Island Verse Story Lab is an unbridged Maine island-based literacy enterprise. We offer creative writers' labs, chapbook micro-publishing opportunities, and The Keeper's House Writer Residency.
Island Verse Story Lab founder Gary Rainford is a poet, author of Salty Liquor, Editor-in-Chief of The Island Reader, an annual anthology of artists and writers who live on Maine's unbridged islands, and an adjunct Professor of English at Monroe Community College who loves words, punctuation, and stories. Gary has typeset and published books for eight years and has taught for over 25 years. Island Verse is the marriage of his personal and professional passions.
Island Verse Editions editor Ann Marie Maguire is a photographer and writer living year round on Swan's Island. She has published several photo booklets on island images, and her photos have appeared in Island Journal, Working Waterfront, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors, Women and Cruising and as the cover for Gary Rainford's Salty Liquor. Ann Marie is currently working on the biography of Helen Nicolay, daughter of Abraham Lincoln's secretary during the Civil War.
Island Verse Editions proofreader Vanessa Furu recently earned a BA in English with a Literature concentration from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Vanessa received the 2016, Just Write Maine--related Nonfiction Award--for her essay, "Up Maine." Shakespeare, William Faulkner, and Gabriel Garcia Márquez are Vanessa's favorite authors. A New England girl through and through, Vanessa loves writing, her family, the Red Sox and the beach.
Island Verse Editions proofreader Gideon Davidson recently earned a BA in English with a focus on Creative Writing from Stanford University. Gideon is currently completing a two year community development fellowship on Swan's Island, where he is continuing his university work by reading and writing across all genres as much as possible. Among his favorite authors are Philip Roth, John Edgar Wideman, and Robert Hass.
Island Verse Story Lab, L3C 713 Atlantic Road Swan's Island, Maine 04685 firstname.lastname@example.org 207.610.3138