Streetlight Magazine is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to publish exceptional talent, both new and established, from our region and across the country.
Trudy Hale, diarist, poet, and teacher, wears many literary hats. She runs Porches Writing Retreat in Nelson County, Va. Born in Memphis, she lived a somewhat chaotic and semi-glamorous life in Hollywood, married to a director and raising their two children. She moved to Virginia (long story still in rewrites), and opened Porches, a retreat that supports and encourages writers of all stripes, regardless of age or checkered past. You can find out more about her on www.porcheswritingretreat.com.
Deborah Kelly is Associate Editor of Streetlight. She spent the first twenty years of her career as a reporter and writer for daily newspapers, primarily with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Indulging her love of poetry and art, she moved on to magazine editing at 64, a nationally recognized regional arts magazine. She has freelanced for NPR and a variety of national and regional health magazines published by Time Inc. Content Solutions. She lives in Richmond with her near-constant companion, Suzie, a sweet but headstrong rescue with separation issues.
Susan Shafarzek lives in Charlottesville, Va. Besides editing essays for Streetlight, she is a poet and photographer, blogging occasionally at Whaddyameanrosebuds.com.
Elizabeth Howard is Streetlight Magazine‘s Art Editor, and author of Aging Famously: Follow Those You Admire to Living Long and Well (winner of the 2019 International Book Awards, health 50+). A former lecturer at the University of Virginia, Howard is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. She has also made documentary films which have aired on Virginia PBS.
Erika Raskin is Streetlight’s Fiction Editor. A finalist for the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award, her novel, Best Intentions, is an all-too-possible medical thriller about dangerous hospital practices. Her novel Close is about family therapy. On TV. Aghast at the country playing footsy with fascism, she has holes in all of her shirts from an ever-present RESIST button. Her non-fiction work has run in a variety of publications and on public radio. Check out more of her wry world view at erikaraskin.com and @erikaraskin on twitter.
Sharon Ackerman earned an MEd from the University of Virginia. Her poems have appeared in the Atlanta Review, Northern Virginia Review, Heartwood Literary Journal, and Poetry Virginia, among others. She is the winner of the Hippocrates Poetry in Medicine Contest 2019. Her first collection, Revised LIght, was a finalist in the Main Street Rag Poetry Book contest 2021, and will be published in November, 2021.
Frederick Wilbur received his BA from the University of Virginia and an MA from the University of Vermont. He has authored three books on architectural and decorative woodcarving. His two poetry collections are As Pus Floats the Splinter Out and Conjugation of Perhaps. His work has appeared in many print and on-line reviews including Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, The Comstock Review, The Dalhousie Review, Rise Up Review, and Mojave River Review. He was awarded the Stephen Meats Award by Midwest Quarterly (2017).
Emily Littlewood lives with her dog, Animal, and husband Jason in Raphine, Va. After getting a degree to teach English, Speech and Theater, she began working in banks. She is currently copy editing for Streetlight and working back toward her passions.
Paula Boyland is a writer, artist, herbalist, amateur chef, and small business owner. She lives and laughs in Louisa, Va. with her husband and their three incorrigible dogs.
Megan Den Bleyker is a transplant from New Jersey to Lynchburg, Va. She has a BA in English literature to pursue a passion for books and editing. She enjoys contributing to Streetlight, hoping to pursue a career as an editor for a publishing company one day. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling as often as she can.
Jennifer Sims is an actor and voice over artist who has voiced hundreds of projects across all genres. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts she wandered into a career in advertising. She worked as an ad agency producer for ten years before she found her way back to her creative path as an actor/improvisor and storyteller. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a very handsome dog named Dexter. Check out Jennifer’s recent shenanigans along with pictures of Dexter on Instagram, @thejennsims.
Joe Guay has been a professional voice actor for over fifteen years, providing voice for companies like LG, Intel, Deloitte, Novartis, EY, PG&E, Infiniti Motors, Fairmont Hotels and others. A sometimes-theatre-actor and avid reader, Joe savors the return to storytelling and creativity involved in voice acting for Streetlight Magazine—it’s a nice break from the corporate stuff. Check out www.JoeGuayVoiceover.com.
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