Megan Frazer Blakemore, Kennebunk | Tristram C. Coburn, Camden | Chelsea Conaboy, Portland | Deborah Cummins, Deer Isle | Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, Portland | Celia Johnson, Dayton | Thomas Kroon, Portland | Gayle Lynds, Westbrook | Sandell Morse, York | Catherine Schmitt, Orono | Larrain Slaymaker, Hope | Towle Tompkins, Scarborough 

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:

tris-greyscaleTristram C. Coburn

Tristram Coburn began his editorial career at Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books in NYC in 1994, where he worked for five years. He then went on to work at McGraw-Hill/International Marine where he worked for Jonathan Eaton with whom he would acquire Tilbury House Publishers in 2013. Tilbury House is now an affiliate of W. W. Norton & Company. Visit:

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:

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:

GibsonGibson Fay-LeBlanc

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’s first collection of poems, Death of a Ventriloquist (UNT Press, 2012), won the Vassar Miller Prize and was featured by Poets & Writers. Gibson’s poems have appeared in magazines including The New Republic and Tin House, on the PBS NewsHour Art Beat, and recently in FIELD and Poetry Northwest. Visit:

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:

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

New York Times bestseller Gayle Lynds is the award-winning author of 10 international espionage novels, including The Assasssins and The Book of SpiesPublishers Weekly lists Masquerade among the Top 10 spy novels.  Library Journal hails her as “the reigning queen of espionage fiction.” With Robert Ludlum, she created the Covert-One series.  A member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, she is cofounder (with David Morrell) of ITW. Visit: Blogsite:

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:

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:

LarrainLarrain Slaymaker

Larrain Slaymaker has worked with a range of companies, non-profits, and community organizations. Currently runs, NorthPoint Yacht Charters, works with global executives on English and with refugee communities. Lives in Hope, Maine since 1981 where she raised her three sons. She enjoys traveling, theater, music, eating well, dancing whenever possible. Visit:

IMG_1104.JPGTowle Tompkins

Towle Tompkins spent much of his career in television where, amid myriad managerial duties, he wrote and directed programs in 18 states and 16 countries. His writing has appeared in the Sunday New York Times, Boston Globe, Road & Track magazine, Portland Press Herald, and Bangor Daily News. Today, Tompkins is the executive director of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Maine.