Review Team



Helene Benardo

Helene is a retired teacher of English in New York City. "My happiest times were teaching my elective course in Women in Literature to seniors at The Bronx High School of Science, where I also did college mentoring. Now life is made up of reading, amateur nature photography, theater and the time to try out anything that catches my fancy."


Jazz Jaeschke

Jazz Jaeschke is an Austin, Texas, poet memoirist. A former member of the SCN Board of Directors, Jazz has led an SCN Internet Chapter poetry circle since 2003. She frequents Austin area poetry festivals, with work appearing in festival anthologies and Story Circle publications. In 2002, Jazz published Significance, a memoir (mostly poems) spanning growing up and 33 career years with a high-tech company. Jazz is drawn to accessible poetry with a twist of mystery and relevance to living mindfully. Photography, SoulCollage®, labyrinths, nature, and travel arouse her muse. She pairs resulting poems and images on her blog.


Shawn LaTorre

Former director of a special program in secondary education, living in Austin, Texas, I love spending time with family, reading, gardening, biking, cooking and writing. Nothing is more thrilling than finding a good read and thinking about who and how it might be explored in an educational setting!


Denise McAllister

Denise is the Communications Coordinator/Editor for a residential community on Hilton Head Island, SC. She also edits technical publications for a global corporation and receives assignments from Austria and Finland. Blessed to be surrounded by water (and the occasional dolphins), Denise's heart is drawn to horses and anything Western.


Donna B. Russell

Donna B. Russell is a retired teacher, freelance poet, writer, and editor. She is an avid reader, a member of Story Circle Network, and recently began reviewing books. Since 1990 she has written a monthly column, "PetWise," has had poems and articles published online and in print, including articles in the Vermont Tenant and the New England Baptist paper. She has also taught a workshop on "Relating to People with Chronic Pain/Illness," and is an online advocate for environmental and animal concerns.

Donna is a native of Vermont, where she lives with her husband David, two cats, and her service dog. They also have three married children, one grandchild, and one on the way.


Carol Smallwood

Carol Smallwood's over four dozen books include Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching, on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences is from Lamar University Press, 2014; Divining the Prime Meridian, forthcoming from WordTech Editions.



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