Kelly Lombardi, a writer and critic as well as a teacher, had reinforced her Irish
ancestral and Italian spiritual heritages with annual pilgrimages to Irish pubs and an Italian monastery. When not abroad,
she had written sensuously descriptive poetry in her home at Roque Bluffs. Alas, we lost Kelly to cancer in September 2008.
Sharon Bray, a freelance journalist living in Orland, is a member of the Maine
Poets Society and Orland Fire Dept. Her poetry tends toward narrative and imagism, sometimes slipping into a touch of theology.
She hangs out around clotheslines and takes a lot of pictures.
Donald Crane, living
between Milbridge and Harrington, has been both a farmer and a public-relations man. In subtle word-portraits of Down East
people, he heeds a muse who wears muddy boots and slings hash in local cafés.
Gerald George, a writer, editor, and former administrator, left Washington, D.C. for a home between a woods and a cove in
East Machias. He can be serious only so long before his pen has to poke a little fun.
Philip Rose, a sea captain who delivered yachts for boat companies, lived in Starboard on Rose Ledge overlooking Machias
Bay. For many years an English teacher, he particularly liked to spin story poems in a Down East dialect. Sadly, Phil
was taken from us by automobile accident in May 2011. In Spring 2011, we lost Phil in an automobile crash in Belfast.
Grace Sheridan, once a federal civil servant, loves the seascape near her home
in the fishing village of Cutler. She turns her memories as well as everyday scenes into emotionally poignant poems. She serves
as registrar for the annual Roque Bluffs Poetry Festival.