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Exult Contributors

Alice Lee

Jill Cooper

Alice Lee is the former editor and publisher of the Alaskan letterpress, Orca, and the former editor and publisher of Whistle Lake Press (Washington state). She received a Pushcart Prize for best of the small presses. Her poems have been published in many anthologies and magazines, including the Alaska Quarterly, the Kansas Quarterly, Calyx, Crosscurrents, the New Mexico Poetry Review, and Adobe Walls. Lee taught college English courses for more than thirty years and now enjoys her time gardening, writing, painting, and traveling.

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Wayne Lee

Jill Cooper

Wayne Lee is a Canadian/American who lives in Hillsboro, Oregon. Lees poems have appeared in Tupelo Press, The New Guard, Sliver of Stone, Slipstream, and other publications. His awards include the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and the SICA Poems for Peace Award, and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and three Best of the Net Awards. His third collection of poems, The Underside of Light, was published by Aldrich Press in 2013. Learn more: wayneleepoet.com.

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Patty McCabe-Remmell

Jill Cooper

Patty McCabe-Remmell is a writer and editor based in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Since the 1980s she has written about topics ranging from gourmet cooking to auto racing and beyond, and is working on her first novel, tentatively titled The Beautiful Year. She also dabbles in poetry and essays on her blog, teaches professional writing at the University of South Florida, and fervently hopes the Rays do better this baseball season.

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Dominique Mazeaud

Jill Cooper

Dominique Mazeaud's calling for the last thirty-five years has been to answer What Is the Spiritual in Art in Our Time?, a question she has lived as a gallerist, curator, artist, and writer, but mainly as a seeker preferring to call herself a heartist who does art for the Earth. She expresses her deep love for the Earth in ritual performances, community projects, and installations. 

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Caitlin Enwright

Jill Cooper

Caitlin Enwright is a 29-year-old human who lives in Oakland, California. She typed her submission to The Yes Book with a broken left hand and the cosmos painted on her cast.

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Rose Caiola

Jill Cooper

Rose Caiola could have easily been defined by her success in real estate, but she ventured far beyond the boundaries of the business world. She is a teacher, speaker, and expert practitioner of a number of disciplines that promote wellnessderived from ancient wisdom as well as cutting-edge science. Rose has studied neuroscience, Reiki, Tibetan Buddhism, Chinese herbal medicine, and various styles of yoga and meditation. She has received extensive training in neurofeedback, kinesiology, hypnosis, and Holographic Memory Resolution. Her journey informs RewireMe.comthe online community she founded for people seeking ways to learn, grow, heal, and transform.

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Daniel Cammarn

Jill Cooper

Daniel Cammarn was born in Reidsville, Georgia, in 1987 to a military family that traveled around the world from the time he was born until 2002, when his father retired and settled down in Wakeman, Ohio. Since graduating high school in 2005, Daniel has traveled to two different countries and lived in four different states. He currently resides in Olympia, Washington, while attending South Puget Sound Community College.

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Verity Arndt

Jill Cooper

Verity Arndt is a mother, wife, and spiritual counselor who is passionate about living this incredible life. After years of searching for real lasting joy and peace, and for insight into how the world works, she found what she was looking for. Since then, she feels absolute joy in showing others how to navigate life in a way that brings them the most joy and fulfillment. Her daily life includes home-schooling her three children, gardening, time in nature and meditation, raising golden retriever puppies, playing harp and piano, singing, and whatever else inspires her. More about Verity at www.verityarndt.com.

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Jude Dippold

Jill Cooper

Jude Dippold was raised in a small Pennsylvania town on the western slope of the Allegheny Mountains. As a child, he spent countless hours in the forests surrounding his community, acquiring a lifelong love of nature that helps inform his writing and photography today. After graduating from Saint Vincent College with a degree in philosophy, he attempted to open a philosophy shoppe, but recession forced him to embark on a career in journalism and corporate communications. He is now writing poetry, pursuing his love of photography, and cycling his way into retirement.

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Karen Fendig Hoffman

Jill Cooper

Karen Fendig Hoffman is a part-time barn hand and writer and a full-time wife and mother. She and her husband own a small coffee bar and live in Virginia. She believes in seizing the day, gently.

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Chelan Harkin

Jill Cooper

Chelan Harkin is a 25-year-old artist, healer, and poet, developing a deep trust that life is always leading her toward a deeper understanding of The Great Yes. Chelan is married to a wonderful man named Noah and they currently live in North Portland. She is also a hypnotherapist, and relishes her daily hemp-milk mochas. She loves to sing. Many of Chelans poems come from this place of "YES!" so she is very happy that The Yes Book is creating a space where life-affirming voices can all sing together.

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Karen McSwain

Jill Cooper

Karen McSwain lives in a rural community that is equal distance between Seattle and Portland. She is an avid reader, an aspiring writer, and a lover of road trips and 1970s kitsch. Karen is a frequent contributor to Yeah Write, an online writing community for writers who blog and bloggers who write. She blogs at www.fatgirlboxing.blogspot.com.

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Maria Kute

Jill Cooper

Maria Kute is a reformed academic of the English variety (M.A., literature, University of South Florida) and an unapologetic perpetual student of music, creative writing, communication disorders, psychology, and the Internets at large. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, she has taught piano and voice to many students in the Tampa Bay Area, and introductory writing and research courses to several college students of Clovis Community College, Eastern New Mexico University, and the University of South Florida. Within a few years, she hopes to finish her (re-) schooling and practice as a speech language pathologist, for she stands awestruck by the human ability to learn and utilize language in all its complexity, wonder, and abstraction. Currently, she is a resident of Las Vegas. When she hasnt been able to convince her husband to enjoy the gluttons paradise that Vegas offers, she watches her two dogs and cat goof off, makes giant pitchers of green and herbal teas, hikes, and studies for her communication disorders degree online with Utah State University.

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Melanie McFarland

Jill Cooper

Melanie McFarland is a writer living in Seattle. Her work has appeared in Variety, Salon.com, the Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, the Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. When she isnt writing, she is dancing and deepening her practice of Nia Technique as a Blue Belt instructor.

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Lois Colton

Jill Cooper

Lois Colton retired from her work as a writing instructor at the Oregon State Penitentiary and moved to Hood River, Oregon, to be close to her children and grandchildren. She currently teaches ESL part-time to adult students at the community college and facilitates Amherst Writers and Artist Workshops for local writing enthusiasts. She chooses to live a life filled with energy and artistrygifts bequeathed to her by her family. No family is perfect, but she knows the gifts of love shes been given. She never wants to stop being a learner and says Yes to way too many things.

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Noriko Oki

Jill Cooper

Noriko Oki was born in Tokyo. After graduating with a B.A. in English & American Literature from Gakushuin University, she moved to California in pursuit of Art and Design and graduated from Otis/Parsons (currently Otis College of Art and Design) in 1992 with a B.F.A. in Illustration. She has been involved in a broad range of creative fields, including film production, computer animation, graphic design, editorial illustration, and toy design. Since 2000, Noriko has been living in Japan and is now based in Tokyo, where she paints and enjoys being a mother. Noriko is currently challenging and experiencing a cure of breast cancer naturally by enjoying, appreciating, and loving life. Painting is her tool to express, and by it she wants to reach out to anyone around the world who appreciates her art to heal and grow.

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Kathy Trapp

Jill Cooper

Kathy Trapp has been creating stories and narratives her entire life. She has no memory of a time without books, spoken stories, or fantastical mental narratives to the everyday goings on of her life. The first story she ever wrote was an illustrated story of a lion and his friends that she wrote in kindergartena treasure she still has, thanks to her mother. It was because of the positive influence of her mother and her amazing elementary educators that Kathy became a lifelong learner. Today, Kathy is an early childhood educator and writes as a hobby.

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Faith Keolker

Jill Cooper

Faith Keolker is a native of England. Faith came to live in Hood River, Oregon, in 2006, where she started a home care business with her husband. The beauty of the Columbia Gorge has reawakened Faiths creative voice, and she now writes poetry in her spare time. She is currently working on a collection of traditional poems for our time and is passionate about writing in a traditional, classical style.

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Shannon Perry

Jill Cooper

Shannon Perry is a generic Oregonian who has had the privilege of living in the Hood River Valley for 32 years. It has been a nurturing home for raising three daughters. The beauty of the valley inspires her every day and provides many opportunities to hike and explore. Shannon has written for as long as she can remember. She taught in the elementary grades for 28 years, and through that was able to nourish young writers. Now retired, she has time to explore her own writing. She lives with her partner, Stephen, and their cat, Bobcat, as well as Maxine, the box turtle she has had for 25 years.

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