayleLynds.com


SandellSandell Morse

Sandell Morse is an award winning essayist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including, Creative NonfictionPloughshares, the New England Review, Fourth Genre and Ascent. Morse has won the Michael Steinberg essay award and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. “Hiding,” is a Best American Essays notable. Visit: www.sandellmorse.com


CatherineCatherine Schmitt

Catherine Schmitt is author of the books, Historic Acadia National ParkThe President’s Salmon, and A Coastal Companion, and articles and essays published in newspapers, magazines, and literary journals. She is Communications Director for the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine. She lives in Bangor. Visit: www.catherineschmitt.com