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."


D Ferrara

D Ferrara has been an active writer and ghost writer for more years than she cares to admit. Articles, essays and short stories are her continuing obsession; inclusion in publications, including The Main Street Anthology — Crossing Lines, East Meets West American Writers Review, Storytellers Magazine, The Broadkill Review, MacGuffin Press, Crack the Spine, Green Prints, Amarillo Bay, The Penmen Review, At the Inkwell, and RIMS Magazine has fed this mania. As editor of the American Writers Review, she gets to see wonderful new work regularly. Her script, Arvin Lindemeyer Takes Canarsie, won the Oil Valley Film Festival, was a Selected Screenplay (Finalist) in the Hollywood Blvd. Film Festival and a Top Finalist in the ASU Screenwriting Contest. Her play, "Favor," won the New Jersey ACT award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play, while "Sister Edith's Mission" and "Business Class" were produced at the Malibu Repertory Company's One Act Play Festival. Three of her full-length film scripts have been optioned. Her paintings - watercolor on Yupo - have been hung in group shows, and included in several journals.

She received her M.A. in Creative Writing, where it joined her J.D., L.l.M. and B.A, amid the clutter of her office.


Jazz Jaeschke

Jazz Jaeschke is an Austin, Texas, poet and memoirist. A former member of the SCN Board of Directors, Jazz has led an SCN Internet Chapter poetry circle since 2003. Her work appears 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 with her photography on her blog.


Mary Potter Kenyon

Mary Potter Kenyon graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Psychology and is a certified grief counselor. In May she will begin working as a program director for a spirituality center. Mary is widely published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of six books, including the award-winning Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace, and Expressive Writing for Healing journal. She is currently under contract for a book on creativity to be released in 2019. Her essay on the connection between creativity and grief was published in the January/February 2013 issue of "Poets & Writer's" magazine. Mary is a popular public speaker and writing workshop instructor. Learn more on Mary's website.


Shawn LaTorre

Former teacher, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program coordinator, and director of a Law Humanities Magnet program, Shawn currently lives in Austin, Texas. She is a reviewer for Story Circle Network and has contributed her time and efforts to Impact Austin as well as People Against Child Trafficking. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and reviewing books, gardening, biking, sailing, quilting, cooking and writing. She says, "Nothing is more thrilling than finding a good read and thinking about for whom and how it might be explored in an educational setting." Books, like boats, can take a reader to interesting shores. Speaking of shores, Shawn can be found exploring the northern coast of Michigan aboard her thirty year old sail boat, HMS Juicy Fruit each summer.


Denise McAllister

Denise was the Internal Communications Coordinator of a global engineering corporation in Atlanta, GA for 14 years, then the Communications Coordinator/Editor for a residential community on Hilton Head Island, SC for 13 years. She freelance edits publications (for clients in the U.S., Austria, and Finland), websites, novels, and anything with the written word. Denise's heart is drawn to horses and the West, and is a member of the Western Writers of America. She recently moved back to Atlanta and works with a local magazine.


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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